Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Silver Dollar having Land Use / Zoning Issues in regard to east Skeet Fields

The Silver Dollar (Florida) may lose it's skeet fields and everything else on the east side of the club.

An informative and timely blog to follow the latest.

Silver Dollar Bulletin


Effective tomorrow, the 5-stand, Crazy Quail, and the two combination trap/skeet fields will be closed until further notice. This has occurred because of the side-deal conceived last night at the zoning hearing. This side deal will benefit only one of the three opposition groups. The others will have no noise reduction. No doubt they will continue their fight to close the club completely.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Gamaliel has been absorbed by Brownell (and, you might not be happy about it)


 In 2015 Brownell purchased Gamaliel Shooting Supply, a premier shotgun sports company.

This past week Brownell absorbed Gamaliel completely.  If you Google Gamaliel and click on the link you will be sent to the Brownell website.

Ammunition deals that were on the Gamaliel site, no longer.  RIO and Nobel Sport shells not listed (two shells that were always competitivity priced).

Buying shot....  Lawrence Brand Shot - $49.99

I was not happy with prices and shipping on the Brownell site in the past, but sometimes they were the only game in town when you needed a spare part.

Anyway, the shotgun community just got screwed.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

La Roue du Roy (Quebec)

Rumor mill has club ownership changing hands and re-opening sometime in May.  Emphasis will be on clay target shooting and not the restaurant.

Also, a strong possibility of a pistol range.  You have to belong to a club if you have a pistol. Only makes sense for the club to offer same if only for the yearly membership money generated.  A smart business decision.

Only rumors, but we all can be hopeful.....

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018 @ Jacksonville Clay Target Sports

Jacksonville Clay Target Sports (Jacksonville, Florida)

Dropped in to shoot practice.

The club has two sporting clays courses.  We shot both courses last year and tend to lean towards the  more challenging south course.  South course it was.....

Station #1.  They skip a target off the water.

I thought we had a good workout.  A nice presentation of targets.

Golf carts available.  Recommend a cart for the north course.  If you drive your car to skeet field #10 the south course is walkable.  If a hot day, rent a cart.

Based on the number of rental carts seen when we arrived and those being used when we left, I can only assume the club was having a good day.  I saw one squad getting ready to shoot skeet when we were departing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

White Flyer Price Increase

Case of Targets as of April 1, 2018 (not April fools) is raising $1.20 - $1.35 a case (depending on source quoted).

Reason given.  Aluminum industry is ramping up and they use pitch in the manufacturing process.

Unless the club is going to absorb the increase (highly unlikely for skeet and trap) I would expect shooters will see a $.25 - $.50 price per round increase.


If you have not already placed an order, price increases are in effect.



Bio's up .55 per case.  The only good news....

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 @ Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm

Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm (Graham, Florida)

70 degrees and overcast.

14 stations.  100 practice targets.

8-10 people on the course.  We were the only two walking.  We walk when it's practical for the exercise. Cart rental $15.

Several target presentations we hadn't seen at the other regional clubs we shoot, so a good work out.

On one station they bounced a target off a trampoline.  True pair with the second target flying low and fast away from you.

Lost focus on several targets, usually with trees in the background.  The old eyes letting me down.  A little sun to pop the target would of helped.  

No broken targets thrown and no button issues.

Remington 1100 Carrier Latch started to hang on the wife's gun (thought I had it fixed with a good cleaning).  Dropping the trigger and applying a bit of brute force should fix it, but for the time being I'm going to drop in a spare trigger.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Odds & Ends (Clay Target Shooting) Mar 2018

We had one of those days at the club, practice sporting clays. 

I think we broke a personal record for either a bird not coming off the arm or a broken bird in one outing.  Not all on one station, but spread-out throughout the course.  Just seemed almost impossible to not have at least one machine per station without issue.

Between the two of us we went out with a case and shot eight boxes.

When I went to pay I was not going to say anything, as they already give an ample allowance for broken targets, but when they asked at the desk....

Ended up paying for only two hundred targets, but you'll never convince me they didn't think I made it up and was trying to rip off the club.  Left a bad taste in the mouth!

Never had target issues in the past at the club.


On station waiting for a sporting clays shoot to start. 

Individual telling us how he's in Class "A".  For whatever reason can't go up, can't go down.

Shoot starts.  First station, three report pair.  He misses all six birds.


Shooter ask if I liked my Beretta A400.  You bet...   Told him I shot 1100's for the longest before I got tired of broken parts and cleaning.

Turns out he also shoots a Beretta A400, use to shoot 1100's. He said the same for him, broken parts and cleaning is why he switched.  But get this.  He worked at Remington in Ilion, New York for 29 years.


Driving an electric cart.  Dead battery : (  

Hitched a ride back to the club house.  

