Shooting Sports USA - November 2017 - 27

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ave you seen the range yet?" It's
the first question that Amateur
Trapshooting Association (ATA)
Executive Director Lynn Gipson asks me,
inside his office in the headquarters building
at the World Shooting Recreational Complex
in Sparta, IL. "It's 3½ miles long."
I was in town for the Grand American-
the largest shooting event of its type in the
world. Trap shooters from all over the world
(a staggering 4,000 people!) compete over
11 days of clay target shooting in 23 exciting
events leading up to the Grand American
Handicap Final. Many of them have spent
thousands of dollars on highly customizable
shotguns, along with gear designed
specifically to stand up to the rigors of trap.
Most of these people have been in Sparta
the full 11 days. These competitors are some
of the nicest around, with their own formal
etiquette and tradition built over 100 years
of formal trap competition. While the bulk
of the shotguns are over/unders, with big
names such as Benelli, Beretta, Browning,
CZ-USA, Krieghoff, Perazzi, Remington, and
Winchester represented well-I observed
more than a handful of shooters using semiautomatics and single barrel models. USAmade guns such as the Kolar, out of Racine,
WI, are also extremely popular for Trap.
Trap shooting as a sport began with live

This statue was
commissioned to
commemorate
the 100th Grand
American in 1999.

pigeons in the U.S. around 1825, with the
first recorded match being in Cincinnati,
OH, six years later. Americans led the way
in developing artificial targets for trap
competition-first with glass balls containing
feathers, then clay targets. Once during a
one-day exhibition, Adam Bogardus broke
5,681 glass balls before missing, while Annie
Oakley once shot 4,772 of 5,000 glass balls
released from 15-yard traps. These types of
events are the ancestors of today's modern
ATA matches, like the Grand American.

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