Friday, August 31, 2012

Olympians address Republican National Convention

Olympic Shooting, Now on YouTube!

If you were unable to watch the Olympic Events.

Now on YouTube....

Shooting - Women Trap - London 2012 Olympic Games


Shooting - Men Trap Final - London 2012 Olympic Games


Shooting - Men Double Trap Final - London 2012 Olympic Games


Shooting - Women - Skeet - London 2012 Olympic Games


Shooting - Men - Skeet Final - London 2012 Olympic Games

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Silverton Sporting Ranch Free Youth Day

A few of us were just talking this past weekend with the need for gun clubs to support youth shooting. Reduced rate shooting, ammo at cost, free instuctions, youth league...

A pleasant surprise when I received this.

September 16th Youth Sporting Clays Shoot

This is FREE for the kids and a lot of fun. Everyone is welcome so plan to bring a kid from 10-18 years old. You will have a great day - the kids are wonderful to work with.


4-H Shooting Sports Club

I am very pleased to announce that we are starting a 4-H Shooting Sports Club. The club will meet here at Silverton and will teach the kids about the shooting sports including archery. If you have child boy or girl interested just let me know.


Kids, Dogs and the Great Outdoors

Our parent child hunt is just $80 for 4 pheasants and a great way to introduce your kids or spouse to hunting. It's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon outside and everyone can do it! 

Silverton Sporting Ranch
Canaan, ME

2012 Grand American Ammo Sales

Gamaliel Shooting Supply ran the Grand shell house.


Winchester and Federal offered shell rebates.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

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    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    NSSF Salutes USA Shooting Team and Medalists in National Ad

    NEWTOWN, Conn. -- USA Shooting Team members have stood on the Olympic medal stand, appeared on the NBC Today Show and made millions of target shooters proud with their medal-winning performances at the Summer Olympic Games. As a major sponsor of USA Shooting, the National Shooting Sports Foundation doesn't want the cheering to stop.

    NSSF is running a full page, four-color ad in USA Today that congratulates all members of the USA Shooting Team who competed in London and, particularly, the four athletes who earned three gold medals and one bronze. The ad's headline reads: "Congratulations To All Our Shooters on the U.S. Olympic Team" and continues, "Making history, setting records, showing the world the fun and excitement of the shooting sports: You've made us proud."
    "The National Shooting Sports Foundation is honored to be a sponsor of USA Shooting, and we are thrilled to draw even more attention with this ad to the fine men and women representing our sports on the world stage," said Chris Dolnack, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for NSSF, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.

    Four individual athletes are featured the ad:   

    •Gold medalist Kim Rhode, who became the first American ever to medal in five consecutive Olympic Games and who set a new Olympic record and tied a world record in women's skeet.  

     •Gold medalist Vincent Hancock, who became the first skeet shooter to win that Olympic event twice and who set two Olympic records.   

    •Gold medalist Jamie Gray, who set two Olympic records in both the final and qualification rounds of women's 50-meter, three-position rifle.  

    •Bronze medalist Matt Emmons, who added to his gold and silver medal tally from previous Games in the men's 50-meter three-position rifle.   

    The ad also gives readers an opportunity to download NSSF's Where2Shoot app for the iPhone, which allows users to search for shooting facilities nationwide, watch video tips on hunting and shooting and keep up with news about the shooting sports.

    About NSSF

      The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to


    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    Kim Rhode on Winchester Ammunition Boxes

    Kim Rhode cemented her place in history as one of the greatest Olympians of all time by winning the gold medal in Women’s Skeet Shooting at the London Games to become the first U.S. athlete to medal in an individual sport in five consecutive Olympics dating to 1996. Rhode’s longtime sponsor, Winchester Ammunition, is honoring her success by featuring Rhode on a commemorative box of AA target loads.

    Rhode now takes her place among iconic Americans John Wayne, Teddy Roosevelt and Oliver F. Winchester as the lone individuals to be featured on Winchester Ammunition boxes, an impressive achievement considering the Winchester brand dates back to 1866.


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    Sunday, August 19, 2012

    Money making fun shoot for clay target clubs

    A lot of hunters out there, vastly more then clay targets shooters.  How to get them to the club?

    If your club is looking for means to raise money and at the same time attract new members.

    Valleyfield (Quebec)

    Fun Shoot - Sauvaginiers du Suroit (Hunter Sporting)


    An outfitter and his organization worked with the club. They did advertising through its regional organization. The organization ran registrations and took care of lunch. The club ran the fields.

    A win win for both.  The organization promoted what it does and the club earned a ton of money and reached an audience of shooters that normally don't shoot clay targets.

    Two fields with decoys spread about. 

