Monday, September 15, 2014

Huntingdon 5 Man Team Trap Shoot

My wife and I attended this shoot this past Sunday.  A first time visit to the club!

Club de tir Huntingdon, Sainte-Barbe, Québec.

Trap (Fun Shoot)

Tournois annuel (five man team)

A well run shoot!

Teams were selected by random draw.

50 shooters (ten teams).

First squads went out at 10am.

50 targets. 

Shoot 25 on one field and the second 25 on the other.

Lunch was served, prizes awarded, and we were in are vehicle driving home at 2pm.


The club has one PAT rap and a purchase of a second is under serious consideration.

A short video of the new single lane rifle range at the Huntingdon club, as I think not something you see every day, and may be the answer for clubs that wish to put in a range, but have limited property!

A range to site in a rifle.

Rifle Range

I was told with the addition of the rifle range the club was going to have to limit membership, as the response was overwhelming.

Todd Murphy Shoot @ Underhill

Club members (and a few non-members) were out in force and the club held another successful shoot at the Underhill Gun Club, Westford, Vermont.

An NSCA shoot.  Monies raised were donated to Hope Lodge.

A cool start to the day with rain threatening.  An on and off rain hit the third rotation hard.

A nice rabbit presentation was thrown.  I've never seen the rabbit machine set up on this part of the property before and hopefully it will be the machines permanent home.  Saying that, the two stations in the woods on the other side of the property would be well served if a chain saw removed a tree or two.

The ladies working the desk did an outstanding job!

The club is lucky to have so many members that volunteer to work the shoot.  Several clubs that I shoot at have cut back significantly or no longer hold shoots, as volunteers are a rare breed in 2014!


* The sporting clays setup as shown is only available twice a year.  A special setup to hold a shoot with the club only offering skeet, trap and 5-stand (warm weather months) the rest of the year.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Protecting school children, with a gun

ARGYLE (KDAF) -- ARGYLE — It's safe to say Argyle ISD is ready to start the school year with guns blazing.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Waterfowl Warm-Up @ Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle Trap and Skeet Club, Brockville, Ontario

A long drive, but worth it!

For those who don't attend shoots held at smaller clubs your missing out on a good time.  Just something about the family atmosphere you find at such shoots.  Doesn't take long to meet everyone and usually all are very friendly, especially at the Golden Triangle.

Two-man teams, 75 targets, shot across three fields.

Plenty of help on each field!

You only needed a gun that held two shells.

With team shooting it's a good idea to coordinate with your partner on who's shooting at what target before you call pull. A few hiccups on my part (shooting my partners target) but overall talking out who was going to shoot what worked well.  We came in forth.

Nice to see a number of young shooters taking part!

An excellent lunch served (included in the price of the shoot).

Seemed to be lucky draw prize for most if not all.  Thanks to the sponsors!

By the time we were ready to depart the club didn't look like a shoot was held.  Fields were back to normally and the clubhouse and kitchen had undergone a major cleaning. 

Hat's off to Kingston Skeet & Trap Club shooter Tony Raponi.  He always encourages participation from the younger shooters from his club (and the older shooters) at such shoots and I'm always seeing new faces when he's in attendance.


Had to slow down for a small herd of deer when driving to the shoot and almost came to a complete stop on the way home, as a deer was looking to cross, but couldn't make up it's mind.

Going into Canada we had to stop at U.S. customs to do the paperwork on one gun.  Took only a few minutes and no delays when entering Canada.  On the return, the serial numbers on all firearms were checked upon entering the USA. 

One of the bridges at the Cornwall crossing is no longer used (been replaced by one that is much closer to the water).

The abandoned bridge may be a problem for travelers when it comes time to tear it down.  At a minimum they will have to reroute traffic. 

A toll is charged going both ways (they will take US or Canadian funds)!

Quebec Provincial Trap Championships

Club de tir l'Acadie, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec

Attended on Friday and Saturday.

Fog Saturday AM.

Both days the shoot started in a timely manner and I didn't see any problems with machines or voice release.

We shot 25 per field.  A field was available for practice.

