Aaron Orner knew his daughter Maddie had a gift when she was just 12-years old. “She wouldn’t miss a clay with a .410 at 15 to 20 yards,” he told Guns.com. Maddie has grown up since then and is soon to be a Freshman at Texas A&M but shooting with dad remains a past-time she enjoys. Her choice of shotgun has grown from semi-auto and over-under to pump-action with double clays, claiming it’s too easy with the former shotguns these days.

Whether or not classes will be in person this fall, shooting trap will always be a cherished and perfectly socially distanced way to celebrate freedom and family. 

Taking clays on a Texas afternoon. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)
The Remington 870 is suited for the job. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)
Aaron Orner aims at another clay. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)
Perhaps what’s more impressive about Maddie is that since she was 9 years old, she has had a pacemaker in her right shoulder. Even though she is right-handed she has taught herself to shoot left-handed.
Shooting the pump action is more of a challenge these days. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)
A perfect afternoon in the Texas Hill Country. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)
Anticipation. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)
Shooting trap has become a family tradition being passed down in the Orner family. (Photo: Don Summers/Guns.com)