Saturday, May 12, 2007

Skeet Saturday

When traveling to the Montreal Skeet Club, we were delayed. The bridge was up where we normally cross the St. Lawrence river. I think it's one of the few bridges in the region where you have to wait when a large ocean tanker is making it's way to Lake Ontario or returning to the ocean. Anyway, lost 15 minutes.

We shot NSSA "targets only" skeet at the club. My wife and I also pitched in and each pulled 50 targets.

Some blue skies today and a bit of sun. The black rim targets you see widely used in Canada were much easier to pick up then on the days when its dark and overcast.

In the old days when the Montreal Club use to host the Canadian Skeet Championships and many American shooters attended, they would throw all orange targets. The next week they would be back to black rims. As I understand it they have used black rims at the Worlds. I'm sure they work well, as long as the sun is shinning and you have blue skies.

I think the squad saw one no bird call due to a broken target. A bit of wind but not to bad.

The Montreal Club caters to all disciplines and also has trap, Olympic bunker, International skeet, sporting, and 5-stand. I have a trap and sporting clays shoot on my shoot calendar.

When we departed, we decided to stop at the Valleyfield gun club, as we pass it on the way home.

Would you know it, we had to wait at the bridge...

This is the first year in my memory the Valleyfield club is open on Saturdays. In past years, just Tuesday and Wednesday.

Five years ago this club was almost dead. A few trap and skeet shooters took the club over from the previous caretakers (undertakers) and returned the club to life.

There was not much to take over, as the club was in need of serious repairs, both machines and buildings. They had to replace the clubhouse roof the first year, just to ensure they would not lose the building. Well, not exactly the first year, as they had no money to replace the roof. All the monies from the first shoots went towards the roof. The skeet building were in bad shape. The trap houses all needed to be replaced. All machines required a rebuild.

You get the picture...

The club just replaced the wiring leading to the fields. In the next two weeks they will be replacing two fences.

A three man squad was going out when we pulled into the parking lot. They waited for us to get are guns together so we could join them.

Nice looking targets and we got to shoot with Marcel Leblond who just shot 100 straight at the 16 yard line in trap. I dogged Marcel all through the round and sure enough he missed the 25th target : )

Marcel several years back was honored for 50,000 registered trap targets.

Always a nice bunch at the Valleyfield club.

I'm always saying this, but no problems crossing the border in either direction.

We're still able to use a drivers license to cross and we have all required firearm paperwork. Will probable be looking at passports in the future, but at this point only needed for those who fly.

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