Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec 14, 2014 @ Kingston Shotgun Sports Fun Shoot

Kingston & District Trap Skeet & Sporting Clays Club
Kingston, Ontario

Annual club turkey fun shoot!

Station Walk Up

Overcast, 33 degrees (0 Celsius) and no wind.  I overdressed and ended up shedding clothing.

The club had one event called Chip and Break.  You shoot at a single skeet target, twice.  The idea is on the first shot is to chip, then break one of the pieces with your second shot.  Miss on the first shot or fail to hit a piece on the second shot and lost target.  Targets going away from you, especially on the second shot was tough.  We shot station 1-6 singles.

An archery event was included in this years shoot. 

We did a plate shoot with the club providing the ammunition.  I asked Tony what choke to use and he suggested skeet choke : )

A link to shoot photos and video.

As the usual at small clubs, everyone seemed to know each other and a friendly bunch.  Nice to see a number of young people!

The club served a turkey meal at the end of the day, but as a long drive home I departed before the meal was served or prizes awarded.

Both coming and going a messy drive 30 / 40 miles east and west of  the Cornwall border crossing.  On the way to the shoot sand trucks were out and about.

No problems at the Canadian or USA border crossings.

Friday, December 12, 2014

With no shame, the 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship goes to Moscow

"The Russian Shooting Union won the bid to organize the 2017 ISSF Shotgun World Championship, which will be held in Moscow, and beat the Slovenian Shooting Union 204 to 75 votes."

It's one thing if this vote took place in the time frame of the recent Olympics when for the most part there was good feelings and hope for a positive future, but to take place in December 2014, knowing what we know now about Russia. 

A shameful vote if nothing else!

Will the athletes from your country be attending?  Unfortunately, YES, as I've seen no public outroar from associations, federations, or athletes!

The shame, a medal is more important then taking a stand against world aggression.

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European countries bordering the Baltic Sea are competing to express their concerns over Russian military activities of in the region. Their actions vary from inviting Americans troops for a permanent stay to retraining reservists and rearming.

Sweden is planning to retrain about 7,500 reservists who have served in the Swedish army since 2004.

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The U.S. Army plans to send 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into Eastern Europe as a deterrent to “Russian aggression.”

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Exercise Black Eagle is designed as a display of strength by the UK and Poland amid growing tensions between the West and Russia.

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NATO confirmed that Russian tanks were moving into rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine. But Russia's aggression under Vladimir Putin didn't begin in Ukraine and, unless the West stops vacillating, it won't end there, either.

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The crisis in Ukraine has many of Russia's neighbors nervous, especially the three Baltic states - the only former Soviet Republics to have joined NATO.

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Russian warplanes are carrying out more flights in European airspace to test Nato responses and apparently imitate combat conditions, an expert says.

Igor Sutyagin told the BBC that the Russian pilots' lack of communication with air traffic controllers was "unfriendly" and "confrontational".

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Russian strategic nuclear bombers and other military aircraft entered US air defense identification zones (ADIZs) at least 16 times over the past ten days, American defense officials confirmed.

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The Russian Navy has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

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 Russia is developing an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter recent moves by the US and NATO, President Vladimir Putin said.

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President Vladimir Putin has said Russia's takeover of Crimea showed off its military prowess, as his defense minister reported that the Russian flag was now flying over all military sites on the Black Sea peninsula.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Dec 6, 2014 @ Valleyfield Gun Club

After many years of operation for the first time the Valleyfield club (Quebec, Canada) will be open throughout the winter. On and off winter shooting in past years, but not on the club calendar!

The announcement....

Valleyfield Gun Club will be open this winter on Saturdays for Trap & Skeet from 10.00 to 15.00 hours, if the weather permits.

Also visit our new website : http://www.cdtvalleyfield.com/

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Le Club  de Valleyfield sera ouvert cet hiver les samedis pour la Trap et
le Skeet de 10.00 à 15.00 heures si la température le permet.

Aussi vistez notre nouveau site web: http://www.cdtvalleyfield.com/
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Thought I run over and take advantage.

A mess on the drive up.  Temps below 30 and a slight rain.  Sand trucks out and passed two accidents with troopers on scene when I hit higher elevations.  For whatever reason, it can be snowing or raining 10 miles east of the club, but no participation at the club.  Sure enough, a few miles from the club and it started to clear.

29 degrees and overcast.


A number of club members spent the day winterizing the bathrooms, to include placing instillation under the floor via the crawl space.




The club recently purchased an EZPull Skeet/Sporting wireless remote.

I was offered the option of wire release or the remote.  Went with the remote.

I shot 4 rounds of skeet and never a no target call.

On the ride home, heavy fog as I neared the border.  Some places visibility dropped down to 100 foot or less.   Had to drop down from 55mph to about 40mph for maybe 30 minutes before it started to clear.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Police Chief Edward Flynn speaks (Black on Black Shootings)

An issue not addressed by national news outlets as (not politically correct) or by Black leaders, to include the president!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bagmaster Still in Business?

Does anyone know if  Bagmaster is still in business:

Company Bagmaster Mfg. Inc.
Address 4515 # 2 Miami St.
St. Louis MO 63116
Phone 1-800-950-8181

The phone listed is no longer in service and emails to sales@bagmaster.com bounce!

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UPDATE

I have no idea what the problem was, but all of a sudden there phone number was working (leave a message), email was working, and contact via there site was working.

I ended up ordering what I needed via a third party!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday @ Club L'Acadie

Paid a visit to Club L'Acadie (southeast of Montreal, Quebec).  It's been awhile, as I can't remember the last time I dropped by! 

I was playing it by ear on what I was going to shoot and ended up on the skeet field.  No wind to speaks of and targets were pretty much on the money.

Ran into the officers of the QPTA.  They were getting ready to have a meeting to set registered trap dates for 2015.

The sporting clays shooters were telling me of there plans to attend the World FITASC shoot in Minnesota next year.

No traffic at the border, going and returning!

 The berm at the entrance to the club has been heightened!
 
The heated trap trailer is set for winter shooting!

 As is the heated 5-Stand trailer,
 (in warm weather months you can stand on the roof and shoot)
 

Reza Afshar trying out his new gun!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shotgun powder availability

After a long draught, shotgun powder looks like it's becoming available in different regions throughout the USA.  

Backorders are starting to be filled.

Shooters are reporting they have walked into stores that have long been out and all of a sudden having small qualities available.  Clay Dot and 700X to name two.