    Three blinds (shooting positions) per field, to include a boat. Two shooters per blind.

    Shoot fee included two boxes of ammo and lunch.

    Over 100 shooters in attendance, mostly non-members.

    Two fields also used for practice (one skeet and one trap).  Used most of the day. The club charged the member rate.


    I imagine all clubs have members who have decoys, portable blinds, and a boat or two. 

    No need for an outside organization if several members are willing to do the leg work. 

    Flyer's posted at DICKS, GANDER MTN and other sporting good stores in the region.  An article in the local newspaper.

    Contact local outfitters and invite them to set up tables at the club on the day of the shoot. Make sure the outfitters also get flyer's for passing around.  Any hunting organizations in your region, Ducks Unlimited? Ask the local TV station to send a crew over the day of the shoot. You might even be able to kick up a few donations.  Never hurts to ask!

    Sounds like a lot of work, it is!

    But, if the club is lacking funds and/or members, what do you have to lose?

    Also, regular members of the club may get a kick out of an event like this.  Might put some life back into the club...

    One last thing.  Don't undercharge.  At least non-member rate or higher for event targets, plus shell cost, lunch, and any prizes given.   After that is figured, plan on charging an additional $10 - 20 per shooter.

    Grand American $100,000 and $50,000 Winners

    SPARTA — With three shots remaining in the $100,000 Grand Challenge, Michael Obert seemingly had the money in his pocket.

    He had a two-shot lead on Stephen Fitch, but missed the shot. The event capped the 2012 Grand American at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex.

    Whatever Obert, who shoots from the 24.5-yard line, told himself before the last shot worked. He smoked the final target. He plans to save the money for his two grandchildren.


    Arkansas resident Jessica Self claimed the inaugural $50,000 Ladies Grand Challenge.
    Self took the money by hitting a perfect 25. She eliminated half the 10-shooter field with the perfect score. Self didn’t know she had to break at least 23 targets to remain in the competition.

    Emily Effermeyer of Ravenna, Mich., shooting in her first Grand American, took the $15,000 second prize, topping Sandra Luchetta of Boulder, Colo., in a shoot-off.


    Friday, August 17, 2012

    FITASC World Championship Results

    FITASC World Championship being held in the U.S.A. this week.

    A two step process to see the results:

    Scroll down the page to this line:

    From 16/08/2012 to 19/08/2012 - Sporting - World Championship Finale of World Cup - Northbrook Chicago (IL) - USA

    CLICK ON the "2 1 3" image to the far right of the line to see results.



    World FITASC world championsip

    Shoot Results for WinScore

    Tournament Results for World FITASC Championships

    Tuesday, August 14, 2012

    Canadian Skeet Olympics

    The weather cooperated for the Canadian Olympic Skeet Championships. A three day shoot.  Sunday saw overcast skies in the AM, but clearing.


    A slow game, patience is king.

    Low gun. Elbow down, the gun (toe) held at the bottom tip or below the elbow. The gun stock touching your body.

    Random delay of up to a three second target release is mandated (can't start your gun until you see the target).  A fast target. Targets travel a distance of 65m to 67 meters.

    Shooters have 15 seconds to call for a target from the time they step on the pad.  Ten seconds when a second set of shots is required.

    A different target sequence then seen in American skeet. As an example; two singles on station 4, a double (Low / High) and a second set of doubles (H / L).

    * Rumor has a change for target sequance taking place for the 2013 shooting year, to include moving station #4 one meter further back then in American skeet.

    24 gram loads. Around 7/8 oz of shot.

    Ear and eye protection is not mandatory.  Individual countries may modify this when not an International Shooting Sport Federation held shoot.

    Release triggers prohibited.


    From my obervations, shooters that almost immediately called for a target when stepping on the pad did not do as well as those that paused.

    Long down time before it's your turn to shoot each station.  You have to regroup and refocus when it's your turn.

    Makes for a long day if you have a machine throwing broken targets.


    Monday, August 13, 2012

    Doctors target gun violence social-disease

    The left is trying to enroll doctors with some success in there continuing anti-gun effort.

     Once again a hit piece on gun owners.

    A quote from the article "Doctors target gun violence social-disease":

     One recent study found firearm owners were more likely than those with no firearms at home to binge drink or to drink and drive, and other research has tied alcohol and gun violence. That suggests that people with driving under the influence convictions should be barred from buying a gun.

    If you want to read more....


    5 Man Team Fun Trap Shoot @ Valleyfield

    We attended a 5 Man Team Fun Trap Shoot at Club Valleyfield on Saturday.

    A women or a youngster on your team received five bonus targets (one bonus per team).  The idea is to encourage participation from people who don't normally shoot clay targets or attend fun shoots.


