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Chessmann
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I've just got 2 great daughters. They are very different, but we've been blessed.

I went on a dad and daughter event this weekend to the university where one of my daughters goes, and it was centered on shooting skeet! I've shot a .22 rifle a few times when I was in Jr. High, and my daughter has never shot a gun in her life. However, from kindergarten through 2nd grade she participated in the YMCA's Indian Princess Program - basically, dad and daughter activities and campouts - and she really stood out for her ability to pop the balloons when shooting bow/arrows and BB guns Smile It was really like a gift.

So we get to the shooting place. Unfortunately, it wasn't really well organized, and for the time we were there, she and I only got 5 shots apiece, total, for the afternoon.

So, she's never shot a real gun in her life...but she takes that 12 gauge shotgun and she hits the skeet on her first attempt! I was absolutely flabbergasted...but before she shot I thought about her days in Indian Princess and 'wondered'... She also hit her 5th and last shot - 40% for someone who's never even held a gun in her life! I'm still just smiling and shaking my head.

So, that's all. Just wanted to crow about one of my daughters Smile though, truth be told, they're both worthy of crowing about Smile
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Congratulations Chessmann! I'd be proud of her too! Sporting clays aren't easy targets and for her to have never fired a shotgun and hit the bird twice out of five, that's amazing. She might want to think about pursuing the sport and perfecting her skills; she could even earn some competition dollars. Way to go Chessmann's daughter(s)! Smile
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Congrats to your daughter on her skills.
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Nice, Chessman. Has she kept up with the archery?
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That's great, like Bob1Dog said, it's not easy to do at all. Was it skeet or sporting clays? I'm guessing traditional skeet. How many did you bust?
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I clipped just one Smile

Truly, I don't know the difference between skeet and sporting clays (Google Images, here I come), but what we shot at were circular disks with a rather large dome. They were incredibly light-weight, and about 6" in diameter. They flew through the air like little flying saucers.

There were 5 shooting stations (place where you stand when you shoot), each station a couple of yards from the next. The person on the left shot first, then the next person, and the next... About 10 yards in front of us was a small brick enclosure from which the clays were flung. They always were flung away from us, but alternated going straight away, a little to the left and a little to the right, but always away from the shooter. We saw some other people shooting clays that were really going from right to left, but ours were always going away from us.

There was a residential neighborhood that seemed about 500 yards away from us, and in the direction we where shooting! I guess shotgun shot doesn't travel nearly as far as I expected Smile

Landmark, she has not kept up with archery, but I'm going to suggest that she look into it if her schedule allows.
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On Apr 15, 2014, Chessmann wrote:
I clipped just one Smile


About 10 yards in front of us was a small brick enclosure from which the clays were flung. They always were flung away from us, but alternated going straight away, a little to the left and a little to the right, but always away from the shooter. We saw some other people shooting clays that were really going from right to left, but ours were always going away from us.



Lol to confuse thing even further, it sounds like you were trap shooting.

Typically in trapshooting the target is going away from you launched from a house (or trap/traphouse) directly in front of you. Skeet shooting the birds travel left and right and are launched from houses that are to your left and right. Sporting clays are layed out on a course that simulates an actual hunting scenario and the targets come in different sizes, from many different angles, and are even rolled across the ground.
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Good to know - thanks!
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It's a lot of fun, hope you guys get a chance to do it again and shoot a full round or two.

Our trapshooting league starts first thurs in May. I just stocked up on a bunch of reloading supplies last weekend and can't wait to start bustin some birds.
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