Friday, November 20, 2015

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Top Gun Shells @ Dicks

I was shopping the local DICK'S Sporting Goods and they had a stand-alone rack in the sporting section containing various boxes of shells (mostly rifle) with a sign saying 20% off.  They did have some STS shells for $5.58 a box (after 20% off) sitting on the rack. I purchased what they had (all were 1 1/8).

I walked over to the area in the store where they sell ammunition and see Top Gun (Pink) on Sale for $5.48. 

The local Dick's doesn't sell by the case and I had to load the cart with individual boxes.  You get the usually stares when walking through the store and it's stuffed with boxes of shells.

Checked out, loaded the vehicle, and then decided to check my receipt.  Top Gun ($6.99) a box?

I returned to the store and checked out the Sale sign.  In small print (Nov 1 - Nov 7). 

Todays the 20th : (

I removed the Sale sign and brought it to the cashier. I said this isn't fair (having an expired Sale sign posted).

No excuses, no side stepping.  Right off the bat, store mistake and we'll honor the sale.

Note:  DICK'S Sporting Goods will not sell ammunition to non-citizens, no matter what federal law allows.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Estate shotgun shells

I purchased a number of cases of Estate 1oz. shells and the wife and I have been shooting them on and off in practice.

We've had five or six shells that just didn't do the job in providing enough energy to allow the second shell in a Remington 1100 or Beretta A400 to load properly.

During the same time span I've also been shooting RIO and Nobel Sport shells and never a problem.

When it happens in my A400 the second Estate shell will load, but not set the firing pin.  I can hear it when it happens, as the bolt normally cycles very fast, but slows when it come across a weak Estate.

If I run across another deal on Estate's I will purchase for practice, but will never use in tournament shooting!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Another Remington 1100 Repair

My wife and I we're testing a Remington 1100 we wanted to designate as a backup gun.  It has an adjustable comb and butt plate and it can be used by either of us.

Shooting skeet it twice failed to completely load the second shell.  Shooting Estates and at first assumed dirty shells, but the way the second shell stopped just short of loading completely into the barrel had me thinking it wasn't the shells.

Thought about it for a few days and tore down the 1100, to include taking off the stock to give it a going over.  As is my rule, if the stock is off, replace the Action Spring ($5 - $6 part).  I've long had that habit and just earlier this year I was talking to a person who repairs firearms and he recommends yearly replacement, as he thinks the cause of many broken 1100 parts.

This was also the 1100 where I previously found an out of whack Action Spring Plug.  It would not slide easily in or out of the tube. I had to back it out with a screwdriver.  I figure time to replace but only new style plugs available.  I found an old style plug on ebay. The ebay replacement slid in and out without any effort. No, have no idea why the old plug failed.

Did a thorough cleaning to include the trigger.  When putting the gun back together I noticed the tip of the Link (T) missing.  The two ends seat the Link into the Action Spring Follower.  With one tip missing you end up with a loose (and out of align) Link.  I've had them break before but never seen a missing tip.

I suspect I found the reason the two shells didn't load correctly.

I also replaced the Barrel Seal.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

The Use of Lead in Ammunition

An excellent article out of Europe that includes a video report.

110 delegates, including journalists, politicians, scientists, members of environmental institutions, hunting and sport shooting organizations and food agencies met at the Symposium “The Sustainable Use of Lead Ammunition in Hunting and Sports Shooting: Facts and Emotions” held on 20 October 2015 in Brussels.

“Rightly handled, metallic lead in ammunition is not a problem at all” said the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition (AFEMS) President Torbjorn Lindskog.

“The use of lead in munitions in hunting and shooting, shouldn’t be used as fuel to rabble-rouse or as ammo against hunting.

See the video:

The Use of Lead in Ammunition

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Dover Furnace Closing

Sent: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 9:52:30 PM
Subject: dover furnace

Dear Beretta Shooting Grounds Members,

It's hard to believe we're closing in on our 7th year in business at Dover Furnace. The place has been transformed from an abandoned summer camp to one of the finest public shooting grounds in the country.

