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Is 60 too old to start shooting trap?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by david636, Jan 13, 2010.

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  1. david636

    david636 TS Member

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    I’m not sure how to even starting asking the question that I have, so a little background:

    I just turned 60 (December). I’m in great shape from years of running and strength training, which I still do. My eye sight is okay, but not as good as it used to be.

    I’ve been around shooting sports for a number of years (rifle: silhouette and benchrest, handguns: IDPA and USPSA).

    Last year I shot a couple of 100 rounds of trap at my local gun club. Nothing great as far as results go, I probably broke about a third of the targets.

    For Christmas my daughters (3 of them) bought me a Browning Citori XT Trap. It is a beautiful shotgun.

    I joined ATA last year, but never participated in any shooting events.

    My question: Is 60 too old to get started learning to shooting trap?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. 635 G

    635 G Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely not--I started at 63.

    Phil Berkowitz
     
  3. Jon Reitz

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    Hell no, and welcome aboard. Just don't for get your wallet.
     
  4. Steve W

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    Don't know about others, but I think it's not late at all.

    ATA shooting doesn't require high level of physical movements, aging eye sights can be corrected with glasses. As long as you're able to swing a 8 lb shotgun within 45 degree angle, you can shoot ATA.
     
  5. Auctioneer

    Auctioneer Well-Known Member

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    Wait till you see at shoots how old the other shooters are. Don't worry you'll fit right in.
     
  6. edthearcher

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    first of all welcome to trap shooting.Iam 72 years old this past dec. this may will start my 4th year of returning back after more than 35 year lay off. archery has been a great part of my life. Iam having the time of my life shooting. I also will be joining ATA this winter. dont shoot leagues, cant stay up that late. shoot every sunday and monday. yes even in wisconsins winter. enjoy
     
  7. short shucker

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    Depending on the club, you just may be the youngest one there! Everyone will be calling you "kido".

    ss
     
  8. MAX & TOBY

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    I started at 58 and now near 63. I'm having more fun today than the day I started with shooting, reloading, and being a club member. By the way, at 63 I'm one of the KIDS!!
     
  9. shannon391

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    You could be the youngest guy on some squads.
     
  10. RFGA2

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    Carl Chawell is almost 60...........


    Bob Gibson!
     
  11. RFGA2

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    Chadwell. He will be mad I miss-spelled his name.

    he is almost as old as Townsend!!

    BG
     
  12. dbcook

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    you will stick out like a sore thumb if you are in great physical shape, but you will have lots of fun.... i have read where shooters in their 80,s 90,s broke their 1st hundred straight. dwain
     
  13. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Is 60 too old to have fun??? Go get that gun and shoot. Bulge.
     
  14. dverna

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    I started at 55 - having shot everything except shotguns competitively.

    Unless you are extremely talented and can shoot a lot, who will not be winning any AA singles or doubles competitions.

    Chadwell is a horrible comparison. He is a very good shooter, but he did not start late in life and he had a great mentor. His dad coached him, built stocks for him and reloaded for him. Norris has helped me with gun fit and the man knows what he is doing.

    Now, you may never make the cover of T&F but you will meet a lot of great people and a few a$$es. You will have a lot of fun. The better the guys you shoot with, the faster your progress will be. Take one or two clinics from the top shooters in the game. Best $350 (typical 2 day cost) you will spend.

    Don Verna
     
  15. BILL GRILL

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    There was a guy at Mason last summer that started when he was 90 and he was going to be 95 the next day. If they ain't shoveling dirt on you, you ain't to old! Bill
     
  16. g7777777

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    Did you read this article-- ?

    This guy went to the gym and walked 5 miles outdoors every day at 104--

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/nyregion/12ironman.html

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  17. Claydotter

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    Hello All. New to Forum----------

    I didn`t start Trap `till I was 60. It`s all about Fun.
    You have a Great gun to get started with!

    I`m looking forward to retiring so I can shoot more.
    Regards, Pete
     
  18. Ed Y

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    My friend, Abe Suydam, gave up rifle shooting at 58 and started trapshooting. He broke many 100s and even broke one at 98. He lived to be 100 and had quite a list of wins when he passed.

    Ed Yanchok
     
  19. BDodd

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    Not a bit too late - but remember that trap/skeet/et cetera is best done with both eyes open and focusing only on the target - unlike the other competitions you've enjoyed....breakemall.....Bob Dodd
     
  20. capvan

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    You'll do just fine. One of our club members ran a 25 on his 90th birthday. Quite the day for everyone...and that was 2 years ago...and he's still shooting every Friday night!

    capvan
     
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