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Old December 8th, 2019, 08:28 AM #1
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Trap/Skeet/Clays first?

Picking the brain trust here. As a novice to shotguning. (I've shot them but with slugs usually.). Which one, trap, skeet, or clays, to begin? Where would the best place to go for lessons be in the mid Maryland area?
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Old December 8th, 2019, 08:38 AM #2
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Go to PG trap and skeet and shoot wobble trap. It’s the easiest thing there and you’ll gain a lot of confidence. (Shoot it with an improved cylinder choke) While there you can talk to them about the lessons they have available.
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I’ve taken new folks to the range and started on trap. Imho, it’s easiest.

Go on a very slow day, or maybe first few days, and ask if they can “lock” the thrower. (My phrase, not sure the proper term) the targets will all go straight away. Then you can start center and get the basic idea of finding the targets.

Than you can move through the 16 yard positions with straight targets.once they get the hang of that, go back to center, and unlock. Try that. Eventually getting to normal 16 shooting.

My wife did ok with this her first time and hit several. And started with moving. It built her confidence. It was a nice slow day, with no one but us on the field, so there was no pressure. We did 2 boxes of shells.

Skeet is more angles. The ladies club she shoots with had the local skeet team guys show a little about skeet. On a closed field, they started with targets from positions 1/7, then 2/6 to show basics and build confidence. Several of the ladies picked up pretty quickly.

I have no info on locations in your area.

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The ladies club she shoots with had the local skeet team guys show a little about skeet.
I had an older guy teach me a few things in 10 minutes that I had been trying to figure out for two years on my own.
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Itís fun shooting with folks at the ranges and there is a wealth of knowledge, especially the older folks.

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Go to Loch Raven Skeet and Trap and get lessons from Jack Bart.
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Trap is easiest to learn and get comfortable handling a shotgun and breaking a bird, go to have fun and learn, don't expect to be competitive at first, trap you really need to break 99 or 100 out of 100 to be competitive.
Once you get the hang of trap I would do sporting clays, you will have some trap style targets that you will be comfortable with and you will learn crossers, teals and all other types of presentations. It does help if you can shoot with a good shooter that can give you tips. Brian mentioned wobble trap and that is also good to try once you have basic trap down and will start you out on various angles and leads needed.
I can recommend the instructor at PG, he's a good guy and has a basic introduction course.
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Definitely trap first
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I would recommend taking a lesson at PG. It will give you confidence in properly handling a shot gun, breaking clay and shooting etiquette. Best money I ever spent.
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