I began shooting registered skeet in 1989, and the Cosmic Cowboys had already made their mark and gone their separate ways by the time I started.
Ricky Pope and Robert Paxton. Of the original team members, the only one who still competes on a regular basis is Robert Paxton. Although Ricky Pope was considered by many as the finest skeet shooter of his time, when he had to choose between a working career that put food on the table and a roof over his head versus traveling and shooting, Ricky made the choice to give up skeet shooting and go to work.
Robert Paxton (circa 1976) was a permanent Cosmic Cowboy Team member and still maintains averages high enough to earn him a place on the NSSA All-American Teams.
The coach of the Trinity University skeet team, Col. Tom Hanzel, who had a significant influence on the members of the Cosmic Cowboys and taught many of them the finer points of the game.
The famous 5-Man Skeet Team, the Cosmic Cowboys, Team members were (left to right) Tito Killian, Ricky Pope, Pat Bartel, Martin F. "Bubba" Wood and Robert Paxton. Tito, Ricky, Bubba and Robert were full-time, permanent team members, while Pat Bartel and Carroll Bobo would alternate at different events as the 5th man on the squad. While the Cosmic Cowboys set many of the current existing records for 5-Man Teams in skeet, the truly amazing thing is they only shot as a team for two seasons, 1976 -1977.
When I have the opportunity to write a review on a shotgun, one of the areas of information I like to include is the choke constriction as it relates to the bore size of the shotgun
Remember, to get the actual points of constriction the choke is imparting on the shot column, you must measure the barrel bore and the choke. Subtract one from the other, and you end up with how many points of constriction you really are shooting through your choke.
The CSP Bore Micrometer gets you a lot of bang for your buck. It's accurate, durable, attractive and reliable. With just a little care, this instrument will do well by you for many years.
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January 2018 Volume 40, Number 1
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