2nd Round of Trap Worse than 1st


July 7, 2005, 09:59 AM
I *finally* got a chance to go back out and shoot again. Between work and crappy weather, I thought I'd never get to have any fun.

The weather was good, and no problems at work, so yesterday afternoon my friend and I left work and headed to the range.

As I'd mentioned before, I have lately been shooting worse on my second round of trap; usually dropping about 3 birds compared to the first round.

Today, I managed to stay exactly the same. I think I have a handle on why I was doing it, and hopefully this will help me get even better.

First, about the middle of the second round, I noticed that my gun mount was getting sloppy. Sometimes the butt of the gun would sit a little high or low from where it should be. This didn't seem to cause too much trouble, but wasn't ideal. But I was also letting the stock hit too far out on my shoulder sometimes. So now my head has to lean over farther, or my sight picture is off.

Once I figured that out, I started pulling my shoulder against the stock, and making sure it was set in the right place before getting set and calling for the bird. It definitely helped. I shot two 21's. Not the best scores ever, but I was happy about the consistency.

And after shooting, I figured out the other problem. Rhythm is supposed to be a good thing when shooting, right? But it can also cause problems. I realised that I was getting into the rhythm and routine of shooting, and I was actually pulling the trigger based on timing, not on aim. Rather than waiting for my eye to catch up with the clay, I was pulling the trigger at the right "time". Even if my eyes were still looking a foot behind the clay. Well that's just dumb.

But now that I've noticed it, I think I can fix it. Just being conscious of the problem will help a lot. But I think I'll also play some "games" on my practice rounds a few times. I'll try shooting fast on one station, slow on the next. Or maybe even alternate between birds instead of stations. But shoot a few rounds like that to keep myself in mind of the fact that I pull the trigger when I'm ready, not reflexively.

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July 7, 2005, 12:27 PM
just a suggestion.
between now and next time out (or for that matter, every day) practice mount and dryfire. Pick a spot on the wall, a fly, sparrow, whatever. as the mount begins to feel consistant, concentrate on your foot placement and balance. you can still have alot of practice without the loud bang [that reminds me- make sure your chamber and mag are empty]

July 7, 2005, 02:39 PM
That's the other thing I noticed but then promptly forgot about: I need to move my feet a little more to the left on stations 1 & 2. I've been angling myself too far to the right, and been having problems with the birds going left.

Dave McCracken
July 7, 2005, 07:01 PM
Inconsistent mounts mean inconsistent shooting. Get some practice in just mounting the shotgun. Use the Proper Mounting Techniques and Mounting 101 threads for starters.

For new shotgunners, keeping the strong elbow up really helps getting the butt where it need to go.

And do move your stance a little left.


July 14, 2005, 08:08 PM
I've been out again, and this time shot two 22's. I'm very happy with the consistency. I think concentrating on my form is what's helping me with that. I'm getting a consistent gun mount and lining up on the right spot on the trap house.

Now I've got to work more on those left flying clays. I opened up my stance to favor them, and it's helping. But it still feels awkward. After I empty another several hundred hulls, I should get used to it...

July 15, 2005, 01:09 AM
Keep at it and you will get it. My biggest problem on station 1 and 2 is I always try to anticipate the hard left angle and then when I get a straight away I'm playing catch up. :banghead:
Good Luck!!

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