Thursday, December 29, 2011

ATF Nonimmigrant Alien Firearm FAQ Missing Link

Regulations for Nonimmigrant Alien Regarding Firearms & Ammunition (FAQ) is no longer available. The ATF link to this valuable source of information at the present is dead.

Also Application for Temporary Importation of Firearms and Ammunition ATF F 6NIA (5330.3D)is no longer printable via computer. The form must be downloaded, printed out and information printed or typed using a printer.

Feel free to contact the Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch and ask why:

Phone: (304) 616-4550

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST
Monday through Friday (except federal holidays)


If you have questions on the process for bringing a firearm into the U.S. as a visitor, feel free to visit the page I have posted. It answers most questions.

ATF Form 6NIA Guidance

Friday, December 23, 2011

National Shooting Complex Open to the Public

Received from Dana McKittrick...

I am traveling over the holidays and currently in San Antonio, TX. I visited the National Shooting Complex this week and was invited back to shoot any of the venues.

They explained that very recently they have opened the ranges to public shooting on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. I took advantage of this and enjoyed a great day of shooting yesterday.

I spoke with the folks in the Pro Shop and they were anxious to spread the word about the opportunity. If the response is strong enough, they will consider additional days for shooting. If anyone is traveling or planning a trip to San Antonio or the area, they should seriously consider taking some time to enjoy this magnificent facility. Everyone there couldn't have been nicer.
Hope you enjoy a very happy holiday season.

Good Shooting!

Dana McKittrick
Matthews, NC


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Scholastic Trap Teams Introductory Instruction Manual

Looks interesting...

New Trap Shooter Primer

Today, hundreds of new trap shooters are joining scholastic trap teams. Parents, new coaches, volunteers, along with the new shooters, are seeking an introductory instruction manual to help them get started. The New Trap Shooter Primer has the answers! From equipment, to ammunition, to gun selection, and singles trap strategies, the New Trap Shooter Primer is your information source for the new shooter.

Written by a coach who instructs shooters of all ages and all different backgrounds and skill levels, the New Trap Shooters Primer fills the gaps of knowledge during the first couple of years of participation.

Authored by Mr. Rob Mathis

List Price: $14.99

$11.99 AIM / SCTP Special Price when using discount code



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Thursday, December 22, 2011

90-day residency requirement for aliens (Firearms)


The Gun Control Act (GCA) generally prohibits any person from transferring firearms to any unlicensed person who they know or have reasonable cause to believe does not reside in the State in which the transferor resides. See 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(5).

Longstanding Federal firearms regulations at 27 C.F.R. 478.11 define the term “State of residence” differently for U.S. citizens and aliens. A U.S. citizen’s State of residence is the State in which he or she is present with the intention of making a home; while an alien is considered a resident of a State if he or she has resided in that State for a period of at least 90 days prior to the date of transfer with the intention of making a home.

As you know, Federal firearms licensees (FFLs) are required to obtain documentation establishing that an alien legally in the United States has resided in the State continuously for at least 90 days prior to the transfer of the firearm. This documentation is currently recorded as a response to Question 20c of the Firearms Transaction Record, ATF Form 4473.

The Department of Justice (the Department) has recently concluded that, as a matter of law, applying a more stringent State residency requirement for aliens legally present in the U.S. than for U.S. citizens is incompatible with the language of the GCA.

As a result, ATF will be revising the regulations in 27 C.F.R. Part 478 to conform to the Department’s conclusions by removing the separate 90-day residency requirement for aliens.

Once the regulations have been revised, both U.S. citizens and aliens legally present in the U.S. will be subject to the same requirements for State residency and proof of residency.



This is the rule as presently written. The ALIEN portion is being revised. Pay attention to U.S. citizen requirements!


State of residence. The State in which an individual resides. An individual resides in a State if he or she is present in a State with the intention of making a home in that State. If an individual is on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces, the individual's State of residence is the State in which his or her permanent duty station is located. An alien who is legally in the United States shall be considered to be a resident of a State only if the alien is residing in the State and has resided in the State for a period of at least 90 days prior to the date of sale or delivery of a firearm. The following are examples that illustrate this definition:

Example 1. A maintains a home in State X. A travels to State Y on a hunting, fishing, business, or other type of trip. A does not become a resident of State Y by reason of such trip.

Example 2. A is a U.S. citizen and maintains a home in State X and a home in State Y. A resides in State X except for weekends or the summer months of the year and in State Y for the weekends or the summer months of the year. During the time that A actually resides in State X, A is a resident of State X, and during the time that A actually resides in State Y, A is a resident of State Y.

Example 3. A, an alien, travels on vacation or on a business trip to State X. Regardless of the length of time A spends in State X, A does not have a State of residence in State X. This is because A does not have a home in State X at which he has resided for at least 90 days.


A Justice Department spokesperson said this does not expand any rules under the Gun Control Act, it merely removes a previous stipulation for legal aliens.  Those who fall under the category of legal alien will still have to go through the same process as an American citizen does to purchase a firearm, showing proof of residency, among other things, the spokesperson said. The spokesperson could not specify when this decision was made, but said that the department regularly conducts legal reviews of these rules and such reviews occur on an ongoing basis.


Nonimmigrant visitors to the United States who entered without a visa would still have to meet other requirements to buy a weapon — including establishing that they are residents, such as by obtaining a driver’s license with a local address.


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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Shotgun shells at cost, why not at your club?

I'm seeing inexpensive brands of shotgun ammunition being sold by distributers for $50 to $56 a case (Noble Sport, Estate & Rio shells to name a few), with clubs receiving discounts on bulk purchases. I just purchased through a club Noble Sport shells for $48 after club discount. Taxes additional, but still a deal.

Just this past week Gun Clubs at Dicks and believe it or not, at Gander Mt. for under $50 a case.

On Black Friday I purchased Federal Value packs at Walmart for $18 a sleeve. The equivalent of $45 a case.

I see the same shells (except Value Packs) being sold at clubs from $6.50 to $8 dollar a box.

I think this pricing is slowing or even decreasing the participation at clubs. Sporting clays clubs have a slight advantage, as most practice courses are 100 targets, but in skeet, trap, and 5-stand a shooter can call it a day after one round.

I'm often surprised at the number of shooters showing up at clubs I visit with value packs, either 12 or 20 gauge. Look at your own club, how many are shooting value packs instead of purchasing the shells your club sells?

What does that tell you and what usually happens?

Your price of shells is to high and instead of shooting four or five rounds they most likely are leaving after a round or two.

Targets is where the money is, not in the sale of ammunition.

I received an email a few weeks back. The shooter informed me that he purchases shells at his club for $50 a case. At those prices he no longer reloads.

You want to throw more targets in 2012? Offer shells at cost...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shotgun Hull Recycling by Garrison Green

Shotgun Hull Recycling by Garrison Green

Our goal is to help shooting clubs and ranges across the nation become more environmentally friendly. Garrison Green supplies the collection containers and transportation for the empty hulls, target boxes, and hull cases at no charge to the club or range.

All materials collected are processed and reused for a variety of applications. Clubs and ranges that participate in the program earn rewards including gun racks, benches, banners, and barrels.

Learn More (PDF)


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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Loose adjustable comb

In the middle of my annual Remington 1100 Preventive Maintenance program.

A new one for me, a loose rear adjustable comb post (left/right). I tightened it down and will keep an eye on it, but If it comes loose once again I will use loctite.

