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Old 02-10-2020, 07:56 PM   #41
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jwsmith1959...your comment called for me to ask a question.

I am a TOTAL newbie (age 80). I went to my local range today. It was my SECOND time out, on any range, Shooting a shotgun anywhere, anytime. I was going to shoot Trap, since that is what I did Friday.

The Trap machine was broken. The young lady in the office said I could shoot Skeet (NEVER did that before) and there were guys on the course. When I reluctantly arrived at their station?, there were five guys there.

Even I knew that five was a group/corp???

I chose to NOT attempt to break in and just hung around two stations over until they finished and a starter was available for me.

Candidly, I doubted very much that this group of five, who apparently shot together every Monday morning, wanted me to break in, and I didn't want to intrude. What say you?

p.s. I had a ball shooting skeet for the first time, by myself... and with the starter, who was very helpful.
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Old 02-10-2020, 09:46 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by richg99 View Post
jwsmith1959...your comment called for me to ask a question.

I am a TOTAL newbie (age 80). I went to my local range today. It was my SECOND time out, on any range, Shooting a shotgun anywhere, anytime. I was going to shoot Trap, since that is what I did Friday.

The Trap machine was broken. The young lady in the office said I could shoot Skeet (NEVER did that before) and there were guys on the course. When I reluctantly arrived at their station?, there were five guys there.

Even I knew that five was a group/corp???

I chose to NOT attempt to break in and just hung around two stations over until they finished and a starter was available for me.

Candidly, I doubted very much that this group of five, who apparently shot together every Monday morning, wanted me to break in, and I didn't want to intrude. What say you?

p.s. I had a ball shooting skeet for the first time, by myself... and with the starter, who was very helpful.
You did the right thing and most important, you did the right thing for YOU. I can just about guarantee you learned more in that round by your self with the puller helping you than you would have tagging along shooting 25 with the more experienced group of friends. Nothing against ANY ONE. It is just a fact the two groups, them & you, are there with two different goals in mind.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:43 AM   #43
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While not breaking in was the right thing to do, I would have stayed quietly behind them and just watched what they did - both good and bad. Then after they were done I would have introduced myself, explained my newbiness, and asked for any advice
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Old 02-12-2020, 02:45 PM   #44
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As have been noted, you did the right thing. For you and the squad. You got to watch a squad go around the course and did not slow them down waiting for a newbie.

I enjoy helping shooters shooters who are new, but not everyone does.

The 5 man squad is probably a throwback to the old days when most fields used Winchester traps which only held enough birds (plus extras) for a squad of 5. I know my home range can go all morning into the afternoon on a busy day without reloading machines.

Hanging out at that Skeet and Trap field is never a bad thing.

What range did you go too? I am familiar with most for 100 miles or so having shot around here for over 40 years.
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:46 PM   #45
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I was at Carter Country (Spring, TX) for both the Trap and Skeet. I'll be back at CC tomorrow with my son-in-law who is primarily a hunter.

Next week, weather permitting, I'll shoot some Sporting Clays with a fellow I met online here in Houston.

I am getting a ton of experience quickly. I've had a lot of help from some new friends, all met online. I am thinking seriously about selling my little tin boat since I don't use it much here.

I have another tinny in TN., for my Summers. There, it sits in the water 15 minutes from my home. Fishing is easy (catching is not). Here, I am 80+ miles from everywhere I like to fish. The long, busy drives are getting OLD, for this old codger.
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Old 02-13-2020, 05:20 PM   #46
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Hope you had a good day. I enjoy Hot Wells for Skeet. All American Shooting Centers has Skeet and Trap, but I have only shot rifle there. Clear Creek Gun Range is good and Texas City Shooting Range has a nice facility.

If you really get into Trap, The Metro Gun Club in Angleton has some very fine shooters who can really teach you a bunch. They also have a large contingent of older folks like us, so you would feel right at home.
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