He is a competitor, craftsman, and a champion. Jack Concannon creates and competes with his own shotguns. He's a world-champion, winning national and international titles.
There are not many who could make a professional career out of a personal passion, but Jack has. His designs, his attention to detail are just two reasons he sells a lot of what he makes.
"Well, I do come from a technical school background and part of my learning process years ago was woodworking and metal working, and I think my shop teacher would be pretty happy," Jack says, laughing.
For Jack, it's not all mechanics with the shotgun or the shooting. He works at Fishhawk Sporting Clays as a gunsmith, where he fixes mechanical problems.
He believes shooting well comes from practice, practice and more practice.
"You don't think. That's part of the game. You don't want to be thinking, because if you're thinking, you're not in your subconscious," Jack says. "You've got to perform. Just like when we walk, we don't even think about walking. If you thought about it, you'd stumble, and that's what you have to do when you shoot. You look at the bird, you move the gun, you shoot the gun."
Jack is a member of Team USA, winning repeatedly in a sport where a twitch can cost a title. His name gets recognition, his choice of shotgun gets attention. Jack shoots with a Dale Earnhardt black shotgun, complete with the legend's face on his stock.
"Of course, Mr. Earnhardt was known as the intimidator, just a little play on words," Jack says. "I have a black golf cart and a black gun with an Earnhardt sticker on it, I like to intimidate a little bit."
At 71, he wins in a sport where age and experience give him an edge. He is a rare blend of craftsman and competitor. Ask Jack Concannon what drives him and he gives you this parting shot.
"Your next shot is the best shot, and that's what this whole deal is all about," he says.
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