Saturday, December 29, 2007

Entry fee, $5000

World All Around Championship, May 08 - 11, 2008

“The World Series of Shotgun Shooting”

Purpose of this event is to determine the World’s Greatest All Around Shotgun Shooter.

Payout of $160,000 is based on 40 entries. Each of the nine disciplines will pay $15,000 1st thru 7th place prize money in addition to the All Around Champion thru 5th place overall prize money.


World All Around 2008 Information

2007 Results...

George Digweed outdistanced the field to win the first All Around World championship by nearly 20 birds over Jon Kruger with Bill McGuire taking third after an exciting shoot-off with Scott Robertson.


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Some say the format favors Sporting Clays shooters, maybe so. However, its not a contest to see who's the best at hitting outgoing or crossing targets set by speed gun and meeting standardized height requirements. It's that and much more!

If a skeeter wins the skeet event he wins the equivalent of his entry fee. The same goes for the trap or bunker shooter.

They should win there own events, Yes?

So, if some might think sporting clays shooters have the advantage, the non-sporting clays shooters should at a minimum win there discipline and the entry fee should not be an issue or am I missing something?

Who knows maybe a skeet or trap shooter will raise to the challenge and take home the big prize, but we we'll never know if they decide to stay home.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Remington to Acquire Marlin Firearms

Remington Arms Company, Inc. the only manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition for Hunting, Law Enforcement/Security, Government & Military applications in the United States, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Marlin Firearms Company, Inc. ("Marlin"). The transaction is expected to close by the end of January 2008.

Marlin, headquartered in North Haven, Connecticut, also owns Harrington and Richardson (H&R), New England Firearms (NEF) and LC Smith brands of rifles and shotguns.

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Do you see the pattern....

Cerberus Capital Management

Cerberus Capital Management LP is one of the largest private equity investment firms in the USA. The firm is based in New York City, and run by 47-year-old financier Steve Feinberg.

Acquired Bushmaster Firearms, Inc., from Windham, Maine native Dick Dyke for an undisclosed sum in April 2006, and purchased Remington Arms in April 2007.

Under Cerberus direction, Bushmaster Firearms acquired Cobb Manufacturing, a well-respected manufacturer of large-caliber tactical rifles in August 2007.

Cerberus also announced the acquisition of DPMS Panther Arms in December 2007.

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At some point management at various companies will be trimmed and production lines reduced (closed) and/or merged.

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Update, December 28

HARTFORD, Conn. - Remington Arms Co. Inc. will buy Marlin Firearms Co. for about $41.7 million, Remington said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Friday.

Remington, which is based in Madison, N.C., will make the purchase by buying the shares of North Haven-based Marlin.

The deal, announced Wednesday, brings together two firearms companies founded in the 19th century that serve a range of customers from police to hunters.

Remington, which was acquired by Cerberus Capital Management in April, will add Marlin's long guns, including shoulder arm designs and lever action rifles.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Time to give sporting clays a try?

If your bored with skeet or trap, sporting clays may just be the ticket.

On the pricey side compared to skeet & trap, but for the most part challenging targets and good value for your money. I'd rather shoot 100 sporting clay targets than spending the day shooting 200 skeet or trap targets.

Women and youth shooters seem drawn to the sport and thus a sport for the whole family. For the women, I don't know if it's the social aspect or the challenge, but those who do give it a try always seem to come back a second time.

You'll see a variety of target presentations. Targets not set with a speed gun or required to meet height requirements.

If its windy, its windy...

Shoot pre-mounted or low gun...

No one is expected to break all targets, nor is anyone suppose too!

You visit a course, shoot 65x100 and feel pretty good, but thinking of the ten targets you should of hit...

New shooters break two out of six targets on a station and everyone is happy for them.

Some drive carts, but most carry a small bag for shells or have a hand cart.

Some clubs have hard courses, but most clubs have not so hard, with IC choke more then enough to take care of most targets.

