Friday, September 21, 2018

Trap & Skeet Tournoi @ Farnham

Club de chasse, pêche et tir de Farnham inc. (Farnham, Québec)

Sunny, warm day!

You bring your firearm and the club furnishes the ammunition (included in the price of the shoot).  

Don't know if the club is receiving a deal on ammunition purchase (Challenger) for the shoot, but instead of 1 1/8 shells I suggest 1oz shells (less felt recoil) especially with the number of gun fit issues I saw.

By my count 14 trap squads....

All level of shooters from beginners to the more accomplished.  Class shoot so all had a chance on taking something home.

Skeet had a slow start, but picked up in the PM.

Hot dogs and fries for lunch.  One order of fries can feed two...

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Friday, September 14, 2018

In case you missed it...… Club Valleyfield & Club Huntingdon

Tournoi Le Sauvaginier @ Club de Tir de Valleyfield (St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Québec).

Two man teams shooting flurries of targets from duck blinds.  Load three.... One of the clubs most popular shoots and always a sign-up waiting list.

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Tournoi Five Man Team @ Club de Tir Huntingdon (500 rang du Ruban (Sainte Barbe), Québec)

Five man teams shooting 50 16-yard targets and 25 wobble trap targets.

Club selects squad leaders and squad members selected by random draw.  Makes for some interesting teams.  Ten teams in all.

Some heavy rains delayed the shoot a bit but sun shining by the end of the shoot.

Did the best I could with the videos but if nothing else you can see everyone is having fun.....


14 Sep 2018 @ La Roue du Roy

Hemmingford, Québec.

The wife and I shot both sporting clays courses.  Only had issues with a rabbit machine.  Targets not thrown from this machine deducted from the target counter when we checked out.

Front course is overall a skeet/IC choke.  Features the tower (four machines).  A number of stations have four machines. Tower choke may vary depending on the height of the tower. We shot the front course using LM. 


The back course is LM.  The second station and the last station have seven machines each.  Station #1 is the hardest.  Your not doing anyone a favor if you take a new shooter to the back course.

Not a club you can just drop in and start shooting.  Private club. A fee is imposed for guest and visitors (limits on number of visits).   Best to go with a member for the best rate if not interested in joining or wait until the club is hosting a shoot.

The club had an open house this past Sunday.  First ten minutes of video, remarks in French.

My stamina has not been what it should be this past summer.  Thankfully benches at every shooting station and I can take a break when needed.

Club chasse, pêche et tir de Farnham inc. (Farnham, Québec) is having a trap/skeet fun shoot this Sunday and I'm going to shoot my first trap targets since opening day at Club Huntingdon at the beginning of summer.  We'll see how it goes....




Thursday, September 13, 2018

NRA TV depicts 'Thomas & Friends' in KKK hoods

Using a jarring image to blast increased diversity on a children's TV show, a National Rifle Association online show depicted characters from "Thomas & Friends" in white, Ku Klux Klan-style hoods on burning train tracks.

Host of NRA TV's "Relentless," Dana Loesch went after the classic children's character Thomas The Tank Engine after its maker, Mattel, joined forces with the United Nations in efforts to increase gender diversity and representation on the program and include new characters from around the globe.

Loesch, a conservative spokeswomen for the gun rights group, specifically called out one new character – Nia, a steam engine from Kenya.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/09/12/nra-tv-dana-loesch-thomas-tank-engine-kkk-hood/1286727002/

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Why the hell is the NRA getting involved in diversity issues?

NRA whiteness on display!

NRA needs to get back to addressing firearm issues and not race or other social issues.


Monday, July 23, 2018

La Roue du Roy Opens 25 July

La Roue du Roy

Wednesday, July 25th 2018

We are really happy to announce that the Club la Roue du Roy will open its doors to the public Wednesday, July 25th.

ABONNEMENT| MEMBERSHIP

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Club L'Acaide acquiring Club Roue du Roy

CLUB DE TIR L’ACADIE SE PORTE ACQUÉREUR DU CLUB DE LA ROUE DU ROY


THE CLAY SHOOTING CLUB L'ACADIE IS ACQUIRING THE CLUB LA ROUE DU ROY

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Club La Roue du Roy. Our two sites will allow us to offer you a range of hunting activities and unparalleled shooting. We look forward to introducing you to this beautiful 260-acre site with a choice of nature trails, a well-established tower and of course a variety of fine hunts as well as the famous “Roue du Roy”. , a 5 star kennel and much more! Thank you to Gabriel Gagnon and his team for the tremendous work they have done in recent years. We can not ignore this vision and passion for shooting and hunting. We have only to think of all the new shooting facilities, the shooting simulator, the modernization of the buildings, everything was done as latest state of the of art. This heritage is precious and we sincerely believe that no one could have done better ... Thank you and you are welcome at any time

L'Acadie clay Shooting Club

It was L'Acadie's most interesting option for us as it assured us that the Club would keep its identity. The respect of Mr. Luc Ouimet and Robert Trahan for the Club, as well as their qualities as directors and managers, will ensure the continuity of the Club for the years to come. We also knew that it allowed the greatest number of shooters to continue practicing their favorite sport at one of Canada's finest shooting clubs.

