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.

Friday, December 16, 2016

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Death of Olympic Doubles Trap

A recommendation has been made to replace the double trap men’s event with a trap mixed gender team competition by an International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Ad-Hoc Committee.

Yes.  The elimination of Double Trap and replaced with a mixed gender Olympic trap singles event. 

The purpose?  To establish gender equality.

As each discipline at the Olympics receives X number of slots and can't be expanded on, some disciplines have to reformat if there is to be more women.

Only a recommendation, but almost a certainty of being approved, but lighting could strike, but unlikely.

Real world.  Olympic doubles trap will die off in many parts of the world, as many countries subsides shooters and / or facilities and they are not going to invest money on a discipline that is no longer an Olympic sport. From what I see only shot sparingly in the USA except for those with Olympic ambitions and will slowly disappear at many ranges.

Doubles trap for women at the Olympics was discontinued after the 2004 summer Olympics. Won by U.S. shooter Kim Rhode.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Idiots Not Securing Firearms in the Home

More then a few times a month I come across an article where a child is shot by another child in the home.  Children as young as three and four years old having access to loaded guns?

Loaded gun in the closet, under the bed, under the pillow, in a dresser drawer, in a kitchen cabinet, on top of the refrigerator, even in a vehicle.

Kids are kids (and, kids have come friends over).

Saying I told them not to touch is not good enough!

Not carrying?  Lock it up.

Numerous safes in all sizes can be opened quickly by either quick combo or fingerprint.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Hard of Hearing and Shooting at the Range

Having problems hearing range commands or the calls of the trapper?

May be time to consider Electronic Hearing Protection.

Modern state of the art protection not only amplifiers sound (hear conversations), but more importantly cuts off loud noises, such as gun fire. 

If you have significant hearing loss and removing your hearing aids for whatever reason, a product listed may make your visit to the range a more enjoyable one.  Yes, going to cost you $$$ over dumb protection, but....

There are a host of electronic options out there.  Hopefully this will nudge you to upgrade your protection or for those who are thinking of not shooting because of hearing problems, keep you at the range.

Using Hearing Aids with Hearing Protection

7 Best Electric Ear Muffs | December 2016

Best Ear Protection For Shooting – (Reviews & Guide 2016)

For those that for whatever reason don't want to use ear muffs.

Ear plug inserts.

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

Shooting Glasses Prescription

I posted about this previously, but thought my Optometrists messed up my prescription.  Something seemed a little off, but I didn’t question it.  Was OK for everyday use, but when at the range : (

Anyway, after 12 months of living with it I went in for a new exam and my right eye prescription was beefed up.

Not that time of year weather wise, but have been able to go shooting several times with my new prescription.

What a difference.  I suspected the right eye prescription on my old lens was off, but wow!

Only been shooting skeet and trap, but no longer losing target focus.  Target would get out a bit and it became a hazy blur. Depending on the sky, losing it completely.  

Looking forward to visiting a sporting clays course. 

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Dead bird....

I was attending a fun shotgun turkey shoot at Club L'Acadie in Quebec and observed a young lady learning how to shoot.  Have no idea who she is but she looked determined.


A picture (video) is worth a thousand words.

Later in the day I saw her shooting trap.

 The heated trailer is rolled out for cold weather trap shooting. In the spring it's removed.

I watched her take a few shots.  She was on her last shell and I said, hold lower.  She broke the target...

Canadian Snowbird denied entry into the USA with Firearm

Canadian Snowbird denied entry with shoot invitations and approved ATF Form 6NIA.

Invitations did not cover length of stay (4 months).

