April 2014

We humans truly are creatures of habit. And by accepting just how much this fact affects our shotgunning, we can learn to hone our skills more efficiently, but only through efficient practice.

Understanding how your vision of a target over the rib of your sporting gun in interpreted by your brain is a first step in the ladder to better clays scores—as well as more birds in your game bag. It's vital to then groove this premise into your practice regime.

Most of you know this feeling as being in the "zone," that experience of simply letting go, when success can't help but happen, when nothing can go wrong. With laser-like focus locked on your marks, targets appear to dance across the sky in slow motion. The subconscious mind is turned loose to drive the gun to and through birds with near-boring consistency, uncluttered by any conscious thought of what motions are bringing that success. Maybe the "trance" lasts only for a pair of birds or even a whole station. If you're lucky—or, as the pros would insist, really good—the zone takes you through most of a round or even a complete match.

Get Clay Target Fit—Part 2
Here's how to prepare for a round of sporting in the gym—as well as on the course.

Springtime Gun Makeover
Now's the perfect time to customize your claybuster to make this gunning year your best ever.

Gunning Instruction 101+
Only you can decide if yet another year of the same old self teaching can deliver a bump in progress and scoring—or if it's time to get a good coach in your corner.

Get Clay Target Fit—Part 1
These general fitness considerations will boost your clays scores—as well as your general health and wellbeing.

Shooting 4 Gold
Olympic and NSCA National champ Dan Carlisle and his cadre of top-gun coaches are ready to help make this your best shotgunning year ever.

Top-Notch Sporting Vests
No matter your style or function preference, you’re sure to find the perfect, high-quality clays-shooting vest from one of these makers.

Columbus Day Fall Classic
Even though competition was fierce, it came as no big surprise when Mickey Lyn Roberts, an affable and unassuming Missouri farmer, bested a field of almost 100 main-event shooters by a five-target margin at Claythorne Lodge’s Columbus Day Fall Classic held October 11-13.

Benelli 454
The beautiful weekend of October 12-13 viewing the colors in the Laurel Highlands of Southwest Pennsylvania at Nemacolin Woodlands' The Shooting Academy brought out 110 shooters to this third annual sporting clays shooting competition.

Winter Weary Clays Cure
Here's a trio of can't miss destinations guaranteed to sate your cold-weather shotgunning blues.

2013 NSCA National Championship
Bobby Fowler bested a record field of competitors at this 25th anniversary shoot to win his third Nationals.




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Thanks to Southwestern Grand Sponsors
Last week the National Shooting Complex hosted the Southwestern Grand Trap Shoot, and we wish to thank the many sponsors who made it possible for this to be the premier event that it was. These sponsors hosted events and parties, provided products, and/or provided funding for the shoot. Our sponsors were: E-Z-GO Decot Hy-Wyd Speedbump […]

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Miles, Edmunds Top PSCA Standings
Gebben Miles and Desirae Edmunds finished atop the tour standings following the first leg of the 2014 Professional Sporting Clays Pro Tour last weekend at Able’s Gun Club in Huntsville, Texas. Both men and women competed in the professional and amateur categories over two days of aggressive competition. At the completion of the event, Miles […]

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