First trap shoot!


Mar 16, 2009
This last monday (7/13), my wife and I decided we wanted to try shooting skeet. We had heard from several people, including some TGT members (yes DCortez, you can pat yourself on the back), how much fun it is. So we convinced my brother-in-law to watch our kids, grabbed the 870 12 ga. and a couple of boxes of shells and headed down to the local range, which in our case is the Gun Emporium in Conroe. The gun emporium has two seperate outdoor ranges (two skeet/trap ranges, and a 30 station (200 yard, i think) pistol/rifle range) Our only experience with the shotgun up to this point was putting around 30 shells apiece through it at a concrete block at this same range. For my wife it was one from the shoulder, at which point she decided she didn't and the other 29 from the hip, which she did like. For me it was 50/50 shoulder/hip. We had a blast and so were looking forward to doing more with the shotgun. My wife actaully found she enjoyed shooting the shotty more than her pistol (can we say power-trip...j/k), because with a pistol she wants to be perfect, with the shotty it's a little more point and shoot (her opinion).
Anyways, we show up at the shop and the man behind the counter proceeds to ask us some questions. "Have you ever shot here before?" Yes, but at the pistol/rifle side only.
"Do you want to shoot to shoot trap or skeet?" Ummm...yes (lol):rolleyes:.
"Well, which one?" Don't know, what's the difference?
He then explained the differences of each to us. So we went with trap, figuring it would be a simpler and slightly easier start for us. He offered us some lessons, which we had declined (time and money), but he gave anyways and came down to the field to help us out. He stood beside us during the whole time and offered advice to help with our stance, our aim, etc. and was just all around extremely helpful and friendly. I will say that my wife is much more natural at it than I was:eek: (just don't tell her), hitting close to 60-70% where I was maybe 40-50%. However, after about 14 shots my wife decided to call it quits, the shotgun was tearing up her shoulder, so I shot my 25 plus her 11 left over shells. The next day she had a nice little purple bruise on her
All in all, we both had a really fun time and I would recommend this range to anyone, especially first timers. The next day I purchased a limbsaver recoil to slip on over the end of the 870 so maybe that will help out the next time we go. Either way, we both plan to return and do it again. And if there's one reason to love my job, it's that when I'm not gone offshore, I get to go shooting in the middle of the week when the range is empty, which is great since I'm not much for crowded areas or an

If you have never tried this before, do yourself a favor and go. You'll have a blast (pun intended).

And DC, please do me the favor of NOT letting my wife try your Benelli's...LOL


Jul 4, 2009
San Antonio
Trap and skeet are a lot of fun, very challenging hitting those little moving targets. I got into it back in my high school/college days, got to where I'd score in the 20's pretty consistently. Never shot a perfect round though, station 4 gave me fits on the skeet field!

I'm hoping to get my 11 year old son into shooting clays, he's doing well with rifle and handguns and is showing an interest in shotgunning as well.


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Oct 22, 2008
DFW Keller
the ol' purple shoulder. :eek: The limb saver will help, but also try some of the lighter loads. Trap shooters generally shoot a bit heaver load, but from the 16 yard line, it doesn't make that much difference, except to the shoulder. Since you have a pump gun, something like Winlite from winchester, (the lightest) or Xtra-Lites Winchester will make a big difference.


Nov 22, 2008
Red River Way
I had the pleasure of shooting trap two weeks ago for the first time in about 4 yrs. Was pretty happy shot a 20 on the first round then shot a 19 but from the 21 yardline and shot a 22 on the last round. I was very happy since I was also using off the shelf ammo instead of reloads.


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Mar 25, 2009
im a big fan of the sporting clays out at elm fork there alot of fun in fact my first job ever was out at elm fork back when the old man owned it, plus it was a great learning experience it really cheeses off the people i go with when i sweep the score card


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Oct 22, 2008
DFW Keller
whats the difference between trap and skeet?

Quite a bit actually. The only similarity is you shoot clay targets (Birds) with shot guns and call pull when you want them to fly.

Trap is more of a long range game. All targets are going away from you, rising, and sometimes a bit left or right, but they all come from the same bunker on the ground in front of you. You use a tight choked 12 ga. The nearest in shooting line is 16 yards. That is, the bunker they are launched from (the clay targets),is 16 yards from where you are standing, and you'd be breaking them at 35-40 yards. (they move fast)

Skeet is more of a close range game. You use very open chokes. "skeet choke" or even no choke or "cylinder" are common. With skeet you move from station to station around a semi circle and "birds" come from a High house and a low house, and most are crossing shots. All usually broken within 30 yards. You've got to swing fast. Most of the shooting stations stations require only seconds to track the target and shoot. But, they fly exactly the same way every time, so after you've done it awhile, you know exactly how to track and when to fire.

Both games are challenging.




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