Monday, December 22, 2008

Underhill Gun Club Turkey Shoot, Vermont

Attended the annual Underhill Rod & Gun Club Turkey Fun Shoot this past Sunday. The club is located in Westford, Vermont.

An early start as a snowstorm was moving in. For me, the trip starts with a ferry ride across Lake Champlain.

$18 for a round trip ticket!

Snow fell throughout the day, but for a short period the snow stopped. Wind was never an issue!


I shot skeet, 25 singles and a round of doubles, ended up with a 45. I shot a 25 in singles, but dropped 5 in doubles.

The trap event consisted of 25 singles and a round from the 20-yard line. I passed on that event. My back has been acting up and with the cold weather I did not want to push it.

The club has a pretty good 5-Stand, I believe 9 machines. Luck of the draw on when you shot, as visibility at times was not that great. A 50 target event, with ten targets shot per station.

I learned my lesson from the shoot at the Montreal Club the previous week and wore a heavier coat. I popped chemical hand warmers in both gloves and never had a issue with the cold. Some may not like wearing muffs for hearing protection, but an excellent ear warmer...

The roads in Vermont left a bit to be desired on the trip home. On the New York side much better driving conditions.

On NY I-87 the right lane was cleared down to the pavement. The passing lane had been plowed, but was still covered with snow.

I was perfectally happy to stay in the right lane.

A white SUV passed just as I entered the interstate, obviously in a hurry. Just before my exit I saw the same SUV laying on it's roof, off to the left side of the road. A number of cars had stopped to lend a hand...

Shoot Photos & Video

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sporting Clays took over the club

I came across a talk board posting where once again someone was complaining that Sporting Clays shooters took over the club and there discipline was not being supported.

You could replace the word Sporting Clays and replace it with skeet or trap and see the same statement several times a year on various talk boards.

Sour grapes and not a fair statement!

I can almost guarantee a lack of skeet and/or trap volunteers is the main reason the skeet or trap programs are lacking and not because sporting clays shooters took over the club.

If a discipline has four or five volunteers willing to work shoots, the club has shoots, if not, no shoots or leagues!

Some clubs are heavy with skeet volunteers and some not, the same can be said about trap and sporting clays volunteers.

To expect a handful of volunteers to support all shoots for all disciplines held throughout the year is not realistic.

I have yet seen a member run club turn down a shoot or league if four or five volunteers stepped forward who were willing to do the work. They could hold any type of shoot they wish, registered or fun, no mater who was running the club.

If you can't get the people you shoot with weekly to volunteer there time to support a league or shoot, why should the other disciplines support you?

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Would your gun club pass an EPA inspection for lead, target debris, and spent shell disposal?

Is this your club?

- Tests revealed surface soil contaminated with levels of lead, arsenic and antimony that were in some cases more than 100 times the acceptable levels.

- Shotgun pellets, casings and brass shells were found on the ground and in burn piles on the shooting areas.

- Club to examine drainage-control measures because of the nearby Swiftwater Creek and wetlands.

- A burn pile of shells and other waste materials was found off one trail.

- Plastic wads and shells were littered over a shooting station and firing area, and a waste pile of clay pigeons was found adjacent to a station firing area.

- Shotgun shot had accumulated to "a point that is impacting the underlying vegetation,"

The article...

Tainted soil discovered at gun club

Past Lost Target postings...

Land management and shooting

Lead shot and gun clubs

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

2009 Canadian Shotgun Championships @ Montreal Skeet Club

Hosted by the Montreal Skeet Club.

September 4-6, 2009

This event will be open to the first 80 Canadian residents and will consist of Sporting Clays, Trap, Five Stand, Trench Trap, Skeet, International Skeet, FITASC and Super Final.

Entry fee……$600.00

Main Prize Champion…$5000.00

Runner up……………$4000.00

Third…………………$3000.00

Open to Canadians Only.

Shoot Registration - PDF

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Forum Link

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Flagler Chain Shoot Set for February 2009

Flagler Chain Shoot - February 4-8, 2009

Jack Krouskroup updates on preparations for the first ATA Florida chain shoot to be held at Flagler. The club has undergone a major exspansion of ficilites in the past 18 months.

Jack Krouskroup

The 5 regulation trap fields are complete and operational.

Jay Bagelman and Don Kerce have arranged for vendors to attend our shoot. One of our premier vendors will be "Shooter's Solutions" for any gun fitting or gunsmithing needs as well as custom ear protection. Our club plans to promote our vendors thru local adds and Jay's semi weekly radio interviews.

Flagler will have 10 camping spots available for our chain (30 amp), we recommend our other guest stay at one of our club members facilities, Thunder Gulch Campgrounds. They have a fine resturaunt and bar facility as well as nightly entertainment. Ask for John or Marie. Print off the special discount coupon from the net or mention the Flagler Chain to receive a discount.

Jan. 17 Flagler will have our first "Doubles Marathon" (300 doubles targets) we will also throw registered singles targets.

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Bunnell, Florida

The club is 38 minutes northwest of Daytona Beach and 35 minutes from St. Augustine, Florida.

Google Map

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanks Alain Grenier

Thanks to Quebec Shooter Alain Grenier who donated space on his trailer for placement of the Lost Target logo.

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Alain Grenie
I run into Alain at various sporting clays shoots in both Quebec and in the states. He recently asked if he could place my logo on his new trailer in appreciation for my contribution to the clay target sports and for my efforts in promoting the various shoots held in Quebec.

Thanks...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Back door ammunition tax and ammunition registration

Sportsmen are worried about Obama and the federal government in regard to gun rights.

However, a bigger threat is laws enacted by individual states, as they have more latitude than the federal government in regard to regulating firearms and ammunition.

As an example...

Paul "Hawk" Hawkins, GOL Shooting, brings to our attention the Ammunition Accountability Act. Legislation pending in 18 states.

A law that for all practically purposes imposes a tax on ammunition sales and outlaws reloading of handgun and rifle ammunition. It's legislation that also registers every rifle and handgun owner in America.
Ammunition Accountability Act

SAMPLE LEGISLATION

An ACT relating to firearms and ammunition; requiring [AGENCY] to establish a statewide database to track coded ammunition manufactured and sold for handguns and assault rifles.

Section 1. Legislative Findings.

The State Legislature hereby finds the following: Each year in the United States, more than 30% of all homicides that involve a gun go unsolved. Handgun ammunition accounts for 80% of all ammunition sold in the United States. Current technology for matching a bullet used in a crime to the gun that fired it has worked moderately well for years, but presupposes that the weapon was recovered by law enforcement. Bullet coding is a new and effective way for law enforcement to quickly identify persons of interest in gun crime investigations.

Section 2. Definitions.

For purposes of this chapter, “coded ammunition” means a bullet carrying a unique identifier that has been applied by etching onto the base of the bullet projectile.

Section 3. Prohibition on possession or sale of non-coded ammunition.

1. All handgun and assault weapon ammunition manufactured or sold in the state after January 1, 2009, shall be coded by the manufacturer.

a. The calibers covered by the coding requirement shall include: [LIST CALIBERS].

2. No later than January 1, 2011, all non-coded ammunition for the calibers listed in this chapter, whether owned by private citizens or retail outlets, must be disposed.

Section 4. Authority to establish an Ammunition Coding Database.

1. [AGENCY] shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining an Ammunition Coding Database (ACD) containing the following information:

a. Manufacturer registry – Manufacturers shall:

i. Register with [AGENCY] in a manner prescribed by the department through rule; and

ii. Maintain records on the business premises for a period of seven years concerning all sales, loans, and transfers of ammunition, to, from, or within the state.

b. Vendor registry – Vendors shall

i. Register with [AGENCY] in a manner prescribed by the department through rule; and

ii. Record the following information in a format prescribed by the [AGENCY]:

a. The date of the transaction.

b. The name of the transferee.

c. The purchaser’s driver’s license number or other government issued identification card number

d. The date of birth of the purchaser.

e. The unique identifier of all handgun ammunition or bullets transferred.

f. All other information prescribed by [AGENCY].

iii. Maintain records on the business premises for a period of three years from the date of the recorded purchase.

