For anyone wanting to get into trap, skeet, and clay shooting, there are some important aspects to remember before you head down to the local range. And not just whether you are going to use one of your bolt action rifles or lever action rifles. Things like understanding what each sport is. A small rundown would be:
● Trap shooting.
This is a game of movement based around quick reaction time. Shooters try to repeatedly aim, fire, and destroy clay discs. These discs represent flight paths of birds and travel at speeds over 40 mph. This is one clay at a time.
● Skeet shooting.
Another sport based on quick reaction time, skeet shooting has two different points at which clay targets are hurled into the air. Varying speeds and angles make skeet shooting an ever-changing sport. These also tend to be crossing angles.
● Clay shooting.
This attempts to recreate an actual hunting scenario. With different angles, clays, and speeds all changing, clay shooting attempts to prepare the hunting for real-life situations. Arguably the most challenging of the three sports.
Now that you know a little about each sport, let’s take a look at how you will want to approach getting into the sport. First, you don’t have to pretend like you know everything; in fact, when you let people know you are a beginner they will more than likely give you additional advice and help. Second, you want to prepare yourself as much you can prior to your first time. That means doing your research (like reading this article). Last, you will want to bring some items with you to make your experience the best possible. We’ve put together some accessories you’ll want to pack with your firearm to make sure you’re fully outfitted; take a look.
Keeping your eyes on the target is only half the battle. Keeping your eyes safe from dirt, debris, and discharge will keep you as accurate as your focus. There is always the risk of ricocheting materials, target shards, or even unburnt powder from the action hitting your eyes. The most convenient defense against this would be shooting glasses. These are closer to safety glasses than sunglasses. Reducing your light will most likely lower your chances of accurately hitting the target. There are also full face masks if you are extremely worried, but most shooters think a good pair of shooting glasses do the trick.
Perhaps the most important part of your body to protect when firing a weapon is your ears. Repeated noise pollution can have major consequences if not properly protected. Luckily, there are a number of effective noise dampeners that will prevent you from going deaf. There are a range of accessories to use. Depending on your budget, you can spend anywhere from a few dollars to around $100. Foam ear plugs are the basic protection against noise, while electronic noise dampers will amplify and dampen sound depending on the situation.
These are the first items of which the primary purpose isn’t protection, but a shooting vest can save you plenty of time and hassle when on the range. Most trap or skeet rounds consist of 25 shots; which, not by accident, is the number of shells in a box. A shooting vest allows you to pocket all of the shells and accessories you need during around of shooting. You can also keep your empties so you don’t dirty up the range. You can find a good vest for under $30, but can spend over $100 depending on your needs.
Choke Tube Wrench
For shooters who are going to spend some time on the range with different types of targets, a choke tube wrench is a must. For easily transitioning between chokes, a wrench with a handle will optimize your time.
When you are shooting trap, you will want to stop the empty cartridges from projectile firing at your buddies. Shell catchers hinder spent ammo cartridges from doing just that. They are an accessory that will run you about $20. A handy little device for people who plan on doing a lot of shooting.
This might seem obvious, but some people think they will just get rounds at the range. Sometimes they don’t offer the brand or type you are looking for. Other times there is a huge markup in price. Any way you look at it, it’s a smart idea to come to the range prepared, and that means bringing enough ammo for the amount of shooting you want to do.
Finally, you want to wear comfortable clothing. This is still range appropriate attire, but don’t try to wear something you won’t be comfortable shooting in. Again, this seems like an obvious thing to do, but some people forget to do it.
So, you finally made the decision. You want to purchase your first shotgun. Congratulations. It’s your first step into the firearm community. Before we welcome you fully, you need to decide which shotgun to buy. Are you looking at tactical shotguns? Would a lever action shotgun be more your style? Are you already overwhelmed by two options?
Here at GrabAGun, we specialize in helping people buy shotguns. We’ve done the research on all of the shotguns we have listed for sale and picked three that are affordable, reliable, and ideal for beginners. So, here are our selections you will want to consider.
To start the list, we have the Mossberg 500. This shotgun can be found with as much frequency in a hunter’s gun case as an officer’s patrol vehicle. With over 50 years in production, the Mossberg shotguns have fine-tuned their weapons for ultimate performance. The 500 series has several different models to pick from, each with a different style to appeal to different hunters. But Mossberg is also aware that they can’t make a shotgun that fits everyone’s needs, so this weapon can be customized—there are several aftermarket parts that you can find to make your first shotgun truly unique. And as a final note, since you might not be aware of the maintenance required for proper upkeep of your weapon, Mossberg shotguns are built to withstand the rigors of the hunt, and neglectful owners (though you should always properly clean and maintain your weapon).
CZ 612 Magnum Waterfowl Shotgun
The next shotgun on the list is perfect for beginners, because it too is relatively new to the firearm scene. The CZ 612 Magnum Waterfowl is the new kid in town, but is making a reputation for itself quickly. All that praise comes from the capabilities of the shotgun; it’s a hell of weapon for beginners and experts. The first aspect you’ll notice as a beginner is its recoil pad that will absorb a lot of the kick from those 12-gauge shells and slug you’ll be firing. For shooters not used to it, having a firearm that helps protect your shoulder can make a big difference. Once you begin to advance your knowledge some, you’ll notice that the 612 has a big forearm for easy action manipulation and easy-to-access release lever. It also comes standard with five choke tubes that can be interchanged with ease. All-in-all, you are getting a 3 ½ inch chambered 12-gauge that is camo-dipped for under $400. Hard to find other shotguns for sale better than the 612.