I don't normally take the comb off, but it seemed a hair loose so I took a look. When I popped the comb the rear post moved freely left/right.

Have started on a 2nd 1100. Have it broken down, soaking overnight in BreakFree.

Entering Canada, declare those firearms

Three recent cases in the news.

American vehicles searched after declaring no firearms being transported.

- Machen, who has multiple health issues, was held in custody in the hospital until his court appearance Thursday.

- At the time, Cross and Barr — accompanied by their wives — were on their way to Alaska to celebrate Cross’s wedding anniversary but instead ended up in jail for five days until a $50,000 bail for each was raised.
Result. $10,000 fine each.

Visitors may import non-restricted firearms (shotgun/rifle) into Canada for legitimate purposes:

- sporting or hunting use during hunting season;
- use in competitions;
- in-transit movement (i.e., moving in the most direct route possible from Point A to Point B) through Canada; or
personal protection against wildlife in remote areas of Canada, as long as the customs officer is satisfied that the circumstances warrant the firearm being imported.

Import 200 rounds duty free for hunting purposes, or up to 1,500 rounds duty free for use at a recognized competition.

When entering Canada with a firearm a "Nonresident Firearm Declaration" must be completed.

Bringing Firearms Into Canada

In theory a handgun can be brought into Canada, such as for a recognized competition, but it has to be approved for import prior to your intended visit. If heading to Alaska and you need your handgun, ship the firearm via UPS or FedEx. The post office won't ship a handgun!


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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

NobelSport Target Shell Purchase

A club I shoot at is purchasing targets and offered club members the opportuinty to purchase reloading supplies from Gamaliel Shooting Supply. The reloading supplies would be delivered on the same truck as the targets.

I saw that NobelSport shells were going for $51 a case and asked if ammunition could also be purchased?

Not a problem...

Using them for registered trap. 1 1/8 oz.

Have shot NobelSport in the past, but I won them at a shoot and never purchased any, as the best deal in the past few years has been with RIO shells.

Will be attending three trap shoots in a very short time span. It will be interesting to track scores to see if any difference from the scores I normally shoot.


Update: Received my bill for the purchase. Shells came in at $49 a case.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Enclosed 5-Stand @ LAcaide

I attended the L'Acadie "turkey fun shoot" this past Sunday and took a few photos of the enclosed 5-stand.

Rear view. Under the right weather conditions the shooting stations on the roof are also used. Not shown, stairs to the roof on the right side.

Five shooting stations.

Note the heater for the trapper.

View from the roof.

In the next few weeks the club plans on installing a container on a trap field. The pads to support the weight of the container have been poured. The container will be postitioned to allow for 16-yard trap shooting.

The club is southeast of Montreal and also offers International Skeet and Bunker Trap and will host the 2012 Quebec Trap Championships.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Keystone Shooting Park Phase II Expansion

Allen B. Chubb passes along the clubs plans for 2012...

Keystone Shooting Park
610 Game Farm Road
Dalmatia, PA. 17017

Plans for exspansion.

Haldeman Field Lighting Package

Elfipa Electronic Training Aids Package

Elfipa Skeet Range Electronics Package

Elfipa Field Electronic Scoreboard (East Side of Range)

Spectator & Competitors Grandstand (West Side of Range)

Handicap Parking and Access Ramps for Paralympic Athletes

(2) Mattarelli Olympic Skeet Machines

Olympic Skeet Field Construction

Helice Ring Machinery Package
Keystone Shooting Park Article - Trapshooting USA (PDF)

* The club has a state of the art Olympic Trap Bunker (15 machines).

* The club will be hosting several Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) events in 2012.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Walmart Ammo Sale

Read that Federal value packs at Walmart would be on sale for $18 a sleeve (100 shells) and as I was in going to be in town anyway I stopped in.

Found the shells, but they were listed at $22 a sleeve. No sale associates available. I hunted down a scanner and it showed the sale price of $18.

The purchase came to $45 a case.

I shoot the shells for trap in my 1100, as a bit on the heavy side for the O/U.

I also scanned Winchester and Remington shells, but not on sale.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Florida Bunker Trap and Olympic Skeet Shoots

Tom Baber passes along that if visiting Florida this winter...

Gator Skeet and Trap Club

Olympic Bunker Trap and Olympic (International) Skeet Tournaments

Florida State Trap and Skeet - December 2-4, 2011

Southeast Regional Trap and Skeet - February 24-26, 2012

Florida Cup - March 16-18, 2012

Both disciplines shot on the same weekends.

Hosting Olympic skeet tournaments at the club is a recent development.

The club is also holding an ATA chain trap shoot from February 16 - 19, 2012. Register trap on all dates. Usually 200 singles on Saturday (dinner meal) and doubles and handicap on Sunday.

The club is located in Gainesville, Florida, next to the airport.

* The club has the only bunker in Florida.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

FITASC 2012 World Championships

If you plan on attending...

World F.I.T.A.S.C. Championships

Northbrook Sports Club

Hainesville, Illinois

August 13 to August 19, 2012


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Clay Target Delivery Oct 29, 2011 @ SCFC

Went over to the Sportsman's Club of Franklin County, St. Albans Bay, Vermont to lend a hand with a target delivery.

Plenty of hands available to move target boxes, as the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 603 assisted.

Scouts and Club Members

The scouts use the club from time to time. This is their way of given back to the club!

As well as club members, my "back" appreciated the help...


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Using Radar Gun for Setting Skeet Targets

Was in a recent discussion on the setting of skeet targets with a radar gun.

From the NSSA website...

Use of Radar Gun for Setting Skeet Targets

1. Check high house-set at 46.0 to 46.9 MPH.

Stand on station 1 and aim gun at the top of the hoop. DO NOT TOUCH THE TRIGGER.

Hold gun steady and throw a target through DEAD-CENTER (+ or - 6 inches) of hoop.

The top speed will be measured approx. _ way to the hoop.

Set spring tension within above speeds. A good machine with good targets will throw 4 consecutive targets through a 12" hoop under "NO WIND" conditions.

The targets will strike level grounds 58-59 yards from high house. As shooting progresses the transmissions warm the oil and the targets fall at 61-62 yards.

2. Check low house-set at 48.0-48.9 MPH.

Aim gun at the top of the hoop. Targets will fall as above.


1. Turn on "power”
2. Push "self test" or use calibration fork (included)
3. Push "set up" mode. Use "A-25" recommended for skeet. Speeds are recorded in 1/10 MPH and the gun disregards all movements slower than 25 MPH
4. Push "x-mit" button-turns on transmitter
5. Push "peak-hold" button -display fastest speed only

The gun is now ready for use

NOTES: Targets slow down approx 8 MPH from the arm to the hoop. Speeds will self clear from the screen in a couple of seconds.

Pushing "x-mit" to hold will lock-in the top speed with the use of the trigger.

Radar guns often pick up targets from adjoining fields. Altitude has negligible affect on distance once the springs are set for above speeds. Tests show that targets set manually on multiple fields by real experts will vary 3-4 MPH.

Targets set properly will cross approx 1 foot to the right of center (hypotenuse). No further adjustments will be required on spring tension. Speeds will remain constant for weeks.

Selecting a radar gun is important as a 15 milliwatt microwave system is far superior to a 5 milliwatt. We have used 4 different guns -1 bad - 2 fair - 1 excellent. The STALKER SPORT model (15 milliwatt) worked the best and NSSA owns one.