2. To the greatest extent possible or practical, the ACD shall be built within the framework of existing firearms databases. The ACD shall be operational no later than January 1, 2009.

3. Privacy of individuals is of the utmost importance. Access to information in the ACSD is reserved for key law enforcement personnel and to be released only in connection with a criminal investigation.

NEW SECTION: Section 5. Penalties

1. Any vendor that willfully fails to comply with, or falsifies the records required to be kept by this bill is guilty of a public offense punishable by imprisonment not to exceed one year, and a fine of $1,000.

2. Any manufacturer that fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be liable for a civil fine of not more than one $1,000 for a first violation, not more than five $5,000 for a second violation, and not more $10,000 for a third and subsequent violation.

3. Any person who willfully destroys, obliterates, or otherwise renders unreadable, the serialization required pursuant to this bill, on any bullet or assembled ammunition is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed one year, and a fine of $1,000.

NEW SECTION: Section 6. Funding.

1. Establishing and maintaining the ACD shall be funded by an end-user fee not to exceed [COST NUMBER, ESTIMATED AT $0.005 PER BULLET OR ROUND OF AMMUNITION].

2. There is hereby established the Coded Ammunition Fund for deposit of the enduser fees described in this section. Moneys in the fund, upon appropriation, shall be available to the [AGENCY] for infrastructure, implementation, operational, enforcement, and future development costs of this chapter.

3. Ammunition manufacturers based within this state may submit a one-time tax credit application for cost of purchasing ammunition coding equipment. All applications must be submitted by January 1, 2009.
Pending in 18 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Meet Eric Holder, Anti-Gun Attorney General

Eric Holder Reported to Be Obama's Choice for US Attorney General.

As an early supporter of Mr. Obama's campaign, Holder played a key role in the selection of Senator Joe Biden for vice president.

He served as U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia.

Holder served as deputy attorney general under former President Bill Clinton.

As Deputy Attorney General, Eric Holder was a strong supporter of restrictive gun control.

He advocated federal licensing of handgun owners, a three day waiting period on handgun sales, rationing handgun sales to no more than one per month, banning possession of handguns and so-called "assault weapons" (cosmetically incorrect guns) by anyone under age of 21.

Supported a gun show restriction bill that would have given the federal government the power to shut down all gun shows, national gun registration, and mandatory prison sentences for trivial offenses (e.g., giving your son an heirloom handgun for Christmas, if he were two weeks shy of his 21st birthday).

He also promoted the factoid that "Every day that goes by, about 12, 13 more children in this country die from gun violence"--a statistic is true only if one counts 18-year-old gangsters who shoot each other as "children."(Sources: Holder testimony before House Judiciary Committee, Subcommitee on Crime, May 27,1999; Holder Weekly Briefing, May 20, 2000. One of the bills that Holder endorsed is detailed in my 1999 Issue Paper "Unfair and Unconstitutional.")

After 9/11, he penned a Washington Post op-ed, "Keeping Guns Away From Terrorists" arguing that a new law should give "the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms a record of every firearm sale."

He also stated that prospective gun buyers should be checked against the secret "watch lists" compiled by various government entities. (In an Issue Paper on the watch list proposal, I quote a FBI spokesman stating that there is no cause to deny gun ownership to someone simply because she is on the FBI list.)

Source: Mary Katharine Ham, The Weekly Standard

Earlier this year, Eric Holder--along with Janet Reno and several other former officials from the Clinton Department of Justice--co-signed an amicus brief in District of Columbia v. Heller. The brief was filed in support of DC's ban on all handguns, and ban on the use of any firearm for self-defense in the home.

After the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the D.C. handgun ban and self-defense ban were unconstitutional in 2007, Holder complained that the decision "opens the door to more people having more access to guns and putting guns on the streets."

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

So-Called "Assault Weapons"

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has put up information in regard to misleading allegations related to Assault Weapons.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON SO-CALLED 'ASSAULT WEAPONS'

Very informative and includes video's.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

White Flyer Targets Announces Price Decrease

White Flyer Announces

Effective on all orders scheduled to ship beginning Monday, November 10th (last week), White Flyer lowered it's target pricing $0.45 per case on ALL Pitch Target orders and $0.55 on all Biodegradable Target orders". This PRICE DECREASE was percipitated by lower pricing on raw materials used to manufacture White Flyer Targets and "we" felt it was extremely important to pass these onto our customers as "we" received them.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Misdemeanor Domestic Violence and Guns Rights

A person gets in a bar fight, uses a bar stool and beats someone. Arrested and receives a misdemeanor conviction. The person still has the federal right to possess a firearm.

A person slaps his or her live in companion. Arrested and receives a Misdemeanor Domestic Violence conviction. Banned from possessing a firearm for life.

I never agreed that those convicted of Misdemeanor Domestic Violence should be forever banned from possessing a firearm.

Why the NRA rolled on this when it was brought up for a vote is beyond me.

I hope the Supreme Court will make the correct ruling on the case before it.

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Gun Case Heard in U.S Supreme Court
MetroNews
Washington, D.C.

11/10/2008

A Second Amendment gun case that originated in Marion County is now at the United States Supreme Court. The Highest Court in the Nation began hearing arguments from the 2004 case of United States vs. Hayes on Monday.

The case revolves around a federal law that makes it a crime to possess a gun after a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide whether a misdemeanor of simple battery fulfills the definition of domestic violence. The Court will also decide if the law can be applied retroactively since the conviction of battery happened back in 1994 before the federal statute was passed.

Charleston attorney Troy Giatras is arguing the case for Randy Hayes, the man accused of breaking the gun law, against the federal government.

"Individuals that only had a regular assault or a regular battery would not be prohibited from owning a firearm. Instead, it would relate to what the statute truly was aimed at and that was people who were convicted of domestic battery," says Giatras.

The case has already been heard in the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals back in 2007. That court agreed with Giatras's argument and ruled in favor of Hayes. However, the U.S. Department of Justice appealed the case to the Supreme Court, and the Court agreed to hear the case based on other federal court decisions that conflicted with the Fourth Circuit's assessment.

This was Giatras's first trip to the Supreme Court. He's says thousands of hours have gone into preparing for this case.

"It was the pinnacle of my career, and at the same time. It was something I probably dreaded it only because of the level of preparation far exceeded my level of expectation," says Giatras.

A written decision in the United States vs. Hayes should come down some time before June 2009. This is the second gun control case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Earlier in the year, the Court struck down Washington, D.C.'s 32-year-old ban on handguns as unconstitutional in a 5-4 decision.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Nations Gun Laws in Hands of Senate

Guns owners are in a precarious position, especially in the first six months of an Obama administration.

It's not as bad as it looks, but...

The House of Representatives needs 218 votes to pass a bill. A simple majority!

With 6 house seats yet to be decided, the House is controlled by Democrats, 255 to 174.

Pro-gun House Democrats would need to come out in big numbers and take a stand against Pelosi and liberals if a anti-gun bill is to be defeated.

House Republicans will huff and puff, but they are now rendered impotent and have no impact unless they can join forces with pro-gun Democrats. Only then would we stand a chance of defeating Pelosi and her anti-gun agenda.

Contact your House Representative Member

If this does not come about, this leaves the defeat of any proposed gun law in the hands of the Senate.

The Senate needs 51 votes to pass a bill, ties are decided by a vote of the Vice President.

However, 60 votes are needed to end debate on an issue before it can be brought to a vote.

The Democrats have 57 seats and Republicans 40, with 3 seats not yet decided. It looks as if Democrats will fall short of the 60 seat majority needed to govern without the need for any Republican support.

