Friday, May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016 @ Club L'Acadie

A Friday trip to Club de Tir L'Acadie

I shot the practice sporting clays course (think FITASC parcour), located between the Olympic bunker traps and the rifle/pistol range.  It has eleven (11) machines, to include two rabbit machines, set in a circle.

We moved a plastic bucket around to designate shooting station. You want to shoot a long bird, so be it.  30 yard crosser, not a problem.  We just moved the bucket.  A few directions you couldn't shoot, like towards the access road.

No set presentations.  Bring out 25 shells and shoot what you want, from any machine when it's your turn.  On your call; singles, reports, following pair, true pair. 

No slow targets.  Targets flying fast.   Think the length of a sheet of plywood or more for leads on some of the presentations (depending where the bucket is set).
A good workout for the serious shooter.  The club also has a thirteen (13) machine 5-stand.

Shooting the Rabbit

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Florida Clay Target Clubs (skeet, trap, sporting clays, bunker trap)

I've completed my Google Maps listings of Florida Clay Target Clubs. 

Florida Clay Target Clubs

I've indicated the clubs that offer sporting clays.

The latest club added is Bay County Shooting Range.  They just added a sporting clays range.

If you notice any issues drop me an email.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 12 @ Sportsman's Club of Franklin County

November, maybe early December was the last visit.

Pretty much had the place to ourselves.  Rifle and pistols shooters coming and going (they have a separate gate controlled area).

After shooting a couple of rounds of skeet a NY shooter arrived and we shot trap.

No machine or target problems.

The club throws Lawry targets and no complaints.  The grass grows green so whatever Lawry is using to make them environmental friendly is right on the money. 

PAT Trap skeet machines in all three fields and a PAT Trap in the lone trap house.

Target counter field #2

The club is open 12 months a year and winter weather doesn't seem to bother the machines. When I used to shoot in freezing weather at my old club we'd let the PAT Trap run for 10-15 minutes before use. Could be longer depending on the temperature.

It can be noisy around the skeet low house, as PAT machines are not quiet.

Looks like the fields were recently raked, as no target debris. 

Last year the bathrooms were rehabilitated and this year the entrance hallway leading into the main part of the building was blown up.  Looks like a large closet is being put in.  A good use of space. 

The clubs rifle/pistol range has seen big changes (for the good) the last few years.  A nice range and available seven days a week.

We usually drop in a couple of times a month, maybe will see you sometime.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Cabin Fever Open Sporting Clays @ Underhill

Underhill Rod & Gun Club, Westford, Vermont

Sunny. The temp hit 72 degrees.  On and off wind, especially towards the end of the day, but didn't seem to effect the targets, except on a few stations.

Shotgun start.  Five fields, three stations on each, various number of machines.

Everyone seemed to be in good humor.

Not a good start.  A rather depressive experience on the first field picking up target presentations. I left the first station with two unfired shells and when I did shoot it was just poking at the target as no time to aim.  Not good and can't remember ever walking off a stand with unfired shells.  Hope the eyes aren't starting to fail.

Unfortunate, as for the most part I enjoyed the rest of the course, seeing targets clearly.

I don't know the cause, but the third rotation had a late start.  I was schedule to shoot at 1pm, but not even close.  Ended up getting off the course at 4:30pm.

A lunch was available for $7.

The ladies working the desk and kitchen did a great job.

A half dozen shooters from Quebec attended the shoot.


The club in the past has not had a permeant sporting clays course.  Only setting it up two or three times a year. This year during the warm weather months (weather permitting) sporting clays will be shot each Tuesday from noon-5pm.  Non-members more then welcomed.

I switched the photo program that I've used in the past to one that makes viewing photos on a mobile device more user friendly.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Canadians Entering the USA with a Firearm ATF Form 6NIA

Q&A Category: Nonimmigrant Aliens.

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] Last Reviewed February 10, 2016


Simple enough.  If you don’t require a VISA you don’t need a shoot invitation or hunting license.

Unfortunately, not always the case for Canadians that don't require a VISA to enter the United States and may be required to show a shoot invitation or hunting license.

What can you do if you wish to use the non-VISA option and not allowed at the crossing you use?

Submit a Complaint/Concern to U.S. Customs and Border Protection

* If entering via the state of Washington a shoot invitation for target shooters required.

If submitting a complaint I  suggest you copy and paste the Q&A to your writings.

Lost Target ATF Form 6NIA Guidance:

Monday, April 18, 2016

Olympic Bunker Trap Clubs (USA & Canada)

Continuing my revamp of various Lost Target pages I threw out the Olympic Bunker Traps club links page I was maintaining and made a Google Map that list all Olympic Bunker Traps in both the USA and Canada (that I'm aware).  To my knowledge, all 15 machine bunkers.

