Friday, December 28, 2012

‘YouTube’ is my coach, says Usman Chand

I've been following the career of Pakistani clay target shooter Usman Chand via articles posted on the internet. His name pops up from time to time and he always seems to have something positive to say and not a bad shooter either!

In November when asked how he managed to improve his game, he said YouTube was his coach. “I don’t have any coach but YouTube. I watch videos of the best shooters and learn different techniques from them. I try the most suitable techniques and if I find them working for me I adopt them. This is an ongoing thing,” he said.

He further said that with the help of Army he and some other players built a shooting range in Sialkot on a piece of land measuring between three and four acres. “The Army gave us land and also helped us import duty-free machines. Now we have a club with 30 members and state-of-the-art machines. It is named Clover Shooting Club.” he said.

This week I come across this article.

KARACHI: Punjab’s young skeet shooter Usman Chand set a new record on Friday by winning gold medals in all three shotgun events in the 32nd National Games. He scored 124 out of 150 in trap event in individual category. He had already won gold in skeet event by scoring 149 out of 150 and in double trap event by scoring 154 out of 200.

Chand will be shooting in Qatar in February.  Be interesting to see how he does! 

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Teachers, the First Line of Defense!

I'm strongly against Gun Free Zones, as in reality they can quickly turn into Kill Zones, especially without the presence of armed individuals on the premises! 

But this is not what this writing is about. 

My thought is society already is aware of those who someday may do harm either to themselves and/or others.

In many situations the local community is not allowed to take action, as in the case of a homeless population in the community.  We know the homeless has rights, we know most have either drug or alcohol problems, we know that at times they are in danger, we know that homeless slum communities have been setup in wooded areas or parks; but laws have been written to protect them and the police can take no action unless a law is broken.  The police are often told by local politicians to ignore!  How's that working for you?

We have a like situation in regard to mental issues and youth in society.

We know who the problem child is, but either the law will not allow for society to take action or if it is allowed, the resources are not available.

Teachers in many cases can provide the early warning needed, as parents may be reluctant!
Talk to teachers who have developed a sixth sense after working the lower grades (yes, even in kindergarten) for a few years. They know who will be in and out of trouble in the coming years, either criminally or mentally!

Somehow we have to latch onto this society early warning and provide intervention and guidance for all involved.  Change the laws where needed and provide the resources. but we must allow schools to take the lead or at a minimum to be allowed to alert the mental heath community!   An alert that would be much like a response by child protective services when a child is reported to be in harms way.

Checks and balances, Yes, but ignore, No!


Parents Worry Their Child Could Be ‘Next Adam Lanza’
Taking care of such children is a difficult, and sometimes lifelong, task.    ”Families who have children like Adam (Lanza, the Conn. shooter) have to deal with this 24 hours a day for many years without much relief or much sympathy from other people, and yet it’s a nightmare,”  

”These children often don’t marry, they don’t integrate into society very well. It is the responsibility of the parents, often the mother, and it is an ongoing challenge.”

Quotes from Wayne La Pierre

The NRA speaks: 14 Quotes from Wayne La Pierre


1) “The National Rifle Association’s 4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters join the nation in horror, outrage, grief and earnest prayer for the families of Newtown, Connecticut … who suffered such incomprehensible loss as a result of this unspeakable crime…Now, we must speak … for the safety of our nation’s children. Because for all the noise and anger directed at us over the past week, no one — nobody — has addressed the most important, pressing and immediate question we face: How do we protect our children right now, starting today, in a way that we know works?”

2) “Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk.”

3) “We care about our money, so we protect our banks with armed guards. American airports, office buildings, power plants, courthouses — even sports stadiums — are all protected by armed security…Yet when it comes to the most beloved, innocent and vulnerable members of the American family — our children — we as a society leave them utterly defenseless, and the monsters and predators of this world know it and exploit it. That must change now!”

4) “How many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame — from a national media machine that rewards them with the wall-to-wall attention and sense of identity that they crave — while provoking others to try to make their mark? A dozen more killers? A hundred? More? How can we possibly even guess how many, given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?”

5) “Violent crime is increasing again for the first time in 19 years! Add another hurricane, terrorist attack or some other natural or man-made disaster, and you’ve got a recipe for a national nightmare of violence and victimization.”

6) “And here’s another dirty little truth that the media try their best to conceal: There exists in this country a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people. Through vicious, violent video games with names like Bulletstorm, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse. And here’s one: it’s called Kindergarten Killers. It’s been online for 10 years. How come my research department could find it and all of yours either couldn’t or didn’t want anyone to know you had found it? Then there’s the blood-soaked slasher films like “American Psycho” and “Natural Born Killers” that are aired like propaganda loops on “Splatterdays” and every day, and a thousand music videos that portray life as a joke and murder as a way of life. And then they have the nerve to call it “entertainment.” But is that what it really is? Isn’t fantasizing about killing people as a way to get your kicks really the filthiest form of pornography?

7) “The media call semi-automatic firearms “machine guns” — they claim these civilian semi-automatic firearms are used by the military, and they tell us that the .223 round is one of the most powerful rifle calibers … when all of these claims are factually untrue. They don’t know what they’re talking about! Worse, they perpetuate the dangerous notion that one more gun ban — or one more law imposed on peaceful, lawful people — will protect us where 20,000 others have failed!”

8) “As brave, heroic and self-sacrificing as those teachers were in those classrooms, and as prompt, professional and well-trained as those police were when they responded, they were unable — through no fault of their own — to stop it. As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe. It is now time for us to assume responsibility for their safety at school. The only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection.

9) “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away … or a minute away?”

10) “Now, I can imagine the shocking headlines you’ll print tomorrow morning: “More guns,” you’ll claim, “are the NRA’s answer to everything!” Your implication will be that guns are evil and have no place in society, much less in our schools. But since when did the word “gun” automatically become a bad word? You know, five years ago, after the Virginia Tech tragedy, when I said we should put armed security in every school, the media called me crazy. But what if, when Adam Lanza started shooting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday, he had been confronted by qualified, armed security?”

11) “Ladies and gentlemen, there is no national, one-size-fits-all solution to protecting our children. But do know this President zeroed out school emergency planning grants in last year’s budget, and scrapped “Secure Our Schools” policing grants in next year’s budget. With all the foreign aid, with all the money in the federal budget, we can’t afford to put a police officer in every school? Even if they did that, politicians have no business – and no authority – denying us the right, the ability, or the moral imperative to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm.”

12) “I call on Congress today to act immediately, to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school – and to do it now, to make sure that blanket of safety is in place when our children return to school in January. Right now, today, every school in the United States should plan meetings with parents, school administrators, teachers and local authorities – and draw upon every resource available – to erect a cordon of protection around our kids right now.”