* Target Hoop: Three-foot circle centered at a point fifteen (15) feet above the target-crossing point.

Radar gun or not, setting target distance (speed) always starts with using a hoop under NO WIND conditions.


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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Oct 22, 2011 @ Lamoille Valley

NSSA skeet shoot at Lamoille Valley Fish & Game, Morrisville, Vermont.

Not a large crowd but all had a good time.

12 gauge and doubles.

$20 a gun, to include lunch.

A cool damp day. 47 degrees at 2pm. Rain pants and rain jacket kept me warm!

Rained on the way to the club, but only a slight drizzle for the first three rounds in the AM.

Interesting background...

As for lunch. Hambugers served fresh and hot off the grill, not pre-cooked and reheated. Cupcakes for dessert. Tasted great!


Friday, October 21, 2011

The Headline... Firearms industry takes aim at continued growth

Schools failing the country?

A Michigan firearms component manufacturer is considering opening a satellite foundry in South Dakota, but first needs assurance about the workforce, the firm’s owner told college and economic development officials Thursday at a forum aimed at expanding the firearms industry in the state.

“I’m being asked to set up a manufacturing operation here,” said Richard Singer, president of ACRA CAST precision metal castings company in Bay City, Mich. “I’m going to need people.”

He said the workforce in Michigan is not meeting his needs.

“It’s pathetic,” Singer said. “People can’t read. They can’t add and subtract. They’re lost.”
Read Article

Should congress and President Obama really be considering lowering standards in regard to "No Child Left Behind"...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Wilder, Browning (US), Boddez (CAN) Medal in PAN AM Womens Trap Games

Silver medalist Lindsay Boddez, of Canada, left, gold medalist Miranda Wilder, of the United States, center, and bronze medalist Kayle Browning, from the United States, pose for photographers during the shooting women's trap award ceremony at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

Video Link

US and Canada in the winners circle.

At 42:28 into this video is Women’s trap finals at the PAN AM Games and awards ceremony.

* A couple of commercials at the start.

Let it run past the commercials and then move to the 42 min mark.

CBC Video

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lead shot prices Oct 18, 2011

Lead shot prices October 18, 2011

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


Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Oct 18, 2011

$37.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jun 18, 2011

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Feb 21, 2011

$38.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 20, 2010

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$37.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Sep 29, 2010

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Jul 28, 2010

$29.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$29.95 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Mar 23, 2010

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Oct 15, 2009

$31.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$32.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jan 7, 2009

$24.50 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$25.00 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


February 28, 2008

$42 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$42.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A contrast in trap shooting backgrounds

Kayaderosseras (NY) last week, Valleyfield (Quebec) this week.

Missing the sun this week, but what a difference in backgrounds.

Even without the sun, seemed to pick the target up quicker.

A fun shoot, wished it had been registered!

Also, two weeks in a row, hamburgers from the fridge to the grill. Not already cooked and re-warmed when ordered.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2012 North America Grand Prix, Alberta Canada

2012 North America Grand Prix

Silver Willow Sporting Clays

Alberta, Canada

July 6-8, 2012

Shoot Flyer

A listing of motels will be made available at some point with links added to the flyer page.


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Monday, October 10, 2011

Oct 2011 @ Kayaderosseras Trap Shoot

Attended the Kayaderosseras Fish & Game monthly trap shoot. The club is located next to the Saratoga County Airport (New York).

A 9:30 start time is advertised and at 9:30 the first squad was on the field.

Shot singles (first squad) and handicap (squad 5).

A few broken targets at the start but not an issue the rest of the day.

No voice release issues.

The kitchen was well run. Your order went from the refrigerator to the grill (no pre-cooked hamburgers or hot dogs).


Friday, October 07, 2011

God awful food at some shoots

Only a few shoots left this year...

Please, no ready to serve pre-cooked hamburgers and hot dogs.

Nothing worst then being served a dried out pre-cooked hamburger or hot dog that has been sitting on the side of the grill, than re-heated and served.

I'm willing to wait the 8-10 minutes it takes to cook a burger. I'm sure others our as well.

Also, don't purchase six shoots worth of hamburgers and store them in the freezer. Same with the rolls.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

George Digweed, World record longest shot at a clay pigeon

Nineteen-times world champion George Digweed has set a new world record for shooting a clay pigeon. In front of the cameras from Fieldsports Channel, and using standard cartridges, he shot one at 130 yards.

George pulled off the incredible shot at the Bisley Live shooting show. The record rounds off an incredible year for George, he has won 19 World titles (11 Sporting and 8 Fitasc), 11 European Fitasc title, 2 European Compak titles and 9 World Cups. He was awarded an MBE in 2009. This film first appeared in Fieldsports Britain, episode 97.


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Monday, October 03, 2011

SCTP Shooting Clinics

We have a very exciting shooting clinic Oct 29 and 30th at Minute Man Sportsman's Club. If you have any youth shooters, know of any youth shooters or want to start a youth shooting team now is the time.

There will be four USA Shooting Team members in attendance and a chance to get some great training. For the new SCTP teams signing up you will receive a $10K endowment in the Midway USA Foundation for your team.

We need to get more SCTP youth clay teams started in New England and this is the time. This will be the biggest youth shooting event in NE and a great time to meet the USA Shooting Olympic Team Members. Please take a look at the flier and sign up early because this will fill up.

If you have any questions please let me know.


Hank Garvey


Youth Shooter Clinics

October 29th & 30th

Minute Man Sportsman's Club
Burlington, MA


Skeet Women Highlights - ISSF 2011 - UAE

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sept 18, 2011 Fun Trap Shoot @ Club Chasse

Heide and I paid a first time visit to Club Chasse, Pêche & Tir de Farnham in Farnham, Québec.

Attending a 50 target fun trap shoot.

A well attended shoot!

Was expecting a very French experience, but surprisingly many shooters spoke English. I had one shooter apologizing for his lack of English skills. He spoke better English then I do!

Everyone seemed to be having a good time. I found all to be very welcoming!

A father and son that I know from Quebec city was in attendance. Was told a 2 1/2 hour drive.

For lunch, I ordered two hot dogs, home made French Fries, and a soda. Was charged only $4. Nice to see they weren't trying to take advantage and rip off shooters.

A bonus to the visit was the club had just poured pads (to include a complete walkway) this week and the new skeet field was in operation. It was busy throughout the day...


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Aug 27 @ NCSC (Vt) Fun Shoot

The wife and I shot the North Country Sportsman's Club Summer Fun Shoot.

16 yard and 24-yard handicap trap was one event, two-man team trap doubles was the second, and two-man team 5-stand was the third event offered.

Beautiful weather, but it did start to cloud up in the PM. The region is expecting a big storm on Sunday.

As you see at many clubs, a small number of dedicated members ran the shoot. Hats off to them and thanks for holding the shoot!

Thanks to the lady who came out an ran the kitchen...

My wife had not visited the club for a number of years. She last attended a shoot at the club when they held registered skeet shoots. The skeet fields are long gone, as the club had shot fall problems in conjunction with skeet shooting that could not be addressed.

