Monday, December 27, 2010

Addieville East, Goeff Gabe Passes

Goeff Gabe, President of Addieville East Game Farm in Rhode Island, passed away today after a long bout of lung and brain cancer.

LINK

Frank Challant
NSCA 525682
Winchester, MA 01890



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Rhode Island's premier preserve for pheasant hunting, Sporting Clays and fly fishing.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Dec 19, 2010 @ the Montreal Sporting Clays Turkey Shoot

12 station, 100 target sporting clays turkey shoot @ Montreal Skeet Club, Les Cèdres, Québec.



An overcast day, sometimes a slight wind. Temperature in the neighborhood of 22 degrees (-5c). Ten miles south of the club, both coming and going, blue skies.

Not a cold 22 degrees, as it was not a damp cold. I had chemical hand warmers but not really needed.

Snow on the ground. Not a problem getting around the club.

The club picked it up a notch, offering 12 stations and 100 targets. For the winter series shoots held through April, 75 targets are presented.

We started out with a three man squad, but at the first station ran into a two man squad. We formed a 5 man squad. Made for a more enjoyable shoot.

I didn't experience any broken targets coming off a machine and did not have to re-shoot any targets.

I enjoyed the target presentations more so than from my last visit.

It was nice to see a few youth shooters at the shoot.

I brought home a turkey and will be having it for Christmas.

Not a problem crossing the border. Both Americans and Canadians seemed to be in particularly good humor. I have a 5 year Canadian Firearms License that makes for quick crossings into Canada.

American who don't have such a license can register a firearm (long gun) to bring into Canada to attend a shoot. The cost is $25 for a 60 day permit. You do the paperwork at the border the day of crossing. The Lost Target website has a page posted that provides guidance.

Feel free to email if you have any questions about bringing long guns into Canada or the USA.

Shoot Photos/Results

Friday, December 17, 2010

1st 2011 Shoot Invite

Received an invite to attend the ATA Florida Chain Shoot to be held at the Gator Skeet & Trap Club from Jan 11 - 16.

It's the little things that count when running a shoot and getting shoot flyers in the mail in a timely manner is one of them.

An interesting club in that it's located next to an airport. You have to stop shooting when planes are landing or approching. Not a busy airport so not something you can't live with.

Nice targets. Very aggressive with the radar gun, something they have in common with the Jacksonville club.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Dec 5, 2010 @ the Montreal Sporting Clays Shoot

Montreal Skeet Club Winter Sporting Clays. A series of shoots held at the Montreal Skeet Club, Les Cèdres, Québec through April 2011.

Snow at the border. Only an inch or two, but blowing. Plows out dropping sand.

The lady working the border checked the serial number on my shotgun. I invited everyone working to attend the shoot, but no takers...

When I was about 5 miles north of the border, the snow disappeared. Lower elevation...

A cold day. I think the high was only 22 degrees (about -5c). Throw in the wind and who knows what the temps were. I forgot to pack my chemical hand-warmers. I will have them for the next shoot. Throw one in the palm of each glove and maybe one in each boot, under your toes. They work great.

It has never happened before, but my camera froze. Was locked in the on position and would not allow me to take a photo. I stuck it in my pocket for a few minutes with the battery removed to let it warm a bit. It came back to life when I re-inserted the battery.

You will see someone trash talking in part of the video. That's me!

The next station I missed them all : (

After the first four misses, Pierre suggested that I try something different, like hitting them. Thinking back, I may have had to much lead.



Going back on the 19th to attend the clubs 100 target Sporting Clays Turkey Shoot.

Sarah Palin shooting Caribou

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Cheaper Than Dirt on the Radio

I heard an advertisement from Cheaper Than Dirt on the radio this past week.

The company said they can meet your shooting needs and will ship firearms to your FFL.

They sell a full line of outdoor products.

The advertisement in itself is not unusual, as local gun shops place ads from time to time, but the first time I've heard a Internet based company (based in Texas) placing a nationwide ad. The ad was on a Vermont radio station.

A company with a track record and has been posted on my links page for a number of years.

Friday, December 03, 2010

ATF Form 6NIA (Visiting the US with Firearms) Renewal

Each spring, early summer I run into Canadian shooters worried about the ability to attend an upcoming shoot in the states, as they had let there temporary US import permit expire. The renewal process for the permit can take up to six weeks. I have seen it done in a week or less, but I would not count on it.

Shooters using the HUNTING LICENSE option and have a valid (not expired) stateside hunting license can renew now.

You can use any stateside hunting license to renew your ATF Form 6NIA, as long as it is valid at the time submitted.

- You submit on December 10th and your license expires December 31. That is acceptable.

- When you receive your approved ATF Form 6NIA you will need a valid license when crossing the border. Does not need to be the one you submitted to the ATF. The permit is valid for one year as long as the hunting license is current.

Further Guidance...

ATF Form 6NIA (Visitors to the USA)

* I strongly urge the use of the Hunting License option instead of Shoot Invitations for those who routinely cross the border to attend shoots or visit clubs.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

2011 Chain Shoot Date Changes

2011 FLORIDA ATA CHAIN SHOOTS

January 7 - 9 Jacksonville
January 11 - 16 Gator
February 2 - 6 Flagler
February 10 - 13 Markham Park
February 22 - 27 Robinson Ranch
March 1 - 6 Silver Dollar
March 8 - 13 CCC Miami (CANCELLED)

The chain in the past started in late January at CCC Miami.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

2011 Australasian-Pacific Grand Prix

I received this shoot flyer and I thought I share.

The flyer is well laid out and visually pleasing. The photos alone make you want to attend. Hats off to the person responsible.

Click on Image to Enlarge.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Amtrak Allows Guns In Checked Baggage

Effective December 15, 2010, passengers will be allowed to check unloaded firearms and ammunition between Amtrak stations and on Amtrak trains that offer checked baggage service. The following policies apply:

Firearms in Checked Baggage

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nov 28, 2010 @ the Lacadie Trap Shoot

Spent the day at L'Acadie's annual clay target turkey shoot taking photos and video. I passed on shooting.

Skeet, trap, and 5 stand were the events offered.

The L'Acadie club is located 30 minutes southeast of Montreal.



Early in the day was the time to shoot trap, as winds picked up in the PM and targets flattened considerable.

Photos/Results

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nov 21, 2010 @ the Valleyfield Trap Shoot

Club de Tir de Valleyfield, St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Québec.

100 target trap shoot. 50 singles and 50 handicap. The handicap yardage based on singles scores.

A cold and windy day. The coldest weather I've shot in this fall. The high was 29 degrees, but wind chill made it feel like 15 degrees. My right eye watered for most of the shoot.

I shot a Winchester value pack, but I think a mistake. If going that route in the future I will stick with Federal.



The second time crossing the border with firearms this week. As in the past not a problem, coming or going.

Photos

Friday, November 19, 2010

Missed Target, Sparta World Shooting Complex

Received via email...

Spotlight Spending November 3, 2010

Sparta World Shooting and Recreation Complex

The Problem

The World Shooting and Recreation Complex (WSRC) in Sparta, Illinois was completed in 2006 at a construction cost of $31.5 million (as well as another $18 million for road, water, and sewer improvement).

The 1,600-acre facility includes 746 RV campsites, 120 trap shooting fields, and a 34,000 square foot events center.

The state-funded facility came fully loaded with high expectations. In August 2004, State Representative Dan Reitz said the World Shooting and Recreation Complex “will be the only state park in the state of Illinois that makes money.”

In June 2005, the director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), estimated the complex would bring the state about $50 million to $100 million in economic development each year, once up and running.

Has the Complex lived up to its hype? Not exactly. In fact, the Complex’s total projected revenue collection from fiscal year 2004 through fiscal year 2011 falls short of the total amount the state appropriated to the Complex by more than $1.5 million.

