Tales of Indiana Trapshooting
Indiana has a rich history spanning over 100 years. Over the course of time, we've began to come
across various stories & recollections of the good ol' days. If you have any
stories (and photos) to share, please pass them along.
Indiana Trapshooting Past
If you have a
few minutes, take a look at some old photos and articles of
Indiana trapshooting past.
If you have any photos to share, please pass them along!
Club / 50th Anniversary
Kingen Gun Club
has had a tremendous effect on Indiana trapshooting. In July of
2009, Kingen GC celebrated their 50th anniversary. To help celebrate this
significant milestone, Trap and Field wrote an article about how the club
was established as well as the shooting accomplishments of the Kingen
family. Links to the article can be found below:
Carmel Gun Club
story comes from Mark Burgess about the Carmel Gun Club:
remember the Carmel
Gun Club fairly well. A friend of the family and a friend to
the Bargersville Gun Club ran the club for a time in the 60's.
club was closed for a while in the 50's and the property was sold to
the Carmel American
Legion Post about 1960. The gun club was located at
852 W Main St. Carmel, IN
(also known as 131st St.) That address is about a quarter
mile east of what they call now "Old North Meridian" I went there a
few (several) years ago and yes Sharon, just like you feared.....the
Trap line is now paved over for a parking lot of a small "Strip
Center". I was able to go around in back of the buildings and was
able to find a few tiny pieces of broken targets.
Delbert Perry rented the trap grounds and part of
building and held Registered shoots there until the late
60's. Delbert Perry never used the old dilapidated clubhouse and it
was torn down in the mid 60's. The Carmel Gun Club had 4 trap
Delbert was known for having marathon style Singles
events and many times having them, both
on Saturday and Sunday. This was done mostly for Dr. Claud
Donahue who was trying to get the ATA record of most Registered
Targets shot. During the 60's there was also another gentleman by
the name of Adolph Nelson from Michigan who had the record for the
most targets at the time and shot there both Saturday and Sunday to
keep ahead of "Doc".
Several well known Indianapolis
shooters shot at the Carmel Gun Club. Claud Donahue. Frank and Edna
Stark, George Tony, George Heaney and Clarence "Shorty" Hinds and