As sporting clays matures in the states I'm seeing more and more clubs with two courses. A soft course and one for the more advanced shooters.

Bradford in Florida added a second course last year and the newest club in Florida (Amelia Shotgun Sports) has one course built and plans a second.

I'm also seeing some clubs installing a small parcour (FITASC). Not so much to shoot FITASC, but to give the advanced shooters a place to practice serious target presentations, targets above the level you would see on most sporting course. Five or six machines and some hoops on the ground and your set to go. A 5-stand without buildings or permanent shooting stands. This may not be for you, but if you think of yourself as an above average shooter...

As for the equipment you'll need?

As in all the shooting sports; hearing and eye protection.

A shotgun capable of holding two shells.

The ability to change chokes a must. IC is a good all round choke. Throw a LM and maybe a Mod or Full choke in your bag and your set.

It's a 12 gauge game, but I see a number of shooters using a 20 gauge. As in skeet and trap, you see the $400 guns and the $4000 guns, O/U and semi-auto. Even a side by side or pump from time to time.

1oz #8's is all you need. But from time to time, 7 1/2 or #9's might come in handy.

A bag that can hold five boxes of shells that can be comfortable carried around the course.

Maybe a soft gun sleeve for carrying the shotgun.

Throw a candy bar and a bottle of water in the bag and your set to go.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

23 Dec @ Underhill

Annual turkey shoot at the Underhill Rod & Gun Club (Vermont).

The forecast was 100% rain and winds gusting to 60 knots.

No rain and it didn't become windy until the last hour of shooting.

The wind when it came was not even close to 60 knots, more like 10-15 knot gust.

When I departed it was 48 degrees.


The fields were plowed as you can see from the photo. Last weeks storm dropped 18 - 30 inches of snow. The fields were clear of ice, but the parking area was icy.

Three 50 target events; skeet, trap, & 5-stand.

The skeet event consisted of a regular round of skeet and one round of doubles. Trap was 16-yards and one round at 20 yards. Ten birds per station on the 5-stand.

I shot 5-stand last and that's when the winds kicked in. Made for interesting target presentations.

I came in third in two events and was HOA Runner-Up.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Purchase ammunition now!

I highly recommend you check with the person or business you normally buy ammunition from and place an order. Purchase as much ammunition that you can afford.

Don't wait...

If you can get a nice deal on 50 cases or more, but can't afford it, go in with a friend or two and make the deal.

If the local store has a sale, stock up!

If you normally purchase 10 cases, purchase 20.

If you don't purchase by the case, but instead purchase value packs, buy out the store.

The cheaper shells at Dick's are a deal. Take advantage now!

The new prices that were talked about our being seen in many regions as businesses restock shelves.

A case of Estate shells are now $50 in many regions. A few years back the same shells could be had for $32.

AA & STS are are past the $7 level.

Prices for .410 and 28 gauge shells have gone through the roof.

Imported ammunition will reflect the value of the dollar. The price of lead has dropped off its highs, but has not dropped enough to make any impact on 2008 prices.

You can hold off and take your chances, but its a gamble...

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sporting clays and picking up spent hulls

Should you be required to pick up your spent hulls when shooting sporting clays?

I think we've all shot at one club or another and wondered when they were going to get around to cleaning up around the stands, as it seemed two months of spent hulls were laying about.

As a long time skeet and trap shooter, my first instinct is to say yes, be required to pick up the hulls. Saying that, I would not be inclined to do so if the following conditions exist.

1. Area not cleared of brush. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac or just the possibility of tripping.

2. Station positioned on the edge of drop offs or uneven terrain.

3. Areas where water puddles because the club did not put down fill in the immediate area around the stand. I have better things to do then fish for hulls.

4. Mud. See above.

5. No trashcan at the station.

6. Registered shoot.

To tell the truth, if two clubs were equal driving distance, I would drive to the club where hull retrieval is not required.

