Friday, June 26, 2015

5 Stand under construction @ La Roue du Roy

La Roue du Roy, Hemmingford, Quebec

Photos showing  the two story 5-stand being constructed to replace a structure know as the "podium" that was open to the elements and only saw fair weather use.

The club is 15 minutes from the US I-87 border crossing.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Ilion Sporting Clays Political Victory Fund Fundraiser Shoot

Saturday I attended the 2nd Annual Sporting Clays NYSRPA Political Victory Fund fundraiser at the Ilion Fish & Game Club, Ilion, New York.

Monies raised to help fund the NYSPRA court case against the New York SAFE ACT (gun control in the name of safety).

A long time from my last visit, maybe 20 - 25 years ago to shoot registered skeet doubles.

A good number of donated prizes were up for grab.  The club did it's part by only charging what it cost to purchase the targets.  All shoot monies outside of targets was for the benefit of the Political Victory Fund. In the video those who donated are credited during the awards presentation!

The club is located on the top of a hill.  Skeet and trap fields long have been in place, but with the event of sporting clays, shoot stations have populated the hilltop fields.  An additional warm weather course is sited at the base of the hill in a wooded area that allows for a full 100 target course when needed.

The club has a truck that is used to move people from the clubhouse to the bottom course, and the reverse.

A cool start but the sun finally make it's prescience known and warmed up nicely.

A mix of hand traps and modern machines.

Always tough too shoot video when shooting, as you can't be everywhere, but I think you'll get a good overview of the shoot.  The awards presentations part of the video is limited to class champions and HOA.

If just interested in the video.

YouTube Shoot Video

For Photos and Video:

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

UPDATE: Remington 1100 broke for the last time

After thinking my Remington 1100 receiver was scrap metal I found out differently.

While attending a sporting clays shoot at Vernon National I ran into a person who works at the Remington Gun factory in Ilion, NY.

He told me what had broke was the receiver barrel support and it was repairable.

I contacted Remington and they told me to send it to a designated Remington service center (they provided a shipping label and order # via email) to see if it could be repaired, and if so, I would receive an estimate.

Received an email from the service center stating it would cost $80.  Unfortunately, I had only sent in the receiver and they wanted the complete shotgun, as they were required to test fire the shotgun before they could return it.   A little upset on that turn of events, but just the way it is!

The rest of the firearm sent out this AM.

I expect at the end of the day to be selling the firearm, but to whomever I sell it to, understanding it's like purchasing a used vehicle with 150,000 miles on the speedometer.

Meanwhile, I picked up a newly purchased Remington 1100 from my FFL on Saturday.  Seemed to fit right out of the box.

I found what looks like a manufacturing defect on the forearm finish  :  (

A call to Remington and they will be sending a new forearm.

This 1100 may end up being used by the wife, so a trip to a gun fitter at some point, as she usually needs 1/2  inch or so cut off the stock.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Veteran’s Benefit Shoot at Vernon National

21 Gun Salute

I attended the 7th Annual Veteran’s Benefit Shoot at Vernon National Shooting Preserve, Vernon Center, New York.

The club is south of Rome, NY.

Great weather and a nice turnout (117 shooters). 

Donuts to start off the day and grilled chicken after the shoot.

A brief ceremony was held before going out.

A nice mix of first time (or only shot a few times) and those who have been shooting for a number of years.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Remington 1100 broke for the last time

The end of the line for my Remington 1100, as a piece of metal fell out of my receiver during cleaning. 

Could it be repaired?  Not by me and nothing I would want to sink any money into, as the gun was basically shot out and not worth the monies to repair (if possible).

Purchased the firearm used back in the 90's for a ridiculously low price from a disgruntled shooter. Came with two barrels, to include a skeet barrel (sold) and a Remington green case (sold).

I looked at a few used 1100's for sale but ended up placing an order for a new 1100 with a 28 inch barrel.  I found a good deal, as it will be in my hands for under $1000, to include FFL fee and shipping.  The only downside is it won't ship until June 1st and I will be shooting my backup at a couple of shoots.

A new gun will leave me with an extra barrel.  I expect to sell either the new one or the one on my now broken 1100.  That will further bring the purchase price down. 

I also have the option of selling the stock and forearm, as I now have an extra set. 

I like semi-autos and looked at other makes the last few years anticipating the day my 1100 would break for the last time, but kept coming back to the 1100. 



