Monday, August 28, 2017

Tournoi Annuelle Five Men Team @ Huntingdon

Club de Tir Huntingdon (Sainte-Barbe, Québec)



50 targets.

Squad leaders selected by random draw.  Then squad leaders select team members by random draw.

The shoot had ten squads.

Pat traps and voice release.

The shoot moved along and we departed at a decent time.

Video.
Best viewed full screen.

I've shot at the club several times in the last few years and I think the best weather they ever had.

Hats off to the ladies working the shoot, as well as other volunteers.

And, whoever made the hamburgers....  They put McDonalds to shame.  I sware my burger was at least a 1/2 pounder.

I lost a bit of video.  Trying out a different camera and still in the learning stage.  Just happened it was a couple of shots I would have really liked to have used.

A tie for first. A shoot out for 1st and 2nd took place.

In Quebec, so French is the language.  The club recognized the Lost Target.  They had kind words (in French) to say, as well as a presentation.

The top three winning team members each received a medal and plenty of door prices to go around.


The club is waiting on delivery of a Wobble Trap and just waiting word on installation so I can try it out.



Les Sauvaginiers Fun Shoot @ Valleyfield

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


Load three if your gun will hold them.....

Two person team shooting....

Thanks to the club my wife and I were invited to take part.  A shoot that is hard to get tickets for, as usually sold out well in advance.

I didn't spend much time with it in regard to video but they had a side even that consisted of a trap house target and a target from a skeet house.  Shooting from the 16-yard line.  Looked interesting, but I passed.

In the past year the club installed a Wobble Trap and incorporated it into the event.

My wife enjoyed the target presentations offered.  She practiced a bit shooting skeet in the sitting position on Thursday to get her comfortable shooting in that position, but nothing like the real thing.

Video from the shoot.

Best viewed full screen.

Safety was paramount and each team had an individual assigned, not only given guidance but assuring safety. 

SHOOT PHOTOS


Crossing into Quebec on Sunday not a pleasant experience


We were on the way to a fun trap shoot at Club Huntingdon.

To start off we had to wait in excess of four minutes before the booth was manned. The booth is connected to the main building and a vehicle had just processed, but the officer disappeared and we were forced to wait. There was no line of vehicles, we were the only vehicle waiting to process.

Right off the bat I sensed an attitude problem when the she (the officer) finally made an appearance. She was given off bad vibes and the body language was something else. I sensed this wasn’t going to be a pleasant experience.

It went downhill rapidly when after looking at my Canadian Firearm License she asked where my firearm registration paperwork was?  Telling her it was not required, as I had a license was not what she wanted to hear and the conversation went rapidly downhill.

She said she never seen an America with a Canadian firearms license and where did I get it?

Explained I attended a class in Quebec and the Canadian government issued me the license

It got to the point where she demanded I show her my vehicle registration. I guess she thought I stole the license and my identification. She was trying to prove I wasn’t who I said I was?

She was clearly frustrated that I would not back down on not needing to have my firearms registered or that my firearms license was legal. 

If I didn’t have a Canadian Firearms License (good for five years) then I’d have to pay a $25 fee and register the firearms. The approved document is good for 60 days. Not needed in my case (and the reason I obtained a firearms license).  On the government website that provides guidance, they recommend you acquire a Canadian Firearms License if you’re going to be a frequent visitor.  I'm on my third or forth license.

In the past at the border when there was doubt the person would ask me to pull over while they either looked up the law in question or called a supervisor.  Not in this case. This back and forth conversation went on for more than a few minutes. She was clearly frustrated.

Eventually she said wait, closed the window, and departed into the interior of the building.

She came back shortly, handed me back my documents and said I could leave. Didn’t say anything other than that.

By the way, we used the same crossing on Saturday to attend a shoot at Valleyfield without issue.  The officer I dealt with on Saturday was working, as I caught a glimpse of her as I was pulling up to the booth and I suspect that is who she consulted.  That officer had a question last year when I was crossing on another firearm issue, but right off the bat asked if I would pull over as she needed to call a supervisor.  The situation was resolved in my favor. I have crossed a number of times at the same crossing after that without issue.

I do have the name and phone number of the Chief of Operation, West Sector, Monteregie Border District, Operations Branch, as we had a discussion on border issues in years past.  He encouraged me to contact him if I or other Americans had issues at the border in regard to firearms.  I hesitate to call, but if future issues with the same person……

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Odds & Ends (Clay Target Shooting) Aug 2017

Remington 1100 Extractor.

The extractor broke on the wife's Remington 1100.  

I carry an extra bolt assembly (extractor and firing pin installed) in my shoot bag.  Remove the bolt with the broken extractor (or firing pin) and replace.

When I returned home I was able to remove the broken extractor with little effort.  Sometimes not so lucky and if you get an odd break it can take some time to remove. 