The key for gun owners is 41 pro-gun Senators. Democrat, Republican, and Independents.

The problem for gun owners is, 41 pro-gun Senators.

What 41 Senators will take a stand and vote NO on ending the debate?

I've read the dynamics are no longer there for an anti-gun vote and no more than 50 Senators will vote for a gun control bill, as some are already looking at the 2010 elections.

Saying that, a gun show background check bill has a strong possibility of passing if liberals don't overreach.

Contact your Senator

By the way, the 60 votes needed to cut off debate is not part of the Constitution.

Senate Democrats are rumored to want to force a Senate vote to change the laws of the Senate, allowing all debates to be ended by simple majority vote.

But, they need 60 votes to cut off debate...

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Democrats announce 2009 Gun Control Compromise on Firearms and Ammunition Taxes

For Immediate Release.

Democrat congressional staffers report a compromise has been reached in regard to firearm sales and ownership in a bill that will be fast tracked through the Democrat controlled house and senate.

President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, says the president looks forward to signing the legislation as it forfills his pledge to hunters and sportsmen and at the same time enacts common sense measures and removes dangerous firearms from the streets and protects children.

The compromise makes illegal the sale and possession of all firearms with the exception of the following:



The federal government will issue a $100 tax rebate certificate for each illegal firearm turned in during a proposed amnesty period.

Firearm manufactures and gun stores will be liable for firearms used in a commission of a crime or involved in an accident.

Firearm will be required to be secured when in the home. To meet the recent Supreme Court ruling on self defense, one firearm may be assessable, but tethered to a hardened wire no longer then fifty (50) foot in length.

The bill also implements registration of ammunition sales and requires ammunition serial numbers, with serial numbers recorded in a national database.

A compromise has also been reached on the federal ammunition excise tax.

A reported prosposed $5 per ball ammunition tax has been reduced to $1.



Full details of the compromise gun bill have not been released.

An anonymous source within the administrations said an expected Supreme Court vacancy will insure all parts of the compromise gun bill will be received favorable by the court.

Brady Campaign issued a press release in support of the compromise bill. They hope the bill will be supported not only by all Democrats, but also Republicans and Independents.

The American Hunters and Shooters Association would not make a public comment at this time, but a spokesmen stated the association continues to support President Obama and his position on firearms and gun ownership.

As word of the compromise spread, firearm and hunting talk boards are posted with statements of disbelief and outrage. Many firearm owners stated they were not now members of the NRA but would immediately join the association.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Thank you, Sarah Palin

Let Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin know you appreciate her hard work and dedication on the campaign trail.

SIGN PETITION!

Christmas and Assault Weapons

If your interested in Assault Weapons (weapons that look scary), it's time to make your Christmas wish list known.

Come 2009, a purchase of such firearms will not be possible after the Assault Weapons Ban is passed and signed into law.

If it looks like it would be used by a soldier, it will be outlawed...

Number one on anyone's wish list should be a semi automatic handgun, capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

Also, an excellent stocking stuffer would be high capacity ammo clips. Sure to increase in value as manufacture and imports cease. Purchase high capacity ammo clips as an investement, as they will most likely be a better investment than US Saving Bonds!

Lost Target Odds & Ends (Nov 6)

Obama ammunition tax continues to be the #1 search term that I see when I check the daily Lost Target statistics.

I had posted on the ammunition tax issue in the past and not an Obama idea. I get the impression something he would support, especially if directed toward's the sale of handgun ammunition.

At this point something more to fear from local government than the federal goverment.

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Lead shot has fallen below $30, but I'm not seeing a drop in ammunition prices.

I would assume next month...

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I picked up my Remington 1100 from Gander Mt.

$40 to have the Feed Latch re-staked. I tried to repair it myself, but no luck. It needed the tool Remington sells for such repairs.

The gunsmith was not in and I had to deal with a store clerk.

He was more interested in talking war stories with other customers. After waiting a bit I made it clear I wished to be waited on. At first he had attitude, but seeing I was steaming he immediately got down to business and retrived my gun.

Not my favorite store!

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Did anyone notice the Lost Target did not post on McCain on the run-up to the election.

Articles and postings centered around Sarah Palin and Democrats.

I have no use for McCain or those running the Democratic party...

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The Lost Target and the election...

Paranoid or cowensadence?

When Palin was selected as McCains running mate I lost a RSS feed I was using shortly after I started posting about her. I was using a free service provided by a liberal collage.

The daily SPAM I received went up ten fold. My ISP caught 99% and placed it in the appropriate folder.

I was signed up for a number of internet services that I did not order.

I received items in the mail that I did not order. A shame that none were worth keeping and all put in the garbage.

My credit card was compromised and had to be replaced.

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I've taken down the majority of political postings off the main Lost Target page, but something I need to think about, as after seeing some of the postings on a number of talk boards, many gun owners have no idea or chose to ignore...

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I voted!



In my district your only allowed to vote once!

Ammunition tax, Palin NRA, Palin the hunter

The Lost Target web search logs for the last 90 days shows the top three Search Terms where the Lost Target received a hit were:

1. obama ammunition tax

2. sarah palin nra

3. sarah palin hunter

* Variations of each search term were used.

These are also the lead Search Terms on the morning of the election!

National pro-gun and pro-hunting organizations fell down in regard to getting the word out.

The ammunition tax, and Sarah Palin as a hunter and NRA member needed to be hammered home, time and time again.

For whatever reason, they weren't!

I also fault outdoor/gun talk board owners that remained neutral during the run-up to the election. You just can't leave it various posters to get the word out!

Do you think the anti-gun and anti-hunting talk boards remained neutral?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Obama audio — I want to ban concealed weapons permits

The setting is a WBEZ Chicago NPR radio program called “Eight Forty-Eight”, the date is September 13, 2004, as Obama runs for the US Senate. It is edited for time.



Obama flat says, with pausal prompts omitted, “I continue to support a ban on concealed carry laws.” As I mentioned, I didn’t know that until now. It turns out that it really isn’t much of a secret, (”I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry”) but you wouldn’t know that from Obama’s campaign website, where you have to find his position on the 2nd Amendment under “additional issues — sportsmen” and not find anything about carry permits.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

2008 Australian National Championships

Mark Farrow, Australia, sent me the following in regard to the just completed sporting clays championships.

At this link Sporting Clays you can find the results and some photos of the presentation at the Australian National Championship shot over the 24,25,26th Oct.

The event run by Field & Game Federation of Australia

Friday 24th - 11th English Sporting Nationals – 80 targets Winner Sox Pilipasidis

Sat 25th and Sun 26th Australian Sporting Clays Nationals – 150 targets Winner Damien Birgan

Location: Little River – Victoria (south west of Melbourne)

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For those who travel...

The 2009 FITASC World Sporting Championships will be conducted at the Laang Sporting Clay Range of the Warrnambool Branch of the SSAA (Vic).

16th to 22nd November 2009

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Action Spring replacement, Remington 1100

I mentioned in a previous post I do preventive maintenance on Remington 1100's we own, replacing the Action Spring and Magazine Spring before they need replacing.

Replacing the Action Spring on my 1100 turned out to be a problem, as I did not have the proper tool.

After removing the butt plate, I saw the Action Spring Tube Nut had been replaced by GraCoil when they installed a adjustable comb and butt plate. The Remington tube nut removal tool would not work, as they used a different fastener.

A 7/8" deep socket was needed. I didn't have the proper size socket that was thin enough to fit into the opening at the end of the stock.


I visited Lowes and Sears, but no luck.

I asked Jean Brousseau, the manager at Club L'Acadie if he could take a look. He took me to his work shop and tried several sockets. After trying various sockets from his main tool chest, he dug into a drawer and found a Snap-on deep socket that worked. He said Snap-on sockets run a little thinner. Thanks Jean...