Reports that the states should start seeing Clays powder (manufactured in Australia) in the new year, but maybe at first in only one pound bottles.

Haven't see anything in regard to powder availability for small gauge shooters!

Have no idea when merchants that sell at shoots will have a good supply of powder available, but a few large events have reported that powder in limited numbers had been for sale.

On the other hand, powder could be just has scarce as in the previous year, but so many have stopped looking and/or reloading, and powder could becoming available for that reason only (outside of Clays that had a major fire at the plant)!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Shooting Ranges (Europe)

German contributor Alexander von Wenzl from von Wenzl Marketing, passed on that he has added two new maps to his European collection of shooting clubs.

He says that Cyprus, with a very lively shooting community, has even more ranges than golf courses.

A link to "Shooting Ranges of Europe" posted to the Lost Target:

Shooting Clubs Europe


To see club locations by country, click on the map image for posted countries.

Thanks to my German friend for providing information on shooting in Europe for more years then I can remember.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

New York Safe Act II (Dead for Now)

With New York state senate republicans unexpectedly gaining seats in this election cycle, a push by the liberal establishment to make liability insurance mandatory for New York gun owners will not happen.

And, basically taking away the right to protect yourself in your own home, by requiring all firearms be secured, will not see a bill having a chance of being brought up for a vote in the state senate during the next legislative session.

Micro stamping will also go off the radar.

Also, not going anywhere is stringent requirements on purchases of reloading components.  If ever an overreach was this push by the left.

But, what you will see is a law that allows for removal of firearms in on-going domestic violence disputes. Part of the compromise process that republicans seem to always get involved in, but never getting anything in return!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A hunting video

A positive video.....

A hunting video for hunters, non hunters and maybe even anti hunters.

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/21/3440099_a-hunting-video-for-hunters-non.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy



Take a few minutes of your day to watch this and you'll understand why the woods are full of hunters in the fall.

"To experience fantastic things, you have to go to fantastic places."          Idaho Statesman   

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/10/21/3440099_a-hunting-video-for-hunters-non.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New York SAFE ACT lawsuit Update

 [NYSRPA-alert] Lawsuit update

Oral arguments for our SAFE lawsuit have been tentatively scheduled for the week of December 18, 2014.

To date we have spent over $500,000 on this suit.

We are raffling off an AR-50 with proceeds going to the legal defense fund. Entries can be purchased online at:


 http://nysrpa.kintera.org/ar50

Credit cards and PayPal accepted!

 Jacob J. Rieper, Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs
 New York State Rifle &Pistol Association
 http://www.nysrpa.org
 http://www.nysrpa-pvf.org

Friday, October 03, 2014

October 2014 @ La Roue du Roy

We spent the day shooting sporting clays at Club La Roue du Roy in Hemmingford, Quebec.

A private club.

If your a serious (or not so serious) clay target shooter, a club you should consider becoming a member of.  Just about something for everyone!

I think this is the second full year of the club under new ownership and major changes have taken place. Everything has been rebuilt or torn down and rebuilt.  The interior of the clubhouse is something to see.

The staff is professional.  I don't speak French, but not a problem, as all seem to have a grasp of English.  Within reason they will meet your needs!

From years past and one of the best, world famous shooter Bill Rodgers is in charge of clay target shooting.  Bill at one time held the long run record in 28 gauge NSSA skeet.  I used to be a skeet ref and was always surprised at some of the shoots that Bill would show up at.  No club was  to small for Bill.  Stiff winds blowing up a storm would not.detour Bill from taking the field. One of the good guys!

 
The club house.

 
The tower (so far away)!

 
Dead & dead!

 
Time for lunch!
 
They have a fun 50 target sporting clays course (four machines per station) along the entrance road to the club house.  This course includes the famous tower.  Plans are to add additional machines (up to four more) to the tower at various heights.   I've seen targets set where they land right in front of you, but also have seen targets thrown where Mod is the choke of choice.  Today, IC choke was all that was needed.  Should be interesting once the additional machines are installed. 
 
They also have two eight station sporting courses (within walking distance of each other).  I found myself using my LM choke a number of times on the second 50.
 
Skeet and trap is offered.  Pheasants hunts and a newly constructed kennel to house dogs.
 
A state of art shotgun shooting simulator is available and plans for a covered parcour of some sort for out of the weather clay target shooting during the cold weather months.
 
No need to bring a lunch, as the club now has a restaurant.  Eat outdoors or inside.  Something that was lacking in the not so distant past.
 
From conversation I'm under the impression the club has no plans to be hosting shoots.
 
Crossing the border coming and going was pretty straight forward.  On the return the person working the booth knew me from my military days.  A small world!
 
 


Thursday, September 25, 2014

A day in the woods

We hit one of the trails in the Adirondacks in upstate New York.




 
Using the self-timer setting on the camera.

We ate lunch sitting on a log!

Almost a little to much on the warm side, but no bugs.

We wanted to hike this trail before the start of hunting season.  We did see one deer that ran across the trail as we were heading back to the vehicle.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn Classic Sporting Clays @ Rochester Brooks

Saturday saw high winds. Sunday saw on and off rain at the 1st Annual Autumn Classic hosted by the Rochester Brooks gun club in Rush, New York.


We shot the sub-gauge event Saturday AM.  I imagine target presentations were not what the target setter had in mind, as very windy.  Being honest, only one station, maybe two where the wind caused me problems.  It was what it was and we had a good time. 
The sub-gauge course is set on it's own course, separate from the prelim course. Fair target presentations were thrown.  The pump and SxS shooters shot on the prelim course at designated stands.

Saturday PM (Prelim) saw no let up in the wind.  One station saw a lot of no bird calls, as the wind kept pushing a target into an unsafe direction.  A nice presentation of targets where thrown.

Sunday came the rains.  Not raining all the time, but seemed to hit us every third or forth station. 

Scores rose and fell accordingly.  Rains seemed to bring limited target visibility on some stations. Instead of seeing a spot of orange, just seeing a gray streak.  Just the way it at my age.  Always hoping for a bit of sun when shooting, but not always getting it.  We had a 5 1/2 hour drive ahead of us and couldn't delay are start time, hoping for better weather (European start).  I shot a 73 and happy with the score, but sure wishing I hit a few more targets!

As always, very knowledge refs working the shoot.  Machine problems caused little delay. A designated crew taking care of problems quickly.

