Saturday, June 30, 2012

Obama’s war on guns and oil

White House unleashes OSHA for revenge against hated industries

To be sure, the affordable-fuels industry needs to take the safety of its employees seriously, but it’s increasingly clear that the Obama administration’s goals reach well beyond ensuring a safe work environment. That’s clear from OSHA’s outrageous issuance of $111,000 in proposed fines on June 11 against Illinois Gun Works, a firing range located in the Chicago suburbs.

Pistols and rifles happen to be noisy, and nobody understands that better than a firearms instructor. Yet OSHA believes it needs to tell instructors to use .22 caliber pistols “instead of larger caliber, such as, but not limited to, 9mm Luger and/or 45 Colt” to reduce noise levels. A far simpler and more effective solution would be for the federal government to ease restrictions it places on the sale of silencers, which would go a long way in achieving healthy sound levels.

OSHA’s complaint only grows more ridiculous when it describes how a range instructor was observed “reaching down on the range floor to collect a loaded handgun cartridge. The employee was not wearing any hand protection such as gloves.” Worse, this maniac was also seen touching a broom handle without gloves - increasing the fine by $4,200.

Penalties also racked up because the range carelessly disregarded the need for a “labeling system” with “hazard warnings, words, pictures, symbols or a combination thereof” to let employees know they shouldn’t try to drink Hoppes #9 or CLP Break-Free solvent, two commonly used gun-cleaning products. It also knocked the range for its use of Rust-Oleum spray paint without “precautionary measures to protect employees” - meaning a multi-part training course in how to avoid spraying oneself in the face.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Saturday at the Quebec Skeet Championships

We attended the Quebec Skeet Championships held at the Valleyfield Gun Club.

Just shot on Saturday; 12 and 28 gauge.

Weather was great.

Machines running well and no problems with targets.

We shot well in the afternoon, with the wife out shooting me by one target. 


Nice job with lunch.  Fresh cooked hamburgers.  None of that re-warmed garbage I see at some shoots. A pet peeve of mine, pre-cooked hamburgers.  I travel whatever distance to attend a shoot, spend the bucks to register, additional cost of shells and when time for lunch a hamburger served that was cooked two hours ago.


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L'Acadie Bunker Trap Update

Stopped by Club de tir L'Acadie today and found the progress on the covered shooting positions for two of the Olympic Bunker Traps is well underway.

24 June 2012

Getting ready for the shoot.

The club is scheduled to host a major shoot in August.

Club de tir L'Acadie

Trap Olympic (Bunker)

2012 Quebec provincial championships will be held at L’Acadie shooting club.

There will be shooters from USA, Québec, Ontario, and Winnipeg.

Club opens at 8AM.

All competitions start 9AM; the entry fee is $125.00 (CAN funds ) for the competition 200 targets plus finals.

August - 3th open for practice
August - 4th 125 targets
August - 5th 75 targets plus finals for top 6 shooters, and finals for 6 top shooters, Québec only.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Information for Club de tir L'Acadie (Club L'Acadie)

The Montreal Anglers & Hunters Club, better know as Club de tir L'Acadie is scheduled to host a number of tournaments this year and in following years that will be drawing shooters from outside Quebec, to include clay target shooters from the USA and Europe.

The club is southeast of Montreal and only a 35 minute drive from the NY I-87 border crossing.

To assist those who have not visited the club, I posted an information page that provides driving directions to the club (to include GPS input), motel listings, and a link to the nearest KOA campsite.

Club de tir L'Acadie Directions & Information (You will leave this page when you click on the link)

Highly recommend you have access to some type of GPS device, as French is the spoken language and directions in English may be hit and miss depending on the neighborhood. I don't speak French an manage to bounce around Quebec without any problems.

Through the posted page you can link to information for visiting Canada with a Firearm.  Be prepared to pay $25 (Canadian) for a 60 day permit, per person.  No handguns.

For those returning to the USA after a tournament, an Enhanced Drivers License (driving only) or a passport will be required.  An everyday drivers license is no longer accepted!

Feel free to email me directly if you have any questions.  I don't live in Quebec, but will do my best to point you in the right direction.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Jun 16, 2012 @ the Vermont State Trap Shoot

This past Saturday I attended the Vermont State Trap Shoot at the Montpelier Gun Club.


