ABA Banking Journal - May 2012 - (Page 44)

First person | COURTNEy HaNING Ohio banker has lots of “pull” He’s nearing the half-million mark in shots at clay pigeons Bankers who golf avoid traps, but competitive marksman G. Courtney Haning revels in traps—trap shooting. Unlike many bankers interested in shooting sports, Haning, 63, didn’t grow up with guns in the family, with a father or brother to initiate him. Instead, he relied on “Uncle Sam.” During the Vietnam Warera, the Army trained him in many weapons. “That was my introduction to firearms,” says Haning, president, chairman, and CEO at $107.6 million-assets Peoples National Bank of New Lexington, Ohio. When he left the service, Haning took up pheasant and quail hunting, but over the years, local bird populations waned. In the early 1990s, he discovered trap. Trap shooting is one of several gun sports using clay Courtney Haning says trap shooting used to be considered a gentleman’s sport, pigeons, which are disks launched and it wasn’t unusual for marksmen to turn out in three-piece suits. Shooting to simulate birds or other game. enthusiasts can find more technical details at http://tinyurl.com/bankertopgun Some customers who shot trap trap guns to withstand thousands of took along Haning. “I failed miserably,” the banker admits. Of 25 targets, shots. In the approximately 22 years he hit eight. “I didn’t have the proper gun, nor the proper training,” he says. Haning has shot trap, he’s fired at Trap shooters typically use 12-gauge shotguns, firing cartridges holding more than 300,000 targets commultiple pellets. But these weapons can be quite specialized. The best are petitively. He’s made close to a halfcustom-made, with much longer barrels than your typical shotgun, and often million shots all together, counting in “combo” models, allowing the same gun to be used in single-barrel or practice. He’s treasurer of the Ohio double-barrel mode depending on the type of trap the shooter is targeting. Trap Shooting Foundation, and has In spite of that poor first showing, something about trap stuck. “A couple won his share of awards. of local guys took me under their wings and taught me how to do it right,” With age and the relocation of says Haning. “I fell in love with shooting clay targets instead of real animals.” the Grand American to Sparta, Ill., The classic command “Pull!” is still used for a pigeon be launched. Haning’s national-level competition The training, plus time, experience, and development of good hand-eye has decreased. It’s not unusual to coordination, improved Haning’s skills. He began competing, first in stateshoot 100 rounds in a session. “And level trap events. The Haning family started building vacations around them. if you don’t hit all 100,” he explains, Later, Haning began to compete at the “Grand American Championship,” “you won’t be in the shoot-off.” His the top national event in trap shooting. Until recently, it was held in Vandabest score in the Grand has been lia, Ohio, drawing nearly 6,000 shooters annually. 98 hits out of 100. Out of the thouTrap shooters in competition may shoot as many as 100 targets in a comsands competing, it’s certain somepetitive class, so practice is intensive. Indeed, Haning explains, that’s another one else will shoot a perfect score. thing that makes trap shotguns special. As opposed to ordinary hunting shot—Steve Cocheo, executive editor guns, made to endure a lifetime of hundreds of shots, producers engineer 44 | ABA BANKING JOURNAL | may 2012 http://www.tinyurl.com/bankertopgun

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ABA Banking Journal - May 2012
Contents
Chairman's View
Editor's Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
Picture This
ABA Community Banking
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Tech Topics
ABA Resources
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First Person

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