The club is located south of Burlington in Williston, Vermont, just off the Taft Corners exit. Maybe two minutes from the interstate. From the NY/Vermont ferry crossing, a 30 minute drive.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Aug 20/21 @ Quebec Provincial Trap Championship

Attended the le Championnat Provincial 2011 (Quebec Provincial Trap Championship) at Club de tir L'Acadie, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec this past weekend.

Great weather on Saturday. A light rain on Sunday morning, clearing in the PM and a bit of rain just as the handicap squads were finishing.

Targets were flying good and never had a problem with a voice release.

The crew working the desk did a fine job, as well as the trappers.

Besides the posted video, two other videos are available for viewing. The second is Sunday action. The third video covers the awarding of throphies (All in French).


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

13-year-old wins 2011 Grand Handicap Challenge

SPARTA - You couldn't have wiped the grin off Logan Taylor's face with a road grader.

Who could blame him?

The 13-year-old from Russellville, Ala., bested some of the best shooters in the world to claim the $100,000 Grand American Challenge at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex.

"I feel great," he said, dissolving to a giggle. "I'm excited."

That might have been the understatement of the day. Taylor struggled to remember what year of school he'll be entering - eighth grade for the record. His mind was obviously churning.

This is the second year of the event that pits the winners of the eight handicap events, the high average handicap shooter and a contestant drawn at random in a winner-take-all format.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Aug 14, 2011 @ Vermont Sporting Clays Championship

Northeast Kingdom Skeet & Sporting Clays, Burke Hollow, Vermont.

That's me in the video. On an elevated stand.

Close in targets. Put in IC chokes and never changed them. I only had one station where I had difficulty seeing the target. Was looking down into trees with a cloudy sky showing behind the trees (the course is built on the side of a mountain). Kept losing the first target, not a problem with the second.

One flinch at the end of the shoot, ouch... Ended up with a 86!

The Five Stand was only available for those who wished to shoot the subgauge events.

The club put on a nice lunch...

The club is working to install a wobble trap machine.

Speaking of the flinch. The last several weeks I have been pausing just before calling for a target. Focusing beyond the barrel. Only two flinches in that period (skeet, trap, & Sporting). Prior to this, I would have two or three, if not more per 100 target event.


Aug 13, 2011 @ Valleyfield (Trap)

Club de Tir de Valleyfield, St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Québec.

5-Man Team Fun Trap Shoot (50 targets).

To encourage participation from those who would not normally join in, youth and women shooters received 5 bonus targets.

Shells and lunch included in the cost of the shoot.

90 shooters in attendance.

I was surprised at the turn out. Well run!

The practice trap fields saw heavy usage.

Each member of the winning team received a belt buckle!

Five Man Team Champions:
Potosky Joe, Potosky Heide, Jean Francois, Jean Daniel, Price Bill.

In the afternoon a skeet field was opened and was being used at full capacity when I departed.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Clay Target Shooter Artemio Formoso

An interesting article on a person who took up clay target shooting (compack - 5 stand) after losing an arm.

El pontés Artemio Formoso encontró en el tiro una vía de escape para recuperar fuerzas tras perder un brazo en un accidente de moto.

El pont Artemio Formoso found shooting an outlet to recharge after losing an arm in a motorcycle accident. Following the maxim that what does not kill you makes you stronger today is a recognized sport.

In spanish... If nothing else take a look at his photo!


Lobster Classic @ Addieville

Ann Cockburn, Ontario is at the Lobster shoot @ Addieville East Farm, Rhode Island and each evening will be providing photos for posting.

The shoot is one of the premier events on the east coast each year...

Shooters on Saturday evening have the option of lobster or steak for dinner. At the conclusion of dinner a 30 minute fireworks display takes place.


Monday, August 08, 2011

Aug 7, 2011 @ La Roue Sporting Clays Shoot

Spent Sunday with my camera at the La Roue du Roy, Hemmingford, Québec.

The club was holding a 100 target, 16 station fun shoot.

I think the best target presentations at the club this year.

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As shooters had the choice of shooting either on Saturday or Sunday you won't see photos of those who shot on Saturday.

The club was nice enough to lend me a cart for getting around with my camera.

Shoot Photos

Aug 6, 2011 @ Lamoille Valley Skeet Shoot

We attended the annual Jim Chapman Open 12 & 20 NSSA Skeet Shoot @ Lamoille Valley Fish & Game Club, Morrisville, Vermont.

From the house about a 1hr 50min drive. The club is 30 Minutes east of the Underhill Rod & Gun Club.

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A two field club with the fields built into the side of a mountain.

The left field is the most shooter friendly. The field on the right can be tough to shoot at times.

A hot and humid day. I tried to stay hydrated but ran out of steam during the afternoons 20 gauge event. I was dragging when I left the field.

A nice turnout from the Underhill Gun Club.

The club just this year purchased a set of used Laporte Skeet Machines for the right field.  A nice addition to the club.

As I understand it the club just certified two new referees. A nice job by both...


Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Quebec Trap Provincial Venue Change

Dear friends shooters :

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the 2011 Provincial Championship will be held at the Club de Tir l’Acadie, at the same dates, August 19th, 20th and 21st , 2011.

For more information:

Serge Pelletier

Marcel Leblond 450-373-7294

The AQPT Executive Committee


Chers amis tireurs

Suite à des circonstances hors de notre contrôle, nous devons tenir le Championnat Provincial 2011 au Club de Tir l’Acadie aux mêmes dates soit les 19-20-21 août 2011.

Pour toutes informations supplémentaires

Serge Pelletier

Marcel Leblond 450-373-7294

Le Comité Exécutif de l’ATVQ


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Vermont 2011 State Trap Championship

State Trap Championship @ Montpelier Gun Club, Berlin, Vermont

A good time at the shoot. I used for the first time. Well worth the $2 fee.

The trusty Remington 1100 worked flawlessly. I shot 1oz reloads, 700X powder.

A little wind from time to time, but it helped keep the weather decent. It was in the low 80s when I departed.

The first time shooting with a Shot Curtain in place. The club has an area where shot was landing in water and the only answer was a shot curtain. Just under 400 feet wide, set to protect the water behind it. A stand of trees was already growing in that area to help deflect shot, so all should be well!

Not the prettiest thing to look at, but not a problem when shooting. I didn't hear anyone saying they missed a target because of the curtain.

The shoot is not normally this late in the year, but they had a flood and the installation of the shot curtain needed to happen as the club was not allowed to shoot without it being installed.

Photos / Results

Shot Curtain

Lead shot containment curtain @ Montpelier Gun Club, Berlin, Vermont.

Shot the club on Saturday and took photos and video. This is the first shoot with the curtain in use.

A seven field trap club. The curtain is NOT the length of all seven fields. Just enough length so shot does not hit water!


The shot is basically spent when it reaches the curtain!

Shot 200 targets and the curtain was never an issue.

If you wish to contact the club I recommend you gleam the contact information from the ATA website, under club listings.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

July Sunset Farm Sporting Clays Shoot

I shot the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Fun Shoot at Sunset Farm Sporting Clays, Delanson, New York this past Saturday. The clubs located off I-88, southwest of Albany.

A hot and humid day.

A fun shoot but NSCA members could register targets.

A shotgun start.

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Nice course, varied target presentations. A combination of hand traps and automatic traps. Some stations were just hand traps. Other stations modern trap machines. Sometimes a mix!

Trappers did a great job.

No machine breakdowns experienced on my squad. Shot a 100 shells at 100 targets.

