I discovered something this past weekend: Shooting sporting clays is great fun! Having never fired a shotgun before, I didn't really know what to expect or if I could even hit a tiny, orange clay streaking through the air. What made the experience even better was that the proceeds from the event supported a few local charities.


Scott Clontz, Justin Reimers, Brian Andrews, Brian Clontz

Shoot for Joy Memorial Clay Shoot is an event sponsored by the Mecklenburg Bull Shooters Club in memory of CMPD Police Officer Sgt. Joy McGraw and benefitting Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Barium Springs. Last Saturday's event was the fourth hosted by the Bull Shooters.

TelWare was proud to be one of the half-dozen Gold Corporate Sponsors that supported the event again this year.


The Bull Shooters designed a ten stand course with ten targets per shooter at each stand: single targets, pairs on report, and true pairs. I had no idea I would be shooting over 100 shells! The variety of target patterns the stands presented was impressive. My favorite was the stand that skipped one clay across the ground, simulating a rabbit bounding in and out of the brush, while the second clay came soaring through the air from the opposite side.

Being a novice, I missed the first few targets, but quickly learned how to track and anticipate the clays. My best score on a single stand was nine of ten. However, on the stand that hovered the clays right above my head before they returned to the ground, I only hit three of the ten.

I was joined by TelWare President Brian Clontz, Vice-President Scott Clontz, and Service Manager Brian Andrews, all of whom are avid sporting gun enthusiasts. They graciously provided the shells and showed me how to safely load and fire the shotgun.

We all had a pretty good showing, but you'll never guess which one of us had the best score.

As Mr. Miyagi told Daniel San when he caught a fly with chopsticks, "You beginner luck."








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