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Probably, human nature being what it is.....

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I think the greatly increased angle of the outgoing targets and the chance to shoot at incomers were the main reasons skeet became so popular.

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Wednesday afternoon shooting practice 16 yard trap is not trapshooting. Attending a registered shoot, signing up for the 300 target day (16 yard, Handicap and doubles) and signing up for the various options is far closer to what a trapshooting is. To run a 25 from the 27 yard line with any regularity requires quite a bit of focus and preparation.
I am a trapshooter, my current yardage is 27 and I can be grumpy! I HATE practice shooting and will not shoot in any "competition" that doesn't keep scores or reward success!

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This probably helped the growth of Skeet

Image (taken in 1935) in "Something About Shotguns" in the "Guns & Shooting" section of National Sportsman, July 1939. Gable is holding a Remington 32, Winchester 21, Remington 17 and a Parker. John Bennett gave him a 20g Skeet configured DHE but he had several more Parkers.

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With Gary Cooper (holding a Model 42). Gable's primary skeet gun was a Cutts equipped Sportsman

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Carole Lombard, Life Magazine, October 17, 1938; also with a Sportsman

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The best Skeet shooter in Hollywood was reported to have been Fred MacMurray

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and of course Robert Stack, here with Lana Turner

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As someone who doesn't hunt, skeet gives me an opportunity to shoot some of my doubles on a regular basis. In the beginning I drew a lot of looks and some appreciative comments on the hammered double I normally use compared to the O/U, semi-autos and the occasional pump normally seen at the club. As to the shooters, it always varies from club to club and is more a reflection on the club itself. Some clubs are uptight with rude shooters or shooters who take their shooting VERY seriously. Like everyone else I don't find those clubs fun to shoot at and prefer the more relaxed atmosphere at the club I normally shoot at, we shoot, we make rude remarks at each other's expense and have a lot of fun.

I watched some of the video clips from the Olympic skeet shooting and looked up the rules* and lately we've been shooting a round of that every Sunday. Of course the machines are still set to throw birds at American skeet speeds, but it's still nice change of pace.


Link to Olympic Skeet Rules: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISSF_Olympic_skeet#25_Shot_Sequence


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Originally Posted by Borderbill
Probably, human nature being what it is.....
Everyone knows Borderbill was born at a trap range in Milwaukee!

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It looks like Carole Lombard had exceptionally good stance for shooting a shotgun.


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Think skeet a great game, but best for a field shooter when played by the old rules w/gun down and I liked the old rule that let you take that 25th shot anywhere on the field you elected, as 25's were/are rare, for most shooters using a low gun start. Agree about taking station 8 targets from the wrong direction [going away] for best field shooting practice. On chokes, shoot what you are going to hunt the intended game with, but use target loads and shot sizes suited to the clay targets being thrown.

Joe Wood and some friends have developed a fun and challenging variant played on a skeet field for practicing/testing field shooting skills. Its a type of 'walk up' skeet, for lack of a better expression.

Tournament skeet shooting is an altogether dif. horse, as is trap.

Shooting 16 yd. trap targets from a low gun start can be good practice for some types of flushing birds. Wanna make it tougher? Try doing that on a wobble or bunker!

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I agree, Buzz. I notice how relaxed she looks, how in her stance her feet are relatively close together. Several years ago I had a session with my friend Bill McGuire, a world champion sporting clays competitor, and instructor. He has an uncanny way of bringing out the worst in my shooting, which is exactly what a shooting student needs. We drove to a station at FCGC and he said he wanted me to shoot a right to left crosser. I looked at it and saw no reason I wouldn't kill it. LSS, I missed it five times straight. I looked at him with a surprised expression, and he laughed and said "Loosen up, you're too tense". I was confused and asked why he thought that, as I didn't feel tense. He replied that my foot placement showed him the tension and anxiety inside me. He went on to explain that I had spread my feet apart and sort of braced myself, like I was "digging in" to bear down on it. He said "Now, I want you to stand facing the same spot for the break point, but with your feet closer together, as if you were standing and talking to a friend, and relax". I did that and smoked the next four or five straight. I was incredulous, but I've never forgotten that. It raised my score several birds per round of sporting, and especially in competitive situations such as tournaments.

Mrs. Lombard has that exact same relaxed stance.


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I'm with you on that one! Trap is like watching paint dry. Too many gadgets like blinders, Frankenstein stocks, foot high ribs, etc. I have also heard all the trap excuses...Late pull, bad trigger, bad shell, angle of the sun, a butterfly distracted me, somebody whispered or talked during my shot, are those regulation targets or what?, etc, etc, etc..............forever!


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