I take a ferry to cross Lake Champlain from New York to Vermont. Messed up on ferry crossing times and just missed a ride. Only two ferry's running before 7am and lost 30 minutes. Three ferry's run after 7am and usually minimum wait times.  Next time I'll check the schedule.

Arrived late at the shoot and during registration they played the national anthem and just after announced squads that needed to report to the fields. Of course, my squad was one of the first to shoot. I had pre-registered for squad five, but two squads were scratched and with three squads starting....

Luckily, I was not the last to report to the field and had a chance to collect myself.  Hit the first 15 - 16 shots and then my gun broke.  A quick run to the vehicle to get a backup gun and of course missed the first one out.  Never got comfortable the rest of the day even though I was able to fix the gun and use it for the second 100.  Thanks to the two people who offered me the use of a gun when I was taking my broken gun to the vehicle.

The club has a shot curtain to protect a small stream.

A photo from the practice field.

Field #5.

Field #3
Targets really pop (easy to see) when launched towards the curtain.  You need to think focus when on a field where the majority of targets do not have the curtain, as the curtain can make you lazy in regard to looking for the target. Cost prohibitive, but I wished the whole line had the curtain.  Like I said, the targets really pop!

Weather was great and just a slight breeze kicked up in the afternoon.

The previous year I had seen issues with voice release and a few machine problems, but none this year. 

A nice shoot with a small club feel. 


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Hiccup with my Remington 1100 at the Trap Shoot

 A problem with my Remington 1100 at the Vermont State Trap Shoot. 

After sixteen shots and with the bolt locked to the rear, the carrier release button would not budge.  I took the barrel off, took a quick look as maybe a BB stuck in the action.  No luck!

A quick run to the car (happened to be parked next to the field) and grabbed a backup gun.  I don't normally carry a second gun, but something made me throw it in the vehicle the night before.  Maybe a habit to get into when shooting the Remington!

Of course, I missed the first shot with the second gun.

After the first 100 targets I messed with the non-working gun.  I dropped the trigger and fiddled around with the release button and the little flip part and wire.  Button started to work after just a few seconds of fiddling.  A quick cleaning with Break Free and used the gun for the 2nd 100 without problem.

I could be wrong and this could be a parts problem, but the malfunction was entirely my fault.  I remember thinking should I clean the trigger and decided not.  A big mistake.  I had been shooting the gun heavily the past six weeks. I let to much gunk build up in the area of the release. I did hit the trigger with a bottle of air, but was to lazy to drop the trigger to do a proper cleaning. 

It pays to keep the gun clean and oiled, to include the trigger group.


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Friday, June 15, 2012

2012 Olympic Skeet & Olympic Trap Broadcast Schedule

NBC Sports - Games of the XXX Olympiad: July 27 - August 12, 2012

Olympic Skeet and Olympic Bunker Trap

Broadcast Live via Internet Connection (USA Only) 

* Internet only, will not be televised. Click on Link above for information!

Times Listed:  EST

July 29
4:00a Women's Skeet - Qual.
9:00a Women's Skeet - Final
July 30
4:00a Men's Skeet - Qual.
July 31
4:00a Men's Skeet - Qual.
9:00a Men's Skeet - Final
August 02
4:00a Men's Double Trap - Qual.
10:00a Men's Double Trap - Final
August 04
4:00a Women's Trap - Qual.
10:00a Women's Trap - Final
August 05
4:00a Men's Trap - Qual.
August 06
4:00a Men's Trap - Qual.
11:00a Men's Trap - Final


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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lead shot prices, Jun 13, 2012

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

Not necessarily the best price.  Last week I saw a price of $32 and change via a club buy.


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


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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

EPA and Gun Clubs. This could be Disastrous !

Think sporting clays courses, lead shot drop zones, and the other clay target disciplines....

EPA power grab to regulate ditches, gullies on private property

Lawmakers are working to block an unprecedented power grab by the Environmental Protection Agency to use the Clean Water Act (CWA) and control land alongside ditches, gullies and other ephemeral spots by claiming the sources are part of navigable waterways.

These temporary water sources are often created by rain or snowmelt, and would make it harder for private property owners to build in their own backyards, grow crops, raise livestock and conduct other activities on their own land, lawmakers say.

