Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Odds and Ends - October 2020

I filmed the 5-Stand shoot at North Country Sportsmen's Club in Vermont.  12 and 20 gauge events.

VIDEO as well as results.

I got the impression it was a well run shoot. Heard some good comments about target presentation.  The club lucked out in regard to rain and turned out to be a nice day for this time of the year.

I didn't shoot but did pull three 20 gauge squads.  I made a few mistakes, but didn't piss off to many people.  I did get better.  It did wear me out... Don't tell my doctor : )


Next day my wife ask where's my shooting cart?  Opps... Left it at the club. I was using the cart to transport camera gear. Picked it up on Wednesday.  The club had it stored in a locked building.  

Back in the day when I helped out at the local club I had a couple of phone calls asking if I was missing anything.  Yep... my gun still in the gun rack at the club : (


Canadian boarder closed until November 21.  Looks like I won't be shooting in Canada until the spring of 2021.  I'd really like to get back into ATA trap shooting but until the boarder opens no where close for me to get targets in.


I don't expect to be posting anything in regard to my shooting or club visits until February 2021.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Odds and Ends - Sept 2020

Wife has been shooting an A300 Sporting for the last nine months or so. Just in the last several weeks she has shot trap with it.

The main concern was the lack of a conventional shell catcher. Yes, there is a wire shell catcher available that you glue on, but hoping not to go that route.
The deal was she was always going to shoot to the left of me, so If a problem it would only be my problem.
Turns out nothing to worry about (hitting the next shooter over with spent hulls).
Two different types of hulls. No hulls flying and hitting the next speaker over, nor hitting the shooter or hitting the concrete pad.


Federal Top Gun shotgun shells. Wife going straight and missing the 25th shell. Maybe she dropped one on the grass.... Go back to the vehicle and open up another box and it only has 24 shells. A brand new, never opened case of shells....


Canadian/USA border not to open until late November. I suspect not until spring of 2020.


Canadian shooter (and great fisherman) Andre Garneau passed away. I lost saw Andre fishing off a pier in St Augustine, Florida near the light house. We talked of getting together to shoot sporting clays, but unfortunately several days later the virus became serious and all Canadians returned to Canada. He will be missed!


On a personal note. As a result of the immunotherapy treatment I was receiving for cancer, a side affect left me with something like rheumatoid arthritis, but isn't. Sore joints and muscles. Hard to lift out of a chair. Could only lift a shotgun for just a short period of time. No strength in my hands to speak of.
Finally, been on a medicine for three weeks that seems to be working. Today was the first time I went shooting without being in pain.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

‘Speak Truth’ ad supporting police

“Speak Truth,” the 2-minute ad focuses on how difficult it is for police officers to keep the peace in an imperfect world, and that how too often their heroic acts that save lives go unnoticed and unappreciated.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

College Shooting Sports Teams

I often see postings asking about colleges that support the shooting sports.  
See the schools at the below link.

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Defund the Police (really)

So when did the nuts take over the nut house ...

"Demilitarize Communities" = Ban Guns.

"Free People from Prisons and Jails".  Use your imagination! 

I gather "repealing laws criminalizing survival" means you can "shop lift" at Walmart and Target at will.

Friday, June 05, 2020

Vermont allows for some out of state travel non-resident (Jun 8)


In addition to changes in dining regulations, Vermont is taking its first step toward reopening out-of-state travel.

State residents and residents of neighboring states will be allowed to participate in some recreational travel across state borders without observing a 14-day quarantine beginning on Monday. The changes will only apply to counties with less than 400 confirmed COVID-19 cases per 1 million residents.

At the time of the announcement, that includes the North Country of New York and all but three counties in New Hampshire ⁠— Rockingham, Merrimack and Hillsborough. 

This is a survey to enroll you in Sara Alert.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Roue du Roy: Precautionary policies to ensure a safe environment

I thought shooters would be interested in what one club in Quebec is doing in regard to ensuring safe distancing and other aspects of re-opening after being closed by the government because of the virus.


We have instituted several precautionary policies to ensure a safe environment for our staff and guests.
Please read the full list of protocols which we will adhere to strictly:

* While at one of our Club, all customers and employees will need to maintain a social distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between them and anyone that is not a member of their household. Please note that this includes in the parking lot, the clubhouse, and clay target courses.

* Groups for clay shooting will be limited to five (5) people and do not encroach on other groups.

* Customers will not be permitted to use the clubhouse for seating or lounging.

* Customers will not be permitted to bring guns, gun cases, shooting bags, or any other gear into the clubhouse. After you have paid, you may return to your vehicle to pick up any gear that you need for the range.

* The clubhouse will be limited to no more than five (5) customers at any one given time.

* We will have ammunition, eye and ear protection.

* We will be accepting only credit or debit cards until further notice. Weaccept Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

* Shotgun rentals will be suspended until further notice. We will also not be providing clipboards or pencils for keeping score.

