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.
David Radulovich is clearly at the top of his game. The 25-year-old from Ohio has won top honors in both sporting clays and FITASC. In August, 2018, he was inducted into the Ohio Sporting Clays Association Hall of Fame.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I would spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
—Attributed to A. Lincoln
Part Two: Skill Building
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.
The World Class Waterfowl proving grounds for testing new shotguns and ammunition.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.