READ THE COMPLETE REPORT

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Remington 1100 Action Spring Follower

If you didn't read my previous posting on 1100s, I replace the springs in the stock and forearm once a year. At the same time giving the tubes they sit in a good cleaning with BreakFree.

I tore down my Remington 1100 for its 100% annual cleaning and found the Action Spring Follower (located in the Action Spring Tube) with wear marks. Well, more then wear marks, a couple of dings.

The Follower is what your Link (T) sits in.

I think the Follower was made of aluminum. In anycase, it was replaced.

I have never seen this type of damage before, but aluminum is soft and who knows what could have happened to cause the dings. The new one does not feel like aluminum.

I have not yet had a chance to shoot my 1100 after being torn apart, but my wife shot hers in trap on Tuesday and shells were ejecting smoothly. Matter of fact, she posted a 25 at the 16 yard line.

Keystone Shooting Park Olympic Bunker Update

Go to March 2011 Update

Chubb International Shooting Sports, Inc.
302 Tennessee Avenue
Elizabethville, PA. 17023

Dear Joe,

On behalf of the Board of Directors at Chubb International Shooting Sports, Inc. (CISS), I wanted to offer a construction progress report for the Keystone Shooting Park (KSP) project to our fellow international shotgun sports enthusiasts.

The concept and design of KSP allows unequalled access to our World Class range facility. KSP will be the first fully automated Olympic shotgun sports range in the world. The technology incorporated into this range was not possible in the past, but it is now a reality. We have partnered with the finest vendors in the world to offer our patrons/athletes the most awe inspiring international shotgun sports experience possible. Our world renowned partners of Olympic trap machine manufacturer Mattarelli SNC of Bologna, Italy and range electronics manufacturer, Elfipa SNC of Grogo Al Monticano, Italy..…helped to make this a reality. These names are synonymous with excellence, durability and innovation in our sport. The combination of these two manufacturers products will give our patrons/athletes the most positive and real life training experience available.

Unequalled access is no longer a dream but it will be a reality for everyone……both novice and Olympic athlete alike. We are tremendously proud of what we are creating, but more importantly what this facility will mean to both current and future U.S. Team members as they pursue their dreams. Our patrons/athletes will now have a World Class training facility available to them (7) days a week. They are now truly the masters of their own schedule and no longer obligated to work around a ranges schedule. A patrons/athletes employment or scholastic schedule is no longer an obstacle to their training. They no longer have to work around our schedule, because we work around theirs in order to help them meet their goals. Unlimited access is imperative to a fully engaged Olympic Athlete as they hone their skills in order to meet the rigors of international competition and KSP offers that access. Our attached web-brochure will explain more of the culture that we will create at KSP. Please note that the KSP project is also a multi-phased, multi-year construction project that will add additional international shotgun sporting sports fields in the future.

2010 CISS-KSP Web-Brochure

WHERE DO WE NOW STAND WITH CONSTRUCTION:

All scheduled concrete work has now been completed in time for the onset of the winter months. We have poured a total of 162.5 cubic yards of concrete for the bunker, tunnel, shooting pad area, steps, walkways and awards podium plaza. The fencing contractor will finish their work early next month. Likewise the electrical contractor has already completed all outside work and will begin their interior wiring of the bunker and machinery in January. The excavation contractor will commence all finish grading as soon as the weather breaks in March and the range will be hydro-seeded in April. The shooters protective roof will be erected as well in the near future as well. I have attached some photos of the KSP site for your review and enjoyment.



As you can see, the standard of construction at KSP is unsurpassed and it will stand for many decades to come in order to serve our nations athletes. More photos will be available for review on our website, once operational.

We have begun work on our website platform and it is expected that we will have portions on the website operational by the end of this year or early January at the latest. We will go through a battery of beta tests before announcing the operational status of the site. Our future website address will be as follows:

Keystone Shooting Park

Likewise we will begin to work on our competition calendar for 2011 and we anticipate our Grand Opening to be on Sunday, May 1, 2011. The timing of our May 2011 opening will allow us to have a full schedule of events, which is anticipated to be between 3 to 4 two day competitions until the fall of 2011. As you can imagine building such a venue is not without its economic challenges, especially given the current climate. We have made a tremendous amount of progress, but we would so much appreciate your financial support of our efforts in whatever amount possible.

CISS Donation Letter

CISS is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501C3 tax deductible charitable organization. The Corporate Officers and Board Members of CISS are volunteers and receive no compensation whatsoever. All funds donated to CISS are tax deductible and 100% of those funds will go directly toward CISS's support of the KSP project. We have attached a CISS donation letter that explains the respective donation levels as well as the donation information and process. I would like you to understand that all Corporate Officers and Board Members are international shotgun shooters and enthusiasts themselves and reside throughout the United States, so this is not simply a local issue, but a national issue. Our ultimate long term goals are to assist other organizations throughout the nation with our technical expertise and financial support as they build their respective "Field of Dreams".

We hope that you agree that CISS/KSP will be a shining beacon for international shotgun shooting sports promotion in the United States. Each day I visit the range to supervise the contractors, I can see our vision coming closer to fruition and quite honestly it is tremendously exciting and we hope that it excites you as well. We are simply shooters building what shooters need.

We once again we look forward to serving the international shotgun sports community in the near future and we would surely appreciate your support to help complete this project.

Respectfully,

Allen B. Chubb, Jr.
President & Treasurer

Chubb International Shooting Sports, Inc.
302 Tennessee Avenue
Elizabethville, PA. 17023

717-903-9009 Cell

717-362-7834 Fax

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ADDED

The final total of concrete was 162.5 cubic yards. The guys are kdding me about it being another Hitler bunker.

The actual phyiscal address of the facility is as follows:

610 Game Farm Road Dalmatia, PA. 17017

This is in Southern Northumberland County and only 2 miles from the Dauphin County line near the huge town of Pillow. It's a 45 minute drive North of Harrisburg and 20 minutes South of Sunbury. Regarding I-81, If you're coming up from the South of Harrisburg, you'll want to take 22/322 West and then either take 225 or 147 North toward Halifax. You'll follow 147 from there through Millersburg. If you're coming from the North, the best exit would be "Hegins" Route 25, which is Exit #112.

We're working on our website now and it should be operational by the end of December or early January at the latest. The website address is as follows:

www.keystoneshootingpark.com

My office is starting to install a new server this afternoon, so I'll be out of email contact for at least two to maybe three days. If anyone has any questions, I can be reached on my cell phone, which is 717-903-9009 or you can email them to me and I can respond early next week.

Thank You,

Allen Chubb

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Spring Deuce @ Rochester Brooks 2011 Shoot Date

Easter in 2011 is April 24th. The last full weekend in April.

Thus a change in dates for the Spring Deuce at Rochester Brooks Gun Club, New York.

April 15-17, 2011

A popular shoot at a fair price, offering FITASC and Sporting Clays. All events with referees, to include prelims.

Spring Deuce 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Nov 10, 2010 @ Underhill

Received an email saying Bill Boyce would open the 5-Stand at the Underhill Club (Vermont) on Wednesday. The club is on its winter schedule, so an unscheduled day to take advantage of the nice weather we been enjoying the last few days.

Sounded like a plan.

I contacted Montreal shooter Pierre Dubios and he decided to also take part.

For New York Shooters in this part of the state a visit to the Underhill club starts at the ferry crossing.


Arrived just a little after noon. A sunny day and 42 degrees. Just cool enough that I needed my winter jacklet. A frost covered the clubhouse roof on the side facing the fields.

A few minutes to open the field and we were set to go.

We brought 50 shells to the stand and shot report pairs.


Eventually the stands were set aside and hoops were placed on the field.


Once we started using the hoops, it was time to change chokes, as IC was just not going to cut it for the majority of targets.

Two were shooting a side by side and did just fine.

