Friday, February 24, 2017

Klaus Hiptmayer (Quebec)

Because of health issues, stock maker and gun flitter, Klaus Hiptmayer has closed his business.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Remington 1100 Feed Latch

We're shooting Indian River and the wife's says her bolt won't lock to the rear.

A quick tear down of the gun and don't see anything unusual.  Putting the gun back together I find I don't have to depress the Feed Latch to insert the bolt, but the bolt does lock to the rear.

I suspect when the piece broke off the latch, it stayed in the gun (bolt won't lock to the rear) but fell out after I removed the bolt.  Gun worked but the part needed to be replaced.


Up and running with a new latch, but didn't stake it.  If not staked it will fall out every time you remove the trigger, but no harm done.

I have a staking tool, but have had on and off success using it.  I may glue it in place if it becomes to much of a bother.  Clean the slot with alcohol, use a Metal Epoxy Adhesive, apply pressure. I have a pair of mini C clamps that will do the trick. 

This is the second 1100 that the tip broke.....

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

February 8, 2017 @ Saltwaters Shooting Club

Saltwaters Shooting Club (St. Augustine, Florida)

High 70's.  Expecting afternoon thunderstorms, but never saw them. 

Two Sporting Clays courses, skeet (1), and 5-Stand.

The club is overlaid on an old race course at the end of Big Oak Road, west of the St. Augustine Air Port. Look for the light at the Grumman entrance. Big Oak Road is just north of the light (cross the rail road tracks).

We shot the 14 station Blue course. Starts out relatively easy but ends up given you a good workout.  Station #13 had us looking into the sun. The second course would be enjoyed by seasoned shooters that are up to a challenge. 

We saved a few shells by not shooting all the targets on several stations and shot station 1 & 2 on the second course.  I think you can leave your skeet choke at home.

A short video. Check out the trampoline station.

The 5-Stand is scheduled for an update, but didn't get into the details other then covered shooting positons.  I saw 8 machines.



Pistol & Rifle.  A number of outdoor bays for shooting handguns.  100 & 200 yard ranges for rifle.

$40 for 100 targets and if a cart is available you get that also. Ammunition is available.

The public is welcome, but in the next several months the club will be going to paid memberships.  I assume non-members will be paying a non-member rate.

Be shooting the second course on the next visit....

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Kids learn gun safety as toddlers

Guns in the home and NOT secured?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tragedy struck a Northside neighborhood in Jacksonville the first week of February when an 8-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his 5-year-old sister and injured his 4-year-old friend.

The kids were playing with the gun when they were home alone. The owner of the gun has since been arrested, but the incident begs the questions: When should parents teach their kids about gun safety and how?

A link to the full article and a excellent video.......

Kids learn gun safety as toddlers

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Feb 3, 2017 @ WW Sporting Clays

WW Sporting Clays (Jacksonville, Florida)

Just shy of 80 degrees.

14 station course with a minimum of two shooting stands per station.  A couple have three stands.

Ken Branham (club instructor) was filling in and running the club. Ken was instrumental in getting the club up and running and until a few years ago ran the day to day operations.  Ken was telling me the WW is the second oldest running club in Florida. 

A nice variety of target presentations.  Tough tower shot (fast) with a small window.  An IC course, no need for anything tighter.  I shot it with LM. 

A not so new station behind the tower.  Wasn't there last year.

A Friday afternoon and maybe two or three other shooters on the course.  I talked to one shooter and he was telling me last week he and wife saw six deer standing in a field.

Shot the course without any issues and as at most sporting clays clubs, credit cards accepted.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Jan 27, 2017 @ Indian River Shooting Sports

Indian River Shooting Sports (Vero Beach, Florida).

A pleasant 70 degrees. 

We arrived around 10:30 pm and maybe two squads on the course.

14 stations and a lot of target variety.  A number of stations had four machines and we took advantage. Heide shot six boxes.

Everyone we talked to was friendly and I highly recommend the club if your in the region.  Loaner guns available.

 Heide, Dan, and ME!

