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.
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.
“See one, do one, teach one.” —Surgeon William S. Halstead
Defeating Outgoing and Quartering Targets - Part I
High Two and Low Six at Skeet
Interview with Terry Hetrick of Double Guns of Nashville
In April of 2016 a new high-end gun store opened its doors in the heart of Nashville, TN. This new exclusive shop which offers such renown names of Blaser, Cosmi, Giulio Bernardelli, Verney-Carron, Rigby, Mauser, Krieghoff and Zoli, to name but a few, is Double Guns of Nashville. The proprietors are Terry Hetrick and Barry Rich.
The Grid—A training field intended to emulate challenging sporting clays targets
Many gun clubs today have multiple clay target venues, such as skeet, trap and sporting clays. The larger clubs may have additional venues such as Olympic/Bunker Trap, Helice, 5-Stand and possibly even Powder Pigeon.
“I've never gone wrong trusting my gut.”
Do you remember in high school when you took those multiple choice tests and managed to eliminate two of the four answers and then picked the one that sounded best to you? And then you changed your mind only to find the first one was the right answer? Even though your teachers all said to go with the first thing that came to your mind?
Joe Hiestand is someone many of our present day shooters — including many readers of this magazine — know very little about or have never heard of him. In my opinion, he was quite an interesting person and his story is a very important part of trapshooting history. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to write this story, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy telling the story.
“We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
—Pogo creator Walt Kelly
My younger son, Roy, lives in Texas with his family. Those of you from Texas know there are only two seasons there, Football and Spring Football, and anything in between doesn’t count unless you win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Right now my sports intake on TV seems to be in that gray area of in-between. As a result, I have been watching a lot of basketball and golf.
Test and evaluation hunts covering new products come in many packages, but in this case some former U.S. Army combat vets out of the 101st Airborne and active Special Operations soldiers helped take a brand new non-toxic shot type for 2018 to the wall, or better said, to the lake for testing.