Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Rod Jenneiahn, one of the good guys

Received from Deb Barney, Hill Country Shooting Sports Center, Texas

Thank you all for your continued prayers for Rod Jenneiahn, the Chief Referee for the USAS Fall Selection Match. Rod has been involved with this sport for years and appreciates all the support he has been given.

Rod just came out of surgery, a quadruple bypass. His wife Chris says all is going as well as can be expected. Rod will likely be there for awhile. Please send him a card, email or give him a call to speed along his recovery.

Please continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Here is Rod's email address: His email is rodchris@dcdi.net

His contact information at the hospital is listed below.

TEXSAN HEART HOSPITAL

6700 IH-10 West
San Antonio, TX 78201

Rod is in room #247.

Main Number: 210-736-6700 (room #247)

Main Fax: 210-736-8400

Concierge Desk: 210-736-8297

Indoor ranges and lead

Indoor ranges have the following hanging over there heads.

On Oct. 16, 2008 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 were not addressed in the Oct 2008 ruling. Rules for indoor ranges were to be established at a later date.

The Obama administration, his gang from Chicago, and his czars will set the new standard. I imagine small club indoor ranges will find it cost prohibitive to meet the new standard and be forced to close. Back door gun control...

If your club is thinking of upgrading the ventilation system or reconfiguring the range, you may want to hold off until the new lead standard is set as you may find that you spent your dollars but not meet the new standard.

Lead shot-fall zones

Early in September, Nevada County Sportsmen’s Club had to suspend shoots, as lead was going off the property from one or more fields and landing on a neighbors property.

The property owner holds all the aces. He either agrees to allow shot to fall on his property or he doesn't.

If he does, what is the long term impact if he decides to sell to someone other than the club? If he doesn't, what will it cost the club to clean the property of all lead? Would such a cleanup be covered by insurance? I think not...

A messy situation unless the club can purchase the property outright.

In the states, the standard is a 300 yard shot-fall zone from the shooting station.

Yes, shot used in clay target shooting does not travel that far, but if you were trying to start a new club, local zoning would most likely be looking for this standard.

No matter what you think should be the standard, a simple walk of the clubs property line while a shoot is in progress under wind and no wind conditons is recommended if you have any doubts on your clubs shot-fall zone. You could also stake down a few tarps and see if any lead shot is collected, checking every week or so.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Beaver River Sporting Clays Shoot

Beaver River Fish & Game, Croghan, New York - Sep 27, 2009

I don't think they have a name for the shoot. I call it the "End of Season Shoot" as the last for the season.

A lewis class fun sporting clays shoot. The club charged $40. For the money you got 20 stations, a free lunch, and some pretty nice trophies.

A wet start to the day, but after a three hour drive to get to the club the rains had almost stopped.

The early squads saw an occasional drizzle and a light rain towards the end.

By time we went out to shoot the weather cleared somewhat. We did not see a light drizzle until the last ten minutes of shooting. No standing water on the course from the earlier rains and not a problem pushing the cart around the course.

You could shoot the course with a skeet choke. Sounds easy, but no one shot 90 or higher. As a 20 station course, a number of four target stations.

The course is set in two sections. In the open area near the clubhouse and in the woods across the road from the clubhouse.

The wooded area is mostly hand traps. A sand pit is put to good use.

A short tower near the clubhouse.



If your looking to have fun and a good time, this annual shoot is a must attend event.

Shoot Photos

The skies opened when we were ready to depart and it rained all the way home.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Remington 1100 Maintenance (Malfunctions)

I think I've had every problem that you can have with a Remington 1100.

Except for one part that I did not have the proper tool, I've replaced every part.

Somethings I've learned...

- Shoot Remington 1100's dry. I clean with Break Free, letting it soak for several hours before wiping clean. I've learned to use Break Free sparingly. Just a small amount goes a long way. Use to much and you will end up with a wet gun after it warms up after shooting a few rounds. It's almost like it's coming out of the pours of the metal.

- DO NOT USE WD-40 to clean.

- Keep the Magazine Tube clean and dry (Clean with Break Free).

- Piston and piston seal. I don't find it necessary to break apart the sets that snap together, but you do have to keep the metal that touches the Magazine Tube clean.

- Barrel Seal (O ring) should be replaced at the beginning of each shooting year. Don't purchase from a gunsmith or Remington. Visit the local hardware store. Viton O-rings, size 21 for the 12 gauge. Viton is the material you want, not a brand name. 20 gauge O-ring is #19 Viton.

