By Neal McSpadden
It’s a hot morning as I stroll out on the field, sweat covering my brow and a shotgun in my hand. This is not a typical Saturday for me, but I’m eager to improve my shooting skills. Although I’ve never hit a moving target before, I’m feeling pretty confident that I’ll be able to hit at least one of the clay pigeons that will soon be soaring high in the air above me. I’m at the Tom Lowe Trap & Skeet Range off of Camp Creek Parkway to take their beginner skeet shooting class, and I’m ready to blow things up!
My instructor, Hamilton, shows me how to hold the gun and where to aim. Then it is my turn to yell, “Pull!” As the clay pigeon flies away from me, I line up my shot and pull the trigger – and miss.
This morning started with a short presentation by three instructors, Chuck, Chuck and Hamilton, where we reviewed the safety procedures for using shotguns and the proper shooting technique. But I guess I must have missed a step. Fortunately, I get another chance to redeem myself.
Hamilton tells me what I’ve done wrong, and I hit the next one and the one after that. Success! Next, the rest of the students in the beginner class have a chance for five warm up shots, and then we each shoot two rounds of 10. There are people of all ages here, from a 9-year-old boy to a mother with her four sons, and everyone manages to hit most of the targets. The beginner skeet class is held on Saturdays starting at 10:30 a.m. and costs $14.46 per person. This is a municipal trap and skeet range housing 20 combination trap and skeet fields and a five-stand sporting clays field, so there is plenty of room for the beginners and the experts. With some more practice, maybe one day I’ll be the latter.
The Tom Lowe Trap & Skeet Range, 3070 Merk Road SW, Atlanta, GA, (404) 346-8382, www.deshotelsarms.com