Thanks to Bill Boyce for making the day possible.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

UK Based International Trap Shooting Forum

Just getting off the ground...

Olympic Trap "bunker" Universal Trench "5 Trap" ABT "wobble" DTL "ATA" Helice / ZZ Double Trap

olympicshooter.co.uk

Monday, November 08, 2010

Remington 1100 Preventive Maintenance

Once a year I tear down the two primary 1100's we shoot, usually in the fall. The tear down includes a cleaning of the magazine tube and the action spring tube (located in the stock), and cleaning the trigger.

In preparation, I order replacement Action Springs ($4.60 each) and Magazine Springs ($5.05 each). I have the stock already off the receiver and we're not taking big bucks, so a no-brainer to replace both springs. The action spring does not need replacement until after 5,000 rounds, but considering the price, kind of foolish to not replace it.

The interior of the magazine tube can get nasty and possible hang the magazine follower. The tube is always a good candidate for a yearly cleaning. You also want to take a look at replacing the plastic magazine follower when you have the spring out if it shows signs of wear.

I soak the interior of both tubes with BreakFree for a minimum of 24 hours. A light coating of Remington Rim Oil on the springs when inserting.

If it looks like it needs it or not, I replace the O-Ring.

I also give the barrel a good scrubbing. Over time the one or two inches at the end of the barrel where you insert the shell can see a bit of buildup if not cleaned properly. That buildup can slow or stop the ejection of a shell when the brass expands upon firing.

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A question was asked on Trapshooters.com about replacing the feed latch on a Remington 1100.
ANSWER:

I used 5 minute epoxy on mine about 5 years ago and it work just fine for singles and multi-feeds. Clean that groove with alcohol real well. Apply epoxy and insert feed latch. Use clamps to hold in place until glue sets.

After that, WHEN REMOVING/INSERTING TRIGGER PINS, PUSH THEM TOWARDS THE EJECTION WINDOW. Do that and the epoxy should last a good long while. Pushing the pins away from the window is the cause of the feed latch being knocked loose.

Chris

I use a re-staking tool sold by Brownells to secure the feed latch, but the next time in addition I'm also going to use superglue or epoxy.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Odds & Ends, Nov 6, 2010

I was thinking no more shoots to attend this year, but not the case as four fun shoots scheduled in Quebec.

Scheduled is a trap shoot at Valleyfield, an all round turkey shoot at L'Acadie, and a sporting clays turkey shoot at the Montreal Skeet Club.

In the mix is the start of the Montreal Skeet Clubs winter sporting clays fun shoots, starting Dec 5th. A series of sporting clay shoots held throughout the winter.

Unfortunately, the annual December turkey shoot held at the Underhill club in Vermont will not be held this year. The club does offer league shooting during the winter months.

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We've been shooting RIO 1oz shells for the last month. Nice shooting shell. Not as dirty as Federal Value Packs.

The shooting of factory ammunition will be ending. I'm back to reloading for the rest of the year. It got to the point last month where I did not want to look at the re-loader, but time to get back to the re-loading bench as easier on the pocketbook.

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The last time we were at the SCFC in Vermont we hit the pattering board. As a result, the wife added two spacers to the comb for when she shoots trap.

We had done this previously, but something changed. She shot three different loads.

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I posted this in the past, but my New York Sporting Clays site never took off.

A shame, as I'm not aware of any one site that list all shoots (registered and fun) taking place in New York.

I was willing to do the postings but never received the input that was needed (or promised).

I will maintain the page, as it contain a listing of New York clubs, but I'm not going out of my way to post information on shoots unless provided.

Just so many hours in the day...

On the other hand, the input from Vermont, Quebec and Ontario clubs is at times overwhelming, but appreciated.

Friday, October 29, 2010

INDOOR Clay Target Shooting

I received a question and photos about an indoor clay target range, location unknown.

I thought it was in Germany, so I contacted Alexander at Von Wenzl Marketing Shooting School, Germany.

Alexander has been a big help in the past and once again did not disappoint...

MÜLLER SCHIESS ZENTRUM ULM Range (Indoor) Germany

Video

One of its kind in Europe. 3000 square metre and 22 metre high indoor clay pigeon shooting range allows you to train in full concentration at any time of the day or year - and it currently has 26 traps. Fully air conditioned, perfectly lit and devoid of any disturbances from the surroundings, the traps can be programmed to throw an automatic sequence or operated manually. In addition to Rabbit, Battue and Pigeon, the Olympic disciplines Skeet, Trap and Double Trap are also on offer.

Trap and Double Trap can be shot with 15 traps, Skeet with two traps (high and low house) and Compact Course with 26 traps with Rabbit, Looper and Incomer, Overhead and Electric Pigeon (Compac and ZZ on request).

Only steel shot is used in the indoor clay pigeon shooting facility.

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Rifle 100m
Pistol 25 m
Calibers up to 50 bmg
Shooting cinema: 25 ,100 and 300
Shots in the cinema will be analyzed for shooting/wound channel within the hit-ten animal.

The second largest gun-store in Germany is part of the whole establishment, as well as conference rooms, bar, and restaurant.

Located directly on the Autobahn and within 10 minutes of the Walther gun factory, 20 minutes to the factories Krieghoff and Anschuetz.

Directly next door is the German proofhouse of Ulm, which welcomes
occasionally visitors...very interesting.

Hotel is very close (3 min) but I recommend for my clients Hotels downtown Ulm, which is very scenic.

we can be of any assistance for shooters from abroad ...just email us.

We arrange shoots in Italy, Germany and Spain.

You can combine a shooting trip to Ulm, visit a Factory loke Anschütz or Blaser and shoot at the MSZU and a day later at the largest sporting layout in Europe, the Dornsberg.

Shooting clays indoors is just half of the fun ;-)

Best regards

Alexander

Email: von wenzl marketing



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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Riding Shotgun with the Border Patrol

A must read article...

Riding Shotgun with the Border Patrol
by Jennifer Kendall

I took a trip to the San Diego Sector Border Patrol for a ride along at America’s Southern border. What I learned and saw is documented in this article.

Drug cartels and immigrant smugglers plague the southern border of the United States; but those who might plan or carry out terrorist attacks on the U.S. may also be infiltrating our country through our borders and our coastline as well. The U.S. Border Patrol has been stepping up their efforts to secure the border; however, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens still manage to slip through each year.

Many new threats are appearing such as tunnels and maritime incursions. Even with added infrastructure, technology and personnel along the southern border, smugglers have found ways to continue their careers while successfully threatening our national security. Hundreds of patches where fencing has been cut through showed that even fences don’t stop border crossers anymore.
“You don’t know whom you’re dealing with until you bring them in and identify them.” That is the most frightening issue. If the person apprehended is a terrorist, murderer, weapon or drug smuggler it will remain unknown until we identify that person through Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Even if they are apprehended and identified, only their criminal history in America is available; serious crimes committed in other countries would not be detected by ICE.

When the government approaches the topic of amnesty for illegal aliens, it is a scary and offensive claim. Those we may be giving amnesty to could be career criminals who take advantage of our government programs, or belong to terrorist organizations planning attacks on American citizens. It is offensive to everyone working to keep America safe, especially our Border Patrol officers who risk their lives everyday to keep criminals out of our country and away from America’s children.

Read the Complete Article

Monday, October 04, 2010

Clays for Women

The section for women on my links page was getting a little busy.

The section consisted of links to clothing for women shooters, Videos, and shotguns.

I reposted the section to its own page.

A go to page if your looking for shooting vest and jackets for women.

Clays for Women

Sunday @ SCFC Skeet Championships

We attended the skeet championships at the Sportsman's Club of Franklin County, St. Albans Bay, Vermont and brought home a trophy.

Well, the wife brought home a trophy for coming in second. I got to carry it to the car.



