Thursday, July 30, 2015

Future Democrat Voters Rejected by Manhattan Judge

Chimps are not people after all, a Manhattan judge has decided.

Thursday’s decision means that a pair of 8-year-old chimpanzees living in a research lab at Stony Brook University are not being unlawfully detained, as argued by the Nonhuman Rights Project, the now-losing side of the bizarre case.

The Nonhuman Rights Project’s leader, Steven Wise, had argued that denying Hercules and Leon basic legal rights was to deploy the same prejudices that categorized slaves and Native Americans classified as less than human.

The chimps may be suffering a fate “even worse than imprisoning human beings” because they are autonomous and self-conscious, but “don’t even know why they’re there” in cages, Wise argued in May.

In her decision, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffee noted that Wise had raised “important questions.”

But at least legally, chimps are “things,” she wrote. And by law, “Persons have rights, duties, and obligations; things do not.”

“Animals, including chimpanzees and other highly intelligent mammals, are considered as property under the law. They are accorded no legal rights beyond being guaranteed the right to be free from physical abuse and other mistreatment,” Jaffee wrote.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Club Huntingdon Trap Shoot. Yes, a good time!

Hot, muggy, humid..... Did I say humid!

Rolling thunderstorms, heavy rains, and power outages before the start of the shoot.  At 8am the club was thinking they may have to cancel.

Attending a shoot in Florida?  No, a fun trap shoot at Club de Tir Huntingdon just east of Sainte-Barbe, Quebec.  Thirty minutes from the New York border.

A 10am start time and by 9am the power outages had ceased, as well as the rains.  By 10am the grounds were dry and the only sign of the heavy rains was on the access road to the club.

A nice turnout in spite of the early morning rains with eight squads of shooters in attendance.  A member only shoot.  Last year the club honored me with a membership and my wife Heide and I were able to attend.

A four field trap club with a single lane rifle range that wouldn't be in existence if it not for the hard work of a number of people that turned around the club starting in 2013, as the club was on it's last legs and most thought it would be closed.

I'm told taxes had not been paid for two years and the club house, as well as it's machines and the surrounding property were in sad shape.

A group got together and decided to bring the club back from the dead!

The Valleyfield club just down the road had a similar experience approximately 15 years ago, and as the Valleyfield club,  people reached into their own pockets, equipment was borrowed, materials and many hours of  labor donated.

Membership needed to be increased to help pay taxes, as well as insurance. A one lane rifle range was installed. 

File Photo
I'm told this unique rifle range squeezed onto a property that had no room for a rifle range has at a minimum resulted in 100 memberships.  I was told last year when I visited they had to limit memberships because of it's popularity.
In 2014 the club purchased a used PAT trap and this year they purchased a new PAT trap.  Targets thrown has doubled in one year.  The club also has one set of voice release for field two and plan to purchase a second set for the other PAT trap.
Last year, the first fun shoot was held.
The club used two fields for the shoot (50 targets each field) for this 100 target shoot.  Shoot 50 on one field and finish up on the second.  Between 50's (we  had some time) we sat in the vehicle and ran the air conditioner because of the humidity. 
A number of volunteers helped at the shoot and the ladies of the club made sure we all got fed and lent a hand at the desk. 
They opened a third field (Winchester Basket Trap) so a dad could teach his 11 year old child how to shoot trap. I didn't see any problems with the machine or the targets and the young man had a good time.
By the time shoot-offs rolled around the sky's looked threating and sure enough I was caught in a down pour during my shoot-off round.  At one point the gun was slipping in my hands and could barely see the target coming out of the house.  15 minutes later the sun was shining and my clothes were dry within 30 minutes.
Shooters and their spouses were more then friendly and everyone looked to be having a good time, more a social outing then a trap shoot.  But. that's small club shooting at it's best!
The club is having it's first registered trap shoot in more then 25 years on August 16, 2015.  I tried to pin down the last time a registered shoot was held, but the old timers had a hard time putting a year on it.
No traffic to speak of at the border crossing(s) and did have are firearms physically looked at upon entering and departing.  Not a big deal as long as you have your paperwork in order. 
On the way home we stopped at an ice cream shop in Huntingdon.  We both think the soft ice cream in Quebec taste better then what we see in the states.  I think a higher fat content.
I plan on attending the August 16th shoot with both gun and cameras in hand....

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Semi-retired from registered skeet

A number of years back we stopped attending 4-gun skeet shoots.  

Shoot expenses were getting out of hand. Two shooters in the family and costing up to $1000 per shoot (travel, motel, food, & ammunition).  I usually shot the doubles on Friday.

Also, down time at shoots was getting to be a little long in the tooth.  And, the final nail in the coffin was a long time buddy stopped shooting registered and just not the same with him not being at the shoots.