Coming off the field you had the choice of steak or chicken and all the fixins.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vermont State Championship Trapshoot

The Montpelier club has recovered from the flood and also resolved all environmental issues.

103 Annual Vermont State Championship Trapshoot

Montpelier Gun Club

July 29-31, 2011

Shoot & Club Information

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

2011 World FITASC Championship

2011 World FITASC Championship

Orville, France

JULY 14-17th, 2011


On the photo page I'm linking three sites that are reporting the scores!


Christophe Auvret wins 2011 World FITASC Championship!


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Odds & Ends, Jun 29, 2011

QPTA Trap.

A well run trap shoot at Club L'Acadie last weekend. Four fields, 25 targets per field. Shot Saturday and Sunday. Rained a bit Saturday and on the windy side on Sunday.

I video taped 99% of the award presentations (at the end of the video). Be warned they are in French. However, even if you don't speak French you can see all are having a good time.


NSSA Skeet.

This Saturday we're attending a registered one day skeet shoot at the Underhill club in Vermont. Just shooting the 28 gauge event. The second event is .410, but haven't shot .410 in six or seven months.

$30 per event, to include shoot fees.



I know two people just getting over shingles, one a sporting clays shooter. In the last few years I know or know of at least a dozen people who came down with them. They can be very painful...

Tuesday we went in and received are shingles immunizations. We had to make an appointment, but only had to wait a few weeks.

Not 100% effective, but are suppose to reduce the severity if you do get them.


Bunker Trap.

When I was at L'Acadie (just outside of Montreal) the manager told me they are going with five machines in one of the bunkers. The club already offers bunker (15 machines), but are going to offer a new game.

I was told they are just waiting on a controller to arrive. I think it's coming in from Europe, but may be mistaken.

When they get it running I'll post a video.


XP Total Security 2012.

My neighbor somehow got a fake anti-malware application on there computer. They are running Norton's but it did not catch it.

It has several names, XP Total Security 2012 being one of them.

"The program uses intentional false positives to convince users that their systems have been compromised. Then they try to sell you their software, claiming it will remove these threats. In extreme cases the false threats are actually the very trojans that advertise or even directly install the rogue. You are strongly advised to follow our removal instructions below."

You will know it if you get it as it starts popping up as soon as you boot up your computer and never stops.

They had the same time of virus on there computer several months back and Best Buy Geek Squad charged $150 for removal.

I did some research via Google and found that the free version of "Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware" would remove the virus.

The program was a simple install, offered the paid version that was declined, ran for over 30 minutes and after a reboot the virus was gone.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jun 11, 2011 @ Valleyfield Trap Shoot

A windy Saturday at the Club de Tir de Valleyfield trap shoot this past weekend. The wind seemed to really pick up after the first couple of squads. During the first 100 the wind was in my face. During the second 100 the wind was hitting my right shoulder. If the wind stopped blowing the person shooting would have fallen over. A few times I was rocked by the wind when in my shooting stance.

Thankfully the rain held off. Just 20 miles south and east of the club it rained all day.

I missed so many targets during the first two rounds that I had a hard time going to sleep Saturday evening, as I kept seeing the TARGETS that got away.

A well run shoot, starting on time and plenty of help on hand.

In spite of the wind, the voice release systems worked flawlessly.

The club was running three traps (PAT Trap). One field dedicated for practice. Future plans are for a purchase of a forth machine.

200 singles offered on Saturday, doubles and handicap on Sunday. A trophy shoot with plenty of awards to go around.

A steak dinner was available for a modest fee Saturday evening.

Photos / Results

Monday, June 06, 2011

Vernon National Wounded Warrior Shoot

Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Shoot @ Vernon National Shooting Preserve, Vernon Center, New York. The club is approximately 20 minutes south of Rome.

100 Target Sporting Clays.

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Breakfast (eggs & pancakes) and lunch (chicken) included in the price of the shoot!

Registration went smoothly.

A shotgun start after breakfast and opening ceremonies.

A few machine breakdowns but the club was right on it and things moved along.

No eye test and all targets were hit able!

A nice turnout. Looked like everyone enjoyed themselves.

A few people out and about taking some serious photos. If I see a link I'll add it to the shoot photo page.


Friday, June 03, 2011

High Water & Montpelier Gun Club

Dennis DeVaux
87 Eastview Drive
East Thetford, VT 05043

May 31, 2011

Dear Fellow Shooters:

As most of you know, the Barre-Montpelier area was hard hit by a severe rainstorm last Thursday night. With anywhere from four to six inches of rain falling in such a short period of time there was no place for the water to go but downhill and into the streams and rivers—notably the Winooski. Along with the cities of Barre and Montpelier, the Montpelier Gun Club was directly in the line of fire.

Many of you have already seen the damage that was done to the grounds of the Montpelier Gun Club. With the high water mark at almost three feet up on the clubhouse doors, everything was coated with several inches of mud. Most everything inside the clubhouse has either been destroyed or is in need of a thorough washing and drying. We have lost some trap parts, some of our computer equipment, and other valuable items and supplies. The floor of the clubhouse is coated with a heavy layer of mud and debris. Everything will need to be removed so that the mud can be shoveled and washed out.

The trap machines were in the houses as they were to be adjusted and serviced by the Pat-Trap mechanic soon. They will need to be removed, washed, thoroughly dried, and have the hydraulic fluid changed in preparation for service by the mechanic. We did not have any boxes of clay targets stored in the houses and that is a good thing, however the trap houses will need to have the accumulated mud shoveled out and then a good pressure washing will be in order.

The cook shack will need a complete cleaning as well as washing.

There are many areas around the grounds that will need to be graded and/or smoothed with a york rake and then reseeded. Some areas did not receive as much mud and it appears that the grass will just grow right up through.

As you can well imagine, there is a lot of work to be done. The flood has added insult to injury for the Club as we have already had our work cut out for us in managing the construction of the shot containment curtain. The cost for the curtain project has come in a lot higher than originally planned—to the tune of $145,000 (actual low bid) as opposed to our original estimate of approximately $80,000. This is a serious shortfall and the members of the shot curtain committee are hard at work right now trying to find ways to reduce the cost to a more reasonable level but we will still need other financial help. However, time is working against us right now as we are trying to complete this project so that we can still hold the already rescheduled Vermont State Shoot, our major source of revenue for the entire year, later in July.

We have some serious challenges in the days and weeks ahead. In a nutshell, we need your help. Please, if you have some spare time soon, either on weekdays or weekends, to help with any of the items mentioned above, we certainly could use it. If you have, or have access to, any equipment that could be used in any of the above mentioned work we certainly could use it. If you would be so inclined to contribute in a monetary way instead, it would be very much appreciated. Donations can be sent to PO Box 664, Montpelier, VT 05601. Whatever you can do will be greatly appreciated.

If you would just like to show up at the club to help, I’m sure that there will be many members working there during the days and weeks ahead. If you would like to find out when people will be at the club working or if you have any ideas on ways to help, please feel free to call Milan Lawson at 802-223-7061.

The Montpelier Gun Club is a unique facility. It has been in existence for well over 100 years and has been a source of recreation and enjoyment for many generations. It has seen its share of adversity over the years, most notably with flooding, and this year is no exception although our challenges have been complicated tremendously with the planning, permitting, financing, and construction of the shot containment curtain. In this day and age of highly restrictive laws and regulations concerning gun clubs we will never be able to build another facility like it in Vermont. We must find a way to keep it in operation for now and the future. Please help in whatever way that you can in the days and weeks ahead.

