Thursday, August 18, 2016

Broke an Remington Forend Support (Remington 1100)

We were at the range shooting trap today and my wife's 1100 didn't close properly.  When she pulled back on the handle a metal piece fell to the pad.

Part of the Forend Support. 

Only a $9 part, but after all these years you'd think the metal would have been beefed up to prevent breakage.    Lost count through the years on how many we replaced.


You can keep shooting the gun with a broken Forend Support.  I recommend snapping off the other half.  Replace the part when you get home. 

I keep a completely assembled Action Bar Assembly, Action Bar, and attached Forend Support in the shoot bag.    I keep an assembled piece, as I've had the rail break in the past.  No quick fix for that.

The wife's gun was up and running as fast as it took to swap out parts.

When I got home I replaced the Forend Support from a spare I have at home.  An easy fix.  The new part just slides on.

I had a major gun failure a few years back due to a broken Forend Support.  The broken piece stayed in the chamber and when the gun cycled it broke the Interceptor Latch Spring.  What a mess. I was told after the fact that I could of pulled out the Interceptor Latch and the gun would have still worked as long as I didn't load more then two shells. 

I'm thinking Beretta for the wife.....

Friday, August 05, 2016

Loaning a Gun to a Fellow Shooter, Against the Law (California)

Scenarios.

Your at a shoot and your gun breaks.  A fellow shooter offers you a backup gun to finish the shoot.

You decide to bring several friends to the club for a fun day and bring along a couple of shotguns that they can use, as they don't own any.

Your local club offers gun rentals or free loaner guns.

Your son wants to bring some of his friends to the club and let them shoot a round of trap with your shotgun (under your supervision).

In California come 2017 all will be against state law.

I can think of a number of times through the years I brought an extra gun to the club, as a neighbor or friend heard me talking about clay target shooting and wanted to give it a try.  No longer possible if they don't already own a firearm.

I can think of several states where you can expect this to be enacted at some point.

In California gun transfers require an FLL and a ten day waiting period.  You transfer a gun to someone.  Incur an FFL fee.  And, when returned, another FFL fee.  This is the only way you can loan a gun other then as listed below.

A backdoor to killing the shooting sports.

Still think the NRA is the bad guy?

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Assembly Bill No. 1511
CHAPTER 41
An act to amend Section 27880 of the Penal Code, relating to firearms.

[ Approved by Governor  July 01, 2016. Filed with Secretary of State  July 01, 2016. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST

AB 1511, Santiago. Firearms: lending.
Existing law generally requires the loan of a firearm to be conducted through a licensed firearms dealer. A violation of this provision is a crime. Existing law exempts from this requirement a loan of a firearm between persons who are personally known to each other, if the loan is infrequent and does not exceed 30 days in duration.
This bill would instead limit that exemption to the loan of a firearm to a spouse or registered domestic partner, or to a parent, child, sibling, grandparent, or grandchild, related as specified. The bill would require a handgun loaned pursuant to these provisions to be registered to the person loaning the handgun. By expanding the application of an existing crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

SECTION 1.

 Section 27880 of the Penal Code is amended to read:
27880.
 Section 27545 does not apply to the loan of a firearm if all of the following requirements are satisfied:
(a) The loan is to a spouse, registered domestic partner, or any of the following relations, whether by consanguinity, adoption, or steprelation:
(1) Parent.
(2) Child.
(3) Sibling.
(4) Grandparent.
(5) Grandchild.
(b) The loan is infrequent, as defined in Section 16730.
(c) The loan is for any lawful purpose.
(d) The loan does not exceed 30 days in duration.
(e) Until January 1, 2015, if the firearm is a handgun, the individual being loaned the firearm shall have a valid handgun safety certificate. Commencing January 1, 2015, for any firearm, the individual being loaned the firearm shall have a valid firearm safety certificate, except that in the case of a handgun, an unexpired handgun safety certificate may be used.
(f) If the firearm being loaned is a handgun, the handgun is registered to the person making the loan pursuant to Section 11106.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.



Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Fun Shoots and NSCA Not a Good Mix

When I was at the New York State Shoot I was in conversation with someone who was planning shoots for 2017.  Combining fun and ducks unlimited shoots with NSCA shoots came up.

A red flag went up when I heard that.

I guess no harm done if your club routinely throws "skeet in the woods" type target presentations when holding NSCA shoots, as no need to dumb down the course so hunters and first time clay target shooters have a chance of breaking more then 50% of targets.

