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    Default Took three "newbies" shotgun shooting yesterday.

    Well four "newbies" if including myself.

    We went to Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays.
    I've only been there once before; about five years ago.
    The three other guys never shot Sporting Clays before. And either never shot a shotgun in their life, shot one once years ago, or had last shot a shotgun decades ago when he was a kid.

    Over the last several years, at work, in NJ, I've been very outspoken on my pro 2A views.
    And it has lead to getting more-n-more co-workers to see the light. And I've gotten a few of them to the range to shoot handguns and rifles.

    A few months ago I got a few co-workers interested in the possibility of shooting Sporting Clays
    But due to various responsibilities each of us had. We never found a free day; until this week.

    This past Tues I once again asked everyone who was interested and who was available for this Saturday (ie yesterday).
    I was able to get one current co-worker, one ex-co-worker, and brother-inlaw of the ex-co-worker.
    I'm 54, co-worker is ~60, ex-co-worker and his brother inlaw are around 30.

    Before planning this. I had in mind to use my Stevens SxS 12 gauge, that I inherited from dad, who may have even gotten it from his dad (my grandpa).
    In the past; it was becoming difficult to break-open after shooting. So I had it repaired + cleaned a couple months ago; but had never fired it.
    So on Friday I went to local gun shops to buy a backup shotgun.
    And I found a newer version; but still used; of my Stevens SxS 12 gauge.

    So that was our shotguns yesterday; two Stevens SxS 12 gauges.

    Good thing I had bought that 2nd shotgun on Friday.
    Because the repair + cleaning did not work.
    Not only did was the gun still hard to break open after each shot. Have to break it open across my knee.
    But now it also tended to misfire with lite primer strikes on the second shot.

    So we switched to the gun I just bought on Friday.
    It functioned flawlessly; at first.
    After a few rounds. It too began to misfire with lite primer strikes on the second shot.
    AND it's safety began to not engage when breaking open the gun.

    Anyway; misfire issues aside. And even though we are horrible shots. None of us made it past the 50% hit rate.
    And that was the beginner course !
    I had the best hit rate of 49% and was the first to hit all six clays at a station.
    The other hit rates in our group were 47%, 45%, and 35%.
    We still had lots of fun.

    At each station; we mostly had the clays thrown out one at a time.
    But half way through the course; I started having the clays both thrown at the same time.
    That lead to a couple of the other guys to try that a few times.

    And I'm very happy to say. That through out the entire time.
    All of these newbies followed the gun safety rules perfectly.

    We are now considering doing this a couple more times before Fall.
    Keeping fingers crossed that I get even more people out next time.
    --ET

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    Default Re: Took three "newbies" shotgun shooting yesterday.

    Every person we bring over from the dark side matters.
    I've converted several people myself.
    Always worthwhile, and always leads to them spreading the word.
    Well done.
    How can you have any cookies if you don't drink your milk?

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    Default Re: Took three "newbies" shotgun shooting yesterday.

    #intothelightmatters
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    Default Re: Took three "newbies" shotgun shooting yesterday.

    Got to start somewhere- good work!
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    Default Re: Took three "newbies" shotgun shooting yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by ett View Post
    We are now considering doing this a couple more times before Fall.
    Keeping fingers crossed that I get even more people out next time.
    Outstanding!

    Educating newbs that “guns don’t kill clays, people do” is priceless... well done!

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    Default Re: Took three "newbies" shotgun shooting yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by ett View Post
    Well four "newbies" if including myself.

    We went to Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays.
    I've only been there once before; about five years ago.
    The three other guys never shot Sporting Clays before. And either never shot a shotgun in their life, shot one once years ago, or had last shot a shotgun decades ago when he was a kid.

    Over the last several years, at work, in NJ, I've been very outspoken on my pro 2A views.
    And it has lead to getting more-n-more co-workers to see the light. And I've gotten a few of them to the range to shoot handguns and rifles.

    A few months ago I got a few co-workers interested in the possibility of shooting Sporting Clays
    But due to various responsibilities each of us had. We never found a free day; until this week.