New York clay target shooter Bob Howard was champion. One of the better if not one of the top three or four shooters in the region. Bob just last month won the 16-yard trap championships at the Northeast Grand. He went 200 straight at the trap shoot and was in a 150 target shoot-off before he took home the price. He is also a AA sporting clays shooter.

Geese were flying and also saw a few hawks in the sky. A windy day that at times had targets hopping.

All fields are set for wireless release. When we went out we hooked up the cord.

The three field club uses PAT Trap Skeet machines. The club does not seem to have any issues with them, summer or during the winter. They also have a PAT Trap with voice release.

A free spaghetti meal was available to shooters and their families.

Photos

Cheating in Trap at the last Olympics

A change for the better....

Changes to guard against home-town bias stemmed from a complaint by Russell Mark

Australian shooter Russell Mark's complaint at the Beijing Olympics helped change the sport for the better.

Mark complained that home-town referees were cheating in the trap shooting and it brought about a change of rules that will ensure there is no repeat in Delhi.

Mark almost caused an international incident in Beijing when he complained that Chinese referees were ignoring blatant misses by Chinese shooters and, while he himself was not directly affected, he insists the medals were wrongly awarded as a result.

"I finished fifth so I was out of the medals, but a good friend of mine from the United States really won the bronze medal but it wasn't scored that way," Mark said yesterday.

"My complaint there was that the referees were cheating. There's no nice way of saying it. Let's not beat around the bush. It was disgraceful. The home country cannot have the majority of referees on the field."

As a direct result of Mark's courageous outburst, the rules were amended so that host nations in future could provide only one of the three required referees. "Hopefully the situation will never happen again," Mark said.

"It was really the only time I have seen it in our sport. It was a tragic day. It got to the stage where it (the cheating by officials) was so blatant that everyone stopped shooting and just looked at the referees and said 'What are you doing'?"

Read the Complete Article

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Benefit Skeet Shoot @ Barre Fish & Game

Attended the Tom Busconi benefit fun skeet shoot at the Barre Fish & Game Club, Barre, Vermont on Saturday. The club is maybe ten minutes south of the Montpelier Trap Club.



The time of year when you throw the winter shooting coat in the vehicle. The sun came out just before the squad hit the field and the coat stayed in the car.

A two field club. You have to pay attention to targets, as a tough background. A shootable background, but the first round can be tough.

The club was not sure on how many were going to attend. When I departed they had 37 shooters signed and were expecting a few more.

I shot with a squad from the Underhill club. We pulled are own. Squads with less experienced shooters went out with a puller.

A good time and looking forward to attending the next shoot held at the club.

Photos

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Two skeet shoots this weekend (Oct)


We attended NSSA shoots in the last two weeks and had a good time at both.

My wife Heide was the better shot at both shoots. We tied in the 20 gauge event at the Underhill shoot, but she left me in the dust in the shoot off.


This weekend two skeet shoots on the schedule, one a benefit shoot on Saturday, and on Sunday, a club championship. Heide is not traveling on Saturday, but is shooting on Sunday.

Hopefully, I can break her winning streak : )

All the shoots on the schedule this year have only been one or two guns. We have shot at 4-gun shoots, but only attending one day.

Shooting one or two guns at registered skeet shoots is how it was when we first started shooting. You could always find a one day shoot being held somewhere. Over time, one day shoots became a rarity and 4-gun shoots became mainstream. It was almost impossible to find a one day shoot.

It took a few years, but I tired of attending 4-gun shoots. I can only take so much downtime at shoots and frankly I was not enjoying myself. The second day was more like work and something you were expected to do. It's suppose to be fun, Yes? I now schedule for skeet shoots where we can attend for only the one day.

In any case, just dropping in and spending a day at a club, shooting skeet, is once again a fun thing to do.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Man Wins $581,000 Gun Club Lawsuit

I'm at a loss for words on this one, as many clubs, even private clubs have volunteers lending a hand from time to time (I presume a volunteer).

I don't know what if any impact it will have on clubs but it sure makes you think...

Hilton man settles slip-and-fall lawsuit with North Star Sportsman's Club

A Hilton man who lost his leg after slipping and falling on snow at a Hilton gun club has settled a lawsuit against the club for $581,000 after a Monroe County Supreme Court jury returned a verdict in his favor.

The man, Michael Tuttle, 70, had his left leg amputated above the knee in April 2007 after tearing a major artery when he slipped on a mound of icy snow at the North Star Sportsman's Club on Walker Lake Ontario Road that February and dislocated his knee.

The mound was partially blocking a doorway into the club's barn, where Tuttle was headed to fetch a tractor to aid a fellow club member in plowing snow, according to the complaint and Tuttle and his attorney.

Read the Article

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hunter Class @ NSSA Skeet Shoots, WHY NOT?

Sporting Clays allows for non-registered shooters to particapate in NSCA events, why not the NSSA?

At various shooting venues over this past season I've asked the question and didn't find anyone against.

Small club would most likely be the ones who would benefit the most from this rule change and the NSSA would see more casual shooters exposed to NSSA shooting. A win win for both...

NSCA (Sporting Clays) Rule Book
Non-members may participate, but in a separate category. Any non-member participating in a registered event in a separate category (Hunter Class) shall not be eligible for any NSCA awards or monies. If offered by shoot management, the separate category (Hunter Class) may have its own separate awards and/or monies. Hunter class shooters at events run concurrently with registered NSCA events will be charged the same entry fees as those paid by NSCA members including all target fees.Examples: If the total entry fee for an event is $65, including NSCA and state fees, then anyone shooting Hunter Class would also pay $65 to participate in the event. As the portion of the entry fee that would be fees to the NSCA and/or state would not be paid to the organizations, it would be retained by the club. The NSCA recommends that the target fees collected from non-NSCA members be used to promote those shooters to join the NSCA. For example, the Hunter Class winner receives a paid one year membership to the NSCA.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday @ the Sandhill 5 Stand Shoot

A first time visit to attend a 5-Stand fun shoot at the Club de tir Sandhill in Cookshire-Eaton, Québec. Located near the city of Sherbrooke.

From what I saw the club is primarily a rifle/pistol club. No clubhouse that I'm aware. The club does have an older 16-yard trap field. No handicap positions.

The 5-Stand and the Trap field look well maintained.

The 5-Stand is a recent addition to the club. I think no more then three or four years old.

The 5-stand was well thought out...


The clay target shooters took a 40 foot cargo shipping container (heavy duty) and converted it into an office and clay target storage area. I saw a number of electrical outlets. They attached a small building to the top of the container and placed two Winchester machines in it.


The scorer sits in an elevated position behind the shooters.

The shoot stands are well built. Covered with foam to protect your firearm.

A huge gun rack is centrally placed for use by all. A nice touch...

Add two pop up tents and you have a great venue for holding shoots.

Something a little different in target presentations was that on the shoot menu, letters enclosed in parentheses (B E) were doubles (true pair). You might get doubles on your second turn and at the next station on your third. Some stations did not throw doubles. I liked it...

Cards were changed for the second half of the shoot and one station was added.

All in all a good experience.



I included a link to an updated Google map on the photo page and also added a GPS address, as the clubs location was hard to pin down doing a normal google map search.

The club has one Porta Potty. I saw no bathrooms. If you travelled a distance a stop at one of the local fast food establishments to use their facilities is recommended prior to arrival.

Shoot Photos

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Vermont 2010 Sporting Clays Championship

A wet day at the Vermont Sporting Clays Championship hosted by Northeast Kingdom Skeet & Sporting Clays, Burke Hollow, Vermont.

A light rain for the first 6 or 7 stations and than an on and off drizzle for the rest of the day. Mostly no rain in the PM.

I had my rain gear on but as soon as it turned into a light drizzle, off it came, as it was to warm for rain gear.

