Wishing to Upgrade My Ignorance

Posted on February 3, 2013 2:34 pm

Is it normal to use a shotgun with a ported barrel to shoot skeet?

I ask, because it’s not a sport I participate in, and I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a shotgun with a ported barrel.

UPDATE: I had to Google this, but here’s the difference between sporting clays, skeet, and trap.

Which makes me wonder if Obama was describing his activity as “skeet” because that’s what he was actually doing, or if he was shooting trap, but doesn’t know the difference.

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19 Responses to “Wishing to Upgrade My Ignorance”

  1. Just me says:

    Yes, properly porting a firearm reduces recoil

  2. NoMoBama says:

    Be vewy vewy quiet, he’s hunting the elusive ground skeet and doesn’t have time for your noob questions.

  3. NoMoBama says:

    I hear Moochelle has a sheet skin coat, cost him us thousands.

  4. NoMoBama says:

    Obama has called 911.

    Dispatcher:911 what is your emergency?
    Obama:I…I think my friend is dead! He just plopped down and died!
    Dispatcher:Sir please calm down first make sure he is dead.
    Obama:Okay hold on.
    *The dispatcher hears 2 distinct gunshots*
    Obama:Okay now what?

  5. Steve says:

    High end trap guns have all kinds of weird things about them, the port doesn’t surprise me

  6. Oppo says:

    Jarrett to Obama:

    “We’re getting a lot of flack on more important things. Let’s release a photo with a weirdly-ported skeet gun.”

    Any port in a storm.

  7. Keln says:

    Well you probably wouldn’t need a ported barrel because I don’t think the loading for shooting clay would be that high, so not an awful lot of kick to counter. But then again, this is Obama we are talking about. I’m surprised there isn’t a secret service agent helping him hold the oh so heavy boom stick.

  8. Vaktatunnen says:

    Okay, I know this is legit now. The White House just announced Obama is such a gun enthusiast that he reloads his own .22LR.

  9. Calvin A. says:

    Since the President can hire all sorts of experts to do everything from chefs to cook for him, to former soldiers and law enforcement to protect him, to movie projectionists to put the DVD in the player for him, I think we can safely assume that he has a master armorer, probably former Marine Corps, to make sure he has the best and most suitable guns for whatever activity he chooses to engage in for the latest “I’m a man of the people” photo-op. So yes, the best skeet shotguns probably have ported barrels.

  10. NoMoBama says:

    Yahoo News etc said “it’s a picture of him holding a rifle” so obviously you people don’t know anything about guns. And that’s not a port, it’s a starboard! geez

  11. SniperDroid says:

    Okay, it’s been a long time since I shot skeet, and we didn’t use ported barrels back then. But I shoot Trap pretty regularly, and while I don’t claim to be an expert (I only shoot to practice for bird hunting season) porting on a variety of shotguns is becoming very popular. However, if you notice there’s only the upper, Firing barrel, that has an extended choke in it. Usually, special or extended chokes are used
    for Trap shooting, not skeet shooting. Skeet chokes are almost open bore because your so close to the clay bird. In trap it’s much further away by the time you get to shoot. His angle of fire is more proper for Trap shooting than Skeet, and Trap is much easier for beginners to get the hang of than Skeet is. However, again, the picture shows no shell belt or bag around his waist. So unless he has a ‘trap boy’ to reload his gun between shots, he’s making the whole shooting deal a lot harder than it has to be since he doesn’t have any additional ammo. Staged at best, a bold faced lie at worst…. And he thinks no one will notice…..

  12. macko says:

    They’re porting everything these days. Alot of screw-in turkey chokes are ported and my mordern muzzleloader is ported

  13. 4of7 says:

    Obie saw that thing with the long metal tubes in a cabinet at Camp David and said, “I bet I could make a bong out of that thing!” and he did.
    Not Boom! Boom!, but Choom! Choom!

  14. CarolyntheMommy says:

    Bacon to #4

  15. John S says:

    My guess is he’s shooting a blank for the camera. Given the way he’s holding the shotgun, a real load would put the girly-man right on his POTUS.

  16. J.M. Heinrichs says:

    For those who are interested …
    Go to “Google Maps”, search for “Camp David, Maryland”. You’ll end up looking at Camp David, and you can now zoom in on the south end of the Camp. Enjoy!


  17. Peter says:

    I am interested in how much smoke is coming out of that thing. I’ve been shooting for 50+ years now and smokeless shotshells simply do not smoke that much, that is why it’s called SMOKELESS powder.

    Now some of my revolver cartridges smoke that much, when I shoot lead alloy bullets with certain lubes and, of course, all of my black powder loads do.

    I’m leaning toward a blank shell, the way he’s holding that thing would hurt if it were a real thing. Blanks usually use black powder for one must have the weight of the shot and wadding to make the smokeless powder do more than fizzle.

  18. Bunkerhillbilly says:

    I am interested in how much smoke is coming out of that thing…

    As I said in another thread…looking at that photo there’s a “eureka” moment that “hits” the observer…the way his face is pressed against the “rifled” shotgun…

    Barry, the first openly stoned prez, is using a newfangled shotgun bong! (Stoners have been making bongs out of all kinds of odd things…from apples and half-empty liter pop bottles to beer cans and monkey skulls.)

    “Skeet” must be the newest type of high-grade pot. (Choom being so 1970s.)

  19. Harvey says:

    @17 – This picture suggests the smoke from Barry’s gun may not be completely unrealistic:


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