SPORT FOR PERSONS WITH
HAVE YOU TRIED TRAP
Depending on the nature of physical challenge
you may be quite capable of trap shooting. For example; persons who use wheelchairs
with at least a degree of arm mobility are most certainly qualified as there are quite a
few "chair-shooters" already competing in major trap shooting tournaments.
There are male and female shooters of all ages who only have the use
of one arm or one eye out there shooting trap targets and beating the pants off many
First, you are probably wondering what is trap
shooting? It's the hottest new sport growing like wildfire world-wide. So
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Trap shooting requires the ability
to hold a 8-pound shotgun with minimal movement to swing to the flying target. This
swing angle is very minimal. Point your finger & arm straight out and move your
arm to the left and then to the right. If you can move your arm at least 1-foot in
both directions you can shoot the handicap events with ease. If you can move your
arm 2-feet or more you can shoot the singles and double events with ease.
This is good news for people experiencing
high levels of stress in their lives as trap shooting will relieve stress and surround you
with supportive people all sharing the same interest and goals. I know many
shooter's who have, "stressed-out" on the job so bad they have become disabled
to the point they could not function in this world...fell into depression, had to take
anti-depressive medications or tranquilizers just to stay on keel. When they picked
up trap shooting they recovered to a better degree... and had a heck of a lot fun... which
was terribly missing in their lives.
So if you are suffering from mild
depressive states from excessive "job stress" trap shooting can be good
medicine! Ask your therapist if this sport meets approval. If you are
suffering from extreme levels of depression you may need to continue treatments until you
can be "cleared" to be associated with shotguns - even though trap shotguns are
low-powered by nature they have inherent hazards. Certainly, some people will not
qualify if conditions are severe, so please do obtain clearance first before attempting
The point is... many people suffer
from "boredom" and this leads to depression and lack of
self-esteem. "Getting involved" with a new sport activity can give you a
new life. Trap shooting works to lift the spirits is so many ways. The biggest
factor is all the wonderful people you meet who really want to be your friend! There
is no other sport you can simply walk onto the grounds and be instantly accepted
into a group of hundreds of shooters!
Example: Many sports are 'spectator' in nature where you don't
participate... you only "root for" the team like drag racing, major league
sports games, Pro Golf, etc. In trap shooting you shoot with the pros!
And you compete with them! Now that is extraordinary indeed,
challenging, fun and one heck of an experience to cherish. You're not held behind
some fence or restraining wire where you can't talk to the professionals, as in Golf.
You can sit and chat with anyone you like. In fact, the "new
friends" you make are professionals in all walks of life so you will meet interesting
and helpful people.
So, if you are overworked and burned out, bored and
just need to do something different in life give trap shooting a try. I believe you
will love the game once you try it. There are hundreds of thousands of trapshoots
world-wide and they all can't be wrong! The sport is growing fast so get in
on the action and have some real fun in your life... for a change.
There are no restrictions to shoot
trap. Each trap has concrete runways and access to all the traps usually are paved,
at least a major portion of which you may request to shoot these traps so you may have
easy access. Some clubs are not paved, though very few. Most every gun club
sponsoring large registered shoots are well paved and accommodate chair-shooters.
The chair can be easily positioned to adjust for specific shooting stations so you won't
have any problems here at all setting up your shot for the expected targets to
emerge. The good news is... trap shooting is an ideal sport for
chair-shooters as the sport does not require physical exertion or extreme body
movement. A simple swinging of one arm to point the gun and you're in the
game. Why not give it a try?
Good visibility is necessary in at least
one-eye. You don't need two eyes to shoot trap targets. There are many one-eye
shooters winning the big tournaments around the world. Trap target shooting does not
require the use of two-eyes due to there is no true requirement to see depth of field as
the target angles are shallow and moving away from you. So if you can use at least
one eye then come on and join the fun! In a worst case scenario assuming you have
poor vision in both eyes, but can still see "shadowy" or "blurred"
targets you may still be able to trapshoot for fun as most shooters do every Sunday at the
local gun clubs. You can shoot the tournaments too but winning a shoot would
be, in this case, unlikely... but never would I say impossible! I believe people can
adapt to amazing disadvantages and excel. So why not at least give trap shooting a
The loss of one's arm does not restrict the
ability to trapshoot. A simple brace can be attached to the shoulder area to hold
the gun. So what are you waiting for a formal invitation? Well you got
it. Come join the fun and get into trap shooting and have some fun!
