The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 10, 2013

Pennsylvania State Trapshoot: A family affair


Ken recorded his 41st 100 in doubles in Sunday's Colonial Classic and hopes to shoot competitively as long as his health allows.

The Darrochs have been married 27 years, all of them with trapshooting as their main family activity.

Pam recalls that the day she met her future husband, she asked what he did for fun.

"He said, 'Don't laugh, but I trap shoot.'"

She recalled the only thing that came to mind was watching people shoot off the boat on the television show "Love Boat" and wondering where they could do that.

After they dated for about a month, Ken asked Pam if she wanted to go to the gun club with him. Eventually she gave it a try and, after breaking 55 out of 100 the first time, things got better, she said.

"After that I got better and it was much more fun."

But, she also just enjoys being outdoors and talking to the other shooting families, while reading and doing needlepoint.

Like most, however, she has always preferred toeing the trap line.

Said Ian, "It's a terrible spectator sport."

What it also is, and what Pam loves most, is it is safe.

"When you're shown how to do it correctly. ... Ken is very safe about how he handles his gun and I never developed a fear of it, and it became a family activity."

She never worried about young Ian when he was on the state shoot grounds. "I know all of the people here are very safety minded, and they treat him like he is their kid," she said.

Ian also plans to do the sport for the rest of his life.

"I have a real low tolerance for golf," he said.

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