Wingshooting is the real deal for shotgun enthusiasts.
Clays sports such as skeet, trap and sporting clays were originally invented with a single goal in mind: improve your ability to shoot real birds with real feathers.
While a hefty kill for the day will certainly bring on a healthy smile, wingshooting is more than shooting your own dinner.
Wingshooting tradition runs deep in the American psyche. For many, wingshooting and the Second Amendment’s the right to bear arms, are virtually synonymous.
The wingshooting tradition is a rite of passage – when a father teaches his son how to shoot a bird and become a true sportsman. Father and son (or even mother and daughter) trekking across the terrain with guns at hand form a bond akin to nothing else.
The gear, the side-by-sides, the vintage shoots, the dogs, the places are all intended to stop time, to acknowledge the American way back when rugged individualism constituted the backbone of our country.
That’s why you can still charter a train in Africa to go on a bird-shooting safari. The tradition dates back to the colonial 1950s when private parties would head out for a weekend of driven wild duck hunts in remote areas.
Or you can participate in any number of Vintager shooters across the U.S., which recreate the spirit of English Edwardian wingshooting, often with guns in the pantheon of double-guns: Parker, L.C. Smith, Holland & Holland and other stellar specimens from the golden age of shotguns.
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