But, if your normally throwing NSCA targets for the more accomplished shooters, who is your target audience when combining NSCA with a Ducks Unlimited, Wounded Warrior or some such shoot and you don't dumb down the course?

Are you throwing targets for everyone to have a good time, especially the hunters that only shoot clays once or twice a year and the club hopes they return for such shoots in the future and bring a few friends (and, maybe become members of the club)?  Or, letting them get beat up on targets and never to return and tell all there friends about the hard targets they missed?

If you offer NSCA, then NSCA members must shoot NSCA.  No option to pass, fun shoot or not. And, a dumb down course accomplishes what for an NSCA shooter? It does put money in the pocket of the NSCA and the state association, but could kill your future attendance for such shoots.

Just something to think about and the decision the club makes will impact future attendance.

Monday, August 01, 2016

NBC Olympic Live Stream Shooting Events Schedule

Live Stream (internet)

NBC Olympics

All events Eastern Time (ET).  Replays will be available.

Clay Target

8/7 - 2pm - Women's trap final
8/8 - 2pm - Men's trap final
8/10 - 2pm - Men's double trap final
8/12 - 2pm - Women's skeet final
8/13 - 2pm - Men's skeet final

Rifle/Pistol

8/6 - 9:30am - Women's air rifle final (starting at 9am)
8/6 - 2:30pm - Men's 10m air pistol final
8/7 - 10am - Women's 10m air pistol final
8/8 - 11am - Men's 10m air rifle final
8/9 - 2:30pm - Women's 25m pistol final (starting at 2pm)
8/10 - 11am - Men 50m pistol final
8/11 - 11am - Women's 50m rifle 3-positions final
8/12 - 10am - Men's 50m rifle prone final
8/13 - 11:30 - Men's 25m rapid-fire pistol final (starting at 11am)
8/14 - 12pm - Men's 50m rifle 3-positions final

Archery

8/6 - 8am - Men's team Round of 16
8/6 - 1pm - Men's team quarterfinals, semifinals, medal matches
8/7 - 8am - Women's team Round of 16
8/7 - 1pm - Women's team quarterfinals, semifinals, medal matches
8/8 - 8am - Morning session: men's and women's individual Round of 64, 32
8/8 - 2pm - Afternoon session: men's and women's individual Round of 64, 32
8/9 - 8am - Morning session: men's and women's individual Round of 64, 32
8/9 - 2pm - Afternoon session: men's and women's individual Round of 64, 32
8/10 - 8am - Morning session: men's and women's individual Round of 64, 32
8/10 - 2pm - Afternoon session: men's and women's individual Round of 64, 32
8/11 - 8am - Women's individual Round of 16
8/11 - 2pm - Women's individual quarterfinals, semifinals, medal matches
8/12 - 8am - Men's individual Round of 16
8/12 - 2pm - Men's individual quarterfinals, semifinals, medal matches

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A number of events may be available live via cable channels.

Bravo
CNBC
Golf Channel
MSNBC
NBC Sports Network (NBCSN)
NBC UNIVERSO (Spanish language)
USA Network

Check cable schedules.

The CBC (Canada only) will live stream a number of events.


NY State Sporting Clays Championship @ Rochester Brooks

Rochester Brooks Gun Club, Rush, New York



Friday, warm and humid.  A breeze kicked up in the area of the club where FITASC was being shot and made the afternoon a little more bearable.

On Saturday we had a sprinkle of rain in the AM, but other then that a dry day. Uncharacteristic for the club, but problems with several machines.  I've been attending at least one shoot a year for the last 10 years (or more) and not a common experience.  My Sunday 8:30 start saw no major issues.

One of the 5-stand's had a rabbit target thrown so close you could almost reach out and touch it.  So many shot and missed, resulting in a number of laughs.

A shotgun for Junior shooters was awarded by lucky draw, as well as one for main event shooters (lucky draw).  Cases of shells (lucky draw) for New York State residents.  All those cases and never had my number called.

Three videos and a number of photos posted (along with a link to results).   FITASC, 5-Stand, and Sporting Clays are the three videos posted.  If you like to see targets break I think you'll be happy.

VIDEO / PHOTOS / RESULTS

After the shoot I received a critique on my shooting.  Three accomplished shooters all said I need to work on my hold points.  Figure out where you want to break the target and establish a hold point no more then a third back.  Much appreciated.

