Skeet Skeet Skeet Shooting

And High-Quality Tequila – In Plastic Cups

A few weeks ago I learned that the latest Living Social deal was skeet shooting and tequila tasting. Who passes that up?  Definitely not me.

The day started at about noon when we met four busses in Hollywood that were going to take us to Chino Hills (about an hour and a half outside of LA), which is where the shooting range was. About 150 people purchased the deal as well, so we had one heck of a crew. There was a lot of energy and what seemed like good people ready to have some fun.

The bus ride was a good time and we caught up with our two friends that joined us, Patrick and Emily. The drive took us into the country and we actually ended up passing a number of large-scale cattle farms. The stench was noticeable immediately and the cattle did not appear to be all that happy. But that’s a post for another day.

Once we got there a short, stocky man with a thick country accent greeted us. He started by having us find out if we were right or left-eye dominant. I had never heard of this concept before, but supposedly one of our eyes is more dominant than the other. To determine which is more dominant place your hands together in a triangle and look through the triangle at something in the distance, both eyes open.

Now close your right and left eye, one at a time. In one of the instances the image in your triangle will stay visible, while in the other it will completely disappear. The eye that is open when the image stays in the triangle is your dominant eye. When you’re shooting shotguns, you should be shooting with the hand that is consistent with your dominant eye. Amazingly enough, the guy said that one-third of the population is right handed, but left eye dominant, or visa versa. So those people should shoot left handed, for example, even though they are right handed. Anyway, give it a try. Next time you need to use a shotgun you’ll know which hand should be on the trigger.

The shooting range was a blast. We were in groups of 10 or so and cheered each other on as each of us tried to blast the pigeons out of the air. It took everyone a while to get the hang of it, but by the end most were “vaporizing” the pigeons mid-air, as one of our trainers said.

After five different stations and 50+ rounds of shots we were ready for the tequila. There were four high-quality tequilas for us to try and the tequila rep that brought it told us the history on each different type. Honestly, they all tasted like good ol’ Cuervo to me (you know the taste), but it’s just what we needed after a long day on the range. After a double shot of each of the tequilas we were all feeling pretty good. The bus ride home was certainly much more fun than the ride there. Bottles of tequila were being passed around and we made a number of new friends.

All in all, it’s hard to beat a Saturday out in the country, 80 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, vaporizing clay pigeons out of the crisp air and sipping the finest tequilas Mexico has to offer.

Here are some pics from the day…