sporting clays in Texas. I have noticed over a period of time that the
parking lots at the facilities I frequent are filled with pickup trucks
and SUVs. I don't mean average size pickups and SUVs either. I mean
F-250s, Ram 10 cylinders, Suburbans, Expeditions and what I believe
could be called a "deuce and a half". I drive a little Japanese made
sedan. When I drive into the parking lot, I know how a ten-year-old girl
must feel at Hooters. "Do they really have to be that big, and do you
think they ever hurt anybody with those."
Now don't get me wrong. I know this is America, and a man can drive what
a man needs to drive. But, I can't help wondering, "Why do so many of
these guys need to drive something that is bigger than my garage." My
son-in-law, who is a physical therapist, has a theory. He said, "They
are compensating for something that is small that is an important part
of their life." I wonder what he meant by that. I have a little yellow
Shih Tzu that I dearly love. I wonder if I should be compensating for
him. Maybe I should get a Hummer.
shooter that I enjoy shooting with from time to time agreed with my
son-in-law, but she wouldn't explain exactly what she was referring to.
She did add, though, that she felt there was a very definite connection
between the big truck theory and the increase in longer barrels in
sporting clays. You know it does seem like a lot of the guys that drive
big trucks are ordering 34 inch over-unders and/or 32 inch trap barrels
for their autos. They tell me those long barrels just make their swing
The same lady shooter said she had discussed this phenomenon with the
ladies that she normally shoots with, and they had come to a consensus.
She said, "It's the same old story. This bigger is better theory would
continue to grow and probably get out of hand until the wives and girl
friends reassure the truck boys again." I was dying to know, "Reassure
them of what?" She smiled and explained, "You know, it's not how long the
barrel is, it's how you use it."