13) “The NRA is going to bring all of its knowledge, dedication and resources to develop a model National School Shield Emergency Response Program for every school that wants it. From armed security to building design and access control to information technology to student and teacher training, this multi-faceted program will be developed by the very best experts in their fields.”

14) “If we truly cherish our kids more than our money or our celebrities, we must give them the greatest level of protection possible and the security that is only available with a properly trained – armed – good guy.”

NRA Statement, Wayne LaPierre speaks

Missing any packages?

UPS guy caught stealing iPad mini delivered by FedEx

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The World just became a little more Dangerous

GIZMODO - Any sort of flying drone is already awesome. How do you make it more awesome? Attach a camera and arm it with a paintball gun so it can fly around and shoot unsuspecting people, animals and/or objects.


I could see someone buying something like that, but would not be attaching a paintball gun!

Only a matter of time....

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Trap Semifinal using old equipment (Bunker Trap)

Olympic Bunker Trap

Vadim Zevlever (Toronto) calculated how to use old controllers in order to conduct the new Semifinal accordingly with the latest printing of ISSF rules, before the equipment is upgraded.

If interested in what he has to say and to see the chart he developed, click on the below link:

Trap Semifinal using old equipment

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Traveling to Shoots @ Google Street View

Many times a GPS does not mark out the best route for traveling.  For a well traveled route we know what works best and take a road the GPS does not like, but we know from experience, the best route. 

Recalculating, Recalculating, Recalculating....

Something you learn to live with!

Recently, I was planning a route that was to take me through a high traffic area.  According to the map, three of four options of travel.  I had previously traveled the GPS laid out route and was not satisfied with the route of travel, even after changing the GPS options from fastest to shortest.

I was reluctant to go off course and seek a better router, as a wrong decision could end up with me traveling down a road with slow traffic, dozen of traffic lights, and stop and go traffic.

I was messing around with Google Maps and took a look at Street View.  I found that I could access the routes that I thought would make a good alternative and could see actually photos of the road and road signs. 

With my mouse cursor I could move down the road, as if traveling in my vehicle and see what a driver would see. Almost like viewing a video!

With my cursor I took an off ramp, entered a toll booth area, and after traveling through the toll booths, saw the two options for travel, either take a right or take a left.  I saw all vehicle lanes, E-ZPass lanes, and most importantly all the traffic road signs, to include the signs a mile from where I planned on turning. 

Next time your traveling to an area that your not familiar with, take a look at Street View!

Friday, November 30, 2012

The Sportsmen's Act of 2012 and the Consitution

The Sportsmen's Act of 2012 (a collection of 17 bills) recently did not receive enough votes in procedural proceedings and was withdrawn.

A number of organizations are rising hell and pressuring anyone who will listen to contact there senators and have them bring the bill back to the floor of the senate so it can be voted on and passed.

The NRA says:

S. 3525 is an essential piece of legislation focused on the expansion and enhancement of hunting, recreational fishing and shooting on federal public land.  But it's more than that. 

Of critical importance is the fact that, in addition to promoting land access, S. 3525 would amend the "Toxic Substances Control Act" to prevent this and future administrations from using the Environmental Protection Agency to eliminate the right of hunters, shooters and anglers to use traditional ammunition and fishing tackle.  The bill would amend the law to clarify that the EPA does not have the authority to regulate shot, bullets or sport fishing equipment. 

The bill also allows for the importation of polar bears legally taken from approved populations in Canada before the 2008 ban. 


The problem with the bill that it has a Duck Stamp tax increase of $10 and is unconstitutional as it did not originate in the House of Representatives:

Article I, Section 7 states that all revenue bills shall originate in the House of Representatives

This Duck Stamp Tax increase did not originate in the House!  One more time, This Duck Stamp Tax increase did not originate in the House!

Are we at the point that the constitution of the U.S.A. is just an outdated piece of paper that has no meaning?

Bring the bill back without the funding increase....

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Democrats current gun-ban-list proposal

The Democrats current gun-ban-list proposal (additional firearms to be added):

Rifles (or copies or duplicates):
M1 CarbineSturm Ruger Mini-14
Bushmaster XM15
Armalite M15
Thompson 1927
Thompson M1
NHM 90
NHM 91
SA 85
SA 93
Olympic Arms PCR
Calico Liberty
Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle or DragunovSVU
Fabrique National FN/FAL
HK-91, HK-93
Thompson 1927 Commando
Kel-Tec Sub Rifle
SKS with detachable magazine
SLG 95
SLR 95 or 96
Steyr AU
Galil and Uzi Sporter
Galil Sporter or Galil Sniper Rifle (Galatz)

Pistols (or copies or duplicates):
Calico M-110
Olympic Arms OA
TEC-22 Scorpion or AB-10

Shotguns (or copies or duplicates):
Armscor 30 BGSPAS 12 or LAW 12
Striker 12

Catch-all category (for anything missed or new designs):

A semiautomatic rifle that accepts a detachable magazine and has:
(i) a folding or telescoping stock,
(ii) a threaded barrel,
(iii) a pistol grip (which includes ANYTHING that can serve as a grip, see below),
(iv) a forward grip; or a barrel shroud.
Any semiautomatic rifle with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds (except tubular magazine .22 rim fire rifles).

A semiautomatic pistol that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine, and has:
(i) a second pistol grip,
(ii) a threaded barrel,
(iii) a barrel shroud or
(iv) can accept a detachable magazine outside of the pistol grip, and
(v) a semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.

A semiautomatic shotgun with:
(i) a folding or telescoping stock,
(ii) a pistol grip (see definition below),
(iii) the ability to accept a detachable magazine or a fixed magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds, and
(iv) a shotgun with a revolving cylinder.

Frames or receivers for the above are included, along with conversion kits.

During a speech in 1995 Eric Holder says people need to be brainwashed into thinking negatively about guns.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

NY Carry Concealed Handgun Law Upheld

A.G. Schneiderman Wins Major Court Victory in Defense of State Gun Safety Laws

In a unanimous decision in the case of Kachalsky, et al. v. Cacace, et al, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected a constitutional challenge to New York's handgun licensing statute, ruling that the law requiring individuals to demonstrate “proper cause” to obtain a license to carry concealed handguns in public does not violate the Constitution’s Second Amendment.



This goes along with my previous postings that all the landmark Supreme Court ruling did was give you the right to purchase a firearm and keep it in the home.   Not what all want to hear, but when you boil down the ruling that's what your left with.

The states have the ability to pass restrictive gun laws at any time, as long as they allow a firearm in the home and don't go overboard with associated fees.  Yes, they can require firearm registration of said firearms!