The member run clubs may have a problem coming up with workers, but the private ranges most likely can have a kid rake the stands once or twice a week and consider that part of services provided.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How much to shoot a round at your club?

I see the question posted from time to time.

I get the impression some want to hear clubs are charging less then there own so they can demand a reduction in shoot fees.

Apples and oranges...

Is the clubs operating expenses covered by membership fees or target fees, or a combination of both?

1. Paid help or volunteers. When you start paying, the price of shooting raises.

2. Number of targets thrown per year. Three trailers brings in more money than one trailer.

3. Insurance. Some clubs take the minimum. Other clubs have well above the minimum and might even insure officers and board of directors.

4. Taxes from town to town in the same region can vary widely.

5. Is the club paying to have the lawn mowed or the parking lot plowed?

6. Electic and heat cost?

7. Do machines need to be purchased or the clubhouse roof replaced?

You get the point...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Gander Mountain, ba humbug!

Has Gander forgot Christmas? Becoming one of those happy holiday type businesses where Christmas is not allowed, with the company only after the contents in your wallet.

Today's visit saw $12.99 for .410 and 28 gauge. Ba humbug!

On my last visit the price was $9.99.

Skeet shooters have been reloading sub-gauges for years and will continue, but It should be interesting to see if current prices have any impact on sporting clays where the larger shoots also offer sub-gauge events.

Compared to trap and skeet not many sporting clays shooters reload, especially in the sub-gauges. Even those with a few extra bucks in there pocket may think twice before making a purchase at Gander Mountain.

No sales on 12 gauge AA and Remington shells. $8.99 a box. Ba humbug!

Two brands going for $4.99.

At Dick's AA and Remington shells are on sale, 25% off. Ho! Ho! Ho!

The ammunition value packs were on sale. $3 off.

The other ammunition sales associated with Dick's were also to be had.

If you have limited choices; check Walmart first, Dick's second, Gander last...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Lead shot and gun clubs

I was asked if raising dedicated monies for a defense fund, used to fight efforts to close a club due to lead contamination is a worthwhile effort?

The money would be raised in anticipation of EPA or local government action.

If your club is shooting over wetlands I don't think any defense fund, nor the lawyers it will buy, will save your club.

A short news video on a club in New Jersey:

Fairfield shooting range worries about pollution
* Video from outside source.

If you think your club has a problem, be proactive.

Get out the maps, walk the property, confirm shot fall areas. The government generally uses 300 yard shot fall zones in regard to clay target shooting.

Shooting over wetlands or water runoff into wetlands or streams is nothing but trouble.

Runoff problems can be addressed. Shot falling directly on wetlands is most likely cause for a field to be closed and/or relocated. This has to be addressed, not ignored. It may be perfectly legal, but you must be proactive.

Is it getting into the ground water?

Areas in doubt can be tested for lead contamination.

Do all ares where there is water have to be lead free? I don't know...

I suggest some serious reading is needed in regard to lead management and your club.

This includes the local club expert that all clubs seem to have. The one that is not an expert on anything, but has an opinion on all matters.

Best Management Practices for Lead at Outdoor Shooting Ranges

Lead Management at Florida Shooting Ranges

The Massachusetts Lead Shot Initiative

Michigan Dos and Don'ts for Shooting Ranges

You don't have to do it alone.

I don't know how involved the NRA is in regard to the lead situation, but The National Association of Shooting Ranges is an excellent resource.

An agreement of interest.

NASR, EPA Agreement Allows Range Anonymity in Environmental Certification

If your club is not a member of the NASR, maybe its something that needs to be addressed.

As for a defense fund.

If things are that bad, maybe it should be a club relocation fund...

Friday, December 14, 2007

Self Referee, Sporting Clays?

I first took part in a "self referee" registered NSCA shoot in Florida two years back.

Monthly shoot, automated course, no hand traps.

The squad goes out with pad, pulling and scoring there own.

The benefit to the club is 12-16 bodies not needed (paid help or volunteers).

