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Monday, March 30, 2015

Going away present

My last time shooting in Florida this year was at Amelia Shotgun Sports this past Sunday. 

Hearing I was going to be shooting in Quebec on Good Friday I was given a going away present.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2015 Winchester Ammunition AA Rebate

For a limited time, earn up to $100.00 when you purchase qualifying Winchester Ammunition.

Minimum purchase 10 boxes Winchester AA Ammunition ($20 check) and maximum purchase 50 boxes Winchester AA Ammunition ($100 check).

Ammo contained in 50th Anniversary Commemorative Wood Box is eligible.

Offer is valid on qualifying purchases made between May 14, 2015 and August 31, 2015.

Offer expires and all requests must be received by September 15, 2015.

MAXIMUM AMOUNT $100 PER HOUSEHOLD.

Redemption Form

2015 Southeastern Regional Trap Championships (Olympic Bunker)

Gator Skeet & Trap Club - March 21, 2015 -  Gainesville, Florida


I spent the morning at the Gator club taken video and photos.

SHOOT VIDEO / PHOTOS

Shooting was scheduled for 9am, but because of foggy conditions didn't start until 10am.

The short time I was there I didn't observe any machine or target problems and little down time when squads switched.

I've been using more and more slow motion in the video's and I think it works really well for this type of shooting in regard to seeing targets break.

Machinery seen in the background is due to a lead removal operation. Suspended for the shoot!


Mickey Mouse at the gun club

The wife and I traveled to the Flagler Gun Club to shoot practice trap. 

When we arrived only three cars in the parking lot.  The normal practice field wasn't open and one shooter was using the token operated field that is avialable for use seven days a week.

I contacted the person running the club and said no big deal shooting off the token operated field, but I don't have any tokens.  He had me punch my pre-paid card and gave me four tokens.

We go out, talk a few minutes with the guy who was shooting.  He says he may join us latter.

We shoot are two rounds each and I go in to purchase additional tokens and find the person running the club had closed the clubhouse and went home.

The gentelmen I was talking to on the trap field said when he walked back to the clubhouse it was locked. 

The club web calendar posting for practice trap:   Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8:00am - 1:00pm. 

It's not even 10:30!

In the meantime, four shooters show up, one with a key to the clubhouse, but not for the lock box and not for the fields.

It's not that the so called gentlemen left early that burns me, as in my day I've locked up a club when there were no shooters present, but shooters weres present and not a word said!

If the person running the club wanted to leave early, as he thought no one else was to show up, he could have at least had the courtesy to walk out to the field and say he was locking up and asked if I wanted to puchase addional tokens.

I know Florida is the land of Disney, but I didn't expect a Mickey Mouse operation at a trap range!

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Requirement for Traveling Overseas with Firearms / Ammunition, to include Canada

Be aware (Law recently implemented).

Read this article posted by The Daily Caller

Rule Change Snags Traveling American Hunters

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FAQ:  I am going hunting in Africa and plan to take a rifle and rifle ammunition; do I need to obtain an export license?

Before exporting any firearms and/or ammunition with a valid DDTC or BIS export license or a qualifying license exemption, the traveler, or an agent acting on the traveler’s behalf, must file the Electronic Export Information (EEI) using the Automated Export System (AES) or the Internet-based system AESDirect which is publicly available and free of charge.
In addition to filing the EEI in AES or AESDirect prior to export, all firearms, ammunition and additional mandatory documentation (e.g., certifications, foreign import permits, proof of AES filing; such as the Internal Transaction Number) must be presented to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authorities for visual inspection at the port of departure from the United States.

Click on this link (Requirements for all Firearms):

Take the Firearms in Checked Baggage Determination Quiz

* Doesn't matter if flying, driving, taking a boat, or walking.

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FAQ

What is an Internal Transaction Number?

The Internal Transaction Number (ITN) is a unique number that is generated as confirmation that the Electronic Export Information (EEI) was correctly submitted and accepted in AESDirect.
Travelers should maintain a copy of ITN and present it, along with a verbal declaration that they are traveling with a firearm(s) or ammunition, to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the port of departure from the United States.
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FAQ

What is required when traveling internationally with firearms and/or ammunition for personal use in recreational activities such as hunting and shooting sports competitions?

