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Gaming Board Tries New Trap System

By Staff | Jun 18, 2009

THIS?IS?HOW?IT?WORKS - Don Bruck, right, of the Palo Alto Gun Club, explains how the new voice-activated trap triggering system, the white horn and green box in the foreground, to PACGDC Board members Kay Suhr, left, and Bill Lapczenski, second from left, as Todd Suhr listens in. The gun club purchased the new system with a $6,203 grant from PACGDC late this Spring. -- Dan Voigt photos

A grant from the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation was officially dedicated with a special “guest shoot” last week. The Palo Alto Gun Club hosted members of the PACGDC?board at the club grounds at Sportsman’s Park near Cylinder to view the system and try it out.

The new voice-activated trap system was purchased through a grant of $6,203 from the PACGDC through the organization’s annual grant program earlier this year.

The system consists of six voice-activation triggers that work with the target thrower on one of the club’s two trap ranges. A similar system was purchased a couple of years earlier by the club for its first range.

The voice-activated system replaces an old electro-mechanical triggering system and throwing mechanism.

PACGDC?Board members Kay Suhr of Ruthven and Bill Lapczenski of Emmetsburg turned out to learn about the system on Thursday, June 11 and took the opportunity to try their hands at a few rounds of trap shooting using the new system.

Also present for the event were Palo Alto Gun Club members Don Bruch, Harlan Place, Gary Klepper, Brian Garrels, Dick Sample and Roger Will, along with Todd Suhr.

The Palo Alto Gun Club grounds are located at Sportsman’s Park, three miles north of Cylinder.