The benefit to the shooter is lower shoot cost and a club that is inclined to hold more shoots instead of thinking of getting out of the registered business all together.

Many clubs are in a constant struggle to have the required number of workers present. This can be a big factor in how many shoots, if any, are held each year.

I have no problem with "self referee" as long as the shooters know the rules, especially on show pairs and no bird calls.

Shoot management cannot assume all know the rules! Even long time NSCA shooters don't know the rules as reflected on some of the postings seen on the talk boards and from my own observations.

The La Roue du Roy in Quebec does not hold registered shoots, but a nice thing they do is have NSCA rules printed on the back side of each clipboard in regard to no bird calls for following pair, report pair, and doubles. I think they also include the rule for show birds, but I may be mistaken. Just a printed paper on the back of the clipboard, protected from the weather. I've peaked at the rules a few times myself : )

As for the cheat factor...

Yes, we will have that, but do we have less shoots (or no shoots) because a few are inclined to cheat?

In the end, I don't think the cheaters gain much and I can't be worried. If caught, ban them from all future shoots at the club.

My perspective.

More clubs are going this route and it's for the best.

Not for big money shoots and of course not for state and zone shoots.

Must be stated on the shoot flyer. If you don't like the concept, don't attend.

I want to know before hand that a shoot is "self refereed" as I'm not driving and staying overnight to attend a shoot that is self refereed, unless maybe a first time visit.

I will do a day trip, but an overnighter for me would take a lot of justification.

A non-registered shoot I use to attend was a six hour drive. I don't think I ever shot over 60%, but excellent targets. A learning experience. The last shoot I attended was self refereed, the previous were refereed. It was missing something and I have not been back...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Reloading cost, 13 Dec

Is it worthwhile to reload 1oz 12 gauge loads at todays prices?

US prices and purchases.

700X powder @ $105. (17.2 grains per drop)
W209 primers @ $146. (5000)
Wads 1oz @ $83. (5000 Claybuster)
Lead @ $38.
Hulls (free)

Total cost per box, $4.32

If you drop down to 7/8 ounce loads, the cost is $4.03 per box.

I used $38 for lead. I've seen it listed for $29 on the west coast, but not a delivered price. If you purchase at $32, the price per box falls to $3.91 for 1 oz loads.

The cheaper primers such as Cheddite can be a money saver if your comfortable using same, but even those types of primers are seening increased prices.

You must add tax to any purchases, if applicable.

Some may find the same components listed at lower prices. Either on the Internet, local business, club purchase, or off the back of a truck at a shoot. Each persons ability to purchase is different and thus reloading cost are unique. Each has to run his own figures.

If satisfied with the cheaper priced shells, then no reason for the four box a week shooter to reload 12 or 20 gauge. Each situation has to be weighed on its own merits and cost savings.

The .410 and 28 gauge shooters will always find it cheaper to reload, as factory shells are selling for ridiculous prices.

* Graf & Sons prices for powder, primers, and wads. Includes shipping. Hazmat fee waived on 32 pounds of powder. They will ship primers with the powder order.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Walmart Game Load shell prices

The local Walmart is selling Game Load shells for $4.14 per box.

25 shells per box, 1290fps, 1oz, #8 or 7 1/2.

That's cheaper then Federal value packs and less then charged at Dick's.

The manager in charge of the ammunition section in Walmart told me he was well aware of the prices at Dick's.

AA ammunition was $7.49 per box and STS was going for $6 and something cents.

The price hikes I've been reading about for premium shells has arrived, at least at Walmart.

As stocks are replenished the newer prices will be reflected.

If you must shoot the premimum shells you may want to gamble and pick them up if you see them cheaper. Of course, the price could go down.

Walmart is not the only game in town, but a reflection of where prices are heading.

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The spot market for lead is down to $1.11 US per pound.

China announced they are not changing there tax on exports of lead in the upcoming months and the lead mine in Australia has confirmed they will resume shipments this summer. Those who deal in the market feel the US economy is slowing and is another reason the price of lead has declined.

