After last Thursday's group outing, one of my buddies (B) decided he needed a shotgun of his own and bought one this past weekend. He was itching to try it out, so he organized an outing at Shane's for this evening. We ended up having six shooters go. Mrs. Mellow, one of my coworkers (A), and I showed up a little bit behind the other three shooters (two coworkers (S and B) and a coworker's spouse (R)). We stayed in two groups so that we'd have a better chance of completing the whole course. It worked well that way. A had never shot a shotgun before, so Mrs. Mellow and I coached him a bit. He did well, and had a great time.
A couple of times, we caught up with the other group. At one of the stations, I wanted to try B's new shotgun out. I really enjoyed it. I broke both clays that I shot at with it. It's a Mossberg 500 (12-gauge), pump, 28-inch barrel. A really nice shoot. It makes me think that I might need to get myself another shotgun....
All told, I hit 10 of the 40 clays I shot at. I was a little rushed over Saturday, trying to finish before the 7:00pm noise ordinance inspired curfew. We ended up meeting Shane's father towards the last stations, and he gave us some helpful advice. Because of his advice, R discovered that she was left-eye dominant, which helped explain why she was having a hard time breaking clays. We all got a few tips that should help us with our overall shooting, as well. For example, I have a tendency to not follow through. I'll follow the clay with my gun, stop, then shoot. As a result, most of my shots end up behind the target. The good news is that's something that will improve with practice. The better news is that practice is fun.
Next time we go out, I'm going to make a point to try S's 20-gauge.