Monday, July 28, 2014

Yourg Travelers Guns Allegedly Damaged By Airline

Olympic Hopeful’s Dreams Shot After Guns Allegedly Damaged By Airline



From the type of damage indicated I will assume a theft attempt that went wrong.


Lock requirements:

The use of TSA-accepted luggage locks is allowed when transporting firearms.

However, federal regulations do not require air travelers to use TSA-accepted luggage locks or remove other types of locks, however passengers using non-TSA-accepted locks do so at their own risk. Should a bag require additional screening, TSA officers have the right to remove the lock to access the contents. Locks that do not open with TSA master keys may be cut from the bag.

Recommended you use your own locks!

Lockable case:

Have a good lockable case that will securely hold your firearm (the shorter the better).  The case is going to take a beating, make sure it's sturdy.
    a. The firearm must be unloaded.
    b. The container must be locked.  A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from access by anyone other than you.  Cases that can be pulled open with little effort do not meet this criterion.
    c. A firearm in a hard-sided, locked container may be placed inside a soft-sided, unlocked suitcase or duffle bag.
As in many of life choices, the cheapest purchase in not always the best way to go.  Spend the extra money and get a sturdy case.


Insure your travel insurance policy and/or homeowners insurance or a rider (replacement value) covers the firearm and container.   Most airlines offer insurance, check before you arrive.
    a. You typically won't be reimbursed for normal wear and tear of baggage; damage to wheels, feet, and extending handles; damage to an over-packed bag; and loss of external locks, pull straps or security straps.
    b. If relying on homeowners insurance verify it covers your firearm (and case) when not in the home.
    c. Take photos when packing.
    d. If your packing other items with the firearm make a packing list.
    e. Keep in mind that you will be reimbursed for the depreciated value of your items by the airlines.
    f. If your bag goes missing after you've left the baggage claim area, your claim is no longer with the airline, but with the police.

Well know bunker trap shooter and frequent traveler Tom Baber has this to say.
I have flown through Denver a number of time on both Southwest and Delta.  This should not have happened.  I have learned a number of things flying around the country with my Perazzi's.

Here are some of them:
1.  Never let an unlocked gun case out of your sight.

2.  Go with the gun to TSA to insure it is properly relocked after inspection.
3.  Don't use TSA locks.
4.  Tag your case with your Cell Phone Number.

5.  This is very important....   Buy the extra baggage insurance.  Airline like Southwest give you $2000± in coverage and their limits are a max of $5000.  Buy the extra because it puts the airline on notice that they will really have to pay if the case grown legs or gets damaged   Ticket agents don't know how to do it but they will learn.  Yes...  it's a hassle but it make the airline sit up and take notice.  Cost is $1 per $100 of excess value.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We visited Klaus Hiptmayer!

We visited Klaus Hiptmayer (Stockmaker/Engraver/Gunsmith) to have him take a look at my wife's gun fit and to replace some stripped screws. 

Gun fit was the big ticket item.  She has been shooting both guns for years with no discomfort, but starting sometime in March she come back from a day of shooting with a bruise on her cheek.

Klaus lives east of Montreal in Eastman, Quebec, so looking at a 2 1/2 hour drive.  Klaus has been fitting guns for my whole adult shooting life and his stock work is something to see. Klaus learned how to work on guns as a young person in Europe.

We arrive at the border and the computers down.  We had to sit while they rebooted the computer.  Not a big deal, but for years I crossed the border before they had computers and never a problem.  But, times have changed and they can't process anyone without a computer check. 

West of Granby, traffic slows to a crawl, as the road went from two lanes to one.  According to the GPS we lost 20 minutes.

Also, saw more police in Quebec today then if I was driving by the police station at shift change. Besides the normal cars you see on the road, one cop was standing outside his vehicle pointing a radar gun at traffic.  We saw a police car doing a traffic stop.  The police car was a white Grand Caravan with no visible lights if not activated.  We saw another police stop by a motorcycle cop, and another cop running radar while hiding behind a highway truck. 

