Calendar Monday, June 05, 2023


Do you believe the ATF should be abolished?
By James B. Towle

Mark Kiddie Sporting Clay Mark Kiddie passed peacefully, with his family by his side. He will be missed by many. For those of us who knew Mark, and were fortunate enough to walk from station to station with him, he was always a little taller and just a little more savvy. There will not be a station that I will ever shoot that Mark has not, and many I will never.

He displayed the character and humor we envied and the class we knew we would never have; he was as global in his life as he was in his shooting. Well-dressed and well-heeled, Mark was an example of what Sporting Clays will one day become. He brought an image to the field that we should all strive to achieve. A gentleman in a gentleman's game. We will miss you Mark. You have left a void in our sport, but not without pointing us in a direction for our future.

I recall an evening at the Hardy Classic a few years ago, we had had dinner at the Golf Club and stepped outside for a brandy and a cigar. As the sun set, we laughed and spoke of the things men speak about in such places. We dreamed about a day when we could sponsor a Turf & Target competition, pitting shooter scores and golf together with prizes like Cadillacs and Land Rovers. Did we ever believe it might happen? Perhaps, just for a little while, as long as the brandy held out and the cigars burned hot.

As a mentor, I admired your depth of thinking and experience. You were an inspiration to me to continue moving the sport into the mainstream media. There will be many a toast when that day comes and your name will ring out when glasses are held high and cheers fill the room. Mark Kiddie will not be forgotten for his tireless effort to drag a "niche" sport into the camera lights. Rest in peace my friend.

A memorial service will be held on
Sunday, August 2 at 4:00pm at:
Coldstream Country Club
400 Asbury Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45255

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About ATSN

NOTE: ATSN was born from the already popular national Radio broadcast, "Trigger Sports Radio", hosted by James B. Towle. Towle wanted to bring the world of Trigger Sports to a whole new level by introducing video clips and LIVE coverage from shooting events, plus NRA updates from Headquarters, Hunting Reports and expert guests on Trigger Sports LIVE! an internet television weekly show. From there, Towle expanded by introducing Trigger Sports TV via DirecTV and Dish Network on the Pursuit Channel. Traveling across the USA, Towle and the ATSN film crew taped competitions and training events in all shooting discipline. Soon after, Towle realized that gun owners needed information on the responsibility of personal self-defense and gun handling beyond the shooting range, and Stop the Threat was born. Each week a panel of law enforcement experts discuss the re-enactment of true crime incidents that have occurred throughout the US and offer the audience sound information to better protect themselves and their loved ones. Towle often asks the viewers to consider "when to shoot or when to retreat". ATSN continues to be the leader in your trigger sports, and personal defense tactics and education.

Mission Statement

"To discuss the safe and responsible ownership of guns as a family sport and an American Tradition".

Quoted : James B. Towle, Chairman and CEO
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