Guns shows are heavily regulated in some states, as well as some states have assault weapons bans in place.  Those laws with not be overturned by the Supreme Court!

Don't take your eye off the ball at the federal level, but the battle for firearms rights is best fought at the state level...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Summary of Changes: International Skeet & Bunker Trap


Skeet Target Throwing Distance. The distance Skeet targets must travel is increased by 2.00 m from 66.00 m +/1.00 m to 68.00 m +/- 1.00 m.

Skeet Course of Fire. Possible changes in the order that the Skeet stations are fired are still under consideration and will be decided as soon as possible.

Double Trap. The course of fire will use random A, B and C schemes in each round instead of the present fixed schemes. The double schemes are thrown randomly, but during each round of 25 pairs, each athlete will receive the same number of pairs from each scheme at each station. The delayed release is eliminated.

Eye Protection. Competitors and officials on the field of play in Skeet events are required to wear eye protection.

Coaching. Non-verbal coaching is permitted during Shotgun competitions only.

Plated Shot. Because of environmental concerns, plated pellets will be prohibited as of 1 January 2014.

Side Blinders. As an added safety protection, side blinders for Shotgun only may be up to 60mm in depth.



Trap and Double Trap. Eight qualifiers advance from the qualification and are divided into two squads of four to compete in two quarterfinals. Each competition series (quarterfinals, semifinals and medal duels) consists of 15 targets or 15 doubles shot from stations two, three and four with target throwing schemes (2 left, 1 center and 2 right on each station) that ensure the equal distribution of targets. The top two in each quarterfinal advance to the semifinal. After the semifinal the third and fourth place shooters advance to the bronze medal duel and the first and second place in the semifinal shoot for the gold and silver medals.

Skeet. Eight qualifiers advance from the qualification and are divided into two squads of four to compete in two quarterfinals. Each competition series (quarterfinals, semifinals and medal duels) consists of one regular double and one reverse double on stations 3, 4, 5 and 4 (four targets on each station) for a total of 16 targets. The top two in each quarterfinal advance to the semifinal. The third and fourth place shooters in the semifinal shoot in the bronze medal duel and the first and second place in the semifinal shoot for the gold and silver medals.

Remington Gun Clubs, Brass Seperation

I've had a number of brass separations when reloading in all the skeet gauges through the years.  Just something that you see when reloading thousands of shells. 

I've never had it happen to a FACTORY shell (new in the box)  until experiencing several this year while shooting my Remington 1100. 

My recent separation took place when shooting trap this past Friday.

Factory shell!

My forth this year!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Olympic Shooting Rule Changes

The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) has made drastic changes to the competition format in the next Olympic cycle from 2013 to 2016. It has announced that all finals would start from zero and end in a duel for the gold,

The changes, which were viewed with great concern by the leading shooters around the world when the proposal was made, were “unanimously approved” by the ISSF Administrative Council recently, according to a release from the ISSF.
Similar format
For the London Games, only the men’s rapid fire pistol event had the format in which the top six shooters made the final and started from zero in a hit or miss knockout drill. Now, all the Olympic events will have a similar format with some changes.
The qualification scores will not be added any more to decide the final positions.
In men’s double trap, there will be five preliminary rounds of 30 birds each, instead of three rounds of 50 birds each. In skeet, the target throwing distance will be increased by two metres to 68, and the two station-4 doubles will be shot after station-7 to ensure higher degree of difficulty towards the end.
In air rifle for both men and women, as well as 50-metre rifle prone event for men, it has been decided to have decimal scoring in qualification on a test basis in the World Cups for 2013.
A decision will then be made about continuing with decimal scoring for these events, or about having decimal scoring in qualification for all 10-metre and 50-metre events. Each shot will have a maximum of 10.9 points instead of 10, which was only used for the finals so far.
In the 50-metre 3-position event, the order has been revised to kneeling-prone-standing instead of prone-standing-kneeling.
The final will also be shot over all the three positions, instead of only standing as was the case so far.
“Change is necessary, to keep our sport on top. And with the new finals we made an important step forward to keep that leading position,” said the ISSF president, Olegario Vazquez Rana.
Hit or miss scoring
Quite significantly, the 25m pistol events for men and women will use the “hit or miss” scoring to “encourage more spontaneous spectator reactions.” To further avoid confusion for the spectators, the ‘preparation and sighting period’ will be for the 15 minutes before the actual competition.
Earlier, the shooters could continue with ‘sighters’ even during the regular competition period, and had to just press a button on the computer to start their competition shots.
There will also be many changes in the rules regarding rifle clothing and equipment. The objective was to limit the use of performance-enhancing clothing and equipment while maximising the tests of skill, training and performance. And also to keep the competition conditions as equal as possible for all rifle shooters. The ISSF had felt that the development of rifle clothing, equipment and accessories had reached dangerous proportions in terms of performance-enhancing capabilities.

Sportsman's Club of Franklin County (Vt) Skeet Field Warming Shed

The Sportsman's Club of Franklin County (St. Albans, Vermont) recently purchased a shed and installed it next to skeet field #2. Plans are to install a heater, with the building used for quick warm-up's during the cold winter months.

I hope the club takes the building to the next level and puts a refrigerator in the building for sale of soft drinks during the warm winter months, sell chips of various brands, and also uses the building as  "shoot desk" headquarters during clay target fun shoot events.

Maybe even setting the grill out and sell hotdogs (cook your own) whenever the club is open or when the fields are used for various functions.

WiFi is now available at the clubhouse, and dear to the heart to those who ever volunteered their time mowing and taking care of access roads, the club purchased a new brush hog and box grader for ground maintenance.

If you shot at the club in past years but haven't visited in several years you may want to consider a return visit.  The club is marching forward and you can expect major improvements to not only the overall operation of the club, but also too the rifle/pistol range.

The club is located on lake road Route 36, southwest of Swanton, Vermont.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

FITASC @ Underhill (Vt)

The 5-stand guys at the Underhill Rod & Gun Club removed the stands and setup a FITASC parcour in its place. 

Just for the day.  An opportunity for shooters to experience the basic rules of FITASC and low gun shooting.

The governing body for FITASC is located in France.  A world organization with annual world championships held in a different country each year. One year it could be held in Australia and the next in South Africa.

Without going into information overload; 1 oz. loads, no pre-mounts, low gun, can't start your gun until you see the target, and no talking by squad members.   Five or six machines per layout with three separate shooting stations.  All shoot each station before moving to the next.  On singles you can take two shots. 

On the shooters call the referee will use a whistle to single the trapper to release a target(s).

Not a fast game. It can take some time for a squad to shoot 25 targets.  Clubs usually require pre-registration and limit the number of shooters.  Not uncommon to be required to put down a deposit when pre-registering.