We arrive 15 minutes late for the 11am appointment : (

Klaus had Heide mount her 1100.  He takes a quick look and says here adjustable comb is to far to her left.  He removes the comb and finds the part the comb sits on has shifted. Above my pay grade, but he popped it out, did a bit of chiseling and mixed up some type of glue solution and popped it back in.  He moved her comb as far to her right as it would go.  He then worked on the stripped screws on the 1100.  The gun was purchased used in 1972, so not surprising parts start to wear.

After completing the work on the 1100, he turned to the O/U.  She had never had this gun fitted, but it does have an adjustable comb and the length of pull is identical to her 1100.  Once again, the comb was set to far to her left.   He moved the comb as far as it would go to her right and said she should be good to go.

We took both guns to the pattering board in Klaus's back yard and she shot several shells out of each gun.  Both guns felt comfortable and no bruised cheek bone.

We're doing practice on Thursday with fingers crossed!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Quebec Cup Trap Shoot

Crossed the border and attended a trap shoot at Club Valleyfield in Quebec.

A little hang up at the border as they were processing a tour bus.  A small crossing with limited manpower. When I arrived they were doing a mass processing of identification via computer.  I was maybe delayed 10 minutes, not to bad.  Thankfully I had arrived when they were almost done. Not that long of a delay compared to wait times at major crossings. When I was finally processed the serial numbers on my shotguns were checked.

When I arrived at the club, doubles was underway.

Doubles, singles, and handicap were shot, in that order.

For singles and handicap we used three fields; 25, 25 and 50.  Worked well and things moved along.

Warm, just over 80 degrees, but the humidity didn't seem that bad.

A little hiccup with a factory Rio shell.  I'm not the greatest shot in the world and need everything to go my way to hit a decent score and at that particular moment I didn't need this.  Going straight, 25th target and my shell wouldn't fit in the chamber of my 1100. 

A little bent and a bulge.  I've seen that in other shells to include STS, but the first for a Rio. Yes, I broke the 25th target!

As always for shoots held at Valleyfield, a well run shoot.


I'm still messing around with slow motion video.  Let me know if you think it detracts from the video.  Always open to constructive criticism.

The Valleyfield club has two fun shoots scheduled in August. 

The first shoot consist of 50 target events; skeet, trap and 5-stand.  Shoot one, two or all three.

The second shoot is a Hunters fun shoot.  The fields are populated with decoys.  You shoot out of blinds and in past years, a boat.  A flurry of targets is released at each blind (station).  You can expect to see many hunters in attendance.  For many, the only clay targets they shoot each year!

Crossing the border on the way home.  Been shooting today?  Yep!  Have a nice day....

Going to see Klaus Hiptmayer this week.  Klaus is a well know Quebec gun smith, stock maker, and engraver.  Klaus migrated to Canada many years ago, learned his trade at a young age in Europe. The wife has two guns that need adjustment, plus a few stripped screws need work.  I gave him a call today and he was able to fit us in this week.  A bit of a drive, but well worth it!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

ISSF Resticted from posting China shooting event

The last leg of this year’s ISSF World Cup Series closed in Beijing and no videos available!

International Shooting Sport Federation

Due to internet restrictions in China, it will not be possible to post video news on YouTube during the ISSF World Cup Rifle/Pistol/Shotgun Beijing 2014. Videos of the WC will be available after the 14 of July.


Usually a video from each event is posted within 48 hours after the event has ended, to include an interview with the winner.

We will be deluged with video once the ISSF has departed China.  It shouldn't be this way.

I gather China is afraid of YouTube and it heavily restricts (bans) it's use by everyday citizens.

Remember, this is one of the countries that will control the internet if the Obama administration has it's way and gives up USA control.    China may someday decide what you can read, wright, view, or post on the internet!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Odds & Ends UPDATE

I mentioned in my last posting that I was involved in a vehicle accident.  I wasn't at fault, no injuries.

The owner stated he was insured for $5,000,000 and went off on me while I was calling the police. He was really upset that I was calling the police.  Kept telling me that I didn't have to do that and I was called some swear words that I had not heard in the past few years.  I gather he was trying to intimidate, trying get me to just do a "friendly" exchange of information without police involvement!

Today, I'm contacted by my insurance company and they state the other vehicle owner had lapsed insurance.  His insurance company would not be honoring the claim.