* Golf cart usage is permitted and all golf carts will be disinfected after each use by staff.

* We have installed plexiglass shields, or “sneeze guards,” at the cashier counter.

* We will disinfect shooting benches and stations on a regular basis throughout the day.

* We ask that you bring your own gloves, disinfectant, and whatever else you deem necessary to protect you, your family, and your guests. You are participating in an outdoor activity at your own risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

* If you see problems or areas for improvement, do not hesitate to let us know.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Quebec clubs re-opening

As of today both Club L'Acadie and La Roue du Roy have announced they have been given permission to resume clay target shooting.

We are pleased to announce that we have finally obtained permission to open the Club for outdoor activities! We will reopen on our regular schedule FOR CLAY TARGET SHOOTING ONLY (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9h00 to 17h00) starting this Saturday at 9:00 am.

La Roue
We are pleased to announce that we have finally obtained permission to open the Club! We will reopen on our regular schedule (Wednesday to Sunday from 9h00 to 17h00) starting this Saturday at 9:00 am.

Check with Quebec clubs to obtain operational status before you travel!

Montreal and Valleyfield have also re-opened.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

12 Gauge Shotguns may be Prohibited - Canada

Modern 12 gauge choked shotguns may be prohibited.



SOR 2020-96 20mm Bore Restictions



A review of the prohibition list by the CSAAA, led by law firm Edward Burlew, suggested it could include 10-gauge and 12-gauge shotguns equipped with removable chokes, based on new regulations that ban any gun bore that is 20mm or wider. Removable chokes are accessories added to the end of the barrel that widen or narrow a shotgun’s spread.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Canada - Prohibited Firearms - May 1, 2020

Firearms deemed prohibited (illegal) as of May 1, 2020

Complete Listing.....

Regulations Amending the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited, Restricted or Non-Restricted: SOR/2020-96

The Regulations prohibit approximately 1 500 models of assault-style firearms, including current and future variants. The Regulations also prescribe the upper receivers of M16, AR-10, AR-15 and M4 pattern firearms to be prohibited devices.
The Regulations address gun violence and the threat to public safety by assault-style firearms. The Government of Canada recognizes that their inherent deadliness makes them unsuitable for civilian use and a serious threat to public safety given the degree to which they can increase the severity of mass shootings.
The Order Declaring an Amnesty Period (2020) (the Amnesty Order) accompanies the Regulations to protect individuals, who were in lawful possession of one or more of the newly prohibited firearms or prohibited devices on the day the Regulations came into force, from criminal liability for unlawful possession for the purpose of allowing individuals to come into compliance with the law.
During the amnesty period, the Government intends to implement a buy-back program to compensate affected owners for the value of their firearms after they are delivered to a police officer; however, until a buy-back program is offered, affected owners will not be eligible for compensation. An option to participate in a grandfathering regime would also be made available for affected owners. Further public communications on the buy-back program and the grandfathering regime will follow later.
The Regulations and the Amnesty Order come into force on the day they are made. The Amnesty Order expires on April 30, 2022.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Virus and shooting at the club

At some point the regional clay target ranges in my area will be available (opened). If your 60 and younger, with no health issues I'm sure your ready to go and not too worried of getting sick, as you'll most likely will be able to shake off the virus (hopefully).
Me.  Older guy (70) and health issues.  Hard enough to stay safe in my travels, but I manage.  So far have been able to keep my safe distance from others, but what about at the range?
Just from comments on various gun talk boards I know there is going to be issues with some, as they refuse reality and burying there heads in the sand.
At present the correct thing to do is to wear a face mask so you don't unknowingly infect someone (could be several days before someone shows symptoms). 
How do you handle someone at the range who refuses to wear a mask and wants to shoot on your squad (practice or registered)? 
Easy for me.  Won't be shooting on my squad, as has the potential to kill me. Target release sanitation.  Voice release in trap at all the regional clubs. So no issue.  Carry around a box of sandwich bags for bagging the devices when shooting practice sporting.  I could spray them but you have to wait until it's dry to be effective.  In lieu of that I will use hand sanitizer after handling.
Hand Sanitizer.  A must in the shoot bag.  Plastic bags or not, will be using in sporting after leaving each station if handling the release.  Being overly cautious in its use.
What about the trap boy (girl) when provided.  Club going to make them wear a mask?
I'll have to stay out of the club house accept for payment and using the restroom. as safe distance I imagine it will not be enforced and will also have those who refuse to wear a mask.

I thinking the above will work for practice, but have my doubts if I can pull it off at a registered or fun shoot.  Just to hard to keep your guard up all the time!

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Federal Target Ammunition Rebates (2020)

Buy one (1) case (10 boxes) of Federal Premium® Gold Medal Grand® Plastic or Paper, or original Gold Medal® shotshell ammunition, and get $20.00 ($2.00/box) back.


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