The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 10, 2013

Pennsylvania State Trapshoot: A family affair


The Darrochs will be on hand to compete and have fun as the shoot continues through (appropriately enough) Father's Day, on Sunday.

Ken, who works in shipping at a nuclear plant in western Pa., started shooting when he was 9, and took aim at ATA registered targets when he was 11, in 1970, also the first year he competed in Elysburg.

Ken shot his first-ever 100 straight in the state shoot here in 1972. Thirty years later, he nailed his first 200 in singles at this shoot. Later he got his first 100 in doubles and then his first 100 in handicap (at the maximum 27-yard mark).

That feat is known as the ATA grand and, according to Ian, only eight people have accomplished it.

"I've been fortunate. I must like this club," Ken said. "I've had all my firsts here."

He added, "My dad and I shot together. It was a good father-son family activity for us to participate in."

Leo Darroch did not live to see Ian shoot trap, but he is still a part of the story.

Ken related that his father took a photo of young Ian shooting at a local skeet club and years later, in a story in Shotgun Sports magazine, an article was accompanied by one of those photos.

In addition, Ian is still shooting one of his grandfather's guns.

"I've had all my best scores (including) seven or eight 100s with his gun," he said.

Added Pam, "So grandpa is still sitting on his shoulders."

Ken said, "It's like history repeating itself: Ian and I go together and my wife, Pam, goes together with us. It's a family affair. It's a great environment and I really believe for kids.

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