Tuesday, July 31, 2012

2012 New England Sporting Clays Championship

July 29th at 20th Skeet and Clays, Hooksett, New Hampshire.

3hr 20 min drive from the house.  The club is easy to find!

Registration went smoothly. 5-Stand was running for those who wished to practice.

Stopped raining as we hit the course.

Refs at all stations.


                                    

 Uphill walk for the first half of the course.  If they had cart rentals I would have gone that route!


Nice looking gun racks. Someone put a lot of thought into the design.


Hats off to the ladies who worked the kitchen. Great job!

SHOOT VIDEO

Terrible shooting on  my part, but no reason not to shoot good scores.  I don't normally get embarrassed about my scores, but this was one of those days, I ran out of steam.  Last half of the course I could have been shooting at the side of a barn and stilled missed! 

Guess I will have to return next year and redeem myself  : )

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

2013 ICTSF World Sporting Clay Championships @ Galt

It's been reported the 2013 ICTSF World Sporting Clay Championships has been awarded to The Sportsmens Club Galt, Ontario, Canada (West of Ontario / Northwest of Niagara Falls).

July 31 - August 4, 2013

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The shoot program is available via the Galt website as of 28 Dec 2012.



NBC Internet Olympic Feed. Not ready for the big time!

Tried to watch Tennis, Archery, Fencing, Equestrian-Dressage.

Have not worked so hard use the Internet since the days of dial-up!

Excessive memory tasking.  Jerky video feed.  Video Freeze.  Page lockup.  Page not responding.  Page recovery.

Often repeated.  Not on one, but on two computers.

No similar problems using YouTube, ESPN3, HPO, Amazon, or Hulu.

NBC needs to strip out everything there trying to do on the video page and put all it's resources towards providing a clean video feed.

Hopefully, the issues will resolve.

Also, I wish they would post "this event has concluded" when they are showing it as a live event. I've received a black screen or page not found when I clicked on the live feed link.  After the first few times I did a little research and found the event was over.

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Opening gun safes is 'easy'

A must read article.

Las Vegas - Lock cracking experts have shown hackers that opening small gun safes widely sold in the US is child's play.

Easy

Tobias said that Security Labs turned its attention to gun safes after the 3-year-old son of a now-former sheriff's department detective in Canada was shot to death by a sibling with a pistol that had been locked away at home.

Researchers toyed with the Stack-On safe at issue and discovered it could be opened by simply tipping it a bit and then dropping it, with the jar of the impact causing it to unlock.

Intrigued, the pair scrutinised another half-dozen or so models of gun safes from the Illinois-based company.

"They could be opened with wires, a drinking straw, bouncing...," Tobias said, rattling off unsophisticated techniques used to crack gun safes.

"They are putting everyone who buys these at risk."

A high-end gun safe with a fingerprint scan activated lock can be opened using a pair of paper clips

READ ARTICLE

Friday, July 27, 2012

UN Arms Treaty, BEWARE

Perpetual attacks on the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment will be the norm. Pushed by the left and by countries that don't share are values.

For those who want the treaty to be approved by the U.S. Senate, beware, future changes can be made without the consent of the U.S. Senate.
The document, which critics say has been framed by countries hostile to U.S. interests, allows for future amendments to be approved by just two-thirds of states showing up at an amendment conference.
That means it could be agreed to by the U.S., put into effect and then changed over Washington's objections.

By , Fox News
* States (Countries) such as Iran, Mexico, Russia, China, Cuba, Iraq.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Jul 22 @ the SCFC (Vt) Fun Shoot

We attended the skeet & trap fun shoot at the Sportsman's Club of Franklin County Inc., last Sunday.


Shooters had the option to shoot one or both events; 50 skeet and/or 50 trap.

A member trophy shoot with awards to the top three shooters in each event.

SHOOT VIDEO

Registration was next to the fields in a tent set up for same, instead of at the club house. 

Someone was thinking smart! 

Not a long walk to the club house, but over the course of the day the walk gets longer and longer.  Also, it was nice to see everyone hanging around the fields instead of heading over to the clubhouse.

A windy day, but skeet #2 and #3 field are known to hold the humidity on a warm day, wind or not.  Two rounds of skeet and I drank a quart of water!

Good targets. Flew steady for the most  part. The clubs three fields all have PAT TRAP skeet machines installed. A little noisy at the low house, but very reliable machines (used throughout the winter without issues).