    Four trap fields going for most of the day. A large number shooting practice before they went out to shoot the event.

    27 Squads. The vast majority not ATA shooters!

    We shot 50 on one field.  25 and 25.  No voice release.  A good idea not to use the voice release. A lot of coaching and talking taking place.  First time not using a voice release in some time.  You find out what bad habits you have in regard to calling for a bird and moving the gun really quick.

    Great kitchen.  My wife said they served 1/2 pounders not 1/4 pounders.  Someone provided fresh fruit.  The best peaches I've tasted in several years.


    The weather held and no rain until on the drive home.

    Friday, August 10, 2012

    New England Junior Shooting Sports Bunker Trap Donation

    Lend a hand if you wish to see bunker trap in New England...

    New England International Junior Shooting Sports, Inc. (NEIJSS) is a non-profit organization that fosters and encourages national and/or international amateur clay target shooting sports competitions

    NEIJSS plans to construct an Olympic Bunker on leased property in accordance with USAS Certified Training Center standards. NEIJSS is working to become a certified USA Shooting Certified Training Center so the organization can offer more training for New England athletes that want to compete at the highest levels of amateur clay target shooting sports.


    Please contact us with any questions or comments about New England International Junior Shooting Sports, Inc. To send us an email, just complete the fields below. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


    Thursday, August 09, 2012

    Italian Trap Shooter Wins Gold and $182,400

    Italian Jessica Rossi broke the world record in winning the women's trap Olympic shooting gold medal.

     CNBC's Senior International Correspondent, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera

    With many countries in the world facing financial difficulties, there is greater focus on how much money governments are spending on Olympic athletes or Olympic-related events.

    Raising eyebrows, Italy is paying $182,400 to any Italian who wins a gold medal. That's the highest payout in the world.    

    In second place is Russia, paying nearly $135,000. Third is France paying $ 65,200.  

    China reportedly offers $31,400 to gold medal winners, while Japan rewards them with $35,900, Canada gives $20,000, and Germany, just less than that, at $19,500 for a gold.   

    In the U.S., gold medal winners get $25,000, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze. This is not government money, it's paid by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

    Free Money for School Shooting Teams

     Scholastic Shooting Trust Fund

    A message from Larry Potterfield, President of the MidwayUSA Foundation, Inc.:
    "The Scholastic Shooting Trust Fund was created to raise money for shooting teams for high-schools, colleges, and universities all over America. Over 20,000 schools in total! You can make a tax deductible contribution indicating the school of your preference to receive the benefit of your gift.
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    With your support, we can change the future."
    Grants are available to any school with a balance in their Scholastic Shooting Trust Fund. Each shooting program may ask for a maximum grant equal to or less than 5% of their school fund balance (as shown on the school's webpage, under "Find A School"). The goal is to provide permanent financial support for scholastic shooting programs.
    Schools with a balance in their account may apply for a grant once per calendar year by downloading the grant application (found below), completing it and mailing it to the Foundation by either June 15th or December 15th of each year.

     Schools may use grant proceeds to fund travel, uniforms, ammunition, entry fees, scholarships, range fees, etc; however, grant funds may not be used to purchase firearms.

    The applications are reviewed and decided upon by the Foundation Board of Directors at its January and July board meetings. For June applications, grants will be paid to the shooting program on or about August 15th. For the December applications, grants will be paid to the shooting team on or about February 15th.

    The Foundation reserves the right to audit a shooting programs use of grant funds.

    Wednesday, August 08, 2012

    Olympic Flash Skeet & Trap Targets

    ISSF Rules (Govern Body)

    In Qualifications and Shoot-offs before the Finals “Flash” targets containing green powder of non toxic material may be used.

    In Finals events and Shoot-offs required after the Finals “Flash” targets containing red powder of non toxic material must be used.


    Laporte of France provided the clay targets used at the Olympics.  The targets came from a Laporte manufacturing facility in France and not from its facility in the UK.

    200,000 targets were contracted for and provided.

    International Targets is the standard for this type of shooting. A slightly larger and heavier target as seen in American Skeet and Trap due to the much higher speeds and distances the target has to travel.

    At my old club we had to modify the racks on the old Winchester machines in order to make them fit.  Don't remember the details, but it was not simply throwing them in the machine.  We also had to change out the arm to throw International Targets.  I suggest you read your owners manual or contact the manufacturer.

    International targets as seen in the Olympics can be purchased from White Flyer or imported by Laporte into North America.  Lawry Canada makes an International Target, but I don't believe they sell the  Flash type.  In any case, be prepared for sticker shock!

