If anyone is interested, one of the old-time members at Pocatello was thinking of selling his Winchester 21 Trap model last summer. I could probably find out whether he still has it and get contact information.
I shot my Winchester 21 for practice a few times....it was a field grade single trigger gun and was choked M-F and would smoke targets...but it was light and was a bit of a kicker. I'd love the opportunity to shoot a Grand American...what a hoot that would be.
The side by side works very well for trap, but it disappeared from serious work because it really isn't competitive in the upper echelons of trapshooting. For people like me at my skill level, I doubt there is any difference. The last time I tried the Win. M21 Field (M&F), our side by side club was having a postal match with a club in Ohio. We lost. But, I did manage to break my 50. I have used the same gun on doubles a time or two and broke a 95 with it. So, a side by side will work at trap.
Thats what i used back when i first started - about 40 yrs ago then bought an MX8 when i wore it out! I still shoot the MX8 (I have almost worn this one out too!) But i some times bring the old Lefeever out!
I think a sxs is just as effective as an o/u for trap. It's all a matter of what you are used to shooting. Sure, most sxs are flat shooting, but you can compensate for that. IMO the biggest problem with sxs guns is that most of them are old and may not be as reliable as a modern o/u. I recently had the safety spring on a L.C.Smith fail. When that happens, the safety is permanently on. Tom S. (welderman)
Here's an old Win.mod.24 I shot a little trap with in my younger days and did pretty good with it. Several trophy's and cash, more than I paid for the gun first time out. Glad no one told me it wasn't any good for breaking birds! The strikers in this gun may be as fast or faster than my P gun. Hap
I raised the comb on this 1948 field gun with a K pad and electrical tape,lotsa tape! I wasn't gonna give away my secrets but,, it worked.
There is an advantage of shooting doubles trap with a sxs especially if your a two eyed shooter -- shoot the right barrel first if your right handed right eye dominate and then the left barrel --- it makes sense, one eye over the right barrel and one eye over the left barrel !!!
Joe, that's not exactly how shooting a double barrel works eye wise. At least not for me when I was shooting my mod.24 in competition shoots. For tough angle shots, a barrel width can be used for reference for lead instead of the bead for more horizontal lead though. Isn't that close to what you meant? Hap