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Old 09-11-2016, 10:29 PM
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My husband signed us up for the Calguns Shotgun Clinic today. I've had experience with rifle and pistol, but not shotgun, and was a little apprehensive. My instructors were Don Ziegler and Richard "Captain Dick" Wilkinson. The class was inexpensive, and I didn't know how good it would be, how individualized, nor how qualified the instructors would be. Some people don't know their stuff and some people do, but don't know how to teach it. Don and Richard were great in all areas!

There were about half a dozen people with all different skill levels. Some were returning students, and darn good shots. Some were beginners, like me, and not that familiar with how their shotguns worked. The instructors were patient, but kept the class moving. Basically they were trying to help each participant become skilled in techniques that minimized their movement, while focusing on the shot. You learned specific movements to do each and everytime. A rationale was provided for why everything was done. At the end of class, I could understand the techniques and hit the bird (most of the time). I think I could really improve with an additional class.

We moved throughout the course and received instruction every step of the way. The class was developed for each students' specific needs. It was just the perfect pace for me (it seemed a little fast at first, but it was new and a lot for me to grasp!). We even shot some doubles!

I not only would look forward to returning, but I'd like to bring some other family. I didn't bring a shell bag and they had some for me and others to use. They had equipment available, just ask!

They haven't put up the Calguns banner in a while, but they were easy to find, by just asking. There was a little confusion with the field assignment, but we got started on time and it didn't feel rushed.

Some other notes: there is a restroom, running water...no portapotty) very close to where we shot (Nice!!!) There is plenty of free parking. There is a pro shop and a cafe and we got a hotdog and fries (Not bad). The pro shop has a liability waiver for you to sign in the store, but if you tell them you are with the CalGuns' class, you don't need to take the test.

Clean, beautiful, nice people. Real close in El Monte, at a range that's been there over 30 years. Just south of the 60 freeway! Recommended fun!
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Old 10-10-2016, 2:01 AM
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That are nice details given....

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Old 10-17-2016, 2:38 PM
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I never knew captain dick's last name.
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Old 10-21-2016, 9:58 AM
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Is there a minimum age requirement? Are minors (high school/middle school) permitted to participate if accompanied by a parent/guardian?
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Old 10-24-2016, 7:53 PM
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I have taken my 11 year old daughter and she killed some clays with a 30 gauge.
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Old 10-28-2016, 10:44 AM
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This shotgun course was definitely a great find. Both instructors Don Ziegler and Richard "Captain Dick" Wilkinson where fantastic. I come from long range shooting and shotguns are a whole new bucket for me. They have great techniques for teaching this new to me discipline of shooting, and I was taking down birds by the end of the course. I highly recommend this course to anyone trying to get a step up on this aspect of shooting. Thank Calguns, Don and Captain Dick.
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Old 10-29-2016, 4:09 PM
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hotboat - there is no minimum age - simply put, the shooter must be able to handle the gun safely, follow directions, and hold the gun steadily enough and long anough for shooting safely.
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Old 11-28-2016, 2:48 PM
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Smile Awesome clinic

This was such an awesome experience. We got great instruction for about 4 hrs and both Don and Richard were so helpful.

We learned a lot about movement and how important your feet and body work together. They were checking on us every step of the way and made sure our fundamentals were SOLID. Even if we didn't hit the bird, they were more interested in smoothing out our positioning, pivoting, eye focus, etc.

We had a small group and I think everyone became much more skilled than when we first got there.

I can't wait to come back and bring some others! Thanks!
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Old 12-01-2016, 1:04 PM
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Been far too long since I've seen the guys. A shout out to Don and Richard. Hope to get back out and see everyone before too much longer.

This class is worth its weight in gold. No one walks away disappointed.
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Old 12-01-2016, 1:55 PM
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Well, there's a clinic on Friday December 30th just waiting for you to come shoot!
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Any news for 2017?

Think Triple B's would let us play Canadian-style skeet?
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Old 01-05-2017, 7:50 AM
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Waiting for TBC to confirm some dates. It is a very frustrating process.