No problems with the Beretta A400 (without a recoil reducer).  The EZ bolt release lever install was a good upgrade. I shot 1 1/8 in the main event.  2 3/4 dram I could shoot all day.  Can't really notice the difference between 1oz and 1 1/8 in regard to felt recoil.  I did notice when I shot a box of 3 dram, 1 1/8.   Beretta was at the shoot and listing the A400 $150 - $200 under going list price.

Mid County will play host to the 2017 New York State Championship. 

Vernon National (near Rome, NY) had put in a bid for the shoot, but not well known by down state shooters.  At a disadvantage going in and new to NSCA shooting.   I've been attending an annual Veterans Benefit shoot at the club for a number of years.  A beautiful and spacious piece of property.  They will have a NSCA shoot on September 10th.  Two individual shoots, 100 in the AM and 100 in the PM.  Posted on WinScore.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Beretta A400 Excel Piston Ring

I ran onto a shooter that had a piece broken off his Piston Ring (part of the piston assembly) . 

He said his gun was still working. 

I did some reading on the subject, as always interested in what spare parts to carry.

First off.  The piston assembly on the A400 needs to be inserted into the barrel cylinder before inserting the barrel into the receiver.  If not, you can bend the ring. 

Will something else cause it to deform?  Have no idea. 

I've read some have a habit of sliding the barrel cylinder on the part where the forearm cap attaches and not into the barrel cylinder.  They marry up once the barrel is installed, but I guess not always 100%.  If I hadn't read this could be a problem I wouldn't have never given it a second thought.

The piston ring bending (deformed) is not common.  If your at a shoot you can try to bend it back into shape and you should be able to finish.

My readings didn't come across a broken ring, but seeing is believing.

You can remove the old ring and install the new one yourself.

The serrated ring needs to be squeezed to reduce the diameter before inserting back into the gas cylinder.

A replacement ring at Cole Guns is $18.05.  Shop around you may save a few bucks.  If you have an A400 Xtreme it's a different part number.  Make sure you purchase the part for your model.

Speaking of Barrel Cylinder.  Next time you clean your A400 take a light (I took mine outdoors) and shine it on the area of the gas port.  I found a good bit of buildup.  After given it a good cleaning I made sure the gas port was clear.  Nothing fancy in regard to the gas port, used a large toothpick.  You may feel safer using a thin drill bit.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

D/U Sporting Clays Shoot @ Guan Ho Ha Fish & Game Club

Guan Ho Ha Fish and Game Club, Scotia (Schenectady), New York.  The website is lacking in regard to Sporting Clays, but trust me they do have a course.

A 2hr 20min drive and we didn't have to leave at some ungodly hour in the AM to attend.

Registration at noon, shooting started at 1pm. Shotgun start. 50 target event.

An old club that just this March opened an eight station sporting clays course.  I suspect the most clay targets thrown this year then in the last five years combined.  The club threw its 50,000 sporting clays target in this first season in mid July. Several told me the game plan is to expand the course to 12-14 stations.

A hot day, but thank goodness for the wind, as it made the course bearable.   Part of the course built along the skeet/trap fields, but skeet and trap machines not used.  The remaining of the course is in the woods.

I talked to a couple of new shooters and they were having a blast.  They didn't hit many but when they did you could hear the roar two stations over.

Got lucky with the Lewis and won a trophy.


A meal was included in the price of the shoot, to include soda.  Ducks Unlimited had the raffles that you see at such an event.  My arm length of tickets ended up being a donation to the cause.

Good shoot.  Everyone friendly and we had one good time.

We use a Rugged Gear cart at most shoots and used it today. I think that if I had a truck load I could of sold more then a few.

We hit two rain storms (one minor and one major) on the drive home and saw a deer standing in the right lane on I-87 a couple 100 yards ahead.  Well, north of Lake George and little traffic. When you see a deer in the distance you learn to go from 70 to 25 really fast : )

SHOOT VIDEO/PHOTOS











Saturday, July 16, 2016

T&S Shell Catcher for Beretta A400 Excel Blue and Multitarget

I shoot trap singles with my A400 Excel Sporting (30 inch barrel / No KO) and use the T&S Shell Catcher in order to not bounce shells off the shooter (or gun) to my right. 

Works perfectly, much better then the one I use on my 1100's.  Snaps in place and doesn't slide.

I've been wanting to change out the bolt button release on the A400 for a Beretta EZ Bolt release lever, but had been holding off as I was going to have to cut the tab off the T&S A400 Shell Catcher so it would fit with the EZ installed.

