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#6864209 - 08/21/17 06:19 PM Re: Looking for help getting my son started in Trap [Re: Obi Wan]
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Registered: 09/23/08
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Loc: Grapevine
A pump is perfectly fine for trap, it hasn't been that long since the Winchester Model 12 was one of the most popular trap guns and it still has a large following. Skeet and Sporting Clays is another story altogether.

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#6869948 - 08/26/17 08:37 PM Re: Looking for help getting my son started in Trap [Re: Obi Wan]
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Registered: 09/01/16
Posts: 29
Loc: Lucas TX
At one time I shot a lot of ATA registered targets and was fortunate to shoot with some really great adults when I was a kid. Learning to shoot with two eyes was hard for me but was a key in becoming a much better shooter. You can start with a pump but make sure you get him light target loads. regardless of the gun, make sure it fits. It's worth finding someone that fits gun stocks and going to them for a fitting if you get into the sport seriously

Trap shooters are great people in general and if you go to a club, there is always someone that will help a newcomer, especially a kid. If he takes to it and you have the budget, then it's time to get one instructor and stick with them. Like anything else with shooting or hunting, everyone has an opinion and they often contradict each other.

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#6882477 - 09/09/17 12:39 AM Re: Looking for help getting my son started in Trap [Re: Obi Wan]
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Registered: 09/21/06
Posts: 70
Loc: Weatherford,TX
Trap will get in your blood quick. Back in the day I went all over the country shooting trap. I shot the zone shoots, state shoots, Southwestern grand and the grand american back when it was in Ohio. As far as one eye or two eyes goes it's personal preference for the shooter I think. One of my good friends who got me started shooting trap made the all american team a couple times as a junior and shot with one eye closed and so did I. As it was stated above you can put a piece of tape on your shooting glasses to block your off eye. The benefit of this is you can still keep both eyes open, but not have your off eye take over. Because automatically when you close one eye the other eye will squint a little bit.

As far as advice goes.

1. Find a Preshot routine your comfortable with and do it that same way everyime.

2. Don't move your gun until you see the target.

3. Don't get caught up in trying to shoot the target as fast as you can. The good shooters do shoot fast, but that is a result of them seeing and locking on the target fast. Not because they are trying to just shoot fast.




Edited by stickshooter 41 (09/09/17 12:58 AM)

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#6884689 - 09/11/17 09:18 PM Re: Looking for help getting my son started in Trap [Re: Obi Wan]
5 Stand Dan Offline
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Registered: 06/23/12
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One eyed will work for trap, but not at anything else. In trap you are shooting on a single plain at a given distance and speed. If you want your child to "learn how to shoot" they need to use both eyes.
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#6885889 - 09/13/17 12:18 AM Re: Looking for help getting my son started in Trap [Re: Obi Wan]
stickshooter 41 Offline
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Registered: 09/21/06
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Loc: Weatherford,TX
What do you mean by won't work on anything else? I have also shot skeet, sporting clays and have hunted pretty much everything that flies that you are allowed to hunt my whole life. I'm not claiming to be the best shooter around, but I have had a good bit of success throughout the years of competition.

At no point have I ever felt like I was at a disadvantage only shooting with one eye open.

I agree with you that you should absolutely shoot with both eyes open if you can. But not everybody can. If I try to I get a very distorted sight picture. You have to work with what you got. You can still be a very good shooter with one eye open at whatever you won't to shoot. In the end if you can shoot, then you can shoot.


Edited by stickshooter 41 (09/13/17 12:20 AM)

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