Walking up the hill (The course is on the side of a mountain) was not to bad, but on the way down, coming off station 14 you experienced some slippery footing.



I was on a good squad with some good shooters, but more importantly it was a fun squad to shoot with.

Lunch was included in the registration fee. The club gave out nice trophies.

The club has an excellent 5-Stand.

From what I see the course is mostly handtraps for day to day operations, but they automate a number of stations with battery operated machines brought in for the state shoot.

Photos

Monday, August 16, 2010

Harris claims $100,000 in Grand American Challenge

SPARTA - When Devon Harris broke his 49th straight target in The Grand American Challenge, he knew he had just put $100,000 in his pocket.

The shooting promotions manager for Federal Premium Ammunition appeared to dance a celebratory jig when the target exploded. Nothing could be further from the truth.

"I fell down," he said. "My left knee let go. I don't believe I didn't fall down."

Harris recovered in time to cement the win by breaking the 50th target.

Read the Complete Article

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2011

The ATA is proud to announce LeeAnn Martin’s $200,000 Lewis Challenge For the 2011 Grand American

Here’s how it will work:

There is a $200,000 added starter fund which was donated by Lee Ann and Bill Martin.

To enter the option, participants will pay a $200 option entry fee on Monday of Grand American week. The $200 will cover a fee of $20 per 100 targets for the 1,000 target High-Over-All. This fee will make participants eligible for both daily and a High-Over-All Lewis options.

50% of shooter’s option entry fee will go into an option that will pay out for each 100 targets. These options will be paid out to 5 Lewis classes divided 60/40%. An example of how the 100 target options would work with 2,000 entries is:

- 2,000 shooters x $200 = $400,000 shooter’s Lewis option entry fee money
- $400,000 Divided 50% to daily Lewis Classes, 50% to HOA Lewis
- $200,000 divided by 10 = $20,000 per 100 targets
- $20,000 divided by 5 Lewis classes = $4,000 per class
- $4,000 divided 60/40% = $2,400 for 1st in each Lewis class and $1,600 for 2nd in each Lewis class

Monday and Wednesday would pay out $4,800 and $3,200 in each Lewis class because they are 200 - 16 yard target events.
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The other 50% of shooter’s Lewis option entry fee is added to the Martin $200,000 starter fund and will be paid out to 5 Lewis classes divided 50/30/20% on the Grand American High-Over-All.

An example of how the High-Over-All target option would work with 2,000 entries is:

- $200,000 remaining shooter Lewis Option money + $200,000 Martin Added money = $400,000
- $400,000 divided by 5 Lewis classes = $80,000 per class
- $80,000 per Lewis class divided 50/30/20% - 50% ($40,000) /30% ($24,000) /20% ($16,000)

All Monies will be calculated using the Percentage System (all ties divide)

Please Note: The $100,000 Grand American Challenge will return to the 2011 Grand American as well.

The ATA Encourages ALL trapshooters to thank LeeAnn and Bill for their generosity.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Trap Shoot @ Derby, Aug 15, 2010

A 2hr 30min drive to the Lewis Class Trap Shoot held at the Derby Fish and Game Club, Derby Vt.

To be honest, I didn't know what I was to find, as a first time visit.

For whatever reason I was thinking an old winchester machine and run down facitities.

A pleasant surprise...

The grounds were immaculate.

A modern club house, PAT Trap, and Voice Release.

Very impressive archery and rifle range.

A well run shoot, good food and plenty of volunteers on hand.



A bit of a wind, but not to bad.

Shooters from Quebec, New York, New Jersey and Vermont were in attendance.

Shoot Photos

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sporting Clays Shoot @ Pionnier, Aug 14, 2010

Attended a sporting clays shoot at Club de Tir Pionnier, L'Assomption, Québec. A first visit for me. The drive to the club was uneventful (1hr and 50 minutes). The club, north of Montreal, was easy to find.

The shoot was advertised as 50 sporting and 25 trap.

Turns out the trap event was modified 5-stand, shot off an elevated stand.

Well organized shoot and a nice turn out. A large number of hunters in attendance. Everyone was friendly!

The clay target course is across the road from the main club house. The club does not seem to have a large property to work with, but they make the most of what they have and put on a nice shoot. Lewis class, $1,500 in prizes.



The club has what seems looks like the standard pistol/rifle range setup in Quebec. The shooting stations are inside a narrow building, with shooters shooting through open windows. Throw in a bit of heat in the winter and you have year round shooting. The pistol range building is being extended.

A free outdoor BBQ was part of the shoot fee. The club does run a kitchen.

I was told the club is seriously looking at installing a trap field in the next year or two, hopefully with a wobble trap.

I wanted to stay until awards were presented but I had to get on the road. I hit a major traffic tieup just a few miles from the tunnel that goes under the St. Lawrence River and lost 45 minutes.

Hitting the border I had to show my Customs Form 4457. I was asked to pull over so firearm serial numbers could be checked. Not a problem. A young crew working this day. A first time for me in all the years I’ve been crossing is that I was asked to enter the building after my firearms were checked. The agent made a phone call. I did not hear the conversation but I assume he was asking what the correct procedure was. After he got off the phone, he handed back my paperwork and said, have a nice day…

Shoot Photos

Thursday, July 15, 2010

2010 World FITASC Photos & Results

32nd World FITASC Sporting Championship

15th – 18th July 2010

Laterina (Arezzo) - Italy

A.S.D. Laterina

Photos & Results

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SHARPSHOOTER ACHIEVES TARGET

- Sporting Life -

George Digweed achieved his goal of winning a world title in four different decades by claiming gold at the Italian Grand Prix in Laterina at the weekend.

The Hastings-based shooter, 46, hit a superb 197/200 total over the four-day tournament, beating fellow Brit Ben Husthwaite (195/200) into second and American Anthony Matarese (192/200) who was third.

He has now won a world title in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and now 2010, leaving Italy happy at having achieved the ambition he has worked towards for so long.

"My long-term goal has always been to try and win a world championship in four different decades," he explained. "I've had that goal for the last 2-3 years, along with trying to maintain my position within the sport and being competitive at a world level - which I've managed to do.

"Obviously the new decade started this year, and I wanted to win one more world title so I earned the enviable achievement in sport of having won the world championship as a senior in four different decades. Now I've done that, I'm very happy."

Despite his amazing achievement Digweed remains modest, insisting that serendipity played a part in the fine form he showed in Italy, where he shot a perfect 100/100 over the first two days.

"At certain times in your life things just go right," he said. "You can never get your timings absolutely spot on and have everything go right every time you go out.

"You try to give yourself every opportunity every time you go out to get it right, but there's certain times in everybody's career where it just slots into place and you have one of those red-letter shoots, so to speak.

"It's the same as somebody playing unbelievable tennis at Wimbledon one year and then not necessarily doing it again. It's just one of those times where everything came together."

Such modesty has not impacted upon his desire though. George is as hungry for success now as ever and he's still looking for further glory.

"I'm a very competitive person and as long as I feel I can compete at an international level I intend to - and that will not abate at all," he added.

"Going forward I hope that I can recreate the level that I got to this weekend in some shape or form. And I intend to keep going for as long as I can."

http://www.sportinglife.com/others/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=others/10/07/19/manual_175355.html


Friday, July 02, 2010

Jim Chapman in Passing

Jim Chapman in Passing

Vermont --(AmmoLand.com)- The great American social reformer Norman Thomas once said, “The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values.” It is hard not to read these words and think of the late Jim Chapman.

For those not fortunate enough to know him they missed one of the men who some say had the most significant impact on the sporting world in Vermont in the modern era. Among other things he was a hunter education instructor, women’s program pioneer, president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs (in fact he held every position there), and a devoted mentor and teacher.

The friends and family of Outdoors Magazine know his loss will be felt across the Vermont sporting landscape. They also know his values and accomplishments should live on.