We decided to attend regional two-gun skeet shoots.  Had a number in the region that we could shoot and we always ran into some of the nicest people.  Every once in a while we would drop in on a 4-gun shoot, but only shoot on Saturday if they had openings.

Forward 2015. 

Living in the northern part of New York and no club offering one day skeet shoots unless we want to drive three plus hours. 

Only two skeet shoots were scheduled in the region. One is the Quebec Provincial and the other the Vermont State Championships.  The club in Quebec was offering targets only for several months, but no formal one day shoots in either Vermont or Quebec. Kind of hard to get excited to shoot registered skeet if no shoots are scheduled.

The other day I was asked if I wanted to attend a fun trap shoot this Sunday that was put together on short notice.  I wished it was a skeet shoot, but it seems like little interest in the skeet community to put on shoots (fun or registered).

Maybe 2016 will see a resurgence in registered skeet in the region, but other shoots (sporting clays, trap, and fun shoots) now have a place on the calendar and it will be a hard choice to drop a shoot to attend a skeet shoot, but it might be fun!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Skeet Olympic (International Skeet) Provincials @ L'Acadie

The weather cooperated for the International Skeet shoot held at Club L'Acaide. 

Low gun shooting with up to a three second target delay.  The delay makes for interesting shooting, especially at station 8, but they made it look easy.

The shoot moved along quickly.  I think the addition of more doubles in a round of 25 and less singles that was  implemented a few years back has been a big improvement.  What I did observe is if you didn't get a good jump on the first target on doubles you had a good chance of missing the second target, especially in the middle stations.  The delay can really screw up your timing!

A video from the shoot.

The club is located southeast of Montreal.

Friday, June 26, 2015

5 Stand under construction @ La Roue du Roy

La Roue du Roy, Hemmingford, Quebec

Photos showing  the two story 5-stand being constructed to replace a structure know as the "podium" that was open to the elements and only saw fair weather use.

The club is 15 minutes from the US I-87 border crossing.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Ilion Sporting Clays Political Victory Fund Fundraiser Shoot

Saturday I attended the 2nd Annual Sporting Clays NYSRPA Political Victory Fund fundraiser at the Ilion Fish & Game Club, Ilion, New York.

Monies raised to help fund the NYSPRA court case against the New York SAFE ACT (gun control in the name of safety).

A long time from my last visit, maybe 20 - 25 years ago to shoot registered skeet doubles.

A good number of donated prizes were up for grab.  The club did it's part by only charging what it cost to purchase the targets.  All shoot monies outside of targets was for the benefit of the Political Victory Fund. In the video those who donated are credited during the awards presentation!

The club is located on the top of a hill.  Skeet and trap fields long have been in place, but with the event of sporting clays, shoot stations have populated the hilltop fields.  An additional warm weather course is sited at the base of the hill in a wooded area that allows for a full 100 target course when needed.

The club has a truck that is used to move people from the clubhouse to the bottom course, and the reverse.

A cool start but the sun finally make it's prescience known and warmed up nicely.

A mix of hand traps and modern machines.

Always tough too shoot video when shooting, as you can't be everywhere, but I think you'll get a good overview of the shoot.  The awards presentations part of the video is limited to class champions and HOA.

If just interested in the video.

YouTube Shoot Video

For Photos and Video:

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

UPDATE: Remington 1100 broke for the last time

After thinking my Remington 1100 receiver was scrap metal I found out differently.

While attending a sporting clays shoot at Vernon National I ran into a person who works at the Remington Gun factory in Ilion, NY.

He told me what had broke was the receiver barrel support and it was repairable.

I contacted Remington and they told me to send it to a designated Remington service center (they provided a shipping label and order # via email) to see if it could be repaired, and if so, I would receive an estimate.

Received an email from the service center stating it would cost $80.  Unfortunately, I had only sent in the receiver and they wanted the complete shotgun, as they were required to test fire the shotgun before they could return it.   A little upset on that turn of events, but just the way it is!

The rest of the firearm sent out this AM.

I expect at the end of the day to be selling the firearm, but to whomever I sell it to, understanding it's like purchasing a used vehicle with 150,000 miles on the speedometer.

Meanwhile, I picked up a newly purchased Remington 1100 from my FFL on Saturday.  Seemed to fit right out of the box.

I found what looks like a manufacturing defect on the forearm finish  :  (

A call to Remington and they will be sending a new forearm.

This 1100 may end up being used by the wife, so a trip to a gun fitter at some point, as she usually needs 1/2  inch or so cut off the stock.

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.


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. 



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

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sportsman's Club of Franklin County Skeet Field Upgrade

We visited the Sportsman's Club of Franklin County in  St. Albans Bay, Vermont to get in some trap practice and I see the fence separating skeet field 2 and 3 is being replaced.

The old fence was long an eyesore.

Hats off to the club and it's volunteers!

Some people should stay away from guns

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.

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.
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.