A polished crew working the desk!

Neat looking trophies were presented.  Glass balls were thrown many years in the past....



SHOOT PHOTOS / VIDEO / RESULTS

Monday, September 15, 2014

Huntingdon 5 Man Team Trap Shoot

My wife and I attended this shoot this past Sunday.  A first time visit to the club!

Club de tir Huntingdon, Sainte-Barbe, Québec.


Trap (Fun Shoot)

Tournois annuel (five man team)

A well run shoot!

Teams were selected by random draw.

50 shooters (ten teams).

First squads went out at 10am.

50 targets. 

Shoot 25 on one field and the second 25 on the other.

Lunch was served, prizes awarded, and we were in are vehicle driving home at 2pm.

VIDEO / PHOTOS

The club has one PAT rap and a purchase of a second is under serious consideration.

A short video of the new single lane rifle range at the Huntingdon club, as I think not something you see every day, and may be the answer for clubs that wish to put in a range, but have limited property!

A range to site in a rifle.

Rifle Range

I was told with the addition of the rifle range the club was going to have to limit membership, as the response was overwhelming.

Todd Murphy Shoot @ Underhill

Club members (and a few non-members) were out in force and the club held another successful shoot at the Underhill Gun Club, Westford, Vermont.


An NSCA shoot.  Monies raised were donated to Hope Lodge.

A cool start to the day with rain threatening.  An on and off rain hit the third rotation hard.

A nice rabbit presentation was thrown.  I've never seen the rabbit machine set up on this part of the property before and hopefully it will be the machines permanent home.  Saying that, the two stations in the woods on the other side of the property would be well served if a chain saw removed a tree or two.

The ladies working the desk did an outstanding job!

The club is lucky to have so many members that volunteer to work the shoot.  Several clubs that I shoot at have cut back significantly or no longer hold shoots, as volunteers are a rare breed in 2014!

SHOOT VIDEO / PHOTOS / RESULTS

* The sporting clays setup as shown is only available twice a year.  A special setup to hold a shoot with the club only offering skeet, trap and 5-stand (warm weather months) the rest of the year.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Waterfowl Warm-Up @ Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle Trap and Skeet Club, Brockville, Ontario


A long drive, but worth it!

For those who don't attend shoots held at smaller clubs your missing out on a good time.  Just something about the family atmosphere you find at such shoots.  Doesn't take long to meet everyone and usually all are very friendly, especially at the Golden Triangle.

Two-man teams, 75 targets, shot across three fields.

Plenty of help on each field!

You only needed a gun that held two shells.

With team shooting it's a good idea to coordinate with your partner on who's shooting at what target before you call pull. A few hiccups on my part (shooting my partners target) but overall talking out who was going to shoot what worked well.  We came in forth.

Nice to see a number of young shooters taking part!

An excellent lunch served (included in the price of the shoot).

Seemed to be lucky draw prize for most if not all.  Thanks to the sponsors!

By the time we were ready to depart the club didn't look like a shoot was held.  Fields were back to normally and the clubhouse and kitchen had undergone a major cleaning. 

Hat's off to Kingston Skeet & Trap Club shooter Tony Raponi.  He always encourages participation from the younger shooters from his club (and the older shooters) at such shoots and I'm always seeing new faces when he's in attendance.

SHOOT VIDEO / PHOTOS

Had to slow down for a small herd of deer when driving to the shoot and almost came to a complete stop on the way home, as a deer was looking to cross, but couldn't make up it's mind.

Going into Canada we had to stop at U.S. customs to do the paperwork on one gun.  Took only a few minutes and no delays when entering Canada.  On the return, the serial numbers on all firearms were checked upon entering the USA. 

One of the bridges at the Cornwall crossing is no longer used (been replaced by one that is much closer to the water).

The abandoned bridge may be a problem for travelers when it comes time to tear it down.  At a minimum they will have to reroute traffic. 

A toll is charged going both ways (they will take US or Canadian funds)!

Quebec Provincial Trap Championships

Club de tir l'Acadie, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec
 


Attended on Friday and Saturday.

Fog Saturday AM.

Both days the shoot started in a timely manner and I didn't see any problems with machines or voice release.

We shot 25 per field.  A field was available for practice.

Trappers did an excellent job!

The club runs a kitchen any time it's open and as always put out first rate meals during the shoot. 

PHOTOS / VIDEO

Retuning home on Friday saw about a 20 minute wait at the border.  No wait on Saturday.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ban guns, Call 911 they say!

Ferguson

- police cars were seen driving past some of the stores being looted and did not respond.

- Two store owners, standing outside their business holding guns, told Fox2Now.com that when they called 911, they were sent from one police agency to another, and got no response.

- One of the owners, with a large black gun resting on his shoulder, told the station that police were lined up blocks from the looting, and did not engage looters making off with large boxes from these stores.

- "You did not see "police restraint" overnight. You saw police reluctant to act.

-  mostly well-behaved crowd broke in a convenience store

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/16/there-are-no-police-ferguson-store-owners-guard-businesses-with-own-guns-lack/

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Gun Barrel Blows

A 51-year-old man was injured Friday while target shooting when the barrel of his shotgun blew out.

The Indianapolis resident was shooting at the Indiana Gun Club in Fishers with his 12-gauge over-under break-action shotgun, when a preliminary investigation indicated an obstruction in the top barrel may have caused the side of the barrel to blow out when it was fired.

The man was shooting with his son — who was using a 20-gauge shotgun — and the man was carrying both 12-gauge and 20-gauge ammunition at the time of the accident.

“While it has not been determined that this was the cause of the incident, there is an enhanced risk of barrel blow-out when carrying 20-gauge ammunition while firing a 12-gauge shotgun, as a 20-gauge shell can slide far enough down the barrel for a 12-gauge shell to be loaded behind it,”

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Before you go shaking your head.....

Easy enough for it to happen.  Maybe just a long day. Sometimes we don't pay attention. Sometimes it's just are everyday routine.  Just grabbing shells like we do 1000 times in the past, but this one time your talking, joking, having a good time and your routine is off.  

I'm sure not the first person to carry shells for another shooter, especially if the other does not have a pouch or vest and your teaching him/her the ropes or only shoots a few times a year and doesn't have there own gear.

If you shot a small gauge event in sporting or shooting the 4-gauges in skeet, a good practice to check your vest and/or pouch before moving on to the next event.