- Drop the trigger four or five times a year (minimum) and clean off any carbon buildup. A few years back I could not figure out why the gun was not working properly. A cleaning of the trigger did the trick. You don't have to go overboard. Some like to soak in break cleaner.

- Clean the barrel properly. I was using a bore brush on a string, but I was using it dry. Overtime, a buildup occurred where the shell sits in the barrel when loaded.

The buildup was causing the shell to not eject smoothly. The only way I figured this one out was I had two 1100's go down around the same time and tried a bit of everything until it dawned on me what the problem was. Both 1100's started to work flawlessly after I gave the barrels a wet cleaning.

- After a few years of a gun shooting flawlessly and you start having problems feeding a second shell, it may be time to replace the Action Spring. The spring is located in the stock, assessed via the butt plate. I would at that time also replace the Magazine Spring. Both springs are inexpensive. If you have the tool for removing the bolt in the stock, an easy job. Give the interiors where the springs were installed a good cleaning. I hit the springs with a very light spray of Rim Oil.

- I've always been told to check the two small holes found on the barrel (use a thin drill bit) but I've never found any buildup, but you never know. Anyway, keep this area clean as you can get a bit of buildup.

- I don't know why, but I have less problems with a 30" barrel than a 26" when it comes to shooting light loads (under 1180 fps). I assume it has to do with pressure buildup. Never tried testing shells with a 28" barrel.

- Have a complete bolt assembly with extractor ready to go if you use the gun at registered or fun shoots. I've never broke a firing pin, but have broken a few extractors. Extractor and firing pin not already assembled is not what you want in your shoot bag if either breaks.

- I have not had a Piston & Piston Seal or a T break in years. I assume a beefed up metal or machine process in recent years. I carry them but have not had to use them.

- Use choke lube.

My Remington 1100, the story continues

RE: Blog Posting September 18 - Remington 1100.

My gun was sent to Gunworks of Central New York for repairs.

I called today and the gun is fixed. They stated they did a test fire.

Unfortunately, the person I talked to was not the billing department and I'm waiting on a call to settle the bill.

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That was last Friday's posting and a week has past.

Today, I called as I had not heard a thing.

I did not ask why they did not call, send an email or post card. I confirmed it was fixed and gave my credit card number.

I was told it would ship today...

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Am I missing something?

How long was my repaired firearm going to sit in the shop until they contacted me for payment?

Maybe I'm suppose to call every couple of days, but I think not...

A must read article; Headstone dedication will honor trapshooter who took aim at bias

Headstone dedication will honor trapshooter who took aim at bias

By MEREDITH RODRIGUEZ - The Kansas City Star


“Some folks just don’t have anyone to remember them.”

Nelson Gipson shrugged and said so near the end of his life when asked why he laid flowers every year on the unmarked grave of Tobias H. Cohron, a gunsmith and gentleman shooter who lived in Pleasant Hill into the early 1900s.

Gipson died in May, but his consistent acts of remembrance would lead to Pleasant Hill’s rediscovery of Cohron, an elite trapshooter who died penniless and crippled in a “Home for Aged Negroes” near Independence.

On Saturday, trapshooting enthusiasts from around the country will meet in Pleasant Hill to dedicate a 48-inch by 36-inch headstone where grass once covered Cohron’s remains.

They will remember a man of courage — the first African-American on record who tried to compete in the nation’s premier trapshooting contest. He was turned away from a New Jersey site in 1897 and steered away in 1899.

Then, taking the only course offered African-Americans pinioned by the era’s pretense of “separate but equal,” he helped start the Afro-American Trapshooters’ League in 1903. The league, believed to be the first of its kind, held its own contests for the next decade.

“There are so many people in history that nobody ever thought of, but they made waves. They made ripples,” said Pleasant Hill resident Mike O’Malley, who helped uncover Cohron’s story. “That’s what this man did.”

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Cohron stood out in the 1899 photo, taken during the height of the Jim Crow era. He stood in the back row of a group shot during that year’s Grand American Handicap, the national championship sponsored by the Amateur Trapshooting Association.

Kenny Ray Estes, museum director for the National Trapshooting Hall of Fame, noticed the image several years ago while researching black trapshooting history.

Though pictured among the contestants, Cohron did not complete the competition that year. More than a half-century later, his obituary mentioned how, after shooting in the preliminaries, he was offered $500 by Southern shooters to withdraw.

