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What is a Lewis at an ATA shoot.

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by DKP, Mar 23, 2010.

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  1. DKP

    DKP TS Member

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    Just joined the ATA and looking forward to my first registered shoot in a couple of weeks. My question is what is a Lewis and how does it work.I see it cost extra money so is it like a side bet or is it just a different shoot.I also see on this particular shoot program it says you have to have 3 class entries to win.Does this mean you have to be registered for single,doubles and caps or am I way off base.Any help would be greatly appreciated for a newbie. Also I got my wife hooked on trap now also but I think she is going to be Kicking my Butt soon. Thanks in advance.

    David
     
  2. harleypilot

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    A lewis is just luck other than the top class. They divide the total number of shooters by the number of lewis classes, and pay the top in each group.

    For example: if there are 30 shooters and three lewis classes, they will take the top ten shooters and pay one third of the total purse to the higest scores. Then they take 11 thru 20 and pay one third to the top score or scores in that group. Then the high scores in 21 thru 30 is paid last one third of the purse.

    Hope that wasn't too confusing.
     
  3. V10

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    The 3 Class Entries means that there has to be three separate shooters in a Class or Category in order for a trophy to be awarded for that event.
     
  4. dr.beav

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    Harley Piot: Thank you -- your explenation of how to figure a Lewis Class is the first one that I have ever understood - I can see now, it is easy as pie to calculate!!!!!!. the beav
     
  5. DKP

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    Thanks for the help guys. Should make it a liitle less nerve racking when I show up to shoot. Thank you again.

    David
     
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    I have provided some links to lewis purse explanation feel free to read and try to understand what is being said. So people can and so people can't.

    Bob Lawless

    http://www.mynssa.com/Manager/NSSADisplayPage.aspx?Id=50

    http://www.ga-sportingclays.org/lewissystem.pdf
     
  7. Big Heap

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    Unless you can break the top score in the Lewis you will have more fun and the same chance if you take the money out to the parking lot and pitch pennies.
     
  8. ysr_racer

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    Here you go:

    http://www.ga-sportingclays.org/lewissystem.pdf
     
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    I always thought the lewis was a novel way to spend an extra $10 on targets.
     
  10. Old Cowboy

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    ALWAYS play the Lewis....
     
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    What he said.

    Eric
     
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    Regarding playing the Lewis, we used to charge $10 for playing the Lewis. The shooters said it was too little so we raised the Lewis to $20. We have more Lewis entrys at $20 then we ever did at $10. With 25 entrys in the Lewis the total purse is $500, 2 classes @ $250 divided 60/40% gives 1st place of each class $150 and 2nd place $100. Ties divide.

    Eric
     
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    I've hit the Lewis the last 8 times I've shot in ATA events.

    It's nice walking away with some money...

    Bucko
     
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    Think of the Lewis as luck based gambling. Harleypilot's explanation is pretty good. The Lewis seems to help people lighten up a bit as even a mediocre score can have it's rewards.
     
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    The Lewis will also teach one about "kissing his sister." Last two times out, I got second highest in my short yardage class. I played the Lewis. Got ZIP re. payback. Two more targets hit, would have got Lewis and mandatory purse.

    Snivel.
     
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    A "Lewis" is a way to redistribute the wealth among shooters by separating you from your money.

    MK
     
  17. DKP

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    Thanks for the reply's.I have always been a little bit of a gambler so maybe I will try it when I go to the shoot.

    David
     
  18. ysr_racer

    ysr_racer Active Member

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    I always play, it's fun.
     
  19. KEYBEAR

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    I shoot three clubs alot all summer two have gave up the Lewis . One club still plays Lewis and it does well . The two other clubs don,t have enough shooters interested in it to play . all three clubs have 10 to 15 squdes per sunday shoot .
     
  20. phirel

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    A Lewis purse that pays three places is actually a 1/3 high gun purse and a 2/3 luck purse. During the 2008-2009 target year I played every Lewis purse and donated the winnings to the ATA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame would have been a little happier if I had donated my entry fees rather than my winnings. You cannot win any purse money unless someone else looses it.

    Pat Ireland
     
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