To help preserve his legacy, Outdoors asked some of Jim’s friends and colleagues to share their thoughts about him. By doing so, it is hoped that even in passing, Jim’s example will shine and inspire future generations.

“I have extremely fond memories of Jim, dating all the way back to 1982 when I started with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. His warm, friendly smile, along with a genuine welcoming handshake will always remain etched in my mind. Jim was a true advocate of our youth and sportsmen. At many meetings throughout the past three decades, the state of Vermont could count on Jim’s support and leadership to ensure that every kid in the state of Vermont had a chance to attend the Green Mountain Conservation Camps and hunter education class. The Department’s tremendous summer kid’s camp carries national recognition today, much of that credit goes to the support of Jim and his fellow sportsmen. His quiet, yet effective and respected leadership will never be forgotten.

My sincere sympathies and prayers are with Jim and his family at this time.”

-Mark E. Scott, CWB
Director of Wildlife
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department



“In December of 2005 I was at the Vermont Air National Guard hanger at the Burlington Airport for the return of my son from his first deployment. Jim Chapman was there working with the Vermont State Guard.

This was so typical of the way Jim Chapman lived his life. It was late on a cold Friday night, the flight my son was on was late. Jim was no youngster but there he was, as always, giving of his time to serve others.

Whether coaching a novice shooter, working a gun show, helping with the Friends of NRA to raise funds for Vermonter shooters, holding numerous offices with the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, serving with the Vermont State Guard or one of the numerous other groups, Jim always made his knowledge and experience available to our community.

My daughter, a military journalist for the Vermont Army National Guard, was on duty that night and she snapped a picture of Jim and me with our arms over each other’s shoulders, laughing. I am in hopes that somewhere she has that picture, for I want to have a copy of it. A photo of a happy moment with a man who was the definition of the terms ‘great guy’ and a good friend.”

-Evan Hughes
Vermont Federation of Sportsmen



“The best any of us can do is to leave people better off for having known us. In extraordinary cases a rare individual touches just not individuals, but entire communities, even a whole state. We all know Jim was this sort of rare man and extraordinary example. To say that he will be missed is an understatement, but we all know Jim will always be with us living on in the smiles and helping hand of a good friend, mentor, or neighbor. God bless his family; thank you for having shared Jim with us. We are all certainly better off for having known and worked with him—I know I am.

Thank you, Jim. Pull!”

-James Ehlers,
Executive Director
Lake Champlain International, Inc.



“Jim was a mild-mannered and kind-hearted soul who taught a lot of people how to shoot a shotgun. He even showed a stubborn bird hunter like me a few things. Jim was a patient and kind teacher of the shooting sports. It didn’t seem to matter if you were a child picking up a gun for the first time, or an experienced crack shot – Jim was nice to everyone. He was a life-long supporter of our hunting heritage in Vermont and he will be sorely missed.”

-John Gobeille
Wildlife Biologist
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department



“Some say he was born with a shotgun in one hand and raffle tickets in another. A hunter and angler from day one, he began shooting skeet and trap in 1963 and since then has volunteered countless hours to numerous sporting clubs and organizations. A generous man, who is known for pulling sportsmen and women together in tough times, to reach common goals.

His years of mentoring and teaching has touched thousands, making him a pillar in Vermont’s sporting community.

Having shot over 69,000 registered skeet in competition, trap and skeet in heaven should be very worried.

Cheers Jim! Thank you! We’ll miss you.”

Frank Stanley
Vermont Traditions Coalition

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Monday, June 28, 2010

What does the Supreme Court Ruling Mean?

What does the Supreme Court Ruling Mean?

- Some states and cities, New York comes to mind, require you to justify owning a handgun. A local police chief or judge can deny your request for a permit, in many instances without giving cause.

With the Supreme Court ruling you no longer have to justify to an official the reason you want a permit. They will have to issue you a permit unless you have a criminal record or have mental problems. A person Dishonorable Discharged from the service is still not allowed to own a firearm, nor are those with a misdemeanor spouse abuse conviction.

- You will not be required to secure your firearms in the home, as they must be immediately available for self defense.

States/Cities can Implement Reasonable Firearm Laws

- States/Cities will not be required to issue concealed carry permits.

- States/Cities can still restrict firearms from schools and such.

- You can be required to register all firearms.

- You can be required to attend firearm safety classes.

- You can be required to have insurance coverage.

- You can be required to report stolen firearms.

- Assault weapons and high-capacity magazines can be banned.

States and Cities will push the meaning of RESONABLE. A yearly firearms safety course requirement may be deemed reasonable, but not a requirement to take a class every three months. A $250 cost for a permit may be deemed reasonable, but not $2,500. Such cases will surely have a day in court.

I suggest you keep an eye on Chicago. See what they consider reasonable when they get finished rewriting there gun laws. You may not agree, you may even get a bit upset. Don't be surprised to find that a person with a handgun permit can only carry to the range.

States and cities will hope for a change in the makeup of the Supreme Court in the next two or three years so there version of RESONABLE passes mustard.

A good read...

But for a landmark, this one will have remarkably little impact. The Courts are likely to uphold the vast majority of gun control laws currently on the books.

A lucky weekend shooting clays

A 96 in 28 gauge gave me B2 at the Quebec Skeet Championships on Saturday and a 76 won me C-1 at the F.N. Sports Sporting Clays Fun Shoot at L'Acadie on Sunday.

Saturday at Valleyfield saw rain threatening throughout the AM, gray skies throughout the day. Cool, staying in the 60's.

Nothing to brag about shooting the 12 gauge event in the AM. I had problems at station 4 throughout the event. I did get to shoot off the clubs new PAT Trap skeet machines on field #2. The machine was a little noisy when at the low house on the first round, but going around on the second round I didn't notice. Other then being a little noisy the machines throw a great target. Very easy to adjust left/right and up/down. Can be accomplished in seconds without any tools.

Shoot Photos & Video

Sunday saw sun at the beginning of the day and the temperature hitting 80 degrees. It started to get overcast late in the day.

I dropped three rabbits at one station. They were close in and it may have been wiser to install a more open choke on the bottom barrel. I smashed the longer targets at the station using LM choke. Ten stations at the shoot, with a minimum of three machines at each station. Three report repairs and two doubles.

Shoot Photos & Video

Going into the weekend I received a check from the Vermont State Trap Shoot from the previous week. I hit a Lewis Class. Bill Price who I had shot with also hit a Lewis. When we were standing in line to register we had discussed if we should play the Lewis. I guess we both made the correct decision.

Shoot Photos & Video

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

US Customs Targets Canadian Shooters @ BC Peace Arch and Pacific Hwy Crossings

Received via email...

I thought that your readership should be aware of new developments at the BC Peace Arch and Pacific Hwy crossings. I am a Canadian citizen and a member of the Custer Sportsmen’s Club in Custer, Washington. For the past 3 years, I have used a Form 6NIA and Alaskan State hunting license to enter the US to attend club shooting matches or just practice.

I recently arrived at the Peace Arch border crossing early one morning, upon presenting my documentation (Passport, FORM 6 NIA from the BATF and an Alaskan State hunting license) the officer at the curb side kiosk asked me if I had a signed letter of invitation to a sporting event– I did not. He then sent me inside to be lectured by a separate officer. After having respectfully stated my position, the officer said he was going to speak with his supervisor to see what they were going to do with me (allow me in or send me home). I did not hear or see the conversation with the supervisor, but was sent home because my goods (guns and bullets) were inadmissible. I have always told US Customs whether I was going to a match or to practice at Custer Sportsmen’s Club and never had any problems whatsoever.

The inside custom’s officer did state the opinion that, “Canada has gun ranges and that I did not need to practice in the US” (probably the view of his supervisor). On leaving, I ran into a different officer that had let me enter previously, he was friendly and surprised to learn from the officer following me (to direct me out of the county) that I was not allowed entry and said he was not aware of this rule.