“Now this is back before any civil rights organizations. There wasn’t any NAACP… Jesse Jackson or politician looking for photo ops with a poor black man,” O’Malley said. “And he, on his own, gets on a train from Pleasant Hill and goes out there unsupported.

“If you don’t admire anything else, you’ve got to admire the man’s courage.”

Estes, too, was impressed and wanted to honor Cohron. But first he had to find Cohron’s grave site, a task helped along by serendipity.

In a trapshooting collector’s newsletter with only 125 subscribers nationally, Estes found O’Malley’s name.

He was the perfect research partner for at least three reasons: He already had started a folder on Cohron. He lived in Pleasant Hill. And, as it turned out, he went to the right church.

Upon learning that cemetery records listed a location for Cohron’s grave that never existed, O’Malley approached the organist at his church.

The organist was Gipson, a black man with a name close to that of a contestant listed as having shot with Cohron in the first Grand Afro-American Handicap.

“I realized it was a long shot, but it would be no shot at all if I did not talk to Nelson,” O’Malley said.

Gipson not only remembered Cohron, but the man in the handicap was Gipson’s grandfather, a good friend of Cohron’s whose name was misspelled in the listing.

And Gipson was certain of Cohron’s burial place, because he had placed flowers there ever since Cohron died in 1955.

“Out of the 125 people in this entire country, I happened to be going to church with the last man on earth who knew where that grave was,” O’Malley said.

“Kenny Ray Estes believes it may have been divine intervention, and I’m not going to argue with him.”

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Cohron lived most of his life as he died — in relative obscurity.

Born in Mississippi in 1870, one of 15 children, Cohron was a janitor at Pleasant Hill Citizens Bank and a deacon at the Second Baptist Church in the Cass County town, where African-Americans were by far the minority.

Cohron, known as “Tobe,” lived with his mother until her death in 1917. He then moved to a two-room house, but never married.

It was uncommon for poor people to shoot for sport, Estes said. Travel was a luxury most African-Americans could not afford then.

A factor that likely supported Cohron’s hobby was his trade as a gunsmith. He fashioned his own parts and worked on everybody’s guns in town, said former neighbor Robert Kimbrell who, as a child, knew Cohron in his later years.

“He was quite a gentleman,” Kimbrell said. “Everybody in town liked him.”

As an old man who was plagued with arthritis and who would later have one of his legs amputated, Cohron read all the time, Kimbrell said. In the summertime, he lounged under a big shade tree in his yard.

He never talked about being a trapshooter, and Kimbrell never thought to ask about the trophies on his wall.

He never knew that Cohron traveled to New Jersey and tried to compete twice against white shooters.

A Sporting Life article lamented him being turned away.

“Mr. Cohron, the colored brother from Pleasant Hills, Mo., was barred from participation in the 1897 Grand American Handicap on account of his color … and yet if he had been permitted to shoot, he might have proved to the objectors that the color of his skin did not make him any the less their equal at the traps. As long as a man is a gentleman, and Mr. Cohron had proven in the past he is, no American should be guilty of drawing the color line.”

For the same reason that others formed the Negro baseball leagues, Cohron became the founding secretary for the Afro-American Trapshooters’ League.

The group held the first Grand Afro-American Handicap in on Oct. 6, 1903, in a Kansas City shooting park.

Only 20 people, mostly locals from Pleasant Hill, competed. Contestants paid $5 for 25 birds — real birds, not the clay pigeons of today.

Cohron won that year, as he did four years later.

The last of their competitions on record was in 1913.

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As in golf and tennis, trapshooting’s whites-only policy remained the rule long after baseball and other sports had integrated.

Black shooting groups, formed by Cohron and others, allowed for community gathering when such activity was discouraged, said Endia Snowden, secretary for the Eastern Skeet and Trapshooting Association, a black shooting league.

Even if there were only 20 or 30 trapshooters competing, she said, 200 spectators would cook out and enjoy the camaraderie.

“We made occasions and events out of nothing because we had no place to go,” Snowden said.

It was not until the mid- to late 1970s that blacks were welcome in the mainstream trapshooting clubs, said Eva Crowley, secretary of the Western Skeet and Trapshooting Association.

“He (Cohron) is an inspiration to everybody else who has come along behind him,” she said.


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Grave site ceremony

The headstone for black trapshooter Tobias H. Cohron will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, 1501 N. State Route 7.


Original Article

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Picture of Tobias H. Cohron from 1899 that accompanied Kenny's article last January in Trap & Field. The picture was provided to the Trapshooting Hall of Fame by Charlie Hartwig.