Trappers did an excellent job!

The club runs a kitchen any time it's open and as always put out first rate meals during the shoot. 


Retuning home on Friday saw about a 20 minute wait at the border.  No wait on Saturday.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ban guns, Call 911 they say!


- police cars were seen driving past some of the stores being looted and did not respond.

- Two store owners, standing outside their business holding guns, told Fox2Now.com that when they called 911, they were sent from one police agency to another, and got no response.

- One of the owners, with a large black gun resting on his shoulder, told the station that police were lined up blocks from the looting, and did not engage looters making off with large boxes from these stores.

- "You did not see "police restraint" overnight. You saw police reluctant to act.

-  mostly well-behaved crowd broke in a convenience store


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Gun Barrel Blows

A 51-year-old man was injured Friday while target shooting when the barrel of his shotgun blew out.

The Indianapolis resident was shooting at the Indiana Gun Club in Fishers with his 12-gauge over-under break-action shotgun, when a preliminary investigation indicated an obstruction in the top barrel may have caused the side of the barrel to blow out when it was fired.

The man was shooting with his son — who was using a 20-gauge shotgun — and the man was carrying both 12-gauge and 20-gauge ammunition at the time of the accident.

“While it has not been determined that this was the cause of the incident, there is an enhanced risk of barrel blow-out when carrying 20-gauge ammunition while firing a 12-gauge shotgun, as a 20-gauge shell can slide far enough down the barrel for a 12-gauge shell to be loaded behind it,”



Before you go shaking your head.....

Easy enough for it to happen.  Maybe just a long day. Sometimes we don't pay attention. Sometimes it's just are everyday routine.  Just grabbing shells like we do 1000 times in the past, but this one time your talking, joking, having a good time and your routine is off.  

I'm sure not the first person to carry shells for another shooter, especially if the other does not have a pouch or vest and your teaching him/her the ropes or only shoots a few times a year and doesn't have there own gear.

If you shot a small gauge event in sporting or shooting the 4-gauges in skeet, a good practice to check your vest and/or pouch before moving on to the next event.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Rochester Brooks Autumn Classic Tournament Shoot Format Change

September 2014 Autumn Classic Tournament

Rochester Brooks, Rush, New York

• There will be NO events held on Friday, September 19th and the FITASC (Fri & Sat) event has been cancelled.

•Saturday's PreLim & Sub Gauges events remain the same.

• Sunday's Main event has been changed to a self-squad, European rotation. Shoot anytime between 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Please ignore any present squad rotation information posted on WinScore.

• FITASC deposits will remain credited to the shooters Autumn Classic account.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Please direct any questions or concerns to sportingclaysregistration@yahoo.com  

Thank you,

Rochester Brooks Gun Club

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

August 2014 Shot Prices

With a persistent powder shortage and small gauge reloading almost at a standstill due to the shortage, it's surprising that shot prices have remained steady and not fallen. 

Small qualities of powder is available from time to time, to include 700X for 12 gauge re-loaders. I've seen Promo for sale and heard of small qualities of other powders here and there.  I've not seen powder for small gauge.

A club that I belong that receives monthly deliveries of targets, shells, and components has reported NO POWDER on the truck for the last six deliveries.

For many, it's to much work to be beating the bushes for powder and they have either cut back on shooting to stretch there supplies or started buying the cheaper brands of shells.  A few have stopped shooting altogether. Shooting has always been an expensive sport and the lack of powder has them spending dollars on factory ammunition they just can't afford.

Shot prices.

I use Gamaliel Shooting Supply to track the price of lead shot used by clay target shooters. Not necessarily the best price. 

Aug 6, 2014

$44.50- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot (Unchanged)

$44.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot (Unchanged)


Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Oct 4, 2013

$44.50- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$44.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Oct 4, 2012

$41.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$41.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Jun 13, 2012

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jan 9, 2012

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 18, 2011

$37.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jun 18, 2011

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Feb 21, 2011

$38.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 20, 2010

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Sep 29, 2010

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Jul 28, 2010

$29.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$29.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Mar 23, 2010

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 15, 2009

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jan 7, 2009

$24.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$25.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


February 28, 2008

$42 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$42.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Clay Target Waterfowl Fun Shoots, with the emphasis on FUN!

