Monday, August 31, 2009

Philly DA moves to close gun loophole???

Off the wires...

Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham announced this morning that the Gun Violence Task Force will begin arresting people who falsify applications to carry a firearm.

Abraham, in a news conference at her office, described the new initiative as closing another loophole that has allowed people to illegally acquire and carry firearms.


What am I missing?

Why were they not checking the information submitted on applications in the first place?

Makes you wonder if they check people who apply for a drivers license....

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Quebec Skeet Championship

The shoot was held at the Valleyfield club in southwest Quebec.

We shot on Saturday. A cool and windy day.

We saw rain during the 12 gauge event.

The only serious rain of the day...

A heavy rain. At times we barely saw the target, as the wind was driving the rain straight into your face. Towels and shooting gloves were quickly soaked.

I opened an umbrella but the winds were just to much for it. A usable umbrella would have been nice to help keep the rain off the glasses when not shooting. The next purchase will be a wind proof umbrella.

It was nice to see old friends...

Thanks to the Valleyfield club for hosting the shoot!

Shoot Photos


Import Purchased Firearms Into Canada

New York skeet shooter Frank Smith tells me he has all the necessary FFL paperwork and he can now import firearms into Canada. Canadians who purchase a firearm in the states can have the firearm shipped to Frank and he will arrange to have the firearm imported into Canada.

A Canadian will also be able to make arrangements to have a firearm sold to an American properly exported.

I have no idea what fee he will charge.

He will be putting up a website, but in the meantime you can contact him at:

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Founders Skeet & Trap Fun Shoot

With one gun off being re-blued and having my 1100 go down on Saturday, I borrowed my wife's O/U and took a run over to the Sportsman's Club of Franklin County fun shoot. The club is located in the Northwestern part of Vermont.

The stock on the O/U is a little on the short side, but it use to be my gun and on a good day I can get it swinging pretty smoothly.

Not a big turnout, as it could have gone either way with the rain. Fortunately for those who attended it turned out to be a rain free day.

The club offered skeet, trap and what they call Vintage Skeet. All 50 target events.

It was nice to see a number of younger shooters participate.

I only shot the skeet event.

Thanks to those who volunteered to work the shoot!

Shoot Photos


The Interceptor latch is what broke on my 1100. A simple fix if you have the correct tool. Not having the correct tool, it was at the post office Monday PM, sent in for repairs. The post office as far as I'm concerned is the simplest and the cheapest way to ship a long gun.

I was on a back road near the Canadian border this evening and was stopped by Border Patrol. They had received a sensor activation and were checking vehicles for illegals and/or smugglers.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Trap Shooting Championships, Quebec

We attended the Quebec 2009 Trap Shooting Championships, shooting the singles event on Saturday.

The shoot is rotated between clubs and this year it was the Montreal Skeet Clubs turn.

A nice turnout, maybe the best in the last several years.

A humid day, but no rain.

John Sonne won the singles championship with 99 - 99 = 198 and was in a shoot-off against Shawn Stitt. They went 50 additional targets John 50 and Shawn 49.

Francine Sonne won her 25th Ladies singles championship.

I was shooting pretty well, but the first four times at the beginning of each 25 I missed the first target.

I was one happy camper when I hit the first target in the PM rotation, then my gun broke : (

Gun would not cock...

Had no idea what the problem was until I got home and tore the gun apart. I had to sit there and compare one 1100 against another, as I could not figure out what was wrong. I replaced a number of parts and re-staked the metal tab (that had fallen out and what I thought was the problem) and no luck. I exchanged parts between a working gun and the nonworking gun. It had to be in the receiver...

Inside the receiver on an 1100 is a wire on the side that does not have the shell ejector opening. A piece of metal that guides the wire broke off. I picked up on it when I used a flash light and saw a sliver of bare metal.

Thanks to everyone who offered to lend me a gun and to Francine Sonne who came running over with a bag of 1100 parts...

Shoot Photos

Friday, August 21, 2009

Clay target shooting and hamburgers

Shoot numbers down or expected a bigger turnout?

Easy to blame turnout on the economy, but...

Targets are not the only item on a shooters sub-subconscious checklist. A few items but not all; Did the shoot start on time last year, clean bathroom facilities, attitude of workers, food served, timely posting of scores?

You come off the field, time to eat.

Sitting in a tray, pre-cooked hamburgers that look like they seen better days and burned hot dogs. The cook throws them on the grill to re-warm them...

Unfortunately, not uncommon. One club I shot at had cooked hamburgers sitting in a tray in the oven. They would grab one and throw it on the grill!

I'm paying anywhere from $.40 to $1.00 + per target depending on the shoot, plus ammunition and travel expenses, and my choice for lunch is a re-warmed hamburger that taste like leather or a hot dog that your pet wouldn't eat.

