ARE YOU BORED?
DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO?
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT?
NEED A NEW HOBBY?
WANT TO HAVE FUN?
NEED TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS?
... TRY TRAP SHOOTING ...
We bet you haven't even tried it! What is trap
shooting? Click here to find out then use your
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It's really easy to try out this great sport.
There is a gun club near you. You may not even be aware of this fact (it's a secret
sport... no kidding) and trap shooting is a bigger sport than you may realize.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans, Canadians and Europeans are competing in the big
shoots every year worldwide. People just like you; engineers, mechanics,
secretaries, businesspersons, doctors, film industry people, you name it!
How come you are not joining the fun? Likely
because you never heard of trap shooting events taking place nearby. You don't see
these events advertised in the newspapers, radio or television announcements because the
sport is exclusive in nature. This doesn't mean you can't come to watch or
participate, on the contrary... everyone is welcome!
Now once you attend just one of these shoots you
will say to yourself, "Where have I been all my life? This is a great
sport!" Unlike golf, bowling, tennis, basketball, etc., there are no physical
requirements to lift, bend, twist, run, jump, and get all out of breath. It's a
sport the rich and famous have kept all to themselves for many years, and the doors are
now opening for everyone. You just can't keep a good thing down! And that's
good news for us all.
There are small gun clubs and large gun clubs.
I recommend for your first visit, so you can get a feel for the grandeur aspect of
the sport, to contact one of these organizations and ask when the next large-scale
registered shoot will occur in your geographic location. ATA or the California
Golden State Trapshooting Association and State Shooting Associations and
Clay Pigeon Shooting Association for the United Kingdom. All of
these associations will help you get into this fine sport of trap shooting (visit our links page for the Web site addresses). You want a large gun
club in action. Some of these clubs are as large as golf courses and located in
beautiful country settings with RV parking facilities with water & power, tent sites,
showers, cozy fireplaces, full restaurant facilities, etc.
Spring, Summer and in the Fall the clubs are booming
with activity. In Winter, clubs tend to slow down and focus more on Sunday practice
sessions league and prize shoots. So, it's a year-round sport.
And don't forget to visit Shotgun Sports Magazine & Trap & Field Magazine and ask for a
complimentary magazine issue. Tell them James Russell Publishing sent you.
Why not mark your calendar and
attend this weekend? Ask a friend to come with you to try something new and
different. No matter what your age, male or female, you will find trap shooting to
be a "very different" sport you have never experienced before.
YOU MEAN ME? SHOOTING A
You don't need a gun to get started.
Many clubs will furnish you with a loaner gun, and if there is no loaner available many
shooters will let you shoot their gun just to give the sport a try. You should tell
the club "manager" you are new to the sport and would like to give it a
try and need a basic lesson on how to shoot these trap shotguns. It's so easy!
But hitting all those targets are not so easy... and that's what makes trap
shooting so addictively fun and challenging. You'll be up and shooting in
Now, trap shotguns do recoil a tiny bit, but if you
try it and the gun gives you a wallop that gun is not fitting you properly. Some
shooters use hunting guns on weekends and they will buck like a baby mule, so to make your
first experience totally enjoyable ask if you can shoot a real dedicated trap shooting gun
with a stock recoil device installed. The gun will not kick hard!
I hope you will give trap shooting a try. I
know you will be thanking me one day for introducing you to this great sport. The
friends you will meet and the vacations you will take will be... well, life-changing
experiences you'll treasure you're entire life. If you are feeling blue, down in the
dumps, bored, feel left out, lonely and just need that "something" in your life
to turn your life around... trap shooting can do it, believe me. One thing I
guarantee, you will never find a sport like trap shooting that fulfills the inner
experience. You will never meet a nicer bunch of people.
So, isn't it neat that there is some undiscovered life
activities on this planet after all!
CAN I MAKE MONEY TRAP SHOOTING?
You most certainly can! Trap shooting has always been
a "money game" in the big competition shoots. You can compete for the
money or just the prizes or both. The choice is yours. Thousands of dollars
can be won! Many shooters just shoot for the sheer joy of seeing those little clay
targets explode into balls of orange and black smoke.
