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Doubles are a one bird game

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Dr.Longshot, Sep 23, 2012.

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  1. Dr.Longshot

    Dr.Longshot Banned Banned

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    " Doubles are a one bird game" as quoated by an olympic shooter, he says you know where that first bird is going to be, just hold for it, that bird is a gimme, break it and look for the second target and your eyes will have you on that one.

    I tend to feel that is a correct quote.

    Gary Bryant
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  2. bcnu

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    There is no such thing as a gimme bird. John
     
  3. Ajax

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    Then everyone should break them all, all the time? Is that right?

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  4. Hap MecTweaks

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    That's not what Jeff said! He said, "after getting that first bird down" it then becomes a one bird game.

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  5. wolfram

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    How about a one bird at a time game?
     
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    Wolfram, I agree. Britt Robinson taught me to hold just under where I wanted to break the first target to allow for some variation (modern traps are great but not perfect). Almost spot shooting but not quite. And then I worry about the second target. I've always held to the belief there's no excuse to miss a first target. When I do, it usually because I'm thinking about the second target before I've taken care of business on the first one.

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  7. Brian in Oregon

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    While the premise of knowing the flight path of the first bird is correct, and that the shotgun can be held in a position to cover a portion of that path, it is not a "gimmie". I see plenty of misses on the supposed "gimmie bird". Thus, this dashes any suggestion that doubles is a "one bird game". As wolfram said above, it is a "one bird at a time game".
     
  8. shannon391

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    I agree, you just have to make a good second shot.
     
  9. hmb

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    Doubles is a game that very few trap shooters know how to play. HMB
     
  10. shannon391

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    On a good day, It's the most fun you can have with your pants on!
     
  11. Setterman

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    Tell us about the birds and the bees and doubles Shannon!
     
  12. shannon391

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    A nice pair can make a grouchy old man, smile like a school girl on prom night. :)
     
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    Even though you can "set up" for the first bird make sure you make a good gun move to that first bird. Don't get lazy on it. That will put you in the best position to make an easy shot the the second bird.
    Don't consider that first bird "automatic", hold high where it comes out, but put a move on itl
     
  14. Ray Collins

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    I tend to agree; I shoot singles to have something to do until it is time to shoot doubles. Shooting doubles is a bit like making love; you don't need to be good to enjoy it--but skill does help...


    Doc
     
  15. Fred Neal

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    I heard a gentleman say that in shooting doubles that 97% of you concentration is on the second bird , so that only leaves 3% for the first bird that is almost a gimmee on the first bird I guess. I dont Know all of the gentlemans qualifications but he was a gold metal winner in doubles trap at the olympics.
    GO ARMY STRONG
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  16. Jason Hassler

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    He never said the first target was a gimme. He said you should be focusing 90% of your thoughts on the second target and in that way it makes it a one target event. I really appreciated that mind set, I'm gonna try that.
     
  17. shannon391

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    If you cannot become decent at breaking the first shot at doubles, you might want to look into knitting.
     
  18. jim brown

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    If you don't miss as many first birds as you do second birds you are not shooting doubles correctly.


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  19. Setterman

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    Jim, If I shoot a good round, I may drop a couple 2nd targets, but break all my first targets. So despite shooting a 98, I was shooting them incorrectly?

    Please help me. What did I do wrong?
     
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    While I've heard this before, I have trouble agreeing with you 100% Jim.


    I believe distance increases difficulty to a degree--the target recurves more, is more susceptible to atmospheric influences, more gun movement required to get there, the affect of recoil from the first shot, etc.


    I do wonder sometimes though, when I don't miss any first birds, if I'm being aggressive enough. Instead of pushing it however, I usually try to concentrate on smoothness and staying in my gun for the second. I feel with this done well things will speed up organically, and my percentage lost will decrease as well.



    Guy Babin
     
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