Received a tracking number on May 23rd.  Not having to wait until June 1st for shipment!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sportsman's Club of Franklin County Skeet Field Upgrade

We visited the Sportsman's Club of Franklin County in  St. Albans Bay, Vermont to get in some trap practice and I see the fence separating skeet field 2 and 3 is being replaced.

The old fence was long an eyesore.

Hats off to the club and it's volunteers!

Some people should stay away from guns

Monday, May 11, 2015

North Country Sportsmen's Club Under Attack

The North Country Sportsmen's Club located in Williston, Vermont is under siege by local officials over hours of operation. 

Local officials were notified the club is protected by Vermont stature, but ignored by said officials.

This ordinance shall not apply to the discharge of firearms by police officers, sheriffs  constables, game wardens and other statutorily designated law enforcement officers in the performance of their legal duties. This ordinance shall not be construed to limit any rights or immunities to discharge firearms in the defense or protection of person or property provided by Vermont Statutes. Nor shall this ordinance apply to the discharge of firearms on any existing sport shooting range, as defined in 10 V.S.A., section 5227.
Town of Williston sent police officers to the NCSC property not once but three times to unlawfully order an end to lawful trap shooting activities. The police officers further demanded the identify of citizens engaged in a lawful activity on private property. The police threatened to subpoena the identify of these citizens and according to another citizen at the above said select board meeting recorded the license plate numbers of the vehicles present at the NCSC on Sunday, May 3.

Read the club communication to members and actions being taken.

 North Country Sportsmen's Club Under Attack

Monday, April 27, 2015

2015 Spring Deuce @ Rochester Brooks

The 19th Annual Spring Deuce, Rochester Brooks Gun Club at Rush, New York.  The club offered three days of shooting, to include FITASC and sub gauge.
A cold day on Friday. A 5 1/2 hour drive from the house. On the ride to the club driving through the Adirondack Mountains snow flurries and snow on the ground west of Speculator. 

Flurries and windy at the club. Skies were dark at times. A tough day for shooting, but squads were out getting their licks in.  If the trash cans on the courses were metal instead of plastic I’m sure more than a few warming fires would have been lit. 
My friend shot the FITASC and said not an overly difficult course, but the wind and snow flurries made for interesting targets. I’m guessing shooters on Saturday for the most part had higher scores due to the more pleasant weather. From what I saw Saturday morning at the parcours I assume I guessed correctly.

A more pleasant day on Saturday with sunny skies and temperatures in the low 50’s. We shot a small gauge event in the AM and the prelim in the PM. I was comfortable throughout the day.
Sunday was the 17 station main event, a Spring Deuce tradition.  Unfortunately, overcast and colder then what we saw on Saturday, but nothing like Friday.  The sun did try to break out a few times.  A bit of a wind, but not too bad for the 11:30 rotation.  I started out wearing my shooting jacket but took it off after a few stations.

Targets from what I seen were fair and I didn't experience any eye test stations! 

You needed more then IC choke on several stations, but with 17 stations in the main event, their was targets for everyone. 

A long video, the longest I ever posted. Included is a large number of slow motion target hits.  Could easily have been two videos (or left out a lot), but what I had in my head before the shoot and went with it.
Referees were knowledgeable and machine problems (very few) were quickly fixed. Plenty of water on the course.
The desk posted scores promptly.  Viewable on two of the clubs flat screen TV's.
Motels only 15 minutes from the club and major shopping ten minutes north of the motels.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

US rules for departing the US with a rifle rescinded

Hoeven: U.S. Hunters No Longer Required to Register With IRS to Take Personal Firearms on International Hunts

 Apr 23 2015

Senator Secures CBP's Commitment to Return to Previous Travel Forms

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will no longer require U.S hunters traveling internationally to obtain an IRS identification number in order to bring personal weapons on hunting trips outside the U.S.

 At a meeting early Wednesday with U.S. CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, Hoeven secured a commitment from the agency to return to the paper process used by international hunters for years, while updates are made to the automated reporting system for exporting weapons. Kurlekowske said the agency’s web site would be updated later today.

“Hunters should not have to register as a business with the IRS in order to bring their weapons and ammunition on international hunting trips,” said Hoeven. “This is an unnecessary and burdensome requirement on law-abiding citizens. We appreciate that CBP has recognized this and will return to their original forms for international hunters, while they update their automated system to recognize the difference between a commercial exporter and a sportsman traveling on a hunting trip to Canada or another country.”