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PLEASANT HILL, MO - Tobias Cohron was a civil rights pioneer long before the phrase was even invented, and on Saturday the forgotten legend in the sport of trap shooting was remembered in Pleasant Hill as a group gathered to honor him 54 years after his death.

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TS COM - Trapwife

It was a perfect autumn day to honor this long forgotten trapshooter. Nearly 100 local and not so local friends of both Tobe and the sport of shooting gathered in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. T

he St. Andrews Bagpipes and Drums opened the brief ceremony with their reverberating version of "Rest Me Easy Lord" and "Amazing Grace". When the last note faded upward into the turning leaves of the trees, there was not a whisper of sound. ATA Hall of Fame Director Kenny Ray Estes made a few brief remarks before unveiling the black granite headstone. It was beautifully engraved to tell the world that Tobias H. Cohron was a champion shooter, master gunsmith and first known black man to attempt to compete in the Grand American Handicap".

A shotgun salute concluded the service as Willis Corbett and John McCormick (dressed in period attire) each fired two shots from antique guns.

A prime rib luncheon reception was held in Pleasant Hill at the Memorial Hall following the dedication, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Mike O'Malley.

An oil painting of Tobias Cohron, commissioned by O'Malley was presented to the Pleasant Hill Historical Society. Hall of Fame Director Estes and Mike O'Malley extended their appreciation to all who made the day possible and thanked those who attended.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Inexpensive registered skeet shooting, Jacksonville Florida

I recently received a shoot flyer for a skeet shoot and threw it in the garbage. From what they were charging I'd expect a steak dinner and paid referees, that was not the case. More power to them if the can pull a crowd, but there were not getting my money.

Today, I received a mailing from the Jacksonville Skeet & Trap Club, Florida.

They will be charging $42 per hundred, including shoot fees. Saturday Night Rib Dinner – Included for Contestants and their guest; non-shooters $10.

Reasonable and something that I can live with. The club has a reputation for putting on a good shoot and NSSA refs on the fields is the norm.

If your aware of the clubs member and non-member rate for practice targets, it's obvious the club is making efforts to keep registered shoots held at the club affordable.

Not always the case when you look at what some clubs normally charge to shoot non-member practice and the price per 100 for registered shoots. The math does not add up, even after you include ref and daily fees.

This is what caught my eye:

HONORS ONLY (any event) $32 per 100, includes fees

I understand it's a Florida Skeet Association rule to offer "targets only', but it's nice to see a club openly offering it on it's shoot flyer.

I imagine the option of shooting registered skeet for $32 is welcomed by many and something that can only entice new shooters to registered shooting.

Hats off to the Jacksonville club!

Now, if all clubs throughout the US & Canada would openly embrace HONORS ONLY for all registered shoots...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Clay target shoots and the middle class, a conversation

Where is the middle class at clay target shoots or has the definition of middle class changed from when I was a youngster?

I see plenty of Wal-Mart 100 shell value packs at a shoot, but rarely someone who works at Wal-Mart attending the shoot! If I do, its more likely at a ATA trap shoot or a non-major sporting clays shoot!

I'm talking middle class, full time workers. Not talking small skeet clubs holding "target only" shoots or sporting clays shoots offering 100 targets for $40, lunch included!

Also, not talking clubs that give a Holiday Inn experience such as Addieville East Farm. It can charge accordingly and not look back.

Returning from the Lobster shoot at Addieville I can tell stories of lobster served on Saturday, cigars handed out, and the 30 minute fireworks display. For the shoot that offers almost nothing but charges Holiday Inn prices, I tell stories of...

Clubs that charge Holiday Inn prices, but give a Super 8 experience must be more realistic on fees charged.

In the long term such clubs are doing great harm to the clay target sports.

Registered skeet with it's 4-gun format may have lost the middle class Wal-Mart type worker forever.

The skeet community needs the value pack shooter, whether some shooters know it or not. You won't get him if the cost of shoots is not restrained and the emphases is on 4-gun shooting.

Trap is always the most affordable. Most likely due to the number of shooters they can schedule per field per day and the ability to put cheap or free help in the scorers chair. The PAT trap has done wonders for keeping shoot expenses down. When you hear a trap shooter complaining its usually over the cost per 100, excluding other fees, and the shooter is from a member run club in the northeast still charging $3 or less per round.

When I talk about the expense in regard to register shooting, many just roll there eyes. Yes, there is exceptions with fees charged, but if you have your eye wide open you can't but help see for yourself. Throw in the ever increasing cost of travel and ammunition and you better find a way to cut cost!