Thursday, August 07, 2014

Rochester Brooks Autumn Classic Tournament Shoot Format Change

September 2014 Autumn Classic Tournament



Rochester Brooks, Rush, New York

• There will be NO events held on Friday, September 19th and the FITASC (Fri & Sat) event has been cancelled.

•Saturday's PreLim & Sub Gauges events remain the same.

• Sunday's Main event has been changed to a self-squad, European rotation. Shoot anytime between 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Please ignore any present squad rotation information posted on WinScore.

• FITASC deposits will remain credited to the shooters Autumn Classic account.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Please direct any questions or concerns to sportingclaysregistration@yahoo.com  

Thank you,

Rochester Brooks Gun Club



Wednesday, August 06, 2014

August 2014 Shot Prices

With a persistent powder shortage and small gauge reloading almost at a standstill due to the shortage, it's surprising that shot prices have remained steady and not fallen. 

Small qualities of powder is available from time to time, to include 700X for 12 gauge re-loaders. I've seen Promo for sale and heard of small qualities of other powders here and there.  I've not seen powder for small gauge.

A club that I belong that receives monthly deliveries of targets, shells, and components has reported NO POWDER on the truck for the last six deliveries.

For many, it's to much work to be beating the bushes for powder and they have either cut back on shooting to stretch there supplies or started buying the cheaper brands of shells.  A few have stopped shooting altogether. Shooting has always been an expensive sport and the lack of powder has them spending dollars on factory ammunition they just can't afford.

Shot prices.

I use Gamaliel Shooting Supply to track the price of lead shot used by clay target shooters. Not necessarily the best price. 

Aug 6, 2014

$44.50- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot (Unchanged)

$44.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot (Unchanged)

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Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Oct 4, 2013

$44.50- Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$44.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Oct 4, 2012

$41.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$41.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Jun 13, 2012

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Jan 9, 2012

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Oct 18, 2011

$37.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Jun 18, 2011

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Feb 21, 2011

$38.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Oct 20, 2010

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Sep 29, 2010

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Jul 28, 2010

$29.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$29.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Mar 23, 2010

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Oct 15, 2009

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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Jan 7, 2009

$24.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$25.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

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February 28, 2008

$42 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$42.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot



Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Clay Target Waterfowl Fun Shoots, with the emphasis on FUN!

Some of the most enjoyable fun shoots that I've attended in recent years have been held at skeet/trap clubs.

Basically, taking two or three fields and converted them into hunting fields, with as many as three stands per field.  Buddy shoots, shooting with a partner! 

A few extra machines per field is a must if the club is going to do it properly.

A local outfitter or club members can provide the stands and decoys.  The more decoys on the fields the better. 

At the Valleyfield club listed below, one of the stands is a boat!

As for target presentations, use your imagination!

Also, a good opportunity for a club to reach out to shotgun owners who don't shoot clay targets.  Advertise via your local Ducks Unlimited chapter, hunting clubs, and gun stores.  Not unusual to pick up a good number of memberships at such an event.  Maybe free rounds can be some of the prizes.

Invite outfitters and local merchants to set up booths at the club.

Don't sell yourself cheap.  Don't be afraid of making a few bucks for the club.

Expect a big crowd and plan accordingly!  The Ontario club listed below broke a club shoot attendance record last year.  Many in attendance were  hunters, who if they shot at clay targets at all, it was off of hand thrown targets in a field somewhere! 

Many people own shotguns, they just don't shoot clay targets, they hunt.  Those are your future club members if you can get them to the club and they have a fun time!

A word of caution.  You may want to provide the ammunition, as non-clay target shooters may bring ammunition not suitable for shooting at your club.  Price it into the price of the shoot.  A number of shooters you will see only hunt a few times a year and the shotgun is stored until the next time.  You want to have plenty of experienced shooters working each field (safety).

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Both of these shoots are in Canada. No clubs in my part of New York or Vermont is offering this type of shoot.

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Club de Tir de Valleyfield  (St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Québec)

Journee du Sauvaginier


(Fun Shoot)

16 Aout 2014

Shoot Flyer:
http://www.losttarget.com/flyer/Sauvaginiers.pdf

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Golden Triangle Trap and Skeet Club  (Brockville, Ontario)

2014 Waterfowl Warm-Up!!


Sunday August 24th, 9am

2 Person Team Event

3 Fields, 9 Layouts, 14 automatic traps

Realistic Hunting Layouts

75 Targets per person

Entry: $40 (includes lunch)

Shoot Flyer:
http://www.losttarget.com/flyer/waterfowlwarmup2014.pdf

iTrapp (Electronic Trapshooting Software)

This may be a home run!

iTrapp is the definitive trap shooting app. and can be used to score traditional ATA shoots as well as be customized for advanced tracking and scoring to give unparalleled statistics to show strengths and weaknesses for each shooter.

 iTrapp is easy to use and looks similar to traditional paper score sheets and in the future, the results will be electronically sent to the clubhouse for automatic input into the clubs software allowing scores to be updated quickly and efficiently. Shooter and squad information can be loaded in advance and edited on the fly to keep shoots running smoothly and timely.

iTrapp Website / Demo

It was time to clean the Remington 1100

I've been remiss in doing a complete teardown of my Remington 1100 for thorough cleaning.  It's been shooting well, but just a matter of time before I start having problems.

I found the trigger needed major cleaning, not just a wipe down.

The action spring tube needed cleaning.  I ran the patch several times before it came out clean.  Also, anytime I have the stock off I change out the Action Spring, a $5 part, if it needs it or not.  I usually change it  once a year, as what's $5? 
You shouldn't have to change this spring for many years, but if I have a problem I know it's not the Action Spring.

The magazine spring looked like new, but the Magazine Follower (orange) had a buildup on it and after a cleaning was looking good.  The tube itself was pretty clean.

Remington recommends shooting dry, but I've seen many soak them in oil and shoot them that way.

I use Break-Free to clean all my firearms.  I apply a coating and let them sit for several hours, usually over night. I wipe the parts down as best I can.  No additional oil or what have you. At a shoot when putting the gun away, I will wipe down the receiver and barrel with Rim oil.

Nothing appeared broken and no cracked parts.  A good idea to give everything a close look. Last winter I found a cracked Breech Bolt Assembly.


Monday, August 04, 2014

Rochester Brooks Autumn Classic Sporting Clays (Sep 19-21)

A major change from my previous posting.....
 
