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The Sporting Life, February 11, 1911 - The Sporting Life Collection - LA84 Digital Library
Clay-pigeon or trap shooting is comparatively a new sport in America. Like golf, it appeals to all ages and all strata of society. On the golf-course at Hot Springs, Virginia, I have seen the multi-millionaire Rockefeller wait while John Jones drove off the next tee, and John Jones is a ribbon clerk at ten per week at Wanamaker’s. John Jones and his bride are honeymooning at the Springs, spending three days and six months’ savings at the same time. For the time being, millionaire, savant, ribbon clerk and wage-earner are members of the Ancient and Honorable Society of Golfers.
So with trap shooting. In the State shoot last year a squad of five consisted of one famous baseball pitcher, one equally-famous divine, one well-known financier, one hard-working carpenter, and “yours truly”. True democracy that, and much to be commended! None of us had ever met before; but all, clergyman, and athlete, carpenter, banker, and musician worked like veritable Trojans, to give the squad a distinction as a “top-notcher”.
Like love, trap shooting levels all ranks. We had been squaded by the handicap committee, and our status as marksmen was at stake.


"My Hobby - Trapshooting", Country Life in America, June 1914
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“Trapshooting The Real National Sport”, September 1914 DuPont Magazine
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"Why Trap Shooting Appeals to All"
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“The Lure of Trapshooting Is Irresistible”, Forest & Stream January 1916
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Dr. William A. Bruette, Guncraft: Guns, Ammunition, Wing & Trap Shooting, 1912
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THERE is no sport, indoors or out, from billiards to baseball, that requires quicker judgment and more prompt action than trapshooting. Naturally, it appeals to the sportsman, as it enables him to practice, during the closed season, on a close imitation of a flying bird and satisfies his inherent desire to burn powder. Others, who do not hunt afield, have taken it up, as they have discovered that the concentration necessary to break the elusive clay target is one of the surest reliefs for overwrought nerves and brain ***. There is a satisfaction and exhilaration in pulverizing clay targets that cannot be explained.
Trap shooting calls into play the rapid calculations and estimates of distance, speed and angles of field shooting and trains the eye and hand to rapid action. The principal differences between trap and field shooting are in the surroundings and the fact that at the trap the moment and the point of appearance of the target are known to the shooter and he is prepared, whereas in the field he is usually taken unawares. As a rule men enjoy those things in which they excel and it is possible for any man to become an expert at the traps.
We do not mean to say that all men can become (Jay) Grahams or (Fred) Gilberts, but we do say that practice and application will enable the amateur to shoot with the champions without embarrassment, or that conscious inferiority he would feel if he were attempting to play baseball with a Matthewson or billiards with a Schaefer. It was Carlyle who declared that gunpowder made all men equal and he spoke truly, for trap shooting is one of the sports into which all men enter with a democracy of spirit to be found in no other form of recreation.

Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, Chapter VIII, “The Centre of Indifference”, in Works, 1885
“The real use of gunpowder is to make all men tall.” (paraphrased “all men equal”)
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March 21, 1914 Sporting Life “SOME PLAIN FACTS”
MR. TRAP SHOOTER, do you realize that you are one of an army of about ten thousand regular attendants at the traps, an army that reaches many times this number at various times? If you do and will stop to ponder the subject you will agree that you have a great opportunity to carry on a work that eventually means the nationalizing of this great sport. The time is not far distant when the use of the gun in this country will be largely confined to two branches of recreation, trap shooting with the shotgun, and range shooting with the rifle.
Year by year the number of gunners in this country increases, and with each year not only does the game of the country diminish, but also the chances of shooting game. The love of shooting is inherent in the American, and if the hunter can be diverted by the energy of the trap shooter into the habit of shooting at the traps, then there is no doubt that the army of trap shooters will not number thousands, but millions. Trap shooting will prosper and grow strong of its own accord, because it possesses certain fine qualities of itself that recommend it to all lovers of outdoor life. It is a competition, it is conducted in the open air, it possesses some of the elements of the chase, requires some mental exertion, and contains a certain element of chance.
The duty therefore devolves upon every true sportsman and trap shooter to divert those who have guns, are fond of shooting, and who confine this shooting to a few weeks of hunting each year, into the channel of trap shooting. If they do this they will have performed an act of everlasting value to the sport. If each trap shooter will exert himself to bring two or three lovers of the gun into the trap shooting fold each year the compounding of this number will in a few years make a wonderful array of trap shooters.
“Sporting Life” is doing its part, and all the members of the Interstate Association and the independent companies are doing theirs. It now behooves those who are enjoying the benefits of the sport at present to begin missionary work.
 
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