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Kids take a shot at trap shooting (Article)

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Program aims for teamwork

    Kids take a shot at trap shooting


    In the blink of an eye, a clay target zips nearly out of sight, stopped only by a well-placed shotgun blast aimed to cut off its path.

    Brevard County students as young as first-graders now get a chance at the sport of trap shooting through participation in the Scholastic Clay Target Program and membership in the Port Malabar Aces at Port Malabar Rifle and Pistol Club in Palm Bay.

    "It goes from all ranges of abilities," said Kevin McGarry, state director for the program. "We work on fundamentals first, using a hand thrower which throws real slow and straight out. Of course the origin of the sport is to practice for hunting (birds), but there's a lot of people who shoot that don't hunt at all.

    "It is less about eye-to-hand coordination and more about development. They tend to mature quicker and they have to learn teamwork," said McGarry.
    Currently there are about 20 coed members in the Aces, but they are always looking for new members, McGarry said.

    And, because of the sponsorship of the Rifle and Pistol Club, it is very inexpensive.

    "Our kids don't have to pay anything for the clay targets and we supply the guns. They don't need to bring anything but eye and ear protection," McGarry said.

    The youngest shooters use shotguns with 24-inch barrels, with older kids using 26- and 28-inch barreled shotguns.

    All are loaded with size 71/2 or 8 shot, McGarry said.

    Once they get some experience, the shooters are moved to the automatic trap houses, which throw the targets up to 46 yards at a 23-degree angle.

    "Each shooter tries from five positions and shoots five rounds per position for the total of 25 rounds per set. The target can be thrown either left or right and you don't know which way it's going to go," he said.

    McGarry has been involved locally with the program for the past four years and before that taught trap shooting for Boy Scout merit badges.

    Both his sons, ages 10 and 15, shoot competitively and are members of the Aces.

    "I love it and I think it's a great activity," McGarry said.

  2. Beretta Blue

    Beretta Blue TS Member

    Dec 28, 2006
    Flagler Gun Club has a similar program, Loaner club guns, and free shells. The goal is to put a team together for the FTA State shoot in March.

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