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Shotgun Mel wrote a review Aug 2014
Palm Springs, California2 contributions6 helpful votes
I went out to the club with a couple of friends who hadn't shot shotguns for several years. Everyone had an unbelievably fun experience. We are all going back again soon.
officework13 wrote a review Aug 2013
saskatoon3 contributions9 helpful votes
Initial Impressions When i first went out to the SGC (a few years ago) i was very nervous about what all was involved with shotgun clay target shooting sports - first I and others (who i do not know) are shooting guns. Secondly, i do not know a person here, and third, i suck and all these guys can likely break targets with their eyes closed. Well, it started off with first being introduced to several members who went over gun safety, etiquette of the game and rules of the club. I started with the game of trap as I was somewhat aware of how it is played. They were very accommodating and invited me to shoot alongside them, and they made certain that i was following all the safety rules. While the success of breaking targets on my first visit was not optimum, be it the intimidation factor or inexperience of shooting, i did walk away with a good number of tips to improve my odds on future visits. I have since been to the club a few times, ok-quite a few, and i am always amazed at the volunteer instruction that experienced shooters will provide to every new shooter who comes out to ensure that everyone is safe and has a good time and feels welcomed. A few misconceptions I had: Is the Club just for members? (NO) Contrary to most peoples understanding of the SGC, is that you do not have to be a member of the club to shoot there, but it does have its benefits. Is the Club just for competitive shooters? (NO) I knew the club existed for many years but did not go as i thought it was just for competitive shooters. This is along with having to be a member are the two biggest misconceptions. Reality is that yes you can be a competitive shooter if you wish, however, the majority of the shooters are not competitive shooters but rather are recreational shooters who enjoy the outdoors, the sport of shooting, and may or may not be hunters. Do i need to have a expensive gun? (NO) The quality of the guns used range from grandpa's hand me down, to the cheapest pump shotguns to the most extravagant shotguns money can buy. However, like any sport, the equipment will only take you so far, the majority is the skill of the shooter. what to expect or what is it like? The Clubhouse The clubhouse overlooks Porter Lake and several small ponds with an abundance of green landscapes and openness permitting an escape from the confines of buildings in the City. There is a new clubhouse, is wheelchair accessible, has washrooms, a kitchen, pop and water for purchase (and free bottled water from a cooler) and occasionally will have food available (i.e. hamburger,hotdogs,smokies), but you may have to cook on your own. Shooting venues There are 4 american trap fields which include the standard trap, a wobble trap and doubles trap, and an additional international/bunker/olympic trap field. All of these are voice activated automatic machines and so you just call for the target and it is thrown. There are 3 american skeet fields and 1 international/olympic skeet field. These to are fully automatic machines but require you to push a button between you and a buddy. The last of the fields is the 5-stand field. This shooting sport blew me away and was unimaginable that such a game could be so addicting. There are 15 fully automatic machines strategically placed throughout the field throwing targets of all types (including a bouncing rabbit, tower, vertical and mini rocket) in all directions both individually or as doubles. All the different fields are open all the time and so you can shoot whichever discipline you would like. Cost cost varies based on the number of rounds of 25 targets that you shoot, which is as low as $4 for members and $8 for non members. with memberships for the year being $100 for individuals and $125 for families. You can bring your own shells or buy from the club. a common outing is to shoot either 50 or 100 targets, which for first time shooter buying shells at roughly $8/25 would cost $64 in total. However, first time visitors receive a free round and free box of shells, which lowers the cost to $48. The greatest benefit is for youth (ages roughly 12 able to handle a shotgun to 17 inclusive) who are provided free targets and shells. (limited quantities but enough for more than a few visits). Time & length of visit. Shooting a round can take as little as 15 minutes or as long at 1/2 hour depending on the game played and the number of people waiting in line. In most situations, the wait time to shoot is only 15 minutes at most and if nobody is there you can shoot your next round right away. So the typical 4 rounds can go by as fast as 1/2 hour if only a few shooters are out to as long as a couple hours, which usually includes some socialization. Guns & Licensing There is one slight restriction to going to the club and that is you must either have a Federal Firearm's license (POL or PAL) to shoot out there (or to rent guns) OR, you must be in the direct immediate supervision of someone who has a license. Overall, it is a very fun, safe and relaxing outing and highly recommended as something to do with a different level of excitement.…
Date of experience: June 2013