The Roue du Roy club

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Still don't have an opening date!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

La Roue du Roy Update

La Roue du Roy The club will shortly be announcing the reopening date.
https://mailchi.mp/96aa74b38de5/grande-ouverture-du-club-de-la-roue-du-roy?e=a642ad793a

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

ATF Form 6NIA (Canadian Shooters)

ATF Form 6NIA
ATF will only accept the latest version.
OMB No. 1140-0084 (01/31/2021)
Revised January 2018

Application/Permit for Temporary Importation of Firearms and Ammunition by Nonimmigrant Aliens
If you have an older version saved to your computer it will be rejected, as one shooter found out.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Upgraded to Decot ColorMag Lens Color

I was losing focus on targets and thought it was time to change lens color.  

I ordered a color that I thought would do the trick. Also, upgraded and ordered the polycarbonate lenses with anti-reflective coating.

About a week later I receive a call from Decot  asking why I (a long time customer) was changing lens colors?

We went back in forth (mostly me listening) and he recommended ColorMag (a purple lens) in Lt Med.  The broacher says the lens color utilizes spectral isolation to provide unbelievable color contrast.

Wow.....

Reds and Orange really pop.  I didn't know my red van was so red! A stack of targets really catches the eye.

Been out one time and happy with the results.

Also, for years I've used the Decot finger print size (bottom of the lens) bifocals.  This time I opted for "no" bifocal in the right lens. I no longer do a lot of scoring and for the amount of reading I do with my shooting glasses I thought I could get away with just a bifocal in the left lens.  So far no issues.


Sunday, June 10, 2018

I won't be participating in any formal shoots...

With rare exception I won't be participating in any formal shoots for the remainder of the summer.

I've gone out several times this year feeling under the weather and having a hard time making it through 25 targets, let alone 100.

Attended a shoot today and had excellent AM results (was feeling good).  In the PM (second part of the match), not so excellent and it cost me a top spot. Not fun when you go out and your not physically at 100%.

I had already skipped a couple of shoots I was planning on attending this year and after today better to cancel the season and work through what ails me.

Still do practice, as I can take a break when needed.

I have several shoots on the calendar that I will be attending with camera in hand.  Saying that, I was having a hard time keeping my energy levels up while running around with camera at todays shoot.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Prescription Shooting Glasses & Decot

Decot Sport Glasses

I've been having a hard time getting a sharp focus on targets using my V-Lite 1 lenses when less then full sun conditions (really noticeable in trap). I'd start out with a good focus, but then the target would turn into a blur.  Certain backgrounds would also effect what I was seeing (or not).
I have a second lens color (Gold lite 10) that is excellent on dark cloudy days, but not comfortable to wear on sunny or partial cloudy days, as I find myself squinting because of the sun.

Time for change....

A trip to my Ophthalmologist before I ordered new lenses found that I needed a prescription update (less then two years from my last prescription change).

So, as well as changing out the V-Lite lenses for another color that would give me more latitude in regard to sun and partly cloudy days, I also needed a new set of Gold lite lenses to go along with the new prescription.

I also upgraded to Polycarbonate lenses and Anti-Reflective Coating.

Today, I receive a call from the Decot company asking why I was changing lens colors (been using them from when I first started shooting) from what I ordered the last time.  I explained what was going on and a suggestion was made in regard to lens color and shade.

I won't have my new lenses for most likely three weeks, but will do a follow-up after given them a workout.







Monday, May 14, 2018

How It's Made By Laporte Clay Target Factory (video)

Video showing the making of clay targets.


The Laporte Family is really proud that Discovery Channel chose our Laporte clay target factory in Formerie (France) as a perfect example to show "How it's made".

It is a great honor for us since Discovery Channel only features the very best in each industry.
Stay tuned, the show will air in a few weeks in Northern America (Canada and USA).

Our targets are going to be thrown in some of the biggest events in the World in the next few years, when our Laporte traps remain the highest reference all around (sporting, trap and skeet): 2018 World Skeet Championship, 2018 World FITASC Championship, 2018 Nationals, 2019 World Skeet Championship, 2019 NSCA Nationals and US Open, 2020 Tokyo.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

2018 Cabin Fever Open @ Underhill

Underhill Rod & Gun Club (Westford, Vermont)


New format this year.....  No pre-squading.  You show up and if none of your friends are in attendance you run around trying to get squadded.