Going through the links when making the map I find, as I had in my old club links page, a number of clubs that either changed URL and/or moved to Facebook.  A few clubs had no information available.  Web page no longer available.

The posted map and on the same page, current and past YouTube posted Bunker Trap shoots.


If you see a club missing or no longer in operation, drop me a line.

Lost Target Web Site Updated

I'm nearing the end of reviewing and updating information pages associated with the Lost Target website.  Long overdue.

I deleted the "Club" link page that listed clubs in all 50 states and Canada. It was almost impossible to keep current with resources on hand.  For whatever reason clubs not maintaining sites (or letting them die), changing URL every few years, and / or moving to Facebook and such.   I replaced with a page that list search engines links to gun clubs.

The general Link page listing various companies and services deleted. It was needed before the event of Google, but no longer.  Replaced with individual pages of services that include links that Google may not rate highly and might take multiple searches to find.  

As I mentioned in a previous posting I reposted and revised Northeast Florida Clay Target Clubs links with a Google map.  I also updated all general Florida links page in regard to clay target clubs in Florida that I continue to maintain.

I took a serious look on pages in regard to American and Canadian gun laws.  Both countries in my experience have a history of changing links to information with no notice. 

A serious pruning to FFL's who will do imports/exports.  If your aware of someone in the international import/export business, especially in regard to Canada, let me know.

I'm at a lose at what do in regard to Canadians visiting the USA with a firearm.  I have information overload on border crossing, but my thinking is no need for someone to get turned away at the border because of a lack of information.

The main problem....

The law changed a few years back.  Those not needing a VISA to enter the USA (many Canadians), no longer require a shoot invitation or hunting license (any state) to support the required ATF Form 6NIA. This is the pre-approved form they must have in there possession when crossing the border.  It's submitted to ATF West Virginia prior to a planned visit and may take anywhere from one to six weeks for approval.

Question FAQ - ATF Website:
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]  Q&A Category:  Nonimmigrant Aliens     Last Reviewed February 10, 2016

If a VISA holder you would need to provide in most instances either a hunting license (any state) or a shoot invitation.  A non-VISA holder would not be required to provide either.  For whatever reason U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a problem with this.
It's hit and miss.  Some U.S. Customs and Border Protection crossings refuse to acknowledge non-VISA holders no longer need the supporting documentation and insist on seeing supporting documentation even if the approved form shows not needed.  Unless something has changed, the ATF Firearms Branch has not been willing to do battle with U.S. Customs and Border Protection over this. 

All I can do is post current law and give warnings.  I suspect not all agreed in the government with the change in federal law and playing games in regard to not updating the laws referenced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in regard to firearms, as too many years have past for anything but that.  The approved form itself should be the final word, but not always the case.

The Lost Target

Friday, April 15, 2016

Northeast Florida Clay Target Clubs Map

I blew up the web page I was maintaining on club locations in Northeast Florida and put the clubs on Google Maps.  A much needed conversion and easy to get directions via Google.

If you have a question I may be able to answer, as I've visited a number of the clubs, but not all. For recent information best to contact the club directly.

The Flagler club is best visited by contacting the club (or a member) prior to a visit, as entry is gate controlled via a member issued gate card reader. 

The St. Augustine Skeet Club is private, but in my experience most receive permission to shoot if you talk to whoever is running the club that day.  If they have an event or membership function you will most likely be turned away.  A beautiful looking club.

The Jacksonville club sporting clays course can be busy on weekends. They have golf cart rentals and recommended you take advantage, as a long course.   Rumor is they may open a second course.  Non-member skeet and trap rates in the $9 range per round.

The Volusia club is busy in the winter months.  Very difficult at times to shoot two times, back to back. We try to game arrival time to miss waits.  In the winter, this club could be the most active Skeet & Trap club on the east coast.  The also have 5-stand.  Very reasonable shoot and membership fees.  A large staff of volunteer workers.

The Amelia club has loaner guns.  New shooter friendly.

If you have never shot Olympic Bunker Trap, the Gator club is the place to visit.  Contact the club prior to visit to ensure the bunker will be open.

* I've been informed after this posting the Gator club has loaner guns and in addition to the Olympic bunker which will be opened anytime anybody comes, the club has completely redone the 5 Stand.

The Okefenokee Sporting Clays Club is in Georgia, just over the border.  I last shot at the club maybe 7-8 years back.  I paid a visit this year on a weekend and no one was at the club.  The clubs web site did not indicate a closure.  Recommend you call before travel. 

The Saltwater's club in St. Augustine is west of the airport.  Recently opened to the public.  Two courses, one for the big boys (and girls).  Only shot there a few time and enjoyed are visits.

Bradford has two sporting clays courses (but can expand to three).  A fun friendly course and one for the more experienced.  Also, two 5-stands.

