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NSSA's Certified Instructor program prepares instructors to train shooters at all levels. For new shooters, a qualified instructor can help make that first experience an enjoyable one, chipping away at beginner's frustration and providing a good foundation for future shooting fun. At higher levels, NSSA instructors can shorten the journey toward any shooter's goals. NSSA referees are vital to the fair and consistent operation of skeet shoots.

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  Skeet Shooting Instruction Articles

Giambrone Video: Follow-through Giambrone Video: Follow-through

If you’ve ever watched Paul Giambrone III shoot, you know his follow-through is distinctive. So when we wanted to get advice on the subject, he was the natural choice to ask. Why is follow-through important, and how best to follow-through on a shot? Video by Gene Stewart Paul Giambrone III has won 17 World Championships, including the 2014 HOA World Skeet Championship. He was inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in 2013 and is Captain of... [more...]


Hurlburt Club Hosts Youth Skeet Camp Hurlburt Club Hosts Youth Skeet Camp

The Hurlburt Clay Target Sports Club held a three-day youth skeet camp July 7-9 at the Hurlburt Skeet Range, located on the Florida Panhandle. Four of the club’s Level I and II Certified Instructors joined NSSA Chief Instructor Ralph Aaron in teaching the fundamentals of skeet to four young shooters, ages 13-15. Classroom instruction ran the gamut of topics from gun safety to skeet etiquette, including stance, gun mount, and fit; hold, look,... [more...]


Become an Instructor at Canadian Course Become an Instructor at Canadian Course

NSSA Instructor Bob LaRue will host an NSSA Level One Certified Instructor course on July 1-2 at the NCRRA Skeet & Trap Section in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The class will be held just prior to the 2015 Canadian Skeet Championships. If you are interested in taking the class, contact Bob LaRue at 250-861-4044 or email bob-larue@shaw.ca.  Read More →


Don Snyder Video: Shooting the .410 Don Snyder Video: Shooting the .410

Shooting the .410 bore can be intimidating to many skeet shooters who feel they must do something different than when shooting larger gauge shotguns and may grasp the stock with a death-grip. Champion skeet shooter, instructor, and former NSSA-NSCA Executive Director Don Snyder answers a reader question about shooting the .410 and offers some valuable advice: relax. Video by Gene Stewart Don Snyder is an NSSA Level 4 Certified Instructor and... [more...]


Snyder Video Tip: Gauge Differences Snyder Video Tip: Gauge Differences

Skeet instructor Don Snyder addresses a question that skeet shooters, especially beginners, may wonder about as they prepare for four-gun competition: what should a shooter do differently when shooting a 12 gauge shotgun vs. a smaller bore shotgun, such as a 28 gauge? Video by Gene Stewart Don Snyder is an NSSA Level 4 Certified Instructor and the former NSSA Chief Instructor. He is also the former NSSA-NSCA Executive Director. For information... [more...]


Paxton’s Pointers: Backgrounds Paxton’s Pointers: Backgrounds

Less-experienced skeet shooters often ask questions of NSSA Hall of Fame shooter and All-American Robert Paxton, and he is always generous with his responses. In this short video, Paxton answers a question about shooting against different or difficult backgrounds, which is a common problem for shooters venturing onto new clubs or fields. Video by Gene Stewart  Read More →


Skeet Referee Clinic at SA Gun Club Skeet Referee Clinic at SA Gun Club

San Antonio Gun Club will host a Skeet Referee Clinic/Training Course on Saturday, February 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This clinic/training will cover: any new rules changes from NSSA referees use of the wand (standing positions/where to hold) 2013 referee test (free) and NSSA certification ($5) available to those who wish. Questions and comments can be directed to Mark Richardson at mricha2234@aol.com. Referee application form, test, and handbook... [more...]


<em>Shooting Tip:</em><br>The Longer the Ride, More Likely the Miss Shooting Tip:
The Longer the Ride, More Likely the Miss

NSCA Certified Instructor Don Currie offers his fourth rule of movement: The longer “the ride,” the more likely the miss. The moment the comb of the stock reaches your cheek, the quality of the visual information reaching your brain begins to degrade. The longer the stock is at your cheek, the more likely it is that you will miss the target. The bottom line is, you will never be able to see a target as well with the gun in your cheek... [more...]


NSSA Level One Instructor Course NSSA Level One Instructor Course

If you’d like to become certified as an NSSA Instructor, you can join Paul Giambrone, III for an upcoming Level One course. The class is scheduled for January 5-6 at the Ft. Worth Trap & Skeet. Here’s what you can expect from an NSSA instructor course. To register for the upcoming NSSA Certified Instructor course, contact Paul Giambrone, III at 985-966-5450, or info@gsclinics.com. Note: This post was edited December 4, 2012, 7:00... [more...]


Instructors Being Targeted by Scam Instructors Being Targeted by Scam

A few months ago, NSCA informed instructors and clubs of fraudulent activities targeting NSCA Certified Instructors around the country. This week, we have learned of other instructors and clubs who have been targeted with similar schemes. The instructors and clubs tell us they are being contacted through email by someone who is supposedly setting up a shooting event for a corporate group. Some of the reports say the person claims to be from England. The... [more...]