It can’t be broken down into simpler terms – Louie Morgan just likes to shoot.
That love of his sport has taken him a long way, from the small town of Loveland, Ohio to the National Trapshooting Hall of Fame. Morgan, Daniele Perazzi, Charles Long and Stuart Welton will be inducted into the hall in ceremonies at Sparta’s World Shooting and Recreational Complex Tuesday night.
Morgan, now 80, wasn’t introduced to trapshooting until he was in his mid-30s.
“I did a lot of hunting,” he said. “Me and a buddy of mine went to the gun club. I shot a couple rounds and I got hooked. I just like to shoot. I know most of the people, I’ve been doing it for 46 years. I know a lot of people in the trap shooting association.”
However, loving the sport isn’t enough to get a person into the Hall of Fame. Morgan has experienced his share of success. He won his first Grand American trophy in 1985, a dozen years after shooting his first registered targets.
There would be dozens more awards over the years. And, Morgan has been an All-American team member 19 times. He has recorded singles averages over 99 percent 15 times.
“When I first started, I’d shoot 500 rounds a week,” he said. “I wore out a couple (Remington) 1100s. It’s like any other sport. You have to keep doing it until you figure out what you want to do whether you’ll be good at it or not.”
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Although he has had success in singles, doubles and handicap competition, Morgan has no clear preference.
“It really doesn’t matter,” he said. “Singles are easier, but I just shoot whatever they throw that day.”
Through the years Morgan has broken 200 straight singles 98 times. His goal for this year is to do it twice more, to bring his career total up to 100.
“That would be OK,” he said. “That would make me happy. There are quite a few people that did that, but that would make me happier. That’s just like you set a goal to do something, then if you get that goal, I guess you should be happy about it.”
As for his induction into the Hall of Fame, it was never a driving force in Morgan’s career.
“I’ll be happy to be in there with them,” he said. “One of my good friends, Charlie Long, is going in there with me. To be honest with you, I never thought about it. I’d just go to a shoot, and whatever happened, happened. In 46 years I’ve seen an awful lot in trap shooting.”
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