Hometown: New Castle, PA
Perazzi MX10RS. Over and Under Barrels. Chocks bored by Tom Wilkinson and Porting done by Angle Port. 32″ Length.
Perazzi MX10RS. Un-single Barrel. Ckocks bored by Tom Wilkinson and Porting by Angle Port. 34″ Length
Same as singles.
Remington Nitro 7.5’s
Remington Lite 8’s
Number of All-American Selections
Number of State Team Selections
Your 5 Most Memorable Wins
1. 2001 West Virginia Handicap Non-resident Champion (event I broke grand slam in).
2. 2002 Western Grand Handicap Champion
3. 2004 Parent and Child trophy in the Class Singles at Grand American with my dad (we broke combined score of 400×400).
4. 1999 Perazzi Classic gun Shoot-off at Grand American (won commerative MX8 for the 100th Grand American).
5. 2002 Junior High Over All Champion at Grand American.
1. What is your favorite place to shoot?
The Michigan Home Grounds in Mason Michigan. I always shoot really great there and they throw a perfect target.
2. Easier targets – west or east? Why?
Definitely west coast. For me mostly because of visibility. Our humid air on the East Coast makes a shooter lose definition of the target against the background making it more difficult to shoot consistently.
3. Sparta or Vandalia?
I do embrace the new grounds in Sparta and appreciate how nice of a facility it is, but just about every Trapshooting memory I have comes from Vandalia and that is a part of me that won’t go away.
4. All sky background or solid green?
5. Solid orange or black rim targets?
Black Rim!!!!! I think clubs with a tree background should throw a black rim target to help define it against the background.
6. High gun, low, or on/below the house?
I hold relatively low. About a foot above in Singles and right on the edge in Handicap. My doubles hold changes daily and sometime in the middle of the round depending on targets and conditions.
7. One or two eyes?
8. Pull or release?
9. Vest or shooting shirt?
Just a plain t-shirt
10. Magnetic gun rest?
No, I just hold it between shots.
11. How old were you when you began shooting and who introduced you to the sport?
I was 11 when I became an ATA member. My dad introduced me to the sport and taught me most of what I know about it.
12. Who has given you the most support and advice throughout your shooting career?
Definetely my dad.
13. What advice would you give a new shooter?
Go talk to my dad, he is better at coaching than me.
14. What is the most important thing that will help our sport grow and thrive for the next 20 years?
Shoots have to attract more of the “average shooter”. I honestly don’t know how to do that or I would open a club and be very successful. We have seen a lot of different ideas in the recent past, from gun give aways, to additional trophies. Although these ideas may work for a year or two, the novelties seem to wear off and they lose their attractive value. I deep down think the ATA needs to address the handicapping and classification system to make sure that these “average shooters” aren’t over handicapped making them uncompetitive. If people break the same subpar scores and never win anything they will eventually go away. Lets move them up and make them competitive again and help them win so they want to return.
15. Since you began shooting, what invention, product, or improvement has changed the sport the most?
Hands down, automatic traps and voice release. They have removed the elliment of human error.
16. Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
Depends on the brand and what toppings are available. I’m big on sprinkles, but only on vanilla.
17. Favorite restaurant to eat at when on the road at a shoot?
I prefer to cook something up at the camper…or be in a shoot-off which eliminates any food choices other than Taco Bell because they are open late.
19. Pepsi or Coke?
20. Favorite food?
Traditional Fish & Chips covered in Vinegar with a cold Sam Adams Boston Lager (or October Fest if available). I have quite a bit of English blood in me.
21. Describe your routine before beginning a round
Nothing in particular, just make sure I have my shells and my gun is ready.
22. Describe your pre-shot routine
I count down each shooter as they shoot and as the person in front of me shoots I say a simple phrase. The phrase varies from day to day. On a day I am having trouble seeing the targets I may say “see the target.” On a day I am shooting too fast and being sloppy I may say “point at the target.”
23. Do you use any relaxation techniques? If so, please explain.
I just try to focus on shooting each target and executing each shot correctly. If I do that the score and trophies will follow.
24. Do you set goals for yourself during each shooting season? If so, please explain.
The only goal I ever set is to work hard on every target. Everything else falls into place as it will after that.
25. What is the one event you have not won, that you’d like to win before your shooting career is finished?
The Pennsylvania Singles Championship has haunted me since I was 15. I have been close numerous times and have been on the leader board for it probably more consistently than anyone else in the state for the last 10 years, but I just can’t seem to put it together. I have lost track of how many 199’s I have broke now in the event.