Thankfully, I have collision and can have the vehicle repaired on my insurance companies dime.  There lawyers will be taking the other party to court to recover there cost.  They will also be suing to recover my deductible.

If I only had liability insurance and not collision I would have been left holding the bag, the one to take the other party to court to recover my expenses.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Odds & Ends (Jul 2014)

Open carry.

When was the last time you walked into a retail store with your hunting rifle slung over your shoulder or visited a public building with a 30-06?

Some on the "right to open carry" crowd is doing so to make a point, but in my way of thinking sending the wrong message, and in some instances shooting themselves in the foot and doing harm to the cause.

Enough said!


Golden Goose slowly being cooked?

More and more I'm hearing from various sporting clays shooters who are passing on certain shoots because of cost per target.  Some shoots have gone past a dollar a target!


Cost of practice shooting.

If you live in a region with an abundance of member run clubs be thankful.

They strive and strive to keep the cost of shooting low, sometimes to there own determent, as some are operating on a shoe string.  And, for those who fight the local member run club tooth and nail to stop any price increases, time for you to attend a few meetings to see the monies it takes to run a club 12 months a year.


Speaking of member run clubs.

A thing of the past (or a decrease in days of operation) unless they younger crowd starts lending a hand and get involved running the club. A number of  league and registered shoots may not be seen in the next few years, as less and less willing to run them and the guys (and gals) running them now are well past retirement age.


Powder shortage.

You have to feel for the small gauge shooters.  Powder for 28 and .410 is hard to come by and never a deal when it comes to purchasing factory ammunition.


Shotgun ammunition.

The days of $30 - $45 per case are long gone, but so is chicken for $.69 cents a pound and gas for $2 a gallon. I saw gas in the Montreal area for the equivalent of $6 a gallon a few weeks back, but it has eased some.

Walmart just had value packs on sale and after doing the math price per case is $50.  

I've been buying the cheaper brand shells for anywhere from $56 to $61 a case.

Shooting is and always will be an expensive HOBBY and it's not going to get cheaper!


NSCA / NSSA Newsletter.

What an informative email.  Always enjoy reading.  They do send more then a few each month, but I never consider them SPAM.


Ontario Youth Trapshooting

I ran into a very nice lady at the Canadian who was involved with the Ontario Trapshooting Association and youth shooting. Seems they have a number of youth involved and the hope is to expend the number of youth shooting trap.  I wish them well!


Wind mills.

Not to far in the distant past if a cell phone tower was put up in some regions it had to be disguised as a tree.  A badly disguised looking tree, but never the less, it had to look like a tree.

Now, 300 foot high wind power generating towers are being erected and not a peep from the same crowd who protested cell towers.


Killing birds.

One bird is found dead near a gun range and environmentalist have a fit.

Reports of bird kills involving power generating Wind Mills and Solar Power arrays and not a word from the left.

The government actually allows for X number of eagle Wind Mill kills. The owning company just has to put in for a permit  I've read reports where 100's if not 1000's of birds are killed yearly flying over the large solar arrays seen in the southwest. There wings get singed if they fly to close.  Again, not a word of protest.


Not in my backyard.

The same people who want Wind Mills and Solar Power arrays built want none in there backyard, nor do they want the needed transmissions lines built to move the power generated. 

Almost as bad as the people who protest moving oil/gas by pipeline, even if safer then moving by rail or highway. And, yes, we also have an anti-rail crowd who I guess just want people to go back to burning wood, or not.

I think if today the interstate highway system was proposed it would never be built!


Break pads.

The last two times I had my vehicle in for work (dealer) I was told my front break pads were in the Yellow zone.  Even received a checklist showing said pads marked in Yellow.

Today, I took the vehicle to Monro Muffler and told them to replace the front break pads.  I also told him I heard one of the front breaks squeaking from time to time. 
While waiting I walked over to the mall and shortly after received a text message.  Nothing wrong with your break pads, vehicle ready for pickup.
As for the squeaking when I hit the breaks, he stated it could have been from a humidity buildup.  He said he used air to clean in the area of the pads. 

No charge, have a nice day! 


No fault insurance.