The following week.  Same club.  Dead battery : (

I'm told they purchased the carts used.  Plans are to replace with gas powered carts.


Remington 1100 Carrier Latch started to hang on the wife's gun.

I was able to manual reset each time the problem arose while on the course, but....

Dropped the trigger at home and gave it a good cleaning.

No further issues.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Florida Challenge (Sporting Clays)

Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm (Graham, Florida)

After spending Saturday AM at the Gator club I dropped in on the Florida Challenge (25 minute drive).

Sunny, 85 degrees, and humidity.  Hard on referees without shade.  At various clubs I've seen ref's bring there own beach umbrella and even pop up tents to protect from the elements.  If I was hiring ref's I'd suggest same.

Since the last Florida Challenge the pole barn used for meals and award presentations was enclosed.

As the usual the club used the 850-yard rifle range as it's north course (main event) and the other two permanent ranges, one for the other main event course and the remaining for the dedicated small gauge course.

Also, the club puts up a temporary 5-Stand for the NSCA event. The club has two permanent 5-Stands.  One elevated and one at ground level, but leaves them available for practice.

I see I'm not the only one who misses a target on the easy stations.  John Woolley missed one when shooting 4 pairs while I was filming.  I walked over to the next station and Bill McGuire missed one shooting 4 pairs.  Unlike those shooters I can't afford to miss the so called easy targets.

I was worn out halfway through the north course.  Heat just took it out of me and I wasn't even shooting. Made it to a parcour but just barely had the energy to hold the camera steady.  A long (and slow) walk back to the vehicle.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Southeastern Regional Trap Championships (Olympic Bunker)

Gator Skeet and Trap Club (Gainesville, Florida)

Saturday AM.

Blue skies and little if any wind.

Nice turnout, four squads.  A few familiar faces were missing.

Voice release working well.  A few broken targets, but that was the exception.

I was trying a camera I don't normally use for video and it seemed to work well.  I still go to my camcorder for slow motion shots.

A couple of shooters didn't like me being on the line with camera. I try to stay out of the way and keep out of sight of shooters with mounted gun, but I guess it didn't work for them.

A hard bunker to film shooters (and targets), as elevated and doesn't leave much room for other then shooters and scorekeeper.

This was my 8th trip to Gator to film a bunker shoot (my first bunker filming at the club was in 2009).  Going to have to think long and hard, as if I can't get close, no visually of targets and breaks, especially on sunny days. I suspect my last trip to Gator to film a bunker shoot.


Feb 25, 2018 & WW Sporting Clays

WW Sporting Clays (Jacksonville, Florida)

Before I get started this use to be one of my favorite clubs to visit.

An old club that needs to invest $$$ into its infrastructure. 

Old target counters still working, machines still throwing targets, but the club is run down. I wouldn't even hazard a guess the last time a dollar was invested in other then keeping machines running.

If you happen to visit after a rain be prepared for mud and standing water (nothing trucks of fill couldn't address).  The one elevated stand they have is in need of a rebuild. Station #14 is long past its prime.

Overall, a property that can't compete with the other sporting clubs in the region.  Before this years visit I talked to two different couples that I ran into while shooting sporting and asked if they had shot at WW Sporting? Both answered yes, but indicated they wouldn't be returning. I didn't press them on why.  As a side note I'm always asking shooters what's there home club and what regional clubs they visit.  If they don't mention a club I usually recommend a visit. 

When we first started shooting in Florida we had two regional choices.  WW Sporting and Bradford.  

Through the years; Amelia Shotgun Sports opened, the Jacksonville club (long known for its skeet and trap) opened two sporting clays courses, and Saltwater's in St. Augustine opened (two sporting clays courses).  Amelia was starting to get a little run down but new ownership has invested the $$$ and now a modern club and a club with a fresh look.  The Bradford club always seems to be beefing up its facilities.

I don't know the long term plans, but unless the owner invest the $$$ it's not looking good for the long term viability of the club.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jacksonville International Skeet Open

Jacksonville Clay Target Sports (Jacksonville, Florida)

International Skeet shooters used fields #7 and #10.

I filmed on Sunday.

Weather was warmer then usually for this time of year.

Referees did an outstanding job.

For the first two squads, field #10 had machine issues.  Don't know if they were resolved as I departed before the next squad went out.

Women shooters may or may not have been the best shooters score wise, but overall excellent technique. 


Jacksonville a fine looking club! A club you'd want to bring your friends for a day of shooting. Skeet and trap shooters be sure you check out the non-member prices before going out.

Amelia Shotgun Sports Grand Opening

Amelia Shotgun Sports (Yulee, Florida)

A nice turnout in response to the clubs invitation to the public (and members in general) to come out and see changes made.  