The weather cooperated and a nice turnout.  I estimated at least 24 shoots. 

A fun day, a social outing!

For some, the first time shooting low gun.  More than a few pre-mounts after shooters stepped into the hoop or starting the gun before the target was visible. 

The club is looking at doing this again next year and plan on providing two parcours.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wounded Warrior Project: Anti-Gun Response

Wounded Warrior redux: WWP now ‘Clarifying our approach’

Some may call it a scramble for damage control, others may portray it as a “clarification” of what became a massive misunderstanding.

Good afternoon Ms. Dovey,

Leslie Coleman forwarded me your email. Thanks so much for reaching out to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and for providing an opportunity to clarify matters.

Let me start off by saying that we have seen through this process that the language on our website and our response to Mr. Gresham wasn’t clear and we are working on clarifying our approach. There is now much inaccurate information about WWP being anti-gun rights, an issue as an apolitical organization we do not take a stance on. We understand and appreciate that many of our Alumni are gun owners and we facilitate multiple hunting and outdoor opportunities for our Wounded Warriors throughout the year.

In the past, we made our logo available to appear on wide variety of products, including guns. As an organization, we owe it to our donors and constituents to maximize the return on investment of our dollars and brand. We are always looking at our business practices and whether we should continue with them in the future. In the case of cobranding, we've decided that we're not going to offer our logo to appear on weapons anymore - whether they're guns, knives, bows, swords, or any other type of weapon. There are still a few of the guns around for sale that had licensed our logo years ago, but there aren't any new ones being made. This is purely a business decision based on a review of a return on investment, especially when compared with other types of cobranding ventures.

Regarding the question of donations and events, we do permit fundraisers that are shooting- and gun-related, such as gun raffles, shooting competitions, etc., and we're incredibly appreciative of those who are willing to give their time to host or participate in an event. Likewise, we gratefully accept donations from companies and individuals connected with the gun industry.

As indicated above, we know that hunting and shooting sporting events can be very therapeutic for many of the Wounded Warriors we serve, and we're happy to work with the community to make these types of events available to our Alumni. Hunting and shooting sport enthusiasts are an incredibly supportive and generous community, and we've been honored by how often folks have opened their land and homes, and volunteered their time to make these types of events possible for our Alumni. We certainly regret the appearance of a lack of appreciation for the support the community has given us based on a confusingly communicated business decision.

I hope the above provides some clarity. We welcome the opportunity to have a warrior on Mr. Gresham’s show to discuss how hunting or events of the like have supported their recovery. We responded too quickly to his request and should have delved a bit deeper.

Thanks so much and please feel free to call me with any questions.

communications evp


Obama 2nd Term and Firearm Laws

I've read a number of doomsdays articles in the last few weeks in regard to firearm confiscation and other restrictions in regard to the right to own a firearm.

Be reminded, the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution had nothing to do with the right to Bear Arms so you could go hunting!

In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two Second Amendment decisions. In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. In dicta, the Court listed many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession as being consistent with the Second Amendment. In McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government.

This is what the Obama administration could realistically SHOOT for with that in mind!

Assault Weapons Ban:

Passing and implementation of the Assault Weapons Ban.  Basically if it looks like a military rifle it would be outlawed (firearms meeting a certain criteria) .  The previous law in addition named actual firearms.  A ban on high capacity magazines is a certain.

It's being debated if the ban would require turn-in of firearms or if they would be grandfathered!

At the federal level Remington 1100s and like weapons were not affected during the last ban.

Outlawing of Private Sales:

All sales would be required to be via an FFL.  No direct sales to any individual by another individual.  FFL must be used and all sales would be vetted through the ATF system.

* This may have the best chance of passing!

United Nations:

Arms and ammunition control via international law. 

Though the treaty is supposed to be about “gun exports,” its provisions can still be applied domestically. Activist judges adjudicating cases arising under the treaty and enabling legislation could see to that. The definition of international commerce could follow the same expansive logic liberal courts have used to redefine “interstate commerce.” Anything that indirectly or incidentally affects the trade in arms would fall under its control.

A ratified treaty, with constitutional authority, could be interpreted in a way that applies to any imported weapon or round of ammunition, those made with foreign components, those containing imported materials, those that might some day be exported, and those capable of being exported. If it affects the overall arms market, it could be said to be part of “international” trade, even if the item never leaves our shores. In practice this logic would give the government free rein to regulate all weapons, foreign and domestic. (Washington Times Article)

The Biggest Threat:

Be wary of states and cities.  By law they have to allow you to have a firearm in your home.  And, in my interpretation of the law, not charge excess fees for you to exercise that right.  An excessive tax (fee) on firearms and ammunitions would most likely be overturned in the courts at the federal level.

They can require permits and registration for all firearms.  They can outlaw certain types of weapons (assault weapons).  They can require you to have a permit to purchase ammunition.

In some states, cities can implement stricter laws than the state. New York City has stricter guns laws than the state.

Be wary of states and cities....

911: We just can't possibly have cars outside every house

Rely solely on 911 or be prepared to defend your home and family?

Eastern New Orleans (Home Invasion):

 The St. Helena Place victims said they were shocked that the robbers were undeterred by their 10-foot fence, four cars in the driveway, signs warning of their security alarm system and visible cameras. 

Crouching behind a living room couch, the husband fired several shots at the robbers. The robbers returned fire with an automatic weapon and another gun.

The victims said they were "very disappointed" with the NOPD's response time. The wife said her phone call with the 911 dispatcher lasted 15 minutes before police arrived. "If we'd waited for NOPD, we'd be dead," the wife said.

NOPD spokeswoman officer Hilal Williams, however, said the department's response time was "acceptable" -- officers were dispatched to the scene at 4:09 a.m. and the first units arrived at 4:18 a.m. Williams acknowledged that "10 minutes can feel like forever when you're in that type of situation," but still, she said, the reality is "we just can't possibly have cars outside every house."


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wounded Warrior Project: Anti Gun?

Disturbing article posted to

In a development that shocked veteran talk show host Tom Gresham of the nationally-syndicated Gun Talk Radio program, the Wounded Warrior Project “declined an interview request on Gun Talk Radio because it's a firearms-related show.

“I'm stunned at your email saying that the WWP doesn't participate in an interview or activity related to firearms,” Gresham emailed the charity’s public relations director, Leslie A. Coleman. “Inasmuch as there are 90 million gun owners and most of them support wounded veterans, I think they would be shocked to hear that they are, by way of their hobbies, somehow not worthy of helping with the Wounded Warriors Project.”

