Selecting a Trap Gun for a Youth Shooter - Part 4
8-2-2015 - Chris Robb
Welcome Back. In Part 4 of this series, I have a few "parting shots" for you as you head out to find the right trap gun for your youth shooter.
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."
I recently read an article in Field and Stream about a new gun that was being released. I poured over the details and studied the specs. At the end of the article they stated that a sporting model of the gun would be coming soon that would feature a walnut stock and fore end. I realized quickly that I had left out a very important piece of the puzzle. In the article they stated that the Gun's sporting model will be well suited for breaking targets on the range. The trouble with this statement is that this gun will probably never perform like a good trap gun will.
There are many shooting sports; Trap, Skeet, Bunker Trap, 5-Stand and Sporting Clays are all different shotgun sports. Each one is a completely different style of shooting. One manufacturer's idea of a sporting model may be different than another manufacturer's idea. They may also be "sporting" in the sense that they are designed for Sporting Clays shooting. If you are looking at a gun that you are unsure about talk to a coach. If we are not familiar with this particular gun we would be more than happy to research it for you. We love this stuff!
Sporting Goods Stores and Gun Shops
I hate shopping. But, I love sporting goods stores. I can spend hours in a sporting goods store shouldering guns, trying on baseball gloves, looking at fishing equipment, and more. It's not really shopping. It's more like taking a 10 year old into a toy store. It's a big giant play land for adults. I use the term "adult" loosely. The sales people that work st sporting goods stores can be very helpful. Many of them are quite knowledgeable about firearms in general. That being said, I don't know any of them. I have never seen them on the trap range. Most likely they are not trap shooters. So, tread lightly. I am sure that they mean well, but they are not necessarily experts on trap guns. The same thing can be said for gun shop owners. They may have a great general knowledge of firearms, but may not know how to help you select the best trap gun.
Talk to your coaches. We're here to help. We're more than happy to help you research and select the best option for your child. We understand that everyone has a different price point that they are comfortable with and we enjoy helping. We want to make sure that your child is happy and will enjoy trap shooting for many years to come. I hope you have enjoyed these articles and I hope that I have given you a better understanding of what to look for when purchasing a trap gun for your child. If you have any questions, just ask. Your coaches are happy to answer any questions you might have.