Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Prescription Shooting Glasses & Decot

Decot Sport Glasses

I've been having a hard time getting a sharp focus on targets using my V-Lite 1 lenses when less then full sun conditions (really noticeable in trap). I'd start out with a good focus, but then the target would turn into a blur.  Certain backgrounds would also effect what I was seeing (or not).
I have a second lens color (Gold lite 10) that is excellent on dark cloudy days, but not comfortable to wear on sunny or partial cloudy days, as I find myself squinting because of the sun.

Time for change....

A trip to my Ophthalmologist before I ordered new lenses found that I needed a prescription update (less then two years from my last prescription change).

So, as well as changing out the V-Lite lenses for another color that would give me more latitude in regard to sun and partly cloudy days, I also needed a new set of Gold lite lenses to go along with the new prescription.

I also upgraded to Polycarbonate lenses and Anti-Reflective Coating.

Today, I receive a call from the Decot company asking why I was changing lens colors (been using them from when I first started shooting) from what I ordered the last time.  I explained what was going on and a suggestion was made in regard to lens color and shade.

I won't have my new lenses for most likely three weeks, but will do a follow-up after given them a workout.







Monday, May 14, 2018

How It's Made By Laporte Clay Target Factory (video)

Video showing the making of clay targets.


The Laporte Family is really proud that Discovery Channel chose our Laporte clay target factory in Formerie (France) as a perfect example to show "How it's made".

It is a great honor for us since Discovery Channel only features the very best in each industry.
Stay tuned, the show will air in a few weeks in Northern America (Canada and USA).

Our targets are going to be thrown in some of the biggest events in the World in the next few years, when our Laporte traps remain the highest reference all around (sporting, trap and skeet): 2018 World Skeet Championship, 2018 World FITASC Championship, 2018 Nationals, 2019 World Skeet Championship, 2019 NSCA Nationals and US Open, 2020 Tokyo.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

2018 Cabin Fever Open @ Underhill

Underhill Rod & Gun Club (Westford, Vermont)


New format this year.....  No pre-squading.  You show up and if none of your friends are in attendance you run around trying to get squadded.

Personally, I despise no pre-squading, but I'm sure I'm in the minority.

Backups on the course. Two brand new machines acting up.  I was told they leave the factory set to throw White Flyer targets. The club throws Lawry targets and machines were not "burned in" prior to the shoot to check for issues.  I was informed knife edge adjustments is the cure in regard to Lawry targets.

The two machines were not the only reason for backups.  A couple of squads were doing more socializing then shooting before each station and while shooting.  And, some obviously not aware the time to change chokes is when you see the show targets, not when its your turn to shoot.

One station (two report pairs) could of seen more imagination in target presentation.  Basically outgoing straightaway from the same machine.  Point the gun in the general direction with skeet choke and pull the trigger.  As one shooter was overheard saying, not sporting clays targets.

In a wooded area on the course the use of a chain saw is recommend before the next shoot.

OK that was the downside.  

Overall nice target presentations and seasoned shooters who moved the shoot along at a good pace (except for the couple of squads mentioned).

A sunny day and for the most part the targets popped.

Registration went smoothly.

Lunch was included in the shoot fee and the two "girls" working the kitchen did an outstanding job.

Unlike my previous shoot the weather was comfortable. Saying that, my bedroom closest had been transferred to my vehicle and I was prepared to shoot even if the temperature dropped well below freezing.

SHOOT RESULTS

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For shooters in my neck of the woods a great loss when club La Roue du Roy closed in Quebec.  Rumor has it that new ownership and looking for a June opening.

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Barre Fish & Game Club

1st Annual "Support the 2nd Amendment" Skeet Shoot
Sunday, June 24th!
50 targets (25 regular / 25 double)
Entry fee $35.
$15 returned to shooters.
Registration 8:30-11am or call Mike 802-522-2499

* This is NOT an NSSA shoot.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Indoor Clay Target Shooting (Georgia)

Come see this massive new facility for yourself with new features like the nations premier Indoor Shotgun Range with Trap, Skeet, and 5-Stand, as well as our 100 Yard Indoor Rifle Range rated up to 7mm Mauser, 32 Pistol and Rifle Lanes with state-of-the-art equipment, Private Members Lounge with full service restaurant and bar, Technohunt Archery Simulator and more!