The wife beat me by one target. I bought her an ice cream on the way home : )

The clubs lone trap also has a PAT TRAP installed with voice release.  Just prior to the shoot all the speakers had been replaced. 

Very good trap targets.  A number of somewhat flat birds because of the wind, but pretty consistent. Never had a problem seeing a bird!

Hamburgers, Hotdogs and cold drinks were part of the shoot fee. $10 per event.

SHOOT PHOTOS

The club is located southwest of Swanton (I-89) along the lake (Rt 36).  Open in the summer on Thursday after 3pm and Sundays starting at 9am.  Membership and the cost to shoot is easy on the pocketbook.  The club also has a gated outdoor rifle/pistol range.  Members pay an extra $10 per year to help pay for the ranges upkeep.

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Olympic Internet Viewing - Skeet & Trap

NBC Olympic Internet Viewing (USA Viewers Only)

Watch Live (EST Time)

Sign in for access:
http://www.nbcolympics.com/index.html

Final: Women's Skeet
Sunday (July 29) - 8:55a

Final: Men's Skeet
Tuesday - 8:55a

Final: Men's Double Trap
Thursday - 9:55a

Final: Women's Trap
Saturday - 9:55a

Final: Men's Trap
Monday (August 6) - 10:55a

* Flash targets used.
* Pistol and rifle events will also be available.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Canadian Nationals Bunker Trap Report

The Canadian International Trapshooting National Championships were held at the Vancouver Gun Club July 12‐17th.

The weather cooperated and with only a few minor machinery glitches. Six squads of shooters from 4 different countries participated. Winners include former Olympian, Guiseppe DiSalvatore (BC) – Men’s champion with 247/275 targets followed by Pan American Athlete Drew Shaw of Ontario with 235/275 targets and in third place David Mosscrop (MB). Both Drew and Guiesppe shot National team development scores.

In the Women’s Trap event, Amanda Chudoba (AB) was the Champion with 228/275 followed by Cynthia Meyer (BC) with 220/275. Amanda shot her National team cut score at this event bringing the number to 5 women trap shooters making their national team cut score for next year (Amanda Chudoba, Susan Nattrass, Cynthia Meyer, Lindsay Boddez and Sandra Honour). In the Junior Event Chad Wang (BC) came out on top with Stefan Baumfeld (AB) placing second. Class winners were: Class A ‐ Paulo D’ Elia (ON), Class B Geoffrey Litwin (SK), Class C Peter Ng ( ON).

Out of country top shooter was SL Wang from California.

The Double Trap event followed. Tony DiSalvatore (BC) shot both his development team score and came out at the 2012 Canadian Champion in Double Trap.

Big thanks to the host club and Jonothan Fenton for running a great shoot and to Referees Dale Caswell (MB) and Gary Whiting (CA) for overseeing the event.

The Canadian International Trapshooters elected Lloyd Litwin as their new section chair. Next year’s National Championships are slated for the end of July in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Submitted by Sandra Honour

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Charges unlikely against man who shot robbers



OCALA - The Internet cafe patron who shot and injured two men as they tried to rob the business will likely not face any criminal charges.

“Based on what I have seen and what I know at this time, I don't anticipate filing any charges,” said Bill Gladson of the State Attorney's Office for 5th Judicial Circuit.

Samuel Williams, 71, who fired the shots, has a concealed weapons permit, according to the Sheriff's Office. Under Florida law, a person is allowed to use deadly force if he or she fears death or serious injury to themselves or others. As long as the person isn't committing a crime and is in a place where he or she has a right to be, they are considered to be acting within the law.

Surveillance video of the incident was released on Monday by the Sheriff's Office. It shows two masked men entering the Palms Internet Cafe, 8444 SW State Road 200 in Ocala, just before 10 p.m. Friday. One of the men had a gun.

ARTICLE

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Saturday Sporting Shoot @ Bull's Eye

A two hour drive to attend the sporting clays shoot held at the Bull's Eye Club in Orange Center, Vermont.

My last visit was in 2006.

An NSCA shoot.

14 stations, mostly hand traps.

SHOOT VIDEO

At least five stands were duel stations.  As an example; Station #1 was also Station #2.  Just using a different trap for the second station.  A nice way to keep down labor requirements.

The trappers hustled throughout the day. 

