I’m a decent clays shooter. I won’t win any trap or clays tournaments, but I hold my own. Still, I can’t help but think that I’d be a better shooter today if I’d had something like Winchester’s AA TrAAcker shells back when I was learning to shoot a smoothbore. East Alton first released their new loads with the whirligig wads last year. If you’re not familiar, the wizards of Winchester have devised a wad that actually follows your shot string so you can see where you’re missing. That’s a great training aid and something that’s difficult for new shooters (and a lot of old ones) to figure out. Now Winchester has expanded the line to sporting clays loads in 12 and 20 gauge. The best part is, they’re relatively reasonably priced. At about $10.30, they’re only about $1.30 a box more than Winchester’s standard AA clays shells for the same 1 1/8 sporting loads. We hope to give these babies a tryout soon. Until then, here’s their press release . . .
EAST ALTON, Ill. (Feb. 18, 2014) — In 2014, Winchester® Ammunition will extend its AA® TrAAcker™ shotshell line into the popular sporting clays offerings of 12 and 20 gauge. This provides more options to consumers to assist shooters in identifying where and why they’re missing their targets. During this process, shooters and instructors are able to visibly see where they are missing with the AA TrAAcker technology, and can easily make adjustments to correct it.
Legendary innovation at Winchester Ammunition continues with the award winning AA® TrAAcker™, the first game and target load to feature a weighted wad that actually tracks with the shot string. This allows the shooter or an instructor to quickly determine where the shooter is missing – making it easy to adjust and hit flying targets shot after shot.
“A new shooter now can learn how to lead a clay target or game bird almost immediately – that’s the results you get with AA TrAAcker,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing, sales and strategy. “Now we’ve made it more versatile by offering the AA TrAAcker in 20 gauge, not just 12 gauge. It continues to be a great training tool for shooters, hunters, and shooting instructors, especially when youth or beginning shooters are learning every aspect of the sport.”
The secret of AA TrAAcker is in the revolutionary wad. Loaded with 1 1/8 oz. of shot for 12 gauge and 7/8 oz. of shot for 20 gauge like a standard AA shotshell, the innovative wad design includes longer, notched petals, and captures a portion of shot, which stabilizes wad spin and ensures that the wad remains in the center of the shot cloud for optimum tracking. The AA TrAAcker load is available in two highly visible colors: orange, for overcast conditions or dark backdrop; and black for clear skies or light backdrops.
AA® TrAAcker™ specifications:
|Symbol||Condition||Gauge||Shell Legnth||Shot Weight||Shot Size||Velocity|
|AASC127TO||Overcast/Dark Backdrop||12||2¾”||1 1/8 oz.||7½||1300|
|AASC127TB||Clear Sky||12||2¾”||1 1/8 oz.||7½||1300|
|AASC207TO||Overcast/Dark Backdrop||20||2¾”||7/8 oz.||7½||1300|
|AASC207TB||Clear Sky||20||2 ¾||7/8 oz.||7 ½||1300|
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