Any removal of firearms and/or ammunition from the U.S. for any period of time is considered an “export” and requires compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.  22 C.F.R. § 123.17 allows U.S. persons to export temporarily from the United States without a license not more than three (3) nonautomatic/semi-automatic firearms in Category I(a) of the United States Munitions List (rifles and pistols up to .50 caliber ) and not more than 1,000 cartridges therefor, provided that:

1.The person declares the articles to a CBP officer upon each departure from the United States, presents the Internal Transaction Number (ITN) from submission of the Electronic Export Information (EEI) in the Automated Export System (AES) per 22 C.F.R. § 123.22, and the articles are presented to the CBP officer for inspection;

2.The firearms and accompanying ammunition to be exported is with the individual's baggage or effects, whether accompanied or unaccompanied (i.e. checked baggage), but not mailed; and

3.The firearms and accompanying ammunition must be for that person's exclusive use and not for reexport, sale, gift, or other transfer of ownership. The person must declare that it is his/her intention to return the article(s) on each return to the United States.

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FAQ

Can I use a CBP Form 4457 - Certificate of Registration for Personal Effects Taken Abroad to declare the temporary export of firearms/ammunition rather than filing the EEI in AESDirect?

No.  A CBP Form 4457 is used to register personal items (not professional or commercial articles) of foreign origin before traveling abroad to facilitate duty-free reentry of same articles upon traveler's return.  This Certificate may not be used to declare the permanent or temporary export of firearms, ammunition or other defense articles (as defined by the United States Munitions List) which requires the electronic reporting of export information in accordance with 22 C.F.R. 123.22.

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SHOTGUNS

With less than three shotguns there is a license exception available.

Note that the barrel of the shotgun MUST be 18 inches or longer.

Anyone who falls into this category does NOT need to file an export license from the U.S.
Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security.

Anyone who falls into this category does NOT need to file the electronic export information in AESDirect.

Prior to departing the U.S., you MUST verbally declare the items to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Click on this link (Requirements for all Firearms):

Take the Firearms in Checked Baggage Determination Quiz

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FAQ

I am a U.S. person taking a shotgun and shotgun shells to Canada for hunting and recreational shooting. Do I need a license?

No, 15 C.F.R. § 740.14(e)  authorizes a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien leaving the U.S. to temporarily export shotguns, with a barrel length 18 inches or over, and shotgun shells provided that:

•No more than three (3) shotguns are taken on any one trip;
•The shotguns and shotgun shells must be with the person's baggage (may not be mailed);
•The shotguns and shotgun shells must be for the person's exclusive use for legitimate hunting or lawful sporting purposes, scientific purposes, or personal protection;
•They are not for resale or other transfer of ownership or control;
•All shotguns and unused shotgun shells must be returned to the United States.

NOTE: U.S. persons exporting firearms and/or ammunition from the U.S. are responsible for knowing and complying with any foreign laws requiring an import permit or advanced authorization prior to transporting or carrying firearms and ammunition into Canada or any other foreign country of destination.  Attempting to bring firearms into a foreign country without prior authorization or permission from the appropriate foreign officials may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, seizure of personally owned firearms and ammunition, and/or denial of entry into the country.

*  Customs Form 4457 to return to the USA.  Bill of sale can also be used!

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Title 15: Commerce and Foreign Trade
PART 740—LICENSE EXCEPTIONS
§740.14   Baggage (BAG).

(e) Special provisions: shotguns and shotgun shells. (1) A United States citizen or a permanent resident alien leaving the United States may export or reexport shotguns with a barrel length of 18 inches or over and shotgun shells under this License Exception, subject to the following limitations:
(i) Not more than three shotguns may be taken on any one trip.
(ii) The shotguns and shotgun shells must be with the person's baggage but they may not be mailed.
(iii) The shotguns and shotgun shells must be for the person's exclusive use for legitimate hunting or lawful sporting purposes, scientific purposes, or personal protection, and not for resale or other transfer of ownership or control. Accordingly, except as provided in (e)(2) of this section, shotguns may not be exported permanently under this License Exception. All shotguns and unused shotgun shells must be returned to the United States. Note that since certain countries may require an Import Certificate or a U.S. export license before allowing the import of a shotgun, you should determine the import requirements of your country of destination in advance.
(2) A nonresident alien leaving the United States may export or reexport under this License Exception only such shotguns and shotgun shells as he or she brought into the United States under the provisions of the Department of Justice Regulations (27 CFR 478.115(d)).

