Gipson-Ricketts LLC

About Us

Lynn Gipson

Lynn’s involvement in the shooting sports began in 1972.  Starting as a high school age trap setter at the old Elliott’s Shooting Park in Raytown Missouri, Lynn advanced to trap line supervisor, assistant manager and then manager of Elliott’s within five years.  Since Elliott’s owned their own lead recovery equipment, Lynn gained a “hands on” education in the lead reclamation process and goals while still in his teens. 


After graduation from the University of Missouri, Lynn’s career path turned to the construction industry.  While employed by a series of Kansas City area mechanical contracting firms, business administration skills were sharpened and valuable practical knowledge of construction estimating, project management and job cost accounting were gained.  All the while, Lynn remained involved in the shooting sports.  Lynn has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Trapshooters Association since 1976 (President 1986), and the Missouri Trapshooters Association Board of Directors since 1979 (President 1988), and currently serves as Secretary to both Boards.  Directly involved in the planning, construction and management of not only the KCTA’s Smithville Lake trap and skeet facility, but also every improvement, addition and Board decision at the Missouri home grounds in Linn Creek since election to these Boards.  Using his own computer systems, custom software and extensive knowledge of the ATA registered shoot process, Lynn provided the computer services for the Missouri State Shoot and Fall Handicap Tournaments from 1991 to 1999…the largest Missouri Fall Handicap to date.


Lynn has been manager of the KCTA Public Shooting Park since 1997.  He has planned and hosted hundreds of ATA registered shoots, NSSA registered shoots, fun shoots, club shoots, trap and skeet leagues, corporate shoots, youth programs and shoots, and just plain old practice shooting.  He is a full time “hands on” manager.  You may catch him figuring a Lewis option, mowing the grass, planning a new shoot or repairing a trap machine.  Whatever the case, his qualifications are varied and extensive, but also uniquely tailored to the shooting sports.  He will see and appreciate your needs and concerns from your perspective as a club operator or owner.  He’s spent a lifetime on your side of the table.


        Steve Ricketts

Has been an active ATA member since 1988 and currently a member on the  Board of Directors of KCTA in Smithville Mo and served as President of Missouri Trapshooters Association and is curently serving as Western Zone Director. With over 30 years experience in Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Operation as well as Earth Moving. Steve has been involved in several of the improvements made at KCTA and MTA in the last few years. In 2006 KCTA decided to reclaim the lead from the clubs 11 fields. Steve assisted in obtaining the necessary equipment and provided instruction in the setup and operation of such equipment. By the time the club was finished with their own project other club owners and managers were inquiring about getting their fields reclaimed. With Steve’s background in customer service he understands the need for a good relationship with the customer is critical to being  successful.



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