With the Action Spring and Magazine Spring replaced, I dropped the trigger for cleaning.

The Feed Latch fell out!

Not something that normally can be fixed without the proper tool.

I had re-staked a Feed Latch in an emergency once, using a punch, but this one required the tool Remington designed for installing this part.

In a pinch you can put it back in without having it re-staked, but not recommended.

A call to the local Gander Mt. gunsmith found they could do the work at the store, but it would be a week before they could work on it. Not my favorite store in regard to ammunition and reloading supplies, as they over charge, but...

As for the Feed Latch.

When you want to remove the Action Bar Assembly, you must press on the Feed Latch located inside the receiver.

The Feed Latch is reached by holding in the Carrier (Carrier is under the receiver, where you feed shells). The Feed Latch is on the shell ejector side of the receiver.

Feel around and press on the Feed Latch. At the same time pull out the Assembly. You may have to roll the Assembly from side to side to get it to pop.

Once you have the assembly removed, be careful as the sharp edges on the inside of the receiver can cut fingers.

If the T Link falls out with the Assmebly removed, best to use finger nose plyers to insert. Years ago I saw broken links from time to time, but not in the past ten years. I assume Remington is using a harder metal.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Lead shot issues may close another club, will the EPA close your club?

SAN DIEGO Shotgun Sports is temporarily closed due to shot-fall issues.

A major club. Offering Trap, Skeet, 5 Stand, Olympic Trap (2) & Olympic Skeet.

Much information on the clubs lead shot problem is gleamed from talk board postings. Let's see what we got!

A leased property on a military installation. Sited on property that has an unrealistic shot-fall zone.

The property line, designated with a fence reportedly 500 feet from some shooting positions, with lead reportedly falling beyond the fence.

Shot may also be falling on a creek bed.

With a 900 foot shot fall zone recommended, but some saying you can get away with 750 - 800 feet, 500 feet is not even close.

From my experience, those putting in the ranges at the time knew of the lead issue. I can't imagine a scenario where the subject of shot fall was not discussed, especially when the Olympic bunkers were built.

Why is lead now an issue and not at some point in the past?

Maybe friendly installation commanders in the past, an empty field and no harm done, an informal past agreement when the fields were sited, or no one actually checked and just assumed.

Well, now it's an issue...

Rumors abound. Permanent closure, shot curtains, relocate problem fields, close selected fields, renegotiated lease to include a realistic shot-fall zone.

The creek bed will be a problem, but hopefully the lease can be renegotiated to include the empty land where shot is landing.

Lets hope for the best!

If you think your club has any issues with lead, be proactive.

Lead falling outside your property has to be addressed. The adjoining property owner may not care now, but at some point will sell the land and the next property owner may require you to cease. No court will side with you!

Get out the maps, walk the property and confirm shot fall areas. National organizations generally uses 300 yard shot fall zones in regard to clay target shooting. It can be less, but if it's falling outside your property, you don't have a leg to stand on.

If it could go either way, the easiest thing to do is to take four or five tarps and lay them out on the property line that faces your shooting fields, to include the property facing those hard left and right shots. If lead is falling on the tarps, you have a problem. It may take a full weekend of shooting to get a good reading. Take into consideration the direction of the wind to test worst case scenarios.

Tournament shooting will see shooters pushing the limit on loads allowed (or not allowed) and may be the most realistic time to check for lead shot fall.

A more probable issue and most likely see EPA involvement...

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 lead 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.

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

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Indoor ranges and lead, a new EPA standard?

Is it a new ball game?

The EPA announced new standards that tighten the allowable lead level 10 times to 0.15 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air (ug/m3).

Quote "No later than October 2011, EPA will designate areas that must take additional steps to reduce lead air emissions. States have five years to meet these new standards after designations take effect." End Quote

Indoor ranges may have to invest serious monies in ventilation and remodeling if the new revised EPA standards also include indoor range operations.

Does anyone doubt that indoor ranges will not fall under the new standards?

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U.S. Air Quality Standards for Lead Now 10 Times Stronger

Release date: 10/16/2008

(Washington, D.C. – Oct. 16, 2008) EPA dramatically strengthened the nation's air quality standards for lead, improving public health protection, especially for children. The new standards tighten the allowable lead level 10 times to 0.15 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air (ug/m3).

"America's air is cleaner than a generation ago," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "With these stronger standards a new generation of Americans are being protected from harmful lead emissions."

This decision marks the first time the lead standards have changed in 30 years. EPA strengthened the standards after a thorough review of the science on lead, advice from the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, and consideration of public comments. The previous standards, set in 1978, were 1.5 ug/m3.

EPA's action sets two standards: a primary standard at 0.15 ug/m3 to protect health and a secondary standard at the same level to protect the public welfare, including the environment.

The existing monitoring network for lead is not sufficient to determine whether many areas of the country would meet the revised standards. EPA is redesigning the nation's lead monitoring network, which is necessary for the agency to assess compliance with the new standard.

No later than October 2011, EPA will designate areas that must take additional steps to reduce lead air emissions. States have five years to meet these new standards after designations take effect.

More than 6,000 studies since 1990 have examined the effects of lead on health and the environment. Some studies have linked exposure to low levels of lead with damage to children's development, including IQ loss.

Lead can be inhaled or can be ingested after settling out of the air. Ingestion is the main route of human exposure. Once in the body, lead is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and can affect many organ systems including children's developing nervous systems.

Lead emissions have dropped nearly 97 percent nationwide since 1980, largely the result of the agency's phase-out of lead in gasoline. Average levels of lead in the air today are far below the 1978 standards. Lead in the air comes from a variety of sources, including smelters, iron and steel foundries, and general aviation gasoline. More than 1,300 tons of lead are emitted to the air each year, according to EPA's most recent estimates.

Since September 2006, EPA has strengthened air quality standards for lead, ground-level ozone and particulate matter.

Gun Control 2009

The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that Americans have a right to keep a gun at home for self-defense, striking down part of a handgun ban in the District of Columbia.

By a 5-4 vote, the court concluded the 2nd Amendment and its famous right “to keep and bear arms” protects the gun rights of individuals, rather than just a state’s right to maintain a militia.

Obama stated there is an individual right to bear arms, but it is subject to common-sense regulation, just like most of our rights are subject to common-sense regulation."

He explained what he means by common-sense regulation, “I think that local jurisdictions have the capacity to institute their own gun laws . . .

In 2009, lead by Democrats in both the House and Senate:

- The ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN, long pushed by Democrats, will see a vote in 2009.

New York Senator Schumer will lead the charge. I'd be surprised if we don't hear from him within a week after the November 4th election.

Mark your calendar!

The NRA and other pro-gun organizations will protest loudly, but the majority of hunters and clay targets shooters will look the other way, as long as shotguns such as the Remington 1100 is allowed.

- A Federal surcharge on ammunition sales will be implemented. Monies collected to pay for health care.

- Purchasers of ammunition will be required to provide identification.

- A law to ban lead for hunting will be proposed. This will include ammunition used by deer hunters.

- BACKGROUND checks for purchases made at gun shows in all states will become law, with a push to require Background checks for private purchases of long guns.

It will be almost impossible to regulate the private sales of used long guns outside of gun shows, as past ownership will be almost impossible to establish.

Most states don't require long guns registration, as required in Canada. It will be attempted by the Federal government, cheered on by the Brady Campaign.

A person who commits a crime with a firearm will be investigated, with the person selling him/her the firearm being prosecuted if a background check was not conducted.

- Once again a push to make the GUN INDUSTRY libel for guns they manufacture and used in a crime will be pushed at the federal level. A back door attempt to put gun manufacturers out of business.

- The Brady Campaign will lead an effort to dance around the Supreme Courts ruling in regard to securing firearms in the home. We can't have anyone protecting themselves when a drug addict kicks in the door to their home, can we?

