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Growing up we lived on the North side of the lake we would go over there and collect empty shells

Thanks for sharing that with us, Ray. We've also recently found out that Sloans Lake was also where DPS driver's ed classes would go for practice!

Brian K. Trembath you clearly have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to trap and skeet, 00 or 0 buckshot has NEVER been a standard load for skeet and trap shooting. Interesting article on Denver history though.

Hi JJ - Thanks for reading and commenting. We agree that we could definitely have worded that a bit better (it's been a few decades since I shot skeet). Our real point was to answer the question whether or not it would be safe to shoot a shotgun from that point on the lake without the pellets traveling all the way across for our readers who aren't familiar with firearms at all. 

Stay well!

I understand the point but you have now told an unknowing beginner to use buckshot for clay shooting. Perhaps you could edit or correct the article? Trap and skeet loads are typically 7-1/2 - 8 shot, many times smaller than buckshot. High power target loads can not travel over 250 yards 750 feet and won't harm a person at much less.

My dad, Martin Graber, shot trap there and one year took the state championship. Sadly he wasn't able to afford to go to the nationals to compete. I do remember as a child watching him shoot there.

Hi Dave - Thanks for reading and commenting. Sounds like it was a pretty fun place part shooting range, part 19th hole!

Thanks for an interesting read, Brian. Amazing to imagine the noise that would've created, in contrast to the relative quiet of today! What use does the building serve today?

Hi Laura - Thanks for reading and commenting. I thought the same thing about the noise. It seemed like, at some point, people began compaining about the noise but it's pretty clear that there were plenty of houses nearby that whole time. We'll look into what that building is now. 

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