We even got in a round of trap.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Canadians using the Hunting License Option to enter the USA

The Alaska hunting license used by many to support the ATF Form 6NIA has increased from  $20 to $60.

North Dakota has a reasonable priced Nongame license.

North Dakota  Nonresident Nongame License


The Nongame license is valid from April 1st – March 31st of the following year.

If you apply in January, the license would expire on March 31st the same year. Wait until April 1st to get full value.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Jan 21, 2017 @ Volusia County Gun Club

Volusia County Skeet and Trap Club (New Smyrna Beach, Florida).  One of the busiest small clubs in Florida. 
Each Saturday at 9am the club offers Super Sporting Clays.  This is a recent expansion of offered club disciplines (skeet / trap / 5-stand).
Two 50 target Super courses.  One set with hula hoop stations past the 5-stand and the other shot off the 5-stand.  
I shot the hula hoop course. Wish to say I did well, but didn't, next time : )  But, a good bunch of shooters and had a good time.

A short video (35 seconds)


The club at some points hopes to have a sporting clays course.  A few machine purchases here and there as money becomes available and eventually......

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jan 18, 2017 @ Palatka Skeet Club

Palatka Skeet Club (Palatka, Florida)

80 degrees and just a little wind kicking up every now and then.

Known for its skeet, but we were hoping to get in a round or two of trap, but the lone trap machine was down for repairs.  A PAT TRAP with wobble option,  No voice release.

We did get in three rounds of skeet.  Member rate $5 a round.

8 time NSSA Intermediate Club of the Year and doesn't surprise me.  A year doesn't go by without the club making improvements.  Today, installing new skeet machines on two fields.

Prepping the skeet house for the new machine.

As we were leaving they just needed a new fuse (auto type) to get the trap machine up and running. Someone was going to run into town and get one.


Skeet shooter passed.

Arthur P. Starr Jr., of New York and winter resident of Palatka, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 after a short illness.

I pulled many of targets for Art both in New York and Vermont.

For more then a few years he helped in the running of the Palatka Skeet Club.

Art always had time to shoot the breeze. He will be missed.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Jan 14, 2017 @ Flagler Gun Club

Flagler Gun & Archery Club (Bunnell, FL)

We showed up bright and early at 8am for a Skeet Work Day.

A hard working crew and little direction was needed.  Field #3, the only operational skeet field was looking almost as good as the day it was built when we finished, except for needing a new paint job.  It seemed like only a few years ago but much longer then that, but I helped install the machine in the high house when it was first built. 

The fence is in need of major repair, but that is for another day. 

Field #1 and #2 down for the count and what a mess.  We did some trimming just so the pads on the unused fields didn't get anymore overgrown then they were.

The old skeet buildings on 1 & 2 were torn down and the rebuild to put it kindly, mismanaged. I'm told the new buildings not meeting the standards for skeet and most likely need to be torn down. You'd think they could be modified, but I'm told no.

For the size of the club, only having one field is just going to lose you shooters, even long time club shooters. 

Imagine the length of time to complete a round when one or two new shooters on the squad?  Or, more then a handful of shooters and only one field? 

Major dollars needed, but will the club provide the funds? 

If nothing else I would push for field #2 to be funded (high/low house configuration) and wait and see if field #1 is needed or not.  If for some reason you need a third field for a function just borrow or rent a scissorlift for the weekend and use for the high house, as field #1 already has the pads installed.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Jan 12, 2017 @ Amelia Shotgun Sports

We paid a visit to Amelia Shotgun Sports (Yulee, Fl.) this past Thursday afternoon. 

Had the sporting clays course to ourselves.  A squad was going out as we were finishing.  A squad was shooting trap.

76 degrees and no humidity. 

Healthy looking hawk

We didn't experience any machine or target issues.

Two stands per station, red and blue.  Shoot red on one visit and blue on another, or a combination of both on the same outing.  Target counters in use, so whatever you wish to do.

Mentioned it in the past.  The club has a yellow course for beginners.  Many of times I've seen granddad with grandson.  Dad with kids.  Even seen the girl friend bringing out the new boyfriend. 

Loaner guns available, as well as hearing and eye protection.