Because of past legal action the club is hampered in regard to shot fall zones and thus target presentations. 

At many stands, posts in front of you restrict your gun swing. See photo.


Not usually a problem, as presentations for the most part are in front of you.

However; on two stations, from time to time, targets went wider then they were suppose to. I hit a post with my barrel a few times.  Not hard, more of a tap. 

Wider presentations then the target setter expects can be a problem with hand traps, not always a consistent presentation, as depends on how targets are set on the arm. I think I'm allowed not to shoot when my barrel taps the post, but kind of hard to not take the shot when swinging hard.

For one station I couldn't get comfortable with my stance and swing. It was an awkward shot for where I planned on breaking the targets, taking into consideration gun swing restrictions and where I could start my gun.  I guess you need to belly up to the front of the stand to give the most swing.

If not an NSCA shoot I wouldn't mention the restrictions, but first time visiting NSCA shooters need to know what to expect.  Clubs have to do what they have to do, but when throwing registered targets all needs to be on the table.

I went with IC choke.  Maybe twice throwing in the skeet choke.  For one station, some shooters may have been more comfortable with LM.

A duel rabbit presentation was a nice change of pace.

Plenty of water on the course.

The club offered an excellent lunch!

Everyone seemed to have a good time. It was on the warm side.

93 was the temperature when departing the club.

PHOTOS

Monday, July 09, 2012

Sunday @ the Quebec Cup Trap Shoot

A good day at the Quebec Cup Trap Shoot.

VIDEO

The first time in my memory Club de tir Valleyfield used four fields to shoot 100 targets.  25 targets per field. My favorite way to shoot trap.  I'm told 20 years ago that was the norm!

The club has worked its butt off to get to the point where it's able to put that many PAT traps and voice release in operation. 

Not many years back, a club on its death bed.  All the money spent, losing money. The few skeet and trap machines in any type of working condition were the old Winchester machines and barely running.  Broken targets was the norm!  Buildings and fences falling down and the clubhouse roof needed replacement. Electrical was a mess. Several trap and skeet shooters took over the club and the turnaround started.

The club now has three skeet fields (all modern machines).  Four trap fields with PAT Traps and at some point will have a fifth PAT Trap with voice release (an old Winchester in the building now).  The last two sets of voice release purchased have been wireless.  The club also has a decent 5-stand.  Each year a new project brings new improvement! I would not be surprised to see six fields with PAT traps.

Back to the shoot...

Blue skies and around 80 degrees.  A wind blowing most of the day.  Left to right, coming a little off the back of my left shoulder.  Saw a lot of flat targets.

Machines were working good.  Saw one problem with a voice release and it was changed out in minutes. 

Very aggressive keeping machines topped off.

Doubles was shot first, then singles and handicap followed.

The cook did a great job.  None of that pre-cooked hamburger and rewarm garbage.

SHOOT PHOTOS AND RESULTS

The club has a couple of fun shoots  coming up in August.  One a five man team shoot, but my favorite is where they bring in an outfitter and 100s of decoys are placed on the fields (2).  You shoot out of boats and blinds set up on the fields.  Makes for a fun day. You see a lot of pump guns!

Returning to the states I saw no traffic at the crossing.  U.S customs wanted to know how I did at the shoot?








Canadian Firearm License Renewal

Sent my renewal paper work in for my five year license in May.  The firearm center shows a received date of 2012/04/26.  More then the 45 days they say it takes to process.

My license expires on the 19th. Getting a little to close for comfort.

Called the Canada Firearms Centre today and found, as the last time I did a renewal, it was sitting in the Quebec firearm office.

I was told by a polite gentleman at the Quebec office they had it and were going to mark it priority and if I didn't receive it in the next two weeks to telephone.

Almost the same thing I was told five years ago.  Mailing to the states they usually go Air Mail. Hopefully, I will have it before my current license expires.

If for some reason I don't receive it in time I will have to pay the $25 temporary import fee to bring my firearms into Canada until I receive it.  I supposedly can ask for a refund, sending in my proof of paying the fee.  A pain and don't really want to go that route.  Most likely will just skip a shoot or two until my license is in hand.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Visiting the USA with Firearm. Rule Change

The requirement to have a hunting license or shoot invitation to support the ATF Form 6NIA is no longer a requirement (If you don't require a VISA to enter the USA).