If your club can't get a competent person to man the grill, pass on the grill; offer cold cuts and soup instead!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Vermont 2009 Sporting Clays Championship

This past Sunday we attended the Vermont Sporting Clays Championship.

An early start from New York. Almost a three hour drive, with the trip starting with a ferry ride over Lake Champlain.

Not a hard club to find, but you do need to pay attention.

Registration went smoothly. Shirts were given to those who pre-registered.

The course is built on the side of a mountain. Visualize hiking the upper trails in the high peaks...

A hot day, close to 90 degrees.

The heat and humidity did not make for a pleasant hike. I had a rough time walking up the trail. I quickly lost interest in using my camera to take still shots. Probably the least amount of still photos I've taken in some time.

I was one happy camper when the course started to head back to the flatland's.

The club purchased a number of machines from a club that was upgrading and as a result has fewer hand traps on the course.

The 5-Stand was used for small gauge and SS.

Lunch was included in the shoot fee.

Shoot Photos

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Glenrock Blue gun bluing update!

A previous bluing on my O/U done at another company failed.

I sent in the O/U at the end of April to Glenrock Blue in Wyoming to have it re-blued. They specialize in custom gun bluing and were highly recommended.

The first part of August I gave them a call. They suggested I give a call back this week so they could give me something definite on my gun. The person was sure my gun was scheduled for the end of August, but said if I gave a call back this week he could confirm it's status. He said they had over 700 firearms that needed work.

Today, I find it's on the bench and it should be completed in two weeks.

When I sent it in I was hoping to see the gun returned in late August or September, as from previous experience for this type of work I had learned to not expect to have my gun for 12 - 16 weeks.

Defective Ammunition, NSSA Skeet

Two of the last three skeet shoots I attended saw a discussion on the field on what is the ruling when the shooter has a bad primer (failure to fire) when shooting the second target on doubles.

If first bird is lost, it's lost. If first bird hit, nothing established!

NSSA Rule Book:

7. During a regular round or a doubles event, if the brass pulls off a hull, or if a defective ammunition occurs between shots on doubles, the referee shall rule that if the first target was a dead bird, nothing is established, and a proof double shall be fired upon to determine the result of both birds. However, if the first target was lost, it shall be so established and a proof double shot to establish the second shot result.

Gun Control at 2009 World FITASC

Posted to the internet...

No Semi-automatic shotguns allowed to be imported at 31st World FITASC Champ.

Gun control is a hideous thing. Just received this communication from FITASC HQ this morning. The bottom line is if you shoot a semi for sporting and want to shoot in Australia you better bring an O/U. The Australian government has chosen NOT to allow competitors to import semi-automatic shotguns for the world FITASC event. I'll refrain from saying anything too negative about Australia and gun control because the people there are all too aware of what has happened. U.S. shooters lets not let this happen too us!

Non Australian shooters can cancel out of the event and receive a refund if they do so by September 7th, 2009.


Dear friend shooters,

You have entered the World Sporting championship which takes place in Warrnambool, Australia from November 19th to 22nd, 2009 and we congratulate you for your participation!

Due to a decision of the Australian Government, competitors in the 2009 FITASC Sporting World Championships will not be allowed to import Semi-Automatic Shotguns into Australia. This decision was received on 12th August 2009 from The Australian Minister for Home Affairs.

Non Australian competitors are reminded that they must complete two applications for entry of themselves and their firearms into Australia:

This form is available on the FITASC Sporting World Championships website under GUNS & AMMO.

It must be sent either by fax or by email direct to:

Victorian Firearms Licencing Services
Facsimile +61 3 9247 6485

This form is also available on the FITASC website and must be forwarded either by fax or by email to:

Mr Ray McFarlane
Facsimile + 61-3-52502173

They must be forwarded at least 6 weeks prior to the competition to allow for processing, so before October 1st 2009.

We inform you that any entry cancellation of non Australian shooters, received at Fitasc by September 7th, owing to the banning from importing semi-automatic shotguns, will be entitled to a total refund of the entry.

Yours in sport.

Fitasc Administration

Monday, August 17, 2009

Gun Malfunction, Sporting Clays

Registered 5-stand.

A shooter had three gun malfunctions. Second shell not feeding. Three times in a row.

I said he could drop out and have his gun repaired and finish.

I got jumped on for that statement, being told he either had to immediately acquire another gun or be out of the competition.

Not my squad and not my club. It was up to the shooter to argue or not, but...

NSCA Rule Book:


The shooter shall be allowed a combined total of three (3) malfunctions per day, per event attributed to either the shooter's gun or ammunition. Targets not attempted on the three (3) allowed malfunctions shall be treated as NO BIRDS. Targets not attempted due to the fourth or later malfunctions shall be scored as LOST.