Thank you for your concern and interest in helping to keep the Montpelier Gun Club functioning at this time.


Dennis DeVaux

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Credit card fraud

Received a call from my credit card fraud department asking if I just made an EBay purchase in India, as their computer had flagged and halted a transaction.

Answered no! They did not process the transaction.

Long story short, account cancelled and a new card is being issued.

I was told they will overnight a new card.

If you haven't done so already, a good idea to ensure the card company has your cell phone number so you can be contacted immediately to approve or disallow a transaction. Also, a good idea to contact them if your going to be traveling outside your normal region of travel, so the companies computer does not flag your transactions.

MEC Customer Service

My MEC 9000G reloader had a broken weld in the upper part of the machine.

Contacted MEC and found that the weld was covered under warrenty, even if you owned the machine for ten years or more. A side note. If not covered, they charge $65 an hour, plus parts.

I have not idea how old my reloader is, but I think I purchased it about a year after they became available, upgrading from a Grabber.

I had two options, send the machine to them for repair or they would send me the part, free of charge.

I had no desire to tear down a reloader and then re-assemble, so I shipped it via the post office for $23, to include $500 insurance.

Recieved an email on 23 May saying they received the reloader, being fixed under warrenty and would be out of the shop on 24 May.

On May 26, UPS delivered the repaired reloader...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

M&M U.S. Open

Ann Cockburn, Ontario, has been nice enough to pass on photos from the 2011 U.S. Open being held at M&M Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays, Pennsville, New Jersey. I included a link on the photo page so you can check scores.

Photos / Results

Monday, May 16, 2011

May 15, 2011 @ La Roue du Roy

Pouring rain at the Spring Fever Sporting Clays Shoot @ La Roue du Roy, Hemmingford, Québec.

I didn't shoot, just dropped by in the afternoon with the camera.

Shoots at the Roue normally see in excess of 100 shooters, but not this day.

On some stations background lighting was great, but on others, a dark cloudy background. Also, you could be at a station with the rain hitting your back and at the next the rain would be in your face.

Surprisingly, I did not see many "no bird" calls. All machines have target covers and did well keeping targets dry.

A good bunch at the club and all seemed to be in good humor, before and after hitting the course.


May 14, 2011 @ Underhill Rod & Gun Club

The Underhill Rod & Gun Club, Westford, Vermont held its annual spring sporting clays shoot this past Saturday.

Twice a year the clubs transforms into a sporting clays facility. Day to day the club operates three (3) skeet fields (to include one combination skeet / 5-stand and a combination skeet / trap field).

Four parcours were set, with up to four squads on the course at any one time. To limit long waits before you shoot, the club set start times for squads. 9am, 11am & 1pm. Works well and gives volunteers a chance to take a break.

Several stations were skeet in the woods, but LM could easily have been choke of choice at a few stations.

Rain was in the forecast, but it held off for the most part until just before the 1pm flights, but it was more of a nuisance rain then rain that would spoil the shoot.

Not the greatest scores shot by most, rather low overall, but it seemed all had a good time.

The next shoot is scheduled for Sep 10, 2011.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

MEC 9000G Down for Repairs

Seated primers were not flush with the brass on my MEC 9000G 12 gauge re-loader when coming off station 2. I went to adjust the reprime tube and found the following. A broken weld...

Sent the photo to MEC and received the following response.

"Welds are replaced under warranty so you can either send the press in or we can send you the part at no charge."

As I would have to remove all the parts and reassemble, I'm sending in the press.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Thanks Club Valleyfield & the QPTA

I attended a Lost Target Fun Shoot hosted by Club de Tir de Valleyfield.

One of the smaller clubs in Quebec, but a club with a big heart!

I received an email a few months back with the Valleyfield schedule for posting to Clays Quebec. A "Lost Target Fun Shoot" was listed. Not even asking if I was interested before putting out the schedule.

Anyhow; a nice day for a shoot and thanks to everyone who attended and to Club Valleyfield for supporting the Lost Target via shoot proceeds and a check from the club. Also, thanks to the Quebec Trap Shooting Association who also presented me with a check.

Joe Potosky (L) accepting shoot monies and a Club Valleyfield check donation from Susie Leblond for support of the Valleyfield club.

Joe Potosky (L) accepting a check from Marcel lebond (Representing the Quebec Trap Shooting Association) for support of the QPTA and clay target shooting in Quebec.


American shooters in Canada

Wish to attract American target shooters back to Canadian clubs? Numbers that were last seen in the 70s and 80s.

The Canadian rules for registering non-restricted firearms will likely
change in 2011 or next year at the latest.

An excellent opportunity for the government to revise the firearm
rules for visitors to Canada.


“Visitors to Canada with firearms are required to complete a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration, Form CAFC 909.

Once this declaration has been confirmed by a customs officer, it is valid for a period of up to sixty (60) days.

If you are returning to Canada with the same firearms as those listed on this declaration form, you may use the form again.

A confirmed declaration costs a flat fee of $25, regardless of the number of firearms listed on it. It is valid only for the person who signs it and only for those firearms listed on the declaration.”
The use of this form was changed and made more restricted some time back. The monetary fee drove American target shooters away in vast numbers.

Initially, there was no charge for use of this form (may be mistaken), and then it was $50 for a period longer than 60 days, and then reduced to $25 and the present 60 day time limit.

I presume the 60 days is to allow enough flexibility for hunters, but
it seems the needs of target shooters was not considered and in turn
resulted with clubs seeing huge loses in regard to Americans present
at shoots and events at various clubs throughout Canada.

May I suggest the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration, Form CAFC 909 be valid for 12 months and free of charge.

As a side note. The form Canadians use to enter the U.S. (ATF Form 6NIA) is valid for 12 months and issued at no charge!

All clubs and shooting organizations, to include trap, skeet, sporting
clays and rifle organizations within Canada are encouraged to write
members of parliament, the Conservative party and Prime Minister
Stephen Harper's office to make known the need for a revision to Form CAFC 909 in regard to non-restricted firearms and visitors to Canada.

Revise the Non-Resident Firearm Declaration, Form CAFC 909 to be valid for 12 months and free of charge.


Joe Potosky
The Lost Target

Friday, May 06, 2011

Departing the U.S. with firearms, CBP Form 4457

CBP Form 4457, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Certificate of Registration For Personal Effects Taken Abroad is available for download.

The form is used by U.S. Customs to document firearms (and other high valued items) being temporally taken out of the country.

Besides firearms, you may list cameras, lap tops, watches and so on.

The form allows you to re-enter the U.S. with firearm(s) that were in your possession when you departed the U.S.


The form has been available on-line since 2008. The down-loadable form is in PDF format. All information required can be inserted via your computer keyboard.

Type in the information, print it out, and present to U.S. Customs prior to leaving the USA. A one time requirement, unless the items listed are modified or the form is no longer readable.

I used the PDF version in 2010 as older forms in my possession had become worn. I brought all firearms listed to the border, as serial numbers are required to be verified before a CPA official will sign the form.

Do not bring firearms into the building. They will come out to your vehicle. The whole process can be completed in under ten minutes, depending on traffic and availability of agents.

I laminated the signed form to prevent wear and tear!


