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Trap Shooting Secrets [Paperback]

James Russell
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Jan. 19 1997
"Trap Shooting Secrets" takes you into the world where professionals reside. With over 132 practice tips it's like having a shooting coach by your side. The book explains setup, stance, squad timing and pitfalls, eye and gun hold points, sight pictures, target angles, spot shooting, zone shooting, timing, good and bad pulls. Point of impact adjustments, reliable hot core patterns, shotshell selection, eye focus, target behavior, swing timing, call timing, flinching, slump-busting procedures, feeling the shot, moving gun techniques, back-sighting the sight beads, chokes, seeing targets in slow-motion, mind-set. Concentration, trigger control and much, much, more to list here. No other trapshooting book reveals more details, especially for handicap long-yardage shooting. Softbound 8x11 format, 170-pages, 16-chapters, over 40-illustrations. Equivalent to a 255-page 5x8 size book! If you shoot trap, DTL or Olympic, you definitely need "Trap Shooting Secrets." Stop missing targets and start winning the option money and competition events. This book will pay for itself many times over with event winnings. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 9 2009
Format:Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Look closely at the reviews... April 19 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Why are all the 5-star reviews from Livingston, TX? April 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Funny, the author lives in Livingston, TX, which is a small town. But almost all the 5-star reviews for this book are from "a reader" or "an Amazon customer" in Livingston, TX. It seems like the author is stacking the reviews - and isn't smart enough to change his purported location!
I am completely put off by the book's typos - it indicates poor attention to detail. And as others have said, the organization is mish-mash, and the figures are all at the back.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Review of Trapshooting Secrets by James Russell Feb. 18 2003
Format:Paperback
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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Format:Paperback
This book has some good information, but it is very hard to get through, references to diagrams are in the text with out any clue as to where the diagrams are, and enough already with all the words of wisdom, and biblical references.
There are paragrahs, but it is like reading one big run on sentence. For [PRICE] we should be getting a more polished easier to read copy. I am not convinced it was a wise purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Read OVER and OVER Oct. 27 2001
Format:Paperback
This book contains a tremendous amount of good information, all of which cannot be retained in one reading. I have highlighted it as I would a textbook for later review. That's the good news.
The bad news is, without highlighting, the book is hard to deal with due to platitudes and cliches scattered throughout. His valuable advice could be conveyed in half the space and he sorely needs an editor.
On balance, I'm glad I bought the book and intend to get his other one (Precision Shooting)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Save and read over and over Oct. 27 2001
Format:Paperback
This is a great book, but wordy. Book could be 25% shorter if author got rid of meaningless platitudes.
The author IS VERY WELL INFORMED and a great teacher. He does share info that we can all use, regardless of expertise level.
As I said above, this one's a keeper. Read it over and over and concentrate on one lesson at a time, as the author suggests.
I will get his second book(Precision Trapshooting), actually written before this one, very soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for trap shooters Aug. 22 2001
Format:Paperback
I have seen my average as a new shooter go from 24/50 to 40/50 in just a few short weeks by using the methods in this book. I also have used the tips on Mr. Russell's website. I highly recommend his books. I haven't yet read Precision Shooting yet but I expect it to be as good as this one.
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