Sunday, December 03, 2017

I met Mr. Heater at Club L'Acadie

Club L'Acadie (Quebec)

Beats standing around a burn barrel....

It was just above freezing and Mr. Heater kept everyone toasty warm.  The unit surprisingly gave off a good amount of heat.

The course is setup north of the Olympic Bunkers. 

A layout of maybe 10 machines (to include rabbit machines).  No designated shooting stands.  Squad shoots then moves the blue bucket to where they want to shoot from next.  

Not sure of the winter schedule, but a group has been meeting weekly throughout the year.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Two new Sporting Clays Courses (Florida)

Triple N Ranch Shooting Range
595 Donovan Crews Road, St. Cloud, FL
19-station sporting clays course

Blackjack Sporting Clays
Facebook posting....
A new sporting clays course is scheduled to open in Sumterville, Florida on January 3, 2018.
Two 16-station sporting clays courses, five stand, FITASC and a 10-station sub-gauge course on 3,000 lush acres.
Located 5 minutes from the turnpike at the 470 exit.
3372 CR 526 Sumterville, FL (exit 296, Florida Turnpike)


Florida Clubs

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Bad Rio 12 Gauge Shell

Loaded two on station #4 in skeet in my Beretta A400.  The second shell wouldn't feed.  I pressed the shell inward in the feed tube three or four times and loaded a new shell in the chamber.

The gun cycled and the second shell went into the chamber but didn't go off.  When I ejected the shell.....

2017 Tournoi Des Membres @ Valleyfield (Clay Target Fun Shoot)

Attended a fun shoot at  Club de Tir de Valleyfield.  100 targets. 25 each; skeet, trap, 5-stand, and wobble trap.

$32 (Canadian) with $10 returned to shooters.

* Received word I won $30.

When I signed in the club assigned me to a squad.  You think this would be the norm at all shoots, but isn't.
I've been to shoots where this was not the case and you end up having to ask a number of people if they have a full squad.  A pain, especially if you don't know anyone.  I detest (hate, loath, despise) having to squad myself at any shoot.

Things didn't go well in trap, but did shoot a 25 in skeet.  Dropped one or two on the wobble trap and shot a decent score in the 5-stand. 

Wobble trap was two targets.  One going out and another coming in from your right front, from a machine set in a field.

Free hot dogs for lunch.

Jordan McArthur shot his 1st 25 straight in trap.

Shoot Photos

The club made a contribution to the Lost Target.  Always appreciated!

No problems crossing the border going and returning.

Trap Shooting - Jordan McArthur

Hats off to Jordan McArthur who shot his first 25 straight at the Tournoi Des Membres held at Club de Tir de Valleyfield.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Odds & Ends (Clay Target Shooting) Nov 2017

Was looking at three fun shoots to finish off the year, but down to two (maybe one), as the Kingston Ontario shoot in December is listed as a member only shoot.  Saw it listed as same and made an inquiry.  Was informed, yes, member only : (    Attended the December shoot a couple of times in the past and always had a good time.  Was looking foreword to attending this year, but it is what it is.

Valleyfield is holding a member only fun shoot (I'm a member) this Saturday and I very much like the format.  25 each; Skeet, trap, 5-stand, and wobble trap.

L'Acadie has traditionally held a turkey fun shoot in early December (skeet, trap, 5-stand), but have not seen anything posted.....


Seriously thinking of adding an adjustable comb to my Beretta A400.  Going to add moleskin to the comb this weekend and if it works out as I think, the stock will be shipped out within the week for modification.


The Beretta A400 still spitting out shells without fail.  Doesn't care what brand of shell, light or heavy.  I don't have a cleaning schedule for the gun as it seems to shoot forever without a breakdown and cleaning.


I mentioned previously I was going to add choke lube, to not only the choke threads, but all parts of the choke (smooth part)  that fit inside the barrel.  It was said this would prevent the choke from working loose.  Didn't work.  Maybe I didn't apply it thick enough.  I might give it another shot.


Received confirmation the annual International Skeet Shoot will be held once again at the Jacksonville club, 14-18 February.  Maybe a chance world women champion, Dania Vizzi, a Florida resident, will be in attendance.  I've shot video of the shoot the last couple of years and plan on dropping by.


Each fall I replace the stock Action Spring in Remington 1100's that have received a good workout over the year.  A $6 part plus shipping.  My wife's 1100 will be seeing a replacement.  A gunsmith who repairs 1100's highly recommends a yearly change for clay target shooters.  He believes this cuts down on parts breakage commonly seen in 1100's.  I don't know what is common, as over the years I've replaced every part of an 1100 that can be replaced.  Just never know what is going to break and carry enough spare parts to build an 1100.  I even cracked a bolt one year.


Several clubs did a nice job on improvements this year.  Northeast Kingdom, Valleyfield, and Huntingdon come to mind.  Nice work at the Franklin County Sportsmen's Club.  Major work on improving skeet field drainage and parking expansion.