Jeanne and I purchased this property in June of 2008 with no real direction on what we would do with it. It was an investment with lots of potential. Since then we've been slowly developing the property and expanding the shooting, catering, lodging, and retail offering into what today you know as the Beretta Shooting Grounds. Our next expansion planned was the lodging offering, with the intent of having 60 + rooms available which would have created a luxury destination.

In recent weeks we were approached by a potential buyer for Dover Furnace, and after many days of consideration we have decided to sell the property. The new owner will not be using the property in the same capacity, therefore the shooting grounds will be closing December 31st of this year. For those members and/or non members with key/targets, you'll have until then to use them up. Those members who signed up for the rifle/pistol range membership, will be given a refund.

As previously mentioned this property was always intended as an investment. It was a difficult decision for both of us, but the economics ruled in the direction we're taking.

We want to thank you for your support and patronage for the last seven years. We'll miss the friendships and daily interaction with the public shooting world.

Jim & Jeanne Muncey

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Reloads, oversized brass.

I had two reloads, one after another, get stuck in the chamber of my Beretta A400. 

First time shooting reloads in my A400 and happened on the first two shells : (

Chambered the shell and the shell did not set completely. Just went in far enough to go past the extractor, but the brass itself did not set completely in the barrel chamber.

Had to use the tip of a knife blade to lift the shell extractor enough in order to remove the barrel.  Then a cleaning rod to extract the shell.  Same procedure both times.

Got to say I was worried as re-loading for years and never had this problem and the first time using them in my Beretta.

Loaded a shell out of the box in the wife's 1100 and same problem.

Good news, as not a problem with the Beretta, but the reloads (expanded brass).  

Either the collet needing adjustment or worn out.

At home I took several fired shells of different brands and resized them on my MEC 9000G.  Didn't fit in the Beretta barrel, nor the 1100.

Played around with the collet and wasn't getting anywhere. Tightened the collet to the point the handle wouldn't go down all the way and then backed off a bit to the point the handle would bottom out.   I resized a few and they fit the barrel.  I went ahead and reloaded a box of five different brands of 12 gauge hulls.

Happy to report all worked at the range today.

I suspect at some point I will have to replace the collet, as no further tightening is possible.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Vandels cause closure of club (What's your club doing to protect itself?)

Vandals cause closure of Lake Eufaula Rod and Gun Club shooting range

Tucked off Water Works Road in McAlester, OK just past Youth Lake, is a shotgun shooting range where gun enthusiasts have enjoyed  skeet shooting for a long time.

The range is now closed, however, due to vandalism. That repeated vandalism of property has proven too much for the Lake Eufaula Rod and Gun Club to keep up with.

“It’s a shame,” said Bill Nicholson, an administrative member of the club.

Nicholson said the club has always coped with vandalism at its ranges. However, recent vandalism at the range off Water Works has officials calling it quits. 


Not the first club to be vandalized and not the last.

Several months back a club owner posted on a talk board that someone in the middle of the night removed a coin operated target system off one of the clubs fields.  They took the complete system.

So, what are the options for protecting you club short of having a caretaker live on the property?

Spend thousands of dollars to install a monitored professional security system.  Most clubs would bulk and I think an extreme solution unless your routinely targeted!

The simplest solution is to position several Trail Cameras on the property.  The newest ones have HD and even video.  Some you can actually hook up to the internet to transmit off site.  You won't stop the vandalism, but you have a good chance of identifying the bad guys.

Another option is HD video surveillance, especially if the club has internet access where data can be transmitted off the property (to the cloud).   Club offices with an IPOD can access the camera 24/7 and check on the status of the club. 

YouTube is your friend. 

Check out the latest trail cameras and video surveillance systems.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Canadian turned back at the border with firearm

A shooter using the shoot invitation option was turned away at the border (Rainbow Bridge).  The purpose was to attend a Big 50 event.