- ATF will be directed to increase checks of FFL holders and a FFL fee increase will be seen.

- Three members of the Supreme Court will retire. We will see the 2nd Amendment weakened, as new members of the court will not be supporters.

One of the first court rulings will see the states win the augment they should not be forced to implement the Washington D.C. 2nd Amendment ruling, as it infringes on state rights.

- New York City will argue they have the right to deny firearm permits without just cause. The city assumes a favorable court ruling after new members have been sited to the Supreme Court.

Common-sense regulation from a Liberals Point of View:

Pay a reasonable annual registration fee, per firearm...


Be in possession of a license approved by local officials...


Guns in the home must be disassembled...


Safe storage...


Transported securely to and from the range...


Use ammunition approved by the government...


Use firearms only in areas not designated Gun Free zones...

Firearms must be from the same period as when the 2nd Amendment was written...




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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Oct 12 @ L'Acadie QPTA Trap Shoot, Quebec

Club L'Acadie hosted this years National Trap Shooting Day for the Province of Quebec, Canada.


As well as the normal 100 target ATA events, a 50 target non-registered event was held for non-ATA members. A good idea...

I was not in the building for more then 60 seconds when I was told the shoot would be shot in 25 target segments.

Someone mentioned they read my blog...

I posted previously I did not enjoy ten targets per post or being forced to shoot five per post, but two boxes without a break. Just not fun!

A few had problems with the voice release, but I shot on the same fields and they worked flawlessly for me.

No problems seeing targets and very consistent.

Not one flinch...

My snap-on shell catcher for my 1100 went south. It was given me problems on Thursday, as shells were not catching, but I was testing a new brand of ammunition and I thought it might be the shells. In any case, I threw a spare shell catcher in my pocket and when the shells started to fly, a quick switch fixed the problem.

The club runs a kitchen and I had breakfast for lunch.

A day without wind.

It was 69 degrees when I departed shortly after 4pm.

The border, both coming and going, was empty of vehicles.

I used a birth certificate and drivers license to cross, but come June 1, 2009, Americans will need an enhanced drivers license or passport to re-enter the states.

I received an email saying I hit the Lewis Class...

Shoot Photos

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Canadian gun owners go to the polls on Oct 14

The upcoming election in Canada will decide the fate of long gun registration and firearm laws in general.

If LEGAL gun owners in the province of Quebec and Ontario vote Conservative and give Prime Minister Stephen Harper a majority government, the long gun registry would see a quick death.

A Conservative government lead by Harper wishes to remove the registration of long guns, implemented by a past Liberal government, but can't at present, as they don't have a clear ruling majority and would lose the vote required to rescind.

If returned to power, liberals have there own plans. They wish to not only add more restrictions on long gun ownership, but to ban handguns completely.

Ontario and Quebec have Liberal leanings and how they vote will sway the election unless the Conservatives can persuade a change in voting patterns.

Toronto is a tough nut to crack, as they have many who require a vast social network that requires government handouts.

Liberal Toronto's most recent answer to an illegal handgun problem within the city and firearms in general?

Go after legal gun owners...

Toronto refused to renew leases with gun ranges on city property and forced gun club closures.

Based on current gun crimes statics, the criminals seemed to not miss having gun ranges to use for practice.

However, handgun owners in Canada must belong to a gun club and this closure action was more likely implemented to reduce the ranks of legal gun owners, as some think they are the source of illegal handguns in Canada, as criminals supposedly steal legal guns in great numbers, but not supported by fact.

One Olympic shooter that I know of no longer has a place to practice inside the city and now has to travel for practice.

Toronto is not the only problem in regard to achieving a majority Conservative government, as a majority in the Provence of Quebec are anti-gun and until recently not inclined to vote Conservative.

However, Conservatives may make gains within the province based on issues that are unique to Quebec.

If gun owners get out and vote, the long gun registry will be elemented...

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The gun critics silence prior to the election is deafening

Mayor Bloomberg and Chicago Major Daley have been uncharacteristically quiet on the subject of GUN CONTROL.

Six months ago you could not keep them from making weekly statements on the subject.

Newspapers across the nation published every word of there non-stop rhetoric against lawful gun owners, many cheering them on in the editorial pages.

We heard it all; Gun locks, mandatory licensing, firearm registration, the right to deny gun ownership without just cause, restrictions on ammunition purchases, controls on the sale of ammunition, smart guns, serial numbers on ammunition, one gun per month purchase, against canceled firearm permits, banning of semi-automatic firearms, banning firearms that look dangerous, protect the children, more laws against lawful gun ownership.

Anti-gun articles published by the mass media has mostly dried up, as the left in the media does not want to draw attention to Democrats true agenda and Democrats for the most part have stopped talking about the subject.

Major ant-gun organizations are keeping there powder dry and seeming to be promoting firearms for hunters, if you wish to believe their rhetoric.

The consensus is the Supreme Court will likely see three (3) new members in the next four years, with the oldest stated to retire, 92 years of age. That is the bottom line for this election and more important than who controls the congress.

With Obama as president, new members will be decidedly liberal and against the 2nd Amendment. They will also liberalize many of the nations laws in regard to immigration and borders.

Special interest groups in-turn will have more say in the governing of the United States and the spending of it's tax dollars, as laws will be written by the left in congress to support there agenda, with the Supreme Court supporting them.

It's your vote, use it wisely!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Obama elected President and what it means

- In first term, Obama appoints three (3) Supreme Court Justices who combine with LIBERALS on the bench to overturn the 2008 ruling on the Right to Bear Arms.

- The LIBERAL majority in the Supreme Court will rule that states can ban the possession of firearms without just cause, to protect the children.

- The ATF will resume harassment actions against FFL / Gun Shops.

- Dangerous looking firearms will be banned (so called assault weapons).

- Ammunition will only be allowed to be purchased by licensed firearm owners.

- Reloading supplies can only be purchased by licensed firearm owners.

- Taxes will be raised for all firearm purchases. To help with the cost of health care.

- Taxes will be raised for all ammunition purchases. To help with the cost of health care.

- The United States will sign any and all United Nations world treaties to stop the spread of small arms.

- Federal government ceases raids on illegal immigrant work places in the United States because it traumatizes families and children of illegal immigrants.

- Open borders will be proposed and Border Patrol will be directed to not interfere on illegal crossings.

- All local, state, and federal documents must also be printed in Spanish.

- Where now required, voter ID requirement laws will be overturned.

- Unions will win the fight to not allow secret balloting when organizing labor in non-union shops.

- Iran will walk all over the United States, as well as most countries in the world.

- Israel will be attacked and the United States will not take any military action in it's support. But, we will wave a stern finger at the aggressors!

- The United States will sign all world laws proposed by the United Nations, even if it means subjecting U.S. citizens to World Law, and not the rights as set forth in the Constitution of the United States.

- The United States will agree to be taxed by the United Nations with the monies collected given to so called third world countries, to include China and India.

- The United States will go overboard in regard to Global Warming and use it as an excuse to tax all products with a so called carbon tax, with portions of the money given to the United Nations.

- The U.S. military will be cut back drastically, as it will be left to the United nations to resolve world conflicts. A large standing U.S. force will no longer be needed.

- No coal power electrical generating plants will be approved.

- No nuclear power electrical generating plants will be approved.

- Oil drilling restrictions will be re-implemented, as it will take ten years to see the results.

- Percentage payments to the Social Security fund will be increased.

- The Social Security retirement age will be raised.

- Taxes will be raised to pay for Medicare.

- Bankruptcy requirements will be eased to such an extent that signature credit loans will be almost impossible to secure.

- As taxes increase, Pay Under The Table to have work done will increase.

- Cities will receive more handouts from the federal government.

- The death tax will be re-implemented, thus not allowing small family businesses to pass the family business on to their children without the estate selling off major portions of the business.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Not always a positive experience at clay target clubs

Passed on a few shoots this year that have a history of not starting on time.

