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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Revised ATF Form 6 NIA (Bringing Firearms into the USA)


 OMB No. 1140-0084 (11/30/2017)

The revised application addresses the change in law that states Non-VISA visitors to the USA don't need a Hunting License or Shoot Invitation.

If you DON'T need a VISA to enter the USA, you still need this form to temporarily import firearms and ammunition into the USA.  You just don't require the supporting documents that were required in the past.

Additional Information

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jan 20, 2015 @ Flagler Gun & Archery Club

We hit the Flagler Gun  & Archery Club (Bunnell, FL) to get in some trap practice.

Only 52 degrees, but no wind and pretty decent shooting weather. Overcast, but no problem picking up targets.

The New Gate!

Heide




Can't complain about the background!

 Skeet
 
Members shoot for $4.55 a round after purchasing a punch card.
 
Sneakers may not be the best choice as grounds can be a little wet for a few days after a rain.
 


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jan 17, 2015 @ Amelia Shotgun Sports

We paid a visit to Amelia Shotgun Sports (North of Jacksonville, Florida).  63 degrees and no wind.

The club offers sporting clays, skeet, trap, 5-stand.  The club holds a number of sporting clays shoots each month and Big 50 Trap shoots. 

One sporting clays course, but Red and Blue stands doubles the size of the course. 

Shoot the blue course and if you wish, take a shot at the red course, or shoot both.

The course can be easily walked. 

Integrated  into the course, but in a designated area. is the Yellow course.  50 target course for first time shooters.  I don't think I've ever visited when it was not in use.



A rare photo of the Lost Target : )

Heide

Pink Targets on select Stations - Easy to see!

First time shooter receiving instruction!


Dead Bird!


Skeet - Trap- 5 Stand

We shot a combination of Red and Blue stand targets. 

Three rabbit machines on the course.

The club is open Wednesday through Sunday.  Loaner guns and ammunition available.

On the way home.


First gas I purchased for under $2 in many years.  If I had purchased a car wash at the pump, an additional $.15 off a gallon.  But, just had the car washed the previous day!  Next time.....

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Jan 10, 2015 @ Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm

We dropped in on the Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm  annual Member Appreciation Day.  We're not members but found from past visits that non-members are always welcomed and encouraged to enjoy the provided meal!

A nice gesture by the club, giving something back to members! Members shoot at a discount and also receive a free lunch.  Besides hamburgers and hot dogs and all the fixings, fried venison was offered.  A home run on the venison, really tasted good!  By the way, lunch was all you can eat.

Both owners were out and about!

A cool start to the day, only in the upper 40's, but little wind and sunny skies.  When we departed it was 56 degrees.



I shot both the west and east course, the wife just the east. 

Walking down the east course road we had three deer cross the road on the run in front of us.

We shot three hundred shells out of a pair of 1100's and only one failure to feed. 

Was using factory RIO shells, 1210fps.  Something I don't remember happening in the past, was after shooting a report pair I literally had a flame shooting out of the open chamber.  It startled me and caused me to drop the shell I was attempting to insert. I gather unburnt powered igniting.

No target breakage (no bird calls) and no machine breakdowns.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

I was last at the club in March 2014.

The road between the club and the main road has seen major work.  No more wash board driving and looks like a major effort was made to improve drainage.  

It looks like the road around the west course has seen improvement.

Several shooting stations on the west course now have covered shooting stands.  No short cuts on the build, they look professional built.

The Promatic system on the west course is new.

A the host many shoots, as well as the state shoot from time to time.

Each year the club holds the Florida Challenge, a major NSCA sporting clays shoot.  This year the shoot is  February 26 - March 1, 2015.

The shoot includes FITASC, 5-Stand, and small gauge events, as well as a 200 target main even.

Several shooters that I know just come in and shoot the prelim event and pass on the main event. A few others just shoot FITASC.

Video and Photos from the 2014 shoot!


Sunday, January 04, 2015

Jan 4, 2015 @ Volusia Gun Club

First practice of 2015 was at the Volusia County Skeet and Trap Club. The club is 10 minutes from the Daytona Beach Race Track, I-95 exit.

One of the better deals in Florida with family membership at $35 a year (single $25) and a ten round punch card going for $50, with an11th round free ($4.55 a round).  Non-members pay $7 per round.




A warm day, 78 degrees when I departed.  Seen many familiar faces and a number of new ones.  I often run into shooters who live on the east side of Orlando.  After several conversations with various shooters from that region this seems to be the closest club.

