I wouldn't exactly call myself a grand master, I do know which end of the shotgun is which, and I have a rough idea of how to use one after 59 years of swinging them at clays and live game, but I am always happy to share what little I do know with others, the more the merrier.
For folks just getting started in the sport, that is, those with little to no experience at shooting a shotgun at a moving target, I usually recommend starting with a few rounds of formal American Skeet, on a regulation skeet field, as this has proven to be the quickest method to teach foot placement, mounting the gun, swing,lead and follow through.
It can be done pretty much anywhere it is safe to shoot, with one of the electric's like Dusty's wife is getting, because they throw the birds consistently in the same place at the same speed , angle of elevation and such, time after time.
With a hand thrower it gets to be difficult to teach a beginner, due to the lack of consistency (which helps to build confidence early on in the learning curve) in the casts of the birds.
For folks who have a bit of wing shooting experience under their belts and want a tune up or instructions on how to hit game birds that don't fly predictably, then a combination of the electric trap and a hand thrower works well when a sporting clays course is not readily available.
So whenever ya'll feel up to it, just let me know, I'm pretty much always in the mood to bust clay pigeons, I think one or more of them wronged me in a previous life and I have been trying to settle score in this life!
Was at the park today for the first time. My twins and a buddy's daughter had a hunter safety class. We shot the sporting clays, what a blast. I haven't done that in years. I only shot 50% but it was tons of fun.
The other one, how to check a shotgun for proper fit, seems to be GONE
I will have to look through my files and see if I still have a hard copy of what I wrote, as that one was written in Word on my old Pc, and when it died, it was lost as I had not yet backed it up on the external hard drive for that PC.
I'll get back to you when I find it or if I can't.
Could re-write it if it's gone will take a day or three as I have some other projects on at the moment and need to get out in the shop and get after them.