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FEATURE | GRAND AMERICAN

TRAPSHOOTING MECCA
The recreational complex is separated into
two big parts. One is the range, which has
120 meticulously labeled and manicured
sections-each containing five shooting points,
trap house, and associated hardware. Birds are
voice activated by a microphone next to each
shooter. There's a PA system that's easy to hear
throughout the complex that announces match
updates. The set-up reminded me of another
"shotgun megaplex"-the Cardinal Center in
Marengo, OH.
The other portion is a complex of buildings
that includes the HQ building, the ATA Hall
of Fame, and a warehouse with enough
shotshells to supply a small army. As
Tournament Director, Gipson spends most of
his time shuttling in between both portions.
Surprisingly, he's not spending a lot of his
time putting out fires, because there are
none-the match is run smoothly like butter.
Lynn took me on a tour of the complex in his
Gator ATV, and just about every person we
saw (which literally seemed like hundreds to
me) knew who he was and stopped to say
hello. All had a big grin.
"People here just have the best time. We
have shooters from Australia, Brazil, Costa

Rica, New Zealand, and South Africa-in
addition to the thousands from the U.S. that
are absolutely thrilled to be here to compete
in the sport they love," Gipson remarked about
the different nationalities represented. The
ATA's board of directors recognized Australia
as a sanctioned member this year. The vote
was unanimous-ATA is going worldwide.
But wait, there's more. There is what can
best be described as a trap shooter's mall-a
mall that absolutely caters to this crowd, with
all the big names represented once again
with their own stores stocked full of their
wares-additionally gunsmithing services
available. Along with the gun manufacturers,
other industry leaders such as Winchester
Ammunition, Federal Premium and White
Flyer had vendor space at the mall and had
plenty of merchandise. All companies had
their pro teams in attendance. In front of
the vendor mall there are trap fields where
companies can demo their merchandise,
pretty convenient for all involved.
The complex is truly spectacular. There
are 1,000 campsites spread out over three
campgrounds, 4,001 parking spots, and three
lakes for shooters to enjoy. Nice paved roads
and plenty of food trucks (go to the Butcher

The World Shooting and Recreational Complex boasts 120 trap fields that extend 3.5 miles.

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