The Palatka club is a club we usually shoot in the middle of the week.  Seven skeet fields and you can usually get one to get in some serious practice, even if you just want to stay on one station.  A PAT Trap has supposedly been purchased to replace an old Winchester on the clubs lone trap field, but it had not been installed as of are last visit.  Your responsible for opening individual fields and if your the last shooter on the field, your responsible for filling the machines, policing the field, and closing the field.

Northeast Florida Clay Target Clubs

Thursday, March 17, 2016

UPDATE: Saltwaters Gun Range "Sporting Clays" (St. Augustine)

Located west of the St. Augustine airport at the end of Big Oak Road.

 Hours of operation.

Flyer at the club (Mar 17)

The flyer will shortly be outdated, as we saw six brand new machines waiting to be installed and was told six more were on order.  We shot both courses, but cut down the numbers on the West course so we could take some targets on the advanced course. 

Interesting targets on the advanced course.  You have to pay attention!

I was told then end game is two 14 station courses, maybe 15.

The club now accepts credit cards.

The piston seal broke on my wife's Remington 1100.

I carry enough parts in my shoot bag to rebuild an 1100 and she was up in running in minutes.  I was just thinking the other day when cleaning the gun that it's been three months and no broken parts.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Soros Funded Takes Credit for Violence in Chicago

Ilya Sheyman, a failed Illinois contender for Congress and the executive director of Political Action, has taken credit for the violence at a cancelled Trump event last night in Chicago. He promised similar violence and disruption will occur at future Trump political events leading up to the election. 

“Mr. Trump and the Republican leaders who support him and his hate-filled rhetoric should be on notice after tonight’s events,” on the George Soros funded MoveOn web page. “To all of those who took to the streets of Chicago, we say thank you for standing up and saying enough is enough. To Donald Trump, and the GOP, we say, welcome to the general election.”

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

March 9, 2016 - Lost Target Odds & Ends

We had flames exiting the chamber of a Remington 1100 and a Beretta A400 on are last outing.  Three times in all.  Shells came from the same box of Nobel Sport shells.  I assume unburnt powder.


Knock on wood.  Heide's Remington 1100 has been working flawlessly.  Religiously upon returning home I remove the bolt and give the firearm a cleaning with Breakfree.  Letting it sit overnight and wiping down the next day. Something I started doing a few years back is using two (2) O-Rings.  If either one starts to look beat up I replace it.  Haven't dropped the trigger for cleaning for a couple of months and overdo. 


We shot sporting clays practice the other day.  Not a good idea as I'm nursing a bad back, but the weather is too nice to not shoot.   Didn't shoot a full 100.  On some stations just took a couple of shots.  Definitely no registered shooting for the time being.  And, add a bad left knee that needed to be injected with cortisone back in early February.  I can shoot all day and the left knee doesn't bother me, but if I go shooting the next day without taking a day or two off I can feel it when I lean forward on the leg. 


Not going to name the club, but I suspect a long time club in Northeastern Florida will be closing.  Was disappointed in its condition when we visited.  Doesn't look like a dime has spent in the last few years.  Machines throwing good targets, but the overall impression was rundown.  It use to be on my recommend list when asked.


I heard a rumor that Jacksonville Clay Target Sports will be adding a second sporting clays course.  A club long known for skeet that last year added a sporting clays course.  A huge success and very busy on weekends.


I was told the Saltwater's gun range in St. Augustine (west of the airport) purchased six additional sporting clays machines.  When we last shot at the club we shot a 19 station sporting clays course.  I left with the impression once all machine buys had taken place, at some point the club would have two separate 12-14 station courses


If your local member run club isn't hosting charity/fund raising type shoots it's missing out on a sure money maker.  Can't get over the number of such functions held at various clubs.  Not uncommon for a local business to hold a shoot midweek for it's workers or association.  Sporting clays shoots first caught my eye, but when I started paying attention, skeet and or trap fun shoot fund raisers not uncommon.


After seeing it in action we purchased a MOJO Magnetic Shotgun Hull Retriever.  Shooting semi-autos we leave a number of shells on the ground, especially when shooting skeet.  Seems to pick up more shells at one time then other products out there.


The sole came off my hiking boot in the middle of a hike.  Ten years they lasted and beyond repair.  I purchased a pair of Moab Mid GORE-TEX boots, as the brand that failed is no longer available. We did an eight mile hike a few days ago and used the new boots without break in.  Comfortable and no blisters. 


Was having issues with the backpack I use for hiking.  Looked locally but didn't see anything that fit my needs.  Ordered a  L.L.Bean Continental Rucksack.  Fits like a glove and very comfortable.  I wanted a bag where you could pack two (2) one quart bottles in side compartments (one on each side) of the pack.  No longer common on many brands of packs.


