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Old 05-15-2017, 04:48 AM
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When I returned home from whistle pig hunting Saturday evening I had a call message on the machine.
Got an invite to go shoot some sporting clays Sunday. Used to do it regular every Sunday morning back in the 1990's. I stopped shortly after I retired (2001) as shot got expensive, plus the cost of a round and a tip for the trapper. Also it was getting so that there were a lot of completive shooters on Sunday who wanted to slow things down for practice.

Decided I am going to take my Ithaca feather light model 37 20ga. that had been my dads and I have never shot. Dad could do real well when we were pat hunting and even rabbit hunting with the dog he had.

Stopped at my Brother in laws about 10 minutes to 9. Drove to his sportsman club, boy the place has changed from what it was last I shot there in the 1990's. Five skeet fields now compared to the two back then, Four 5 stand stations, new pistol range too. No trapper required for sporting clays, all the throwers are electric now. Sort of a shame in a way as it was young high school kids used to do it for the tips.

We and one other guy were the only people there that early other than the office girl that took our money, $22.00 for non members and $9.00 for members and their guest. Another fellow was waiting for his skeet shooting partner and asked if he could go out on the sporting clays course with us.

I was first up at station one and I was really thinking hard about the shot gun as it had been a very long time since I had shot a pump shot gun. Killed the first bird then kept pulling the trigger BIL yelling pump it, I did and killed the second bird some how. Got the next two birds from the same station. Took me till about station 10 to remember to pump that darn shot gun even with BIL and Gerry yelling pump it.

I still had a good time but only killed 23 birds out of 50. Brother in Laws 2 cousin and wife were in the club house getting ready to go shoot skeet and asked us to join them. I declined but told my brother in law to go ahead if he wanted too. I wanted to visit with some other people I knew there for a bit.

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Old 05-15-2017, 08:04 AM
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I shot Sporting Clays in the mid '80s but suddenly the 'specialty guns' started showing up as status symbols and I ducked out.
46% is downright GOOD for a rusty shooter and a strange gun!
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Old 05-15-2017, 05:26 PM
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Sounds like you had fun and that is the most important thing. It is cool that you were using your dads gun. For me a lot of competition turns out that competitors go kind of nuts and the competition ends up ruining the enjoyment.
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Old 05-18-2017, 04:18 AM
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Ya it was a lot of fun and I plan on doing it a bit more often. Maybe once every couple of months and early in the morning so we are not over run with the runners or slowed down by the do overs.

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