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?type=simple;c=ecfr;cc=ecfr;sid=d1cf77abfccf8c000bc7bcdc195c055a;idno=15;region=DIV1;q1=740.9;rgn=div8;view=text;node=15%3A2.1.3.4.25.0.1.14

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National Shooting Sports Foundation

Import/Export

•ICE UNFREEZES RULE THAT AFFECTS HUNTERS GOING ABROAD . . . U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) appears to have started enforcing a three-year old regulation that could have a serious impact on the hunting community.  Under a requirement that has not been enforced since it was imposed in 2012, Americans travelling overseas with a firearm must file paperwork using the government's Automated Export System (AES) to register the "temporary export" of any firearm.

The problem, which NSSF was the first to flag back in 2012, is that individual hunters cannot become certified by AES in order to file the necessary paperwork and obtain the required documentation that Customs is now requiring at the port of departure.

With no national security purpose underlying this long-dormant requirement, NSSF is working toward a repeal of the regulation and will discuss the major concerns with State Department officials during a meeting this week.

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 NSSF broached the AES Temporary Export problem. We will seek a meeting with Customs to discuss the impractical requirement that individuals must file for the temporary export of up to three firearms and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. NSSF was first to raise this issue after DDTC, apparently at Customs' request, amended the pertinent ITAR regulation in 2012.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

2015 Southeastern Regional Skeet Championships (Olympic Skeet)

I visited the Gator club in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday to take a few photos and to film the  2015 Southeastern Regional Trap & Skeet Championships (Olympic Skeet / Olympic Trap).

SHOOT PHOTOS / VIDEO (SKEET)

A foggy start to the day and both the start of the trap and skeet events were delayed to let the fog lift.

I watched them set the skeet fields to International standards. 72yds@65mph versus American skeet 61yds@~50mph.   They used a tape measure and target hoop. 

They shoot International targets that are larger and harder then the regular targets we shoot.  Harder, as the targets are thrown faster and longer distances. Normal targets would break coming off the arm of a machine set to throw International targets.


A low gun game with a 0-3 second random delay on every push of the button.  No moving the gun until you see the target.

The new format used in the last few years seems to have a quicker pace then American skeet. They moved to throwing more doubles per 25.

I only stayed around for AM shooting, but what I saw for the most part was impressive.  Even saw a 25 straight shot.

I included a number of slow motion shots in the video. Normal settings on the camera just doesn't do it consistently enough because of target speed..  Also, overcast skies were my friend today and the camera lens had an easier time seeing the target.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Mar 20, 2015 @ Jacksonville Skeet & Trap Club (Sporting Clays)

We visited the Jacksonville Skeet & Trap Club to shoot sporting clays on there newly opened course.



Many years talked about and finally built, 15 stations!

The cost per 100 (non-member rate) is in line with what I pay at a number of clubs in Florida. You get two show targets per station, not the case at all clubs!  If your visiting the club for skeet or trap as a non-member, $9 plus tax.  

Cart rentals available.  The course is walkable, but I'd recommend renting or bringing your own cart. I walk 99% of courses I visit, for this one I rented a cart.  If your walking, bring plenty of water!

Nice target presentations and no eye test.   You can use skeet choke for many of the stations, but we went with IC.  For a couple of outgoing targets I put in Mod.  That was overkill, but I shoot an 1100 and like to have a tighter choke at times for the second target, especially for an out going target.

I had a first impression of fast targets, but maybe because of the location of the machines, targets seemed faster at several stands.

I would think at some point after everyone gets use to the course, especially club members who only shot skeet or trap, machines will be spread out a bit at several stations for seasoned shooters.  Nothing like shooting a few long crossers, seasoned shooter or not!

The course was well maintained and no trash seen!

Covered shooting stands and built to last.  Covered stands are a must in the sunny south!

A nice touch, wad remover rod and magnetic spent hull picker upper at each station.