The new ATF Form 6NAI has not been published.

Any questions should be addressed to:
Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch
244 Needy Road
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25405

Phone: (304) 616-4550

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Federal Register /Vol. 77, No. 110 /Thursday, June 7, 2012 /Rules and Regulations

V. The Present Final Rule

Upon review of the comments and in light of the OLC opinion, the Department is issuing a final rule that applies to the firearms disabilities in section 922(d)(5)(B) and 922(g)(5)(B) only to aliens admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa, as that term is defined in section 101(a)(26) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26)). Nonimmigrant aliens lawfully admitted to the United States without a visa, pursuant either to the Visa Waiver Program or other exemptions from visa requirements, will not be prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing firearms or ammunition, and the regulations will also no longer proscribe the sale or other disposition of firearms or ammunition to such nonimmigrant aliens.3 Accordingly, this final rule makes conforming revisions to the regulations in 27 CFR 478.32, 478.44, 478.45, 478.99, 478.120, and 478.124. The final rule also amends the regulations by adding a definition for the term ‘‘Nonimmigrant visa’’ that mirrors the definition in section 101(a)(26) of the INA (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26)). ATF will be  making conforming changes to the Form 4473 and its instructions. ATF is also making purely clarifying changes to the language of §§ 478.44 and 478.45 to more clearly state the statutory exceptions.

In addition, ATF is adding language in § 478.120(a) (and will also be revising the Form 6NIA) to make clear that nonimmigrants lawfully admitted to the United States without a visa will continue to be required to apply for and obtain an approved Form 6NIA if they are temporarily importing or bringing firearms or ammunition into the United States for lawful hunting or sporting purposes. The amended § 478.120, however, will no longer require nonimmigrant aliens admitted to the United States without a visa to submit documentation that they fall within one
of the exceptions in 18 U.S.C. 922(y)(2) or the waiver in section 922(y)(3).4

The existing provisions of § 478.120 are being recodified in paragraph (b), which deals with aliens who are admitted under a nonimmigrant visa (and who are required to submit such documentation). In the 2002 interim rule, ATF explained its reasons for imposing a requirement that nonimmigrants bringing firearms and ammunition into the United States for hunting or sporting purposes obtain an import permit. See 67 FR at 5424; see also 27 CFR 478.115(e) (‘‘Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs (d) (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) of this section, the [Attorney General] or his delegate may in the interest of public safety and necessity require a permit for the importation or bringing into the United States of any firearms or ammunition.’’).

Even though aliens admitted to the United States who did not require a nonimmigrant visa will no longer be subject to the nonimmigrant prohibition on possession of firearms, the 2002 interim rule also cited two additional reasons for requiring all nonimmigrant aliens seeking to bring firearms or ammunition into the United States to obtain import permits: ‘‘It will also enable ATF to be aware of non-immigrant aliens who are bringing or attempting to bring firearms or ammunition into the United States. Finally, it will ensure nonimportable firearms and ammunition do not enter the United States.’’ 67 FR 5424.

In short, the permit process is designed to ensure that the nonimmigrant aliens can lawfully possess a firearm in the United States (i.e., that they do not fall within any of the other statutory prohibitions on possession of firearms) and it gives ATF an opportunity to conduct a background check on the applicant if warranted.5 Thus, the language of § 478.120(a) makes no change in the status quo for nonimmigrant aliens lawfully admitted to the United States without a visa, except that they will no longer be required to submit documentation that they fall within one of the statutory exceptions for the nonimmigrant prohibition, consistent with the changes being made in this final rule.

The remaining issues raised in the interim rule (including other issues with respect to the regulations in 27 CFR 478.120 on importation of firearms and ammunition), along with a discussion of the comments received in response to these aspects of the interim rule, will be addressed in a separate, forthcoming final rule.6

June 7, 2012 /Rules and Regulations

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UPDATE: July 10, 2012

I talked to ATF.

The rule for not requiring a Hunting License or Shoot Invitation is effective July 9, 2012. You will still need to process an application

This rule change is only for those who entry into the USA and DON'T require a VISA.

A new form is being expedited, but ATF does not know when it will be published, as they don't control that part of the process  (I check for a new from daily).

