I enjoy shooting the Bunker but there is not one near me. If I shoot ATA Trap will it disrupt my Bunker proficiency such that when I do get to shoot the Bunker I will have to undo bad habits and re-learn timing?
The club I used to belong to had a bunker & I can say from experience that the two games are vastly different & didn't seem to complement each other. The bunker throws a much faster target at much greater angles. The bunker is fun for a change of pace & if you are not real serious about either game it certainly can't hurt anything. My observation was that the hard core ATA shooters didn't shoot the bunker & the avid bunker shooters did not shoot ATA, & some even made fun of American trap, calling it an old mans game. John
I enjoy all Clay Target sports available in my area. American and Intl' Skeet, American and Intl' Trap, Sporting, and whatever delightful mischief I can get into with a clay target shotgun.
Having various suitable firearms for various disciplines makes it much easier. I have whittled down to three firearms. A 34"/32" Browning Unsingle Combo for ATA chores, a 30" Browning Spl Sporter for Sporting and both types of Skeet, and a 29 1/2" Perazzi Bunker gun for the obvious.
If you shoot Bunker with your portly American Trap gun, you will shoot behind and miss a lot of targets.
If you shoot American Trap with your incredibly responsive Bunker gun, you will likely blow through and miss a lot of targets.
Shooting another discipline will require some gear changing.
Interesting question. As shooting coach points out this is supposed to be fun so unless you have competitive aspirations in one discipline over the other then shoot them both.
However, without meaning to denigrate the great and popular sport of American Trap and its followers, my observations from following bunkers shooters who also shoot trap is that it is easier for bunker shooters to shoot good trap scores than it is for trap shooters to shoot good bunker scores.
How i wish we could get a group of AAA trap shooters to compete in a bunker event some time and see how they do - I'm sure they would score well as they are skilled pointers of the gun and that is what it takes to be successful.
To answer your question-YES- need an O/U for second shot, it can be a trap, sporting, or any 2 shot gun of your choice. Bunker specs for shells are different than ATA shells, although some loads will work on both disciplines.
I only knew one feller who could shoot both games very well and he would take a couple of days to a week to work on one game before a major tournament and would only shoot one game at a time. He would not compete in both during the same period. The timing - and the amount of gun movement - is so different, I don't believe you can do both and be any good at either. Just my $0.02 -John W.
A good ATA doubles shooter can quickly make the transition..as you get into the first bird QUICKLY and get out.. A singles ATA shooter who rides the target will be lost in bunker. As Coach said.. the 9 pound pipe ATA shooters flock to is the wrong tool. High 7 low 8 pound guns would be much better.. Fit must be exact. There is little or no think time. You just "do it".. When I was in Kerrville.. The 3 ATA shooters who came over to try bunker.. all did quite well.. once they got use to the target speed and vastly greater angles. All 3 were AA27AA shooters however.. Great shooters will always be great shooters..I however..am having a difficult time of it.. All Good.. Mike