September 2014 Autumn Classic Tournament
 
There will be NO events held on Friday, September 19th and the FITASC (Fri & Sat) event has been cancelled.
 
• Saturday's PreLim & Sub Gauges events remain the same.
 
• Sunday's Main event has been changed to a self-squad, European rotation. Shoot anytime between 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Please ignore any present squad rotation information posted on WinScore.

• FITASC deposits will remain credited to the shooters Autumn Classic account.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. Please direct any questions or concerns to sportingclaysregistration@yahoo.com  

Thank you,
Rochester Brooks Gun Club

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1st Annual Autumn Classic

 

September 19 - September 21

For more years then I can count I've been attending the Spring Deuce at this Rochester, New York club.  This year they are taking the Deuce format and hosting a fall shoot.
 
The downside with the Spring Deuce was the weather, you just never knew what to expect, as just that time of the year. 
 
Hopefully, the weather for the Autumn Classic will be a home run!  I don't think it will snow....
 
A big plus for the Deuce and now the Classic is that refs are utilized all three days.  Love attending shoots with refs and not required to pay a $1 a target, or more!
 
We usually sneak in a second prelim on Saturday and shoot for a reduced price.
 
I like how the designated small gauge course is set. Three machines per station.  The .410 shooter will shoot machines A & C and the 20 gauge shooter will shoot machines B & C. Works out nicely!
 
Heads up if planning on shooting FITASC.  Slots usually go fast!
 
The club is 15 minuets from motels and 20 minutes from a major shopping center, to include Dicks and Gander Mt.
 
 

Sunday @ Vermont Sporting Clays Championships

Thankfully the weatherman got it all wrong and a perfect day for shooting at the Vermont State Sporting Clays Championships held at the Northeast Kingdom Skeet & Sporting Clays club.


A record turnout! 

The club has come a long way from when it first started hosting the state shoot!

Little waiting for those who preregistered (plus you received a free shirt).

The clubs wobble trap was open for warm-up.

My squad started on station 7.  That required a hike up the side of a mountain, a bit of walk. I'm sure glad I arrived on station early, as I needed the rest. 

Except for one station where there was a back up, we moved smoothly from station to station.

Referees were present at all stations and we never experienced a problem with scoring.

Butch Trombley (Vermont Champion) who shot on my squad had one misfire on a factory AA shell.  No doubt the primer was hit, as it had a good hit on it. Not the first time in recent years I've seen problems with premium shells!

The club also offered a Long Bird contest and there version of Make-a-Break.



Plenty of hustle by those working the shoot!

In the past year a new club house was constructed, includes two rest rooms.  Thought out and a very functional building.

With the construction of the club house behind them, a plan to purchase additional machines is planned.

I didn't win anything, but did pick up two punches!

SHOOT VIDEO (2) / PHOTOS / RESULTS

Several slow motion shots in the shoot video.  The award presentations are posted on a separate unedited video.

If I was going to change anything for 2015 I would set the course so main event shooters didn't have to walk up and down two sets of hills.  Also, maybe it's just me, but the lunch menu needs to offer a few more options or be revamped. I passed!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Saturday @ the Valleyfield Fun Shoot

We shot the Saturday trap and skeet fun shoot events at the Valleyfield club.  The Canadian club is about an hour and half drive from my home in New York.  Maybe ten minutes shorter, but we always plan some extra time for crossing the border. 
 
The weather was warm and humid!
 
 
My wife Heide gave me a whooping in trap and I barely beat her in the skeet event.  She had her guns worked on recently by Quebec gunsmith/stock maker Klaus Hiptmayer and obviously he did a great job.  She had been experiencing a bruised cheek bone for sometime and he remedied the situation in one fitting.

Things moved along rather smoothly and no sooner had we finished shooting the 50 target trap event we heard a call to report to field 4 to shoot skeet.  We had about 15 minutes between events.  No, we didn't feel rushed, as we rather be shooting then standing around waiting.

A few newbies on the fields trying there hand at shooting.  Always nice to see!

SHOOT VIDEO / PHOTOS

The club continues the second day of it's fun shoot on Sunday, offering trap and 5-stand.

On the drive home we found a stand selling late season strawberries and of course a stop to purchase was a must!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Yourg Travelers Guns Allegedly Damaged By Airline

Olympic Hopeful’s Dreams Shot After Guns Allegedly Damaged By Airline

VIDEO / ARTICLE

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From the type of damage indicated I will assume a theft attempt that went wrong.

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Lock requirements:

The use of TSA-accepted luggage locks is allowed when transporting firearms.

However, federal regulations do not require air travelers to use TSA-accepted luggage locks or remove other types of locks, however passengers using non-TSA-accepted locks do so at their own risk. Should a bag require additional screening, TSA officers have the right to remove the lock to access the contents. Locks that do not open with TSA master keys may be cut from the bag.

Recommended you use your own locks!

Lockable case:

Have a good lockable case that will securely hold your firearm (the shorter the better).  The case is going to take a beating, make sure it's sturdy.
    a. The firearm must be unloaded.
    b. The container must be locked.  A locked container is defined as one that completely secures the firearm from access by anyone other than you.  Cases that can be pulled open with little effort do not meet this criterion.
    c. A firearm in a hard-sided, locked container may be placed inside a soft-sided, unlocked suitcase or duffle bag.
As in many of life choices, the cheapest purchase in not always the best way to go.  Spend the extra money and get a sturdy case.

Insurance:

Insure your travel insurance policy and/or homeowners insurance or a rider (replacement value) covers the firearm and container.   Most airlines offer insurance, check before you arrive.
    a. You typically won't be reimbursed for normal wear and tear of baggage; damage to wheels, feet, and extending handles; damage to an over-packed bag; and loss of external locks, pull straps or security straps.
    b. If relying on homeowners insurance verify it covers your firearm (and case) when not in the home.
    c. Take photos when packing.
    d. If your packing other items with the firearm make a packing list.
    e. Keep in mind that you will be reimbursed for the depreciated value of your items by the airlines.
    f. If your bag goes missing after you've left the baggage claim area, your claim is no longer with the airline, but with the police.

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Well know bunker trap shooter and frequent traveler Tom Baber has this to say.
 
I have flown through Denver a number of time on both Southwest and Delta.  This should not have happened.  I have learned a number of things flying around the country with my Perazzi's.