Long story short.  The wife shot my A400 a few times and at first had problems with the bolt button release.  She got better with it, but I knew it was time for the upgrade.

I saw mention on a talk board that someone was using a T&S that he cut down on a Multitarget and asked him if he was having any problems.  No problems and he brought to my attention that T&S had come out with a shell catcher specifically for the Multitarget (that comes with an EZ Bolt release installed).


Without the tab,$18.95.  With the tap, $13.95. 

The T&S Multitarget works with the A400 Excel and saved me the work of cutting off the tab.  If you don't have a gun with the EX Bolt, you want the one with the tab.

$5 more without the tab (shorter production run I assume).  Paying for the convenience.  Purchased two (2) as I know I'll misplace at some point. 

I visited several sites, but not in stock.  In stock at Gamaliel Shooting Supply.

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Today was the first time using the Beretta EZ Bolt release lever.  Wished I had installed it sooner. 

Did I say my wife shot my Beretta previously.   Her gun stayed in the cart after the second sporting station and she shot mine all day.  Seems to fit her well.  Never worried about how man shells we both put through it in one outing, as it seems you can shoot it almost forever before needing a cleaning.

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Also, today I experimented and shot STS 1 1/8 shells in sporting practice.  I switched between the STS and 1oz RIO that I've been shooting. 

Recoil wise, no difference that I could detect, but I'm sure there had to be. 

When you hit a target good with 1 1/8, it sure looks pretty : ) 

Will be attending a benefit shoot down in the Albany, New York region next weekend and will give them another workout, but 1 1/8 will be what I'm shooting when I attend the New York State Sporting Clays Shoot at the end of the month.

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We were shooting sporting clays at the La Roue du Roy (Quebec) today and was told by staff that machines were being moved about this upcoming week.   Nice to hear that.  A few clubs I visit haven't moved a machine in recent memory (well, maybe a station or two).






Thursday, July 14, 2016

Beretta EZ Bolt release lever Installed A-400

If it wasn't for the YouTube video I wouldn't have been able to install the upgraded release lever as no directions for removal and install comes in the package.  I watched the video several times before I placed an order and had to go back to it a number of times during the install.


Before you start you need a 1/16 pin punch, a large paperclip, and Loctite Threadlocker Blue, and patience.

When you use the punch on the small pin (see video) I recommend you cover the area with a piece of scotch tape to protect the finish.

I went with a black release.

Did I say you need patience....

First time I had the trigger out. Hey, what can I say, it's an A400, not one of my 1100's.  Wiped down the trigger and also the inside of the receiver.   Not much to clean.  Compared to the 1100, re-installing the trigger took little effort.

I don't see any need for an oversized bolt handle. If the guns working properly the only time you need it is when you lock the bolt to the rear when departing your vehicle.

I thought I was going to have to modify the T&S Industries Shell Catcher Beretta A400 (cut off the tab) that I use for trap singles, but they've came out with a shell catcher for the A400 Xcel Multitarget (without the tab) that will fit without modification.

The shell catcher was suppose to arrive today, but the Post Office failed to put it on the truck at one of it's transfer facilities and I won't receive it until tomorrow AM.



Sunday, July 10, 2016

July Sporting Clays Shoot @ Northeast Kingdom

Northeast Kingdom Skeet & Sporting Clays Club - Burke, Vermont

Up at 5am.  Left the house at 5:30 and arrived around 8:30.  Coming in from New York and part of the trip is a 12 minute ferry ride across Lake Champlain.  Stopped at a McDonalds near the club to put on my rain pants, boots and too freshen up.

A wet, cool day.  Down to an on and off drizzle when I arrived and after 5 or 6 stations I took off my rain jacket.  I didn't have any slippage (mud) issues when walking this mountainous course. 

 Photo taken just off the trail between station 13 and 12.

 Peek a boo...

 My squad

Best hamburger I've had this year.

Surprisingly bugs weren't a problem.


* A number of photos displayed until you get to the video portion.  Peek a boo bear does make an appearance.

15 minutes after leaving the club the downpour began.   Rained pretty good on the way home for about 45 minutes. 

I was trying out RIO 1oz., #7.5 shot shells.  I usually shoot #8's.  I hit the edge and got a visible piece on more then a few targets that I thought I missed.  Maybe the larger shot size? 