Whats the answer? I don't have one solution for all, but...

Paid referees is a big expense. Somehow we have to find away to work around that or get more bang for the buck.

Skeet referees according to talk board postings can take home $150 per day at some shoots. They may also can get room and board. I remember when $100 was a big deal!

Some 16 station sporting clays course pays each puller $65 for a total cost of $1040. That is a fixed cost even if one shooter attends. Thus, the stampede for clubs to go without refs and pull your own at monthly shoots, and at shoots that don't offer a large payout. Hats off for trying to keep cost down!

I always see the youngest workers at a trap shoot. Cheap labor?

What's to be done?

One club that I'm aware, when asked what the expense of holding a shoot was, the person in charge of the shoot could not come up with a number. You have a set expenses going in and go from there, but if you have no idea going in...

Is the free lunch or dinner really free? If not free, make it an option.

Does every shooter need to get a mailing. We do have the Internet...

Do we have to see $10-$15 returned to shooters? Is this mandatory or optional when registering for shoots at your club? Trap seems to get along fine without it.

Do trophies given gotten to be to expensive? An expense that might need to be addressed.

Maybe if we sit down with paper in hand before we decide what to charge for a shoot.

Also, please don't start with the mindset the shoot will allow you not to raise club dues or target prices if you can overcharge for the shoot and still get a decent turnout...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Underhill Vt Sept Skeet Shoot

Underhill Rod & Gun Club, Westford Vermont, NSSA Skeet.

A cool and windy day on Saturday. I wore my shoot jacket in the AM.

My backup 1100 operated flawlessly in the 12 gauge event. Unfortunately the operator did not.

Without rehashing my gun problems experienced this year, I had to take a rarely used 1100 out of mothballs earlier this month. An off the rack 1100 with no modifications. I purchased it used many years ago with the thought of using it for spare parts, as it was pretty well beat up. I replaced two springs and gave it a good soaking in BreakFree before I started using it this month. At two shoots, including this one, not a failure to feed.

Junior shooter Joey Faryniarz shot his first 25 straight on Saturday.


As the tradition at small club 4-gun skeet shoots, a dinner was served on Saturday. The kitchen volunteers did an excellent job.

A video that I posted. I had to do a bit of editing and shortened a few pieces, as it was running long. I wanted to show as many shooters as I could and tried my best to accomplish that.



The first frost of the year early Sunday AM, but a much warmer day than seen on Saturday.

Shot in the 90's in all gauges and ended up with an 85 in the .410. Pretty happy with the .410 score as I think the first .410 shot in 12 months and using a loner gun (my wifes). I may have shot a box or two this year, but nothing I remember.

Shoot Photos

Friday, September 18, 2009

Lost Target Odds & Ends, Sep 18 2009

Jim Waterman.

Rochester Brooks (Rush NY) is hosting a registered target sporting clays event on Sat September 26th.

Jim Waterman is leaving his job as manager of Rochester Brooks after that day.

Jim's even handed management of the club will be missed by all...

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410.

Reloaded .410 shells for a shoot at the Underhill club this weekend.

I think the first .410 shells loaded this year. Checking hulls in preparation I found a few burn holes and discarded. If not, a good chance of hull separation during the shoot.

I don't have any .410 targets recorded on my shoot card and don't expect to see any on the card after this shoot until this time next year unless we attend a shoot that happens to be offering .410 on the day we shoot.

This is the only shoot this year where I will shoot 4-guns. I'm only shooting 4-guns because a large number of shooters at the club attended many shoots in past years at my home club and in my mind I owe them. May sound like baloney from my end on why I'm shooting 4-guns at Underhill, but if you know me you know that's how I think.

I enjoy registered skeet, just not into two day skeet shoots anymore...

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Skeet.

Shooting the last registered targets of the year at the La Roue du Roy on Oct 3rd,

12 & 20.

The club is in Hemmingford, Quebec.

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Sporting Clays.

We're attending the end of year shoot at Beaver River on the 27th.

Mostly hand traps. A $40 shoot fee that includes lunch.

A well run shoot and everyone always has a good time.

The club is southeast of Watertown, NY.

Photos & Video from last September.

Thinking of attending a shoot at Vernon National Shooting Preserve on Oct 10. I will not decide to attend until the day before the shoot, as over a three hour drive, some over mountain roads, and if it looks like rain...


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Glenrock Blue.