I recently talked to a small shotgun shell manufacture who is in the market to purchase lead for his company, but holding off on a purchase. Hoping for a further price decline. If he had to purchase lead at the prices quoted last month, it would not have been worth his effort to produce shells.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Dec 9th @ Montreal Skeet

The clubs annual clay target turkey shoot.

Snow on the ground. Looked like 9 inches on the sporting clays course.


In the teens the whole day, but more importantly, no wind.

If you dressed correctly, not a bad day.

I did have one problem in that my left hand started to freeze when shooting trap. A chemical hand warmer inserted in the glove took care of that.

One shooter said that if you inserted a chemical hand warmer under a wrist band, it would also keep your hands warm, as it warmed the blood flowing to the hand.

Five events offered. We shot trap, 5-stand, and sporting clays.

All 50 target events.

I used 7/8 ounce 12 gauge reloads in all events. All went off without failure. They sat in the house the previous evening so the cold was not an issue. Another shooter had a number of off sounding shells. He said they had been sitting in his vehicle for the past two weeks.

Rather impressive hits on the trap field. The jury still out on using them full time in sporting clays, but at 16-yard trap with full choke, no reason to use any other load. Any misses were my fault and not the shells. Next week should be the skeet test and I assume the same results.

The club uses Pro-Matic machines. Maybe two or three no birds for the day. Not bad considering the temperature. I saw what looked like extra long batteries on the sporting clays course.

Ann LaBrecquel (left) shot her first 25 straight in skeet. A very good all round shooter and I was surprised to hear that was her first.


Ann is one of the good "guys". I can't count the times where I've seen her take a new shooter under her wing and take him out on the course during a shoot.

The club has paid kids that work the shoots. All hustle and seem to know the rules for whatever game your shooting. From what I seen from previous visits, the clubs hired help has a low rate of turnover. All I came in contact with spoke French and English.

At 3:30 p.m. the turkeys were handed out. The club was nice enough to give me one after the event winners were announced. I was given one for the effort I put into promoting the shooting sports.

No issues at the border and no wait time, coming or going. We used two different crossings.

Americans skeet & trap shooting in Canada

Prior to Canada requiring firearm registration and in the days of an exchange rate at 70%, it was not uncommon to find large number of Americans attending shoots in Canadian.

Those days are gone and except for that rare skeet or trap shoot, if you see more then a handful in attendance it’s something to comment on.

It’s often more expensive to shoot in Canada, but an American could rationalize it in the past because of the exchange rate. With the dollar at par the price per hundred targets is a major consideration, registered or not.

High shoot fees and the raising Canadian dollar killed off some of the traffic, but Canadian Firearms registration is what killed the desire for most Americans to attend shoots in Canada.

I would think a drop of 90% in the first year, maybe even higher for some shoots.

It cost $25 for a sixty (60) day Canadian Firearms permit.

$25 is hard to take, especially if you’re only attending one shoot.

Americans Bringing a Firearm Into Canada

A small group of Americans have a five year Canadian Firearms license, but not in the numbers that make a difference in shoot attendance.

Yes, you will always find the shooters that will pay the $25 and not think twice about it.

Initially it was a $50 fee, but it was good for one year. With it now being only good for 60 days, Canada took a step backwards.

I gather the powers to be were worried about the American hunter coming north for his one week of hunting and lowered the permit fee as not to scare him off. Clay target and other target shooters were not even a consideration when the permit process was modified.

I was talking to a member of one NSSA Canadian club last year and I broached the idea of the club paying the $25 permit fee, if it was a first crossing for the year and the shooter shot all four guns at a NSSA event held at the club.

I would think the same concept would work for a major trap shoot.

The idea is to attract shooters to the North that would not normally do so because of the $25 fee, not the cost per 100.

It may not be worth the effort and maybe it’s no big deal that Americans no longer attend shoots in large numbers.