Here are some of them:
 
1.  Never let an unlocked gun case out of your sight.

2.  Go with the gun to TSA to insure it is properly relocked after inspection.
 
3.  Don't use TSA locks.
 
4.  Tag your case with your Cell Phone Number.

5.  This is very important....   Buy the extra baggage insurance.  Airline like Southwest give you $2000± in coverage and their limits are a max of $5000.  Buy the extra because it puts the airline on notice that they will really have to pay if the case grown legs or gets damaged   Ticket agents don't know how to do it but they will learn.  Yes...  it's a hassle but it make the airline sit up and take notice.  Cost is $1 per $100 of excess value.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

We visited Klaus Hiptmayer!

We visited Klaus Hiptmayer (Stockmaker/Engraver/Gunsmith) to have him take a look at my wife's gun fit and to replace some stripped screws. 

Gun fit was the big ticket item.  She has been shooting both guns for years with no discomfort, but starting sometime in March she come back from a day of shooting with a bruise on her cheek.

Klaus lives east of Montreal in Eastman, Quebec, so looking at a 2 1/2 hour drive.  Klaus has been fitting guns for my whole adult shooting life and his stock work is something to see. Klaus learned how to work on guns as a young person in Europe.

We arrive at the border and the computers down.  We had to sit while they rebooted the computer.  Not a big deal, but for years I crossed the border before they had computers and never a problem.  But, times have changed and they can't process anyone without a computer check. 

West of Granby, traffic slows to a crawl, as the road went from two lanes to one.  According to the GPS we lost 20 minutes.

Also, saw more police in Quebec today then if I was driving by the police station at shift change. Besides the normal cars you see on the road, one cop was standing outside his vehicle pointing a radar gun at traffic.  We saw a police car doing a traffic stop.  The police car was a white Grand Caravan with no visible lights if not activated.  We saw another police stop by a motorcycle cop, and another cop running radar while hiding behind a highway truck. 

We arrive 15 minutes late for the 11am appointment : (

Klaus had Heide mount her 1100.  He takes a quick look and says here adjustable comb is to far to her left.  He removes the comb and finds the part the comb sits on has shifted. Above my pay grade, but he popped it out, did a bit of chiseling and mixed up some type of glue solution and popped it back in.  He moved her comb as far to her right as it would go.  He then worked on the stripped screws on the 1100.  The gun was purchased used in 1972, so not surprising parts start to wear.

After completing the work on the 1100, he turned to the O/U.  She had never had this gun fitted, but it does have an adjustable comb and the length of pull is identical to her 1100.  Once again, the comb was set to far to her left.   He moved the comb as far as it would go to her right and said she should be good to go.

We took both guns to the pattering board in Klaus's back yard and she shot several shells out of each gun.  Both guns felt comfortable and no bruised cheek bone.

We're doing practice on Thursday with fingers crossed!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Quebec Cup Trap Shoot

Crossed the border and attended a trap shoot at Club Valleyfield in Quebec.

A little hang up at the border as they were processing a tour bus.  A small crossing with limited manpower. When I arrived they were doing a mass processing of identification via computer.  I was maybe delayed 10 minutes, not to bad.  Thankfully I had arrived when they were almost done. Not that long of a delay compared to wait times at major crossings. When I was finally processed the serial numbers on my shotguns were checked.

When I arrived at the club, doubles was underway.

Doubles, singles, and handicap were shot, in that order.

For singles and handicap we used three fields; 25, 25 and 50.  Worked well and things moved along.


Warm, just over 80 degrees, but the humidity didn't seem that bad.

A little hiccup with a factory Rio shell.  I'm not the greatest shot in the world and need everything to go my way to hit a decent score and at that particular moment I didn't need this.  Going straight, 25th target and my shell wouldn't fit in the chamber of my 1100. 



A little bent and a bulge.  I've seen that in other shells to include STS, but the first for a Rio. Yes, I broke the 25th target!

As always for shoots held at Valleyfield, a well run shoot.

SHOOT VIDEO AND PHOTOS

I'm still messing around with slow motion video.  Let me know if you think it detracts from the video.  Always open to constructive criticism.

The Valleyfield club has two fun shoots scheduled in August. 

The first shoot consist of 50 target events; skeet, trap and 5-stand.  Shoot one, two or all three.

The second shoot is a Hunters fun shoot.  The fields are populated with decoys.  You shoot out of blinds and in past years, a boat.  A flurry of targets is released at each blind (station).  You can expect to see many hunters in attendance.  For many, the only clay targets they shoot each year!

Crossing the border on the way home.  Been shooting today?  Yep!  Have a nice day....

Going to see Klaus Hiptmayer this week.  Klaus is a well know Quebec gun smith, stock maker, and engraver.  Klaus migrated to Canada many years ago, learned his trade at a young age in Europe. The wife has two guns that need adjustment, plus a few stripped screws need work.  I gave him a call today and he was able to fit us in this week.  A bit of a drive, but well worth it!


Monday, July 07, 2014

Odds & Ends UPDATE

I mentioned in my last posting that I was involved in a vehicle accident.  I wasn't at fault, no injuries.

The owner stated he was insured for $5,000,000 and went off on me while I was calling the police. He was really upset that I was calling the police.  Kept telling me that I didn't have to do that and I was called some swear words that I had not heard in the past few years.  I gather he was trying to intimidate, trying get me to just do a "friendly" exchange of information without police involvement!

Today, I'm contacted by my insurance company and they state the other vehicle owner had lapsed insurance.  His insurance company would not be honoring the claim.

Thankfully, I have collision and can have the vehicle repaired on my insurance companies dime.  There lawyers will be taking the other party to court to recover there cost.  They will also be suing to recover my deductible.

If I only had liability insurance and not collision I would have been left holding the bag, the one to take the other party to court to recover my expenses.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Odds & Ends (Jul 2014)

Open carry.

When was the last time you walked into a retail store with your hunting rifle slung over your shoulder or visited a public building with a 30-06?

Some on the "right to open carry" crowd is doing so to make a point, but in my way of thinking sending the wrong message, and in some instances shooting themselves in the foot and doing harm to the cause.

Enough said!

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Golden Goose slowly being cooked?

More and more I'm hearing from various sporting clays shooters who are passing on certain shoots because of cost per target.  Some shoots have gone past a dollar a target!

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Cost of practice shooting.

If you live in a region with an abundance of member run clubs be thankful.

They strive and strive to keep the cost of shooting low, sometimes to there own determent, as some are operating on a shoe string.  And, for those who fight the local member run club tooth and nail to stop any price increases, time for you to attend a few meetings to see the monies it takes to run a club 12 months a year.

