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2012 Colorado State Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame inductees
Dick King, Craig, two lifetime grand-slams
Alex Ragulsky, Denver, two lifetime grand-slams
“I got back into (trapshooting) for the competition but also because some friends were doing it and they got me to come out. Just like golf or anything else, you get together with friends.”
—Dick King, Craig resident and CSTA Hall of Fame inductee, about his return to trapshooting after moving to Craig
Craig resident Dick King became the second man from Moffat County to be inducted to the Colorado State Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame.
With over 40 years since he first began registering targets, the honor has been a long time coming.
King, who began trap shooting in Cheyenne Wells in 1971, came to shoot at the Craig Trap Club for the first time in 1984. He said he had not been shooting for many years at the time, but some friends got him to come and get involved with trapshooting in Craig.
Since then, King has dedicated countless hours to keeping the Craig Trap Club up and running smoothly.
“I started out here at this club in 1984 and I’ve been there ever since,” King said. “I got back into it for the competition but also because some friends were doing it and they got me to come out. Just like golf or anything else, you get together with friends.”
With 28 consecutive years of membership at the Craig Trap Club, King has become an excellent shot. He has earned two grand slams in trapshooting, the highest achievement possible, during his career.
A grand slam involves hitting 200 consecutive targets from the 16-yard line, 100 consecutive targets from the 27-yard line (the furthest distance) and 100 consecutive doubles (two targets are shot out at once). Good marksmanship isn’t the only thing considered when looking at Hall of Fame candidates, though.
“They look for somebody that’s not just been a shooter, they look for somebody that’s actually been giving back to shooting,” CSTA member Gary Norton said. “The Hall of Fame is for someone that’s improving the experience of shooting in Colorado. People who actively promoted trapshooting and helped others get involved. Hall of Famers are people who have given of themselves to shooting.”
King is an excellent shooter, but he thinks his contributions to trapshooting in Colorado are what earned his induction.
He was instrumental in setting up a winter league at the Craig Trap Club, in which people get together and shoot for competition and fun from January to March.
The Polar Bear League at first was an odd proposition, considering the cold temperatures and snowy weather that Craig typically gets during those months. In its first year in the late 80s, King said the league had five members. For the 2012 season, the league had 89 members.
“People like to do it because there’s nothing else to do in the winter time,” King said. “They can get together and gossip and talk and shoot guns.”
King can be seen often during the winter league season at the club clearing snow off the grounds so shooters will be able to see the yard markers when they come to shoot.
King has also helped 4-H and Boy Scouts of America chapters in Craig for years, teaching them proper shooting techniques and getting more young people involved with trapshooting.
With 30 years of trapshooting in Craig, King has plenty of fond memories, including shooting at negative 62 degrees one winter for the Polar Bear League.
“We all just ran out there and took a shot or two and came back inside,” King said. “It was really just to say we’d done it, but it was fun,”
He calls the Craig Trap Club his second home, and has been president for the past 15 years. Possessing a reserved and humble personality, King was honored by his Hall of Fame status.
“It’s a great honor,” King said. “There’s just one or two people inducted each year, and its mostly for the same reasons, being good shooters and contributing to the sport. I’m sure that there are many other people around the state more deserving than me, but it is an honor.”
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