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August 17, 2013

Trap shooting: Giving it a shot

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At this year's PSSA state shoot, Whary felt confident enough to shot her first 100 singles. It wasn't a score of 52/100 that impressed her, it was an overwhelming enjoyment of shooting.

She was introduced to a Browning BT-100 trap gun when she borrowed one. "The Browning BT-100 is a common first trap gun. I wanted my own personal trap gun that was fit specifically to me, and I wanted a good quality gun that was similar to what other trap shooters shot," she explained.

After purchasing her Browning a few months ago, she hasn't had much opportunity to become familiar with it. She is excited about a trap shooting event in a week and wonders how she'll do. "I really don't care if I win or not. I just want to shoot," she said with a smile..

"The most difficult thing for me right now is the hard angled targets from posts one and five. It's sometimes hard to swing and catch up to the targets. Shooting is skill, but a lot of it is mental. I have to keep telling myself to keep my weight shifted and head down on the gun. As soon as I pick my head up to watch the target break, I most likely miss the target."

Charles Fritzges, PSSA Manager and Tournament Director of PA State Sportsmen's Association, remembers Whary well.

"She has talked about getting into the sport for years, but undergraduate and graduate work took all of her time. Now that she's finished with her schooling and working, she's decided to get into the sport," he said. "Her best attribute will be persistence. She will work at it until she becomes proficient."

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