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Changing leads vs. chokes

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on May 7, 2014

I’ve heard people talk about changing their leads instead of changing their chokes. Which has the most effect on the size of the shot cloud? Mark Faggard, Beaumont, TexasThis answer is probably going to ignite quite a few already too short fuses, but you asked for it!I defy anyone to show me how changing shot sizes can change the size of the shot cloud greater or more precisely than changing choke! In my experience, it... Read more…

Changing from Learning to Shoot to Learning to Compete

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on May 7, 2014

Sooner or later you will learn the value of not setting up so close to the trap and having to chase the bird with the muzzle and when that happens you will find yourself in B or A class ready to move on up.  Would you like to know what you will have to do to achieve that?  It has a lot to do with how you handle your score.  In the beginning as a new competitor you are mystified with how and why it breaks.  You’re not c... Read more…

92 Days and Counting

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on May 7, 2014

As of June 1, it’s 92 days till dove season. Shooting a shotgun is probably the furthest thing away from your mind. Your thought processes are probably more on fishing than hunting. Hopefully you have been visiting your local sporting clays course at least once or twice a month just to keep the rust off.Vicki and I have been traveling all over the country teaching people to shoot better. Both hunters and clays shooters... Read more…

A Hunting Gun for Eric

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on May 7, 2014

As teachers of shotgunning, Vicki and I are frequently asked what kind of gun should I get for my son, daughter, or wife. The typical reason for the question is that a father enjoys shotgunning (either hunting or clays or both) and wants to share that joy with a spouse or sibling. The following are some of the statements and ideas we have encountered as professional shooters and instructors over the past 20 years. “I d... Read more…

A View from the River

Author: Gil Ash
Posted on May 7, 2014

Upon arrival we were stunned at the well groomed front yard in fact as far as one could see the grass was groomed and the trees were pruned to form a canopy like setting completely surrounding Estancia Cortaderas.  The Parana River was the north western boundary of the Estancia and was larger than one would expect and seemed even larger due to the well kept grounds that guests viewed it from.  The complete back of the ... Read more…