All assistance needed is given to every participant to enable them to begin learning to shoot. Naturally, with new shooters, our first concern is safety. So the first thing to learn is safe gun handling.
When you have completed our gun handling safety instruction, you will be able to...
- Procede in confidence, to the track allocated to you with all equipment plus your gun, broken open with its muzzle resting on your boot.
- 1. Occupy a range pad with the correct weight distribution & stance For a beginner the shooter should stand on track #3, their feet apart, about the same as their shoulder width. The weight distributions should be around 75%~85% on the front foot. The front knee must not be locked & the shooter will lean forward from the waist, into the shot. The front foot should be around 30deg to the line of the track & the back foot comfortable. The stock is pressed firmly against the shoulder, in the pocket as previously described above.
- 2. Attempt five targets released in a fixed direction Starting at pad #one, the shooter calls for & shoots at a target off each track. Any required assistance or coaching is given. The percentage of targets broken is noted for each shooter.Low scoring shooters are given further assistance.
- 3. Demonstrate correct best method of mounting the gun. As a basic guide, the gun after closing is pointed in the direction of the trap house, gripped in the manner for your hand RH or LH. Stand upright with head straight. Place the comb (top of stock) beneath your cheekbone, then slide the gun backward to rest on your shoulder. Using the heel of your trigger hand, gently press the stock inward to your neck so that it rests in the pocket between collar & shoulder bones
- 4. Mount gun correctly, acquire correct aiming point, call for target, pursue & break it Mounting the gun as in (2) above, the target is called for, tracked & shot at, results are noted. Any needed coaching is given & the shot repeated. The procedure is repeated times for each new shooter.
- 5. Mount gun, aim to the correct hold-out point & explain why holding at this point is important Mounted correctly the gun is moved to the "hold-out" point. To explain this, the shooter aims at a point at the front edge of the trap house & to the left of centre for track 1 to 3, & right of centre for tracks 3 to 5
- 6. Call for target & carefully watch the released target's flight The trap is set to straight away & when the shooter feels comfortable & ready, the target is called for. Using an unloaded gun, the target is tracked & the shooter pulls the trigger about one finger thickness below the target & continues the gun movement through the target. This continuation of movement of the shotgun is very important!
- 7. Attempt a round of oscillating targets. - The trap is set to oscillating, and all targets attempted. At this point, any assistance needed or requested will be given. You will just love the experience of breaking your first target!