My Browning O/U is being reblued.

Yesterday, I received a call. They found a broken part inside the receiver and asked for permission to have it repaired by a local gun smith.

The call was appreciated as I would rather have a working gun when Glenrock Blue is finished with it and not have to send it out for repairs when returned.

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Remington 1100.

My gun was sent to Gunworks of Central New York for repairs.

I called today and the gun is fixed. They stated they did a test fire.

Unfortunately, the person I talked to was not the billing department and I'm waiting on a call to settle the bill.

An under $10 part needed to be replaced, located inside the receiver. I not have the proper tool to remove and install the part so I had to send it in. After I sent it in a friend said he had such a tool. That would have saved a few bucks...

I've shot five different guns this year with scores all over the place. Hopefully, things will settle down in regard to gun repairs for 2010.


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Sportsman's Club of Franklin County (Vt).

The clay target side of the club received permission to complete the modernization of the skeet operation and will be installing a set of PAT Trap Skeet machines on the last field that needed upgrading. A three field club, one with a combination skeet/trap field. The lone trap is a PAT trap with voice release.

The two fields with PAT Trap Skeet machines have been running without problem.

I don't shoot at the club in the winter, but been told the cold has not been a problem in regard to machine operation.

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North Country Sportsman's Club (Vt).

The club held a fun shoot this past August.

The winners all took home fresh baked fruit pies.

A great idea...

I mentioned this to several shooters and at a shoot I was attending and all thought that receiving a pie as a prize at a small club shoot was pretty neat.

I'm seriously thinking of putting the shoot on my calendar in 2010, as I enjoy fun shoots and if lucky, can eat the prize on the way home.

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Northeast Kingdom Skeet & Sporting Clays (Vt).

In a passing conversation I was told the club acquired a trap machine and the club was looking to have a field operational come 2010.

I did not verify this, so check with the club if your interested in shooting trap.

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Local club.

My home club was closed a few years back by the EPA. We we're shooting over water.

We saw it coming, but the club never made contingency plans, as every time it was mentioned at a meeting it was not voted on. Those who said no did not want to raise the cost of shooting and/or the membership fee to help build a fund to purchase land at another location. Water under the bridge...

We have news that we may have a club in 2010. A small operation at first on leased land.

The first thing I hear is to help fund the club we will have to have three or four registered skeet shoots each year.

Not something I'm looking forward to, as in the past there was only three of us that could be counted on to referee shoots. You get burned out after a few years.

I have no problem jumping in an helping a club that is in a bind on the day of a shoot. I've scored skeet, sporting and trap on short notice, but a little weary of getting back into refereeing two day shoots.

Boy, am I going to feel guilty if I say no or limit my contribution of time to maybe two shoots a year....

Monday, September 14, 2009

Josee Smoke Meat Sporting Clays Shoot

I attended a 50 target small club sporting clays shoot at Club de Tir Josée, St-Alexandre, Québec on Sunday.

A small club that always has plenty of volunteers on hand to run a shoot.

Price of the shoot included shells and lunch. The lunch consisted of a HUGE smoke meat sandwich, fries, and cold slaw. The sandwich was one of the better tasting smoke meat sandwiches that I've eaten.

As seen on Saturday at the shoot in Vermont, the day started with dampness in the air, but it cleared.



The majority that I come in contact with at shoots in Quebec speak English, but there are times when I want to communicate to a trapper or a fellow shooter I have to do so through someone on the squad or a club member that speaks English, as I don't speak french. Can make for an interesting conversation, but no matter the language, we all understand dead and lost...

The club holds three shoots a year and I always try to attend at least one, as I always have a good time. This year the schedule fell right and I was at all three, shooting in two and taken photos at the other.

Shoot Photos

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Todd Murphy Memorial Sporting Clays Shoot

The Todd Murphy Memorial Sporting Clays shoot was held at the Underhill Rod & Gun Club, Westford Vermont this past Saturday. Jane Murphy took part in the shoot.

Fourteen stations, 100 targets.

The club had a 5-stand, but not a sporting clays course. They tore down the 5-stand and re-configured the club into sectors. They ended up with four parcours, as seen in FITASC.

59 shooters in attendance.

Something that I had not seen before was station #0. Three practice targets at the beginning of the shoot, before you moved to station #1. Shooting station #0 was at no extra cost and left up to the individual to shoot or not.

An annoying drizzle at the start of the shoot, but the weather cleared. No wind to speak of.



Not skeet in the woods!

