When I was young man I used to be involved in all kinds of shooting sports, including trap shooting. I was never great at it, but I was able to bust a few clay pigeons and I always had fun. Over time life got in the way and I stopped competing in matches but still enjoyed going out to the gravel pit with a trap thrower and a buddy and doing some informal shooting. When Terry and I became fulltime RVers I sold most of my guns and have not shot trap since then. Finding a place to shoot on the road was just too difficult.
Now that we are living in a house again, I’ve been thinking about getting back into the sport. I started doing some research on what was available in this area. And as it turns out, there are two places within a short drive of here. One is the Titusville Rifle and Pistol Club, which is actually located in Mims, and the other is the Volusia County Skeet and Trap Club in New Smyrna Beach. We decided to check them both out yesterday.
We went to the Titusville club first and it’s a nice operation, with a variety of rifle, pistol, and shotgun ranges. There were six or seven people shooting trap and they were all very friendly. So friendly that one of them, a woman named Kathy, insisted I take her Remington 1100 semi-auto shotgun and throw some lead downrange. Like I said, it’s been a long time since I shot trap, and I missed every time. But I didn’t feel too bad, because a lot of the other people weren’t doing any better than I was, and they shoot there on a regular basis.
After hanging out there for a while, we drove back north to New Smyrna Beach to the Volusia County Skeet and Trap Club. While the Titusville club only had one trap range, this one had several trap ranges, several skeet ranges, and a sporting clays range, which is kind of a combination of the two, where you shoot in more of a setting like one would expect while bird hunting.
There were quite a few people there shooting, but the range officers made us feel very welcome and were happy to answer any of our questions. Two different people offered to let me shoot their guns but I declined because I wasn’t sure I could handle any more humiliation in one day.
Back before we became RVers, Miss Terry used to go to the gravel pit when I was target shooting too, and although she was okay with a rifle and can outshoot me any day of the week with a handgun, I don’t think she ever tried a shotgun. I think that it might be something she would enjoy because she loves a new challenge and always wants to master it. Not that I’m sure anybody can master trap or skeet but Terry has excellent hand/eye coordination and I think she would get the knack of trap shooting pretty quickly. I’m just not sure if she’s got a recipe for clay pigeons. Then again, as badly as I was shooting yesterday, we probably won’t be bringing any home.
We are only checking things out and testing the waters now, and I’m not sure if we’ll do anything further or not. Although I will admit I was very tempted when one of the fellows at the Volusia range had a beautiful Browning Citori Sporting Clays Edition over/under 12 gauge with a half-dozen interchangeable chokes that he offered to sell me for price that was very hard to turn down. He said I was welcome to try it out first, but then I was pretty sure it would come home with me, so I passed. I will keep you updated as things progress, if they progress in that direction.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Point Taken, the tenth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s excellent Blanco County mystery series. I’ve read just about all of Ben’s books, and I don’t think he could write a bad story if he tried. To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn this evening.
Thought For The Day – Why are clothes so expensive? I shouldn’t have to pay not to be naked. People should be paying me NOT to be naked.