“WWP does not co-brand, create cause marketing campaigns or receive a percentage or a portion of proceeds from companies in which the product or message is sexual, political or religious in nature, or from alcohol or firearms companies,” Coleman replied. “Our position regarding firearms and alcohol is in response to the struggles that many injured service members face with substance abuse and suicide and the roles those items often play in those issues.”

“Your policy does, in fact, brand firearms and the companies which make them as undesirables, and by association, you are saying that those who own and use firearms for recreation, hunting, self protection, and other safe and legal uses are to be avoided,” Gresham responded. “I cannot fully express how much I feel you are doing a disservice to our wounded veterans, and how disappointed I am to discover this bias at the Wounded Warriors Project.”


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Ten Years ago, The Lost Target was Conceived!

I was using my AOL account to host a website for my club a little over ten years ago.  A simple site; listing contact information, shoot dates and so on. I may have been posting a few photos, but not something I remember.  Digital cameras were just becoming popular.  Band width was limited, with most on dial up. Photos posted were small in size.  Rarely no bigger than 640x480.

In 2002, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) implemented the requirement for visitors to the U.S.A. to pre-approve temporary importations of firearms into the USA for hunting or sporting purposes.

A shock to many, as previously all a Canadian had to show at the border was a shoot flyer or membership in a gun club in the states.  My club in New York was severely impacted, as it was very popular with Canadian shooters.  There numbers dried up almost over night as information needed for those wishing to cross the border was not getting out, and when it did, in many cases not correct.

I was tracking the implementation of the program, but frustrated in not having the ability of getting the information out.  I immediately saw that shooters from the coast to coast were having problems.  U.S. Customs had there own ideas on how the program would be implemented.  More then a few were quoted as saying they did NOT WORK for the ATF. Many Canadians were turned  away even though they had the correct paperwork.  Many were allowed entry, but only after considerable delays.  The ATF were severely understaffed, not realizing how many Canadians entered the states each year with firearms.  Paperwork was delayed and/or lost. Initially they were not communicating well with those in charge of those manning the border crossings.

On November 11, 2002 the Lost Target website was born. I had been kicking the idea around and had formatted in my mind what I wished to present and went for it.  The first few years the site was hosted at an ISP in Hong Kong.  Hey, the price was right! 

I now had a tool to post information in regard to entering the U.S.A with a firearm, the big issue of the day.  Posting every crossing incident that I was made aware, calling the ATF and asking for clarification of rulings and posting there responses to the site. 

Several organization and a number of shooters in Canada fed me problems that shooters experienced at the border.  Many phone calls were made to the ATF.  Letters were sent.  U.S. Customs manages/supervisors were contacted.  I won't go into all the problems experienced, but they were considerable.  It took over two years to almost get to the point where problems were at a minimum.

I once received an email from someone working in the Firearms Branch of the ATF asking if I would post a procedure change.  He said it was the fastest way that he knew to get the word out.

Anyhow, the site grew.  Posting my first photos in early 2003 after a shooter from South Africa asked WHY no photos?  Times have changed. Hardly anyone on dial up, and bandwidth no longer an issue.  I post several thousand photos a year without given it any thought.

At some point the Canadian government required visitors to Canada to also register there firearms upon entry. An information page was added to the Lost Target to address those procedures.

Flying with firearms became an issue and that lead to another page. 

I gather you see the pattern.  I see a change in procedures or questions being asked and finding it hard to find correct answers, so a page is added to the Lost Target.  Not wishing to lose the history of problems solved or questions answered.

In July 2008 I posted my first video, the 2008 Canadian Olympic Trap Championships.  Almost 87,000 viewings as of today.  Videos came about after I attended a Lobster Sporting Clays shoot with George Digweed in attendance. I realized my still camera was not doing justice documenting the shooting demonstration he put on.  Shooting 5-stand from the hip (and breaking the targets) and shooting targets from the parking lot at a distance of over 100 yards.  Last year I upgraded my camera and now all videos posted are in HD.

I hope to follow up on this posting in another ten years!

Joe Potosky

Thursday, November 01, 2012

ATA Average Card, Print Your Card!

The ATA has implemented an easy way for a member to print an up to date average card.

In the paperwork that came with this seasons Average Card it contained the following announcement:

"Due to the ever increasing costs of postage and handling we are asking that you print your average card in the future.  When you print your average card, you will also be printing all of your individual scores and averages for the current year."

* Shoot information has been available in the past. Shoot updates usually lags by a few weeks, more if a club does not send in information on a timely bases. Bug the club not the ATA if you don't see your scores posted!

I'm left with the impression this will be the last year the card will be mailed, unless requested.

A huge saving to any organization.  No postage and handling  fees! 

Membership and shoot fees can be utilized for something other then subsidizing the postal system!

As part of the process of accessing your printable Average Card via password access, you have to provide an email address. 

I imagine a system that emails renewal notices.  You pay on line or via snail mail.  Receive an email acknowledgement of payment and notified by the ATA to watch your account for the update to the current shooting year! You print the card and your set to go...

How long before the NSSA / NSCA follows?


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Windows 8 Installed

I installed Windows 8 on a laptop. 

An easy install, but it did take sometime.  I defragged the hard drive before I started and also made the necessary backup of data.  Installed right over the previous version.

During the install it asked for Microsoft passwords and passwords to access the internet, but I ignored.  Had internet access when the install was completed without having to punch in the password!  I don't use the Microsoft email program and ditched it.

As  part of the prelim install procedure the program checks your computer to see if its suitable for an upgrade and also tells you what programs are not compatible.

Two programs that were identified that I was worried about, as they would have cost me big bucks to upgrade, worked fine after installation completed.

I ended up unpinning many of the icons on the new start page.  On the left side I kept Desk Top and Weather.  The page was too busy with news, stocks and so on.

I even unpinned Internet Explorer.  I access it from the Desk Top.

I kept programs listed that I use weekly, if not monthly, and unpinned the rest.

Internet Explorer needed some work, as my toolbar was messed up.  I have it back where I want it. 

My password program was not to be found.  I gather not yet 100% compatible with Windows 8.  I having it working, but a few extra steps now needed to retrieve passwords.  Will be testing programs in the next few weeks!

A few password protected websites asked me ID type questions (What is your pets name, what color is your house) as they did not recognize my computer.

Had to go looking for new card games, as the ones I had were no longer working or no longer available.  The Store had free replacements.  Just hit the search button to find useful apps.

Oh! Where is the search button?

Bottom or top right corner of your screen is where you want to place the pointer to bring up what I would call the heart of Windows 8, to include the search button. In that area of the screen you will also find the power button needed to turn off your computer.  I had to Google to find out how to turn off the computer.  Its under Settings!  Hit the power button.