My vehicle was hit last week when I was returning from a shoot.  The lady who hit me stated it was her fault.  She was pulling out and didn't see me. 
Her husband who was on foot (we were at a road side stand and I was departing) came over and he told me he was insured for $5,000,000 and not to worry. 
In any case, I took a few photos and told him I was calling the police, as I figured I had several thousand dollars in damage.  At that time he started calling me every name in the book, including a few I hadn't heard in some time, all because I was calling the police. 
In the old days, this would of been a confrontation, but I guess you get mellow as you age and I just walked away and let him vent. 
By the way, he should really watch who gets in confrontations with, as he can never know if the other guy has access to a firearm and might be willing to use it, or not!

Long story short, the police arrive and the women tells him it was her fault.  The husband tries to butt in and tells the cop it was my fault.  The police look at my car and the other, and the damage to both. The women was found to be at fault.

Anyway, talking to my insurance agent, if my fault I have to eat my deductible (as well as insurance increase), if the other guys fault, they gets the raised premium and also they pay my full cost, deductible or not. 

I hope I can get a decent car rental!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Comment period, ATF Form 6NIA (Visitors with Firearms Entering the USA)


This is the form used by visitors to the USA who target shoot and or hunt and wish to temporarily import firearms and ammunition.  Without getting into to much detail, they cannot sell the firearm and they must depart with the firearm and ammunition every time they leave the USA.

The form has been out of date for the past few years, as it does not address the changes to the law in regard to non-VISA Nonimmigrants Aliens, which would include the vast majority of Canadians that shoot in the USA each year. 
The present form list requirements that are higher then U.S. federal law requires.  Hunting license and/or shoot invitation are not required under present law for non-VISA holders and this is not reflected in the current ATF Form 6NIA.

A comment period was issued for proposed changes/input by the government two months ago.

However, a decision on changes to the temporary import form used to bring firearms/ammunition in the USA has been put off until after July 23, 2014, as the comment period was extended for 30 days.

This what I THINK we will see at some point and is one of the written proposals posted by the governing agency:

Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who
are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated,
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of

What that means in english?  We can only guess, but it looks like you will be able to fill out the form on-line and receive it back via the internet!   Unlike the PDF that you may either mail, Fax or email, the on-line version will go directly to the ATF when you click send.  At some point you will receive an approved form by email attachment or be notified to access an account and download.

I will also PRESUME that current law will be reflected in a newly issued form.


As this is a request for comments, this is what I submitted to ATF as a suggested change.

1.  Do away with the one year renewal requirement for ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D) for non-VISA visitors.  A new application submitted only when document information changes.  Presently, renewals are required each year.


2.  Do away with ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D) for non-VISA visitors and allow for non-VISA visitors to document firearms and ammunition on U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 4457. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is already verifying firearm/ammunition information upon each entry (to include immigration status) and thus having the non-VISA visitor fill out a Form 4457 on initial entry will be cost effective, as the ATF From 6NIA will not need to be processed for non-visa visitors.

May I add, U.S. citizens routinely fill out Form 4457 to document high value merchandise, as well as firearms, thus not adding to U.S. Customs and Border Protection workload.

I think they already know what they want to do, and the comment period is just a formality, but!

In any case sometime by the new year the shooting community will be seeing a new ATF Form 6NIA.  We can only hope for the best!

59th Canadian Trap Shooting Championships

Club de tir l'Acadie * Montréal Anglers and Hunters (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec)

59th Canadian Trapshooting Championships

I shot on Friday and Saturday and ran around with cameras on Sunday.  I had a very good time and met a lot of nice people who I had not had the pleasure of meeting prior to the shoot.
The club had a large commercial type tent put up to give room enough to handle shoot registrations and posting of scores.  I had pre-squadded and processing through the line went without a hitch.

My squads started on time and except for a machine problem on Friday, no issues with targets or voice release.  The machine that gave us a problem was replaced.  No delay for the squad, as they moved us to the next field.  The squad on that field had finished early and we only had one round to shoot, so we got to finish up without delay and the next squad only saw a delay of a few minutes.

