Mental Training > Stage Fright

“In my opinion the only way to conquer stage fright is to get up on the stage and play.” —Taylor Swift

Recently I asked a friend of mine, a well-known bluegrass musician, if he ever suffered from stage fright. His answer surprised me when he told me early in his career he was unable to get on stage without having a near panic attack. Eventually, he overcame this problem and what helped him most was the advice of a mentor. He has stuck to it ever since.

Bad Weather Can Make You Better

Let me start this article off by describing a situation I recently encountered which was the catalyst behind this topic. I arrived at the shotgun range on a day which was extremely windy. Like most shotgun ranges, there were the “regulars” there shooting trap, skeet and sporting clays. However, they were not shooting, they were sitting in the clubhouse complaining about the rounds they shot earlier that day and the low scores they posted as a result of the wind.

Final Shot - Getting Started

For someone interested in starting out in clay target shooting, there are a lot of wrong and a few correct paths to follow. Over my early years, I strolled down both kinds, and perhaps some advice based upon that experience will be helpful.


This month’s article is dedicated to the very first thing you are required to do when attending a major ATA-registered tournament: classification. While this may not seem like the most interesting topic for discussion, I assure you it is one of the most important. As a 26-year member of the ATA Central Handicap Committee and a six-year member of the ATA Rules Committee, the past few years I have witnessed a disturbing trend in the increase of handicap score disqualifications.

Three Things A New Shooter Must Know

At the two ranges I teach at in the Denver area, I spend a lot of time walking up and down the trap line and wandering throughout the sporting clays course talking to people I know and making friends with people I do not know. I will gladly offer a suggestion or two when I see individuals struggling, and I know just a minor tweak or two will help them hit more targets.

Low-Recoil Hunting Loads - Can They Work?

For some 20 years to date, I have been working with and developing loads specifically designed to shoot quietly and at the same time recoil less as they become useful training ammunition for new shooters, injured shooters and even heart patients.

The first role of these loads is to provide subsonic performance for my longstanding, quiet shooting Metro Gun Systems™. It was at that time the industry had a bright idea to start offering my basic Metro Quiet Gun Systems™ as training ammunition to police departments and clay target shooters.

2018 NSSA World Skeet Championships

Another great year of skeet culminated at the NSSA World Skeet Championships from September 28 to October 5, 2018 at everyone’s favorite gun club, The National Shooting Complex. Shooters from all over the world flocked to San Antonio for the chance to compete in the biggest skeet shoot of the year. The World events were sponsored by Federal (Doubles) Krieghoff (12 ga.), Browning (20 ga.), White Flyer (28 ga.), Remington (.410 bore), Kolar (450 bird HOA), and Winchester (550 bird HAA). The shoot proved to be a beautiful one full of pleasant surprises.