Just completed two great days of instructor training with Linda Hill for NRA Rifle and Shotgun Instructor. Shotgun shooting can be great fun and there are a number of places to do that locally. One of my new favorites is to shoot sporting clays out at Rivers Edge. Its a great game to shoot with a couple friends on a calm afternoon (when does that happen this time of year???). I shot one round of trap at Cactus Flats just recently in the wind and its no fun. Many people think that they don’t need training on shotguns or rifles because they have their hunter safety card. Well I can tell you that the hunters safety program leaves a little bit to be desired and there seems to be many opinions on the subject. The American Legion and Pueblo Municipal Shooters both have rifle programs for children of school age, and several local shooting clubs have areas for rifle shooting. Colorado is a prime area for both rifle and shotgun hunting activities and these sports can be very rewarding. Pueblo Municipal Shooters is hosting a Woman on Target event at the end of the month where woman can try out all kinds of guns including shotguns. I will be there helping the shotgunners with Ed Robinson. I have posted the info on my training calendar for April 30th 2011.
Shotgun shooting is great fun and you can do it in many forms and locations in Colorado. Pueblo and the surrounding area have much availability for hunting, trap, skeet, and sporting clay shooting. Shotguns are available in many sizes and gauges. Many beginners choose to shoot a 20ga shotgun for learning and then move up to a 12ga with a little more experience. I started as a youngster with a 20ga and as time went on I moved to a 12ga shotgun. I still own and enjoy shooting 20ga shotguns in some circumstances. At the recent NRA Woman on Target event held at Cactus Flats in Penrose Colorado and sponsored by Pueblo Municipal Shooters, we had a large selection of shotguns that everyone could try. Combat and Home Protection shotgun shooting practice can be done at Republic Shooting Range as well as sporting clays which is great fun. I will be offering the NRA Shotgun Training Course this year to anyone that is interested in this great sport.
Also, see the new Home Defense Shotgun Mini-Course