The Clays for Kay fundraiser is coming this month on Friday Aug 19. We would really like for our lady shooters to be represented at this great breast cancer event. Please let Paige Moody know if you are interested in being a part of a team!
Happy New Year!
I was 50 before I picked up a shotgun. As a kid I went hunting once with a .22 and shot pistols a couple of times but was never really around them growing up. And where I am from, not that many woman shoot.
When a friend asked me to go skeet shooting, I agreed. After breaking my first clay I was hooked. Fast forward a couple months and I shot my first sporting clays event…. Now THAT was exciting and I have now been shooting 14 years (and plan on continuing until I can no longer shoot.)
Why am I telling you this? Because I think all woman would enjoy our sport. We just need to get the stigma associated with shooting to change. I think GRITS is a great forum to show woman how much fun we can have (safely) with a shotgun.
Let’s see how many woman we can get to be GRITS…. The fun is just beginning!
Shoot ‘em up!
I found the following description of chokes from the Briley webpage:
“Shotgun chokes were designed to control pattern diameters at different yards. What is a pattern? It is just the grouping of the pellets at a given yardage. This grouping is called a pattern and is measured by a circle diameter. This particular circle must have certain efficiency. In other words, it has to have a certain number of pellets in a given area (called distribution) for it to be labeled an efficient pattern. It is that easy! However the confusion starts when we label them and you try to figure out what to use and when”.
Probably the biggest challenge we have as shooters is to decide which chokes to use. There are many thoughts on the use of chokes. Some people have what are called ‘fixed’ chokes and they are permanently in their gun, never to change. Then there are the chokes that are ‘flush’ to the gun and there are ‘extended’ chokes (sticking out of the gun.)
Some shooters change their chokes at every station depending on the presentation and then others just occasionally change their chokes. It really depends on the shooter.
Here is generally how shooters use each of these chokes
|Percentage of Constriction Based on Distance|
|Choke||20 Yards||30 Yards||40 Yards|
Super-Full and Extra-Full Chokes – This has very tight constriction and a dense pattern, delivering approximately 80 percent of a cartridge’s total pellets in a 30″ circle at 40 yards.
Full Choke – This has tight constriction and a dense pattern, delivering approximately 70 percent of a cartridge’s total pellets in a 30″ circle at 40 yards.
Modified Choke – The modified is characterized by less constriction than full choke, delivering approximately 60 percent of a cartridge’s total pellets in a 30″ circle at 40 yards.
Improved Cylinder Choke – Even less constricted than modified, the improved cylinder distributes approximately 50 percent of a cartridge’s total pellets in a 30″ circle at 40 yards.
Cylinder Bore – No constriction and distributes approximately 40 percent of a cartridge’s total pellets in a 30″ circle at 40 yards.
Skeet Choke – A specialty choke that sends approximately 50 percent of a cartridge’s total pellets in a 30″ circle at 25 yards. This type is designed to deliver optimum patterns for close-range skeet shooting.
Shoot ‘em up!
Ladies (& gents),
Looks like several of the GRITS chapters are having some holiday fun shoots coming up this month! Try to join us at one or more! They are great fun and we would love to have you! Please check the events calendar for one near you!
We have a few new Chapters coming on board for the New Year……South Carolina, Las Vegas and Rhode Island areas are looking like they are going to launch. We are always looking forward to volunteers to help grow and promote the group!
The Shopping Cart is up and running with T-shirts and Sweatshirts coming soon!
Have a great week!!
I find the times I ‘get into my head’ when I am shooting, I tend to miss the target. It is when I have done my pre shot routine (determining where on the bird I am going to focus), take a deep breath, let go and call pull with laser focus on that predetermined spot, I break the clay.
When we spend our time trying to measure, judge and in our heads we tend to look at the gun barrel. And when you focus on the barrel you are going to miss the bird. And if you look at the bead to check the gap, in that nano second your gun slows down and you miss behind.