I have since spoken with one of Custer’s directors and apparently US Customs has been consistently turning away Canadian shooters for the past month unless they have a letter of invitation to shoot at a match.

This change in policy is apparently the result of one over-zealous low level officer that has the support of his supervisors. Further, he has been successful in getting his interpretation of the law applied consistently across both the Peace Arch and Pacific Hwy crossings (maybe others?). Unbelievably, US Customs has even turned away an off-duty CBSA officer who is a club member and was going to practice.

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From the ATF Website...

Q: I am a nonimmigrant alien and come to the United States for multiple competitive target shooting events each year. Do I need to file a new Form 6 NIA application for each event?

No. When you apply for your import permit, you should attach your invitations/registrations to all the events you will be attending during the next 12 months. These will be attached to your approved permit. The import permit you receive will authorize you to bring in the firearms and ammunition listed on the permit repeatedly for 12 months after the date the permit is approved, as long as the invitations/registrations attached to the permit are for future events.

If you do not expect to have invitations/registrations for future competitions until shortly before the competitions, you may want to rely on the hunting license exception to the nonimmigrant alien prohibition. If you attach a hunting license to your application, you will be able to bring in the firearms and ammunition listed on the permit repeatedly for 12 months after the date the permit is approved, as long as you have a valid State hunting license to present to the Customs and Border Protection Inspector at the time of entry.

You may rely on this exception even though you are coming to the United States for competitive shooting events, and not to hunt.

http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/nonimmigrant-aliens.html#attached-dcumentation

Note: The hunting license option also allows for visits to clubs for practice and is also used by most snowbirds who visit for extended periods in the winter.
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I advise you inform the ATF Firearms Branch via FAX of the problem your having and what you were told. Give it a day or two and follow up with a telephone call the next day and ask to speak to a supervisor in regard to your problem with crossing the border. Hopefully, it will be resolved in your favor.

Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch
244 Needy Road
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25405

Phone: (304) 616-4550
NIA Fax: (304) 616-4554

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I've been informed the ATF Firearms Branch is being notified.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Trap Shooting Featuring Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams participates in adaptive shooting using an HQ100 mount at the Durham County Wildlife Club in Morrisville, NC on April 27, 2010.



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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

NRA Sells Out Free Speech Rights

I agree 100%!

Without NRA support the bill did not have a chance of passing.

Sometimes you have to do what is right for America, not special interest...

NRA Sells Out Free Speech Rights For Special Favor

NRA Blasted Carve-Outs, Now Accepts Carve-Out Just For NRA

Washington, D.C., June 15, 2010 – Freedom Action criticized the National Rifle Association today for dropping its opposition to the DISCLOSE Act, after being given a special exemption by the House Democratic leadership that would apply only to the NRA.

The DISCLOSE Act is designed to undo key parts of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The Court ruled that provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation that prohibited corporations, including non-profit 501C4s such as the NRA and Freedom Action, from exercising their first amendment free speech rights in political campaigns were unconstitutional. The DISCLOSE Act would require advocacy groups engaged in election-related activities, but not trade unions, to disclose their donors in a number of ways.

Under the deal the NRA made with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the NRA would now, along with trade unions, be exempt from the disclosure requirements. In return, the NRA has agreed to not oppose passage of the bill.

The NRA’s special deal for itself directly contradicts the statement made by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre hailing the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case. We have added corrections in brackets to Mr. LaPierre’s statement:
This ruling is a victory for anyone who believes that the First Amendment applies to each and every one of us [as long as he or she is a member of the NRA]. The majesty of free speech is that any American [as long as he or she is a member of the NRA] can roll out of bed and speak as freely as The New York Times, NBC or politicians. This is a defeat for arrogant elitists [except for the NRA] who wanted to carve out free speech as a privilege for themselves [as the NRA has done in our special deal with Speaker Pelosi] and deny it to the rest of us [as the NRA wants to deny it to everyone who isn’t a member of NRA]; and for those who believed that speech had a dollar value and should be treated and regulated like currency, and not a freedom. Today’s decision reaffirms that the Bill of Rights was written for every American [who is a member of the NRA] and it will amplify the voice of average citizens who want their voices heard [as long as they are members of the NRA].” (http://www.nraila.org/legislation/read.aspx?id=5324)
Myron Ebell, Director of Freedom Action, sharply criticized the NRA’s sell-out.

“The NRA has proved itself to be part of the ‘arrogant elite’ it denounced just a few months ago,” said Ebell. “Unfortunately, the only conclusion is that Mr. LaPierre is a hypocrite and the NRA is just another powerful special interest seeking special treatment.

“The new word from the NRA is, it’s OK to deny free speech to Americans as long as the NRA gets a carve out,” Ebell said. “Groups from every part of the political spectrum should vehemently oppose this plan that will chill free speech and participation in American elections.”

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Browning Top Lever Spring Replacement

My wife was having an on and off problem opening her Browning Citori O/U. The unlocking lever would not always move easily to the right unless you used a bit of force.

I took off the stock found the Top Lever Spring to be in rough shape. I replaced the spring ($6.99).

The spring placement is a bit odd, but all you need is to remove one screw to replace the spring. If you have a digital camera take a photo before you remove any parts. Nothing like having a photo to look at when it's time to reassemble.

She also a had a couple of lower barrel misfires a few weeks back. I pulled the lower Hammer Spring and checked the firing pin.

You need a special tool to remove and replace the hammer spring. I use a device the size of a screw driver with a "V" notched in the end. I place the receiver in a vice.

The firing pin looked good but there was a bunch of crud where the firing pin sits. Matter of fact it was so bad the firing pin spring did not pop out until after I poked around. I did a cleaning and replaced the lower firing pin spring ($5.99) and the Hammer Spring ($6.99). The upper firing pin does not have a spring.

At the range on Saturday the gun opened without problem and no failures to fire.

Monday, June 07, 2010

June Sporting Clays Shoot @ La Roue du Roy

I recorded the sporting clays shoot held at the La Roue du Roy in Hemmingford, Quebec this past Sunday.

A rainy and cool day, only in the 50's. The rain let up for a short bit during the PM rotation, but relief was short lived as the rains returned, at times much heavier then seen in the AM.

A rough day trying to keep the camera lens dry, especially after the winds kicked up in the afternoon.

I've taken better photos but trying to hold an umbrella and keeping the camera steady was at times a challenge.



Shoot Photos

Friday, May 28, 2010

Lost Target Odds & Ends, May 28, 2010

We shot skeet with are good friend Bryce Verrall this week. I think the last time we shot skeet together was two years ago, if not longer.

We plan on meeting for practice at least once a week for the rest of the summer.

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I had to change out the main spring on the bottom barrel on my Browning O/U.

It seems it needs replacement once every two years.

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If you shoot name brand factory shells save the sales receipt(s) and UPC off each box (not the case), as companies are offering rebates ($2 per box) throughout the summer.

From my readings, companies want original sales receipts(s) and UPC, limit of five cases per household.

Relatives and friendly neighbors can assist you if you wish to get around the household limit. Just think it out and come up with a plan...

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A number of clubs are having problems with site updates.

Usually the person who volunteered to update the site has moved on or just can't find the time.

If your clubs site is not being updated maybe it's time to review your clubs site and decide what is really needed.

Keep it simple...

- Disciplines offered.

- Hours of operation (all disciplines).

- Points of contact with at least one working email and telephone number.

- 911 location and Google map link.

- Shoot calendar (provide link to shoot programs/fliers).

- Shoot results (link).

All the above can be placed on one page.

Each year all is needed is a review and an update of the shoot calendar.

If more is needed on a website, maybe it's time to pay for the service...

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Speaking of club websites.

I'm not in competition with you website.

