Modern Shooter: Dave Miller’s Secrets To Breaking More Clay


The Modern Shooter team gets world-class trap shooting advice from world-record holder Dave Miller.

When it comes to busting clay, what's the best you've ever done in a session? Two in a row? 200? No offense, whatever the number it's child's play compared to Dave Miller.

The pro shooter for Aguila Ammunition is an out-and-out machine when the trap starts throwing orange and has the title to prove it. Miller is the current Guinness World Record holder for most clays broken in one hour — a whopping 3,653. Do the math, that's more than one clay per second. To call it a feat is a magnitude of understatement akin to dismissing the Grand Canyon as a ditch or Pike's Peak a mound of dirt.

Next to busting blue rock, there's nothing Miller loves more than teaching others how to bird-dog out top scores. And this week on Modern Shooter, the team taps the pro for some world-class tips for vaporizing clay. Unsurprisingly for a shotgunner of his caliber, Miller has some real insight on what it takes to excel when the trap springs.

First and foremost, Miller preaches vision and economy of motion, catching sight of the clay early and letting it do most of the work. As he points out to Gun Digest Editor-in-Chief Luke Hartle, if you're chasing, you're behind the curve. But perhaps more importantly, Miller is a dyed-in-the-wool advocate of breaking the clay well before you ever call “Pull!” With your body positioned correctly and your breakpoint already mapped out, you'll have a bead on the blue rock the moment it takes flight and the orientation to bust it.

Get more of Miller's insight on the next Modern Shooter 10:00 p.m. EST Friday on the Pursuit Channel. The episode rebroadcasts Monday at 12 p.m. EST and Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. EST.

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