You can’t have a list of shotguns without a Remington (if you did, it wouldn’t be a trustworthy one). One of the best for first-timers is the Remington 870. Similar to the Mossberg 500 and CZ 612, it features a list of aspects that make it ideal for people wanting to purchase their first shotgun. As one of the older gun manufacturers, Remington has been honing their craft for some time, so their steel receiver and twin action bars are made to withstand decades of use. They are also made in several different models, most of which can be found for under $500, most notably the Express and Super Magnum Express. These Remington shotguns are also easily upgraded with a variety of aftermarket accessories.
Those are three of the best options beginners have for their first shotgun. Before you run out and buy the shotgun though, it’s a good idea to keep researching and even test fire a few. You’ll be able to determine which of these feels right in your hands, and understand the subtle difference between them. Once you’ve picked the one you like most, you’ll want to compare prices with local gun shops and an online gun store. Odds are, you’ll find better prices when you buy guns online—and with options similar to local places. Here at GrabAGun, we offer a layaway program so you can afford your shotgun. So do your research, pick your shotgun, and we’ll be ready to help you during every step of buying your first shotgun.
The father of modern automatic and semi-automatic firearms was born in Ogden, Utah. The son of a Mormon pioneer, John Moses Browning started his illustrious career at the ripe age of thirteen when he crafted his first firearm in his father’s gun shop. He earned his first of over 120 firearm patents when he was 24. From a very early age, Browning’s life centered on firearms.
Revered by many as “The World’s Greatest Gun Inventor,” John M. Browning has left a mark on nearly every facet of weaponry. From lever action rifles to pump-action shotguns, Browning either created or improved upon existing gun designs. Some of these would go on to become the tactical shotguns or semi-automatic rifles we love today. These inventions revolutionized the early 20th century. One of his most noted accomplishments was developing the first auto-loading pistols. These firearms were made possible by his invention, the telescoping bolt. This helped him create the pistol slide. This telescoping bolt is seen on almost all of the semi-automatic pistols today.
Additionally, Browning crafted a variety of weapons for the military. The M1895 Machine Gun defended battlefields during the Spanish-American War. WWI, WWII, and the Korean War all had soldiers carrying Browning firearms with them, such as the Colt M1911 and Browning 1917. The 50 caliber M2 is also one of his weapons that saw plenty of action on the battlefield. It is also one that is still seeing time out in the field. In addition to the 50 cal., his designs are still used today with weapons such as the Browning BPS 12 GA, Browning Maxus Rifle D Stalker, and Browning BPS Rifled Deer Hunter. Throughout his life, Browning produced and designed weapons for both military and civilians for a number of companies. Winchester, Colt, Remington, and Fabrique Nationale de Herstal all have been touched by Browning’s work.
A career that spans a lifetime would have plenty of achievements. Though writing about them all would take a novel (which has been published), we don’t have space for that here. Rather here is a quick overview of the more recognizable accomplishments by Browning. Some common pistols that are tied to him include:
● Colt Model 1900
● FN Model 1910
● Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless
● U.S. M1911 Pistol
● Browning Hi-Power
The shotguns that helped make Browning famous include:
● Savage Model 720
● Winchester Model 1887
● Browning Auto-5
● Remington Model 17
His list of rifles accomplishments is as extensive as pistols and shotguns:
● Winchester Model 1885
● Remington Model 8
● Browning 22 Semi-Auto
● FN Trombone
It wasn’t just firearms either. His designs also helped shape many of the cartridges that were used. Some of the more recognizable ones would be:
● 9mm Browning Long
● .45 ACP
● .380 ACP
● .38 ACP
The list of Browning’s work is extensive. An avid gun enthusiast who was devoted to his work, he also had a hunger to create. Quite literally until his dying breath, Browning’s life pursuit involved improving and creating reliable and dependable firearms. While sitting at a workbench in his son’s production shop, John M. Browning died of heart failure. The weapon he was working on was a 9mm semi-automatic pistol that would be completed by a Belgian designer and go into production some ten years later as the Fabrique Nationale GP35, or more commonly, the Browning Hi-Power.
Today, Browning’s designs are still widely used. Though technology has brought modifications and enhancements to them, Browning’s presence can still be seen in modern firearms. To honor his accomplishments, there is museum dedicated to his many contributions in his birthplace of Ogden. Here, gun enthusiasts can look back in time; original models crafted by Browning. Pistols, shotguns, rifles, and even machine guns and cannons are all on display. The museum highlights four generations of the Browning family and their influence on firearms.
After reading all this, you might be ready to purchase a rifle or find a shotgun for sale. If you are in the market for a Browning firearm, then you will want to check out the selection at GrabAGun.com. Their special layaway option makes buying a gun as useful as Browning made his weapons; flexible buying options for versatile weapons.