I had not been shooting trap well for sometime and could not figure out the reason.  I would hit ten in a row and then miss 4 out of 5.  Bad enough I flinch every now and then, but just missing for no obvious reason starts to play on the mind . 
I was messing around Saturday mounting my gun between rounds and during the last 50 I grabbed a hex wrench and added length to my stock, as I figured out I was not getting a consisted mount with the length I was using, sometimes moving my head back after I mounted the gun. Shot a 24 in the last round.  I guess as you get older it takes longer to figure out such things  :  )

Very hot (90 degrees / 30 centigrade).  One of those weeks where a slight breeze or wind is appreciated.   Saying that, depending on the field, doubles targets were challenging for some. Wind and doubles is like mixing oil and water!

The club had two dining areas set up.  The day-to-day one in the club house and a temporary one near where the bunker traps are located.  At the end of the line near where the club had designated  practice traps.

The club had plenty of help on hand and overall the kids working the shoot did an excellent job (as well as the adults).  A couple of hiccups here and there on the line, but resolved quickly.

The Canadian results are NOT posted. The software used for the shoot was not up to the task at hand and there was issues.

Don't know officially (don't want to go there) what the software issues were, but I did see old fashioned figuring out shoot-offs on paper for Sunday being done.  Just before I left I was promised results from someone that can be trusted, so just a matter of time.

When I receive them or become aware of a link to same I will send out a notice to those on my Google Groups mailing list (and put up a blog posting) so you don't have to keep checking the video/photo webpage.

The club had issues with local ordinances in regard to when shooting must stop each day.  There was talk of the club being fined for shooting past the allocated times.  I did see  police at the club Sunday at 5pm. A fine of $3,500 (or more depending on how calculated) was quoted by some. 

Three videos posted (singles, doubles, handicap), plus photos.

Photos & Video:

My favorite video is the singles event if your only going to view one!

I've been playing around with slow motion for the past few shoots and I hope I didn't go overboard, but thought the slow motion shots in the video looked pretty neat!



All scores posted.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

North Country Sporting Clays Classic @ 1000 Islands

An early start to the day, as a three hour drive to the 1000 Islands Sportsmen's Club. The club is located in Redwood, New York near the Canada border.  We arrived a little after 9am and shooters were already on the course.

A six person squad as we squadded with three shooters from Canada.

The temperature was in the low 70's.  A slight breeze.  Thanks to the breeze, bug spray was not needed.  A bit muddy in spots and sneakers were not the best choice of footwear.

A wide verity of target presentations.  A few stations in open areas, but stations were mostly located in wooded areas.

More then enough help seemed to be on hand.


On the return we stopped to purchase strawberries from a road side stand.  Turns out the berries were grown by the Amish.  A large number of Amish can be found in this part of the state.  Don't know there farming practices, but the berries tasted great!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 14 @ the Vermont State Trap Shoot

Montpelier Gun Club, Berlin, Vermont.

Yep, that's a shot curtain in the background.  Protects a small river.  The only downside to the shot curtain is it doesn't' run the entire length of the club.  The curtain makes for a consistent background and targets pop, and for me anyway, easy to pick up.

The view to the right of the shot curtain!

Rained hard in the days leading up to the shoot.  I shot on Saturday, no rain, but overcast for most of the day, the sun did finally came out. A slight wind picking up in the PM.

As I previously posted, powder was not available, but other reloading components were available, as well as ammunition.

I got the impression that attendance was down a bit, but a well attended shoot. Small club atmosphere (that's good).

Singles consisted of 200 targets.  100 in the AM and 100 in the PM.  50 targets per field.

We had smooth sailing in the AM and PM.  A fast moving squad, but not over doing it.  No problems with voice release or targets.  Squads moved smoothly and no waiting for the second field to become available.

Shoot Photos & Video

For those following my various posting about my 1100.  Not one failure to feed or failure to fire.  I didn't clean the gun between 100's. I attended a sporting clays shoot the week previously and no problems to report from that shoot either.  The gun is presently torn down, covered in BreakFree.  I usually let it sit for 24 hours before wiping down the parts and putting it back together.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

No powder at the Vermont State Trap shoot

A friend asked me to see if PB powder could be had at the Vermont State Championship Trapshoot as he knew I would be shooting on Saturday.