You have three options when your filling out the application.  Two of them are applying with Shoot Invitations or applying with Hunting License.
You can't mix and match.
If you go with Shoot Invitations, then you have to have a shoot invitation that covers the length of your stay when entering the USA.  In the case of the snow bird who was going to be in the states for four months, he needed several invitations and one from a shoot that was four months down the road.  On a second try he had the necessary paperwork.
A shoot flyer is not a shoot invitation.  An invitation has to be on letter head, addressed to the shooter, list shoot dates and signed.  More then one date can be on a letter, to include fun and league shooting.
If you don't have shoot invitations or think it will be a problem for the period involved, the Hunting License option is what you need.  A hunting License can be from any state.  Your visiting Florida but your license is from Alaska.  Not a problem.  Using the Hunting License option allows you to enter the states for almost any reason regarding the shooting sports (protection is not a reason), to include visiting a club when they are not having an event. 
I suggest those that do use the Hunting License option have a few shoot flyers/invitations with you incase the agent wants to make sure of your intent.
Any questions can be answered by: 
Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch
Phone: (304) 616-4550.  Office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST
Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)

Cracked Remington 1100 Stock

Older model Remington. 

The wife was having issues with the gun. I ended up pulling off the stock to give the gun a thorough inspection.   Ended up replacing the O-Ring, but found the beginning of a crack inside the bolt hole.  All my shotguns get a complete tear down each November/December and unless I missed it last year, something that happened in the past year.

Through the years I've replaced everything on the 1100 that can be replaced.  Guess we'll add a stock to the portfolio.

EBay came to the rescue. I found a stock with pad, LOP cut down to what my wife's is. The reduced LOP saved me a few bucks as I don't have to pay to have the stock cut. 

When I get my hands on it (received shipping notification) I will be sending it to GRACO to have an adjustable comb installed.  Through the years they have done several for me.

The adjustable comb on a 1100 makes for an all around gun.  It can be used for both trap and sporting (skeet) with just a change in barrels and an adjustment to comb height.  I'm convinced a must for women, who have different neck size then men.

Will be checking out the condition of the pad when I receive the stock, but hopefully it won't need to be replaced, but if it's hard as a rock.....

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Custom Made Clay Target Shooting Vest

The wife wanted to get me a new vest for Christmas.  Pick one out....

Looked around and didn't see anything that sparked an interest.

I had thought if I ever purchased a new vest I'd look into having one made and so the search begin.

I settled on a  Chuck Dietl Shooting Vest

If you don't like his offerings, he's flexible and you can add or subtract from the vest as you wish. I like towel rings, one on each side.  I use them when shooting trap on a hot humid day, as you can't step off the line to wipe down the wood on the gun or yourself.

I downloaded the order form, filled it out, and mailed it as an email attachment. 

Two days later he gave me a call and we went over details.

Looking at four or five week turn around.

Asked when he expected payment?

Told to pay him after I received the vest and after I made sure everything was to my satisfaction.

Works for me!

Friday, November 04, 2016

SOLD. 9000g 20 Gauge Reloader

No longer shooting registered skeet and the few times I shoot sub-gauge, it's 28 gauge and that's shooting sub gauge sporting clays events.

So, time to sell and placed it on EBay.

I purchased the machine shortly after MEC came out with progressive re-loaders.  What, 25 years ago?  A new one goes in the neighborhood of $550.

Sold it for $270, plus the buyer paid shipping.  I through in a bag and a half of wads that I had no use for.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Black Friday 2016 AA Winchester Rebate

November 18 - November 28, 2016

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween 5 Stand Shootout @ NCSC

North Country Sportsmen's Club (Williston, Vermont)

Halloween 5 Stand Shootout

The plan was to have two separate 5-stand setups. 

One, on the clubs permanent 5-Stand that has covered shooting positions and the other, setup on the trap field.  This would give the club two 50 target courses and allow for ten shooters per rotation.

Unfortunately, rains were forecast for the weekend and the two separate course setup was changed to allow the shoot take place with shooters not needing to stand in the rain. 

The borrowed machines that were to be used on the Trap field were instead installed on the permanent course and each given a Letter designation.    You first shot 50 Numbered machines and then shot 50 Lettered machines for a total of 100 targets.

The one course slowed things (only 5 shooters per rotation instead of 10) but made for a more enjoyable day for those in attendance.  A good decision!

Both courses had a rabbit.

Volunteers worked there butts off.  It didn’t go unnoticed.  Hats Off to all!
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