I am an avid shooter 75 years old. Been shooting and collecting guns since 1967. I was fortunate to have crossed paths with the mentor that I had. John Hawkins was in something like USAMU during his Army days. His enthusiasm for shooting was infectious, and in a short time I got involved and we became like brothers.
John’s involvement with shooting was global in proportions. The people he knew were amazing. Competitors, Gun Writers, and Innovators. He sponsored me to Santiago Rifle & Revolver Club. The president of the club was Mid Tompkins (National Center Fire Champion). I met people that owned Gunsmith businesses. And before I knew it, was invited to come shoot skeet at the (then new) Winchester Skeet Range in Laguna Hills CA by a fellow who later became the SW United States Winchester Rep.
I built an American Skeet Range on my land in 2014. It has provided me with many new friends who share the passion for skeet shooting. We have quite a nice bunch and socialize as well as break targets. Like Golf without all of the walking.