No powder of any sorts to be had.  Primers, lead, and wads a plenty, but no powder.

Didn't look closely at what shotgun ammunition was for sale, but saw stacks of it.  I picked up several cases of Fiocchi shells.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Is your firearm secure (away from home)?

Articles or postings that I've come across in my internet travels.

- Shotgun stolen off the gun rack at the club.

- Rifle discovered stolen after going down range to change targets.

- Gun and/or gear stolen out of the back of an open vehicle at the club.  I lost several boxes of ammunition at a shoot last year.  Non-registered shooters were also shooting at the club : (

- Guns stolen out of unlocked vehicles (recurring throughout the nation).

- Vehicles with gun/hunting decals targeted

- Guns stolen from unlocked vehicle when going to and from the motel room when checking in.

- Vehicles broken into at motels, everything stolen, including firearms not brought into the room.

One story that I keep coming across but could never verify was vehicles being marked at shoots (with a small sticker) and then broken into when shooters were visiting local restaurants.

Not gun related, but a GPS is easy money for someone looking for money for there next fix. Hide the GPS, as well as the mounting device when not in use.

If you have firearm insurance, will it cover all the above scenarios?  Your homeowners policy may not even cover a loss at home, let alone when traveling!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shooting Glasses. Safe or not? I fear not!

To my distress I've learned that my shooting glasses may not be providing the protection that I thought I was paying for.

Call me ignorant and stupid for assuming, but we're talking shooting glasses that I hope would provide maximum protection, with color of lens a secondary consideration.   I don't want my lens to break under any circumstances.  Frame maybe, lens no!

Very distressed, as I've been hit by pellets and pieces of broken targets, never thinking that my eyesight was in jeopardy.  Skeet shooters are well aware of the hazard of being hit by pellets via ricochet and targets falling from the sky from the adjacent field on a windy day. Have also experienced the same shooting sporting clays.  I've had shells bounce off me from ejected shells from an adjacent shooter when shooting trap.  I've worked around all kinds of clay target machines, never thinking my eyesight was not protected 100%.

Decot Website

General Info - Lenses

Decot makes non-prescription and prescription lenses for Decot Shooting Glasses... as well as for your Post 4, Ranger, Browning, Serengeti, B&L Shooters, and Zeiss Shooting Glasses.

Unless specifically stated or optioned at the time of sale, the lenses will be made of CR39 plastic. Polycarbonate, Trivex and Hi-Index materials are available at additional cost.

A broken lens photo posted to Trapshooters.com

THE POSTING:  Today I was shooting an incoming target at sporting clays when a piece of target hit me in the eye. I was wearing Decot lenses which broke on impact thereby allowing target pieces into my eye. I had no idea that Decot lenses would break from target pieces. I called Decot and they said the lenses are plastic and not polycarbonate and were not surprised at what happened. My question is why would they sell a shooting lens that does not protect your eye from target impact....what would happen if a barrel blew up.
The Manager at Decot was not interested in replacing the lens for anything less than full cost because it was past 60 days....the lens was 5 months old. He wanted me to ship the lens back to him and he would determine if it was defective....in the meantime I'm without shooting glasses.
My reason in writing this thread is to let the other Decot wearers know that these lenses may not provide you the protection you expect.....unless special ordered as Polycarbonate (at additional cost) they are plastic and will break at moderate impact. I have attached a Photo of the lens.

I've contacted Decot and asked if the posting was true, as I fear it is, via reading what is posted to there site in regard to CR39 plastic!

What of the lenses they are making for other companies?

Am I having a senior moment or do we have an issue here?


Received a telephone call from Decot.

The CR39 plastic if I heard correctly is an industry standard, used for many years without issue.  They hear from many shooters telling them how the lenses have saved there eyes.  No, the glasses are not shatter proof.

Those ordering Rx Bifocal don't have the option of using the high end lens material. They are just starting to get in high end product that can be used (limited lens color).  You do have the option of having a full bifocal with the various color options, but not the finger print size they offer. 

In any case, you need to call them direct and see what will work best for you if you require a Rx Bifocal (my words, not Decot), especially if you desire a high end material and not CR39 plastic.