ATF will process your form without the Hunting License or Shoot Invitation, but be prepared to have problems with US Customs (my words) as it will take time to bring them up to speed, especially if your using the older ATF Form 6NIA.  ATF said you can have U.S. customs call them if they have any questions.  In the short term I suggest you still use the Hunting License or Shoot Invitation option until the new form is published, but that is your decision to make.

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Also, I asked about the ability to Email the application as a PDF to the ATF for approval, instead of having to FAX, as presently the ATF will email back the approved application as a PDF attachment.

Not this year, but in the next few years the plan is in the works to be able to submit all ATF forms electronically. No longer having too FAX.

Joe Potosky
The Lost Target

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Changes to International Skeet after the Olympics

Low gun skeet is in for some changes after the Olympics. So says the rumor mill!

- Distance from station 4 will be pushed back two meters.

-  Stations 1 and 8 will no longer be utilized.

In place of  station 1 & 8, additional clay birds will be added to station three and four.

I imagine choice of choke will have to be given some thought.  I don't think the six foot increase at station #4 is a big deal on singles, but if your late on the doubles...

I've also heard that Olympic Trap Doubles is also in for some changes!

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

How to Shoot Olympic Skeet

One of the neatest videos that I've come across in some time.

Low gun shooting, fast targets, delayed release (up to 3 seconds).



When I come across a good shooting video I post to my YouTube play list.  In this case it went into my Favorites and Olympic Skeet section.

Each week I usually post one or two videos that I come across, depending on the shooting season.



Vt State Sporting Clays Shoot (Aug 4/5)


Northeast Kingdom Skeet Club
Bugbee Crossing Road
Burke Hollow, Vt


This Northeast Kingdom club has seen drastic changes this year.  All for the good...

Wonders what a bulldozer and a few chainsaws can accomplish.

New this year is Saturday shooting.  Much needed and allows the club to focus 100% on Sundays main event. 

If interested in attending, visit Clays Vermont State Shoot Sporting Clays Section

or visit the NEK website for information, to include pre-registration forms.

The Clays Vermont site has a pre-registration PDF form that is set to be typed via your keyboard.

Of course, a Google map is provided for those who have never visited the club.




One Box of Fiocchi Shells; Misplaced or Stolen?

I brought to a shoot one flat of Fiocchi shells.  New shells, not reloads, unopened flat.

I shot 100 registered targets in the AM and 100 registered targets in the PM.  In my cart I had an extra box for spares (not needed).

Loading the Van at the end of the day I could not find the box of shells (the 10th box) left in the rear of the vehicle.  It was there after the first 100 as I saw it when restocking the cart.

Misplaced or Stolen?

I tend to leave the rear of the Van open and I guess that was foolish on my part!

A number of shooters at the club were not shooting registered. I tend to lean in that direction in my thoughts on the missing shells.

If you had asked I would have given them to you...

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Monday, July 02, 2012

Sunday @ Club L'Acadie

I attended the 2012 Réal Ouimet Memorial Day trap shoot at Club L'Acadie, shooting both the singles and handicap event.  An uneventful AM, but the winds started to kick up in the PM. A left to right wind.  An interesting afternoon.

VIDEO

A nice turnout.  We used field 1 & 2. 50 targets per field.

PHOTOS

I included several photos of the Remington Truck that was visiting the club. 

In August, the club is holding the Quebec Bunker Trap Championships.  The shoot has been expanded from the original concept and is welcoming shooters from throughout Canada and the USA.   CAN-AM game!  In passing I 'm told a shooter from Australia may be in attendance. One of the club shooters is heading off to Europe in the next few weeks, who knows who he may entice to attend?

The bunker shooters were out in force and they were shooting off a bunker they don't normally use.  One of the two that will be used for the shoot.  Good to see this!  Give the bunker a good workout and fix any problems that may arise before the shoot.  I see problems with machines at a few skeet and trap shoots.  Only a few favorite fields are used during the year and when the big shoot is held, machine problems on the disused fields.

I had an opportunity to shoot a new Browning.  Not sure of the model, but a new model and was told only 200 plus in the USA and two in Canada.  Just a few shots off the 5-stand.  A 32 inch barrel.   Balanced well!

Several International Skeet shooters were practicing for the Canadian that is also scheduled to be held in August at the club. 

I have plans to film at least one day of both the Bunker and International Skeet shoots.

Club de tir L'Acadie Directions & Information

The previous week a 45 minute wait to cross the border back into the USA.  This week, no waiting.