    This past Tues I once again asked everyone who was interested and who was available for this Saturday (ie yesterday).
    I was able to get one current co-worker, one ex-co-worker, and brother-inlaw of the ex-co-worker.
    I'm 54, co-worker is ~60, ex-co-worker and his brother inlaw are around 30.

    Before planning this. I had in mind to use my Stevens SxS 12 gauge, that I inherited from dad, who may have even gotten it from his dad (my grandpa).
    In the past; it was becoming difficult to break-open after shooting. So I had it repaired + cleaned a couple months ago; but had never fired it.
    So on Friday I went to local gun shops to buy a backup shotgun.
    And I found a newer version; but still used; of my Stevens SxS 12 gauge.

    So that was our shotguns yesterday; two Stevens SxS 12 gauges.

    Good thing I had bought that 2nd shotgun on Friday.
    Because the repair + cleaning did not work.
    Not only did was the gun still hard to break open after each shot. Have to break it open across my knee.
    But now it also tended to misfire with lite primer strikes on the second shot.

    So we switched to the gun I just bought on Friday.
    It functioned flawlessly; at first.
    After a few rounds. It too began to misfire with lite primer strikes on the second shot.
    AND it's safety began to not engage when breaking open the gun.

    Anyway; misfire issues aside. And even though we are horrible shots. None of us made it past the 50% hit rate.
    And that was the beginner course !
    I had the best hit rate of 49% and was the first to hit all six clays at a station.
    The other hit rates in our group were 47%, 45%, and 35%.
    We still had lots of fun.

    At each station; we mostly had the clays thrown out one at a time.
    But half way through the course; I started having the clays both thrown at the same time.
    That lead to a couple of the other guys to try that a few times.

    And I'm very happy to say. That through out the entire time.
    All of these newbies followed the gun safety rules perfectly.

    We are now considering doing this a couple more times before Fall.
    Keeping fingers crossed that I get even more people out next time.
    Keep up the good work!

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    Cool Re: Took three "newbies" shotgun shooting yesterday.

    Caught me off guard with the title post,I thought it was leading to shooters picking pellets out of someones a$$ ?

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    Default Re: Took three "newbies" shotgun shooting yesterday.

    Great to hear! Lehigh valley sporting clays is a great time and well run! Did you have a long wait to get on the course?

    Also FYI they have very nice Beretta O/U rental guns for $12 I believe. Good for beginners who haven't purchased a gun yet.

    Is your Stevens a field gun and choked full/mod? That's a bit tight for their course except for the long birds from across the quarry.

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    Default Re: Took three "newbies" shotgun shooting yesterday.

    Quote Originally Posted by jthrelf View Post
    Great to hear! Lehigh valley sporting clays is a great time and well run! Did you have a long wait to get on the course?

    Also FYI they have very nice Beretta O/U rental guns for $12 I believe. Good for beginners who haven't purchased a gun yet.

    Is your Stevens a field gun and choked full/mod? That's a bit tight for their course except for the long birds from across the quarry.
    Two of us arrived there a few mins before 9am; as we planned.
    But the other two showed up late. 9:40 late.
    So we did not sign in until a few mins before 10am.
    And then had to wait about 1/2 hr after we signed in.


    Both of my Stevens are field guns.

    The one I inherited, I used for hunting when I was a kid.
    It looks very similar to a model 311.
    Has an engraving of a goose or duck flying over a patch of grass.
    And has a patent date of April 20, 1915

    The one I bought on Friday; I is a model 5100.
    Has an engraving of a pointing dog in grass.


    And get this. AS I'm writing this. The ex-co-worker is messaging me to go again this coming Saturday.
    This time his girlfriend and father want to come.
    --ET

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    Default Re: Took three "newbies" shotgun shooting yesterday.

    I am a member at LVSC , we do the same thing here at my workplace with our co-workers , so far we have had 6 company shoots and 5 new people have joined the sport ! Maybe we will bump in to each sometime keep up the great work and have fun , LVSC is a great course.
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