Additional machines (many stations now have three machines), 20 stations, new target release system, new shooting stands, and redesigned clubhouse to name a few.

I saw a number of long time members, but more importantly a number of first time shooters.

Owner Jim Muller spent most of the day on station #1 going through the fundamentals of shotgun shooting and also having new shooters take several shots at targets before going out on the course.

I didn't count but I think a minimum of ten stations with referees were available for those signing up for the Open House Shoot.   The referees/advisors I observed went beyond the call of duty assisting new shooters.

We passed on the Open House manned stations and shot the stations without referees.

A free lunch was offered, as well as live music.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Feb 10, 2018 @ Amelia Shotgun Sports

Amelia Shotgun Sports (Yulee, Florida)

Club is under new ownership and our first visit since early last year. 

Let me start by saying when we departed we had a good feel about the club.  A good mix of target presentations and zero issues with target release or targets.

Interior of the club house has been redone and old target stands removed.  Where in the past you would find two stands within several yards of each other (one station) you will now find only one stand.

The club provides three machines at each station.  The release has buttons for four (4) machines.

We enjoyed having three (3) machines per station.  Machine three (3) the harder of the three.  Experienced shooters can mix with newer and casual shooters with everyone enjoying the shooting experience.  I watched a few squads and they seemed satisfied shooting targets from machine 1&2 and for the most part not spending much time on machine target #3.  If shooting IC choke may I suggest you switch to a minimum of LM if you shoot #3 machine targets.  

You can walk the course or rent a cart.  The club sells ammunition and offers gun rentals.

We were at another club in the first part of February with a larger footprint.  The stations at that club seemed too close together and seemingly lack of imagination on machine placement and target presentations.  Amelia on the other hand with a smaller sporting footprint, seemed a more comfortable course to shoot and target presentations well thought out (and more enjoyable).  Let me put it this way. We will not be making a return visit to the other club, but will be making a return visit to Amelia Shotgun Sports.

Less then ten minutes from the I-95 exit.

Dawn Grant

Three machines (Station #1)


Hello :)

PAT Trap.

Short video of Heide hitting a pair of targets.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Feb 1, 2018 @ Triple N Ranch Shooting Range

Triple N Ranch Shooting Range (St. Cloud, FL)

Just a hair on the cool side at the start, but ended up in the mid 70's.

Cart and gun rentals available.  Guns for rent; Browning 12 and 20 O/U.

Friendly staff.

Three mile drive from main road to the clubhouse (25mph).

As first time visitors we had to watch a 17 minute range safety film.  It loops throughout the day.

19 stations.  One mile circle.
$38 per hundred.  No show targets.  

We decided to walk but recommend renting a golf cart when temperatures get on the high side. 

No water on the course.

Many trees planted and in ten years.....

Hadn't seen a gun rack with the top and bottom holders cut at an angle before. Awkward at first placing guns in the rack, but worked well and a smart design.

No, we didn't feed it : )

Various pistol and rifle ranges.

Short video of me and Heide hitting a few targets.

Many machines placed near the shooting stands along the road (reminded me of the old days when we used hand released targets).  May ease restocking, but they need to get the majority of machines out into the fields and spread them out to increase target presentations. 

Could an issue be that stations are to close together and can't put the machines where they need to be or just easier for reloading by keeping them near the road?  

19 stations sounds great in theory, but I think poorly executed.  Maybe the planners were thinking it would be great for charity shoots and overflow days, but not what I was expecting target wise from a brand new course that had its grand opening last November.  Maybe the nineteen station course needed to be set on a 1 1/2 mile track instead of one mile.

I suggest the club abandon 5 of the 19 shooting stations (leaving 14 stations).  I would take the ten machines and target counters and double up 5 stations (4 machine superstations).  Would work well for practice and with the empty spaces from the abandoned stands, allow for getting machines out into the fields (and smartly spaced).  If having a registered shoot, adjust the course as needed.

The club has plans to install a 5-Stand.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Jan 21, 2018 @ Saltwaters Shooting Club

Saltwaters Shooting Club (St. Augustine, Florida)

Two 14 station courses.  Birds moving on the back course and not recommended for the novice.  Heck, I was in over my head on more then a few....

$40 per 100 (plus you get the use of a cart).

We were on both courses.  No problems with targets or target release.  A few times we saw someone driving around and loading machines.

The club ask that you pick up spent hulls and provides magnetic sticks to ease cleanup.

Open Wednesday thru Sunday.  9-5.

 Heide on the front course

 Turn right for the back course.

 Almost warm enough for shorts.  Maybe next time.

 Front course station.

 Station 14 behind the hill (front course).  Fast moving rabbit coming off the hill.


 Skeet (sporting clays prices)


 8 Bays