Only several shooters (Friday afternoon) on the course and three of them said they were skeet shooters (club members).  They didn't say former skeet shooters, but the way they were talking I suspect in the future they will be shooting more sporting then skeet

I got the impression the course has already gone over big with club members and will be a magnet for attracting new shooters.

POSTED PHOTOS

With the clubs other facilities, the addition of a sporting clays course will be the icing on the cake, in regard to attracting benefit and company sponsored fun shoots.

I recommend you pay a visit!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Bradford Sportsmen Farm "Florida Challenge" (Video)

Bradford Sportsmen Farm (Graham, Florida).

February 26 through March 1, 2015



Recommend you watch at full screen!

Sunday saw the best weather, reaching 70 degrees.

Targets were not over the top.  No eye test that I can remember and plenty of time to hit the second target on true pairs.

 I thought the 5-stand was really well done.  

I didn't shoot the FITASC, but my buddy Russ did (78x100), and he said one easy parcour, one hard, and two middle of the road in regard to target settings.

SHOOT PHOTOS

Friday, February 27, 2015

Bradford Sportsmen Farm Florida Challenge (Friday)

Another cool day at Bradford.

We shot the West Course prelim and the 28 gauge in the small gauge event.  The small gauge is shot on a designated eight station course.



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Broke the extractor in my 1100 on the first station.  Had three offers on a loaner gun, to include a Kolar, but I carry a spare bolt assembly in my bag and once it was determined it was a broken extractor, it was just a matter of changing out the bolt.

Not shooting until 2:30 on Saturday and will be hitting FITASC and the 5-Stand with camera in hand in the AM.

PHOTOS


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bradford Sportsmen Farm Florida Challenge (Thursday)

I'd registered for the shoot via WinScore and it was just reporting to the desk and confirming my information and picking up my shoot number.

Myself and my buddy Russ shot a practice 5-stand before going out.  The club has two permanent 5-stands. We shot off the elevated stand.  For major shoots the club installs two additional 5-stands for NSCA shooting.  I'll be taking some photos of the NSCA stands in the next day or two.

We heading out to the North Course (850-yard rifle range) to shoot Thursday Prelim. The rifle range is converted into a sporting clays course for major shoots and called the North Course!  They usually add two stations just off the range and they did this time also.




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In the mid 50's.

SHOOT PHOTOS

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Feb 25, 2015 Lead Shot Prices

Shot prices. I use Gamaliel Shooting Supply to track the price of lead shot used by clay target shooters.

Not necessarily the best price. 


Feb 25, 2015

$38.95- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot 

$39.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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 Aug 6, 2014

$44.50- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot (Unchanged)

$44.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot (Unchanged)

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Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Oct 4, 2013

$44.50- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$44.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Oct 4, 2012

$41.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$41.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Jun 13, 2012

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Jan 9, 2012

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Oct 18, 2011

$37.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Jun 18, 2011

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Feb 21, 2011

$38.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Oct 20, 2010

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Sep 29, 2010

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Jul 28, 2010

$29.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$29.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Mar 23, 2010

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Oct 15, 2009

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Jan 7, 2009

$24.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$25.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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February 28, 2008

$42 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$42.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Shooting with Friends @ WW Sporting Clays

Crowded when we arrived, but thinned out after we hit the course.  I think we hit the tail end of the morning crowd. 

Two young shooters on the squad and we weren't in a hurry.

Thankfully it was cloudy, as 79 degrees and humid.

I was talking to a shooter on another squad and found out he was retired navy, at one time assigned to the Battleship, New Jersey.  He also worked on an aircraft carrier.  The stories he could tell!

Ken Branham, former manager of the club, was on the course shooting and he came over to say hello.  Ken is one of the good guys!

Today was a practice day for myself and Russ McKittrick. We're shooting the Florida Challenge starting Thursday at Bradford Sportsmen's Farm. Russ is an old New York buddy who moved to North Carolina just a few years back.

Russ had a brand new, never fired Beretta 20 gauge that he was letting one of the kids use.  It did not like to feed the second shell.  Russ says Beretta firearms require a break in period.  Say what!  If true, maybe a trip to the trap range to break in the gun would be a good idea.