Personally, I despise no pre-squading, but I'm sure I'm in the minority.

Backups on the course. Two brand new machines acting up.  I was told they leave the factory set to throw White Flyer targets. The club throws Lawry targets and machines were not "burned in" prior to the shoot to check for issues.  I was informed knife edge adjustments is the cure in regard to Lawry targets.

The two machines were not the only reason for backups.  A couple of squads were doing more socializing then shooting before each station and while shooting.  And, some obviously not aware the time to change chokes is when you see the show targets, not when its your turn to shoot.

One station (two report pairs) could of seen more imagination in target presentation.  Basically outgoing straightaway from the same machine.  Point the gun in the general direction with skeet choke and pull the trigger.  As one shooter was overheard saying, not sporting clays targets.

In a wooded area on the course the use of a chain saw is recommend before the next shoot.

OK that was the downside.  

Overall nice target presentations and seasoned shooters who moved the shoot along at a good pace (except for the couple of squads mentioned).

A sunny day and for the most part the targets popped.

Registration went smoothly.

Lunch was included in the shoot fee and the two "girls" working the kitchen did an outstanding job.

Unlike my previous shoot the weather was comfortable. Saying that, my bedroom closest had been transferred to my vehicle and I was prepared to shoot even if the temperature dropped well below freezing.

SHOOT RESULTS

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For shooters in my neck of the woods a great loss when club La Roue du Roy closed in Quebec.  Rumor has it that new ownership and looking for a June opening.

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Barre Fish & Game Club

1st Annual "Support the 2nd Amendment" Skeet Shoot
Sunday, June 24th!
50 targets (25 regular / 25 double)
Entry fee $35.
$15 returned to shooters.
Registration 8:30-11am or call Mike 802-522-2499

* This is NOT an NSSA shoot.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Indoor Clay Target Shooting (Georgia)

Come see this massive new facility for yourself with new features like the nations premier Indoor Shotgun Range with Trap, Skeet, and 5-Stand, as well as our 100 Yard Indoor Rifle Range rated up to 7mm Mauser, 32 Pistol and Rifle Lanes with state-of-the-art equipment, Private Members Lounge with full service restaurant and bar, Technohunt Archery Simulator and more!

Always open to the public!

Sporting clays coming soon!

Now open in Kennesaw!

Governors Gun Club Kennesaw has ribbon cutting

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 @ Rochester Brooks (Spring Deuce Sporting Clays)

Rochester Brooks Gun Club (Rush, New York)

Beautiful Friday weather and the club was looking good.

I drove out to the FITASC course and included several few minutes of video of the FITASC event (two parcours) in the posted video.

Friday and Saturday

Saturday weather was rough. Rained all day and temperature seemed to be dropping. My squad had a 2:30 start time. At 5:30pm it was 43 degrees.  A slight breeze at several of the stations made it seem colder.

It didn't stop raining.  It would slow down a bit, but only temporarily.

I was not prepared for the cold (how many years have I been shooting?).

Own some great cold weather clothing (but sitting in the closest at home).

I wore sweatshirt and two shirts, as well as top/bottom rain gear and still froze my butt off.  I had a jacket with me, but it would offer no protection from the rain and was useless.  A set of good old fashioned long johns (just the top) and a pair of gloves would of made it a more enjoyable day.

Both the sub gauge course and the Preliminary offered some nice target presentations. 

On the prelim course the tower machine went down for at least 30 minutes.  We shot the next two stations and then returned.  Of course it had to be the tower machine. You just can't walk over and make the fix.

Due to the rain a few machines acted up on the prelim course, but after throwing several targets they cleared on there own.

The club put hay down in a few areas, as carts were having issues traversing some parts of the trail in the mud.

On the prelim course on several stations I could of used some sun light.  I used the lightest lenses I own, but still picking up targets on some stations late.

Using my darker lenses in the AM all I saw was a blur and changed them out when shooting 5-stand practice.  At least with the lighter lenses I wasn't seeing the blur, but just had problems picking them up in low light conditions, especially with a tree background.

I don't want to become a fair weather shooter after all these years, but have to start facing the realities.

I ran into someone who shot all his events on Friday (I gather he checked the weather report for Saturday).  He just had the main event on Sunday left.  He looked comfortable sitting in the clubhouse all day Saturday.

Even with the rain and mud shooters seemed to have a good time and didn't hear anyone complaining. 

Excellent refs on all stations.

The ladies working the desk have seen it all and I don't think any crises would throw them.

When I'm shooting I usually take video of nearby squads, but had to pass on most of my opportunities.

Left right after Saturday shooting to head home (never planned on shooting the main event).  About 30-40 minutes later I stopped at a Burger King rest stop on I-90.  In the middle of eating my burger I started getting the chills.  Chilled to the bone I think is the saying.