Minnesota Trapshooting Association

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Minnesota Trapshooting Hall of Fame

Charles Delaney
Anoka, MN

Elected: 1986
Shooting Member

Charles”Chuck” Delaney, Anoka dog trainer was born May 5, 1934in Glendale, California.  He shot his first clay targets at Movie-Actor Roy Rogers gun club in California in 1960, breaking four out of 25.  Chuck moved to Minnesota the following year.

He shot his first registered targets at the Twin City-Hopkins gun club three years later, winding up the season with a .8169 average on 1300 singles and .8385 on 700 handicap clays.  Delaney did not hit 90percent until 1966 when he wound up with .9119 on 3100.

Chuck won countless championships after that.  He started to click in 1967 in winning the Grand American Class B singles with 199 X 200 and he tied for the Vandalia Handicap with 99 from 23½ yards.  That year he finished the season with a .9436 average on 3,300.  He won the Sioux Indian singles in 1978 with 200 straight and in
1969 the handicap with 97 from 26 yards. 

Two years later he broke 197 as runner up to Paul Robey in the Minnesota State singles.  In 1974 he broke  the entire Captain Billy Fawcett 16 yard program, 300 straight winning the singles with 200.  That year he was a member of the Minnesota Team (Tom and Craig Hall, Bob Putnam and Loral I. Delaney) that broke 499 X 500, the highest score ever attained by a Gopher squad at the roaring Grand.  In 1974 he had a long run of 465 straight.

Chuck won the Minnesota State Class AA in 1981 with 199,  the St. Anthony 500 marathon with 496 and he finished the season with a .9818 average on 2700 targets, fourth in the state.  Delaney the 9th Minnesota shooter to reach 27 yards in handicap, has won the Minnesota state class AA, A and B doubles and the Class AA HOA.  He won class doubles at the Grand last August with 99 X 100.

Chuck has been a member of the Minnesota All-State team ten times.  Teamed with his wife, All-American Loral I. Delaney, they as a couple have won the Grand American Husband and Wife four times, the most
current in 1985.  He was a winner of the Minnesota CentralZone singles.

Chuck was manager of the St. Anthony Gun Club for ten years and many years as a representative for the State of Minnesota as their ATA delegate.  He and Loral I., one of the greatest women shots of all times,
operate the famous Armstrong Ranch Kennels at Anoka where they hold the Game Fair event each fall that attracts over 26,000 in attendance.  His hobbies are hunting, golf and trapshooting.

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