But, if you were looking to attract American shooters, do you have a better idea?

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Gander Mountain doesn't get it

If Gander Mountain wants my business they need to lower prices!

The clothing line is nice and they do have a vast selection of camping and fishing gear, but when I visit my primary reason is ammunition and reloading supplies. The non-sale prices offered are always on the high end.

Sales on ammunition is non-existent. They may offer a cheap brand of shells, but nothing to get exited about. The price charged for reloading supplies is a joke.

I once had a clerk get visible upset when I mentioned that Dick's had better deals on ammunition. He said Dick's was losing money on each sale and they were just after Gander Mountains business. Sounds like sour grapes and not an understanding on how the market place works.

Dick"s may not make a huge profit on ammunition, but I can't count the times that I ended up making an additional non-ammunition purchase at Dick's when shopping for ammunition.

My first stop when I'm looking to make a local ammunition purchase is Dicks, maybe Wal-Mart. Many times I don't even bother visiting Gander Mountain.

The talk boards are always talking about sales at Dick's and if the Dick's discount coupons include ammunition sales.

The same boards when Gander Mountain is mentioned always talk of high prices.

Buying at Gander Mountain is like purchasing a printer for your computer. They give you a good deal on the printer, but you pay an arm & leg for the print cartridge.

In August I purchased lead for $30.49. Gander Mountain was selling it at its store in Rochester, New York for $49.99.

$19 markup on a $30 purchase?

Do you think they noticed or even care?

If my purchases and readings on the talk boards are any indication, Gander Mountain lost a huge number of potential sales this past year.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Dicks discount

I received a Dick's Reward members flyer in the mail.

$15 off on $75 purchase, through 12/15

$10 off on $50 purchase (12/16 - 12/24)

No restrictions in regard to ammunition purchases, but no reproductions of the coupons accepted.

I was asked by Dick's to take a survey a few months back and one of my comments was I wanted Dicks coupons too not have ammunition restrictions.

If you do shop at Dick's, I suggest you pick up a rewards card and get on their mailing list.

Lead prices, Dec 6

The US spot market price as of this writing is $1.20 per pound.

Off the wires....

Lead Falls to Five-Month Low on Speculation Mine Will Restart

By Chanyaporn Chanjaroen

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Lead fell to a five-month low in London on speculation an Australian pit with the capacity to account for as much as 3 percent of world mine supply will restart production. Copper increased.

Ivernia Inc. said April 3 it was suspending output from its Magellan mine because of a lead-poisoning probe at a port in Western Australia. Since then, lead has jumped 36 percent on the London Metal Exchange, and traded at a record $3,890.15 a metric ton on Oct. 10.

The Canadian mining company said Dec. 3 it's seeking approval for a plan to use an alternative harbor to export lead concentrate, a raw material used by smelters. The mine may restart in the first quarter of 2008, metals analysts including BNP Paribas's David Thurtell have predicted.

``The fact that lead got up to near $4,000 was from speculative excessiveness,'' Stephen Briggs, an analyst in London at Societe Generale, said today by phone. ``What's changed now is the Magellan story.'' Briggs has monitored metals since 1980.

Lead for delivery in three months on the LME fell $170, or 6 percent, to $2,665 a ton as of 11:43 a.m. London time. Earlier, it traded at $2,652, the lowest intraday price since June 29.

The metal, more than 70 percent of which is used in car batteries, has gained 56 percent this year and is the best performer among LME-traded metals.

It is not yet clear whether Magellan will be reopened, Briggs said. Exports of the metal from China, the world's largest producer, have slowed in the second half of the year, he said.

Lead stockpiles monitored by the LME gained 600 tons, or 1.4 percent, to 44,600 tons. They have risen 8.4 percent this year, to an amount equal to less than two days of global consumption.

Monday, December 03, 2007

NSSA / NSCA Crossfire

All should be aware the NSSA and NSCA have combined memberships as its been advertised for the past several months.

