What would I have done differently in purchasing a gun you ask?
I can tell you that expensive guns are not always the best guns(for you)....I had/have my dad's Perazzi's...3 of them...couldn't shoot them worth a _. I shoot a Browning....the Perazzi's stay in my safe....my setpmom won everything there was to win( Sports Affield) all American for a couple years in the late 60's early 70's....she shoot an 1100...yep...Remington 1100....nobody(female) could touch her
I never shot much trap until I retired, but I did a lot of bird hunting.
Did you note the common denominator in most of all the responses? Do yourself the biggest favor to help you progress and be less frustrated in your shooting adventure - wait for it, wait for it... make sure the gun fits you, period. You can read any shotgun or stock fitting book and every expert will plead with you to make sure your gun fits, whether an autoloader or break open gun, the latter being preferred for trap. If you can find a stock fitter with a "try gun" (has a bunch of adjustments) that would be the best. It costs a few bucks, but well worth the cost.
Yes you are correct I bought my first Browning over under and still have it today of one of my favorite trap guns for singles and doubles I do own a KX5 trap gunIf you are just going to be a casual clay shooter a browning o/u cx with do the trick, once you get serious about trap then the sky is the limit, like most of us you will have owned at least 6 or 7 different guns within the first couple years, heck that's half the fun of trap shooting, pound them hard and let us know what you spent your hard earned $$$'s on.
My Husband Loves his Browning Citore! It's a Sporting gun not a trap gun.Yes you are correct I bought my first Browning over under and still have it today of one of my favorite trap guns for singles and doubles I do own a KX5 trap gun