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Posted 27 July 2006 - 03:44 PM


Local teen is a natural at trapshooting
Fahmie has won three championship belt buckles and two trophies since March as a member of the Martinez Gun Club

By Dave Carpenter

A small, orange, clay target is shot into the air out of a bunker.

Blake Fahmie takes aim with his 12-gauge shotgun and fires from 16 yards away.

The bullet hits the target and it explodes, with chunks of scattered clay softly landing in a nearby field.

Fahmie, 17, hardly ever misses.

The Acalanes High School senior and his dad, Greg, practice shooting at the Martinez Gun Club when they can. During the summer, school is out. That means several days a week the Fahmies are regulars.

A year ago, Blake Fahmie started shooting competitively as a member of the Martinez Gun Club. He's won three championship belt buckles and two trophies since March alone.

So how did he get so good?

"From duck hunting all my life and being around shotgun shooting," he said.

Blake Fahmie started shooting when he was just 6 years old. He went duck hunting with his dad every weekend of the season.

He hasn't missed a weekend yet.

Greg Fahmie says his son is a natural.

Blake Fahmie's biggest accomplishment was winning a state championship in June at the California Shootout in Kingsburg. Fahmie won the singles junior championship after hitting 199 of 200 targets (a 99.5 percent success rate).

He will represent California in the ATA Grand American World Trapshooting Championships, which takes place August 8-18 in Sparta, Ill. It has evolved into the premier shooting event in the world.

Blake Fahmie earned a spot on the junior Northern team, made up of the best shooters under-18 in Northern California. Fahmie had the highest score of the five members of the team.

He has also won championships at the Golden West Grand in Reno, the Pacific International Trap Association state shoot in Livermore and a local title at the Martinez Gun Club in March.

Fahmie's state title in Kingsburg was a handicapped event. Shooters fire at targets from 18-27 yards out, depending on their accuracy. Fahmie won with a 24-25-yard handicap.

Martinez gun club member Susie Calim also won a state title in the women's handicap division.

Shooters stand in a trap station. There are five assigned places to shoot from in each station. The shooters take five shots in each spot before moving on the to next one for a total of 25 shots per station. The shooters fire from four stations for a total of 100 shots in a session.

In the state shootout, Fahmie hit 99 out of 100 targets in the morning session and a perfect 100 out of 100 in the afternoon.

Despite his success, there are distractions that can take a shooter out of his rhythm.

"Other people could be missing (targets) so there are a lot of things you have to block out," Fahmie said.

More experienced shooters also like to give advice, which can actually hinder a shooter -- even if their heart is in the right place.

"A lot of people have been shooting all their life," Fahmie said. "They see a kid and they think they know everything."

Greg Fahmie said trap shooting is a "mental game."

"You have to feel comfortable with your gun and your shells," he said. "You don't listen to people. Do what you do and play your game."

The Martinez Gun Club was established in 1883 and has been at its current location since 1961.

Greg Fahmie didn't like the condition of the club when he joined it three years ago. He said it was not kept up well and there was a theft problem.

He donated money to clean up the club so his son would have a good local club to shoot at. He would like to see more youth involved in the sport of trap shooting.

Part of the club's mission is to promote shooting sports in a family atmosphere. The club has a Family Night on Wednesdays, which includes a dinner in the club house and night shooting under the lights.
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