ATA CLASSIFICATION: KNOW WHERE YOU STAND

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.

Mental Training > Sit Up Straight!

By adopting a certain physical posture, a resonant chord is struck in spirit.” —Bruce Lee

By now, many of you have figured out I am a musician. I have used this experience to illustrate some of the principles of mental training since not only has a lot of the research into performance been done with musicians, but it is a good way to explain issues as most of you are familiar with what musicians do.

Talking with Sporting Clays Champion Cory Kruse

There are shooters, and there are great shooters and then there are shooters extraordinaire. The young man you are about to hear from is one of the rare individuals of the extraordinaire kind.

Cory Kruse is a two-time NSCA Nationals Main Event Champion winning his first title in 2003 and then again in 2012. In 2018 Cory won the NSCA U.S. Open Championship. There are too many other championship titles in Cory’s voluminous resumé to list here, but check out the sidebar to this story.

2018 Grand American Trapshoot Highlights

The World Shooting & Recreational Complex in Sparta, IL, hosted the 2018 Grand American World Trapshooting Championships from August 1-11. The tournament had once again as its Signature Sponsors Bill and LeeAnn Martin. Bill and LeeAnn continue to show their love and generous support of registered trapshooting. Thank you, Bill and LeeAnn. The 2018 Grand American Championships have concluded, and if there is one word to describe them, that word would be historic.

Instruction, Coaching or a Clinic: What's Right For Me?

Most all clay target shooters contemplate getting some type of assistance with the objective of increasing their shooting performance. This assistance can come in the form of instruction, coaching or attending a clinic. Which of these a shooter decides to engage in is dependent on many factors, including the learning style of the shooter and the resources a shooter is willing to dedicate to this. However, the most important factor a shooter should consider when looking for instruction, coaching or attending a clinic is what that shooter desires to get out of it.

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