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Dave McC
October 26, 2011, 03:56 PM
She was 13 years old, and if she put the butt of her Remington 12 gauge autoloader on the ground, she could see over the muzzle, but not by much. Her mother told me she was preparing for a big 4H shoot this coming weekend.

He was in his 30s, limped badly on both legs, shot a camo 870 and had to sit down and rest after a round of trap.

We all met by chance at range 7 at PGC. I had planned on a couple rounds of wobble before work, but range 4 was pre-empted for makeups for one of the leagues. Just for a change, I left the Beretta claycrusher O/U at home and brought Number Six instead.

Six is a field grade 870 older than my wife of 35 years. A new LC barrel with a set of chokes makes it a versatile field gun. I don't shoot it enough these days. I had an excuse to bring it. a few boxes of reloads whose hulls were on their last trip meant I could fling them around and not have to bend over to pick them up. At an arthritic 65, that's a very good reason.

Her mother told me that this was the first time She had shot at any range other than her home range. He told me that he had suffered a spinal chord injury earlier this year and had not regained full use of his left arm. His doctors did not expect him to walk again.

He smiled, and said he was getting ready for a goose hunt.

I told her that shooting different games and places was good for steepening the learning curve and about BA/UU/R. Every day and every step was a victory and to keep on.

We shot a round of trap. No one shot well enough to hit them all, but we all shot well enough that a straight seemed possible next time.

That's a victory in itself.

On the way home, with the Jeep purring along and the Allman Brothers telling me about Stormy Mondays, I got to musing about this.

She standing on the brink of adolescence, had a victory every time a clay exploded,and many of hers did.

He, not only a victory, but physical therapy every time he lifted that Remington.

And I had a victory also. I got to do something I love once again. That may also be therapy.....

aarondhgraham
October 26, 2011, 04:00 PM
...Allman Brothers telling me about Stormy Mondays

Man, that sounds like a wonderful afternoon.

Thanks for posting it. :)

Aarond

OkieCruffler
October 26, 2011, 06:44 PM
Love it Dave. It is experiences like these that are the true treasures in life.

Dave McC
October 26, 2011, 08:38 PM
Thanks, folks. We all need victories sometimes.

shootniron
October 26, 2011, 08:48 PM
Good one Dave...I am glad that you and they got to experience it.

P.S.
I didn't know folks as far north as you had ever heard of the ABB. Jokin' about that of course, but they are one of my favorites.

oneounceload
October 26, 2011, 09:02 PM
We have a shooter here, Dave - older gent, former Ortho surgeon, now retired.....turns out he needed a new hip, had his former partner do the work.........body rejected this and all models 5 times; combined with some RA in his back it looked like his shooting days were numbered. In his youth he was the skeet champ of PR, and is a phenomenal sporting/FITASC shooter. Up until the last few months, he had several years of using crutches and having his wife or a friend holding his belt and his shoulder so he could stand and shoot. I just heard that the last month or so he is now standing on his own shooting

The will to win is an amazing thing, this gent, in his late 60's, has overcome physical infirmities to bounce back and shoot like his former self - I hope I am able to do the same when it comes my turn

Any stories like these are great to see and read about

OkieCruffler
October 26, 2011, 10:17 PM
Here's to hoping that your range, where ever it may be, has a Dave. A true gentleman whose willing to give his time to help out a new shooter, or old shooter for that matter. Dave, you're a blessing to the sport.

Dave McC
October 27, 2011, 11:16 AM
Shootniron, Brantley Gilbert's "Country Must Be Countrywide" rebutts that misconception. Listen to the slide work and tell me Duane ain't alive somewhere.

1 Oz, last time I shot trap with Colonel Joe, he kicked my butt just like he has since we met. He turned 93 over the summer, walks with a cane slowly, but still has moxie. As for retrofitted hips, mine has been recalled. It's still holding up, though. Hope your Doc friend has many more happy years of trying to bust them all.

Shucks, John, I'm nothing extraordinary. Every range probably has a bunch of guys who help out new folks.

But thanks anyway....

aarondhgraham
October 27, 2011, 11:49 AM
Isn't there a way a person could shot clays sitting down?

I'm asking because I don't know.

I've personally seen people compete in rifle and pistol shoots,,,
From a wheelchair or those little powered scooter thingies.

One would think that could work for clays as well.

Simply curious is all.

Aarond

oneounceload
October 27, 2011, 12:05 PM
We have two gents here who shoot trap sitting down and another two from their motorized scooters

This is Fl after all - and someone like me in their mid-fifties is the baby; someone in their 80's is just hitting their stride and someone in their 90's is doing just fine....................

Dave McC
October 27, 2011, 02:02 PM
All ranges at PGC are wheelchair accessible. I've seen more than a few folks out there on wheels. On the SC course, the shooting points have drop down rails.

There's also one guy I've seen a couple times shooting trap and 5 stand. He has no vocal cords. A whistle around his neck is his signaling device for "Pull!".

Lee Lapin
October 27, 2011, 03:23 PM
Excellent work, Dave...

Dave McC
October 28, 2011, 09:48 AM
Thanks!