I renewed my NSSA membership as that expired 31 Oct.

I received a new membership card that not only had my NSSA number listed, but also included a NSCA membership number with a "C" prefix added to my NSCA membership number.

The question I put to the NSCA was, as a past and current member of the NSCA, what would be my NSCA membership expiration date and at what point would I receive a new NSCA classification card?

From my readings I was pretty sure about the answer to the classification card, but I didn't need to be attending a shoot and run into problems.

This is the prompt reply I received from the NSCA:

Your crossfire ID# for NSCA is good until your membership in NSSA expires.

You will use the NSCA Crossfire ID# anytime you shoot sporting clays.

You will not have voting rights in NSCA and the NSCA website will show your expiration date in NSCA as 12-31-07 as long as you are not a member of the NSCA.

You will only receive the NSCA classification card after you have shot registered target using the crossfire number.

The crossfire ID number does not give you a membership in NSCA only the ability to register targets.

Verlee

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For those who shoot both, it may come down to what magazine you wish to receive, as you have to pay extra for the other disciplines magazine if your only a full member of one discipline.

If your a sporting clays shooter that happens to shoot registered skeet occasionally, don't renew your skeet membership if its only the sporting clays magazine you wish to receive.

As in sporting clays, you will receive your NSSA classification card after you attend your first shoot.

Caution....

If your a skeet shooter who has attended sporting clays shoots in the past, shooting in Hunters Class.

Do not use the Crossfire option unless you plan on shooting NSCA targets at all NSCA shoots for the rest of the year.

The Hunter Class cannot be entered by registered shooters. You do not have the option to decline NSCA targets. Once you shoot registered, you must shoot registered for the rest of the year, if NSCA is offered at the shoot.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Right to Bear Arms, Yes or No?

Until the Supreme Court rules this summer on the Second Amendment, what you read or hear from those on both sides of the fence means nothing.

The NRA, the Brady Group, and supporters on both sides can write all the articles they wish, go on talk radio and also discuss it on the cable networks, but its a discussion that has no bearing on the upcoming ruling.

It's in the hands of the Supreme Court, not the NRA or Brady Group!

Liberal justices believe the Constitution is a living document that evolves and also consider current European laws.

The Conservative judges are what we think of as the old fashioned type. Pretty much following the written words of the Constitution and Amendments. When an issue is not clear, they read the written papers leading up to an Amendments passage. Papers written at the time the Amendment was original proposed to better understand the intent of those at the time who were directly responsible for it becoming an Amendment.

The likely outcome will be a sharply divided court with an American having the right, but a right that each state can regulate.

In the Washington D.C. case that brought this issue to the court, D.C. will have to change it's current position of no hand guns, period. They will implement a very restrictive law, much as you see in New York City.

The outcome that most gun owners can live with is adults have the right to be armed and the state can regulate. The state must allow for you to be armed unless they can prove you are a threat, such as mentally unbalanced or a convicted felon.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Guns for sale postings

The Lost Target page in regard to "Firearms For Sale" and "Shoot Dates" has been reformatted.

Lost Target Calendar & Information

The USA and Canada now have their own sections in regard to "For Sale" items.

Several other changes were made, to include a re-working on how shoot date information is displayed.

The Lost Target sites are pretty much visited by shooters from around the world. I'm not saying your going to sell your reloader to someone living in Australia, but the Florida shooter may be able to sell it to someone in Montana. Better then just having a flyer at the local club house.

As for shoot dates. I can go to the NSSA, ATA, and the NSCA and find registered shoot dates, but then I have to find contact information and hopefully a shoot flyer.

Let me tell you, this can be a pain, especially if you have never visited the club before. Aways nice to see shoots posted with added information. It just makes life a little bit easier.

And, the big one in regard to shoot dates, is FUN shoots. Don't know how many fun shoots I missed in my travels because only the locals knew of the shoot. Not even the sister club had a flyer posted for the last one I missed.