The shooter did have the generic ATA letter, but no shoot invitation for that shoot. (Yes, some at the border will accept the ATA letter or a shoot flyer/schedule, but…)
A shoot invitation must be on organization letter head, listing the event(s), and addressed to the shooter.  A generic shoot flyer is not acceptable. (Yes, some at the border accept less)

Form Instruction: (2) An alien admitted under a nonimmigrant visa in possession of an invitation and/or registration confirmation to attend a competitive target shooting event or sports or hunting trade show sponsored by a national, State, or local organization devoted to the collection, competitive use, or other sporting use of firearms.
* In past conversations with ATF, fun shoots listed are considered competitive events. More than one shoot can be on the letter.

If you don’t need a VISA to enter the USA. (Read carefully the part on not needing a VISA).

ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D)
Question 13. Were you admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa?

(See Instruction 1.) Yes    No
If you answered No, skip to question 16.

* No shooting invitation or hunting license required.

Instruction Sheet For ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D)
A nonimmigrant alien is an alien in the United States in a nonimmigrant classification. The definition includes persons visiting the United States temporarily for business or pleasure, studying in the United States who maintain a residence abroad, and certain temporary foreign workers.
  1. The definition does not include permanent resident aliens nor does it apply to nonimmigrant aliens admitted to the United States pursuant to either the visa Waiver Program or to regulations otherwise exempting them from visa requirements. A nonimmigrant alien admitted without a visa is not prohibited from possessing or receiving firearms or ammunition in the United States.

ATF Firearms Q&As
Nonimmigrant Aliens (Read carefully the part on not needing a VISA).       

Answers to some common questions for those who may be considered a nonimmigrant alien or for federal firearms licensees conducting business with nonimmigrant alien customers.
What documentation does an alien need to show U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when entering the United States with a firearm?

When entering the United States, an alien must show CBP both the approved Form 6 NIA (5330.3D) permit, and if admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa, appropriate documentation demonstrating you fall within an exception to the nonimmigrant alien prohibition.

[27 CFR 478.120]

* No VISA required means no  need for a shoot invitation or hunting license.  I suggest you visit the ATF page and print out the Question and Answer and put it with your form.

If in doubt on the feasibility of using the No VISA required option (not all border people have been educated in this change to the law), the fallback is to use the Hunting License option. No shoot invitations required.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Anti-gun Agenda

The anti-gun agenda.
Besides the call for Background checks and additional Gun Free Zones pushed by Bloomberg anti-gun groups in various states.
  1. Mandatory firearm liability insurance.
  2. Ammunition purchase Background Check requirement.
  3. Smart guns.
I can’t imagine under any situation where those with illegal firearms would get insurance nor stand in line at a store to undergo a background check when purchasing ammunition.  Easy enough to steal ammunition or have someone else purchase it for you.

As for smart guns.  If the states would get out of the way on proposals to mandate the market would take off.  As for now the technology is not 100% if you believe various reviews and a very expensive addition to any handgun.   Technology would improve and prices would drop if state governments would just stand aside and the spouse would make sure a smart gun was the first choice for home defense.
Real gun control.

Gun control is not crime control.  Pass mandatory criminal control!

If found using a firearm unlawfully....

No reduced bail, no plea bargains, no reduced sentences, no early release from prison, and minimum state sentencing laws for crimes committed with a firearm.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ammuniton sale, not!

Browsing the isles of the local Gander Mt. I come across a sale on Remington Gun Clubs.

$10 off, whole case sales only.  $69.99

$70 is expensive for non-premium shells, sale or no sale.

I walk over to the shelves that hold single boxes of shells and find the same shells $.50 cents cheaper per box then those sold by the case.

I had a sale associate scan the single box and he verified the price.  I asked why they were cheaper then the advertised case sale and he didn't have an answer.

I think the $69.99 case sale was not advertised correctly, but as I wasn't interest in buying anyway I just walked away without making any further inquires.   Walking away, remembering last week that Dick's was selling RIO shells for $56 a case after tax.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

North Country Sportsman’s Club Legal Defense Fund

 North Country Sportsman's Club

If you haven't made a contribution to the club's legal defense fund yet and would still like to do so, you can take contributions during the clubs normal operating hours or by mail at:

North Country Sportsman's Club
PO Box 1093
Williston, VT 05495

Rio shells on sale at Dick's

I traveled to Vermont Wednesday to shoot at the North Country Sportsman's Club in Williston, Vermont.