A U.S. citizen last week downloaded the form, filled it out (listing firearms) and presented it to U.S. customs.

The New York border crossing agent would not accept the PDF version of the form, as he said it was not original. He made the person re-list the information (hand printed) on a blank CBP Form 4457 before he would sign off on the form.

Defeats the purpose of the government making the form available for download. May additional training be needed?

I mention this, as not a big deal by itself, but after crossing the border for many years with firearms and rather well versed in requirements, I've had the occasion where at one time or another I experienced Canadian or U.S. officials making up the rules in regard to paperwork requirements and causing me some delay. Once I sat in a Canadian customs office and once in a U.S. customs office as supervisors needed to be contacted. On both occasions after contact with supervisors, I was sent on my way. No apology received...

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Gunwalker Scandal: Watergate with Murder?

Rep. Darrell Issa Grills Attorney General Holder on Operation Fast & Furious and Project Gunrunner.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Montpelier Trap Club Schedule Change

Montpelier Gun Club

ATA Trap

Due to circumstances beyond our control with the construction of a shot containment curtain at the Montpelier Gun Club in Berlin, VT, the Vermont Trapshooting Association and Montpelier Gun Club have had to make some changes in our registered shoot schedule this summer.

The delays in construction of the shot curtain are the result of excessive and restrictive federal and state requirements in the design, planning, permitting, and funding steps in constructing the curtain.

Although we have been working on this project for about two years, we will not have our shot curtain completed until July.

This is forcing us to CANCEL our Memorial Weekend Shoot, previously scheduled for May 28th and 29th, as well as RESCHEDULE the Vermont State Shoot from June 17th, 18th, and 19th to July 29th, 30th, and 31st.

* Memorial Weekend Shoot, scheduled for May 28th and 29th (CANCELLED)

* Vermont State Shoot (RESCHEDULED) to July 29th, 30th, and 31st

Unfortunately, I’m sure a lot of shooters have made their summer traveling plans and we are going to disappoint some of them.

I regret this but we have had no choice other than to make these changes.

Dennis DeVaux

Monday, May 02, 2011

May 1, 2011 @ Kayaderosseras

Shot the monthly trap shoot at Kayaderosseras Fish & Game, Ballston Spa, New York on Sunday. Shot singles and handicap.

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A two field club. Have not visited for several years, but the times I have in the past, shoots started on time and always well run. That was the case on this visit!

I think I paid $36 for two hundred targets, to include fees. That had to be the cheapest I shot 200 registered targets for in the past six months, in any clay target discipline...

The club was having off and on problems with one speaker, but by the time I shot handicap, not a problem.

A few youth shooters in attendance.

I didn't get the ladies name that runs the kitchen, but as always a nice job!

I had problems with reloads at my last shoot. A number of lite loads. A new can of 700X was dropping lite and I had not checked my loads. Going up one bushing solved all powder issues. Not one bad shell!


Saturday, April 30, 2011

NRA VP: Holder's got to go

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation in a speech Saturday morning at the Association's annual meeting in Pittsburgh.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Powder drop, don't assume!

I had a number of lite re-loads at last weeks trap shoot. Cost me a few targets, as it got to the point that I was thinking about my shells and not targets!

I thought the reason for the lite shells was I filled an empty powder bottle and the powder had not yet settled when reloading the first box or two of shells. Those shells in-turn got mixed in with the shells I brought to the shoot.

Past practice has been to set aside the first box or two when starting with an empty bottle and shoot them in practice. With the theory being the powder in an empty bottle needs to compact. Something I failed to do.

I have a plastic powder baffle on the re-loader and it should ensure uniform power drops, but you still have to check from time to time.

Today, I dropped powder and put the charge on a digital scale. Weighed light. 700X dropping in the upper 15s. I wanted in the mid to upper 16s. Especially when shooting an 1100 that may slow a bit when shooting 100 targets. The charge bar was moving all the way to the left and not sticking.

I remembered I had opened a new container of 700X. Same powder but different production run, as the lot number was not the same on the old and new container. I changed bushing, going from a 29 bushing to a 30 bushing. Immediately got powder drops in the upper 16s and a few 17, 17.1 drops. Settled down to the upper 16s. A powder drop that works well in my 1100.

Years back this would have never happened, but I got away from what I use to do when I first started to reload.

I got lazy and have not been spot checking my loads with a scale. Especially, after filling an empty bottle or opening a new bottle of powder.

Also, humidity in the home can vary the powder drop.

I would have not caught this if I was shooting an O/U unless the shells sounded really weak or I had spot checked my powder drop with a scale. Checking with a scale is something I stopped doing.

First time re-loaders need to know powder bushing charts are just starting points and you do need to weigh your powder drops.

I have a battery operated scale. My first scale was a manual balance scale, but a pain to operate.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Apr 22, 2011 @ Montreal Skeet Club

Attended the Montreal Skeet Clubs annual Good Friday trap shoot. The club is west of Montreal, maybe 30 - 45 minutes west depending on traffic.

A mostly sunny day, in the mid 50's. A slight breeze from time to time.

Shot singles and handicap.

Good targets, voice release working properly and great background. The clubs kids did a good job calling lost and change.

One squad showed up late and they put them on a field without voice release, as handicap was getting ready to start. A good call!

Bill was the #1 U.S. shooter and I was 2nd! Bill had a serious flinch in past years and late last fall had his trigger modified to RELEASE. Not one flinch today...

Driving into Canada we had firearm serial numbers checked. Myself and my friend Bill have a Canadian Five Year Firearms License and the required firearm registrations, so no delay in filling out firearm paperwork.

Heading back south took longer then anticipated, as the border crossing we planned on using was still on winter hours and closes at 4pm. My GPS said arrival was going to be at 4:03. Unfortunately, we had to use the I-87 crossing and sat at the border for an hour. Seven lanes open, but it was Easter weekend.

Two vehicles in front of us were yellow carded and directed to report for secondary inspection. Three officers were walking the lanes and checked two vehicles with some type of hand held device. One officer actually reached under a truck and it looked like he was running the device along the gas tank.

A passport or enhanced drivers license is required to enter the US via vehicle. Passport only when flying. A regular drivers license is no longer acceptable when driving.

When at the booth we had one firearm serial number checked against what was listed on a Customs Form 4457 and we were on are way. If you have a firearm, US shooters need to stop at US Customs prior to entering Canada and fill out a Customs Form 4457. A one time requirement, as the form does not expire unless no longer readable. I laminated mine! By the way, don't bring a handgun into Canada. Jail time awaits...

Shoot Photos

Stuck Shotgun Wad Removal

A bad reload at a shoot yesterday and a wad got stuck in the barrel.

I thought I was going to have to leave the line to clear the barrel, but a shooter handed me a cut down 12 gauge hull with a live primer. Maybe half the height of a regular hull. No powder or wad, not crimped.

I loaded and shot the hull. The pressure generated from the primer expelled the stuck wad.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Spring Deuce Weekend 2011

We shot the Spring Deuce Prelim at the Rochester Brooks Gun Club, Rush, NY on Friday and saw sunny skies and great targets.

FITASC for me was Saturday AM at 8:30. Rain, cold, and windy. I was happy to get off the two parcours.

Walked the grounds in the PM and took a number of photos, to include Prelim, small gauge and additional FITASC photos. The rain let up some in the PM, but the wind started to blow harder then what we saw in the AM.