Shooting is like playing a sport. You don’t focus on the bat when you swing at a baseball and you don’t look at the racket when playing tennis. You focus on what you are trying to ‘hit.’ Your brain will tell your hands how to move the gun to the ‘bird.’
What do you think?
Shoot ‘em up!
It does take some initial investment to get into shooting… but it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a let to get started.
Here are the essentials you need:
- A shotgun (that fits)
- Eye protection
- Ear protection
- Gun cleaning equipment
Once you get hooked (and you will) here is what you will start spending money on:
- Shotgun bag
- Gun sleeve
- Fancy boots
- Shooting clothing
- Shoot vest or pouch
- Shooting jewelry
- A fancier gun ; )
- More guns
- Traveling to other shooting events
- Travel gun case
- Choke sets
- Shooting lessons
What have you spent money on that isn’t on this list? (Cat optional)
Shoot ‘em up!
Ladies, Some fun shooting opportunities are coming this weekend. If you are anywhere near Elk Creek Hunt Club in Owenton, KY., you should go satisfy your sweet tooth and you itchy trigger finger shoot with the Kentucky GRITS gang this Sunday the 27th. See our events tab for more information. Also, if you happen to be in the New England area, we will be shooting Orvis Sandanona Friday afternoon with the NY Hudson Valley Area GRITS gang! Elizabeth Lanier and some of the Virginia GRITS will be there to shoot as well! Come join the fun Friday the 25th.
Next week we will have posted all the GRITS Chapter shoots and a couple of trips on the events calendar and welcome all shooting ladies to join the fun!
The GRITS organization will be putting together some instructional clinics as well for this upcoming spring and look forward to furthering your shotgun fun! Stay tuned as we might just have one in your area.
Here are just a few reasons to join and we will bring you more every few days! Industry members and great gun clubs are just the beginning of what the G.R.I.T.S. can do! With 9 chapters, we are inundated with work and great folks coming onboard. Thank you for your support and encouragement and to take advantage of shooting opportunities, shopping advantages and great sponsorships, consider joining the G.R.I.T.S. if you have not already done so. Your membership not only provides you with discounts but also clearly states that you support and encourage women in the shotgun sports.
I am not sure where the time goes but it certainly flies! Recently the G.R.I.T.S. held a board meeting to further develop the organization and provide more benefits to members. It has been less than a year since we launched the web site and have over 200 members and 9 chapters. It is growing so fast we are figuring out the funding to hire someone to run it on the home front which will free Elizabeth up to get out in the field with chapters more.
We are working very hard to bring lots of great things to our members and those interested in becoming members and we really appreciate the support of you all as we grow. Your membership provides us with the means to send out information, host this web site and continue to cheer and encourage women in the shotgun sports. We are constantly working and improving the way we do things and finding what works and does not. Your support and patience is awesome. We encourage each chapter to host creative and festive events if possible but more importantly, to just be sure to get together and shoot once a month. We are going to highlight our industry sponsors in the coming weeks and months as the holiday season quickly approaches. Again, thank you for your endless support, encouragement and patience as we grow. It is going to only get better and better. We are currently bringing on sponsorship of several other big companies and growing each chapter monthly! G.R.I.T.S. rock!
Here is a great explanation of the different types of targets that we shoot.
The most commonly used target of all, must weigh 105 g and be of 110 mm overall diameter and 25–26 mm in height for International competitions and for American competitions they must weigh approximately 100 g (3.5 oz) and be of 108 mm (4.3 in) overall diameter and 28.0–29.0 mm (1.10–1.14 in) in height.
Same saucer shape as the standard but with a diameter of only 90 mm; these targets are faster than the standard types.
This target is sometimes likened to a flying bumblebee at only 60 mm in diameter and 20 mm in height.
A very thin target measuring about 108–110 mm in diameter, it flies very fast and falls off very suddenly simulating a duck landing. They are generally more expensive than other targets.
A thicker, but standard 108–110 mm diameter flat target in the shape of a wheel designed to run along the ground.
Shoot ‘em up!