Some of the most enjoyable fun shoots that I've attended in recent years have been held at skeet/trap clubs.

Basically, taking two or three fields and converted them into hunting fields, with as many as three stands per field.  Buddy shoots, shooting with a partner! 

A few extra machines per field is a must if the club is going to do it properly.

A local outfitter or club members can provide the stands and decoys.  The more decoys on the fields the better. 

At the Valleyfield club listed below, one of the stands is a boat!

As for target presentations, use your imagination!

Also, a good opportunity for a club to reach out to shotgun owners who don't shoot clay targets.  Advertise via your local Ducks Unlimited chapter, hunting clubs, and gun stores.  Not unusual to pick up a good number of memberships at such an event.  Maybe free rounds can be some of the prizes.

Invite outfitters and local merchants to set up booths at the club.

Don't sell yourself cheap.  Don't be afraid of making a few bucks for the club.

Expect a big crowd and plan accordingly!  The Ontario club listed below broke a club shoot attendance record last year.  Many in attendance were  hunters, who if they shot at clay targets at all, it was off of hand thrown targets in a field somewhere! 

Many people own shotguns, they just don't shoot clay targets, they hunt.  Those are your future club members if you can get them to the club and they have a fun time!

A word of caution.  You may want to provide the ammunition, as non-clay target shooters may bring ammunition not suitable for shooting at your club.  Price it into the price of the shoot.  A number of shooters you will see only hunt a few times a year and the shotgun is stored until the next time.  You want to have plenty of experienced shooters working each field (safety).


Both of these shoots are in Canada. No clubs in my part of New York or Vermont is offering this type of shoot.


Club de Tir de Valleyfield  (St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Québec)

Journee du Sauvaginier

(Fun Shoot)

16 Aout 2014

Shoot Flyer:


Golden Triangle Trap and Skeet Club  (Brockville, Ontario)

2014 Waterfowl Warm-Up!!

Sunday August 24th, 9am

2 Person Team Event

3 Fields, 9 Layouts, 14 automatic traps

Realistic Hunting Layouts

75 Targets per person

Entry: $40 (includes lunch)

Shoot Flyer:

iTrapp (Electronic Trapshooting Software)

This may be a home run!

iTrapp is the definitive trap shooting app. and can be used to score traditional ATA shoots as well as be customized for advanced tracking and scoring to give unparalleled statistics to show strengths and weaknesses for each shooter.

 iTrapp is easy to use and looks similar to traditional paper score sheets and in the future, the results will be electronically sent to the clubhouse for automatic input into the clubs software allowing scores to be updated quickly and efficiently. Shooter and squad information can be loaded in advance and edited on the fly to keep shoots running smoothly and timely.

iTrapp Website / Demo

It was time to clean the Remington 1100

I've been remiss in doing a complete teardown of my Remington 1100 for thorough cleaning.  It's been shooting well, but just a matter of time before I start having problems.

I found the trigger needed major cleaning, not just a wipe down.

The action spring tube needed cleaning.  I ran the patch several times before it came out clean.  Also, anytime I have the stock off I change out the Action Spring, a $5 part, if it needs it or not.  I usually change it  once a year, as what's $5? 
You shouldn't have to change this spring for many years, but if I have a problem I know it's not the Action Spring.

The magazine spring looked like new, but the Magazine Follower (orange) had a buildup on it and after a cleaning was looking good.  The tube itself was pretty clean.

Remington recommends shooting dry, but I've seen many soak them in oil and shoot them that way.

I use Break-Free to clean all my firearms.  I apply a coating and let them sit for several hours, usually over night. I wipe the parts down as best I can.  No additional oil or what have you. At a shoot when putting the gun away, I will wipe down the receiver and barrel with Rim oil.

