Know Your Shotshells

Federal Gold Medal Grand

Each year’s SHOT Show visit promises more than a few days respite from the clutching grip of winter. It brings with it an opportunity to see a broad array of new things: guns, ammo, reloading equipment, cartridges and assorted components and tools designed to make life a little bit better. And, occasionally, a surprise.

Gun Test > New Blaser F16 Grand Luxe and Heritage

In 2004 the competition clay target aficionados of the U.S. began seeing a new kid on the block in the form of a new, low profile over/under from a German company previously known for its high-performance rifles. Blaser of Isny, Germany, began to export their innovative over/under shotgun known as the F3.

Mental Training, The Eyes Have It

What you see is what you get.”
—Old Saying

The vast majority of competition shooters are, well, old. By old, I mean 40 or older, and this is important because one of the problems that occurs at this time in our lives is that our vision starts to fade.

Theodore Roosevelt’s Legacy

Many sportsmen consider President Theodore Roosevelt the father of our modern conservation movement. At a minimum, he was our first Conservation President, and one of the most influential in developing federal programs to preserve our forests, game habitat and all wildlife species. Like all of us, he loved the great outdoors and cherished his time afield harvesting our panoply of game animals which dotted the American landscape at the turn of the 20th century.

Mental Training > Prospective Hindsight

“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.”

—Robert Burns

While doing research for a book I am writing, I came across a number of papers that studied how people prepare for projects or develop business plans. There were a lot of good ideas offered, but one of the most interesting things I found out is a lot of businesses are failures in spite of good plans and good execution of those plans.

Skeet Hoopla

Clay target shooting has many disciplines. Among them are American Skeet, International Skeet, ATA, PITA and Olympic Trap, Helice, Sporting Clays, Crazy Quail, Powder Pigeon and others. People who shoot these various disciplines do so because they like the way the various games are played. I believe their preferences stem from the unpredictability of the target presentations while others emulate hunting situations.

Controlling Your Vision

The most important fundamental in shooting or any hand-eye coordination sport, for that matter, is the focusing of the eyes on the object, in our case the target. Even though it is the most important, it is the least understood and perfected of all components of shooting.

Fabarm L4S Sporting

Like a lot of shooters who participate in the clay target games, I will often shoot with over/unders some days and semi-auto shotguns other days. I thoroughly enjoy shooting my over/unders. They fit me well, are comfortable to shoot (primarily because they do fit me), are attractive and, admittedly, there is a level of pride I feel when shooting an over/under. But, if I had to be brutally honest, and someone asked me which design I shoot better, I would have to say the semi-autos. Why is that?

Herb Orre and the Super Choke

I am sure many of our present-day shooters have never heard of Herb Orre or for that matter, his Super Choke, but in the history of trapshooting he was a very influential and important person. In his years of choking barrels, it was often said he had broken more clay targets than any other man who had lived. Not that he had, but his Super Choke had broken the targets. He choked all models and makes, but if you had a Model 12 you shot trap with, you just had to have a Herb Orre Super Choke in it.

American Trap: Setting Up For Success

Trap guns have evolved rapidly over the past few decades. When I started competitive shooting almost 50 years ago, an adjustable stock was dependent on how much moleskin you could affix to the comb. Adjusting the impact of the barrel usually involved a fork in a large tree or giving the barrel a few strong “whacks” over several bags of shot on the tailgate of a pickup truck. Fortunately, most trap guns today come with an adjustable comb and some come with adjustable ribs to change the point of impact (without bending the barrel!).

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