The course was a little tougher than I would have liked to seen, but maybe that's just me.

No designated squad start times were given prior to the shoot. Designated squad start times as seen in FITASC would have been preferable, as it ended up being a long day for more than a few.

A good first effort and no reason why this could not be an annual event.

The Underhill club is primarily a skeet club with a core of volunteers that would put much larger clubs with paid staff to shame.

59 shooters, 29 were NSCA registered.

HOA - Kevin Goodspeed 84
RU - Mike Pratico 79
M1 - Brent Burley 79
AA - Brice Duponsel 77
A - Richard Cook 68
B - Mark Whitticom 71
C - Phil LaMarche 74
D - Bob Durocher 64
E - Burt McGowan 53

The club will be making a donation of $911 to Todd and Jane Murphy's favorite charity, The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Burlington.

Shoot Photos

Friday, September 11, 2009

Estate Target Loads

Last spring I purchased a number of cases of Estate 12 gauge target loads, 1145fps.

We've shot the shells out of three 1100's over the summer. Not a problem ejecting hulls or feeding the second shell.

Except for one shell last week, not one failure to fire. The shell that did not go off sounded like it was light on powder, or no powder at all. The wad cleared the barrel.

I clean 1100's using Break Free. As long as the gun is pretty much shot dry, no excessive powder build-up noted.

Caution on using Break Free, less is good. Using to much during cleaning can leave you with a wet gun when on the range, even if wiped down after cleaning. It's almost like the stuff comes out of the pours of the metal when shooting and after the gun has warmed a bit. A quick wipe down on the range solves the problem it you start to get a powder buildup from the excessive use of Break Free, but not something I wish to be doing in the middle of a shoot. In any case, I would not use anything but Break Free to clean a 1100...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

LongRANGE Skeet Release Systems

A few years back I found a slight delay when using the LongRANGE wireless target release system when used on the skeet field. Instant release it was not...

Very frustrating. We always opted to use the hardwired release when visiting a club with such a system in operation, as the game of skeet is instant target release. No way do you want to practice for an upcoming shoot with a slight delay on every push of the button..

I suspected the buttons needed to be reworked. Another possibility, the receivers attached to the machines were not sited properly. No matter what we did, to include checking batteries, it always seemed the problem was with the release buttons.

I was asked by a number of shooters about wireless release systems. I could not recommend the LongRANGE system unless used in the winter when you didn't want to drag a cord through the snow and ice, but no way could I recommend them for serious skeet practice.

This year at two clubs, one holding a registered shoot, the only delay experienced was the fault of the puller not the LongRANGE system.

Something changed and I have no idea what, but I would not hesitate to shoot registered targets at a club using a LongRange skeet system.

Lost Target charges for Services Rendered

In recent weeks I received a rash of emails asking what I charge to post a shoot flyer or a club link to the Lost Target?

Also, what do I charge for a copy of an original photo?

The short answer is, no charge to clubs or shooters for anything you see posted on the Lost Target.

No charge for posting club links or shoot flyers.

No charge for an original photo. If I have the original it will be sent to you as an email attachment. Some photos may have been received from another shooter. I make an effort to see if they have the original.

I may be missing out on an additional income stream, but the whole idea of the Lost Target from the start was to promote clay target shooting. Charging clubs or shooters is not something I would consider. Also, I routinely post businesses to my links page, never asking or expecting anything in return. Been that way from day #1!

Saying that, donations are always welcomed, but never required or expected!

A number of clubs and shooters have been more than generous. I do make an effort (with there permission) to recognize the larger contributors with a credit at the end of a Lost Target YouTube video or a comment added to a photo or blog posting.

I say with permission, as more than a few for whatever reason have asked not to be recognized!

I would love to pick up a large sponsor or two, so I could visit more clubs, but I'm just a small fish in a big pond and that's just the way it is.

Thanks to the clubs that let the wife and I shoot at the member rate when we drop in, as no way we can visit various clubs throughout the year and shoot at non-member rates or join each club, as it would break the bank...

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Jim White Collection Plaques & Awards

If your club is looking for something a bit different to hand out after the shoot, may I recommend;

Jim White Collection

I've never been on the receiving end of a Jim White Collection Award, but I have attended several small club shoots where the winner received either a belt buckle or plaque.

I was at a small club sporting clays shoot last year. Boxes of ammunition given to class winners, with the exception of HOA. He received a Jim White Collection mounted belt buckle, something you expect to see only at bigger shoots. To say the least, it really added a touch of class to the shoot.



Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Czar Cass Sunstein: Right to Bear Arms Arguments Stem From ‘Fears’ Not ‘Civic-Centered Founding Debates’



October 23, 2007: "My tentative suggestion is that the individual right to have guns as it's being conceptualized now is best taken as a contemporary creation and a reflection of current fears, not a reading of civic-centered founding debates. Modern gun owners who are invoking the Second Amendment on the basis of a principle they favor are perfectionists," now-Regulatory czar Cass Sunstein lectured.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Canadian Shotgun Championship 2009 Scores & Video

I spent Saturday at the Montreal Skeet Club with camera in hand. A beautiful day for shooting.

Not a bad turnout considering the nature of the shoot. I just read the World Shoot held in Texas, a shoot that also requires shooters to shoot all disciplines, had to be postponed, as a minimum of 25 shooters had not pre-registered.

A six hundred target event held over three days.

Disciplines shot: Skeet, Trap, Sporting Clays, FITASC, 5-Stand, Oylmpic Bunker, International Skeet.



Sunday evening I will update the scores to reflect final standings.

Shoot Photos & Scores

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Golden Triangle Grey Power Fun Shoot

I attended a fun skeet shoot this past Tuesday at the The Golden Triangle Trap and Skeet Club.

The Canada 55+ Senior Games are being held in Brockville Ontario in August of 2010.

Currently there are no shooting sports sanctioned in the Games.

Our aim is to change this by introducing Skeet as an event. The Golden Triangle Trap and Skeet Club has met with the 2010 Organizing Committee and they are anxious to have us included in the Games. In order for Skeet to become a sanctioned event, it has to be approved by the CSGA (Canadian Senior Games Assoc) National Executive. They are meeting in Brockville this August 29th through September 3rd to finalize arrangements and visit event venues.

The Brockville organizing committee has agreed to bring the National Executive out to our club on the afternoon of September 1st to see what this Skeet thing is all about! The 2010 Brockville Committee were out to Golden Triangle in May and were very impressed with the sport and our facility.

What we are proposing that on September 1st, 2009 we hold a “Grey Power” Fun Shoot as show of support from our fellow senior shooters to show the National Executive that there is support for Skeet as an event and to show them there is an organized association (OSSA) in place in Ontario to help in the selection process.

A first time visit...

Two skeet fields, one over-layed with 5-stand. A lone trap field. I'm told a third field could be added.

Facilities are well maintained.

The club has the older single stack Winchester skeet machines. They never had a hiccup and I don't remember one target coming out broken. I'm told new machines are on order.

The background was pretty much what I see at many small clubs in the North.

The shoot consisted of 50 regular skeet or 50 wobble skeet, with the option to shoot both.



Targets were on the money for regular skeet and all had a few good laughs shooting wobble skeet.

I was surprised on how many of the shooters I knew.

Sporting clays shooter Doug Bailey (HOA 93x100) was in attendance. He drove in the previous day as he had a bit of a drive. He lives the good life, bouncing around various clubs in Florida during the winter months. Doug has submitted more than a few photos to the Lost Target for posting in past years.

Vivian Freitag, Eganville Ontario was on my squad. She had the honor at this shoot of recording the first 25 straight ever recorded by a women shooter at the club.

Local M.P.P. (Member of Provincial Parliament) Robert Runciman dropped in to show his support and shot a few targets.

The shoot fee included lunch. Cold cuts and all the fixings, to include drinks.

The organizing committee and the National Executive arrived as promised. It seemed that most were impressed with the club and the game of skeet.

My overall impression of the club? I left wondering why the club doesn't hold registered skeet shoots, as they have what it takes to hold a successful shoot!

Shoot Photos

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A long drive to the club. Almost my limit without staying in a motel.

I crossed the border at Cornwall, Ontario.

The bridge toll booth and the Canadian government customs building were in the past located on Indian nation land, south of the bridge. However, this past summer the Indians protested the arming of Canadian custom agents. The facilities were moved to temporary buildings on the north side of the bridge, where the government has full jurisdiction and custom agents could carry firearms. However, none of the Canadian custom agents observed were armed...

Crossing was without incident.

The club was easy to find. Nor far from the 401.

I used a differnet crossing returning to the states. Again without incident.

Driving Rt. 190 in New York, I came upon a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint. They were being assisted by State Police and the sheriffs department. A 100 percent check of traffic going north and south was being conducted. For me a quick stop, but a women in a car with Canadian plates heading north seemed to be receiving a bit of attention.