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      Local Skeet Shooters Breaking History


      The Flint Skeet and Trap Club has been in business for nearly 50 years. Anyone can travel down the dirt road in Southwest Albany, and get in to the business of shooting skeet. However, unknown to most, the club is also in the business of cranking out prolific skeet shooters.

      Founded in 1964, the Flint Skeet and Trap Club break more targets than most. The club houses ammo bags full of Georgia State Skeet Champions and Georgia Skeet Shooting Association Hall of Famers.

      "We've got a lot of skeet shooting history here and there's a lotâ|that have won a lot of awards and a lot of championships," 2011 GSSA Hall of Fame Inductee James Braswell said.

      "I'm amazed at the talent of the shooters that come to this club...there's probably 1500 to 2,000 members in my old club and you didn't have the talent there that you got here," Flint Skeet and Trap Club President Ed Stamper said.

      Ten out of the 27 shooters in the GSSA Hall of Fame reside at this Southwest Albany range. Braswell has been here to see all the discs fly.

      "That's something that's remarkable. I don't know of any other state that's got that many, but that percentage is awesome, really," Braswell said.

      1996 Hall of Fame inductee Carl Hudson says there's more to the club than just shooting. Relationships built over time and shotgun shells have led to success.

      "To be in the skeet hall of fame is something that the person going in really feels it in the bottom of his heart," Hudson said.

      And on the bottom line, the shooters at the Flint Skeet and Trap Club look out for one another.

      "Shooting with these guys and meeting and knowing 'em...if you got a problem or an issue in life, they're concerned about it and you got somebody you can talk to," 2011 Super Veterans State member Ron Wood said.

      "That's what I miss the most from not shooting skeet is the people. Actually the competition... I don't really miss it anymore," Braswell said.

      While most of these unmatched marksmen aren't active in the competition world, it doesn't mean they're not battling it out amongst themselves. Hudson says there's always pride on the line.

      "Bragging rights...he (Braswell) out shoots me on Wednesday. He's going to tell everybody before Saturday and visa versa...just digging at one another, but we pull for one another," Hudson said.

      That's the exact formula for how this dirt road club has turned in to a top pillar in Georgia shooting- friendship and some firepower.

      "Some of the best people you'll ever meet are right out here. Some of the best shooters in the state are right out here," Flint Club member Ron Lindsey said.

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