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Speaking of member run clubs.

A thing of the past (or a decrease in days of operation) unless they younger crowd starts lending a hand and get involved running the club. A number of  league and registered shoots may not be seen in the next few years, as less and less willing to run them and the guys (and gals) running them now are well past retirement age.

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Powder shortage.

You have to feel for the small gauge shooters.  Powder for 28 and .410 is hard to come by and never a deal when it comes to purchasing factory ammunition.

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Shotgun ammunition.

The days of $30 - $45 per case are long gone, but so is chicken for $.69 cents a pound and gas for $2 a gallon. I saw gas in the Montreal area for the equivalent of $6 a gallon a few weeks back, but it has eased some.

Walmart just had value packs on sale and after doing the math price per case is $50.  

I've been buying the cheaper brand shells for anywhere from $56 to $61 a case.

Shooting is and always will be an expensive HOBBY and it's not going to get cheaper!

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NSCA / NSSA Newsletter.

What an informative email.  Always enjoy reading.  They do send more then a few each month, but I never consider them SPAM.

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Ontario Youth Trapshooting

I ran into a very nice lady at the Canadian who was involved with the Ontario Trapshooting Association and youth shooting. Seems they have a number of youth involved and the hope is to expend the number of youth shooting trap.  I wish them well!

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Wind mills.

Not to far in the distant past if a cell phone tower was put up in some regions it had to be disguised as a tree.  A badly disguised looking tree, but never the less, it had to look like a tree.

Now, 300 foot high wind power generating towers are being erected and not a peep from the same crowd who protested cell towers.

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Killing birds.

One bird is found dead near a gun range and environmentalist have a fit.

Reports of bird kills involving power generating Wind Mills and Solar Power arrays and not a word from the left.

The government actually allows for X number of eagle Wind Mill kills. The owning company just has to put in for a permit  I've read reports where 100's if not 1000's of birds are killed yearly flying over the large solar arrays seen in the southwest. There wings get singed if they fly to close.  Again, not a word of protest.

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Not in my backyard.

The same people who want Wind Mills and Solar Power arrays built want none in there backyard, nor do they want the needed transmissions lines built to move the power generated. 

Almost as bad as the people who protest moving oil/gas by pipeline, even if safer then moving by rail or highway. And, yes, we also have an anti-rail crowd who I guess just want people to go back to burning wood, or not.

I think if today the interstate highway system was proposed it would never be built!

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Break pads.

The last two times I had my vehicle in for work (dealer) I was told my front break pads were in the Yellow zone.  Even received a checklist showing said pads marked in Yellow.

Today, I took the vehicle to Monro Muffler and told them to replace the front break pads.  I also told him I heard one of the front breaks squeaking from time to time. 
While waiting I walked over to the mall and shortly after received a text message.  Nothing wrong with your break pads, vehicle ready for pickup.
As for the squeaking when I hit the breaks, he stated it could have been from a humidity buildup.  He said he used air to clean in the area of the pads. 

No charge, have a nice day! 

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No fault insurance.

My vehicle was hit last week when I was returning from a shoot.  The lady who hit me stated it was her fault.  She was pulling out and didn't see me. 
Her husband who was on foot (we were at a road side stand and I was departing) came over and he told me he was insured for $5,000,000 and not to worry. 
In any case, I took a few photos and told him I was calling the police, as I figured I had several thousand dollars in damage.  At that time he started calling me every name in the book, including a few I hadn't heard in some time, all because I was calling the police. 
In the old days, this would of been a confrontation, but I guess you get mellow as you age and I just walked away and let him vent. 
By the way, he should really watch who gets in confrontations with, as he can never know if the other guy has access to a firearm and might be willing to use it, or not!

Long story short, the police arrive and the women tells him it was her fault.  The husband tries to butt in and tells the cop it was my fault.  The police look at my car and the other, and the damage to both. The women was found to be at fault.

Anyway, talking to my insurance agent, if my fault I have to eat my deductible (as well as insurance increase), if the other guys fault, they gets the raised premium and also they pay my full cost, deductible or not. 

I hope I can get a decent car rental!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Comment period, ATF Form 6NIA (Visitors with Firearms Entering the USA)

ATF Form 6NIA

This is the form used by visitors to the USA who target shoot and or hunt and wish to temporarily import firearms and ammunition.  Without getting into to much detail, they cannot sell the firearm and they must depart with the firearm and ammunition every time they leave the USA.

The form has been out of date for the past few years, as it does not address the changes to the law in regard to non-VISA Nonimmigrants Aliens, which would include the vast majority of Canadians that shoot in the USA each year. 
The present form list requirements that are higher then U.S. federal law requires.  Hunting license and/or shoot invitation are not required under present law for non-VISA holders and this is not reflected in the current ATF Form 6NIA.

A comment period was issued for proposed changes/input by the government two months ago.

However, a decision on changes to the temporary import form used to bring firearms/ammunition in the USA has been put off until after July 23, 2014, as the comment period was extended for 30 days.

This what I THINK we will see at some point and is one of the written proposals posted by the governing agency:

Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who
are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated,
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of
responses.

What that means in english?  We can only guess, but it looks like you will be able to fill out the form on-line and receive it back via the internet!   Unlike the PDF that you may either mail, Fax or email, the on-line version will go directly to the ATF when you click send.  At some point you will receive an approved form by email attachment or be notified to access an account and download.

I will also PRESUME that current law will be reflected in a newly issued form.

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As this is a request for comments, this is what I submitted to ATF as a suggested change.

1.  Do away with the one year renewal requirement for ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D) for non-VISA visitors.  A new application submitted only when document information changes.  Presently, renewals are required each year.

OR

2.  Do away with ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D) for non-VISA visitors and allow for non-VISA visitors to document firearms and ammunition on U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 4457. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is already verifying firearm/ammunition information upon each entry (to include immigration status) and thus having the non-VISA visitor fill out a Form 4457 on initial entry will be cost effective, as the ATF From 6NIA will not need to be processed for non-visa visitors.

May I add, U.S. citizens routinely fill out Form 4457 to document high value merchandise, as well as firearms, thus not adding to U.S. Customs and Border Protection workload.

I think they already know what they want to do, and the comment period is just a formality, but!

In any case sometime by the new year the shooting community will be seeing a new ATF Form 6NIA.  We can only hope for the best!

