Well folks, some of you following the story closely know that I am a recent convert to firearms, at least shotguns (I hear it escalates from there, sorta like airplanes). I have been mentored by some fine folks on the site who while completely irresponsible with airplanes, seem to know the safe way around a gun.
My goal was to tune up for some pheasant hunting in South Dakota this year and so I picked up a Beretta AL391 Xtrema2 and other associated gadgetry (gotta love Cabela's for gun gadgets) and headed out to get some instruction in the fine art of killing.
I first started at the trap range, then watched some skeet shooting and this all seemed OK, but today I went out and shot sporting clays with a nearly 80 year old instructor in Johnson County (interesting guy, got his pilots license at 14 and used to ferry beavers and other birds all over the place, and owned a Super Cub!) and really got some great pointers and a great introduction to the sport.
As he explains it, if trap shooting is akin to being at the driving range, and skeet shooting is like putting, then sporting clays is like the whole game of golf. What a fun sport, and what a great way to tune up for the season.
I always tell flight students if you can learn stuff right the first time, it really makes it a lot easier in the long run due to the effect of primacy. The same holds true here and I am happy to have run into this very knowledgable master instructor to help me along with this stuff. I am planning on a few more sessions with him even though it is quite a drive from my house (I could land the cub there, but they might frown upon it).
I'm looking forward to giving Jerry some dual in my cub, in exchage for all his shooting knowledege.