Nothing more frustrating then to be waiting around for 30 minutes to an hour waiting for first squads to go out.

I don't know if my gun was missed, but I'm sure mine was not the only one based on shoot attendance numbers.

It's not always raising cost that keep shooters away...

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I have a pet peeve on "fun shoots" that have no cut off registration time.

I enjoy seeing final scores and the given of awards, but when shooters are still going out and it's 3pm.

Think about this the next time you attend a meat shoot and have to wait until the end to see who wins...

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I passed on the chance to visit a few sporting clays clubs this year, as the targets have not changed for what seems like forever.

Even if they would only change every third or forth station from time to time, it would be appreciated.

Unlike skeet and trap shooters, sporting clays shooters expect change!

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Skeet.

I shot registered targets at a few clubs this year where old Winchester skeet machines need to be junked.

As cost raise, the tolerance level for problems seen at shoots lower, especially if it's a large number of "no bird's" due to machines that should have been retired long ago, and experienced at the same club, year after year.

Attending a 4-gun NSSA skeet shoot is expensive. It can easily be a $500 weekend for an individual when you add up the cost of the shoot; travel, motel, meals, ammunition, and shoot fees.

Usually the problem field is the one never used, except for shoots.

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Trap.

I don't shoot that much registered trap, but the marathon aspect of ten shots per post seen at some shoots is not enjoyable, especially when on a short squad.

Clubs overbook shoots and shooters suffer, as they are forced to shoot 50 targets without a break, hot day or not.

I still remember my last shoot, where you did not shoot ten per post, but were required to bring fifty shells, shooting five per post, but not take a break.

I stopped after each 25 to take a quick drink of water. I received "the look" from the squad leader who was standing on post 1, as I was holding up the squad.

We were not a full squad and by no means a full shoot!

By the way, I had my push cart with water bottle, positioned behind me, near the 20 yard line, so it was not like I was leaving the field.

At the end of the day, comments were made by those working the shoot on how early the shoot ended, like it was a badge of honor for the club.

Yes, but did everyone have a good time and looking forward to attending the next shoot?

The serious shooters don't seem mind the quick pace, but for the rest who are shooting to have a good time with friends...

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Sporting Clays.

Self scoring in sporting clays is seen at more and more shoots.

I understand why it's done, but not as much fun as shooting at a club with scorers.

If I have a choice between two shoots on the same weekend, I'm attending the one with scorers!

At the self score shoots, many have no idea on the correct call for "no bird" scenarios.

Squads want to make the correct call, but...

At the La Roue du Roy, basic rules our placed on the back side of the clip board on one sheet of paper, under a laminating sheet.

No one has to make up the rules as there available to all!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Crossing the U.S. / Canadian border with firearms

The Lost Target web pages that address crossing the border with firearms have been tweaked...

Visitors to the United States with Firearms - ATF Form 6NIA

and

Visitors to Canada with Firearms

Some background...

The government websites, especially the Canadian site, are much better than seen in past years in regard to laying out the procedure, but I try to bring it down a notch or two so the government jargon is understood by all and to also add my own real world experience and those of my friends from both sides of the border.

To be frank, I wish the ATF would change the layout of there site in regard to ATF Form 6NIA, as not always easy to find or understand information presented.

I've been posting on crossing the border since 2002, the year the US government started to implement ATF Form 6 requirements for temporary imports, and from the time the Canadian government required a firearms declaration and payment for a visitor to bring a firearm into Canada.

When U.S. requirements were implemented, the ATF did not even have a form for temporary imports and modified the ATF Form 6 for use until they came out with the ATF Form 6NIA.

In the first few years, Canadians were routinely denied entry with a firearm at some crossings, as U.S. Customs would not recognize ATF's authority in the matter. Not so much in the past few years, but incidents still happen, as I posted in regard to an incident at a Vermont crossing this past September.

Obviously, the agents involved in the Vermont incident are not aware of the vetting process conducted by ATF, not professional, or did not graduate at the top of the class and failed to read the memo! You decide...

For those not aware, a visitor to the U.S. must seek prior approval from the ATF six to eight weeks prior to crossing the border with a firearm or ammunition. The visitor is throughly checked by ATF before approval is given. Except for a serial number check of firearms and a check of paperwork, no reason for U.S. Customs to have the visitor jump through hoops or to give him or her a hard time.

If visiting Canada, you fill out a form at the border and pay $25 Canadian dollars and your good to go for 60 days, unless you have a five year Canadian Firearm License. I've seen an American processed in under 15 minutes!

I cross the border a minimum of 25 times a year with firearms and shoot with both Canadians and Americans on both sides of the border.

I still run into customs agents that don't have a clue. I've been asked for my ATF Form 6NIA, even though I'm not a Canadian. I was told this past summer that I must renew my U.S. Customs Form 4457, as it was only good for one year. I had to keep my cool and explained the form did not expire and only needed to be replaced when no longer readable. The issue was dropped...

I've run into problems with Canadian Customs, but usually because a young person was hired for the summer and they don't see many Americans with a Canadian Firearms License. Last year I had a young lady apologize for delaying my travel, but she stated she needed to contact her supervisor to see how she should proceed. A short call and I was on my way. Good for her and the correct way to handle the situation!

Water under the bridge and most never experience a problem at the border...

I have written to and spoke to both the ATF and the Canadian Firearm Center on crossing procedures with firearms. I sometimes don't like the answer, but they are always willing to talk.

As for the page tweaks...

I removed several paragraphs that did not aid in crossing the border and more then likely made the process seem harder than it actually is.

I re-wrote several sentences and moved a few.

I verified all links. For whatever reason, I can't get the North Dakota Hunting License links to work, but I will keep it up for the time being and assume it's a temporary glitch. A license used by many Canadians in conjunction with the ATF Form 6NIA.

I updated identification required when crossing borders, to include June 1, 2009 requirements. I keep an eye on this and as information is updated by the government I will in-turn update the pages.

An often asked question.

No, you cannot normally transport a handgun into Canada. If needed for a competition, it must be approved prior to your arrival at the border.

Leave it at home...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Odds & Ends (Sep 25)

Thanks to the fox that has been making the rounds on my property.

Last year we were overrun by rabbits, this year, not a rabbit to be seen....

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Federal value packs were under $20 on my last visit to Walmart. The Winchester value pack was $21 something, and Remington still on the high side, over $24.

Of the three, I like the Remington's as it's a nice clean shooting shell, but if buying on price...

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Obama and the ammunition tax.

I see a large number of searches on the subject.

Nothing that I have ever read has seen Obama associated with any talk or proposal for an added tax on ammunition.

Sorry to disappoint!

The Lost Target website has an entire section dedicated to Obama & Guns.

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Remington 1100.

I just made a purchase of Magazine Springs and Action Springs for replacement in two guns.

The action spring should be replaced every 10,000 rounds, but I've settled on replacing it every two years. Under $5 for a spring, so cheap insurance.

The spring is located in the stock, reached via the butt plate. If you've been shooting an 1100 forever and have never replaced the spring, and all of a sudden your gun stops ejecting shells, this may be the fix.

Just an added thought, and I've talked of it before. Clean the trigger once or twice per year. A few years back I almost replaced everything on the gun and could not get it to cycle properly. It was suggested I clean the trigger. I did a simple cleaning and the gun started working like a charm.

I use BreakFree and shoot the gun dry...

Today, Heide shot 100 targets in sporting clays, using her 1100 and reloads, no problems. The gun is at least 40 years old.

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The price of lead has been dropping. More and more shooters are seeing it for under $35 per bag. I've seen $32 mentioned more than a few times.

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Shooting one gun at a skeet shoot on Saturday.

Looks like rain.

A two gun shoot, but we have a long day on Sunday, as a three hour drive to attend a sporting clays shoot. So just shooting the one gun to support the shoot.

