Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Veteran’s Benefit Shoot at Vernon National

21 Gun Salute

I attended the 7th Annual Veteran’s Benefit Shoot at Vernon National Shooting Preserve, Vernon Center, New York.

The club is south of Rome, NY.

Great weather and a nice turnout (117 shooters). 

Donuts to start off the day and grilled chicken after the shoot.

A brief ceremony was held before going out.

A nice mix of first time (or only shot a few times) and those who have been shooting for a number of years.

VIDEO & PHOTOS

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Remington 1100 broke for the last time

The end of the line for my Remington 1100, as a piece of metal fell out of my receiver during cleaning. 

Could it be repaired?  Not by me and nothing I would want to sink any money into, as the gun was basically shot out and not worth the monies to repair (if possible).

Purchased the firearm used back in the 90's for a ridiculously low price from a disgruntled shooter. Came with two barrels, to include a skeet barrel (sold) and a Remington green case (sold).






I looked at a few used 1100's for sale but ended up placing an order for a new 1100 with a 28 inch barrel.  I found a good deal, as it will be in my hands for under $1000, to include FFL fee and shipping.  The only downside is it won't ship until June 1st and I will be shooting my backup at a couple of shoots.

A new gun will leave me with an extra barrel.  I expect to sell either the new one or the one on my now broken 1100.  That will further bring the purchase price down. 

I also have the option of selling the stock and forearm, as I now have an extra set. 

I like semi-autos and looked at other makes the last few years anticipating the day my 1100 would break for the last time, but kept coming back to the 1100. 

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Update.

Received a tracking number on May 23rd.  Not having to wait until June 1st for shipment!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

North Country Sportsmen's Club Under Attack

The North Country Sportsmen's Club located in Williston, Vermont is under siege by local officials over hours of operation. 

Local officials were notified the club is protected by Vermont stature, but ignored by said officials.

SECTION V - EXEMPTIONS - ACTS AUTHORIZED BY STATUTE
This ordinance shall not apply to the discharge of firearms by police officers, sheriffs  constables, game wardens and other statutorily designated law enforcement officers in the performance of their legal duties. This ordinance shall not be construed to limit any rights or immunities to discharge firearms in the defense or protection of person or property provided by Vermont Statutes. Nor shall this ordinance apply to the discharge of firearms on any existing sport shooting range, as defined in 10 V.S.A., section 5227.
Town of Williston sent police officers to the NCSC property not once but three times to unlawfully order an end to lawful trap shooting activities. The police officers further demanded the identify of citizens engaged in a lawful activity on private property. The police threatened to subpoena the identify of these citizens and according to another citizen at the above said select board meeting recorded the license plate numbers of the vehicles present at the NCSC on Sunday, May 3.

Read the club communication to members and actions being taken.

 North Country Sportsmen's Club Under Attack


Monday, April 27, 2015

2015 Spring Deuce @ Rochester Brooks

The 19th Annual Spring Deuce, Rochester Brooks Gun Club at Rush, New York.  The club offered three days of shooting, to include FITASC and sub gauge.
Saturday
A cold day on Friday. A 5 1/2 hour drive from the house. On the ride to the club driving through the Adirondack Mountains snow flurries and snow on the ground west of Speculator. 

Flurries and windy at the club. Skies were dark at times. A tough day for shooting, but squads were out getting their licks in.  If the trash cans on the courses were metal instead of plastic I’m sure more than a few warming fires would have been lit. 
My friend shot the FITASC and said not an overly difficult course, but the wind and snow flurries made for interesting targets. I’m guessing shooters on Saturday for the most part had higher scores due to the more pleasant weather. From what I saw Saturday morning at the parcours I assume I guessed correctly.

A more pleasant day on Saturday with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 50’s. We shot a small gauge event in the AM and the prelim in the PM. I was comfortable throughout the day.
Sunday was the 17 station main event, a Spring Deuce tradition.  Unfortunately, overcast and colder then what we saw on Saturday, but nothing like Friday.  The sun did try to break out a few times.  A bit of a wind, but not too bad for the 11:30 rotation.  I started out wearing my shooting jacket but took it off after a few stations.

Targets from what I seen were fair and I didn't experience any eye test stations! 

You needed more then IC choke on several stations, but with 17 stations in the main event, their was targets for everyone. 


A long video, the longest I ever posted. Included is a large number of slow motion target hits.  Could easily have been two videos (or left out a lot), but what I had in my head before the shoot and went with it.
Referees were knowledgeable and machine problems (very few) were quickly fixed. Plenty of water on the course.
The desk posted scores promptly.  Viewable on two of the clubs flat screen TV's.
Motels only 15 minutes from the club and major shopping ten minutes north of the motels.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

US rules for departing the US with a rifle rescinded

Hoeven: U.S. Hunters No Longer Required to Register With IRS to Take Personal Firearms on International Hunts

 Apr 23 2015

Senator Secures CBP's Commitment to Return to Previous Travel Forms

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will no longer require U.S hunters traveling internationally to obtain an IRS identification number in order to bring personal weapons on hunting trips outside the U.S.