As for Canadian skeet, what exactly do you mean?
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Old 01-05-2017, 7:52 AM
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You are welcome to wear warm, heavy clothes and say "Ay?" as much as you'd like.
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Old 01-05-2017, 8:05 AM
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Check out the video.

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Old 01-05-2017, 11:52 AM
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Ah - didn't see the link before. Pretty neat.

We could ask - they might allow it on a trap field.
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Old 01-26-2017, 1:00 PM
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New 2017 clinic dates are up!

Come on out and learn the fundamentals of shotgun shooting, or polish off the rust in your swing!
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:21 AM
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New registrations are posted
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Old 02-05-2017, 10:17 PM
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I took the clinic today and highly recommend it. It was a great experience and my shooting improved dramatically by the end. Both Coach Don and Captain Dick were wonderful teachers and really teach a great foundation to grow from. They are very generous to lend their time for such a low price. I will be for sure be going again after I pick up my new shotgun.
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Old 02-21-2017, 8:27 PM
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I am sending PMs to trapperjohn based on this thread. Am I missing something? Not really a super savvy tech guy here.
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Old 02-21-2017, 8:40 PM
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I have received several posts over the past few days, but none from you. I will contact you by pm as well and hope we can connect that way.
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Old 03-25-2017, 2:06 PM
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I took Don Ziegler's Skeet Clinic today, and really enjoyed it. An interesting way to teach skeet, in that he deals with a multitude of "in comers" first, from varying positions. This helps you understand and see the different leads required from the various stations around the course. He then goes over the basics of "out goers," understanding that look.

Then, going to the doubles, he has an effective way of having you shoot the first bird twice, to get you thinking "out," rather than shooting the first bird, and then moving too quickly to the short side of the field.

Don tells it like it is, but its clear what you need to do (and not do). I have shot maybe 15 rounds of skeet, but I needed this session on the basics, to have a more formal and definitive approach to the game. Now that I have the basics, I feel I can progress, with as much practice as I can get in.

Thanks Don, as I said, one of the best investments I've made in my game.
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Old 06-21-2017, 8:40 AM
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I took the skeet clinic in June with a great group of fellow calguners. This was my second time in the class and I enjoyed the great coaching from Trapper John, Captain Dick, and Coach Don thoroughly. We had attendees of all levels and it was very educational to have advanced shooters along with beginners like myself. I can't say this enough, this is a remarkably easy and cost effective way to get started and advanced in clay shooting sports. I will be returning with a few additional rookies for the next session.

In the words of Coach Z, "stop thinking about it" and join the next class!
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:53 PM
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New dates through Septmber are posted!

Come on out and have a blast while the days are still long.
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Just curious, what happens if I am the only one signed up next weekend? Will the clinic be cancelled?
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Old 09-16-2017, 5:55 PM
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Just curious, what happens if I am the only one signed up next weekend? Will the clinic be cancelled?
I don't know, but I'll sign up to help out the odds...
I've been to a few with only 2~3 shooters...
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Old 09-16-2017, 6:01 PM
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I don't know, but I'll sign up to help out the odds...
I've been to a few with only 2~3 shooters...
Thanks! I appreciate it. I have never shot skeet or any other clays before, really looking forward to it.
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Thanks! I appreciate it. I have never shot skeet or any other clays before, really looking forward to it.
I sent Dave (trapperjohn) a text to sign me up. We should be good to go, but don't quote me on that!!!
If you and I are the only ones there you'll get off easy...They will hammer me

Did you get the choke replaced?
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Old 09-16-2017, 6:24 PM
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I sent Dave (trapprejohn) a text to sign me up. We should be good to go, but don't quote me on that!!!
If you and I are the only ones there you'll get off easy...They will hammer me

Did you get the choke replaced?
Yes. I got a Trulock extended Skeet tube. They had a half price deal, when you fill out a survey. Nice choke!
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Old 09-16-2017, 6:34 PM
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Good deal...

I just got a reply from Dave, I'm setup, he may be there as well, so it looks like 3 shooters...
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