One last thing.  The bottom left corner will bring up the start page and the top left corner will show you what you have open.  I think!   Still trying to figure it all out without reading the directions.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Skeet @ L'Acadie

I attended the National Trapshooting Day shoot at Club L'Acadie and after the handicap event I ran into my friend Reza who makes the Montreal Skeet Club his home club.

Reza was paying a visit and at the club to shoot skeet. I joined him for a round as I had not seen him since last spring. 

The first time I shot skeet at L'Acadie in five years, if not more. 


John Paul

A good time and a few laughs.  Don't know how we got threw the round as a lot of leg pulling!

Targets were up to speed and the trapper was right on the money. 

I was thinking of a second round but had already shot 200 targets in trap and it was starting to be a long day.

No problems or delays at the border, coming or going. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

ATA Trap Handicap Yardage, Why 18 Yards?



A shooter will be handicapped between 18 and 27 yards and at the
highest yardage punched on his/her Average Card, unless he/she is
required to shoot penalty yardage.

1. New lady shooter - new lady shooters will be assigned a handicap
of 19.0 yards.

2. New sub-junior shooter – a new male shooter who has not reached
his 15th birthday will be assigned a handicap of 19.0 yards. A new
male shooter who has reached his 15th birthday will be assigned a
handicap of 20 yards. All additional yardage increases or reductions
will be earned.


Ages before the event of changeable chokes, adjustable combs, adjustable length of pull, recoil reduction systems and even adjustable or replacement ribs, and modern shotgun shells; short handicap shooting made sense.  Only top shooters scored in the 90's at any distance! Now if you don't shoot in the 90's your just shooting for fun. Yes, even at the 18 yard line!

PAT Traps not hand loaded trap machines, voice release, and radar guns. All modern equipment that has helped raise scores.

Also, and this must be part of the discussion, the angle of targets thrown left/right, is not as wide as it was at shoots held in the "old" days.  Less angle, easier targets...

In the past two years the ATA has been given yardage reductions to shooters who are no longer competitive (maintaining minimum averages) at the yardage they earned.  Some have ended on the 18 yard line!

Why in this modern era are we still shooting from the 18 and 19 yard line?

Can anyone explain to me the difference in 16 yard shooting (singles) and 18 yard shooting.

The only difference I see is an increase of moving voice release speakers after each shot because of an increasing mix of 18, 19, and 20 yard shooters.

A new male shooter 15 and older is assigned the 20 yard line.  Female shooters assigned the 19 yard line.  Yet, we insist on keeping the 18 yard line, when even new shooters don't start from that distance.

Lets move the game into the modern era and at least element 18 yard shooting, if  not 19 yard shooting as well!

Monday, October 08, 2012

October Trap Shoot @ Kayaderosseras

Kayaderosseras Fish & Game Club, Ballston Spa, New York.

My second visit of the year.  The last "targets only" shoot of the year.

Two trap fields.

The club advertises a 9:30 start time and at 9:30 if not sooner the first squad was on the field.

A cool start to the day, but by the time my squad (squad 5) took the field it warmed up enough so that a few layers of clothing could be removed.

No problems with the voice release and machines threw targets without any issues.

I usually have problems with field #2 targets.  My score drops off, but not this time.  Had four good rounds!

A two hour drive to get home and passed on handicap.  Doubles was also offered. A long weekend as we shot NSSA skeet on Saturday in Quebec. It was time to head home. 


On the way home I almost took out two turkeys on I-87.  Saw one crossing the road and slowed down.  From 70 to 50 in a blink of an eye.  Sure enough two more popped out and if I had not slowed to 50 I would have hit them both. As it was, a close call.  Nice size birds!

October Skeet Shoot @ Valleyfield

October skeet shoot @ Club de Tir Valleyfield, St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Québec.

When we departed the house it was pouring rain.  Weather radar showed it should be clearing just about the time we were scheduled to shoot (11:30am.), so we headed out.  On and off rain when we arrived.  Sure enough it stopped raining just as we were taking the field and saw sun and blue skies at the end of round #4.

2nd skeet shoot in a row that I couldn't get off station #1. Other then that happy with my shooting, as not missing on the other stations.  I'm sure next year it will be some other station. 

Shooting my 1100 with 28 inch barrel.  Factory one ounce, #8's.


By tradition the Le Bonhomme Pumpkin is a skeet shoot where attendees bring inexpensive gifts that are randomly exchanged with the other shooters, with a few other gifts provided by shoot management.  I once (by random draw) won a weekend in Quebec City at one of it's finest hotels!

We didn't stay for the second event as we had a long drive the next day.  When we did depart the sun was shinning brightly!

No traffic at the small bording crossings we used, coming or going! 


Thursday, October 04, 2012

Lead Shot Prices, Oct 4, 2012

I use Gamaliel Shooting Supply to track the price of lead shot used by clay target shooters.

Not necessarily the best price. 

I last listed lead in the $40 range back on February 28, 2008 when it was going for $42.00.


Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Oct 4, 2012

$41.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$41.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Gamaliel Shooting Supply

Jun 13, 2012

$39.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$39.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


Jan 9, 2012

$36.00 - Lawrence Brand Chilled Shot

$36.50 - Lawrence Brand Magnum Shot


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


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


Guns in the News, visit the Lost Target website

Monday, October 01, 2012

A good time @ the Beaver River Sporting Clays Shoot

I shot the Brian E. Soper Memorial Shoot hosted by the Beaver River Fish & Game Club in Croghan, New York this past Sunday.


A fun shoot! Trophies and a Lewis Class option. A BBQ chicken dinner was available for $5.

56 shooters in attendance.

Drizzled for most of the day, but never a hard rain. In the low 50's, but not cold.  Rain pants and jacket made for comfortable shooting!

18 Stations in all. Each squad was assigned a trap boy. Squads did the scoring.

A variety of target presentations.  We had fun at the rabbit stations and of course shooting while sitting in the boat!


The shoot was well run.  The BBQ dinner was excellent! 

I hit a Lewis!


Friday, September 28, 2012

Remington 1100 light contour barrel

I've been shooting my 1100 for sporting clays on and off for the last year.

My 26 inch barrel was adequate, but something was missing.  I ended up shooting my 30 inch barrel, but not always happy with the swing.

I had been thinking of purchasing a 28 inch barrel for the wife and if I did I give it a try.  A few months back I ran into a deal on a 28 inch light contour barrel and pulled the trigger on the sale.  I just got around to shooting it a few weeks back, as not wanting to make changes during the peak of the shooting season and liked the way the gun moved in my hands.

Not a sporting clays test, but I shot it at a skeet fun shoot and shot 47x50.  Only missing high house station #1 birds.  Missing because I was holding to high.  Didn't shoot the first target, as I never saw it.  Anyway, I found it shot flatter then my 30 inch barrel without making any comb adjustments. Suited me perfectly!

