Yesterday I went to a unique fundraiser for our local Connecticut Yankee Council Boy Scouts. It was a Clay Shooting Sports event. I tried to get a foursome of ladies to partcipate, but no luck. There were 3 ladies shooting at the event.
I've never been to a clay shooting sports event. I've done the shotgun shooting merit badge with the Scouts before and tried my hand at it. But as my partner for the day yesterday pointed out to me, "You hold the shotgun like it's an M-16" Well, yes, all my training with firearms has been in the Marine Corps, so that would make perfect sense. Another Range Safety Officer, and fellow Marine, at one of the stations pointed out that I needed to keep both eyes open for shotgun shooting. That made a huge difference.
This is my brother-at-arms, Leo and me. Two Marines at the shooting clays event. Look at that elbow nice and high.
This was my best station with the first clay coming over my left shoulder and the second clay coming from the right. It was great fun.
It was empowering to see the clays being shattered to smithereens.
I must confess, I'm not much of a shotgun shooter. In fact, I don't actually own a gun. I borrowed my friend and one of the event organizer's 12-gauge shotgun (it was a beauty!) and got tips from each station's range safety officer. I didn't win any prizes for my shotgun skills (or lack thereof), nor did I win any of the incredible raffle prizes, but I had a fabulous time, enjoyed a gorgeous day outdoors in Connecticut and came away with this little beauty...
Ain't she a beauty? Oddly enough, I had the butt of the shotgun tucked so hard into my shoulder groove that it's aching quite a bit today... but no bruising.
The date is already reserved for next year's Clay Shooting Sports - Friday, September 18, 2015. If you'd like to join me, just say the word.