Instead of thinking of me as a competitor for viewers, think of my site as notifying the newspaper of an upcoming shoot or the results of a shoot.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Helping out at the club

The last time you helped out (volunteered) at the local club was to...

Open the club, move targets, mow the lawn, edge walkways, pick up trash, clean and restock bathrooms, clean the kitchen, attend a meeting, work a shoot.

The last one, "work a shoot" does not necessarily mean getting on the field and pulling targets. Machines need to be loaded, trash cans emptied, hamburgers flipped, score sheets brought to the desk, scores posted.

The last time you helped out at the club was to...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Canadian Clay Target Championships (All)

A listing of shoot dates for the various Canadian Clay Target Championships, to include Olympic Trap and Skeet.

Clays Canada

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Not the best weather this past weekend

In Vermont on Saturday we got rained on and Sunday in Quebec we received a combination of snow and rain, as well as heavy winds.

Not a pretty weekend...

Not a bad day on Saturday at the Underhill club until it was the squads turn to take the field. The skies opened and it poured for about an hour. After about five minutes of rain I had to put my cameras away until the rain stopped.

I knew it was not going to be a pleasant day on Sunday, as snow flurries at the house. When we approached the border a snow plow was clearing the roads.

Thankfully the Valleyfield club is at a lower elevation than the border crossing and no snow on the ground, but we felt the full force of the wind and a combination of snow and rain. The snow and rain at some point stopped but not the wind. I wore full winter gear to include long johns and gloves. Not great camera weather and I did not bother to take out the video camera.

A NSSA skeet shoot next Saturday, hopefully we will see the sun...

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

YouTube for Clay Target Shooters

Youtube has taken off and so has the quantity and quality of clay target video's. A number of firearm organizations/companies are now doing monthly postings, if not weekly.

On the main page of the Lost Target I recently added three video sections. This is in addition to Audio/Video Reports and Canadian Audio/Video.

YouTube for Clay Target Shooters

A wealth of information for clay target shooters and coverage of various shoots. I included an ARCHIVES page, as the number of videos posted on the page was not keeping with the appearance of the main page. If you check the site at least weekly you should see a new posting or two.

Lost Target YouTube

My own videos from various shoots that I attend.

Junior & Collegiate Videos

Small in numbers at this point but I would not be surprised to see major growth.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spring Deuce Results

The scores to the Spring Deuce sporting clays shoot held at Rochester Brooks have been posted...

Final Scores

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday @ Rochester Brooks (Spring Deuce)

A cool (cold) rainy morning. As the norm the club went with three rotations. We shot at 11:30. It stopped raining when we had five stations left. The last rotation did not see the rain.

Not a heavy rain and at times a drizzle. Combined with a slight wind that kicked in it did not make for a great time on the course. I had debated wearing an extra layer of clothing, but chose not to and suffered for it. You would think after all these years I would know better.



As always, the volunteer refs did an excellent job!

A few machines I think suffered from damp targets but that was rectified in short order.

A let down for me was the club shot the main event over the same property used for the prelim. Yes, machines had been moved, but it was always something we look forward to, the shooting over a virgin course on Sunday.

The problem, as I was told, is the company the club rents additional machines from for the shoot was not in business this year and the club did not have the additional machines to populate a second 17 station course.

Maybe next year...

What I think would be worth a try but I failed to mention it to shoot management is to have a number of rental carts already in place at the sporting clays parking area, instead of picking up the cart at the main building and then driving the cart to the course a untold number of times over a three day period. It may already be an option but I'm not aware...

In the middle of the event on Sunday I broke the Link in my Remington 1100. I think the only part on the 1100 that I had not replaced in the past year or so.

The gun had started to act up early on and I had no idea why. The first broken link I've seen in ten years.

I already had the maximum malfunctions allowed when the firearm stopped working.

I was cold and wet and in no mood to have to drop a trigger and replace the link. In any case I did not want to hold up the squad.

A fellow shooter was kind enough to lend me a spare 390. It fit like a glove, but obviously it did not swing like my 1100. After being on a hot streak for the last five or six stations it was all downhill. Just the breaks of the game...

Any firearm dealers or manufacturers that would like to donate a shotgun, feel free to contact me : )

Shoot Photos

The trip home saw a record number of state police running radar on I-90 and I-87.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday @ Rochester Brooks (Spring Deuce)

Attending the Spring Deuce sporting clays shoot at the Rochester Gun Club, Rush New York.

We arrived Friday and shot a NSCA prelim ($50) in the PM. Referees were assigned to each squad. The 16 station prelim course was overlaid over the two sub gauge courses. For many of the stations, especially on the 28/.410 course, we shot from the stands and the sub gauge shooters shot out of a hula hoop that at times was set just a hair closer to the targets. This allowed those shooting the prelim to get a nice workout and those shooting the .410 not having to take impossible shots. I found the prelim to be as challenging as some main event shoots that I have attended. Hats Off to the target setter...

Saturday AM we shot a two parcour FITASC ($50) at 8:30. I did not shoot as well as I did last year, but thought the target presentations were much better than the previous year. Refs did an excellent job.

In the PM we did a prelim re-shoot for $30.

For both Saturday and Sunday (main event) referees are assigned to each station. From past experience, the clubs volunteer refs can easily hold there own against paid referees.

Looks like a few additional shooting platforms have been built since my last visit and the men's bathroom received a major overhaul.

Sundays main event (17 stations), if set as in previous years, will see 80% of the stations set on land we have not yet set foot on.

Rain expected for Sunday...

Shoot Photos

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Amelia Shotgun Sports Shoot Voucher

UPDATE: Both shoot certificates have been mailed to Florida shooters.

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At the March Amelia Shotgun Sports shoot we won a couple of certificates that entitle the bearer to shoot a free round of sporting clays (100 targets).

The certificates expire June 30, 2010. Just received in the mail an we will not be able to use them.

I'd liked to mail a certificate to a Florida or Georgia resident that would use them (the club is north of Jacksonville). I will mail one (1) certificate to the first two people who contact me via email and have a Florida or Georgia address. Don't include your address in the initial email.

Free, all I ask is that I don't see them for sale on EBay...

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Cost to Reload, Apr 7 2010

I purchased reloading supplies today.

W209 primers, Universal Clays, and 700X.

Running the numbers through a "reloading cost calculator" I came up with the following:

12 gauge 1oz. @ $4.30 per box.

28 gauge @ $3.50 per box.

I used current lead and wads prices in the calculations.

If I waited a few weeks I might have gotten a better deal from another vendor, but the supplies were in stock and I decided to pull the trigger.

You could reload at lesser cost if your willing to purchase less expensive primers and powders, but for me, if it works, I don't mess with it...

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Gun safety at the club

At clay target clubs we all follow the same firearm safety rules:

• Keep your action open at all times when not on a shooting station.

• Do not load your gun until you are standing on the shooting station.

• Depending on the clay target discipline, you may only have either one or two shells in the firearm.

• Do not leave the shooting station until the gun is emptied and the action is open.

• Firearms may be placed in the shotgun racks during a cease fire and when not in use. Break action shotguns may be closed while in the rack, but must be opened as soon as they are removed from the rack. All other shotgun action types shall have the action open.

Twice this year I observed a shooter stuffing a Remington 1100 with as many shells as it would hold.

A shooter approaching the field with the bolt NOT locked to the rear. I approached the shooter and said the bolt must be locked to the rear. I was told the safety was on. I repeated that the bolt needed to be locked to the rear. When the shooter locked the bolt to the rear, a 20 gauge shell came flying out. I want to say five shells in all were ejected, but I lost count. This was a new shooter who had not been briefed on firearm safety at a clay target club.

I observed a father teaching his son how to shoot. They were on a skeet field, station #1. Once again a 1100 loaded with as many shells as it could hold. The young person was not wearing eye protection...