Always open to the public!

Sporting clays coming soon!

Now open in Kennesaw!

Governors Gun Club Kennesaw has ribbon cutting

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 @ Rochester Brooks (Spring Deuce Sporting Clays)

Rochester Brooks Gun Club (Rush, New York)

Beautiful Friday weather and the club was looking good.

I drove out to the FITASC course and included several few minutes of video of the FITASC event (two parcours) in the posted video.

Friday and Saturday

Saturday weather was rough. Rained all day and temperature seemed to be dropping. My squad had a 2:30 start time. At 5:30pm it was 43 degrees.  A slight breeze at several of the stations made it seem colder.

It didn't stop raining.  It would slow down a bit, but only temporarily.

I was not prepared for the cold (how many years have I been shooting?).

Own some great cold weather clothing (but sitting in the closest at home).

I wore sweatshirt and two shirts, as well as top/bottom rain gear and still froze my butt off.  I had a jacket with me, but it would offer no protection from the rain and was useless.  A set of good old fashioned long johns (just the top) and a pair of gloves would of made it a more enjoyable day.

Both the sub gauge course and the Preliminary offered some nice target presentations. 

On the prelim course the tower machine went down for at least 30 minutes.  We shot the next two stations and then returned.  Of course it had to be the tower machine. You just can't walk over and make the fix.

Due to the rain a few machines acted up on the prelim course, but after throwing several targets they cleared on there own.

The club put hay down in a few areas, as carts were having issues traversing some parts of the trail in the mud.

On the prelim course on several stations I could of used some sun light.  I used the lightest lenses I own, but still picking up targets on some stations late.

Using my darker lenses in the AM all I saw was a blur and changed them out when shooting 5-stand practice.  At least with the lighter lenses I wasn't seeing the blur, but just had problems picking them up in low light conditions, especially with a tree background.

I don't want to become a fair weather shooter after all these years, but have to start facing the realities.

I ran into someone who shot all his events on Friday (I gather he checked the weather report for Saturday).  He just had the main event on Sunday left.  He looked comfortable sitting in the clubhouse all day Saturday.

Even with the rain and mud shooters seemed to have a good time and didn't hear anyone complaining. 

Excellent refs on all stations.

The ladies working the desk have seen it all and I don't think any crises would throw them.

When I'm shooting I usually take video of nearby squads, but had to pass on most of my opportunities.

Left right after Saturday shooting to head home (never planned on shooting the main event).  About 30-40 minutes later I stopped at a Burger King rest stop on I-90.  In the middle of eating my burger I started getting the chills.  Chilled to the bone I think is the saying.





Sunday, April 22, 2018

Apr 22, 2018 @ Club de Tir Huntingdon

Club de Tir Huntingdon Sainte-Barbe (Québec)

Ouverture du Club de Tir (Pigeon d’argile)

Club closes in the fall and stays closed until a Sunday in late April.  This years shooting season started today.

Almost warm enough too not need a jacket.

Nice turn out.  People coming and going throughout the AM.


Only a handful of club shooters shoot registered (ATA) but many could give long time seasoned ATA shooters a run for there money.





Concrete roof being replaced on field #1.  The new roof will open and close hydraulically working off the Pat Trap pump.  At least two other clubs in Quebec use this system.

Crossing the border saw no traffic nor did I experience any issues.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Before and After (cleaning) - Beretta A400 Piston Assembly

Finally got around to cleaning the Piston Assembly and replacing the Piston Ring (Midwest Gun Works $12.08).

Notice the excess carbon buildup on the A400 Piston Assembly and bent Piston Ring? 

Cleaned the assembly and replaced the ring.

 Yes, you can shoot a couple thousands rounds without cleaning a Beretta A400, but comes a point where a thorough cleaning is required. 

Just wasn't paying attention when putting on the barrel.  The assembly was getting harder to insert, but I ignored the warnings, obviously ignored the carbon buildup, and popped the ring when shooting.