1. Gun Malfunctions

a. In the case of a gun malfunction, the shooter must remain in place, the gun pointed safely down range and must not open the gun or tamper with trigger, safety or barrel selector, until the Field Judge has determined the cause and made his/her ruling.

b. In the case of an inoperable gun, the shooter has the option to use another gun, if one is available, or he/she may drop out of competition until the gun is repaired. The shooter must; however, finish the event during the allotted scheduled shooting time.


Someone offered to lend the shooter a shotgun. He accepted as it seemed to him he had no other option.

His shotgun was a gas operated gun. I suspect if given a few minutes with rag and oil...

Why could he not have a few minutes to break down the gun and give it a quick going over and cleaning or let him join another squad to finish with either a repaired firearm or replacement?

I hope it didn't cause the shooter a chance at a trophy....

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Roue du Roy Grand Prix 2009, 3rd Place

Targets looked the size of watermelons and I shot 90x100.

Tied for third and also pocketed a few bucks.

One of those days that are not often repeated as I'm usually not that consisted from station to station.

I shoot registered skeet on Saturday and after looking hard at targets all day and swinging the gun at 200 targets it seemed to help my game for Sunday's sporting clays shoot.

Almost perfect weather, with just a touch of rain at the end of the day.

I have no idea what the ladies are singing in the video as I don't understand French, but as I have not received any complaints I assume they kept it clean.


The Roue du Roy is located in Quebec, just north of the New York border.

Lamoille Valley First Skeet Shoot

We attended the first registered skeet shoot ever held at Lamoille Valley Fish & Game Club, Morrisville, Vermont.

A Saturday shoot, 12 & 20 gauge.

Susan King came over from the Underhill Rod & Gun Club to lend a hand at the desk and Dean King took out a few squads before they both had to leave for another engagement around 11am. A nice gesture and it started the shoot off on a positive note.

Shooters from at least three other clubs were in attendance. Nice to see junior shooters!

Twenty one shooters in all....

A nice turnout for a two field club.

A tough background and it seemed any type of wind caused targets to bounce.

Not complaining, just telling you how it was. On the first round I missed a few dropping targets. Both long crosier's... I should have known better. After the second lost target, I lowered my hold point.

If the club does not have one, a radar gun is needed, as it looked like a tough place to set target speed. Where I'm hitting the second doubles target on 1 & 2 is usually a good indicator on target speed. If your waiting or chasing....

It seemed that everyone had a good time. If the club holds the shoot on the same weekend next year it will be on my shoot schedule...


Monday, August 03, 2009

New York Sporting Clays Championship Results

Eventually they will be posted to this site.

I'm told that Lois Lessing had a death in the family, so she wasn't there to do the final NYS Sporting Championship shoot registration and software interface. So please be patient.

Visit Sporting Clays New York if looking for shoots or news of interest in regard to sporting clays in New York.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Why did you give your neighbor $12,500?

The U.S Stimulus Plan allow First Time Home-buyers to receive a Refundable Credit up to $8,000 on their 2009 Tax Return. Also, an incentive of up to $4,500 to trade in older gas-guzzlers is in the news.

A total of $12,500, if your neighbor takes advantage of both programs.

The money was borrowed from the Chinese by the U.S. Government.

A sum larger than $12,500 must be paid back to the Chinese because of interest

Not counted, but in the News each day, is the GRANT money being spread around the U.S.

That money has also been lent to us by the Chinese!

Do you get the feeling the Obama administration is acting like a group of collage freshmen with there first credit card?

Hold on to your wallet, as whom do you think will be required to pay the bills when they come due...



Obama Officials Don't Dismiss Possibility of New Taxes

President Obama may have to break his campaign pledge and raise taxes on middle-class Americans to pay for public health care and the growing deficit, an eventuality that administration officials touched lightly on Sunday as they promoted an economy emerging from recession.

With an expected deficit next year of $1.8 trillion, and spending still being planned for a $1 trillion, 10-year health care reform, officials say something will have to be done to prevent further erosion of the economy.

SCTP 2009 Nationals. Thanks White Flyer and all the other sponsors!

Off the talk board...

Remington, Beretta, Browning and Ruger went the extra mile for the kids. Remington gave away ten (10) 1100 Competitions and Bretta gave out two (2) Teknys. Kids were shooting games for 3 days. Winchester gave away Ammo.

White Flyer donated ALL the targets for the entire SCTP shoot at Sparta - Skeet; Trap and Sporting.

Official SCTP numbers from the shoot at Sparta:

Trap - 894 shooters

Skeet - 348 shooters

Sporting - 307 shooters

Total = 1549 Participants