I'm sitting on several cases of 1 1/8 oz. shells that I won over the years, but never shot.  The $80 a case stuff.  This weeks practice I'm going to give them a try and see if that's the direction I want to go or stay with 1oz. shells in competition.  Recoil issues over a long day or not?  I have the New York State shooting at the end of the month and the next couple of practice outings will decide what ammunition I'll be using.


Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Super Sporting Shoot @ Club L'Acadie

After an absence of sporting clays shoots at the club for several years a handful of shooters got together and put on a 75 target Super Sporting shoot at Club de tir L'Acadie.  




Three (3) courses with twenty-five targets each was the setup.  Targets for every level of shooter. 

Windy and overcast (and a drizzle or two).  Cool temperatures for this time of year.  The sun did make an appearance.

The shoot ran smoothly and finished quicker then anticipated. 

A limited number of shooters allowed due to the format and slots quickly filled.

SHOOT VIDEO / PHOTOS

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Hats off to the crew that put the L'Acadie shoot together and word is a second may be planned this year, but....

Ten years ago in the part of Quebec that I routinely travel there was five clubs that held sporting clay shoots of some sort.  All fun, none NSCA, but a chance to participate at the tournament level.

Outside this Super Sporting shoot all clubs have ceased holding shoots.  The Montreal Skeet Club once hosted the World Police/Fire games. I think they no longer have a course.  Club Roue du Roy held shoots that saw shooters who'd travel for several hours to attend and not uncommon to see the 16 station course sold out for both the AM and PM rotation.

Hoping for a better future...










Friday, July 01, 2016

Another politician supports securing the border and deporting illegals

My mistake, that's the 2006 Hillary....



But, she is against given healthcare to illegal aliens...



And, came under sniper fire...


Next, someone well tell me she used to be pro-gun

But, in the day she was pro-gun....

Today’s staunch advocate of gun control was referred to as "Annie Oakley" by then-rival Obama in 2008.

(Hillary Clinton) You know, Americans who believe in the Second Amendment believe it's a matter of Constitutional rights. ...

I also disagree with Sen. Obama's assertion that people in this country "cling to guns" and have certain attitudes about immigration or trade simply out of frustration. People of all walks of life hunt — and they enjoy doing so because it's an important part of their life, not because they are bitter.  



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jun 26 @ Vernon National Shooting Preserve

Taking advantage of attending a wedding in Syracuse Saturday evening we stopped by Vernon National Shooting Preserve near Vernon Center, NY on the way home Sunday morning.


A warm day, sunny and in the 80's, but a wind blowing through the trees on the course made for a bearable day.  Only a handful of stations in the direct sun, the rest inside the tree line (and in the shade).


The clubs website states 14 stations, but 17 stations is what we found.  We shot the course with IC choke.  A walkable course and that's what we did. The club has cart rentals.


Insert the card in the slot and hit the power button.  Remove the card and it turns off.


The V in the stand is for those need the extra room to open and close an O/U.  I found the cross post at an excellent height for youngsters.  With the number of youngsters (and women) I see at various clubs, time to ensure shooting stands meet the needs of people not 6 foot tall.


Station #17.  Could be the toughest targets on the course.  The wind can be your enemy.

Nice verity of target presentations. 

We ran into some very nice people on the course.  I gather they were regulars.

Station #8 you may or may not get to shoot, as it's also the area of the course that long bird practice machines are situated.  If in use you can wait, or pass and return (or take extra targets at other stations).  It was not in use and we shot station #8.

Back in late May my nephew contacted the club in regard to shooting clay targets as part of a bachelor party outing.  They had a blast and ended the day with a cook your own steak at the clubhouse.  The club has rental guns and will provide an instructor if needed.

Thanks to the club for letting us shoot at member rate.

We stopped at Bass Pro in Utica.  Fishing and hunting equipment in ample supply.  No sale on shotgun ammunition.  I'm looking at picking up another Beretta, but seemed all the Beretta guns in stock were hunting guns.

We passed a poor sole on I-87 that just hit a deer.  Looks like he almost missed it, as just the left front side of the vehicle was smashed.  Saw the deer on the side of the road and it didn't look that big, but it doesn't take much with the way modern vehicles are constructed.




Sunday, June 19, 2016

A400 Xcel - Beretta Update

It's almost been a year and only in the last few weeks that I don't have to overly concentrate on controlling the swing of the firearm, especially in trap.

I've read that it could take up to a year to get comfortable with a new gun and for me it seems to be true.

A long time Remington 1100 shooter and obviously a much different swing.  After a few months of shooting the A400 I added a forend cap weight hoping to smooth out the swing, as I was shooting over targets and had to consecrate on controlling my swing.  It helped, but I still had to work on it.

