I think it is great for Trap Shooting to get the exposure and that we are lucky that the Grand was the biggest part of a t.v. program.
That said. I just got off the phone with my dad who is spending the winter in Florida. I told him about the program and to be sure to watch this evening. I also told him that my 6 year old nephew could have done a better job filming the program. What a shame, such a grand event with thousands of participants and such a wonderful complex and most of the shots had no more than 3 people in them and most were closeups of peoples rear ends. Then I opened trapshooters.com and was glad that I am not the only one with this opinion.
PBS television did a program on Sparta, has anyone else?
Again, I know we are lucky to get the coverage and should be thankful to the NRA for it.
I'd echo the same comments as above. I'd agree w/ Mr. Barker in that the coverage lacked 'gusto'. If you look at it from the perspective of someone who was brand new to the sport and didn't know what trapshooting is, and after watching the coverage, how motivated would you be to give it a try?
I think that Dale Stockdale & Jeff Wagner did a nice job giving an overall overview of trapshooting and the different disciplines, as did the Bartholow's (sp?) and the manufacturer's reps.
I guess it depends on how you look at it...if the coverage was meant to provide general awareness, then mission accomplished. If it was meant to highlight youth participation, history, competition, fun, & comaraderie (sp?), then it probably didn't live up to the expectations.
I think that the exposure is good, but I don't think the coverage captured the true essense of the sport and the prestige of the Grand.
Many will come on here and say trap shooting on TV would be boring. I believe if it was done properly it would be as entertaining as any of the popular shooting shows on now.
A show dedicated to the history, promoding youth, safety, events, organizations, gear, ammo, guns, the special people in business of trap shooting such as Bob Schultz, Dennis D., Phil Simms and many more I'm forgetting. Go film a show at Kolar, CG, Blaser, Kguns. Have a show on reloading, equipment, finding correct data, components, and the importance of safe reloading. And the list goes on.
If I had the money, I could make a show that people would like to watch. It wouldn't be only about shooting, scores and trophies.
I agree with all your comments I watched it and thought it was crap! Come on! The biggest shooting event in the nation and this is how they portray it! For crying out loud if I wasn't a trapshooter I wouldn't take it up for fear that I would end up with a heat stroke or gain 800 pounds.
This is the main reason I don't even watch the Wednesday line up. Shooting Gallery is nothing but freakn cowboy action or Bianchi Cup bull crap. I know there are a lot of people who do it and like it but at least show something else every once in a while.
Honestly i thought i was done pretty well. I admit i would have changed a few things. Remember they offer information to those who may not undersand our sport. Not everbody knows that our Trap World exisits. It is true that it was hard to grasp the size of our sport and the WSRC facility from that short bit. It would be tough to get an actual idea of its size without seeing it in person. They did throw out some numbers be it that they were a little off.
I did not see the show, but all of you are correct in that it is the
NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION of which I am a Life Member also.
Yes, I to am disappointed in the lack of the NRA coverage of trap
shooting and the shotgun sports in general.
But, instead of complaining about to each other, call or write
Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and let him know your
concerns. Wayne makes sure all his mail gets read by him or his
staff and all get answered.