Russell Mark

Beretta Trap and Double Trap Shooter



Hello everyone! My name is Russell Mark  and I’m a trap and double trap shooter. I practice Double Trap since 1977 and I train at the Werribee Clay Target Club with my Beretta DT11 gun. I was born in Ballart, Australia on 25th February 1964 and I’m a Company Director at Corporate Shooting Stars Pty Ltd. My way of life is to live life at the fulliest.




Australian shooter Russell Mark started shooting in 1977 and he started competing in the International Shooting Sport Federation’s contest in 1986 for the World Championship in Suhl, Germany. In 1988 he contested the Oceania Shooting Championship where he won the gold medal in trap event. The same year, has a trap shooter, he participated at the Olympic Games of Seoul.
In 1991 he won his first World Cup in Los Angeles and the next year he participated at his second Olympics, another time in the trap event.
In 1996 he won the Olympic Gold Medal during the double trap event in Atlanta, where he scored the Olympic Record and the Final Olympic Record with a total of 189. The same year He was made a life member of the club where he trains. With his win in Atlanta Russell became the first shotgun shooter in the history of the sport to win all four of the world major individual titles: World Cup, World Cup Final, World Championship and Olympic Games.
In 1997 Russell was honored with the Order of Australia Medal for Services to Sport and won the Men's Double Trap World Championship in Peru with a new World Record.
At the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games he won another medal, but this was a silver one for the double trap event. During this competition he scored another Olympic Record.
On  17th March 2004 he married his teammate, the Australian shooter Lauryn Mark.
In August 2007 in Munich, the International Shooting Sports Federation inducted him into its Hall of Fame as the greatest Double Trap shooter of all time.
In March 2009 Russell was inducted into the Australian Clay Target Association's Hall of Fame being its youngest ever member.
He’s a member of the Beretta family since 1986.
During his career he gained 2 gold and 2 silver medals in World Championships, 4 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze medals in World Cups and 10 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals in Oceanian Shooting Championships.
He competed in the last 7 Olympic Games (4 in trap and 5 in double trap and once as a coach).
Russell has three children, Holly, Sierra and Indy
Gold Silver Bronze Final Gold Silver Bronze Gold Silver Bronze
Atlanta 1996 Sidney 2000     Lima 1997 Fagnano 1994  Nicosia 2003 Barcelona 1998        

What Does he bring on shooting Range?

The Shotgun


The DT11 is Beretta’s top-of-the-line competition shotgun, used by the world’s absolute best clay shooters. It is built around a vault-tough cross-bolt action, a whole 3mm wider than its predecessor’s (the DT10) and therefore stronger and even more durable. DT11 Trident Beretta. Russell Mark shots with Dt11 Beretta.

Gilet da tiro,

Tuta Uniform Pro,



Maglietta tecnica Beretta,





Which is your favorite gun?  
I train every day with the Beretta gun DT11, but my favorite gun is the Beretta S05.

Why do you prefer to use that gun in particular?
In my opinion this is the best not for his technicality, but because it’s beautifully made. I love this gun also for the his aspect and for his maneuverability.

Which is your favorite shooter?  
My favorite shooter is an Australian skeet shooter, Lauryn Mark, my wife. She is my favorite because she’s a great shooter.

Who inspires you to practice shooting?
I don’t have a person who inspire me to practice shooting, my inspiration is the possibility to success in the future competitions. When you train you understand how the possibility of a medal can inspire you to do your best.

Which is your most beautiful anecdote connected to the shooting sport?
Never mix with turkeys if you want to soar with eagles.

Which is your favorite shooting range?
My favorite shooting range is Umbriaverde in Todi, Italy. I love this place because of the perfect atmosphere; it’s a wonderful combination of good service, good ranges and beautiful location.

How many years do you have when you first took up a gun?
I took up a gun for the first time when I was 13 years old.

Which are your plans and goals for the future?
My plans for the future are to train a lot and qualify for the Rio Olympic Games, do a great competition and after that retire .

Which is your advice for someone who use you as an inspiration?
I would like to advise everyone who wants to practice this sport to never be afraid to try new experiences. I shoot trap and double trap because I often use to challenge my ability


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