Russ McKittrick, Heide & Joe Potosky

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On the way home Heide and I stopped at a store that had a large street sign in front of it that said, Ice Cream Parlor.
 
Maybe way back when, but when we entered and asked where in the store was the Ice Cream Parlor, the guy behind the counter pointed to a freezer.  I'm thinking a shake or sundae and their selling ice cream sticks out of an ice box.  We sure wanted an ice cream, but wasn't going to give him the satisfaction.  We drove a bit further and purchased a cone and shake at McDonalds.

Always looking for the best gas price.  We past a Kangaroo station on the way to the club that was selling gas for $2.19 a gallon.  Passed by several stations selling at the same price heading back, but that station was nearest to home.  Would you know it, they raised the price to $2.21.  The same thing happened a few weeks back, the same station.  Low price in the morning, higher price in the late afternoon.  A competitor about 10 miles north of that station and on the route we travel will now get my business.  Just think, three or four weeks back we were buying gas at $1.93 a gallon!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Feb 12, 2015 @ Ancient Oak Gun Club

An afternoon visit to Ancient Oak Gun Club, located southeast of Tampa.

Some wind, but sunny and close to 70 degrees.

The club has been in operation for two years.  All stations are covered and we found two water stations (bottled water) on the South course.  A number of trees have been planted throughout the course and in several years they should provide a good deal of shade.

The shooting stands were well built!  Some thought went into there construction and no monies spared.


A North course and a South course.

If you shot 100 targets, show birds were free.

Target counter system in use!

We shot the South course, the harder of the two.

First station out and we're shooting modified choke. Turns out that the regular station #1 was closed and they were using the "long" bird station as a replacement.  We did resort to modified a few times, but a nice combination of target presentations with no unfair presentations, nor eye test.

14 stations!

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 The club is having an upcoming benefit shoot and they were prepping the station for the shoot during are visit. We were asked if we shot registered and invited to attend the clubs next NSCA shoot. 
 
The club has a nice looking covered pavilion for hosting events.
 
I didn't shoot the 5-stand, but it looked like it would be fun to shoot!

PHOTOS

Feb 12, 2015 @ Sarasota Trap, Skeet & Clays

We spent the morning at the Sarasota Trap, Skeet & Clays club. 

In the parking lot we ran into long time Vermont friend Dennis Bosch.

Dennis Bosch & Heide Potosky
 
An active club; several shooting skeet and 5-stand, and a Big 50 ATA shoot in progress.
 
No problem signing up to shoot sporting clays.  The staff was friendly and knowledgeable.
 
Rental carts available.  The present course is walkable, but once you hit the last station you have to backtrack to get back to the clubhouse. 
 
Target counters in use!
 
A combination red and blue course, with the red the harder of the two. The red course is a good tune up course if you were practicing for an NSCA shoot.
 
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The club just won approval to add an additional course and should have it up and running at this time next year.
 
 
 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Feb 11, 2015 @ FishHawk Sporting Clays

FishHawk Sporting Clays, Lithia, Florida.

A first time visit.  Two sporting courses, skeet (1), trap (1), 5-stand, and archery.



The grounds looked great.  Fantastic they left the old trees when they built the club.  Impressive walking among the old trees when out on the course.

Pleasant weather!  Sunny, in the high 60's.

Signing in you have to fill out a release from liability form.  Common at most clubs that I visit.  Also, and something all clubs should do, is they harvest email addresses when your filling out the paperwork.  May I add, a very friendly person working the desk!

I think the first time we saw a skeet field built in the configuration they were using.  No houses, machines on stands.  A simple idea and an easy build!

A good looking 5-stand.  Golf course quality!

We shot the 16 station Red course. Target counting system in use!

An easy course to walk, but the club does rent carts.

A nice selection of targets and we didn't experience any machine problems.

When we arrived at station 14, the left to right target was not a problem, but when you swung right to left, a hawk was sitting in a tree.  He wouldn't move for nothing.  I even walked in front of the stand, waving my hands and given a yell.  He could care less.  Time to move on!

We shot stations 15 / 16.  When we returned to station 14 the hawk had flown off and we were able to shoot the station.  We ran into are friend the hawk sitting on a shooting stand on are walk back to the club house.

PHOTOS