No, I don't mean throwing dishes. I am talking about the shotgun sports of skeet and trap.
Sometimes people ask if I am taking out my anger or frustration on the clay targets. The answer is "no". Instead, it is a positive experience. Here are the aspects that I like:
Fresh Air and Sunshine
Like many of you I work at an inside desk job. When I have some time for recreation I want to be outside. Whether it's biking, boating, fishing or shooting, I want a chance to make some vitamin D.
People today are much more aware of the connection between a healthy body and a healthy mind. I also exercise regularly to build aerobic endurance as well as strength, but that is not very satisfying in terms of a sense of accomplishment. Skeet and trap bring in the development of hand-eye-body coordination.
The principles of skeet are simple, but hard: keep your eye on the bird, keep your head on the stock, lead the bird, and follow through. To achieve a hit, you have to focus on the task at hand and tune out all the other junk that is usually running through your head. That's a useful ability.
Beautiful and Functional Tools
The modern shotgun is a very efficient and elegant tool. The combination of steel, wood and synthetics creates a visually attractive and physically satisfying tool for the task of break clays.
Like other adult sports, a big part of shotgun sports is the fellowship of the other people. Just remember - target shooting and adult beverages go well together, but you have to be sure and get the order right!
Give it a Try!
As a fairly recent entrant to the shooting sports I know it can be difficult to get started. I now try to help others learn how to shoot in a safe and low-key environment, and I have found that many people who have never shot really enjoy it. If you are a shooter, I encourage you to help others learn about the sports that we enjoy.