I spent the day in Sparta, Illinois at the World Shooting Complex. The "Grand" started on the 5th with the prelims and then Grand Week started on Monday. The best trap shooters in the world gather here, at the end of the trap season, to determine who's the best and crown a champion. The event wraps up on the 15th.
I spent the day meeting with representatives from the various shotshell and shotgun manufactures, visiting with old friends, taking in the atmosphere, watching and talking with some great shooters.
The Grand is where all the guns are! All the new offerings from Remington, Winchester, Browning and every exotic (at least to me) shotgun manufacture is there. There are guns available from $300.00 to $100,000.00. Most, except the very high end, are available for shooting. It's like being a kid in a candy store.
There are also all kinds of vendors selling all things shotgun. If you want it, you can probably find it, in several varieties at the Grand.
There are shows every day and every evening featuring exhibition shooters. You can see folks do things with shotguns that are almost unbelievable.
The 3.5 mile trap line is perhaps the longest in the U.S. You literally can not see from one end of it to the other.
If you ever have an opportunity to visit, I'd encourage you to do it. It's just a great way to spend some time and see some amazing guns and shooters.
"If he's out of range, it just means that he has another day and so do you."