$20 for a new extractor.

Years back I carried a spare extractor and firing pin, but not installed in a spare bolt.  Not going to work (times wise) if your in the middle of a shoot.  Best to spend the $$$ and have a spare ready to go.

Last broken part on the 1100 was in February.  A broken Feed Latch (the tip).

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Loose Chokes.

It was recommended on a talk board to always tighten with a choke wrench and use choke lube not only on the threads, but on the whole body that fits into the barrel.

I had been using a choke wrench, but not covering the complete body with lube.

The skeet choke on the 1100 is always coming lose, so we'll give to a test in the next week or two.

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Beretta A400

I increased the Balance Cap weight from 3.9oz to 6.3oz.

I felt the weight gain the first time out, but eventually got use to it.  I keep the old weight handy in case I ever have someone else shoot the gun.

Seems to give me a smoother swing when shooting sporting.

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Locking the gun into your shoulder.

Been having a terrible time shooting trap.  The worse year I've ever experienced.  Almost embarrassing at times and I don't embarrass easily.  Having a hard time controlling the gun.  I can shoot 10 straight and then miss 3 out of the next 4.

A light bulb went on when I found myself losing control of the gun when going after a target during practice last week. Actually, almost losing sight of the target when going after it on a hard left.  I started to make sure my elbow was locked at 90 degrees instead of having my elbow down.  Seemed to have better control of the firearm and seeing the target throughout its flight.

Had to change something.  Will see how it goes.

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Hydration

I'm officially at the age where if I don't keep hydrated it will come back to bite me.  In past years not  an issue and just something I never even thought about.  Back in the old days as a skeet ref, I'd do back to back squads standing in the hot sun and never a problem.

Was in a middle of a round of trap on a hot and humid day.  I suddenly got weak and not feeing so hot.  Took great effort to lift the gun, let alone swing it.  Went back to the vehicle and turned on the air conditioner and hydrated.

Had only been taking a sip or two of water and it caught up with me.

Took two incidents to figure out I'm at that age and I better force the liquids down when I'm at a shoot, or one of these days I was going to fall down and maybe even die of heat stroke.

When I read a shoot flyer for trap and says bring two boxes to the line for quick turnaround, the squad will have to wait when I attend until I get some liquids into me between boxes.

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Oshawa

When I was at Oshawa I was given a club shirt (with logo).  Thanks.......



Monday, August 07, 2017

Vermont Sporting Clays Championship @ NEK

Northeast Kingdom Skeet & Sporting Clays Club (Burke, Vermont)

A cool start to the day, but better then the rain seen on Saturday.

Not a flat course as seen in Florida or a course with a few dips and such.  I hiked up the side of a mountain to get to my start station, #12.  A few times during the day walking from station to station I found myself huffing and puffing. One heck of a hike.  Not to bad but I had to pace myself.  If you have medical issues, hitch a ride.

Station #15.  Trail leads to station #14.

On a six man squad.  The #12 B squad had three shooters.  A popular shoot and getting more popular each year.

An IC course.  15 Stations.  Had no issues with target presentations.  Battery went dead on one machine.  An unused machine was near the station and shooters borrowed the battery. Up and running in no time.  A slight backup here and there, but nothing unusual.

Some rookie refs but never had an issue.

Best Viewed Full Screen

The footage at the start of the video was shot near stations 14/13 (looking down at the club).

Berries in season and a few shooters were walking off the trail to pick a handful or two. I told them a couple of years back we saw a bear on that part of the course.  That ended trips into the woods.

A number of stations had containers of tootsie rolls and tootsie roll pops.

Lunch was included in the price of the shoot.

SHOOT PHOTOS

A look back.

Some of my earliest photos (August 2004) of the Vermont State Shoot.  The year prior I started doing shoot photos using a new camera technology, the digital camera.  Photos only at 640, but in those days almost everyone on dial up and posting anything larger and you could go out to lunch and when you returned the photos would still be loading.

Vermont Sporting Clays Championships - August 29, 2004

Who are those young people?

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Régionale 6 Trap Shoot @ Huntingdon

Club de Tir Huntingdon (Sainte-Barbe, Québec)

Half way to the shoot I almost turned around, it was raining so hard.  When I arrived at the border I could see it clearing to the west.

At the club the sun was shinning, but a few clouds.

The first squad out had calm winds at the start, but soon the winds began.

Best Viewed at Full Screen

I've had problems this year with my trap shooting and the winds didn't help.  One target I didn't shoot (failure to fire) went hard left, with a sharp raise to the havens, hopped, and then curved right.  Hat's off to those who can shoot in that kind of wind.

Small turn out, but a good time.

No issues with speakers or machines (Pat Trap).