 At a meeting early Wednesday with U.S. CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, Hoeven secured a commitment from the agency to return to the paper process used by international hunters for years, while updates are made to the automated reporting system for exporting weapons. Kurlekowske said the agency’s web site would be updated later today.

“Hunters should not have to register as a business with the IRS in order to bring their weapons and ammunition on international hunting trips,” said Hoeven. “This is an unnecessary and burdensome requirement on law-abiding citizens. We appreciate that CBP has recognized this and will return to their original forms for international hunters, while they update their automated system to recognize the difference between a commercial exporter and a sportsman traveling on a hunting trip to Canada or another country.”

CBP recently began enforcing regulatory changes from 2012 requiring U.S. hunters to comply with commercial export requirements when transporting firearms outside the U.S. for personal use. Under these requirements, in order for a U.S. hunter to take personal weapons to another country temporarily, the individual would have to register the weapon in the Automated Export System (AES) and provide a transaction number to CBP.

The AES is designed for commercial exporters and requires all users to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS in order to access the system. CBP has acknowledged that forcing hunters to obtain an EIN is not appropriate. Under the agreement reached this week, the agency will allow international hunters to use the original paper process while CBP works with the Department of State on an appropriate long-term solution.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Remington 1100 Frozen Action Spring Plug

The 1100 would fire without problem, but if I touched the Link (T) the wrong way while cleaning with the bolt to the rear it would come off it's track.

An older 1100 and pretty much shot out and something I had not run across before.  My thinking was I had a worn receiver.

When switching the stock to another receiver I decided to do a complete breakdown.  During the breakdown I found the Action Spring Plug jammed in the tube.  It was frozen in place and would not move, down or up. 
Ended up backing it out using a screwdriver, with the theory I could back it out like you would a screw.  My next step if that failed was to work a breakdown cleaning rod into the tube via the chamber and pound it out.

The Action Spring Plug looked beat up and greater minds then mind would have to tell me how it got that way!

I purchased a new Action Spring Plug (new style).  It smoothly fell from one end of the tube to the other end without hang-up.   I also replaced the Action Spring Plug Pin and the Action Spring Follower.  And, installed a new Action Spring even though the old spring looked good. 

Put the gun together and the Link is not falling off it's track. 

For now the gun is designated as a backup gun, but I will take it out to the range and give it a workout and see if the problem with the Link is resolved.

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 (Rescinded)

Hoeven: U.S. Hunters No Longer Required to Register With IRS to Take Personal Firearms on International Hunts

 Apr 23 2015

Senator Secures CBP's Commitment to Return to Previous Travel Forms
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will no longer require U.S hunters traveling internationally to obtain an IRS identification number in order to bring personal weapons on hunting trips outside the U.S.
 
 At a meeting early Wednesday with U.S. CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, Hoeven secured a commitment from the agency to return to the paper process used by international hunters for years, while updates are made to the automated reporting system for exporting weapons. Kurlekowske said the agency’s web site would be updated later today.
 
“Hunters should not have to register as a business with the IRS in order to bring their weapons and ammunition on international hunting trips,” said Hoeven. “This is an unnecessary and burdensome requirement on law-abiding citizens. We appreciate that CBP has recognized this and will return to their original forms for international hunters, while they update their automated system to recognize the difference between a commercial exporter and a sportsman traveling on a hunting trip to Canada or another country.”
 
CBP recently began enforcing regulatory changes from 2012 requiring U.S. hunters to comply with commercial export requirements when transporting firearms outside the U.S. for personal use. Under these requirements, in order for a U.S. hunter to take personal weapons to another country temporarily, the individual would have to register the weapon in the Automated Export System (AES) and provide a transaction number to CBP.
 
The AES is designed for commercial exporters and requires all users to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS in order to access the system. CBP has acknowledged that forcing hunters to obtain an EIN is not appropriate. Under the agreement reached this week, the agency will allow international hunters to use the original paper process while CBP works with the Department of State on an appropriate long-term solution.

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Rescinded Rescinded 
New Rules for Departing the USA with a Rifle

Be aware (Law recently implemented).

Read this article posted by The Daily Caller

Rule Change Snags Traveling American Hunters

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NRA posting April 3, 2015

Rule Change May Devastate International Travel for Hunters and Shooters

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NRA Posting April 18, 2015

You Can't Get There from Here: Obama Administration Shrugs Off Woes of International Travelers

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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!