59th Canadian Trap Shooting Championships

Club de tir l'Acadie * Montréal Anglers and Hunters (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec)

59th Canadian Trapshooting Championships

 
I shot on Friday and Saturday and ran around with cameras on Sunday.  I had a very good time and met a lot of nice people who I had not had the pleasure of meeting prior to the shoot.
 
The club had a large commercial type tent put up to give room enough to handle shoot registrations and posting of scores.  I had pre-squadded and processing through the line went without a hitch.

My squads started on time and except for a machine problem on Friday, no issues with targets or voice release.  The machine that gave us a problem was replaced.  No delay for the squad, as they moved us to the next field.  The squad on that field had finished early and we only had one round to shoot, so we got to finish up without delay and the next squad only saw a delay of a few minutes.

I had not been shooting trap well for sometime and could not figure out the reason.  I would hit ten in a row and then miss 4 out of 5.  Bad enough I flinch every now and then, but just missing for no obvious reason starts to play on the mind . 
I was messing around Saturday mounting my gun between rounds and during the last 50 I grabbed a hex wrench and added length to my stock, as I figured out I was not getting a consisted mount with the length I was using, sometimes moving my head back after I mounted the gun. Shot a 24 in the last round.  I guess as you get older it takes longer to figure out such things  :  )

Very hot (90 degrees / 30 centigrade).  One of those weeks where a slight breeze or wind is appreciated.   Saying that, depending on the field, doubles targets were challenging for some. Wind and doubles is like mixing oil and water!

The club had two dining areas set up.  The day-to-day one in the club house and a temporary one near where the bunker traps are located.  At the end of the line near where the club had designated  practice traps.

The club had plenty of help on hand and overall the kids working the shoot did an excellent job (as well as the adults).  A couple of hiccups here and there on the line, but resolved quickly.

The Canadian results are NOT posted. The software used for the shoot was not up to the task at hand and there was issues.

Don't know officially (don't want to go there) what the software issues were, but I did see old fashioned figuring out shoot-offs on paper for Sunday being done.  Just before I left I was promised results from someone that can be trusted, so just a matter of time.

When I receive them or become aware of a link to same I will send out a notice to those on my Google Groups mailing list (and put up a blog posting) so you don't have to keep checking the video/photo webpage.

The club had issues with local ordinances in regard to when shooting must stop each day.  There was talk of the club being fined for shooting past the allocated times.  I did see  police at the club Sunday at 5pm. A fine of $3,500 (or more depending on how calculated) was quoted by some. 

Three videos posted (singles, doubles, handicap), plus photos.

Photos & Video:
http://www.losttarget.com/s/2014/2014TrapCanadian/

My favorite video is the singles event if your only going to view one!

I've been playing around with slow motion for the past few shoots and I hope I didn't go overboard, but thought the slow motion shots in the video looked pretty neat!

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UPDATE

All scores posted.

http://www.losttarget.com/s/2014/resultatsCompetition1.pdf


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

North Country Sporting Clays Classic @ 1000 Islands

An early start to the day, as a three hour drive to the 1000 Islands Sportsmen's Club. The club is located in Redwood, New York near the Canada border.  We arrived a little after 9am and shooters were already on the course.

A six person squad as we squadded with three shooters from Canada.


The temperature was in the low 70's.  A slight breeze.  Thanks to the breeze, bug spray was not needed.  A bit muddy in spots and sneakers were not the best choice of footwear.

A wide verity of target presentations.  A few stations in open areas, but stations were mostly located in wooded areas.

More then enough help seemed to be on hand.

Shoot VIDEO & PHOTOS

On the return we stopped to purchase strawberries from a road side stand.  Turns out the berries were grown by the Amish.  A large number of Amish can be found in this part of the state.  Don't know there farming practices, but the berries tasted great!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 14 @ the Vermont State Trap Shoot

Montpelier Gun Club, Berlin, Vermont.
 

Yep, that's a shot curtain in the background.  Protects a small river.  The only downside to the shot curtain is it doesn't' run the entire length of the club.  The curtain makes for a consistent background and targets pop, and for me anyway, easy to pick up.


The view to the right of the shot curtain!

Rained hard in the days leading up to the shoot.  I shot on Saturday, no rain, but overcast for most of the day, the sun did finally came out. A slight wind picking up in the PM.

As I previously posted, powder was not available, but other reloading components were available, as well as ammunition.

I got the impression that attendance was down a bit, but a well attended shoot. Small club atmosphere (that's good).

Singles consisted of 200 targets.  100 in the AM and 100 in the PM.  50 targets per field.

We had smooth sailing in the AM and PM.  A fast moving squad, but not over doing it.  No problems with voice release or targets.  Squads moved smoothly and no waiting for the second field to become available.

Shoot Photos & Video

For those following my various posting about my 1100.  Not one failure to feed or failure to fire.  I didn't clean the gun between 100's. I attended a sporting clays shoot the week previously and no problems to report from that shoot either.  The gun is presently torn down, covered in BreakFree.  I usually let it sit for 24 hours before wiping down the parts and putting it back together.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

No powder at the Vermont State Trap shoot

A friend asked me to see if PB powder could be had at the Vermont State Championship Trapshoot as he knew I would be shooting on Saturday.

No powder of any sorts to be had.  Primers, lead, and wads a plenty, but no powder.

Didn't look closely at what shotgun ammunition was for sale, but saw stacks of it.  I picked up several cases of Fiocchi shells.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Is your firearm secure (away from home)?

Articles or postings that I've come across in my internet travels.

- Shotgun stolen off the gun rack at the club.

- Rifle discovered stolen after going down range to change targets.

- Gun and/or gear stolen out of the back of an open vehicle at the club.  I lost several boxes of ammunition at a shoot last year.  Non-registered shooters were also shooting at the club : (

- Guns stolen out of unlocked vehicles (recurring throughout the nation).

- Vehicles with gun/hunting decals targeted

- Guns stolen from unlocked vehicle when going to and from the motel room when checking in.

- Vehicles broken into at motels, everything stolen, including firearms not brought into the room.

One story that I keep coming across but could never verify was vehicles being marked at shoots (with a small sticker) and then broken into when shooters were visiting local restaurants.

Not gun related, but a GPS is easy money for someone looking for money for there next fix. Hide the GPS, as well as the mounting device when not in use.

If you have firearm insurance, will it cover all the above scenarios?  Your homeowners policy may not even cover a loss at home, let alone when traveling!