Had an excellent hamburger for lunch (thanks lady's for volunteering).

Clubhouse has a new roof and a wobble trap is on order.  They expect the trap to be installed in the next few weeks.

A wobble trap not only goes left right, right left..... It also goes up and down.  One target will just raise above the level of the trap house roof and the next, a hard right and heading to the heavens.  Your putting yourself at a disadvantage if you hold high off the roof.   Usually wider angles then in ATA trap (at least three hole).  You can throw a target the same speed as the ATA or crank it up and shoot at International Speeds (more distance - 70 meters).  The use of International Targets allows you to really crank it up as they are made for increased speed off the arm.  A fun game with many modifications on how it's shot, but at the end of the day the idea is to have fun no matter what format being used.

SHOOT PHOTOS

No issues crossing the border, going and returning.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

19th Canadian Open Sporting Clays Championship @ Oshawa

Oshawa Skeet and Gun Club (Oshawa, Ontario).

The club is maybe 30 minutes from the 401.

Windy around the clubhouse (at the top of a hill) but the main course (down the hill), at many stations no wind to speak of.....

A nice turnout.

A practice field setup, as well as Make the Break.  A very nice kitchen.  I think the lady working the grill has been at the club forever.

Best viewed at Full Screen (Sunday)

A fair course and nothing set to beat up shooters.

I ran into shooters that I saw at Club L'Acadie at a previous shoot who I thought were from the Montreal area, but turned out they lived near Quebec city.  One heck of a drive....

Short Video

A shooter came up to me and it turned out I meant his son and wife the previous day at the Ontario Provincial Trap Shoot (The Hamilton Gun Club).  

The Gun Dealer was at the club.  What an impressive set up in regard to firearms for sale and other shooting supplies (and gun repair).  If you ever hear they will be at a shoot, they alone make it worth the trip.

Many years in the past I use to be able to stand on the skeet fields and see the buildings of Toronto in the distance and looking to the north the road that lead to the local casino (The casino has an excellent buffet).  No longer do you have the view, as the trees have grown taller.  Looking to the south you can still see Lake Ontario, but not like in the past.


Compared to my initial drive to the Ontario Provincial Trap Shoot where I had to drive through Toronto (club is on the west side of Toronto), my drive home was 6 hours (heading east), but not the traffic I'd seen the previous two days and relatively stress free.  

Coming and going, no traffic at the border crossings and no issues in regard to firearms and ammunition, as my paperwork has long been in order.  No secondary inspections experienced.  


98th Ontario Provincial Trapshooting Championship @ Hamilton

I attended the 98th Ontario Provincial Trapshooting Championship hosted by The Hamilton Gun Club (Stoney Creek, Ontario).

Over a seven hour drive according to the GPS, but stopped in Oshawa (east side of Toronto) and called it a day, Thursday (Jul 20th). 


Resumed my trip on Friday AM with the GPS showing 1hr 25mins to the club.  Not even close thanks to 401 traffic.  Took an extra 40 minutes.  Toronto has a toll road that bypasses the 401 and cost $$$.  I think something I will use in future travels.

I used PreSquad.com and was already squadded for Friday and Saturday.  Registration was a straight foreword process.

I'm told a thunder storm hit the club Thursday PM and they had to suspend shooting for a time.

Except for a brief sprinkle on Saturday, not a drop of rain.

Friday saw doubles, handicap, and singles (in that order).

Saturday was 200 singles.

Best to view Full Screen (Saturday)

As the usual, had friendly and good mannered squad mates on both Friday and Saturday.  I didn't get her name, but had a 13 year old young lady on my Saturday squad.  Be happy to see her join any future squads on I'm.

We used 12 fields for the shoot.  Squads shot 50 per field, except doubles shot all on one field.

One speaker problem that I'm aware, but other then that didn't see any speaker or machine issues.  One thing I didn't like was shoot management not having a billboard display showing what squads were on deck.  A couple of fields had individual signs, but others not.  Usually I see a master board showing what squads are on deck.  If they had one I never saw it.

Saturday PM saw the winds pick up and raising targets (wind blowing in your face).  Also, that is when we experienced the brief sprinkle.  Squad leader asked to have the targets lowered, but  it seemed the wind just picked up a bit more.  Wind didn't seem to bother the seasoned shooters. By no means a gale force wind, but just enough of a wind to have targets at times shooting to the havens.


The Friday video runs long, but I didn't want to leave anyone out.

My motel was 12 minutes from the club.  Rooms seem more expensive to what I expect to pay for the same type of motel in the states.

When I finished shooting on Saturday I headed back to Oshawa, as I planned on a trip to the Oshawa Skeet and Trap club that just happened to be hosting the Canadian Open Sporting Clays Championships.  Still traffic on the 401 but not as bad as on Friday AM.