Skeet Shooting - Preparation for the End of the World

My business partner and best-friend since college, Scott, recently picked up the sport of skeet shooting. It’s something he’s always wanted to do competitively. I think the last time he had been shooting was over 10 years ago, but he’s been talking about picking it up again for the past couple years.

Inspired by my awesomeness and live-for-the-moment attitude, he decided to go for it on the 4th of July. He went to Moore-N-Moore Sporting Clays on N. Little Tujunga Canyon Rd in San Fernando, CA.

Moore N Moore Sporting Clays

Moore N Moore Sporting Clays

I would have gone with him, but I was busy passing out at the pool and watching Seinfeld on DVD at Ginger’s condo. He told me about how much fun it was and mentioned wanting to go again this weekend. Inspired by my own awesomeness and live-for-the-moment attitude, I joined him this past Saturday.

This was my first time skeet shooting since Duck Hunt for Nintendo.

Duck Hunt for Nintendo

For some reason, whenever I think of the words “skeet shooting” I hear the song Get Low by Lil John & The East Side Boyz.

To the window, to the wall,
To the sweat drip down my balls
To all these bitches crawl
To all skit skit motherf*****,
All skit skit got dam

Skeet Shooting with S$

Scott walked into Moore N Moore like a champion, requested a semi-automatic shotgun rental, picked up 4 boxes of shells, 2 sets of earplugs, and grabbed an access card. You insert the access card at each shooting station and it records how many clay pigeons you release (it costs $0.54 per pigeon).

I sort of expected a place like this to be a good ol’ boys club, unwelcoming of newbies like me. However, the guy behind the counter at Moore N Moore was exactly the opposite of that. He was very friendly and attentive–treated us like we’d been coming for years.

Adventure Paul with a semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun

Adventure Paul with a semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun

Shotgun Shells

Each station has a covered standing area about the size of a porta-potty, a gun rack, a couple benches, and a remote control which detonates the clay pigeons.

Shooting Station #1

Scott opted for the semi-automatic shotgun since last time he used a pump-action. He wanted to compare the two. His thoughts after this round is that he enjoyed shooting the semi-automatic more. “Less kickback,” he explained.

Shotgun Rack

There are two trap houses on each station, which shoot clay discs in different directions. On some stations, they fly toward you, others they fly away from you, across you, etc, and the speeds vary from station to station.

The remote control has three buttons: Left, Right, Double. When your partner yells “PULL!” you hit one of those buttons, depending on what you discussed beforehand. Most of the time, Scott and I said “PULL!” and took the Left shot. Then “PULL!” again and took the right shot. I saw a couple other groups using the Double button and the clay pigeons were released within a few seconds of each other.

Trap House (Left) on Station #1

Trap House (Left) on Station #1

Club rules say you can only load 2 shells at a time. After each Left and Right shot, I’d reload. You can do whatever you want at the stations in whatever order you want, but since we were doing 50 shots, we did 10 pigeons at each station.

Adventure Paul’s Shooting Ledger

Station #1 – 0/10
Station #2 – 0/10
Station #3 – 1/10
Station #4 – 3/10
Station #5 – 5/10

First Time % Total: 9/50 or 18%
Grade: FAIL

On Station #3, I didn’t even see that I had hit one. Scott saw it and said, “You got one! Nice job Diddy!” I wasn’t sure if I really hit one or if he just wanted to motivate and encourage me. Either way, it felt good to bust my clay pigeon cherry. On this station, I also started to figure out a few things I was doing wrong. Up until today, I had never shot a shotgun before, let alone at a moving target 20-60 yards in front of me!

Station #4 it all started to come together. It helped that the pigeons were slower and closer at this station (should have started here in retrospect), but it also helped that my stance had improved and I was getting the hang of leading the shot. When shooting at a moving target, you can’t just aim straight for it. Since shotgun shells release a spray of bullets, you sort of move the gun with the shot at the same speed and shoot for where the pigeon is going to be, not where it is when you take the shot. That’s my amateur explanation of how to shoot at clay pigeons.

Station #5 I felt like a champion. 3 of those 5 shots I made in a row. The biggest difference here is that I corrected how I was holding the gun (brought my left hand in closer to the base). This, in combination with holding the gun closer to my cheek, allowed me to use the sight better, which improved my shot.

I was very happy to actually hit some shots towards the end. I would have felt discouraged to return again if I kept hitting 0% at every station.

Here’s a video of me missing some pigeons:

Preparation for the End of the World

This continues my long term journey of preparing for the end of the world. If the day comes when the world ends (whether that be December 2012 or some time after that), and there are no more grocery stores, I am now a step closer to being able to shoot birds out of the sky for dinner. Or kill zombies. Or find silver bullets and shoot True Blood style vampires.

Fore more information about Skeet Shooting visit:

National Skeet Shooting Association & National Sporting Clays Association

Moore N Moore

Skeet Shooting on Wikipedia

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