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2011 SHOTGUN NATIONALS - COLORADO SPRINGS

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  1. YODA100

    YODA100 TS Member

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    Beautiful weather, except for a persistent modest 30mph southeast wind, greeted shooters this morning to the International Shooting Center at Fort Carson for training day. Lots of Colorado sun with loads of blue sky. Lots of big names on hand and a few shooters from other countries. My plan is to be there for the entire trap shooting events and hopefully trap doubles next week. I will take more photos as the days pass and post them. Had the pleasure of watching Rachael Heiden, Catlin Connor, Kelsey Zauhar, Ryan Hadden and my long time NY friend, Rick Chordash, Colorado Springs hometown young lady Janessa Beaman and Corey Cogdell shoot this morning. I was thinking that there should be a rule to adjust the speed of those targets to ones age, wow.



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  2. Sportshot

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    thx,... how do you get on the grounds if you're not in the event? I wanna drive down on Sun and spectate.
     
  3. Baber

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    Yoda.... The targets at Colorado Springs are actually slower that those on typical lower elevation ranges. The ranges are at 6200 feet and you don't have to throw them as hard.

    10 years ago I shot on a squad with Rick. He shot a 100 and i shot a 89 the best I have ever shot at this game. It was squad that almost could do no wrong. The altitude bothers me. The last time I shot there I got home to Florida and felt so much better that I was back in the land where there are enough oxygen in the air to sustain life.

    Sportshot.... Suggest you call the USA Shooting at the OTC and ask to be put on the access list. I have had visitors come down before. It can be done.

    Tom
     
  4. Hap MecTweaks

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    In the last photo, is that Janessa B.??

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    In todays competition, Morgan Harbison, a sophomore at Texas A&M and a young man we help sponser, posted a 73x75!! Good shootin', Morgan!!!

    Ken Rucker...Speedbump Stockworks
     
  6. YODA100

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    Sportshot .... You don't need to get on a list, just show up at the gate and you are there. If you need directions to Gate 7, PM me.

    TBaber ... Don't know about slow. They looked pretty damn quick to me when I watched them set to the 80 meter stakes. Rick is still a viable contender in any competition and is one of only a handful to have broken 100x100.

    Hap ... That is indeed our own Janessa. She had two good rounds to start today but the wind really got blowing and she faltered a bit.

    More sunny skies today and a bit warmer in the mid/upper 80's but with that great 16% Colorado humidity. The wind became a real factor later in the day after starting from the North (fields face north) at maybe 15 mph. It switched later, varying from the southeast to the south at velocities higher than yesterday. I am guessing 35 steady with gusts to 45. Nasty conditions.

    Mens top scores are: Brian Burrows/74 - Corey Spruill/74 - Wesley Wilcox/74 - Richard Hadden/73 - Dominic Grazioli/73 - Morgan Harbison/73. They are shooting a 75/50/75/50 format over three days.

    Womens top scores are: Kayle Browning/73 - Rachael Heiden/73 - Kelsey Zauhar/70 - Janessa Beaman/69 - Theresa Dewitt/69.


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    This guy was wandering around incognito. Folks were wondering if he is a closet bunker guy. It is always nice to see and talk to him. Recognize him?

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    I will try to pay more attention to photos tomorrow. They call for temperatures about 80, maybe 20% rain although none so far. Wind? This is Colorado, it is not if, it is how hard.
     
  7. Baber

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    Yoda.... Slow is a relative thing. Depends what you are use to. One of the biggest difference is that since the air is thinner at 6200 ft there is less resistance so the target does not slow down as fast therefore it does not have to be thrown as hard to maintain velocity to get to the 76 meter line. There is also one other major difference. The CVR's that are typical at ATA shoots have a delay that is not present in the Electro Progretti system used at the OTC and most other bunkers. When you call pull the target is there ... no delay.

    You have to shoot bunker to fully appreciate how difficult it is.

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  8. YODA100

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    The morning was much better for wind but as usual it picked up velocity in the afternoon and was bothersome. Clouds rolled in late morning but the shooters stayed on target. Only 50 targets today so it was finished in good time and then 75 targets tomorrow.

