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Best beginner trap gun

Shotgun notes by Donald K. Burleson

August 2011

Every expert has an opinion about the best trap shotgun for a beginner, but the tend to agree on these "best" qualities:

  • Get a gun that is made for shooting clays, not a hunting shotgun.
  • Find an inexpensive starter trap gun (under $1,000).
  • Find a local trap club and buy a used trap gun that you have test fired and that you shoot well.
  • Get an adjustable butt comb and adjustable stock

The Super X has amazing walnut quality for a 1970's inexpensive trap shotgun:

It’s difficult for a beginner to choose the best trap shot, especially when they are advised by a salesman with a motive to sell whatever trap guns they have in-stock..  When I started to learn trap, a salesman convinced me that the best beginner trap gun was a double-barreled Franchii hunting shotgun!

Note:  I am a beginner in skeet shooting and these notes were gleaned from Charlie Brown , the North Carolina State trap Champion and founder of the Charlie Brown trap and skeet club in Kittrell NC, a short  30 minute drive from Raleigh.
 
I shot miserably, and it was not until I found an unbiased advisor that I learned that one of the best beginner trap shotguns in the world, the Winchester Super X Model 1.  I love the add-on adjustable comb and butt stock:

The best beginner trap shotgun will have adjustable butt and stock height for a perfect fit

I immediately improved my trap score by 6 shots and I absolutely love the look and feel of the old Super X shotguns.
 
The Super X Model 1 gets my vote as best beginner shotgun for several reasons:

  • Lightweight:  The semi-automatic feature of the Super X makes it great for trap and skeet doubles, plus it is lighter than traditional double-barreled shotguns.
  • Fine Walnut stock:  They stopped making the Super X Model because ir was too costly, especially the fine walnut burl that they used in the stocks.  This is the best wood stocks in any used shotguns available under $2,000.
  • Best Price:  You can buy a Super X with a trap barrel and a skeet barrel for well under $1,000, making it the best value ever for a beginner trap and sheet gun.
  • Easy to add adjustable comb and butt length:  With the Monte-Carol stock you can have an adjustable comb installed, an absolute requirement for any trap gun.  In order for a gun to shoot its best you must have a perfect fit, both in stock length and stock height.  You need a firm cheek weld that shows button-over-button on the sights, and an adjustable comb is a necessity.

My family has three Super X model 1 shotguns, and they are without question the best choice for a beginner trap gun.  They are well-made, cheap and gorgeous, but they do have limitations.

Just look at the quality of this walnut, far beyond and other beginner trap shotgun in its price range:

The best beginner trap gun looks like an expensive trap shotgun

The super X requires cleaning every several hundred rounds, and after you consistently shoot in the 20’s from the 16 yard line, you may want to move-up to an “expensive” trap” gun. 

There is no “best” choice in the high-end trap guns, and the only limit is your pocketbook.  You can easily pay $20,000 for a fine trap gun, but a nice used single shot trap gun like a Perazzi TM1 can be purchased for as little as $1,500.

 

Note: The opinions expressed on these pages are the sole opinion of Donald K. Burleson and do not reflect the opinions of Burleson Enterprises Inc. or any of its subsidiaries.

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