Machines on the course were worked on immediately if a problem. I observed club workers constantly driving around filling machines when needed.

All the club workers seem to be in good spirits. 16 stations and no sour grapes...

Shooting the main event on Sunday. High winds in the forecast.


Sunday saw winds and temperatures the low 40's. Ended up wearing my winter jacket.

17 stations.

I liked the target presentaions. Only one station, a true pair, that I thought a target needed to be set a bit higher. A few problems with the wind, but the refs were quick to call "NO TARGET" if the target flew off course.

Shoot Photos

I failed to mention my vehicle was not able to depart the designated parking area on Saturday and the club tractor had to pull it out of the mud!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mar 29, 2011 @ Flagler Gun Club

A slight drizzle on the drive to the club (Bunnell, Florida) but by time I arrived it stopped.

The club has three skeet fields and all were in operation.

Overcast and gray skies. You had to keep an eye on the bird.

Targets were flying good and I don't remember any no bird calls.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mar 27, 2011 @ Amelia Shotgun Sports

We attended an NSCA sporting clays shoot at Amelia Shotgun Sports, Yule, Florida.

Cost $60. The price included the NSCA fee and lunch.

I also shot a registered 50 target ($30) 5-Stand event. The club has two 5-stands and both were used. 25 per field. This was the first time the club offered NSCA 5-Stand.

I broke one of my rules in regard to 5-stand. Always best to sit and watch a few rounds before going out, but I didn't and paid the price. A number of times I forgot where the target was coming from or shot the wrong first target on doubles. Anyway, it was fun...

A warm day. 90 degrees at noon!

The club also held a PM shoot but we didn't participate.

Shoot Photos

Friday, March 25, 2011

Mar 25, 2011 @ WW Sporting Clays

We spent the afternoon at WW Sporting Clays, located just west of Jacksonville.

A nice crowd on hand for a friday afternooon.

The clubs main course is 13 stations.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mar 23, 2011 @ Bradford Sportsmen's Farm

We spent the day at the Bradford club with New York shooter Russ McKittrick.

The club had two 14 stations courses in operation. We shot one in the AM and the second after lunch.

On the second course, at least three stations required LM choke. A nice workout...

We ran into a couple from Ontario while at the club.

90 degrees in the shade at the shell house (sign in desk) at 4 PM.

Russ McKittrick

Heide Potosky

The club is hosting the Florida State Shoot in April.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

20 Gauge 3/4 oz Reloads

We shoot 28 gauge reloads exclusively in skeet practice. If I had the nerve the gauge I would shoot in registered skeet when shooting in the 12 and 20 gauge events.

A great pattern, soft shooting, and more importantly, only 3/4 oz of lead.

A great cost saver, especially with two shooters in the family and the ever raising cost of lead.

What the book says on Loads per bag

28 gauge - 3/4 oz - 533
20 gauge - 7/8 oz - 457
12 gauge - 1 oz - 400
12 gauge - 1 1/8 - 355

The down side of shooting 28 gauge reloads is the cost of hulls. You can easily pay two, three, or four times the going rate for once fired 12 & 20 gauge Winchester hulls.

I know shooters who will not shoot 28 gauge reloads in practice, instead shooting the 20 gauge so not to run out of 28 gauge hulls that are to be used in registered events. A factory box of Winchester shells can easily run from $10 - $14 a box of 25.

Good news! Claybuster has come to the rescue, they are selling a 20 gauge 3/4 oz wad. A 28 gauge hull saver as mentioned above and a shot saver for those who shoot 20 gauge and are looking to cut down on cost of reloading.


New 2011 Claybuster 20 gauge 3/4 oz plastic wad for lighter 20 gauge shot shell loads.

CB 1034-20 WADS 20gauge 3/4 oz

From what I read it's a standard CB 20 gauge Winchester replacement wad that had plastic added to raise the shot cup so the hull does not cave when reloading.

Should do wonders for recoil, as less lead in the 20 gauge hull.

I expect we will see many 20 gauge shooters switching over to this wad, especially for practice.

Note: In registered skeet you cannot shoot a 20 gauge hull in a 28 gauge event.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Allen Chubb 2011 Bunker Shoot Dates


The Board of Directors of Chubb International Shooting Sports, Inc. are pleased to officially announce the 2011 B&P USA Masters Cup in Olympic Trapshooting to be held on May 21 & 22 at the Keystone Shooting Park range near Dalmatia, Pennsylvania. This is a 200 Target event shot over two days (100, 100 + Final). Registration is limited to (30) competitors.


The Board of Directors of Chubb International Shooting Sports, Inc. are pleased to officially announce the 2011 Perazzi USA Grand Prix in Olympic Trapshooting to be held on July 8-10 at the Keystone Shooting Park range near Dalmatia, Pennsylvania. This is a 200 Target event shot over three days (75, 75, 50 + Finals). Registration is limited to (42) competitors.


Point of Contact: Allen Chubb – Match Director
717-903-9009 Cell / 717-362-1966 Fax

Obama eyes common sense gun control

Obama eyes 'common sense' US gun control

In his first public comments about gun control since Arizona's mass shootings in January, President Obama on Sunday called for "agreement" on the divisive issue of gun reform laws, and urged the implementation of "sound and effective steps" that would minimize gun violence in the United States.


Hold on to your hats...

Common-sense regulation from a Liberals Point of View:

Pay a reasonable annual registration fee, per firearm...

Be in possession of a license approved by local officials...

Guns in the home must be disassembled...

Safe storage...

Transported securely to and from the range...

Use ammunition approved by the government...

Use firearms only in areas not designated Gun Free zones...

Firearms must be from the same period as when the 2nd Amendment was written...

* Reposted by the Lost Target

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sporting Clays this past Saturday

We attended an NSCA sporting clays tournament at Indian River on Saturday.

I ASSUMED a refereed shoot based on a past visit. Unfortunately, not the case as when standing in line at the registration desk I overhear the person working the desk informing a shooter that this shoot would not have anyone working the stations.

A bummer, as the only reason we got up at 5 a.m. in the morning and drove for three hours was to attend a shoot with official scorers. Plenty of shoots locally if we wanted to pull are own. Except for the bigger money (and more expensive) shoots, getting rarer and rarer to attend a shoot with referees. I understand why, but not happy with it.

A big disappointment and took the wind out of my sails, but my fault for not checking...

Several shooters that I expected to see we’re not in attendance.

A shooter on the squad declined to pull or score targets. Didn’t push it as he may have issues that we’re not aware.

Good target presentations. You could get a feel on the flow of the course as envisioned by the target setter if you didn’t bounce around as some with carts do. A number of stations with a combination of slow and fast targets. Each station complimenting the last.

Only one station where I had to re-shoot a pair because of no-target.

As in the past, the club gave out excellent trophies to class winners. A throphy that anyone would display at home. 2nd and third place winners received a club coffee mug.

Lunch was included in the price of the shoot.

The three hour drive to the shoot was a little to much, even with us taking turns driving. I call it decompressing after a long drive and felt it on a few of the early stations. I think in the future I’m going to spend 20 minutes just sitting in the car and relaxing prior to any shooting.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Ontario Sporting Clays

Ontario NSCA shoot dates have been posted. The Galt club may have some additions at a later date.

Sporting Clays Ontario

I will also be posting non-NSCA sporting clays shoots as dates become available.

The page can also be viewed via Clays Ontario