Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wounded Warrior Sporting Clays @ Vernon National

I attended the Wounded Warrior Benefit Shoot hosted by Vernon National Shooting Preserve in Vernon Center, New York this past Sunday.

A cool start to the day, but not to bad.

Monies generated from the shoot to benefit Fort Drum Physical Therapy (Station WBS).


Thursday, May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013 @ La Roue du Roy

We spent the afternoon shooting sporting clays at the La Roue du Roy, Hemmingford Quebec.

The club, under new ownership has been gutted (bulldozed) and is in the process of being rebuilt.

The club was not a pretty sight on todays visit, but come fall, will be something to see.

Last year the club saw road and parking lot paving, the rebuilding of the skeet fields, and the return of trap after a long absence.

This year the club is undergoing major improvements; rebuilt sporting clays stands, new trailers for machines, major landscaping of the property, and major additions to the club house (front, interior, and rear). That is just what was visible when just looking around, other improvements are also being made.

In regard to sporting clays, only the sporting clays course along the entrance road was usable, along with the FITASC parcour. Two stations, in an area where I have shot sporting in the past, was also available.  Very serious targets on these two stations.  This area of the club, is at some point this summer, will see the sitting of 18 to 20 stations.

The club has dropped the initiation fee to join.  12 month memberships are available.

The club will be hosting a sporting clays shoot in September of this year!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Loaded Gun March

On July 4, Adam Kokesh hopes to lead 1,000 protesters armed with guns into Washington, D.C. to advocate for open carry.

Open carry is illegal in D.C.


Have no idea who Adam Kokesh is, but I urge all gun owners to NOT participate!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cabin Fever Open Sporting Clays @ Underhill

Except for 5 minutes of rain during the third rotation, a pleasant day.

If you have been following my past postings, the Underhill Club (Vermont), is a three field skeet club that also offers trap and 5-stand.  With 5-stand only shot on Tuesday (after 3pm) during the warm weather months.

Twice a year the club puts on a 100 target NSCA sporting clays shoot using the three fields and adjacent property.  The club is sectioned off into five parcours (think FITASC) with three or four shooting stations within each.

Targets thrown are for the most part the same as you would see at any sporting clays course, with the exception of long (at a distance) crossing birds.


A nice turnout to include a handful of hunter class (non NSCA) shooters.

The next sporting clays shoot held at the club will be Sept 14, 2013.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Three broken Remington 1100 parts

I broke the LINK at the Rochester shoot, the EXTRACTOR broke in skeet practice this last Thursday, and at the Underhill Sporting Clays shoot Saturday I broke the PISTON ring.

I was not aware of the link breakage, as after a few problems the gun shot flawlessly for the rest of the shoot and not discovered until the gun was broken down for cleaning.

As for the extractor.  I was trying out Kent shells for the first time and my gun was barely extracting the shells.  First hull not clearing the chamber. I was thinking maybe my gun doesn't like Kent shells.  Anyway, finally saw that the extractor was broken and changed out the bolt (with extractor already installed).

At Underhill, I had trouble feeding the second shell into the gun and when I called for targets the gun didn't fire.  Anyway, ended up losing a target, as ended up with three gun malfunctions.  Borrowed a gun and finished the station.  Tore down the gun at the station and saw immediately the ring had a chunk of metal missing.  A quick change and good to go!

The moral of the story, if you shoot an auto make sure you have replacement parts with you, not sitting at home!

In my shoot bag I carry a complete bolt assembly (with extractor and firing pin installed), link, piston ring and O ring.  I also included finger nose pliers for link replacement.  The bag is always on the field, never left in the vehicle.  In the cleaning kit that I keep in the vehicle I have an ACTION bar and a spare TRIGGER.

If your only going to shoot the gun for practice, save yourself a few bucks on spare parts and just purchase parts as needed.  But, if you enjoy attending shoots, either fun shoots or registered, you need to think about what's needed to make repairs at the shoot!   Carry spare parts or a spare gun?

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Democrats propose background checks to purchase POWDER

If this bill becomes law you can forget mail order purchases of powder used for reloading.  Purchases from vendors at shoots will be a thing of the past.

Will any club sell powder to members if a background check is required for each sale of an individual can of powder?

I don't think a big impact on sporting clays in regard to clay target shooting, compared to the other clay target sports, as I don't run into many that reload (value packs are popular), but the number of those who reload for skeet and trap shooting is where this bill will see the biggest impact!


S. 792: Explosive Materials Background Check Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Apr 23, 2013 (Introduced).
Mr. REID (for Mr. LAUTENBERG) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

To strengthen the enforcement of background checks with respect to the use of explosive materials.
    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ‘Explosive Materials Background Check Act’.


    (a) Amendments to Title 18- Chapter 40 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--
      (1) in section 841--
        (A) in subsection (d), by inserting ‘smokeless powder and black powder substitutes,’ after ‘black powder,’; and


Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The weekend at the Rochester Brooks Spring Deuce

5 1/2 hour drive to the motel and then 15 minutes to get to the club.

As always, registration was a breeze (pre-registration available) and a friendly group working the desk.

I shot the small gauge event on Friday.  A designated course for 20, 28, and .410 shooters.  Three machines per station, with machine target selection depending on gun being shot.  A nice variety of targets presented.  The pump gang and I think SS shooters shot off the prelim course at designated stations.

Saturday I shot the two parcour FITASC in the AM and the prelim in the PM. The FITASC was most likely the last time for me, as I just don't shoot the game enough and just throwing my money away.  Next year I'll shoot a prelim in the AM and do a re-shoot in the PM.


Small Gauge

5 Stand (Set up for Make a Break)

The clubs new deck!

All hittable targets for the main event (17 stations).  Wind picking up throughout the day with temps in the 70's.  Very knowledgeable referees.


Broken Remington 1100 Link

If I could have re-shot the first two stations, but that's another story....

I shot 150 targets and gave the 1100 a light cleaning just before the main event.

On the first two stations at the Rochester Brooks Spring Deuce sporting clays shoot I had problems with my Remington 1100.  The first couple of times I'm thinking maybe a bad shell, but the third time the second shell did not fire, as the trigger did not set. The problem(s) did not repeat and I'm thinking when I get home I need to clean the trigger.

The 1100 worked flawlessly for the remaining 15 stations (a 17 station event).

Today, I removed the trigger for cleaning and......

A broken Link...
The piece that broke off is no where to be found and it doesn't look as it caused any damage. I'm surprised the gun was able to function through the remaining 15 stations.

I carry a spare in my range bag and also my traveling cleaning kit, so a replacement was on hand and an easy repair.

A few years back a lady at a trap shoot experienced a broken link and her gun ceased to function.  I sold her one of my spares.  As for me, I can't recall the last time I've experienced a broken link.