Nothing appeared broken and no cracked parts.  A good idea to give everything a close look. Last winter I found a cracked Breech Bolt Assembly.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Rochester Brooks Autumn Classic Sporting Clays (Sep 19-21)

A major change from my previous posting.....
September 2014 Autumn Classic Tournament
There will be NO events held on Friday, September 19th and the FITASC (Fri & Sat) event has been cancelled.
• Saturday's PreLim & Sub Gauges events remain the same.
• Sunday's Main event has been changed to a self-squad, European rotation. Shoot anytime between 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Please ignore any present squad rotation information posted on WinScore.

• FITASC deposits will remain credited to the shooters Autumn Classic account.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Please direct any questions or concerns to sportingclaysregistration@yahoo.com  

Thank you,
Rochester Brooks Gun Club


1st Annual Autumn Classic


September 19 - September 21

For more years then I can count I've been attending the Spring Deuce at this Rochester, New York club.  This year they are taking the Deuce format and hosting a fall shoot.
The downside with the Spring Deuce was the weather, you just never knew what to expect, as just that time of the year. 
Hopefully, the weather for the Autumn Classic will be a home run!  I don't think it will snow....
A big plus for the Deuce and now the Classic is that refs are utilized all three days.  Love attending shoots with refs and not required to pay a $1 a target, or more!
We usually sneak in a second prelim on Saturday and shoot for a reduced price.
I like how the designated small gauge course is set. Three machines per station.  The .410 shooter will shoot machines A & C and the 20 gauge shooter will shoot machines B & C. Works out nicely!
Heads up if planning on shooting FITASC.  Slots usually go fast!
The club is 15 minuets from motels and 20 minutes from a major shopping center, to include Dicks and Gander Mt.

Sunday @ Vermont Sporting Clays Championships

Thankfully the weatherman got it all wrong and a perfect day for shooting at the Vermont State Sporting Clays Championships held at the Northeast Kingdom Skeet & Sporting Clays club.

A record turnout! 

The club has come a long way from when it first started hosting the state shoot!

Little waiting for those who preregistered (plus you received a free shirt).

The clubs wobble trap was open for warm-up.

My squad started on station 7.  That required a hike up the side of a mountain, a bit of walk. I'm sure glad I arrived on station early, as I needed the rest. 

Except for one station where there was a back up, we moved smoothly from station to station.

Referees were present at all stations and we never experienced a problem with scoring.

Butch Trombley (Vermont Champion) who shot on my squad had one misfire on a factory AA shell.  No doubt the primer was hit, as it had a good hit on it. Not the first time in recent years I've seen problems with premium shells!

The club also offered a Long Bird contest and there version of Make-a-Break.

Plenty of hustle by those working the shoot!

In the past year a new club house was constructed, includes two rest rooms.  Thought out and a very functional building.

With the construction of the club house behind them, a plan to purchase additional machines is planned.

I didn't win anything, but did pick up two punches!


Several slow motion shots in the shoot video.  The award presentations are posted on a separate unedited video.

If I was going to change anything for 2015 I would set the course so main event shooters didn't have to walk up and down two sets of hills.  Also, maybe it's just me, but the lunch menu needs to offer a few more options or be revamped. I passed!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Saturday @ the Valleyfield Fun Shoot

We shot the Saturday trap and skeet fun shoot events at the Valleyfield club.  The Canadian club is about an hour and half drive from my home in New York.  Maybe ten minutes shorter, but we always plan some extra time for crossing the border. 
The weather was warm and humid!
My wife Heide gave me a whooping in trap and I barely beat her in the skeet event.  She had her guns worked on recently by Quebec gunsmith/stock maker Klaus Hiptmayer and obviously he did a great job.  She had been experiencing a bruised cheek bone for sometime and he remedied the situation in one fitting.

Things moved along rather smoothly and no sooner had we finished shooting the 50 target trap event we heard a call to report to field 4 to shoot skeet.  We had about 15 minutes between events.  No, we didn't feel rushed, as we rather be shooting then standing around waiting.

A few newbies on the fields trying there hand at shooting.  Always nice to see!


The club continues the second day of it's fun shoot on Sunday, offering trap and 5-stand.

On the drive home we found a stand selling late season strawberries and of course a stop to purchase was a must!