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Drills to Start "Youth Trapshooting"

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by moose!!!, Sep 24, 2012.

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  1. moose!!!

    moose!!! Member

    Nov 8, 2011
    I am going start training youth at an "OLD Gun Club" Lots of great shooters with lots of knowledge but, most have terrible people and teaching skills. When I ask around to get some advice I get complicated answers.

    What I need from my trapshooters.com family is a basic starting point and some basic drills to start youth some may be young and some new at the sport of shotgunning and some have been self taught so may have some less than desirable habits to work out. I know that safety is paramount and I know the importance of that being the starting point of gun handling but once we start actually shooting that is where I need the help. I'm sure you can help.

    Thanks for all your inputs
  2. spitter

    spitter Well-Known Member TS Supporters

    Jan 29, 1998
    Prairie State
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    PM sent,

    Jay Spitz
  3. shotgunpeople

    shotgunpeople Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
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    I put up a Terry Jordan Wall Chart when I was doing some informal training at my old one hole Club in NY.

    It gave the youth a chance to hold their guns up, and actually see what they should see in terms of lead, etc. without having to try to chase targets out of the house.

    Invaluable training aid in my opinion...

    Thanks for teaching the youth !!!

    Dave in SC
  4. hoot619

    hoot619 Member

    Jan 29, 1998
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    I think the first should be show them up to hold gun properly. You see a some

    that gun is to heavy for them . A weighted gun stock, I used a carbine stock

    and added a lot of lead weight and brought it up 6lbs. When he got used to it

    add more and finally bring wt to what the gun has. An added advantasge to the

    rifle stock being used is he or she will not be banging gun barrel on

    anything. Well they might hit something with it but their or your gun will

    still look good. Well the mirror or lamp might not. Ken U
  5. Oregunner

    Oregunner Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2006
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    Here is the outline I use, so I don't forget something obvious, like checking eye dominance. Mark

    Introduction to Shotguns and Shotgun Sports

    Types of shotguns

    Break-open (single barrel, over/under, side by side)



    Parts of a shotgun

    Receiver (trigger, safety, barrel selector, action release, magazine)

    Barrel (rib, beads, choke, ejector/extractor)

    Stock (grip, comb, butt stock/recoil pad, fore stock)


    Gauges (12ga, 20ga) (uncommon 10ga, 16ga, 28ga, 410 bore)

    Shell length (2 ¾”, 3”) (uncommon 2 ½”, 3 ½”)

    Shot size (pellets/FPS)

    For Targets use 2 ¾” length, 7 ½, 8, or 9 size shot, 1 1/8 oz. shot or less.

    Patterning a gun, choke selection (IC, Mod, Full), Point of Impact (POI)

    Shotgun Safety

    Action open unless shooting (also in gun rack, unless O/U)

    Keep shotgun unloaded and finger off trigger until time to shoot

    Never point barrel at a person

    Shotgun Fit

    Correct stance and gun mount

    Eye alignment (sighting eye is rear sight)

    LOP (length of pull, distance from trigger to recoil pad)

    Shotgun Choice (Brand/cost, action type, barrel length) Trap guns vs. Field guns

    Gun fit adjustments (LOP, comb, cast)

    Recoil issues (gun fit, gun type and weight, ammo choice, accessories)

    Hitting a Target

    Determining eye dominance (finger pointing test), one eye/ two eyes open

    Hitting moving targets (example, throwing a rock at a rolling ball)

    Techniques for leading a target with a shotgun (keep the gun swinging)

    Concentration and consistency are key

    Types of Shotgun Sports

    Targets (“birds”, “clay pigeons”) size, colors, composition

    Trap (5 stations, one target house, targets going away)

    Skeet (8 stations, two target houses, targets crossing)

    Sporting Clays (multiple stations, varied presentations, imitates hunting)

    5 Stand (5 stations, multiple presentations, singles, and doubles)

    Trap Shooting

    Rules and Routines (5 stations, 25 targets/shots, oscillating trap machine, yardage

    Signing up to shoot, getting scored, ear and eye protection

    Squads, squad leader, scorer, rotation to stations, load only one shell

    Voice releases (noise and when to load a shell in your gun)

    Range etiquette (safety, talking, pouches/picking up empty shells, shell catchers)

    Practice shooting (don’t shoot broken target coming out of the house)

    Competition shooting (PITA, ATA)
  6. Gertius Maximus

    Gertius Maximus TS Member

    May 10, 2012
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    I will just throw in a recommendation to take an NRA certified shotgun coaching course. I did earlier this spring and I think it really paid off for me as a shooter and gave some good tips for how to transfer some of my knowledge to other prospective shooters. Add in that NRA offers some insurance and liability protections and it's about a no-brainer if you ask me.
  7. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
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    Find a copy of "Finding the Extra Target" It will give the drills and some insight on how to start a new shooter.

    You will be flooded by guys wanting to help the new kid. I have taught many new shooters in the 4h programs and keeping the helpers away is the hardest part! They mean well, but really do complicate the process.

    Good Luck,

  8. Titan Trap Team

    Titan Trap Team Member

    Nov 10, 2006
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    If you are looking for a visual aid I would recommend Leo Harrison video. I coach a trap team in Nebraska.
  9. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Northeastern MD @ the top o the Bay
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    I would start them reloading your empties...safe reloading so you..oops, I mean THEY can shoot cheaper and get in more practice
  10. BigBadBob

    BigBadBob TS Member

    Jul 28, 2011
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    Get the NRA coach class. Well worth the money and time.

    Safety above all else, " Open or out" ( refering to the guns' action), "Muzzle pointed in a safe directio", "Finger off the trigger until ready to shoot","Load one, shoot one"

    Gun fit is paramount along with eye dominance.

    Get the coaches class. Recruit a certified coach to help if possible.
  11. hmb

    hmb Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
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    Start them shooing at station 7 low house on a skeet field. Use a shotgun with an open choke. They will have a good time and break alot of targets. HMB
  12. Dave P

    Dave P TS Supporters TS Supporters

    Jan 29, 1998
    Canton, Il.
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    First if they have never shot a gun before let them shoot hole in the air just to get used to what happens when the gun goes off. Use their comfort level for forward progress
  13. SevenMaryThree

    SevenMaryThree Member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
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    Get your club aligned with the Scholastic Clay Target Program. Get your volunteer coached certified through the NRA Youth Shotgun Instructor Program.

    All the legwork has been done...you just need to implement and follow the program. Some state game & fish agencies will subsidize the program through supplying shotguns and ammunition.

    We had our orientation and safety briefings for the new crop of kids (almost 70 this year!) at our club last week. It's going to be a great year...nothing beats the smile on a kid's face as they smash their first target!
  14. 320090T

    320090T Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
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    Is the NRA cert good for AIM/SCTP?
  15. wingmaster78

    wingmaster78 Active Member Verified Youth Coach/Director

    Aug 13, 2011
    St. Charles, Missouri
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    Yes, as far as I know it is. That's the certification I and all our coaches have.
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