Thursday, December 24, 2015

Dec 24, 2015 @ Sportsman's Club of Franklin County

Temperatures in the 60's was the forecast for Christmas Eve.  Too nice a day not to shoot so we headed over to the Sportsman's Club of Franklin County (Vermont).

This time of the year usually around 35 degrees with snow on the ground.

Except for the comings and goings of those using the rifle range we had the club to ourselves.  We each shot four rounds of skeet.  Windy, but field #2 and #3 have enough trees to block prevailing winds that winds wasn't a factor. 

The bathrooms were being rehabbed during the last couple of visits to the club and the end product gets three thumbs up.  Nice job!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Beretta A400 Xcel Sporting Shotgun 5 Month Review

Purchased the firearm in early August. 

Fit me right out of the box.  30' barrel.  I didn't purchase the model with the KO recoil reduction pad.

Note: If you have the KO system you can't cut the stock, as the KO system will no longer fit.  If you think your going to have the need to cut the stock down, purchase without the KO. You always have the option of going after market for a recoil reduction system if you shorten the stock, just not the KO system.

Barrel replacement runs in the neighborhood of $750.  Make sure you pick the length that suits your needs. 

Be careful with the forearm when removing or installing. Very light weight.  A lady contacted me after I first posted about my purchase and said her son cracked one.

I shoot skeet, sporting and trap.  Skeet station #8 high with a 30" barrel took a bit of getting use, but after several rounds I don't even think about it.  We usually skip station #7 when working on a problem station and I did just that, shooting the shells on station #8 until I got comfortable.  

Beretta recommends you break in the firearm shooting 1 1/8  loads.  Shot two boxes before I switched to my normal 1oz. loads.

I've had a couple of light loads (various companies).  A light shell (not enough powder) will cycle and feed the second shell into the chamber, but won't set the firing pin. You can hear it when it happens.

I also had a problem with  re-loads that didn't resize properly. I did fix the re-loader that was causing the issue. A pain to remove the shell with oversized brass in the A400 barrel.  The shell won't extract when you pull back on the handle as the extractor is in the way. 
You have to move the bolt back far enough to see and then move the extractor with a small knife blade or whatever you have on hand just to remove the barrel. Then the shell has to be removed from the barrel with a cleaning rod once the barrel has been removed. Anyway, if at a shoot and you need to borrow a shell or two, make sure there factory. The 1100 is more forgiven.

As a long time Remington 1100 shooter I can't get over the simplicity of the firearm compared to the 1100.  Tear down is a breeze. A few dabs of oil when cleaning and your done.  I've been wiping down the barrel/chamber and putting it away when just a one day visit to the range.

The company advertises a couple of thousand rounds between cleaning.  I've gone at least three cases of shells before I removed the bolt. A person at Rochester Brooks recommended to keep a small bottle of oil in your shoot bag. He says if the gun starts hanging up just put a few drops in the chamber and then work the bolt a few times. Solves the problem unit you have time to do a proper cleaning.

I lost a bolt handle in the first month.  I suspect I didn't seat it properly.  I purchased a replacement (2) and haven't had a repeat.  I did note the bolt handle was a pain to remove, but someone on a talk board was recommending too oil the end you insert. The suggestion was right on the money.

I lost a mid bead.  Ordered two (2) replacements.  I secured with blue Loctite.

I replaced the blue end cap with a 3.9 oz. black cap.  I was swinging over targets in trap. My initial solution was to move my hand forward a few inches on the forearm.  The couple ounces of added weight allowed me too no longer have the need to move my hand forward.  A little oil on the threads made for a smooth install.

If you shoot sporting clays I recommend you upgrade the choke wrench to a speed wrench. 

If your new to trap shooting a shell catcher on a semi-auto is a must!

T&S Industries Shell Catcher makes a shell catcher for the A400 or you can use the Birchwood Casey Save-It Shell Catcher.  I choose the T&S.  Either way you can't shoot doubles with a shell catcher installed. You can't use the after market Briley Bolt Handle with the T&S.  I did try a Birchwood on a 1100 and had issues. Either having to re-bend the wire time after time or the adhesive failed.

I'm thinking of installing the Briley A400 bolt release ($65).  That would mean modifying the T&S shell catcher.  Looks feasible, but if I do this it will be in the spring after shooting through the winter and seeing if I change my mind, but leaning heavily in that direction, 

I've heard reports of A400's not cycling light loads (under 1200 fps) but haven't experienced that myself.  Someone was just telling me this past weekend about a friend that was having the problem.  I asked if the gun was broke in with 1 1/8 shells, but he didn't know.  I suggested the owner contact Cole Gunsmithing and see if a solution was available.

So far, I'm a happy camper....

Monday, December 21, 2015

Seen on Facebook

Ararat & Stawell Field and Game is a branch of Field And Game Australia Inc.

Visiting Canada (a few suggestions)

1. You pay $1 dollar (minimum) or more for gas in Canada.  Top off your vehicle prior to crossing the border.  They don't sell it in gallons.  Posted rate is in liters.  1 gallon = 3.78 liters.

2. Only a few credit card issuers no longer charge a conversion fee.  Twenty-five years ago you could use your card in Canada and the bank didn't charge for the currency exchange.  Now, most cards have a built in charge if you use the card in Canada. Check with your issuing company before you travel.  I've found the fee not punitive, but a fee nevertheless and you need to be aware, especially on small purchases.  As a side note.  If bringing a long gun into Canada.  You can process the application on the same day of travel at the border. The 60 day permit fee is $25 Canadian.  They will accept your credit card.