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I see the conservatives in both the house and senate will not support the bailout.

If I believe what I read, they were not even consulted. One of the reasons the Republican party has been having problems for the past few years, ignoring the conservative base.

Good for them for not supporting the bailout, as it seemed the good old boys were bailing each other out and leaving us (the taxpayers) holding the bag.

Kind of ironic the conservative have McCain to rally around, as in the past he has poked a finger in there eye from time to time.

I think a deal, even if only delayed by 24 hours, will be a much better deal for taxpayers.

In any case, the liberals are not happy, and if there not happy, that means I'm happy!

Sunbuster Shooting Glasses (Part 3)

I've had a set of SunBuster shooting glasses since the the later part of July.

The five lenses that come with the package should meet almost anyone's need in regard to lens choices. If not, a number of colors are offered at a very reasonable price.

The optional Extreme Green lens seems to relax the eyes on very sunny days. A dark lens that does not make everything look dark. I think my favorite lens color when the sun is blazing.

The glasses are light weight, but sturdy. I've pretty much manhandled them when changing lenses and not a problem.

I hiked up a mountain side in Vermont when attending a sporting clays shoot. Having the ability to change lens colors was a plus, as at times I was shooting with tree backgrounds and at other times in open areas. I also was experiencing constantly changing light conditions.

I didn't experience fogging of lenses at any shoot.

A word on changing lenses. Impossible to change a lens without getting your finger prints on the lens. Make sure you have your eyeglass cleaning cloth with you and probable a good idea to have the cleaning fluid also. Just throw the case that comes with the glasses in your shoot-bag and your set to go.

The lens inserts have a small foot print, but not noticeable when shooting.

If you require the prescription lens inserts, but have excessive downward head tilt when mounting a shotgun you may have problems. I did!

I had to send the lens inserts back to have them remounted (at no cost), as when I mounted my shotgun everything went blurry. I was looking out of the top portion of the inserts and could not see targets at distance.

My eyes are such, that without glasses I cannot see at distance or to read, so I imagine most would not have this problem, especially if you don't have excessive head tilt.

Overall, a nice package and easy on the wallet...

SunBuster Shooting Glasses (Part 2)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

2008 World FITASC Cyprus

Thanks to Canadian shooter Pierre Dubois who is in Cyprus attending the 2008 World FITASC championships and has been passing along photos from time to time.

Pierre Dubois

Shoot Photos

Webmasters, feel free to grab what you want for your own website if you see photos of shooters from your country or club.

The shoot ends September 28, 2008.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Gator announces this winters Olympic Bunker Trap Schedule


The Gator Skeet and Trap Club has announced it's winter Olympic Bunker schedule.

Dec 5-7, 2008 -State Shoot Flyer

Jan 23-26, 2009 -Florida Cup Shoot Flyer

Feb 27-Mar 2, 2009 - Southeastern Regional Shoot Flyer

The club is located next to the airport in Gainesville, Florida.

The only Olympic Bunker in Florida.

Tom Baber says the club is in the process of updating the clubs website to allow for on-line registration. A test of on-line registration will be the December shoot.

The January shoot was planned for the weekend after the 2009 Shot Show that is being held in Orlando from Jan 15-18, 2009 and might very well fit into a number of shooters travel plans.

From past experience, the club always welcomes visiting Bunker Shooters on the days the bunker is open, no matter the experience level.

For just messing around, any shotgun will do as long as you can fire two shells. 1 1/8 loads are allowed. You can shoot the game with a single shot, but two shots at a target is the game. As in regular trap, shooters don't wish to have ejected shells bouncing off of them or there shotgun.

If your not interested in Olympic Bunker, the club will be host to the ATA Florida Chain from February 17-22, 2009.

If you have never shot bunker but you think it might be fun and attending the chain shoot, the club will have the bunker open for practice.

Monday, September 22, 2008

US Customs at Highgate Springs Vermont blows it. The entire shift requires ATF Form 6NIA training

Interstate 89 at the Border, Highgate Springs, Vermont

Warning to all Canadian travelers with firearms!

This past Friday (Sep 19. 2008) a Canadian was held up at the Vermont I-89 crossing for one hour because three U.S. agents on duty had no idea what the procedure was in regard to ATF Form 6NIA.

The Canadian declared his shotgun, where he was going, and showed his ATF Form 6NIA (the form pre-approved by ATF for Canadians to temporarily bring a firearm and ammunition into the states).

The approval process for the ATF Form 6NIA can take six weeks or longer!

First, they wanted to see an ATF Form 6? The form used for permanent import of a firearm.

Second, when told this was a temporary import and a ATF Form 6 was not required, they asked for the original ATF Form 6NIA, as the FAX copy in the shooters possession was not acceptable. He patently explained he had been crossing for years and this is the form he receives each year from the ATF via FAX, and has been accepted at all crossings in the past. (Note: a FAX copy is legal)

They then questioned his crossing with a hunting license, as he was not going hunting. Once again, the shooter explained that using a hunting license for attending target shoots was acceptable and approved by ATF. (Note: This is legal and acceptable)

He was also questioned on why his Canadian Firearms license number was on the ATF Form 6NIA. The shooter replied it was part of the ATF permit process for Canadian travelers.

When the firearm inspection was conducted (shotgun) they had him step back from the case. After some time, they then had to ask him where the serial number was as they could not find it.

When it was all said in done, the shooter said he had a flyer for the shoot if they wished to see it. After seeing the flyer they let him proceed. As if the shoot flyer made all the difference...

I asked the Canadian to call ATF and make a formal complaint, but I think most are weary of the possibility of having there name placed in a computer and being labeled as a trouble maker and will most likely not place the call.

Earlier this year at a different Vermont crossing, a US Customs agent dropped a shotgun barrel and it was damaged.

Quebec Stockmaker/Gunsmith, Klaus Hiptmayer was able to repair the barrel.

Automated External Defibrillator for Shooting Clubs

We were talking at the shoot about heart attacks.

I asked what the club would do if a shooter had one during a shoot or at practice?

Those at the club have only minutes to save a shooter with a full blown attack.

During the first ten minutes, saving the shooter is on the shoulders of those present. Medical response will be en route, but most clubs would be lucky to see a 15 minute EMT response, and that is only if a phone is available or the club has cell phone coverage.

Every club should have a Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

There is know reason to not have one...

Defibrillation is the only effective way to resuscitate a victim of ventricular fibrillation.

Ventricular fibrillation is dangerous because it cuts off blood supply to the brain and other vital organs.

EMT they will tell you your chances of saving a shooter in ventricular fibrillation are slim, unless you use an Automated External Defibrillator.

Unless defibrillation can be performed within the first few minutes after the onset of ventricular fibrillation, the chances for reviving the person (resuscitation) are very poor.

For every minute that goes by that a person remains in ventricular fibrillation and defibrillation is not provided, the chances of resuscitation drop by almost 10 percent. After 10 minutes, the chances of resuscitating a victim of cardiac arrest are near zero.

A quick price check shows the Defibtech Lifeline™ AED goes for $1,245 and it comes with a five year battery.

Higher price AED are available and as you can see, not all at unreasonable cost. If a club made it a goal to make such a purchase a priority, and made the need known to the general membership, I imagine an AED would be purchased within the year.

I've posted on the subject in the past and put up a page with information links on the subject, to include a link that shows the various laws in each state in regard to the use of an AED.

Automated External Defibrillator for Shooting Clubs

If you do nothing else, at least bring the subject up at the next club meeting...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Canadian clubs to see fewer American shooters in 2009

As of June 1, 2009, Americans will either need a passport or State Issued Enhanced Driver’s License to return to the United States when driving. Not the minimum of a drivers license and birth certificate, as is the present requirement.

I suspect when the June 1, 2009 travel requirements for Americans is implemented, the number of American shooters who might be enticed to visit Canada to attend a shoot will have a larger negative impact on cross border shoot attendance than the impact the Canadian firearm registration requirements had when they were implemented.