I say the past year, maybe longer then that but the first time I noticed.


The Montreal Skeet Club has been active on Facebook and is making a push to bring back it's old glory.  Nice to see.  I use to visit the club 6-7 times a year, but that was long ago.  They did have one benefit shoot this year that I'm aware, but priced way over what I would shell out and passed.  

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wobble Trap @ Club Huntingdon

Club de Tir Huntingdon (Sainte-Barbe, Québec)

Shot off the newly installed Wobble Trap.

Not only targets at random being thrown left/right, also at random high and low.

And, when I say low I mean skimming the grass and high is well into the clear club sky.

One target can be a hard left, just above the grass and the next can be a hard right, as high as a trap target can be thrown.

I recommend holding on the roof or your going to miss the low ones.

You have the option of taking two shots at a target.

The machine is a nice addition to the club and I'm sure will be incorporated into future fun shoots.  

The club is having an end of year member trap "singles" shoot next Sunday.  I expect the wobble trap will be in use and will take some video.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sept 16 @ Vernon National (Sporting Clays)

Shot the AM NSCA sporting clays at Vernon National (Vernon, NY) today.  A PM shoot was offered but couldn't stick around.

I had pre-registered (Winscore) and it was just picking up my score card and making payment.  Pretty straight forward.

Ran into an old friend and we ended up on the same squad.  We made plans for attending a shoot together at Sunset Farm next year.

16 stations.  They have more then two machines at each stations and thus an AM and PM shoot can easily be held without moving machines around.  I've shot practice at the club and with three or four machines on a station, makes for a good time (and a lot of targets shot).

You can park your vehicle in the vicinity of station 1 /16 and the course is an easy walk.  Rental carts available. Most walked the course.

A few photos.  Several of the squad and the brand new raised platform at station 16.

 Over looking a ravine

 That's me....

Pastries / coffee (breakfast) and hamburgers / hotdogs (lunch) included in the price of the shoot.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fun Trap & Skeet Shoot @ Farnham

Attended the annual fun trap and skeet shoot at Club chasse, pêche et tir de Farnham inc. (Farnham, Québec).

Two trap fields and one skeet field.  Nice crowd in attendance.  Shoot went on for most of the day and with people coming and going no extended time sitting around waiting to shoot.

You chose what you want to shoot first (trap or skeet) and when finished with one you return to the desk and squad for the other.  Worked well!

I shot trap and skeet, but didn't stick around for trap doubles.

Best viewed full screen.

Hotdog, homemade fries, and a soda for lunch.  $3 Canadian.  Fries filled half the plate.

A well run shoot. Hats off to the volunteers.


No traffic, nor any issues crossing the border, going and returning.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Tournoi Annuelle Five Men Team @ Huntingdon

Club de Tir Huntingdon (Sainte-Barbe, Québec)

50 targets.

Squad leaders selected by random draw.  Then squad leaders select team members by random draw.

The shoot had ten squads.

Pat traps and voice release.

The shoot moved along and we departed at a decent time.

Best viewed full screen.

I've shot at the club several times in the last few years and I think the best weather they ever had.

Hats off to the ladies working the shoot, as well as other volunteers.

And, whoever made the hamburgers....  They put McDonalds to shame.  I sware my burger was at least a 1/2 pounder.

I lost a bit of video.  Trying out a different camera and still in the learning stage.  Just happened it was a couple of shots I would have really liked to have used.

A tie for first. A shoot out for 1st and 2nd took place.

In Quebec, so French is the language.  The club recognized the Lost Target.  They had kind words (in French) to say, as well as a presentation.

The top three winning team members each received a medal and plenty of door prices to go around.

The club is waiting on delivery of a Wobble Trap and just waiting word on installation so I can try it out.

Les Sauvaginiers Fun Shoot @ Valleyfield

Club de Tir de Valleyfield (St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Québec)

Load three if your gun will hold them.....

Two person team shooting....

Thanks to the club my wife and I were invited to take part.  A shoot that is hard to get tickets for, as usually sold out well in advance.

I didn't spend much time with it in regard to video but they had a side even that consisted of a trap house target and a target from a skeet house.  Shooting from the 16-yard line.  Looked interesting, but I passed.

In the past year the club installed a Wobble Trap and incorporated it into the event.

My wife enjoyed the target presentations offered.  She practiced a bit shooting skeet in the sitting position on Thursday to get her comfortable shooting in that position, but nothing like the real thing.

Video from the shoot.

Best viewed full screen.

Safety was paramount and each team had an individual assigned, not only given guidance but assuring safety. 


Crossing into Quebec on Sunday not a pleasant experience

We were on the way to a fun trap shoot at Club Huntingdon.

To start off we had to wait in excess of four minutes before the booth was manned. The booth is connected to the main building and a vehicle had just processed, but the officer disappeared and we were forced to wait. There was no line of vehicles, we were the only vehicle waiting to process.

