Championship Clay Busting

An International competitor gives a guided tour through the complex simplicity of breaking one clay – the only way to break 100’s. Competitive clay busting is one of the loneliest games in the world. “What?” you say, “with all my buddies around me?” Yes, they’re there to talk to of your hopes, their fulfillment – or, your excuses! They’re even with you when you’re shooting. But are they really? If they’re serious competitive shooters and not just out for fun with the boys, they, like you, should be in such complete isolation that even if one dropped dead on the line, the only thought of those remaining should still be the next target. Such is the degree of oblivious concentration required on the firing line during your “moments of truth”. An extreme example, I admit, but that detachment is what it takes to be a top clay buster. I have often shot through a day with out knowing that a […]

Confessions of an Int. Trapshooter – Part 2

Author shows correct stance and hold for International-style clay-birding. A shotgunning champ describes the toughest, most frustrating of all smoothbore shooting matches – and discloses clay-busting guns and methods! I hear many reasons why more American trapshooters don’t attempt to shoot International trap. They range from the claim that it’s too expensive and requires special equipment, to an admission of a general ignorance of its existence – what it really is – to a lack of facilities for it. And so on. I have no doubt as to the real reason for most trapshooters. I lived with the reason for many years in England, which is one of the very few other countries that shoot a form of American trap – the others being some of England’s former colonies and those countries where American troops are currently based. The rest of the world shoots International. The reason is simple and based firmly on the delicate nature of human ego. Sadly, […]

Confessions of an Int. Trapshooter – Part 1

Author’s pet trap gun is this Perazzi; note detachable trigger assembly. Here’s why the world’s greatest shotgunners become addicted to “skyrockets,” “grasscutters,” “jet-propelled aspirin tablets”. “Pu-u-ul”, I yelled. I had got about as far as “Pu…” when jet-propelled aspirin was ejected from a barely visible slit in the ground out in front of me. Just about the time I was completing “…u-ul”, what I had to presume had been a clay pigeon was smashed – by its return to earth! I lowered my unfired gun, turned around and somewhat shakily informed the world in general: “You must be joking!” That was my first International Trap target, back in 1958. At that moment, on the beautiful grounds of the Circle du Bois de Boulogne, Paris, my whole shooting world fell apart. My reputation disintegrated, my confidence vanished! I had been hunting since 1950 and had won a reputation for naturally speedy reflexes when hunting the canny English wood pigeon – a […]

Release Triggers

An Allen Timney release trigger for the Remington 1100. It works like a charm and is cleverly “uncocked” by just pushing a button he installs. Release triggers are enjoying a constantly growing popularity, so we’ll examine the reasons for their use and present some expert views on their technical requirements. The release trigger was originally designed in America to overcome a tendency among some trapshooters to flinch when pulling the trigger. Flinching seems to be virtually unknown among bunker shooters in the rest of the world, so it seems flinching is in some way peculiar to American trapshooting. Release trigger specialist Allen Timney of Cerritos, California, defines the reasons for flinching as, “…the combination of recoil, noise of the gun and perhaps the gun not fitting properly and kicking the shooter in the face.” While I don’t totally disagree, it must be pointed out International trapshooters used to shoot far heavier 3-3/4-drams, 1-1/4 oz. loads and still frequently fire two […]