It's hard enough convince Americans to pay the $25 to temporarily register firearms in Canada for 60 days, especially when it's for only one shoot. Now they will have the added expense of either an Enhanced Drivers License or Passport.

Granted those who live along the border would have a greater chance of having an Enhanced Drivers License (if available), but those living only 100 miles from the border will most likely have neither a Passport or Enhanced Drivers License.

And, if not already planning on visiting Canada for other reasons...

Yes, many hunters each year fly into Canada and return via flight and have a Passport, but I think that is comparing apples to oranges.

The old days of inviting fellow shooters on short notice to attend a shoot in Canada has just become 99% harder, as it is now like planning a fall hunting trip to Canada, and just not for everyone.

As for the Canadian traveler. I see no impact, as Canadians have already decided they will continue to visit the United States, no matter what the requirements, as seen from the number of Canadian shooters attending major shoots, shoots held near the border, and Canadians who snowbird each winter. Many I have contact with, maybe all, already have a passport, as Canadians for whatever reason, visit the states in huge numbers each year.

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U.S. Citizens.

On June 1, 2009, the U.S. government will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The proposed rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry to have a passport, passport card, or WHTI-compliant document.

WHTI-Compliant Travel Documents for U.S. citizen travel via land or sea, as of January 31, 2008:

- Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST)
- State Issued Enhanced Driver’s License (when available)
- Enhanced Tribal Cards (when available)
- U.S. Military Identification with Military Travel Orders
- U.S. Merchant Mariner Document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business
- Native American Tribal Photo Identification Card
- Form I-872 American Indian Card

* When flying into the US, Passport required.

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Canadians.

As of June 1, 2009, Canadian citizens will be required to present one of the following documents when travelling to, through or from the United States by land or sea:

- a valid passport; or
- a NEXUS card; or
- a Free and Secure Trade (FAST) card; or
- an enhanced driver’s licence (EDL) (in provinces and territories where U.S.-approved EDL programs are implemented).

Canadian citizens 15 years of age and under will only require proof of citizenship, such as an original or a copy of a birth certificate, or a Canadian citizenship card. Canadian citizens 18 years of age and under who are travelling with a school or other organized group, under adult supervision with parental/guardian consent, may also present proof of citizenship alone.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Northeast Florida ATA Chain Shoots, 2009

A busy February in regard to ATA trap in northeast Florida, as with the addition of Flagler, three clubs in the region are now taken part in the Florida chain.

Feb 4--8
Flagler

Feb 11--15
Jacksonville

Feb 17--22
Gator

All three clubs are north of Orlando, with Flagler the closest to Daytona Beach.

I've shot all three clubs.

A good bunch at each club running the trap program.

Jacksonville and Gator have a track record of handling a large influx of shooters, with Flagler yet to be tested, as this will be there first Chain Shoot participation, but they did have a test run last February.

Flagler has put great efforts into preparation, to include building new (and rebuilding) fields and adding bathroom facilities. If they meet the expectations of the RV shooters, all should be well!

Jacksonville weather can be on the cool side at that time of the year, but last winter the weather for the shoot was almost perfect. Shooters living south of Orlando have a tough time if it does not hit 75, and those visiting from the north for the fist time expect it to be 80's in all parts of Florida. It may or may not be in the 70's for the shoot, so pack smart and bring your shooting jacket and sweater along and you should have an enjoyable shoot.

Gator has been putting more than a few dollars into it's facilities over the past few years. Gator has the added bonus of having the only Olympic Bunker Trap (15 machines) in Florida and it's open to all who wish to give it a try. I know at the February shoot this year it was open on Saturday at the end of the day for all to enjoy.

Hopefully, all three club's keep the traditional system of shooting 100 targets, one box per 25, as I've seen in the past at the clubs and don't force the nonsense of shooting 10 targets per post that is becoming popular at various clubs.

For those not into attending chain shoots, but just want to shoot for practice, all the clubs welcome visitors at any time they are open, but be warned, the non-member rates at some clubs may seem punitive to shooters visiting and not living in the region.

Usually, during shoots visitors shoot at member rates...

Other clubs in the region. The Palatka Skeet Club has re-opened it's lone trap field, Amelia Shotgun Sports offers trap shooting, and just outside Daytona Beach, the Volusia County Skeet & Trap Club also offers trap.

Update: The club now has a web site.

Northeast Florida Clay Target Clubs

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Obama: 'Lipstick on a Pig, still a Pig'

Obama latest comments on the Republican candidates and the Hockey Mom running for Vice President...

'You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig, But It's Still a Pig'

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's ad lib during her vice presidential nomination acceptance speech last week, "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick."

Monday, September 08, 2008

Gun Talk Boards, don't sit out the election!

Aware of any GUN or OUTDOOR talk boards trying to limit discussion on the upcoming election?

Is Obama and Palin off limits?

Can't be mixing politics with guns, hunting, and fishing can we?

We might upset the LEFT...

I imagine those who complain of political postings in support of pro-gun and pro-hunting candidates or postings that point out candidates who are not, our not members of the NRA or Gun Owners of America. They also believe the Humane Society just runs dog pounds and not involved in the battle to end hunting and fishing.

As long as they don't take my gun or limit my fishing and hunting...

Governor Palin has ignited a passion in some not seen since Ronald Regan and Margaret Thatcher. The LEFT and those who "just want to get along" (moderates) don't want the passion to spread.

The Women the Left is Scared of!

By any stretch of the imagination, do you think judicially nominees made by a PRESIDENT Obama too the Supreme Court or Federal Nominees in general, will be PRO-GUN or not siding with animal right activists?

Do sites with a LIBERAL bent limit or ban discussion of Governor Palin?

The anti-gun sites don't and if the national papers are any indication, the more trash the better.

Limiting the discussion on pro-gun, hunting, and fishing sites is what the LEFT wants. as it leaves the field open for them to define the candidates.

We will also be shooting ourselves in the foot...

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Gun Owners for Obama, why the silence on Palin?

Gun Owners, Hunters, and Fisherman supporting Obama and Biden.

Why the silence on Sarah Palin; certified Life Member of the NRA, Gun Owner, Hunter, Fisherman, and know to take part in a charity sporting clays event.


Do you really think she is going to take any garbage from the left in regard to hunting, fishing, and gun rights?

By the way, is it O.K. to wear fur as long as you killed the animal yourself?

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Speed-Up Trap, I don't like it!

At many clubs registered trap shooting is now an endurance race!

I don't care for it...

I don't like shooting ten (10) targets per post.

Nor shooting five (5) targets per post, but have to place the second box near your starting pad, as not to slow the shoot. Bend and scoop the second box!

Yea, I know, just carry the second box...

No one at the shoot complaining, because real men don't complain. They may not be complaining at the shoot, but...

God forbid if someone wants a two minute break, especially on a hot and humid day.

No reason to bring water on the field, as your not given time to drink it!

You find yourself almost wishing for a machine breakdown or gun breakage...

Shoot management seems to care less if it's a short squad or not a sold out shoot.

The rules of the shoot are the rules that all squads will follow, no matter the circumstances or the weather.

Not fun when the squad is less than five shooters.

Does anyone practice four rounds of trap using the Speed-Up trap concept?

If they did, they would be hard placed to find anyone whom would shoot with them, and non-registered shooters watching would think they were nuts, as they are in the game to have fun!

From the clubs perspective I know why it's done, but...

Are we killing the growth of the sport because clubs are not willing to turn away shooters when overbooked?

FITASC, Skeet, and Sporting Clays don't have a problem with pre-registering and limiting numbers of shooters, with deposit required when deemed necessary.

I'm shooting sporting clays this Sunday and yes, pre-registration is required!

The economy may not be the only reason that attendance is down at many trap shoots...