CBP recently began enforcing regulatory changes from 2012 requiring U.S. hunters to comply with commercial export requirements when transporting firearms outside the U.S. for personal use. Under these requirements, in order for a U.S. hunter to take personal weapons to another country temporarily, the individual would have to register the weapon in the Automated Export System (AES) and provide a transaction number to CBP.

The AES is designed for commercial exporters and requires all users to obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS in order to access the system. CBP has acknowledged that forcing hunters to obtain an EIN is not appropriate. Under the agreement reached this week, the agency will allow international hunters to use the original paper process while CBP works with the Department of State on an appropriate long-term solution.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Remington 1100 Frozen Action Spring Plug

The 1100 would fire without problem, but if I touched the Link (T) the wrong way while cleaning with the bolt to the rear it would come off it's track.

An older 1100 and pretty much shot out and something I had not run across before.  My thinking was I had a worn receiver.

When switching the stock to another receiver I decided to do a complete breakdown.  During the breakdown I found the Action Spring Plug jammed in the tube.  It was frozen in place and would not move, down or up. 
Ended up backing it out using a screwdriver, with the theory I could back it out like you would a screw.  My next step if that failed was to work a breakdown cleaning rod into the tube via the chamber and pound it out.

The Action Spring Plug looked beat up and greater minds then mind would have to tell me how it got that way!

I purchased a new Action Spring Plug (new style).  It smoothly fell from one end of the tube to the other end without hang-up.   I also replaced the Action Spring Plug Pin and the Action Spring Follower.  And, installed a new Action Spring even though the old spring looked good. 

Put the gun together and the Link is not falling off it's track. 

For now the gun is designated as a backup gun, but I will take it out to the range and give it a workout and see if the problem with the Link is resolved.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Going away present

My last time shooting in Florida this year was at Amelia Shotgun Sports this past Sunday. 

Hearing I was going to be shooting in Quebec on Good Friday I was given a going away present.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2015 Winchester Ammunition AA Rebate

For a limited time, earn up to $100.00 when you purchase qualifying Winchester Ammunition.

Minimum purchase 10 boxes Winchester AA Ammunition ($20 check) and maximum purchase 50 boxes Winchester AA Ammunition ($100 check).

Ammo contained in 50th Anniversary Commemorative Wood Box is eligible.

Offer is valid on qualifying purchases made between May 14, 2015 and August 31, 2015.

Offer expires and all requests must be received by September 15, 2015.


Redemption Form

2015 Southeastern Regional Trap Championships (Olympic Bunker)

Gator Skeet & Trap Club - March 21, 2015 -  Gainesville, Florida

I spent the morning at the Gator club taken video and photos.


Shooting was scheduled for 9am, but because of foggy conditions didn't start until 10am.

The short time I was there I didn't observe any machine or target problems and little down time when squads switched.

I've been using more and more slow motion in the video's and I think it works really well for this type of shooting in regard to seeing targets break.

Machinery seen in the background is due to a lead removal operation. Suspended for the shoot!

Mickey Mouse at the gun club

The wife and I traveled to the Flagler Gun Club to shoot practice trap. 

When we arrived only three cars in the parking lot.  The normal practice field wasn't open and one shooter was using the token operated field that is avialable for use seven days a week.

I contacted the person running the club and said no big deal shooting off the token operated field, but I don't have any tokens.  He had me punch my pre-paid card and gave me four tokens.

We go out, talk a few minutes with the guy who was shooting.  He says he may join us latter.

We shoot are two rounds each and I go in to purchase additional tokens and find the person running the club had closed the clubhouse and went home.

The gentelmen I was talking to on the trap field said when he walked back to the clubhouse it was locked. 

The club web calendar posting for practice trap:   Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8:00am - 1:00pm. 

It's not even 10:30!

In the meantime, four shooters show up, one with a key to the clubhouse, but not for the lock box and not for the fields.

It's not that the so called gentlemen left early that burns me, as in my day I've locked up a club when there were no shooters present, but shooters weres present and not a word said!

If the person running the club wanted to leave early, as he thought no one else was to show up, he could have at least had the courtesy to walk out to the field and say he was locking up and asked if I wanted to puchase addional tokens.

I know Florida is the land of Disney, but I didn't expect a Mickey Mouse operation at a trap range!