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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:43 pm 
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Hookers and blow! :D

Hah hah....ok, please don't ban me.

I didn't do the hat shooting thing, its a perfectly good hat, what on earth would I want to shoot it up? Simply had a nice dinner with my wife, then went home and opened a good bottle of red wine.




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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:34 am 
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In the 70s when I started shooting skeet and trap, we would all shoot the shooter's hat and give him a 25 straight (or whatever) patch, which most guys actually wore on their vests back then. Patches were easy to come by in those days because Remington had a regional office here and we had a Winchester distributor 25 miles away. Sometimes we even put the score sheet, if there was one, in a cheap frame and gave it to the shooter, especially if he had run a 100.

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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:41 am 
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Shot my first 25 a few weeks ago...I didn't even know you got a patch until someone mentioned it (the club was out of them). There was no way in hell anyone was shooting up my US Army hat....

It was handshakes all around and "now try and shoot 50'. I missed on like 28...

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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 1:04 pm 
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bottomtech wrote:
What if no one wears a hat?

Use his underwear........then he has to explain the burnt marks to his wife


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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:42 pm 
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So glad I read this thread to know the tradition. I'm still lucky if I could do 80% consistently now. I don't wear a hat either but will put one in the car for the occasion. When I solo'd I lost my shirt tail and it's probably still hanging in the hanger. So I have to do the hat.
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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:14 pm 
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bigbearbear wrote:
Hookers and blow! :D.

LOL........best answer evah...


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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:29 pm 
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AlbertaRob wrote:
First 25 we all shot my hat.

First 50 we all shot my hat

Would you believe I've just been avoiding my first 100? :lol:


Well, count your blessings, the tradition could be you having to buy a round of drinks for the entire club like making a hole in one in golf. They even sell hole in one insurance, especially in the UK and Japan where sinking a hole in one could bankrupt you.


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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:20 pm 
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B.L.E. wrote:
AlbertaRob wrote:
First 25 we all shot my hat.

First 50 we all shot my hat

Would you believe I've just been avoiding my first 100? :lol:


Well, count your blessings, the tradition could be you having to buy a round of drinks for the entire club like making a hole in one in golf. They even sell hole in one insurance, especially in the UK and Japan where sinking a hole in one could bankrupt you.


Wow!! Trust me I'm in for just a hat!


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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:02 pm 
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Jim Tyner wrote:
I didn't get my hat shot until I ran my first 100.


Yeah, me neither. It was great fun, though! A guy used rubber bands to bind it to a full water bottle and I got to toss it out in front of six or seven guys who each took two shots at it.

It was quite a few years ago when I got my first 25 (that was in a league, whereas the 100 was at a registered shoot). A few guys were like "Hey, nice job," but that was about it.


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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:11 pm 
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After my squad mates congratulated me we went back in the clubhouse and I bought sodas for them. The club gave me a First 25 patch.

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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:03 pm 
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This does not seem likely to be a concern of mine any time soon....


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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:11 pm 
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jmark wrote:
This does not seem likely to be a concern of mine any time soon....

Don't be so certain. I started shooting trap last December, and shot a 24 a couple of weeks ago.

What is of more concern is my inconsistency.

Congrats to the OP. We're all working on it.


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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:29 pm 
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With a 20 the next round, IIRC .....

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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:59 pm 
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Very topical. I finally shot my first 25 after 6 years of league. I was a B leaguer the first 5 years and just this year started shooting on an A team and stayed with my B team too. Got my 25 from the 24 yard line with my 1928 Ithaca Knick 4E with my A team.
To answer your question, I bought a round of beers for the team and got a lot of high fives back slaps and hand shakes. Hopefully it will be the first of many now that I broke the seal.
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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:38 pm 
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I shot my first 25 and they gave me a patch.

I shot my first 50 and they gave me a patch.

I shot my second 50 and I bought my buddy a beer.

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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:59 pm 
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I just shot my first 16 yard trap, 25 straight, a few nights ago. The guys/gals, stopped the squads and collected all the trap shooters from our 3 trap ranges and brought them over to shoot my hat. There were about 40 of them and most of them were shooting pot and therefore had some pretty hot loads with 4-6 shot sizes and several of them broke out the 00 shot shells. They took 4 clays, put them in the hat and taped it up into a sphere and I threw it up from behind them and they didn't miss much and continued with additional shells downrange another 20 yards after it hit the ground..... Needless to say, they blew the living crap out of that cap but its still in the shape of a hat. They gave me the score sheet and I am told a patch will be forthcoming.

I didn't really want to make a big deal about this but I am glad those around me did because of it, I will never forget the fun and commodore of those 5 minutes, making celebration of the achievement and now I have a shot to heck hat to remember that entire experience by. I just started shooting trap about 5-6 months ago and have had plenty of 24's but could never get over, Yea been there done that......fun stuff!


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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:18 am 
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Congratulations! Enjoy the satisfying feelings and keep it up!

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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:48 am 
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I received a pin from PITA and a patch from ATA..........

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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:47 pm 
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Never understood that whole shooting the hat thing. Sounds like something a bunch of drunken teenagers would do if they got ahold of their grandpa's shotgun. So yeah, even I'm not juvenile enough for a weird tradition like that.

Personally, I didn't celebrate. I forget if it was my first or second trip to an actual trapshooting range, but I shot a perfect 25 right off the bat and the guy operating the thrower seems 1,000x more impressed with my skills than I was. Then again he didn't know I spent countless hours practicing with a manual thrower. :D

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 Post subject: Re: How did you celebrate your first 25?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:14 am 
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I was 16 years old when I broke my first 25 on the trap field. I was shooting at an annual field day held by the Erie County Conservation league near Sandusky Oh. No one knew that it was my first 25, everyone simply said " Great shooting", "Way to go", "Nice work" etc. The significance of breaking 25 did not appear to me to be anything special since my goal was always to break 25. During this field day I was constantly breaking 23/24 with a Winchester 12 Ga Pump.... a field gun, a gun that I had used for pass shooting dove, hunting rabbit, quail, pheasant and anything that could be served with mash potatoes and gravy. When I arrived at the field day I noticed all of these "fat old dudes" walking around with their expensive engraved trap guns. These old fat dudes wore shooting jackets that looked more like smoking jackets, corduroy single breasted jackets with elbow patches, many with a pipe hanging from the side of their mouths or cigars. They looked at me and most were friendly and welcoming to me, an obvious non-threat to their exclusive click within the local shooting community. These doctors, lawyers and local businessmen all knew and shot with one another. After shooting several rounds of trap with the local royalty and wining about 4 rounds and taking the prize for each win which consisted of a frozen ham or turkey... now no one wanted to squad with me.... imagine that..... some young hick with a red flannel shirt just stole their thunder and the big dogs wanted to stay on the porch.... lol.... This did not detour me in any way.... I shot with other groups of people for the remainder of the field day until there were no more frozen hams or turkeys, I had shot 12 rounds of trap for my first day shooting trap, I had broken my first 25 on that same day and walked away with 10 of 12 prizes that I had shot for and filled my parents upright freezer with something other than rabbit, dove and pheasant. We actually did not have room for all of it so my relatives where also pleased. I think my most pleasurable memory was the fact that as soon as the other shooters saw that it was going to be difficult to win a prize while shooting against me, they squaded in any squad but mine... still makes me smile to this day.



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