    The link above will take you to the results page for the event which is updated in a very timely manner.



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    Flags were like this from mid morning through the end of competition, gnarly ...

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    Rachael Heiden - this kid can shoot ...

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    Susan Natrass from Canada, a long time bunker competitor ...

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    Janessa Beaman working hard ...

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    Yoda:

    Thanks for the updates and the photos

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    thanx Yoda, lots of surprising scores, (men) favorites are fading [Mullins Colin, Lance] newcomers are charging ---

    (women) low participation by them? in fact, the whole event seems low?? -- the top of their board is as expected, except for Corey... too bad. Ques: is Rachel wearing a dress?

    I'm surprised they let spectators in without being on a list. I've shot there the last three Nationals. Loved it, but I can't take the time off work anymore (three days to shoot practice and 125 targets). I'll just come down to Pikes Peak for your clinics and matches.
     
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    The mystery guy is Rick Marshall with his oldest son, right??
     
  12. YODA100

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    It is scary but encouraging watching some of these kids shoot having acquired such ability and focus. It speaks well for the youth and junior programs being offered around the country.

    Rachael is not wearing a dress. Like 90% of the women shooters she is wearing black leotard things (I am not up on what current women's fashions are called). She has a towel hanging from her left side which makes it look strangely dress like in the photo. Work is the curse of the shooter for sure.

    We are moving ahead with the bunker at PPGC, slowly, but surely. We are using as much volunteer labor as we can and having to work on the volunteers schedule. I am sure we will be shooting warm weather targets. It will be good to have you stop by.
     
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    Dang Mark ... Good eye. I have watched a Zauhar shoot for the last two days, I bet her dad is proud.
     
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    You got that right. Proud for sure.

    Kelsey's Dad, Mark
     
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    Thank you YODA for the great pictures and the reports! All have the right to be proud of their daughters involved in this great venture!

    I know Janessa Beaman, one of the most mentally tough young lady's I've ever met and shot with!! Her dad Jay is rightfully proud of her too!!!

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    Morgan Harbison posted another 73 today to put him in 4th place with a 192 total.......only 2 targets out of 1st!!! 50 targets left to go!!

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  17. YODA100

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    Didn't make it out today but if it was as windy at Ft. Carson as it was where I was it would have been nasty. Click the link above for the scores through 200 targets. Shootoff tomorrow and my plan is to be there. Lots of position changes from yesterday.

    Janessa Beaman broke a 50 on her first two traps today followed by a 20 to move up to sixth place.

    More pics tomorrow, it should be an exciting day ...
     
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    "Our boy", Morgan Harbison, finished the shoot today at second place in the Juniors and fourth place overall!! Congratulations, Morgan, on four days of good shooting!!

    Ken and Carolyn Rucker
     
  19. YODA100

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    Well .... A hard fought and exciting trap Championship has come to an end for 2011. It was a great 4 days except for the Colorado wind which seemed to blow harder at shoot off time. Today started out cloudy and cool with little wind but there is never no wind here and it got blowing about 11:00.

    I didn't get to follow all the divisions as I was following Pikes Peak Gun Club Jr. women's shooter Janessa Beaman. Janessa just missed the Women's final after a tie with Kelsey Zauhar for the finals in the shoot off for 6th. I inadvertently stumbled into the Zauhar cheering section yesterday and got mauled by their dog. Any dog that will fit in your hat ain't all bad though.

    The results for all matches are posted at the USA Shooting link above. Enjoy ...

    I am not a skeetie guy but may drop out a day for those matches. I intend to take in the double trap events as much as I can and will post again.


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    Jr. women's Final - This guy just would not move ...

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  20. Sportshot

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    Pretty hard to imagine that Rachel Heiden had a 6 target lead going into the final and lost by two targets.

    Is Kayle Browning related somehow back to John Y. Browning...

    Is Janessa on the USA Shooting Development team? Is that why she's is shooting bunker instead of ATA.
     
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