Arrived before the club was open so visited Dick's Sporting Goods, maybe ten minutes from the club.

Thought it was Christmas as they had a sale on Rio shells, one of my favorite shells.

$52.40 per case.  $56 after tax.

Cases of shells stacked on the floor.  No restrictions on number of shells purchased.

1210fps.  A choice of 7 1/2, 8 or 9 shot.   1 1/8 or 1 ounce.

My area has a Dick's, but they just throw you a bone or two on sale of shells and availability.  Usually cases of shells not available, you have to buy individual boxes.  Sometimes the sales are not marked at the display and you have to ask if any sales.

Sale ends October 17th.

Monday, October 05, 2015

White Flyer Classic @ Rochester Brooks

The previous Sunday I was shooting in my shorts. 

Saturday shoot day and wearing dungarees, gloves, and my winter shooting jacket. Windy and random sprinkles. If it hit 50 degrees it wasn't when I was on the course.  When we booked the shoot we were thinking high 60's and sunny fall weather.  Not to be!

We shot the sub-gauge event Saturday AM.  In the past few years they had three machines per station and depending on gauge you were presented designated target presentations.  This year two machines and two stands per station (8).  The gauge you shot determined the stand you used.  My gut tells me the two separate stands is the way to go, especially for .410 shooters and cuts down on the number of machines needed.

With rains threating we shot the prelim event in the afternoon. 

A soft course (my opinion and based on what I see in my travels).  Been visiting the club for many years and the softest Rochester prelim course I can remember.  I enjoy breaking targets, but...   My head told me not the targets I would be seeing on Sunday and not to get cocky.

It started to rain at the last station (we were the last prelim squad).

Sunday main event (16 stations) brought sunny skies, temperatures starting out in the 50's, and little or no wind. The Sunday PM squad saw temps in the 60's.

Targets were what you expect at a shoot of this nature.  A difference between night and day if you compared Saturday and Sunday targets. Challenging but fair targets! Boy, were some of the targets fast...

No machine problems that I experienced.  We had one machine that stated throwing a few broken targets but sorted itself out.  Most likely someone not being careful with handling targets.

I was shooting my Beretta A400 with Estate shells.  Don't want to get to deep into my shooting but I'm having a hard time with leads. The leads look so different then from the many years I was shooting a Remington 1100, especially on faster targets.  A few times I made a conscious effort to ignore what I was seeing and the target broke, even when I thought I didn't have enough lead.  Sounds easy, but going to take a bit of shooting.

What a joy to shoot.  Still can't get over how easy it is to clean compared to the 1100's I own. I've shot various cheap shells through it and haven't run into a shell it can't handle.

A YouTube video from the shoot.

As always well seasoned refs, but did run into some who said it was their first time.  One adult ref told me he stated working the club as a kid.

The clubhouse has been undergoing major renovations the past several years and if you haven't visited in four or five years your going to be impressed.

The club uses Winscore.  Saturday scores were posted when I checked from the motel room Saturday after dinner.  Good job ladies....

The club is hosting the New York State Shoot in 2016.  I'm told the last full weekend in July.

The club is 15 minutes from motels.  A couple of home style diners near the motels and a MacDonald's.  After years of bouncing around the various restaurants, we eat at the Lehigh, maybe three minutes from the Super 8. The only complaint I have is the serving sizes are to large.  Major shopping area (and restaurants) 10 minutes north of the motels. Restaurants seem to be always crowded on Friday nights, so plan accordingly.

We stopped at Beikirch's (a retailer who supplies shooting supplies for clubs and the general public).  The only one ounce shells they had in stock were Estates.  All other shells they carried were 1 1/8.  No lead for sale. I had a list of supplies for rifle shooting they were not able to fill. 

The lowest gas price we saw was $2.03.  One of the locals was telling me he was paying $1.98.