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