SHOOTING — Tom Knapp, 62, a modern shotgun virtuoso who revived exhibition shooting in the 1980s, died on April 26 in Minnesota.
Knapp, who performed in Spokane several times sponsored by Benelli, was especially notable for being the first to throw 10 clay targets in the air and blast them all before they could hit the ground.
- See the video above of Knapp's world-record-setting shoot with slow-mo verification.
A modern-day shooter who displayed more than a hint of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West showmanship, he also was an easy-going spokesman for the shooting sports who could let his shotgun do the talking, whether holding it upside down or above his head.
He started exhibition shooting in 1987.
In 2010, he retired after 20 years of shooting with Benelli, but he picked up again with CZ-USA.
A tip of the hat to one of the good guys.
- See a 2007 feature story on Knapp's shooting life by Dennis Anderson of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
- Here's a 4-minute exhibition video of a performance sponsored by CZ.