'Road to Rio' starts here


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DALMATIA - For many shooting hopefuls whose goal is qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, they can get there from here.

In this case, "here" is Keystone Shooting Park (KSP) on the grounds of Martz's Game Farm and Gap View Preserve. And now that the 2012 London Olympics are history, this year Chubb International Shooting Sports is cranking up the intensity on its "Road to Rio" campaign at KSP.

One need not be an Olympic hopeful, however, to take advantage of the most modern facility of its kind in the country. For those seeking an even more-humbling experience than a round of sporting clays or wobble trap at Martz's, KSP is open to the public.

Officially, the 2013 season at KSP gets under way with the Beretta and Hancock Shooting Academy in April with three, two-day events. Beretta USA Cup and SCTP Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship in Olympic Trap will be April 20-21; Hancock Shooting Academy Clinic in Olympic Skeet will be April 25-26; and Beretta USA Cup and SCTP/USAS Pennsylvania State Junior Olympic Championships in Olympic Skeet will be April 27-28.

"We are tremendously proud to announce a cooperative partnership with Hancock Shooting Academy in order to bring two-time World and Olympic gold medalist Vincent Hancock and his coach/father Craig Hancock to the Olympic shotgun sports complex at Keystone Shooting Park," director Allen Chubb said. "They will conduct the Olympic Skeet Clinic April 25 and 26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

"This clinic is scheduled just prior to the 2013 Beretta USA Cup in Olympic Skeet, so the students will also have the opportunity to compete at KSP in a signature 'Road to Rio' campaign event immediately following the clinic. Beretta USA will also have their service/sales van on site during the Beretta Cup for those interested in having their firearms serviced and possibly trying out a new DT-11 on our range.

"Students will receive first-hand instruction from one of the greatest and most talented Olympic skeet shooters in history, and along with his coach and father, this will be a dynamic team of instructors. This is the chance to learn much more about the many facets of the game in order to excel at one of the most challenging Olympic shotgun sports created."

Chubb said that this year the Olympic skeet field is operational in addition to the Olympic trap/double trap range that employs Mattarelli Olympic skeet machines with 500 target carousels. All range electronics activity for both the trap and skeet field are controlled by Elfipa equipment located in the kiosk.

Range operation and discipline specific configuration charts will be posted on the inside of the kiosk door. It is recommended that shooters receive a block of instruction on their first visit to train on the skeet range so that instructors can properly review the details of changing the electronics configuration between disciplines.

This year KSP will be the site of two official training camps. The Junior Olympic Development Camp for Olympic trap will be May 25-26, and the High Performance Camp for Olympic trap will be Oct. 25-27. Advance registrations are required for the various camps and clinics, as are reservations for individual shooting sessions.

A complete schedule of events is available on the KSP website at http://www.keystoneshootingpark.com/. There is also information posted on fees and registration details for the clinics.

For information about Keystone Shooting Park, contact Allen Chubb at allen@allenchubb.com or call (717) 903-9009.

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