Right off the bat I sensed an attitude problem when the she (the officer) finally made an appearance. She was given off bad vibes and the body language was something else. I sensed this wasn’t going to be a pleasant experience.

It went downhill rapidly when after looking at my Canadian Firearm License she asked where my firearm registration paperwork was?  Telling her it was not required, as I had a license was not what she wanted to hear and the conversation went rapidly downhill.

She said she never seen an America with a Canadian firearms license and where did I get it?

Explained I attended a class in Quebec and the Canadian government issued me the license

It got to the point where she demanded I show her my vehicle registration. I guess she thought I stole the license and my identification. She was trying to prove I wasn’t who I said I was?

She was clearly frustrated that I would not back down on not needing to have my firearms registered or that my firearms license was legal. 

If I didn’t have a Canadian Firearms License (good for five years) then I’d have to pay a $25 fee and register the firearms. The approved document is good for 60 days. Not needed in my case (and the reason I obtained a firearms license).  On the government website that provides guidance, they recommend you acquire a Canadian Firearms License if you’re going to be a frequent visitor.  I'm on my third or forth license.

In the past at the border when there was doubt the person would ask me to pull over while they either looked up the law in question or called a supervisor.  Not in this case. This back and forth conversation went on for more than a few minutes. She was clearly frustrated.

Eventually she said wait, closed the window, and departed into the interior of the building.

She came back shortly, handed me back my documents and said I could leave. Didn’t say anything other than that.

By the way, we used the same crossing on Saturday to attend a shoot at Valleyfield without issue.  The officer I dealt with on Saturday was working, as I caught a glimpse of her as I was pulling up to the booth and I suspect that is who she consulted.  That officer had a question last year when I was crossing on another firearm issue, but right off the bat asked if I would pull over as she needed to call a supervisor.  The situation was resolved in my favor. I have crossed a number of times at the same crossing after that without issue.

I do have the name and phone number of the Chief of Operation, West Sector, Monteregie Border District, Operations Branch, as we had a discussion on border issues in years past.  He encouraged me to contact him if I or other Americans had issues at the border in regard to firearms.  I hesitate to call, but if future issues with the same person……

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Remington Fall 2017 Rebate




* This Promotion is open only to legal U.S. residents age 18 or older.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Odds & Ends (Clay Target Shooting) Aug 2017

Remington 1100 Extractor.

The extractor broke on the wife's Remington 1100.  

I carry an extra bolt assembly (extractor and firing pin installed) in my shoot bag.  Remove the bolt with the broken extractor (or firing pin) and replace.

When I returned home I was able to remove the broken extractor with little effort.  Sometimes not so lucky and if you get an odd break it can take some time to remove. 

$20 for a new extractor.

Years back I carried a spare extractor and firing pin, but not installed in a spare bolt.  Not going to work (times wise) if your in the middle of a shoot.  Best to spend the $$$ and have a spare ready to go.

Last broken part on the 1100 was in February.  A broken Feed Latch (the tip).


Loose Chokes.

It was recommended on a talk board to always tighten with a choke wrench and use choke lube not only on the threads, but on the whole body that fits into the barrel.

I had been using a choke wrench, but not covering the complete body with lube.

The skeet choke on the 1100 is always coming lose, so we'll give to a test in the next week or two.


Beretta A400

I increased the Balance Cap weight from 3.9oz to 6.3oz.

I felt the weight gain the first time out, but eventually got use to it.  I keep the old weight handy in case I ever have someone else shoot the gun.

Seems to give me a smoother swing when shooting sporting.


Locking the gun into your shoulder.

Been having a terrible time shooting trap.  The worse year I've ever experienced.  Almost embarrassing at times and I don't embarrass easily.  Having a hard time controlling the gun.  I can shoot 10 straight and then miss 3 out of the next 4.

A light bulb went on when I found myself losing control of the gun when going after a target during practice last week. Actually, almost losing sight of the target when going after it on a hard left.  I started to make sure my elbow was locked at 90 degrees instead of having my elbow down.  Seemed to have better control of the firearm and seeing the target throughout its flight.

Had to change something.  Will see how it goes.



I'm officially at the age where if I don't keep hydrated it will come back to bite me.  In past years not  an issue and just something I never even thought about.  Back in the old days as a skeet ref, I'd do back to back squads standing in the hot sun and never a problem.

Was in a middle of a round of trap on a hot and humid day.  I suddenly got weak and not feeing so hot.  Took great effort to lift the gun, let alone swing it.  Went back to the vehicle and turned on the air conditioner and hydrated.

Had only been taking a sip or two of water and it caught up with me.

Took two incidents to figure out I'm at that age and I better force the liquids down when I'm at a shoot, or one of these days I was going to fall down and maybe even die of heat stroke.

When I read a shoot flyer for trap and says bring two boxes to the line for quick turnaround, the squad will have to wait when I attend until I get some liquids into me between boxes.



When I was at Oshawa I was given a club shirt (with logo).  Thanks.......