If you were trying to invent the word volunteer, look no further then the Volusia club.  They always have a minimum of 7 or 8 people lending a hand and others pitching in when needed.

The club has two sets of ERAD voice release systems in use on the trap side of the house  The size of a credit, but a little thicker, as run by two watch size batteries.  The speaker is built into the card.  No speaker stands needed!  Clip it high on your vest or shirt collar and your set to go.  From my experience, normal talking will not release a target.

Targets were running good in all disciplines.

I'm sure there is busier clubs some where on the east coast, but I've yet shot at one.  Anytime I visit you think a shoot was taken place based on the from the number of vehicles in the parking areas.

The number of people shooting trap can sometimes cause a backup.  Unless you hit it right, your not going to shoot round after round without breaks in between.  May not be that way in the summer, but for sure during winter operations.  Maybe better to show up later then early!

The club has the ATA Big 50 and in the past had a special day set for same so all registered targets could be shot without interruption.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec 14, 2014 @ Kingston Shotgun Sports Fun Shoot

Kingston & District Trap Skeet & Sporting Clays Club
Kingston, Ontario

Annual club turkey fun shoot!

Station Walk Up

Overcast, 33 degrees (0 Celsius) and no wind.  I overdressed and ended up shedding clothing.

The club had one event called Chip and Break.  You shoot at a single skeet target, twice.  The idea is on the first shot is to chip, then break one of the pieces with your second shot.  Miss on the first shot or fail to hit a piece on the second shot and lost target.  Targets going away from you, especially on the second shot was tough.  We shot station 1-6 singles.

An archery event was included in this years shoot. 

We did a plate shoot with the club providing the ammunition.  I asked Tony what choke to use and he suggested skeet choke : )

A link to shoot photos and video.

As the usual at small clubs, everyone seemed to know each other and a friendly bunch.  Nice to see a number of young people!

The club served a turkey meal at the end of the day, but as a long drive home I departed before the meal was served or prizes awarded.

Both coming and going a messy drive 30 / 40 miles east and west of  the Cornwall border crossing.  On the way to the shoot sand trucks were out and about.

No problems at the Canadian or USA border crossings.

Friday, December 12, 2014

With no shame, the 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship goes to Moscow

"The Russian Shooting Union won the bid to organize the 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship, which will be held in Moscow, and beat the Slovenian Shooting Union 204 to 75 votes."

It's one thing if this vote took place in the time frame of the recent Olympics when for the most part there was good feelings and hope for a positive future, but to take place in December 2014, knowing what we know now about Russia. 

A shameful vote if nothing else!

Will the athletes from your country be attending?  Unfortunately, YES, as I've seen no public outroar from associations, federations, or athletes!

The shame, a medal is more important then taking a stand against world aggression.

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European countries bordering the Baltic Sea are competing to express their concerns over Russian military activities of in the region. Their actions vary from inviting Americans troops for a permanent stay to retraining reservists and rearming.

Sweden is planning to retrain about 7,500 reservists who have served in the Swedish army since 2004.

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The U.S. Army plans to send 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into Eastern Europe as a deterrent to “Russian aggression.”

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Exercise Black Eagle is designed as a display of strength by the UK and Poland amid growing tensions between the West and Russia.

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NATO confirmed that Russian tanks were moving into rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine. But Russia's aggression under Vladimir Putin didn't begin in Ukraine and, unless the West stops vacillating, it won't end there, either.

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The crisis in Ukraine has many of Russia's neighbors nervous, especially the three Baltic states - the only former Soviet Republics to have joined NATO.

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Russian warplanes are carrying out more flights in European airspace to test Nato responses and apparently imitate combat conditions, an expert says.

Igor Sutyagin told the BBC that the Russian pilots' lack of communication with air traffic controllers was "unfriendly" and "confrontational".

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Russian strategic nuclear bombers and other military aircraft entered US air defense identification zones (ADIZs) at least 16 times over the past ten days, American defense officials confirmed.

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The Russian Navy has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

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 Russia is developing an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the US and NATO, President Vladimir Putin said.

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President Vladimir Putin has said Russia's takeover of Crimea showed off its military prowess, as his defense minister reported that the Russian flag was now flying over all military sites on the Black Sea peninsula.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Dec 6, 2014 @ Valleyfield Gun Club

After many years of operation for the first time the Valleyfield club (Quebec, Canada) will be open throughout the winter. On and off winter shooting in past years, but not on the club calendar!

The announcement....

