Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A hunting video

A positive video.....

A hunting video for hunters, non hunters and maybe even anti hunters.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/21/3440099_a-hunting-video-for-hunters-non.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Take a few minutes of your day to watch this and you'll understand why the woods are full of hunters in the fall.

"To experience fantastic things, you have to go to fantastic places."          Idaho Statesman   

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/21/3440099_a-hunting-video-for-hunters-non.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New York SAFE ACT lawsuit Update

 [NYSRPA-alert] Lawsuit update

Oral arguments for our SAFE lawsuit have been tentatively scheduled for the week of December 18, 2014.

To date we have spent over $500,000 on this suit.

We are raffling off an AR-50 with proceeds going to the legal defense fund. Entries can be purchased online at:


Credit cards and PayPal accepted!

 Jacob J. Rieper, Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs
 New York State Rifle &Pistol Association

Friday, October 03, 2014

October 2014 @ La Roue du Roy

We spent the day shooting sporting clays at Club La Roue du Roy in Hemmingford, Quebec.

A private club.

If your a serious (or not so serious) clay target shooter, a club you should consider becoming a member of.  Just about something for everyone!

I think this is the second full year of the club under new ownership and major changes have taken place. Everything has been rebuilt or torn down and rebuilt.  The interior of the clubhouse is something to see.

The staff is professional.  I don't speak French, but not a problem, as all seem to have a grasp of English.  Within reason they will meet your needs!

From years past and one of the best, world famous shooter Bill Rodgers is in charge of clay target shooting.  Bill at one time held the long run record in 28 gauge NSSA skeet.  I used to be a skeet ref and was always surprised at some of the shoots that Bill would show up at.  No club was  to small for Bill.  Stiff winds blowing up a storm would not.detour Bill from taking the field. One of the good guys!

The club house.

The tower (so far away)!

Dead & dead!

Time for lunch!
They have a fun 50 target sporting clays course (four machines per station) along the entrance road to the club house.  This course includes the famous tower.  Plans are to add additional machines (up to four more) to the tower at various heights.   I've seen targets set where they land right in front of you, but also have seen targets thrown where Mod is the choke of choice.  Today, IC choke was all that was needed.  Should be interesting once the additional machines are installed. 
They also have two eight station sporting courses (within walking distance of each other).  I found myself using my LM choke a number of times on the second 50.
Skeet and trap is offered.  Pheasants hunts and a newly constructed kennel to house dogs.
A state of art shotgun shooting simulator is available and plans for a covered parcour of some sort for out of the weather clay target shooting during the cold weather months.
No need to bring a lunch, as the club now has a restaurant.  Eat outdoors or inside.  Something that was lacking in the not so distant past.
From conversation I'm under the impression the club has no plans to be hosting shoots.
Crossing the border coming and going was pretty straight forward.  On the return the person working the booth knew me from my military days.  A small world!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

A day in the woods

We hit one of the trails in the Adirondacks in upstate New York.

Using the self-timer setting on the camera.

We ate lunch sitting on a log!

Almost a little to much on the warm side, but no bugs.

We wanted to hike this trail before the start of hunting season.  We did see one deer that ran across the trail as we were heading back to the vehicle.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn Classic Sporting Clays @ Rochester Brooks

Saturday saw high winds. Sunday saw on and off rain at the 1st Annual Autumn Classic hosted by the Rochester Brooks gun club in Rush, New York.

We shot the sub-gauge event Saturday AM.  I imagine target presentations were not what the target setter had in mind, as very windy.  Being honest, only one station, maybe two where the wind caused me problems.  It was what it was and we had a good time. 
The sub-gauge course is set on it's own course, separate from the prelim course. Fair target presentations were thrown.  The pump and SxS shooters shot on the prelim course at designated stands.

Saturday PM (Prelim) saw no let up in the wind.  One station saw a lot of no bird calls, as the wind kept pushing a target into an unsafe direction.  A nice presentation of targets where thrown.

Sunday came the rains.  Not raining all the time, but seemed to hit us every third or forth station. 

Scores rose and fell accordingly.  Rains seemed to bring limited target visibility on some stations. Instead of seeing a spot of orange, just seeing a gray streak.  Just the way it at my age.  Always hoping for a bit of sun when shooting, but not always getting it.  We had a 5 1/2 hour drive ahead of us and couldn't delay are start time, hoping for better weather (European start).  I shot a 73 and happy with the score, but sure wishing I hit a few more targets!

As always, very knowledge refs working the shoot.  Machine problems caused little delay. A designated crew taking care of problems quickly.

A polished crew working the desk!

Neat looking trophies were presented.  Glass balls were thrown many years in the past....


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.