Dan Schindler's Blog
Facing Their Fear of Guns
12/16/2017
Facing Their Fear of Guns

Can you tell which foster kid had their friend die in their arms? In spite of their fear of guns, they voluntarily stood in line, waiting for their turn to break a few clays. And they did, surrounded by cheers and applause! Then walked to the back of the line so they could do it again!! For these kids, and their counselors and social workers, said humbly, this outing made a huge difference…an entirely new way to look upon guns and shooting…a positive, life-changing difference. This was a meaningful difference that not only included building self-confidence but visibly raised self-esteem. Spend some time with teenage foster kids and make a difference. Help them face their ...

Changing Chokes - A Real Advantage?
12/09/2017
Facing Their Fear of Guns

As you know, changing chokes from field to field is very common. And it can be to our advantage, depending on the reasons for changing and how the choke is being used.         For example, a few years back in a match, I observed an elderly gentleman prepare for a crossing target under his feet, inbound across a ravine. The common breakpoint on this A target was under 25 yards. Visibly anxious, he was vacillating, unsure of what choke to put in. He stepped into the box less than confident. I was on deck behind him. He very clearly shot behind the first two A birds, stopping his gun each time because he incorrectly thought he was too far in front. He ...

How To Choose Which Bird First On A True Pair
12/09/2017
Facing Their Fear of Guns

Target setters are a devious bunch and, have no doubt, we’re all the better for it. This particular true pair presentation can be shot either way and has us wondering which bird first, the A or B trap? Watching some of the shooters ahead of us hasn’t helped since there are just as many shooting the A trap first as there are shooting the B trap first and few are running this station. Choosing which bird first isn’t obvious but there is a way to untangle this and put the odds in our favor.         At the call, as a true pair, watch both birds carefully as they come into their last half or last third of their flight. Which bird do you ...

5 Perspectives To Improve Your Clay Target Performance
12/08/2017
Facing Their Fear of Guns

XOXOOX  1. Doing it wrong is totally understandable. Doing it wrong too long isn't.     Sucess favors the prepared. 2. Complacency: Mind What Matters    When focus wanders, so will the muzzle. Missing is inevitable but giving them away speaks to motivation. 3. Failure Hurts    It's just a flat tire. Fix it and get back in the race. 4. Missing: It's Business Not Personal    Self-criticism is more exhausting than pushing a refrigerator up a hill. 5. Balancing: Commitments and Expectations    We can't take more out of sporting clays than we put in.   Thanks for stopping by. Be safe and I hope to ...

R U Happy With The Sporting Clays X?
12/06/2017
Facing Their Fear of Guns

Of course, we are. And why not? That was our intention right…that’s why we’re out here…to break the target. Social sporting clays shooters will be happy with 1 X here and there. Many of us, however, want XXXXXX. That changes things for us. While an X can be (and should be) gratifying…will that X lead you to more Xs? Good question. If the X was the accidental result of a swing error…it’s doubtful more Xs will follow because an inconsistent swing just can’t be dependable. X00XX0. Random gun movement (RGM) just can’t deliver XXXX reliably…and it won’t. Top sporting clays shooters intentionally reduce random gun ...