Minnesota Trapshooting Association
MTA Hall Of Fame
MINNESOTA TRAPSHOOTING ASSOCIATION
Minnesota Trapshooting Hall of Fame
Tom doesn’t keep records or many trophies for that matter, so what is put down here is but a sample of what he’s done. He’s on the Men’s team in the nine yearend books; 1988, 89, 90, 92, 94, 95, 98, 99, 2000 and no doubt he’s in at least some of the missing ones.
Tom was the first Minnesota shooter to get the “Grand Slam” with 100 from the 27 in 1991. In 1994 he broke 99, 98 back-to-back at Reno.
As part of the State-team trophy-winning Minnesota squad at the Grand in 1989, he took 3rd in AA (6th overall) in the Clay Target Championship, followed a year later with another 200.
1988 gave him the long-yardage trophy at the Wisconsin State Shoot. With all those years on the state team there have been countless lesser victories.
Tom has been a full time gunsmith since 1977. He first went “on the road” in 1989 and now spends nine months a year at shoots providing both long-term and “emergency” gun work to
shooters throughout the country. There are few longtime shooters in Minnesota who have not needed – and gotten – his help at a shoot to get them through an event or a weekend.
In the interview that led to this recommendation, as I pressed for more detail, he said “You know all I really remember and value from all those years is the good friends I’ve made along the way.”