The extent of injury determines your
abilities to play this game. A missing arm is not a restriction as a brace
can be made to hold the gun and your other hand can pull the trigger. Missing
fingers or leg is usually not a restriction. See, Wheelchair above.
There are many trapshooters who have loss
their voice. They simply use a whistle or electric buzzer to call for the
target. Not a problem at all.
There are many forms of emotion of which I am
not qualified to explore or explain here. If you have the capability to comprehend
and adhere to basic safety requirements there will be little-to-nothing to stop you from
trap shooting. Supervision may be required and most all gun clubs will
happily have an experienced shooter assist you on the practice ranges. You'll never
know unless you try... so give trap shooting a try.
The extent of injury and pain tolerance of
standing on concrete for 1-hour in registered shoots, 15-minutes in Sunday practice
sessions... and being able to withstand mild recoil shoves from the trap gun is a test you
will have to take to see if trap shooting will work for you. Many people who have
spinal injuries do trapshoot with no discomfort from the norm. Certainly, trap
shooting will not create a back injury and recoil reduction methods are available
if recoil gives you any problems. If you can't bowl, play golf or other
sports... you may discover you can shoot trap... and have a ball doing it too!
Color blindness is not a problem at
all. Partial blindness is. The ability to see the target in flight is
prime for high scores, but this does not mean you can't shoot for fun too! Okay, so
you miss a few targets. Who cares? Lots of people miss targets and they
have 20/20 vision and they know better than to do that! There are offset gun sights
available to allow you to shoot with only one eye. Fact: You only need one eye
to shoot trap targets. Two is not required and quite a few pros shoot with the
one-eye method yet they have full use of both eyes.
The list is many to catalog here. If
anyone knows, you will know if you can participate in the trap shooting sport. If in
doubt, check with your medical service provider or simply visit a trap shooting gun club
and give it a try to see what is involved.
This is a disability everyone has and the
cure is companionship. You'll find no other sport or group of people who are so
acceptive to the stranger than you will with trap shooting. Trap shooters are a
class in themselves, a special breed it would seem with a tight common bond. You'll
have to visit a trap shooting tournement event to judge for yourself the truth what I am
saying here. You can say goodby to lonliness once and for all. The big shoots
thousands of people attend and hundreds at the small shoot. The new friends you'll
meet last a lifetime. No kidding! From teens to seniors you'll find all ranges
of age in attendance so there's no "feeling out of place" whatsoever in regards
to age. So, if you are retired or just plain lonely or bored... try trap shooting
for the cure!
The sadness that sometimes strikes us all at one
time or another from life's pressures and situations can overwhelm and take away the
desire to have fun. Self-esteem is lost and we go spiraling down into a
negative outlook on life. Boredom sets in, not knowing what to do with yourself or
where to go, imagining nobody wants you. Well that has all changed! Step onto
the grounds of a trap shooting event and you will be made welcome... sincerely
welcome! All you have to do is arrive, it's that easy. A new life is waiting
for you. Come join us in some fun times. So what do you say?
Give yourself a chance for a good time. A sport that lasts a
YOU WILL HAVE FUN... AND THAT'S GUARANTEED!
to get started. We'll show you who to contact, and more!
Written by; James Russell, Copyright 1998, Author of Trap
Shooting Secrets and Precision Shooting - The
HERE'S MORE CONTACT INFORMATION
The ATA has a special shoot
just for Chair-Shooters at the Grand American World Championships. Also, you may
contact the Paralyzed Veterans of America National Championships for more
information on trap shooting events they sponsor.
PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA
80l l8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006 USA
Phone: (202) 872-l300
Don't forget. If you do decide to get into this sport of trap
shooting remember to read my book, Trap Shooting Secrets
as it will help you get started, learn to shoot correctly, save you money and save
valuable time decreasing the learning curve so you can win competitive events. James
National Sports Center for the
P.O. Box 1290
Winter Park, CO 80482 USA
Phone: (970) 726-1540
Phone: Denver, CO Office (303)-780-6540
THE BOOK TO READ
TRAP SHOOTING SECRETS
When you are ready to begin trap shooting this is the book you'll need to
get started Granted, TSS is not a beginners book explaining how the game is played,
but a technical book so you can play the game! Just ask any trap
they had the opportunity to purchase a professional trap shooting technical training book
when they first started out and you'll hear a resounding, "YES!" This is
the first and only professional trap shooting technical book published in
the world (it's a fact.). For years, trap shooters had to learn by trial and error...
When you are ready to attend your first competition
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And when you are really ready to advance to higher
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