100 Straights In The Early Days


     It is often asked who posted the first 100-straight in trap shooting and what year did it occur.  The earliest recorded straight score we've been able to uncover occured at a Christmas Day match, on December 25, 1888 at Cincinnati, Ohio.

     In speculating who might be the shooter to finish a competition without missing, the names Captain Adam H. Bogardus and Doc W. F. Carver certainly come to mind as top choices.  Captain Bogardus was a contestant when the first 100 straight was made, but surprisingly, was on the loosing end. The following article is the actual report from Sporting Life magazine, issued Januay 9, 1889.


Details of the Remarkable Performance of the Cincinnati Trap Shot.

     The scores made by Captain Bogardus and Al Bandle, of Cincinnati, in a match on Christmas day are being discussed with considerable interest among trap-shooters everywhere. Captain Bogardus says that never in the world before was a clean score made under the rules at 100 live birds, the feat that Mr. Bandle has accomplished. Mr. S. A. Tucker, the referee in this match, pronounces the feat unparalleled. A score of 87 out of 100 and upward at live birds entitles any marksman to a rank among the great shots of the world. Following is an account of the match sent from Cincinnati:

     "This Christmas shoot was under Hurlingham rules, the strictest in the world.  The five ground traps, instead of being scoops which push the bird out and encourage it to fly, were the tin lay-open traps, such as are used in bird shooting in England.  They are not the best to make the birds fly.  There were five of these traps arranged five yards apart on the arc of a circle, the distance of which from the shooter was 30 yards.  The stake was the gate money.  The birds were domestic pigeons.  While they were a fairly good lot, some of them were too good and some were not good enough.  This makes the task of the shooter more difficult, as it increased the demand upon his nerve and judgement.  Any good shot will admit that an uneven lot of birds is the hardest to make a good score upon.  Fully half of these birds had to be whipped up with the ropes after the trap had been pulled open.  Here are the scores:

     Capt.. Bogardus, 95;  Albert Bandle, 100.

     Times used second barrel – Bogardus, 36; Bandle, 31.

     Birds missed Bogardus, 11th, 21st, 27th, 30th and 65th; Bandle, none.

     Greatest run of killed birds Bogardus, 33 birds, from his 66th to his 100th; Bandle, 100.

     Dr. William F. Carver has challenged Albert Bandle to shoot 100 live birds for $250 a side. Bandle has accepted the challenge under Hurlingham rules, except as to weight and bore of gun for himself, the match to come off at Cincinnati early next March. It is for Dr. Carver to say whether we will accept the acceptance allowing Bandle a 10 or 9 ½ pound gun.

       John L. Winston broke 100 straight Blue Rocks from five traps, unknown angles and traps, in 1890 against Frank Parmelee's 97, both using 12-gauge guns. The match was shot at Omaha, Nebraska, and was for $250 a side and expenses.

     Captain, John L. Brewer killed 100 pigeons on April 26th 1895, at Dexter Park, New York, shooting at 30 yards rise and 50 yards boundary.

     Without missing, using E. C. Smokeless Powder, Mr. J. A. R. Elliott also killed straight in his match with Doc Carver.

     In his match with Dr. Williamson at Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 5th, 1900, George Roll killed 100 live birds straight.

     John W. Garrett and Arthur Shemwell shot a match at 100 flying targets at Colorado Springs June 8th.  Blue Rocks were used from a Magautrap.  Garrett broke 100 straight and Shemwell 99, the latter loosing the 95th bird.  Both used Winchester repeating shotguns, 37 grains DuPont smokeless, 1 1/4 ounce of Tatham's 7 1/2 chilled shot, loaded by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., in Leader shells.  (June 1901)

     E. I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. call our attention to some most excellent shooting accomplished with DuPont powder.  On January 15, 1902, Mr. J. T. Mallory, using 3 1/2 drams DuPont smokeless, 1 1/4-ounce chilled shot, broke 100 flying targets straight.

     Mr. Hawkins is a Baltimorean, who, at the age of 17 won the championship of Maryland, breaking 48 out of 50 targets. He has broken 100 targets straight 44 times in his career, and at one time made a straight run of 248. He holds the record of 128 straight from 20-yard mark. (1906)

     Wm. Heer, of the famous U. M. C. – Remington squad now touring the south, broke 100 straight at Ocala, Fla., February 25th (1908).  This is one of the scores of 100 straights made by Heer and his U. M. C. shells.  If you point right U. M. C. 100% shells will break them all for you.  Of course, Mr. Heer's world record, 1906 General Average of 96.3% on 14,055 targets is the supreme test among professionals. 

     Opening the trap shooting season with a fine record, Mr. H. J. Borden scored 100-straight at the St. Louis Trapshooters' Association, February 20, 1909.

     The record of 100 straight set up by Alex D. Mermod, of St. Louis, in the Missouri State Sportsmen’s Association tourney on June 14 (1909) for the individual championship was a worthy effort.  O. N. Ford’s 342 straight was also a wonderful performance.

     Shooting in a perfect gale of wind, Mrs. Ad Topperwein broke the entire program of 100 targets straight at Aurora, Nebraska, May 25th, 1910.  Her score was 10 targets ahead of her nearest competitor, and a new ground record for aurora.

     San Antonio, Tex.,  February 1. (1913) – Good scores resulted in the shoot of the San Antonio Gun Club complimentary to the visiting professionals Tuesday afternoon.  W. R. Crosby lived up to his record as the leading expert in the world for 1912 by splintering 96 out of 100 targets, but C. G. Spencer topped this by breaking 100 out of 100.  Fifteen shooters blazed away at the targets.  Following are the scores made yesterday.

     Omaha, Neb., August 5. (1913) — The Western Handicap of the Interstate Association opened yesterday with 78 shooters from all parts of the country shooting at the 100 targets on practice day. The scores reached some remarkable figures. Bart Lewis, of Auburn, Ills., the winner of the National Amateur Championship at the Grand American Handicap, was high amateur with 100 straight. In the professional ranks, William R. Crosby and Lester S. German both broke 100 straight. James S. Day, professional, broke 99 while there were many scores of 98.

    C. A. Gunning, of Longmont, Colo., who won the (1913) Western Handicap with 100 straight from 19 yards, was properly handicapped, as up to that time he had broken just .9079 per cent of his targets.

     One hundred straight (entire program) was the score made by Charles A. Young, at Dayton, O., September 27 (1913).  Young, although one of the older generation of shooters, has been making some wonderful records this year and is not only near the top of the professional class, but has also excelled his own best previous records, which is going some.

     Port Washington, L. I., January 2. (1914) – J. Van Allen, a Long Island professional, performed the unusual feat of scoring 100 straight clay birds in the weekly shoot at the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club traps yesterday. As he is not a club member he did not qualify in the trophy events, two of which were won by H. L. Hoyt, Jr.





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