    You can make flash targets using any target for your club (fun shoots) if your willing to put in a little time.  I suggest setting up an assembly line.  Newspaper cut in a circle, Carpenters Chalk (hardware store) and glue to hold it all together.  Start with a small amount of chalk.  Throw and shoot at a few.  Once your satisfied, go for the gold!

    I've also seen plastic wrap used. You just have to mess around and see what works. 

    A few outtakes from a video shot for a club promotion using flash targets. VIDEO

    51 machines were also provided by Lapote for the Olympics, manufactured in Biot, France.

    Club Valleyfield

    St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Québec

    Thanks to the Valleyfield club for putting on a shoot to benefit the Lost Target!

    Tuesday, August 07, 2012

    CAN-AM Olympic Bunker Trap @ L'Acadie

    Three bunkers, 49 shooters in attendance (Aug 4/5).


    Club L'Acadie pulled out all the stops for this shoot.  Built weather covers over the shooting stations for two bunkers and activated a third bunker when a few weeks before the shoot it was seen the event was going to have more then 45 shooters. Parts had to be ordered and installed!

    I was there on Saturday. A warm and humid day.  In the 90's.

    Voice release was working well!  No computer issues that I was aware of.

    A great background and blue skies.

    I saw target breakage issues on the just activated bunker, but when I returned in a few hours I observed a flawless round.

    Nationally ranked Sporting Clays/FITASC Jr. shooter Shawn Stitt , Quebec, participated. The one round where I watched him shoot he shot 23x25.


    Most English I heard spoken at the club in many years : )

    Second hand information but I'm told the winds kicked up on Sunday.  The club also planned on Sunday to hold a BBQ.


    Beretta was at the club on Saturday.  The club gave them a skeet, trap and the 5-stand to use so people could try their products. A well attended event.  The parking lot was full for most of the day.

    Club de tir l'Acadie


    Club de tir l'Acadie is located just southeast of Montreal.  About 25 minutes from the NY I-87 border crossing.

    $25 to temporarily import a shotgun or rifle into Canada.  Process the paperwork at the border.  See the link to the right of this posting for further information. 

    On the day I crossed no traffic going into Canada (main border) and using a side border crossing on the return, I was the only vehicle.  Not always that lucky!

    Monday, August 06, 2012

    Sunday @ Vermont Sporting Clays Championship

    Six from the area attended the Northeast Kingdom Skeet Club to shoot the main event at the Vermont State Sporting Clays Championships.

    A warm day, in the 80's.

    A shotgun start at 10am.  Referees on all stations.


    Three of the fourteen stations were set for A and B class shooters.  At least three stations set for D class shooters.  The remaining stations presented a good mix of target presentations and most should have had a good workout without getting the feeling of being beating up.

    A big change from previous years as "Skeet in the Woods" was the reputation!

    A bulldozer, chain saws and a rerouted course can do wonders.  A major undertaking for the club this past spring.

    The photos don't do some stations justice, but I never had a problem seeing a target.  Only one station where I felt rushed on a second target.  A wind blowing the targets was the problem, not the fault of the target setter.

    A backup on one station for three or four squads. Two incomers.  The second target every second or third time would come out broken.  We were the last to shoot the station and not resolved. Felt bad for the referee, a young kid.  We had a problem at the start of the shoot with a machine throwing broken targets, but squad member Phil LaMarche took a look and saw the target was hitting the side of the machines cover.  He moved the cover on the machine several inches to the right and problem solved.

    The course can only get better in the future as additional battery operated machines are added to the course.

    A lunch was included in the registration fee. The ladies did a great job!

    A long bird contest was held, as well as an event using the clubs 5-stand. Saturday saw NSCA shooting as well.

    I included photos of the clubs new trap field.


    Final results are pending. Will be added to the photo page, as well as links to any additional photos when posted.

    A word of caution to any who have health issues and don't have a motorized cart.  The course is set along the side of a mountain.  Enough said!

    Friday, August 03, 2012

    NBC Olympic Skeet and Trap Events Video

    I don't think videos will play outside the USA!


    Highlight: Shoot-Off To Win Gold In The Trap Final


    Expert Analysis: Women's Trap Final


    Highlights: Women's Trap Final


    TODAY's Olympic Moment: Kim Rhode's Near Perfect Shot (Olympic Video)


    Highlights: Men's Double Trap Final (Olympic Video)


    Highlights: Men's Skeet Final (Olympic Video)

    The key shots from the men's skeet final competition.


    Final: Women's Skeet (Olympic Video)

    Kim Rhode tries to become the first American to medal in five straight Olympics in the women's skeet final.


    Short Version:

    * The short version should work without an account.


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