Valleyfield Gun Club will be open this winter on Saturdays for Trap & Skeet from 10.00 to 15.00 hours, if the weather permits.

Also visit our new website : http://www.cdtvalleyfield.com/

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Le Club  de Valleyfield sera ouvert cet hiver les samedis pour la Trap et
le Skeet de 10.00 à 15.00 heures si la température le permet.

Aussi vistez notre nouveau site web: http://www.cdtvalleyfield.com/
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Thought I run over and take advantage.

A mess on the drive up.  Temps below 30 and a slight rain.  Sand trucks out and passed two accidents with troopers on scene when I hit higher elevations.  For whatever reason, it can be snowing or raining 10 miles east of the club, but no participation at the club.  Sure enough, a few miles from the club and it started to clear.

29 degrees and overcast.


A number of club members spent the day winterizing the bathrooms, to include placing instillation under the floor via the crawl space.




The club recently purchased an EZPull Skeet/Sporting wireless remote.

I was offered the option of wire release or the remote.  Went with the remote.

I shot 4 rounds of skeet and never a no target call.

On the ride home, heavy fog as I neared the border.  Some places visibility dropped down to 100 foot or less.   Had to drop down from 55mph to about 40mph for maybe 30 minutes before it started to clear.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Police Chief Edward Flynn speaks (Black on Black Shootings)

An issue not addressed by national news outlets as (not politically correct) or by Black leaders, to include the president!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bagmaster Still in Business?

Does anyone know if  Bagmaster is still in business:

Company Bagmaster Mfg. Inc.
Address 4515 # 2 Miami St.
St. Louis MO 63116
Phone 1-800-950-8181

The phone listed is no longer in service and emails to sales@bagmaster.com bounce!

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UPDATE

I have no idea what the problem was, but all of a sudden there phone number was working (leave a message), email was working, and contact via there site was working.

I ended up ordering what I needed via a third party!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday @ Club L'Acadie

Paid a visit to Club L'Acadie (southeast of Montreal, Quebec).  It's been awhile, as I can't remember the last time I dropped by! 

I was playing it by ear on what I was going to shoot and ended up on the skeet field.  No wind to speaks of and targets were pretty much on the money.

Ran into the officers of the QPTA.  They were getting ready to have a meeting to set registered trap dates for 2015.

The sporting clays shooters were telling me of there plans to attend the World FITASC shoot in Minnesota next year.

No traffic at the border, going and returning!

 The berm at the entrance to the club has been heightened!
 
The heated trap trailer is set for winter shooting!

 As is the heated 5-Stand trailer,
 (in warm weather months you can stand on the roof and shoot)
 

Reza Afshar trying out his new gun!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shotgun powder availability

After a long draught, shotgun powder looks like it's becoming available in different regions throughout the USA.  

Backorders are starting to be filled.

Shooters are reporting they have walked into stores that have long been out and all of a sudden having small qualities available.  Clay Dot and 700X to name two.

Reports that the states should start seeing Clays powder (manufactured in Australia) in the new year, but maybe at first in only one pound bottles.

Haven't see anything in regard to powder availability for small gauge shooters!

Have no idea when merchants that sell at shoots will have a good supply of powder available, but a few large events have reported that powder in limited numbers had been for sale.

On the other hand, powder could be just has scarce as in the previous year, but so many have stopped looking and/or reloading, and powder could becoming available for that reason only (outside of Clays that had a major fire at the plant)!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Shooting Ranges (Europe)

German contributor Alexander von Wenzl from von Wenzl Marketing, passed on that he has added two new maps to his European collection of shooting clubs.

He says that Cyprus, with a very lively shooting community, has even more ranges than golf courses.

A link to "Shooting Ranges of Europe" posted to the Lost Target:

Shooting Clubs Europe


To see club locations by country, click on the map image for posted countries.

Thanks to my German friend for providing information on shooting in Europe for more years then I can remember.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

New York Safe Act II (Dead for Now)

With New York state senate republicans unexpectedly gaining seats in this election cycle, a push by the liberal establishment to make liability insurance mandatory for New York gun owners will not happen.

And, basically taking away the right to protect yourself in your own home, by requiring all firearms be secured, will not see a bill having a chance of being brought up for a vote in the state senate during the next legislative session.

Micro stamping will also go off the radar.

Also, not going anywhere is stringent requirements on purchases of reloading components.  If ever an overreach was this push by the left.

But, what you will see is a law that allows for removal of firearms in on-going domestic violence disputes. Part of the compromise process that republicans seem to always get involved in, but never getting anything in return!

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