how the various styles of shotguns worked. Then, I briefly introduced them to the concept of ballistics, and taught them the proper names for the different parts of the different types of shotguns. After the ladies were comfortable with the new concepts and terminology, we moved on to identifying the proper shooting stance and the proper way to shoulder a gun. Sara had lots of great questions, and after only 15 minutes, it was apparent that they were off to a good start.
I started the ladies shooting at the patterning board, a stationary target positioned about 20 yards from the shooter. We tried several different guns in order to find the ones that fit properly, taking special care to select from the smaller 28 gauge and .410 caliber shotguns that have little or no recoil. In what seemed like no time, both Sara and Carol were consistent with their stance and mount, and were able to focus on and hit the stationary target every time. It was time to move to the Skeet range.
Skeet is a recreational and competitive sport where participants attempt to break bright orange clay targets at distances up to 50 yards from a variety of angles. Because Sara and Carol had never shot moving targets before, we began by shooting only going-away targets, because the trajectory of going-away targets closely resembles shooting at the patterning board. The similarity in shooter position, and the illusion of almost no horizontal motion makes this target presentation the easiest to break.
When both Sara and Carol were comfortable with the going-away presentation and consistently breaking targets, we moved to a more challenging station. By the end of the session, after only a few minor corrections from myself, Carol and Sara were breaking difficult crossing targets proficiently, and were considering Shotgun shooting as their new favorite sport.
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