We hiked a trail we hadn't done before. The second time I was a little confused along a trail this year.  Had to use the map constantly.  Some trails should be adopted by a local hiking club.  Do you really need to come to an intersection and don't know if you need to take a right or a left?  As always I set a turn-around time incase we have to back track and still have time to return to the vehicle in day light hours.  I guess the smart thing to do, especially on the out of the way trails that your not familiar with is to use a GPS designed for hiking.  Garmin has a nice one $$$$.  Download the map you need, mark your vehicle location, and no worries.

A few photos and several short videos from the last hike.







Saturday, March 05, 2016

March 5, 2016 @ Okefenokee Sporting Clays

Okefenokee Sporting Clays, Folkston, GA

Saturday afternoon (1pm) and no one at the club.

Empty, none, nobody!

I checked the clubs web site just this AM to verify hours and to see if anything was scheduled.

Posted on the site; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to dark.

A two hour drive and........

I looked around but no closure notice, nor explanation.  I was hoping to see a note, "back in 15 minutes", but nothing.

In the old days this would be the point where I go off, but what's the point.

I had two clubs in the GPS that were an hour away and along the route home.  We choose one and were able to get in some shooting.  If I known we would be driving for a little over three hours to shoot clays we would have driven to Tampa Bay Sporting Clays and made a day of it.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

2016 Florida Challenge @ Bradford

Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm, Graham, Florida.

I wore a warm shirt the first few days, but Saturday afternoon and Sunday saw warm temperatures, with Sunday temps in the 70's.  Halfway through the course on Saturday I removed the warm shirt and just wore a T shirt.  A number of shooters wearing jackets.  Sunny and very little wind on the three days I attended.  My friend shot FITASC on Thursday and said they had wind.  Not effecting the birds unless they went above the tree line.  I think he ended up with a 78.

The weather can be tricky this time of the year and if thinking of attending a future shoot, warm jacket and shooting gloves, even throwing an extra sweater into the bag is recommended.  In past years I wore rain paints to keep cold winds off the legs.  Just because it's Florida, it can get cold!

The club normally runs two 14 station courses.  For major shoots they convert the 800 yard rifle range to a sporting clays course.

Well run shoot as the norm.  We didn't experience any issues when on the course and I don't remember any backups.  Refs were up on the rules and didn't allow themselves to be bullied into given someone a target (you see a lot when running around with a camera).

Targets weren't over the top.  I saw Bill McGuire miss the "easy" target and break the most difficult.  I didn't shoot the FITASC (4 parcours) but what I saw, fair targets.  Never did get over to the small gauge course.  5 Stand targets looked fair.

The club was running two (2) practice 5-stands.  A nice variety of practice targets.

I stayed for Saturdays dinner and needed a jacket once the sun went down. 

As usually at shoots, had very friendly and supportive squad mates for both the preliminary and main event.

I had a bad time on Sunday.  Bent down to tie my sneaker when getting dressed and couldn't stand up, the back went out.  I should have withdrawn, but thought I could work through it (must be a guy thing).  First station went well, 6x6, but down hill fast after that.  It's now Tuesday and still walking hunched over and pain pills making it bearable. The way it usually works is I'll try to stand up at some point in the day and no pain and walking like nothing ever happened.

Very happy with the A400 Beretta I started shooting mid 2016.  Three hundred and fifty shells shot over the weekend without issue.  Shot RIO shells.  The only thing I did when putting it away was wiping down the barrel.  Would never think of not cleaning the Remington 1100 I use to shoot each night.

A third video named Breakin' Targets is just that, targets being broken.  May not be for everyone.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Little Big Econ State Forest Hike

Was suppose to be in the mid 70's, but 83 degrees when we returned to the vehicle.  I brought two quarts of water and maybe one pint left at the end of the day.

The trail map I downloaded was confusing once we were on the trails (several different trails) and a lack of trail information signs added to the confusion.  We ran into a couple of hikers that had the same problem.  The worst thing is to have to backtrack when your suppose to be hiking a loop.  It all worked out, but I set a drop dead time in my head when we would have to backtrack instead of keep going foreword in order to get back to the vehicle with plenty of day light remaining.

The start of the hike was through dense vegetation and a number of stream crossings.  One stream was wider then we could jump.  I assume at some point there was something to cross over on, but it was long gone.  The water was at least knee deep in the middle.  Ended up finding an old log and moving it into place, crossing without getting are feet wet.

An adult water moccasin. Resting right next to a two board wide walkway we had to take to get over a small stream.  It can strike maybe half it's body length, so just walking by was not an option.  Long story short, I took a 5 foot long dead palm tree branch and irritated it enough to the point it hit the water and swam away.

 This guy was waiting to cross the trail.

Lost half the sole off my right hiking boot at the halfway point.  Had them for over 10 years.  It was flopping around, so took a knife and cut it off.  By then we were on the easy part of the trail and didn't cause a problem.