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Olympic shooting range unveiling in Pennsylvania

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Joe Potosky, Apr 24, 2011.

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Allen Chubb Jr., of Elizabethville, and a handful of partners, aim to put Central Pennsylvania on the map of Olympic and international-style shotgun shooting sports.

    On Sunday, May 1, they will unveil the first stage of Keystone Shooting Park on 16 acres leased at Martz's Gap View Hunting Preserve Inc. along Game Farm Road, east of Dalmatia in southwestern Northumberland County.

    It’s the culmination of five years of effort by Chubb, Don Koons, of Lebanon, Derrick Brownlee, of Reading, and a few others; many local donations; and a large grant from the R. K. Mellon Family Foundation.

    KSP also is the first fully automated trap shooting range in the world. It requires no range attendants to use the facility.

    Shooters will use an electronic smart card to access a kiosk that powers up the entire range, energizes the trap machines in the concrete bunker under the shooting platform and then launches the clay birds for the shooters at approximately 64 miles per hour.

    Electronic scoring will show maintain the scores on a computer screen in the kiosk and on a large screen in the nearby clubhouse. Live video of the shooting action will be added in the near future, as well as streamed live over the park’s website.

    “One of the things that has always been lacking in this sport in the U.S. is that you can’t just come out here one day a week and train,” said Chubb, who began trap shooting as part of the U.S. Army shooting team in Germany in 1980 and has competed internationally.

    To compete at the top levels of the international sport, he explained, shooters need to be able to practice more frequently and more regularly, without the need for finding assistance with the range operation, which the automation at KSP allows.

    “The only one who’s going to shut this one down is Mother Nature,” he chuckled.

    The park has been outfitted with the same European-manufactured trap launches and accessories to provide shooters with “the best combination of what you’re going to see in international competitions.”

    Chubb noted, “Here you have the ability to show the youngsters that they will be able to adapt to conditions in other countries. If you’ve already been there and you know what to expect, you’re going to hit the ground running. This is a psychological event, 95 percent mental, 3 percent physical and 2 percent luck.”

    “All the major events are in foreign countries, so you better be able to get off the plane and produce, or you’re going to be a participant rather than a competitor.”

    The first Olympic hopeful to train at the park will be Annie Jardin, a wildlife science major at Paul Smith College in New York. She will train at the park throughout the summer, while working a part-time job at Martz’s.

    In addition to the training of U.S. athletes, another goal is attracting more participation for the Olympic style of shotgun shooting.

    He hopes KSP will be used by shooters of all levels, “from Joe novice up to the Olympic athlete.”

    The range will officially open for training at 10 a.m.

    A dedication ceremony will be held at noon, during which the range will be officially recognized as Haldeman Field in memory of Pennsylvanian Donald Haldeman, a gold medalist in trap shooting in the XXI Olympics in Montreal in 1976.

    The range will remain opening for training until 5 p.m., with refreshments available to the visiting public.

    While the event is open to everyone, advance registration is required at 717-903-9009 or keystoneshootingpark@gmail.com.

    KSP also has attracted an international sponsor for their first major competition May 21-22. Ammunition manufacturer Baschieri & Pellagri of Bologna, Italy, and B&P USA of Bensenville, IL, are backing the first B&P USA Masters Cup at the park.

    Chubb sees such international ties are critical to helping American shooters to overcome the “big cultural difference in attitude between U.S. and European” training and competition, which regularly puts the Americans at a disadvantage in international competition.

    On the same dates, KSP also will host the Pennsylvania State Junior Olympic Trap Championships. Attendance at a state championship event is mandatory for an invitation to the National Junior Olympic Championships this summer in Colorado Springs.

    Shotgun manufacturer Armi Perazzi of Botticino Mattina, Italy, and Perazzi USA of Azusa, Calif., have signed on to sponsor the Perazzi USA Grand Prix July 8-10.

    Other competitions already scheduled for the park include the USA Shooting Zone II Championship and the Pennsylvania State Championship Aug. 27-28, Oktoberfest Classic and Donald S. Haldeman Memorial Championship Sept. 24-25, Keystone Club Championship Oct. 9.

    A future, second phase in the development of the park will be the construction of a permanent clubhouse to take the place of the log home that’s now temporarily in place. That eventually will be followed by a skeet range on a nearby knoll.

    Chubb estimates the total price tag will come in at more than $1.2 million.

    To support the park, “to make sure the spot flourishes, to raise money for the athletes,” Chubb and his partners have set up a range of memberships and donation support. In addition, non-members will be able to arrange one-time use through the Martz operation, which already includes a pheasant hunting preserve and a sporting clays shooting range.

    More info: www.keystoneshootingpark.com.
  2. Allen Chubb

    Allen Chubb Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998

    Thanks again for staying on top of the news for our range. I hope you can come down and join us this spring or summer. It would be great if you could make it for the Perazzi USA Grand Prix on July 8-10. Give me a call and let me know as soon as possible.

    Best Regards,

    Allen Chubb, Jr. - President - Chubb International Shooting Sports, Inc.
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