This past week my wife gave it a try on the skeet field.  She mounted the gun that was set for the 26 inch barrel she uses and couldn't see the beads.  We ended up adding three washers to the comb! A nice round shot and mostly center hits! As I had experienced, it seemed to shoot flatter then the 26 inch barrel she uses. Anyway, its now her barrel!

A bit of searching around and I found another deal on a used light contour barrel.  You can find them used for under $175, but it takes patience and some poking around.

I'll put the two 26 inch barrels on EBay. Seeing what they are going for I don't expect to make big bucks. Hopefully, both will pay for at least one of the light contour barrels!

As a side note.  I have a theory on barrel length. I don't think 26 inch 1100 barrels cycles ammunition as well as longer barrels. May have something to do with gas buildup and the longer barrel. I seem to never have an ammo hiccup with the 30 inch barrel, but  using the same ammunition I can have problems with the 26 inch barrel.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2013 Florida Chain Shoot Dates

Florida 2012 / 2013 Calendar

2013 Florida Triple Blast (Sporting Clays)

Shoot in the Main Events of all three shoots - The Caribbean Classic, The Seminole Cup and the Florida Challenge - and you will be competing for a piece of an additional $10,000 in prize money beyond the combined $60,000 in purse money already offered by the shoot promoters.

02/13/13-02/18/13 - INDIAN RIVER TRAP & SKEET VERO BEACH - Caribbean Classic

02/20/13-02/24/13 - QUAIL CREEK PLANTATION OKEECHOBEE - Seminole Cup

02/28/13-03/03/13 - BRADFORD SPORTSMEN'S GRAHAM - Florida Challenge

Information / Registrations

WinScore Registration

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sept 23 @ The Lost Target Fun Shoot

Thanks to Club de Tir Valleyfield for hosting a Lost Target Fun Shoot and donating the proceeds to the Lost Target!

The proceeds will be put to good use and go a long way with helping offset the expense of running the website and the other activities taken by the Lost Target throughout the year to promote the clay target sports.


A cool start to the day and windy, but it warmed and just as I departed a shower or two.

A 47x50 in skeet.  Missing three station #1 high house birds, two in round #1 and one in round #2.  Holding way to high!  Shooting an Improved Skeet Choke.  Thought the hits were a bit tight on all stations. Will have to rummage through my gear and see if I can find a regular Remington 1100 skeet choke for registered skeet.

Shot a 45x50 in trap.  Missed a few that I rushed, but overall was comfortable with my shooting.  I was seeing the target really good!

Shoot Photos

Thanks to the Valleyfield club and the Quebec Provincial Trapshooting Association (QPTA) for also making  contributions to the Lost Target.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

NY State Trooper, you lost a bit of respect today!

I was driving to a shoot Sunday morning and was stuck behind five vehicles traveling west on Route 11.  The lead vehicle according to my GPS was going between 47 and 50 mph in a 55 mph zone.  A no passing part of the highway and no opportunity to pass for any of us, as a winding part of the road.  Saying that, good visibility and dry roads.

We passed a NY State Trooper vehicle parked along the side of the road.  Looking in my rear vehicle I see just as we are about to lose sight of him he pulls out and starts following us, keeping his distance.

About a mile up the road we finally get to a passing area and the number 3 vehicle passes the number 2 vehicle and pulls back in.  Maybe 30 seconds later he passes the number 1 vehicle and takes the lead.

Sure enough, on comes the emergency lights and the state trooper passes us all and pulls over the vehicle who done the passing.

What a crock.  The passing vehicle from what I could see never went faster then 65 mph and he passed in a safe manner.  Most, if not all of us have done this hundreds of times, to include the trooper in question.

The more I think about it I imagine the trooper knows that part of the road and looks for four or five vehicles following a slower vehicle and uses the opportunity to write a ticket that most troopers would be embarrassed to give.   

Write a ticket for passing on a double line, speeding in a work zone, but for this?

You lost a bit of respect today…

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Florida Challenge 2013

Bradford Sportsmen's Farm
Graham, Florida


Video From 2012 (Sunday Action)

Vermont Clay Target Shooting, 2012 Retrospect

From a shooters perspective, a good year for clay target shooting in Vermont.

The Northeast Kingdom Skeet and Sporting Clays club received a spring face lift with a bulldozer and chain saws re-making the sporting clays course. 

The old sporting course was skeet in the woods.  The new course has something for everyone.  Newer shooters should not feel beat up and the more experienced shooters will find several stations with challenging targets.  A well run state shoot with many happy shooters!

The club also installed a trap field.

The club has skeet and an excellent 5-stand.  I’m told a new club house is planned.

A big surprise for me was this year’s visit to Bulls Eye Sporting Clays.  Several years back I was not impressed and had not returned. 

Much improved target presentations.  Mostly hand traps and it is what it is.  The club has shot fall issues and has to be very careful in that regard.  I had a more enjoyable time on this visit. Will be returning next year!

The Montpelier Gun Club recovered from the floods of 2011 and all trap machines were working perfectly at this year’s state shoot.  A club with a Shot Fall Curtain.  Makes for an excellent background.

The Underhill Rod & Gun club, a three field skeet club with trap and a 5-stand once again transformed the club into a sporting clays club for two shoots this year.  In FITASC terms, they setup six parcours.  Very well done! I'm told some type of registered NSCA 100 target shoots are planned mid week once per month.  Most likely built around the 5-stand and an adjoining field.

Registered skeet ended with a bang!  The last shoot held, a 200 target .410 shoot, was a big hit.  Talk is that next year the club will be reworking the skeet program. I’m looking foreword to it. To be honest I had been thinking of dropping my NSSA membership, as not many places to shoot registered skeet in this region. With a revised Underhill shoot schedule and maybe a strengthened Vermont program I will stick around.

The Derby Fish and Game Club just keeps trucking along. A one field trap club that has an aggressive fun shot schedule.  Much larger clubs would be happy with the turnout the clubs sees at some of its shoots.

The Sportsman’s Club of Franklin County held a skeet and trap fun shoot this year.  It seems a few years have past since the last such shoot.  A member only shoot. Maybe future such shoots will be open to all and garner a few extra shooters.  A well run shoot, trophies for both skeet and trap, and a nice lunch.  The club runs an excellent skeet league.  They offer a trap league also, but having a rough time getting it off the ground.

The club is installing a “warming building” near skeet field #2.  A much needed addition.  Call it what you want. but the club has long needed a gathering spot for socializing near the fields.  The club house is not that far away, but far enough that it impacts the socializing aspect of clay target shooting.  Just my opinion and take it for what’s its worth….

