so, I may have mentioned that my wife was going to pay for me and a friend to go to one of the local gun clubs and do some trap shooting for our 1 year wedding anniversary. our friend instead sends us an email informing us of a fundraiser being held at the gun club and thought this would be a good primer for me. Just as i'm about to leave the wife happens to be up early and I somehow talked her into going with. she had absolutely no interest in watching me shoot guns so imagine my surprise when she said she'd go. we get to the gun club and as we're signing in one of the resident instructors (who happens to be female) ends up talking my wife into trying out trap shooting. imagine that. no matter how much pushing, prodding and cajoling I did I couldn't get my wife to entertain the idea of handling a shotgun, but then when some instructor comes along she's instantly convinced. I thought it was a good thing and the truth of the matter is, this instructor turned out to be a state champion trap shooter and is trying to get more women to participate in the sport.
fast forward a half an hour and i'm up there with my friend's Winchester pump finally getting my feet wet. I got a whopping 2 out of 25 clay pigeons . after the practice round my instructor test fired my friend's pump and discovered it was shooting about a foot too low, hence the reason I was missing so many shots. once we got to the competition portion of our day I switched to a Remington 1100 semi-auto and then to a Browning Citori O/U and damn, what a difference that made. I still stunk and only got a 9 out of 25 shots but I just loved the way the Citori felt in my hands and the ease of use over the pump shotguns. I had the female instructor helping me and she was a great teacher. the other instructor had me focusing on the end of my barrel but when the female instructor came around she said my stance was equally as important. sure enough, when I changed my stance it made a significant difference. all I can say is, I had a blast trap shooting and my wife had fun too. I still want a rifle but I now want to own an O/U