“Never in the history of the CWA has federal regulation defined ditches and other upland features as ‘waters of the United States,’” said Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), the ranking committee member, and Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.


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Monday, June 11, 2012

VT State Sporting Clays Shoot Sponsors Needed

Believe it or not it's that time again to plan for the Vermont State Sporting Clays Shoot at the Northeast Kindom Skeet and Sporting Clays Club.

We have some major changes this year that I hope all will enjoy.

First of all we have moved the shoot up this year so as not to conflict with a few other shoots the same weekend.

Second, this year we will have expanded to a two day shoot! August 4th & 5th.

Saturday we will have the sub-gauge, pump, and s x s all shot on the new 50 bird automated course.

We will also run a 50 bird 5-stand all day. All registered targets!

Sunday we have the Main Event 100 bird Sporting Clays VT State Shoot for VT Residents & 100 Bird open for all shooters.

10:00am shotgun start.

Also we will be throwing a long bird and we have Make-A-Break on the 5-Stand field.

Barbecue lunch Sat. and our big feed for lunch Sun.

So, I am starting to put together T-shirts. If you would like to become a sponsor for the shoot, please contact me by July 2nd. These sponsorships help cover the cost of the shirts and the mailings we send.

Your name will appear on the shoot flyer which goes out to approx 500 shooters, and your logo will appear on the State Shoot Shirts. I'm sure you see our shirts at most shoots you attend.

A Premium Sponsorship is $250.00 and will have a large logo. A listing on the flyer, and you will be mentioned many times through out the weekend.

A regular Sponsorship is $100.00 and will have a logo on the shirt and a listing on the flyer.
It will be here before you know it!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

June Trap Shoot @ Valleyfield

Shot 200 trap singles at Club de Tir de Valleyfield (Quebec).  A two day shoot.  Handicap and doubles on Sunday.

Great weather. A slight breeze in the PM coming off my back. 

Marcel Lebond breaks a target!

We shot 50 per field.  For whatever reason I had a hard time getting comfortable on field #1.  I had much better scores on field #2.


Plenty of awards....


The club is very active.  Offering skeet, trap, and 5-stand. 

If coming up from the states I recommend using the Chateaugay, NY crossing off route 11.  Maybe 30 minutes from the border.


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Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Build a Gun Rack for Clay Target Shooting

I saw an easy to build combination gun rack & bench using a bench/table kit on the skeet field at the Kayaderosseras Fish & Game Club when I attended the clubs trap shoot last Sunday.

At least three around the skeet field, maybe four, but I didn't take a count.

Not uncommon to see benches behind several stations on a skeet field. Sometimes shooters just need to take a break while waiting there turn to shoot. The addition of a gun rack is a big plus!

I took a few photos and video for those who might be interested.

I like what I saw and looks simple to build. I might make a slight modification if I was building, but looks like a solid build.

I have seen the bench/table kit at Lowe's, but never envisioned the gun rack concept. The parts for the bench/table when I Googled could be had for around $45 - $50, not including lumber.

Be a nice addition to any club shooting any of the clay target disciplines!


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Monday, June 04, 2012

John Storm recently passed, business to continue

John strom recently passed.  A repost from

John Storm Shooting Apparel

The family and employees of John Storm Shooting Apparel would like to thank all of their dedicated customers for so many years of loyal business to John. His family has decided to continue producing his legendary shooting apparel, just exactly the way John himself has always made it, to the highest of standards.

The website address will remain the same at Stormshooting dot com and you will also be able to reach his daughter Leslie, personally at either 402-443-9130 or 402-430-7612.

Thank you again for your past business and hopefully you will still consider John Storm Shooting Apparel for your next coat or vest.


John Storm Website

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Sunday at the Kayaderosseras Trap Shoot

Visited Kayaderosseras Fish & Game Club in Ballston Spa to take part in the clubs monthly targets only trap shoot.

A squad of early arrivals were roaring to go and the shoot started about 15 minutes before the published start time. Nice to see!


As always a well run shoot.  Kitchen service always first class!

Ran into Jim Teller. I last saw him at a sporting clays Wounded Warrior shoot.

Jim Teller - 100 Straight - Singles

We shot the singles and then off to do a bit of shopping.  Rained pretty heavily north of Lake George on the way back north.



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