I've read that if you don't have a replacement ring you can just pop it back in place and squeeze the ring back together to get you through the shoot.   I had a complete replacement assembly in my shoot bag.

Not much to the Piston Ring. A light weight piece of metal.  I guess aluminum. 

Once a month cleaning will now be part of the routine.








Friday, March 30, 2018

Browning Ammunition Rebate


MAXIMUM REBATE AMOUNT $25 PER HOUSEHOLD. Offer is valid on qualifying purchases made between March 16, 2018, and May 12, 2018. Offer expires and all requests must be received by June 1, 2018.
 Rebate offer valid in the U.S. and Canada.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Winchester 2018 AA Rebate Form

Winchester 2018 AA Rebate Form

April 15, 2018 and September 8, 2018, earn $2.00 back for each box of Winchester AA loads you purchase.

Minimum Purchase 8 Boxes  ($16 Winchester Ammunition Check) Maximum Purchase 50 Boxes  ($100 Winchester Ammunition Check)

Must submit individual box UPC codes for eligible redemption.

Hardest Practice Course in Northeast Florida (Saltwaters Shooting Club).

We visited and shot sporting clays courses for practice in the region.  Most stations at many clubs you'd find IC choke would consistently break the target.  A few times LM or tighter would be recommend, but overall IC choke would get you good scores.

If you think your good or just want to see where you stand in regard to challenging targets I suggest a visit to the Saltwaters Shooting Club, located west of the St. Augustine air port (look for the rail road crossing north of the Northrop Grumman traffic light).

The club has two courses.  The front course starts off easy and steadily gets more challenging as you work your way around the course (14 stations).  Nothing to beat you up and you can feel comfortable shooting the course with IC choke (even skeet choke on some of the stations).  New shooters and long time shooters should enjoy the experience.  We do!

The back 14 station course starts with LM choke.  Speed and distance on a number of targets can be found.  Not all targets require LM, but I just leave them in.  I think a couple of outgoers need at least modified choke, but when I hit them I'll let you know. No way I'd bring a new shooter to the back course and I don't say this lightly. 

On the last visit they just got finished resetting the targets on the back course.  If anything, it was overall, a more challenging course. 

Anyway, just my opinion and take it for what's it worth, as I'm not or even close to being a AA shooter.

I haven't shot on another practice course in the region where LM should be the choke of choice starting out. If you start out with IC choke you will quickly change chokes. Fast targets the norm.

Club is open 9-5, Wednesday through Sunday.

Amelia Shotgun Sports 5-Stand Under Construction

Amelia Shotgun Sports (Yulee, Florida)

Several photos of machines and location of the excavation for the new Multi-Level 5-Stand.  The 5-stand will be to the left of the skeet and trap fields.







Sunday, March 25, 2018

Broke (bent) a Beretta A400 Excel Piston Ring

Experienced a ring failure and I think my fault!

I read online the metal ring that is part of the assembly is the Achilles heel of the A400 and I've been careful when inserting the piston assembly, as the piston assembly on the A400 needs to be inserted into the barrel cylinder before inserting the barrel into the receiver.

Anyway, failure to fire and a bent ring....



In theory, without removing the ring.  You can work the ring back into the groove, squeeze the ring tight, and return to shooting to get through the day.

Didn't test the theory as I purchased a complete piston assembly when I was looking to see what part was most likely to break in an A400 when the ring came up in several postings. I just popped in a new complete piston assembly.

Midwest Gun Works has a replacement ring for $12.08.

Now, what I'm thinking.

Excess carbon buildup on the Piston Assembly, to include the ring.  The excess carbon over time worked the ring and/or the assembly out of position (just  theory). 

Shot a couple thousand rounds without cleaning and up until yesterday, failure to fire was unheard of. 

Had one at the range yesterday and on the fifth shot (first shell) today, click.....  Tried again with new shell, click....

Believing all the stories in regard to cleaning the Beretta left me a dollar short. 

No more then four cases of shells from now on!

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

UPDATE

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)

Brownell

 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.....