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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: James Russell; 2nd Revised edition edition (Jan. 19 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916367096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916367091
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1 x 28 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like his other volume, Precision Shooting, James Russell's Trap Shooting Secrets is thick with tips, advice, techniques, and practice drills for anyone intent on improving his or her skills in a highly refined, complex, and technically demanding sport. Russell begins with a primer on buying the right shotgun, and builds from there on the essentials of basic shooting and a whole gamut of typical beginner's mistakes before moving on to more advanced targets like the psychology of competitive shooting, developing deeper concentration skills, and strategies for how to write off some of the high costs of trap shooting as a tax deduction. As informative as the volume is, it loses some points on style: pages crammed with text will likely glaze over your shooting eye, and its diagrams and illustrations, useful as they are, are relegated to the book's butt end as if appended as an afterthought. --Jeff Silverman

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"I enjoyed your Trap Shooting Secrets book so much that I am ordering your other book, "Precision Shooting - The Trapshooter's Bible." Right after reading your Trap Shooting Secrets book I won the ATA North Eastern Grand Satellite shoot on September 1997 and I just started shooting in June of 1997!! I'm going to the Grand American in Vandalia, Ohio!" -- Ed - (Trapshooter from Marlton, New Jersey)

"I have been trained by top notch instructors from Remington and Federal and an Olympic trainer and have never received the information that I did from you. I learned one heck of a lot. P.S.: I am NOT going to tell my friends about this!" -- Joy - (Trapshooter from Rhode Island)

Trapshooting Secrets by James Russell covers every aspect of the game. If you are looking for superiour advice, and are tired of the same worn pro telling you what you are doing wrong this book is all you need to enter into serious competition. If you are just starting out, this book presents the fundamentals in a way that will help you remember them everytime you shoot. Young or old, pro or not this book will help you identify what area of your game needs work.

Note: Richard Gentry's long list of Olympic trapshooting achievments is impressive indeed!. -- Richard Gentry - (Olympic Trapshooter))

Amazing! I want you to know you are not selling books you are selling dreams! Precision Shooting book and your Trap Shooting Secrets book is precisely and exactly what this sport needed for many years! Reading your books was easy to read and like taking a breath of fresh air. I just couldn't discover what I was doing wrong until I read your fantastic books. So many problems get fixed so fast and all of the advice and instructions you give all make perfect sense. Better yet they work as advertised! If it were not for your books I'd still be shooting poor scores, but not anymore. Your books are professionally printed with strong durable covers. I take the books to every trapshoot and they hold up real nice. The illustrations are powerfully effective too. You are charging too little money for these books. They are worth much more. I've won so much option money with them it's a great investment! You were right about one thing (among many) I'd never be able to learn these things on my own! A big thank you to you! -- Gary (Trapshooter from Smith River, CA)

I have reviewed both of James Russell's new trapshooting books--I found them to be full of useful trapshooting tips. These books will be an excellent addition to every trapshooter's library. -- Phil Kiner / All-American Trap Shooter

I like Precision Shooting and Trap Shooting Secrets. Both are very powerful books! I am introducing it to the Australian Trapshooting Association and other high-caliber shooters worldwide and I have dedicated a page on my web site to the books. You can't go wrong. Simply follow the instructions in these textbooks and you'll outpace t he competition. If I had these books years ago my career achievements ma y have even been better than they are today! I highly recommend these books for anyone shooting the trap discipline. Mr. Russell has done a great job here. Best instructional trapshooting books you can buy! DTL, Olympic, ATA trapshooters should have both of these books in hand. Money well spent and an investment in your success! -- Luca Rossi Scribanni - (Olympic Trapshooter and Shooting School

I like Trap Shooting Secrets! It is a powerful book. And the "Precision Shooting" book is really fantastic. I have introduced both books to the Australian Trapshooting Association and I have dedicated a page on my web site to these well-deserved books. To the Author I say, well done, Mr. Russell! It is the very first time I've seen books so well written and completely understandable from the first page! I've read many books talking about competition shooting and they were good reading, but I couldn't learn anything of true value from them, and believe me, I've read them all! These are the best trap shooting books in the world! Trap Shooting Secrets and Precision Shooting are books that explains technique and tactics as shotgun shooters need them to be explained. The best shotgun instructional books I've ever seen. If you shoot ATA trap, DTL, ABT, Double Trap or Olympic trap, get these books right away! They really can improve your shooting with a high degree of precision no other book or video can give you. There are precision shotgun shooting techniques explained in these books of great value.

When I read the books, I found it so true the advice given were exactly matching with the experiences I made through years of hi-level Olympic and International shooting. I wished I had these two books when I first started clay target shooting! I wouldn't have had to work so hard to reach my Olympic achievements and my career may have gone even further than it has! I strongly recommend shotgun competition shooters to read both, Trap Shooting Secrets, and Precision Shooting - The Trapshooter's Bible. If you read these books you simply can't go wrong. Just follow the steps outlined and you'll leap ahead in the ranking of any competition you'll attend. That's my recommendation. -- Luca Scribani Rossi, Olympic Medallist

I ordered the Precision Shooting book after reading your Trap Shooting Secrets book. Great information! I've been waiting for years for something like this. I always knew the pros were holding back or not giving out the real way to shoot. I have several videotapes and they always seem to lleave some little tip or procedure out. My advice on reading your books is to read and study only a few pages at a time, as you suggest. Otherwise the brain goes into overload as you give out a LOT of information. I tried your tip on calculating the proper side to shoot a target (the non-straightaway straightaway target) in practice last Saturday. Shoot it on the wrong side or try to center it and you just get a regular break. Shoot it on the proper side and get a smoke ball! THIS STUFF IS GREAT! I was so impressed with your web site that I ordered your books. I read everything and my scores went up 5-birds in 100. The very first time out changing from my eye holds to your eye holds I shot 49/50. -- Harry - (Trapshooter from South Carolina)