I'M A BEGINNER.
I DON'T WANT TO EMBARRASS MYSELF AT
THESE BIG SHOOTS.
WRONG ATTITUDE! There are all classes of
shooters, from novice to professional. Certainly, a registered shoot is not a good
place to learn how to fire your first round of trap. But they do have practice traps
and after just a few sessions you should be ready to begin shooting the tournaments.
Best bet? Go to a gun club before the registered shoot, get your initial
lesson so you can learn the procedure and etiquette, then go to the big shoots.
There is absolutely no reason to delay going to
these big tournament shoots... it's the ideal place to learn how to compete and to learn
how to shoot with precision. You don't want to get stuck in a "practice
rut" at the local gun club thinking you must be a better shooter before competing in
tournaments. You start right away shooting in competition... it's the best way to
learn and to meet hundreds of people who enjoy the sport. Don't wait to have fun,
have fun now!
IF I LIKE THE SPORT, WILL I HAVE TO
BUY A SHOTGUN?
Yes. Every gun club has members selling
shotguns. You don't want to spend a fortune on your first gun because you don't know
what you need. My book, "Trap Shooting Secrets"
will steer you in the right direction so you won't be disappointed later, and it will
teach you how to shoot... fast!
You can spend a few hundred dollars for a good used
gun, as low as a couple hundred or less for a starter trap gun, or a few thousand for the
elite guns. The good news? You don't need an expensive gun to win the shoots!
It's not the gun, it's the shooter who wins. Many shooters shoot old outdated
guns and win shoot after shoot after shoot leaving many with the expensive guns behind in
the dust. The investment is low.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO SHOOT?
At the local gun club it will cost
about $3 to shoot a round of trap which is 25 targets. A box of 25 new shells will
cost about $5. So, total cost is $8. But soon you will reload your own shells
for practice and and cut your cost for shells in half. So, it will only cost $4.50
per trap round.
A tournament event, 100 targets,
will cost about $22 to shoot 100 targets (4-rounds of trap). Your shells will cost
about $20 if you shoot new shells. $10 if you shoot reloads. There are usually
three events; singles, handicap and doubles. Singles event shoots 100 targets,
handicap shoots 100 targets and double-trap shoot 50 targets. Total cost to
shoot all events for the day? About $45 for 250 targets and $50 for new shells or
$25 or less for reloaded shells.
So, if you shoot the entire event
for the day your cost will range from $95 to as low as $70. If you can't afford
this, no problem nobody says you have to shoot all the events. Many shooters only
shoot the handicap events which pay the big money. In this event your total cost for
targets and shells will only be $42 if you shoot new shells and $30 for reloaded shells.
Now, that's an economical sport when you can control the costs.
HOW DO I CONTROL COSTS OR MAKE MONEY?
You will be surprised to discover
that your costs will come down dramatically, even in your first year of shooting.
You can play "options" and you don't even have to win the shoot to win!
If you score well on just one trap (get four chances to do so) the options can return
enough money to pay for your entire day of shooting!!! And if you score well on two
or three traps? A few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars will pay your way
and you didn't even win the shoot! It's a neat system where the shooter can make
money. Play the 25 and 50 options and maybe the Lewis class too and when you get
good, play the "perfect 50's."
I know many shooters who have made
money in their first year of shooting playing these options. It's not impossible by
no means, in fact it is highly probable you will win some money to pay for your
shooting... at least cut your costs in half. Any prizes you win you can keep or sell
and that could put some extra money in your pocket. You may at first believe
tournament shooting is gambling, but it's gambling on yourself, not on some slot machine
that is rigged to beat you. If you shoot well you will be compensated. If you
shoot poorly you may still win money. It's true. Just shoot well on one trap,
blow all the rest and you have some money coming to you and it most always pays for your
entry fees and cost of shells! It's like an insurance policy. The odds are
good you will score well at least once out of four times at one of the four traps.
CAN WOMEN JOIN TRAP SHOOTING?
THE GIRLS DON'T ONLY SHOOT... THEY WIN !!!
Photo courtesy of Clay
Shooting Magazine. DTL Women's shooting team.