The North County Sportsman’s Club has shot fall issues that have been identified and the club looks to have a handle on it. If in the neighborhood, stop in and shoot a round of 5-stand or trap, as the club needs to throw targets to pay for all the changes required to solve the issues at hand!  A relocated 5-stand is planned and the first shoot of 2013 is set for February 23rd, a 100 target shoot. 

A number of clubs have someone working with youth shooters, but a small group is planning on taking it to the next level in 2013, forming a Scholastic Clay Target Shooting Program (SCTP).

Something that we should all be willing to support at whatever level we can afford, may it be a cash contribution, ammunition donation, or reduced cost shooting at whatever Vermont club they visit.

Hopefully, clubs will reach out and offer their facilities for practice and or shoots!



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    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Sep 16 @ the Farnham Fun Trap Shoot

    We shot the annual fun trap shoot at Club Chasse, Pêche & Tir de Farnham inc., Farnham, Québec.

    50 targets. Ammunition included in the shoot fee.


    I first visited the club last year and thought this years targets were a big improvement from what we experienced the previous year. If I was a club member I would ask that orange rim targets be thrown instead of black rim.  A tough background when they fly to the right!  Maybe not a big problem when the sun is shinning, but most of the time the sun was behind the clouds.

    Someone not familiar with clay target shooting, I assume a rifle person made the trap range rules, as you were not allowed to hold your gun when someone went downrange to load targets.  Good for the puller who brought it to are attention, but at first had no idea what she were talking about!

    My wife Heide shot well.  Especially the second round.  A mishap with score keeping resulted in the posted scores not being correct.  She missed one target for a score of 24x25.  According to my score keeping she beat me my one target. As they were not calling out after every post change, we had to live with it.  The second fun shoot this year where this happened. I know it's just a fun shoot and you hate to say anything, but when the scoring gets messed up... 

    The cost of lunch was $1 for a soft drink, $1 for a hot dog, and a $1 for hand cut french fries (a generous serving).


    Monday, September 10, 2012

    Slow Motion Sporting Clays (Video)

    Very well done, take a look!

    Tiro al plato

    Golden Triangle Sporting Clays Shoot

    An early start to attend the Golden Triangle Trap and Skeet Club (Brockville, Ont) sporting clays fun shoot.

    I crossed the border at the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge ($1.75 toll).  No lines and I was processed quickly. A short run west on highway 401 and I was at the club.  Maybe ten minutes from the exit, if that. For you upstate NY shooters, about an hour drive, going west, from the Massena Gun Club.

    I arrived just after 9am, two squads were already on the course. 

    The 75 target shoot was shot over three fields.  Thirty-five (35) targets shot off the 5-stand and twenty targets (20) each shot off two other fields, set as parcours.  A nice setup and things moved along smoothly.

    A good variety of target presentations.  The rabbit presentation was enjoyed by all. We might not have hit all of them, but a lot of laughs.

    Machines seemed well maintained.  This shooter didn't have to re-shoot any presentations.  A 75 target shoot and I shot 75 shells, never needing to use my extras. 


    Lunch was included in the price of the shoot ($35).

    A number of prizes were handed out in the lucky draw.  At first I thought they were items for sale, as they seemed to nice too be lucky draw prizes. I took home a very nice sport shirt!

    A well maintained club.  The clubhouse itself was clean with plenty of space for hanging out.

    The construction of the 5-stand shooting stands was first rate.  Nothing sticking out to snag cloths and the front was low enough for youngsters to use.

    Gun racks were in good shape!

    An hour after the shoot you would never know the club held a shoot.  Machines put away and even the broken targets littering the infields had been removed.


    I was asked if I was interested in shooting a round of skeet, but it was time to hit the road.  Lucky once again at the border, no traffic.

    Maybe just the time of the year but saw four or five dead foxes along the route. I saw at one flock of geese right next to the road and one deer!

    Todd Murphy Memorial Sporting Clays Shoot

    Twice a year the Underhill Rod & Gun Club (Westford, VT) transforms itself into a sporting clays facility, with the property sectioned off into parcours. A transformation that is well done!

    A windy day but forecasted rains held off.


    Volunteers did an outstanding job.

    A caterer provided lunch. 

    Photos / Results

    On my way home the rains came.  Visibility almost zero.  I stopped for gas and just after I paid the lights flickered a few times and the pumps went down.  They station never lost power but the traffic lights at the intersection were out.  I was prepared to wait it out, but the heavy rains passed and I was on my way.

    Thursday, September 06, 2012

    Canadian purchasing a firearm in the USA

    Recent rule changes have generated some confusion in regard to a Canadian purchasing a firearm in the states.

    The bottom line is the rules for such a purchase by a Canadian VISITING the USA have not changed.

    All sales (private or business) must go through an FFL. The FFL will have the firearm shipped to Canada. The Canadian CANNOT take possession!

    What did change is the 90 resident requirement for those making a home in the USA.  90 days is no longer a requirement.  A purchase can be made almost immediately.  
    Nonimmigrant aliens lawfully admitted to the United States without a visa (e.g. Visa Waiver Program), will not be prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing firearms or ammunition, provided that they meet State of residency requirements and are not otherwise prohibited from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing firearms.

    To acquire a firearm, you must demonstrate the intention of making a home in a particular State. The intention of making a home in a State must be demonstrated to a Federal firearms licensee by presenting valid government issued identification documents indicating an address in the state in which the licensee’s place of business is located. Such documents include, but are not limited to, driver’s licenses, voter registration, tax records, or vehicle registration.
    Regulations for Nonimmigrant Alien

    Wednesday, September 05, 2012

    Winchester 25 Straight Patch

    Recently a few clubs looking for 25 straight patches.

    Here you go....

    You bust more clay with AA – now say it loud and proud with these straight patches (from 25 to 200) that have a heat-seal backing. Perfect for affixing to your favorite shooting vest, shirt, or jacket.
    Price: $1.00

    Winchester Gear

    Tuesday, September 04, 2012

    New York 2013 Sporting Clays Championship

    New York State Shoot July 26 - 28, 2013

    Rochester Brooks Gun Club - Rush, NY

    If you have not visited the club recently they have a designated small gauge course and enclosed 5 Stand.

    If attending the shoot you might want to visit Ontario and shoot the World Sporting the following week.

    World Sporting July 31 to Aug 4, 2013

    Galt Sportsmen's Club - Puslinch, Ontario

    About a three hour drive from Rochester, New York.  West of Ontario.

    If flying, passport required.  If driving, either passport or an enhanced drivers license.

    $25 (Canadian) per shooter for a 60 day firearm permit (No Handguns).

    Visiting Canada with a Firearm