I was at a fun shoot yesterday (skeet & trap) and missed two targets.

The week prior I attended a trap shoot and the winds were blowing.  Rained on in one round.  Shot a 92.

I think I was on the money in a few outings previously, but had problems with background and overcast skies, having a hard time picking up the target.  Maybe time to think about a different lens color for gray skies.

I couldn't tell you what spare parts to carry, unlike for my wife's Remington 1100 where I carry spare parts to replace anything that can break.  For the A400 I have a spare bolt handle and I did lose a mid bead and when I ordered a preplacement, got two.  I used Loctite when I seated the bead so I doubt it will be a future problem.

The gun is working flawlessly.  I wipe the barrel down with Remington oil after each outing and really don't touch the receiver.  Every three or four weeks I'll take the forearm off, remove the bolt and give it a bit of a cleaning. 

I don't have the KO recoil system and shooting with a 30 inch barrel.



Thursday, June 02, 2016

Odds & Ends (Jun 2016)

Not having shot registered trap, nor been on a full squad since last year I was off my game shooting on a full squad at my first registered shoot of the year.

A different pace from shooting with one or two, then being on a full squad.  Didn't even think about it, but noticed quickly.  Also, in the last month I've been shooting trap practice with a tree background.  At the shoot I experienced various backgrounds, depending on the field. The target would just fade from view while trying to keep focus. It wasn't until the afternoon that I was able to keep 100% focus on the target.

Now, what do I take away from this?  Getting older and have to change the way I prepare for a shoot.

There is a couple of clubs in the region where I should of shot practice and assured full squads.  Also, by hitting a few different clubs I would have had the opportunity to shoot different backgrounds.

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I was at a sporting clays benefit shoot and the second shoot I was at this year where for a few stations you had to snap shoot the second target, as if not, lost in the trees or hitting the ground.  Attention target setters.  We all don't have eyes of an 18 year old or the reflexes of a baseball shortstop. For sure I don't!

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Thankfully, I not yet had the opportunity to eat warmed over hamburgers at a shoot, but I know it's coming : (

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I posted previously I ran into a sale on RIO shells at Dick's.  My advice when you hit a sale, buy more then you can afford.  I'm shooting shells that I picked up on sale last year and under no pressure to buy at full price.  Push comes to shove you can always sell at a profit.

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One bad knee (cortisone shots) and a second knee that the doc says is worse, but for whatever reason is not painful and not needing a shot.  I can shoot with the knees, painful or not, but throw in a bad back and doesn't make for a fun day.  Back went out at a shoot over the winter and it was maybe 4-5 weeks before I could move freely.  I pop two ibuprofen tablets just before I pick up a gun.

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Almost a year I've been shooting my Beretta A400.  So reliable that I almost forget to give it a cleaning from time to time.  Shot everything from expensive to not so expensive shells without issue.  I couldn't tell you what spare parts to carry.  I carry an extra handle, shell catcher, and a mid bead (lost one). 
For my wife's 1100 I carry spare parts for almost anything you imagine that can break during a shoot. I always give the 1100 a good cleaning with Breakfree after every outing.

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I ran into a shooter that I've known for a few years.  He always ran a youth skeet program at his club.  Asked how many shooters he had this year, he said none.  A new person in charge of the clubs skeet program basically told him to get lost.  So, because of a clash of personalities, no youth skeet program at the club.  Don't we as a shooting community have enough problems with people trying to close clubs and taking away the right to bear arms and we have this crap going on. 

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Pat on the back.  We took our weed wacker to the club today.  We did the fields, around the club house, and the entrance gate.

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Received my shoot confirmation for the New York State Sporting Clays Championships being held at Rochester Brooks at the end of July.  Travelling by my lonesome.  5-6 hour drive.  Don't know who I'm shooting with, but should be a good time.

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A county in Southern Florida is putting in a new county run gun club.  All the bells and whistles that you can imagine.  For clay target shooters; skeet, trap, 5 stand, sporting clays, and 5 combination Olympic Bunker and International Skeet fields

The sporting course and 5-stand  is suppose to be in this year,  The Bunker and the other clay target disciplines sometime in 2017.


Major Olympic Bunker and International Skeet shoots a given.

I'm assuming at some point an official training facility for Olympic Bunker and International Skeet. 

I imagine a stopover for serious bunker/skeet practice (training) during the winter months.