I've been reading both your books Trap Shooting Secrets and Precision Shooting and think they have helped already. The books are a lot of good info, and well worth the price of admission. Thanks a bunch! -- Dave (Trapshooter from Reno, NV)

There is a lot of constructive information in Trap Shooting Secrets and Precision Shooting - The Trapshooter's Bible. The concepts in these two books are strongly presented, understandable and easily applied. If you would like to step into the world where professional trapshooter's reside, these books can reveal valuable technical information to improve your shooting. And, in conjunction with a qualified shooting instructor, these two books should give the trapshooter a high measure of success -- Daro Handy / Hall of Fame Professional Trap Shooter


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I'm a beginner at shooting trap, but even at that level there are a lot of very helpful ideas in this book. The problem for the reader is finding them, and working through them! This book is dying for a book editor's touch. Here's why I say that:
1. Maybe I missed the overall structure, but the sequence of the material seems almost random. Lots of good ideas, but they're not organized in a way which helps learning them.
2. The illustrations and figures are all placed in the back, in one chapter. It's a real pain to have to stop reading the text and refer to a different location in the book. Again, this detracts from the book's value as a learning tool, because you can't view the illustrations in their context.
3. ARGGH! What's with all the misspellings and grammatical errors? Worst of all, the chronic use of apostrophes to make plural nouns. ARGGH!
Is it worth buying? Yes--but it would be vastly improved with a thorough editing.
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By A Customer on April 18 2004
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It seems rather odd that the overwhelming majority of reviews (all of which award this book 5 stars) are anonymous postings from Livingston, Texas. A quick internet search reveals that the author, James Russell, lives in Livingston. In fact, one review for this book is written by a "James Russell" from Livingston, though the reviewer states that he is "new to trap shooting and 56 years of age" It seems clear that Mr. Livingston is anonlymously writing reviews for his own book and giving it five stars to boost its ratings. If the book were really as good as he claims it is, one wonders why it would be necessary to falsely boost the ratings. Interestingly, a search on Amazon of James Russell's other books, such as those on screenwriting display the same tendency: many laudatory 5-star reviews from Livingston, TX, including some from the author, who claims to have benefited greatly from the wisdom of the book. Strange indeed!
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By Rob Tillman on Aug. 6 2001
Format: Paperback
While this book offers many sound trapshooting points, they come amidst a sea of personal opinion, Christian evangelizing, and the marketing of other books. This book is self-published and begs for professional editing. There are countless glowing spelling and grammatical errors. If one were to eliminate the redundancy and material not related to the subject, this rather expensive book would barely reach 100 pages. And, as if the contents were all his original ideas, he offers no bibliographic reference for any of the opinions, facts, or conclusions, even though many are contrary to conventional trapshooting wisdom and instruction. While Russell is quick to point out that the book is only useful if kept constantly on hand during practice and competition, he also sells it as an e-book that cannot be printed. All things considered, I have to seriously question the accuracy of the material and the validity of Mr. Russell�s opinions.
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As a relative newcomer to the sport of trapshooting I've tried to read and digest as much as possible. I've found this book to be one of the least valuable and would suggest books by Midgalski, Chris Christian, and others instead. Russell's book presents a plethora of information, much of which is confusing, sometimes contradictory, poorly written,and somewhat messianic in tone. The graphics are mediochre, as is the print quality in this vanity publication. I gave this book a good read, after which my scores dropped dramatically. The assault of verbage left my brain reeling, undermining my confidence with the feeling that I was doing nothing right.. I put the book away, went back to the basics of gun hold, foot position, follow through, etc, rebuilt my confidence, and brought my scores back up. This book needs severe editing for information quality, punctuation, sentence structure, and graphics. Let the buyer beware.
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By A Customer on June 22 1998
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Daro Handy - ATA & PITA Hall of Fame shooter, top-gun professional trapshooter for over 45-years. Here's what he has to say about the books.
"There is a lot of constructive information in Trap Shooting Secrets and Precision Shooting - The Trapshooter's Bible. The concepts in these two books are strongly presented, understandable and easily applied. If you would like to step into the world where professional trapshooter's reside, these books can reveal valuable technical information to improve your shooting. And, in conjunction with a qualified shooting instructor, these two books should give the trapshooter a high measure of success." Daro Handy
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Olymic shooter's know just how valuable James Russell's trap shooting books truly are. Luca Scribani Rossi is a top-gun Olympic Medallist and a twice World Champion shotgun clay target shooter. Here's what he has to say...
"I strongly recommend shotgun competition shooters to read both, Trap Shooting Secrets, and Precision Shooting - The Trapshooter's Bible. If you read these books you simply can't go wrong. Just follow the steps outlined and you'll leap ahead in the ranking of any competition you'll attend." That's my recommendation. Luca Scribani Rossi
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By Gerald Morris on July 9 2009
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As a beginner studying the sport I found this and 'Precision Shooting' to be a wealth of information. These are books to be studied, reread, and reviewed many times as one progresses in the sport. Incredibly comprehensive with detailed explanations and drawings of sight pictures, eye and gun holds, target flight angles etc these books make the seemingly magical act of pro shooting understood and attainable to anyone with a desire to advance in the sport. A must have for the serious student of the sport.
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