Many people enjoy measuring their skills against set standards or other people. Some firearms are designed for competition shooting and are usable for hunting but are not probably the best choice. Competitions range from a “shoot off” at your local range with your firearm buddy to elite, international competition such as the Olympics. The more you practice, the better shooter you will be and the more likely you will be interested in competitive shooting. Watching a local or regional firearm competition is fun and educational.
Competition shotguns can range from your “trusty” personal favorite to custom-made shotgun for use in the highest level of competition. Nearly all competitive shooters are happy to give pointers to new competitive shooters, and most “local” competitive shooting is performed with high quality but standard firearms. If you are interested in competitive shooting, consider joining a local shooting club. These clubs are nearly everywhere and will help you meet more shooters.