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General Aviation and Trap Shooting ?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Hammer1, Apr 9, 2013.

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  1. Hammer1

    Hammer1 Active Member

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    General aviation for personal travel is done by a fairly small group of folks.

    Trap shooting is done by a small group too, though trap shooting should be the national pastime.

    How many trap shooters travel to trap tournaments in their own plane ?

    Neal Knox used to travel to benchrest rifle competitions in his personal Beechcraft Bonanza.




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  2. MNGuns

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    I am one Lotto ticket away from making this a reality....; )

    Maybe next week........
     
  3. Old Cowboy

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    Anything over 100 miles I fly to in my Cessna 170.
     
  4. Wolfman

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    I fly my Bonanza with one friend. Not often to trap shoots. Mostly hunting with the dogs.
     
  5. JGS

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    I've been flying my own aircraft since 1967. The convenience is significant. Simply toss your guns in the baggage compartment and go. Many gun clubs are located close to small airports, and the number of gun clubs that become available on weekends expands greatly. Instead of going to a nearby town to shoot, you can go to a nearby state instead. I used to fly to Vandalia for the Ohio State Shoot and the Grand American, and Sparta has a great airport that is on the outskirts of town that is just minutes from the site of the new Grand American. I remember one 4th of July weekend I flew to the Kentucky State Shoot for several days, and then flew over to the Virginia State Shoot to finish off the long weekend. I never could have done that in a car. I don't know if they still do this or not, but I used to fly over to Jaqua's and I would buzz the club before the shoot started and they would send a car to the airport to pick you up. The Airport Gun club in Lancaster,Ohio is walking distance from the airport. Trapshooting and flying have much in common. Both are challenging individual activities that seem to attract similar people.
     
  6. Jerry Parr

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    GA and Trap?? Yeah..I do. Always throw my gun in my airplane if on a layover.....Jerry
     
  7. Leggs

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    I fly a Saratoga from Kansas City to South Dakota for phesant hunting. 3 hr flight beats a 8 hr drive all the time! Used to fly to western KS when we had birds there. The decline of the bird population is why I started shooting trap and now I am addicted.
     
  8. shot410ga

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    I tried flying my Piper 180 to shoots at one time. But, I found out getting to the shoot from where ever I landed was a big hassle. Rental cars, taxi's, or having someone pick me up was not worth the effort or time. An RV is much better choice. Even a small one.
     
  9. smsnyder

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    Fly all the time to trap shoots with a few friends
     
  10. drgondog

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    I flew my V35 and A36 Bonanza's to pigeon shoots and hunting trips back in the 70's and 80's. Just a little more expensive but very much less time consuming on travel.

    OTOH - had I not been able to bury it in a Sub S as part of my business there is no way I could justify the overall operating expense for insurance and maintenance and hanger... and I gave it up in the 90's.
     
  11. triplea

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    Had a Cessna 182 and then moved up to a Cessna 310. Kids were young and busy and business was good . The planes let me get out and back quickly. The y are real time machines. Also grind up money like a giant blender. Insurance, hangar rent, annual inspections, etc, etc!. Left aviation in 1996 and times have really changed. Rules, restrictions, and costs. Now with retirement, an RV makes much more sense. glad I had the chance to do it, no regrets. But times change. Go for it if that's what you want, but be prepared for some surprises.

    David Proper
     
  12. need to shoot more

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    After reading this thread I have four aviation prints that I am going to post for sale here.

    Jim
     
  13. kiv-c

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    They say a boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into.

    Pretty much the same can be said for a plane, except that you throw your money up in the air and it never comes down!

    My '51 Piper Tripacer



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  14. himark

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    My sediments exaclty as TRIPLEA said..."Also grind up money like a giant blender"LOL..but so true.

    I advanced up the GA ladder the same way and just found it was to darn expensive since 90% of the time it was recreational anyway. So I figured since it was for fun anyway I moved to one of these for 5-6 years and even sold that. I was a dealer for a while but finally just got over the aviation bug. But if I were ever to get back into it again I would buy another Challenger. It was nearly identical to my J3 but would handle better crosswinds.

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  15. Scott Johnson

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    Keep it going guys, very interesting to us poor hillbillies here in Mondamtana. seriouly interesting. Scott
     
  16. 1100 REMINGTON MAN

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    There was a day when I would of loved a Cessna 170, maybe when I retire.
     
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    Kiv,

    Very nice PA-22. 1954, 140 Hp and cruise around 90. You and your co owner should be proud.

    Van
     
  19. Old Cowboy

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    1953 Cessna 170, 180 hp Lyc conversion, well equipped for IFR. Beretta combo hardcase fits in the backseat along with plenty of shells and equipment & spare O/U slides under the seats.
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  20. PAR8HED

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    Unfortunately most bunker shoots are a little long for the C182. But I'm seriously considering taking it to Colorado Springs this year.
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    Now if I can ever get this beast finished, should be able to haul everything including the kitchen sink.
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    Hal Hitchcock
     
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