Trap shooting can be a great way to practice your aim and form for when you go bird hunting – but it can also be an incredibly enjoyable sport in itself. If you’ve never gone trap shooting before, then be sure to use the following beginner safety and shooting tips:
Safety should always be your first priority when it comes to trap shooting or any activity involving a gun. The following are some essential safety tips that everyone – not just beginners – need to keep in mind and follow:
- Assume the gun is always loaded – Even if you are 100 percent sure the gun isn’t loaded, treat it like it is. A huge number of accidents occur because a gun that was thought to be unloaded wasn’t and went off by accident.
- Don’t point the gun at anything you aren’t prepared to shoot – If you’re not planning on shooting it, don’t aim your gun at it. This ensures that if the gun goes off by accident that you don’t damage any property or hurt anyone.
- If your gun fails to fire, handle with care – Don’t try to fire again and gently lower your gun so that it’s not aimed at anything – it could accidentally go off after the fact.
Trap shooting isn’t like any other type of shooting – you can’t just aim and fire. Use the following tips to shoot properly in order to hit your clay targets:
- Identify your dominant eye – The first thing you should do is figure out which one of your eyes is the dominant one. You can do this by pointing at an object with both eyes open. Close one eye. If the object moves from where you’re pointing, then your dominant eye is probably the one that’s closed.
- Keep both eyes open – You have to keep both eyes open when shooting since you are tracking a moving target.
- Keep a proper stance – Stand in a boxer position. Your lead leg should be slightly bent, while your rear leg should be kept straight. Lean forward just slightly into your gun so that you can control the recoil as well as rotate at the waist with ease while tracking.
- Holding your gun – The butt of the gun’s stock should be held firmly against the pocket of your shoulder, right between your arm and your collarbone. Your shooting elbow should be raised up so that your arm is parallel to the ground.
- Keep your cheek to the stock – This should allow you to see the bead at the front of the barrel. If you any length of the gun’s barrel, your heat is probably too high on the stock. Remember to keep your cheek to the stock even after you fire – a common beginner mistake is to look up right away, ruining your follow through.
If you plan on going trap shooting for the first time, then be sure to follow these safety and shooting tips to ensure a successful trap shooting session.