3. Spend your Canadian dollars in Canada.  At today's bank rate you receive $1.39 Canadian for each U.S. dollar converted.  You convert $100 (US) and receive $139 (Canadian).  If you return to the states and convert Canadian money to U.S. currency you will receive $.72 (US) per Canadian dollar converted. At some locations the conversion back to U.S. dollars can be considered punitive in what they charge (if you live away from the border it may be hard to find someone that will accept them).

* Conversion rate charges vary.  You normally can deduct $.03 off posted rates you see on the internet when checking currency values. Some money exchanges/banks have a walk in fee of $10 or higher before they apply the $.03 cut per dollar. In my region the local bank recommended I use the exchange at the mall if I wanted best value.

4. Does your health care policy cover you in Canada? Contact your insurance provider. Medicare only under very strict conditions will pay any cost associated with heath care in Canada. 

5.  Is your automobile insurance valid in Canada?  Contact your insurance provider.

6.  Do you have a Passport (flying or driving) or Enhanced Drivers License (driving only)?  The old days of returning to the USA and flashing your drivers license is no longer.  Many border states can issue you an Enhanced Drivers License.

7.  Be aware of the value of goods you can purchase in Canada and return to the U.S. duty free.  $200 exemption per visitor just for a day trip.  This will help you spend those unwanted Canadian dollars.

8.  kilometers to miles.  Just multiply kilometers by 6 and round off the result.  100 km/h X 6 = 60mph.  I've used this basic formula in my travels in Europe and Canada.

9.  Canada did away with the penny.

10. Does you GPS cover Canada? 

11.  Does your cell phone provide coverage in Canada?  I have a Verizon pre-paid plan and I have to activate additional roaming (*228) before entering Canada.

12.  As in the states some regions outlaw the use of a radar detector.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dec 20 Visit @ La Roue du Roy (with photos)

La Roue du Roy, Hemmingford Quebec

 Rear View

The newly built 5-Stand is in operation.  Heated shooting stations on the first floor.  A beautiful looking building.

When in use all doors would be open

Door open (note rail barrier)

Preparing to close the door (rail up)

Door secured (from the inside)

Upper floor

 Heaters above each door way

The Tower is in the process of being re-configured (5 machines) from the present two (2).  
Two stations will be tower shots (two machines each) and a third station will be a combination of a tower target and a target from the water tower near the entrance.  What the tower has going for it is that the club has the ability to easily set the height of the various machines.

The back sporting clays course has been converted for winter usage. 

Station #1 is a single stand with four machines. 

Two eight (8) Machine Stations.  A small enclosed shooting stand (building) has been built (not heated) and situated on each course.  The small building looks to be able to hold three or four people comfortable.  One shooter at a time. A gun rack inside each building

 Except for the opening for the shooter, completely protected from the winds

For the trap shooting Enthusiasts.

Check the clubs website, as winter hours in effect.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Regional clubs that caught my eye this year

Waterbury Stowe Fish and Game Club
Waterbury Center, VT

Hats off to the volunteers who run the clay target program.

Not too many years back you knew it was a club that had skeet, but never gave it a second thought when thinking of a place to shoot clay targets, as just some good old boys getting together.

No longer the case.  Tuesday skeet shooting saw a total of 45 shooters at various times throughout this year.
A nice touch is they submit a Tuesday shoot report to the local newspaper several times a year. Individual shooters getting recognized for their efforts via the local paper.

Two skeet fields and one trap.  I’ve not seen anything on trap shooting at the club so I’m not sure how active it is.  I would contact the club prior to travel if you plan on shooting trap.

Golden Triangle Trap and Skeet Club
Brockville, ON

For years I drove down the 401 and had no idea I was driving by a club offering not only skeet and trap, but also 5-stand.  The club has an international release (built in delay) available for International Skeet.
They usually have a few fun shoots each year and everyone is more than welcoming.

The shoots have an ample number of prizes and always a buffet. 
The volunteers are something else.  An hour after a shoot you would never knew a shoot took place.  Clean as a whistle.

Two highly successful shoots this year that I'm aware.

North County Sportsman's Club
Williston, VT

After years of being in court, a lost trap field, and a relocated 5-stand it seemed all the clubs problems were in the rear view mirror.
Not so, as the town started to harass the club over hours (days) of operation, to include having the police issuing noise ordinance violation tickets over an expired agreement between the town and the club.

The club is in the courts.  Winning the first round.
The club's legal defense fund in early December stood at a little over $20,000.  Funds contributed by members and non-members.

After cutting back on shoots offered, as it was getting its ducks lined up, the club plans on offering a number of shoots in 2016.

La Roue du Roy
Hemmingford, QC

A new eight machine 5-stand, two story building, built from scratch recently opened.
  Heated shooting positions on the first floor.

The famous Roue tower is being reconfigured from two machines too five.  The tower will accommodate three shooting stands.  Two machines per stand and the fifth machine used in conjunction with a machine in the old water tower near the club entrance.  The platforms the machines sit on can be raised or lowered to whatever the target setter desires.  Think geese!


Club de Tir de Valleyfield
St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, QC

I thought the club was finished with improvements, but on my last visit I see a new elevated stand built on the 5-stand field and told the field was going wireless via the purchase of a wireless release system.

In recent years (weather permitting) the club has stayed open 12 months of the year.  Not too long ago the club closed for the winter, maybe opening informally when the weather was mild.

Underhill Rod & Gun Club
Westford, VT

Recognized for years as a major force in Vermont NSSA skeet shooting the club has been becoming renowned for its two annual sporting clays tournaments.
The course is temporarily setup for the shoots.  At first, the vast majority of machines hand traps and old Winchester single stack machines.  This year hand traps were no longer.  The result of the club investing wisely over the years to transition away for the need for trappers.

A FITASC tournament may be offered in 2016 and the club might see a permanent sporting clays course used for mid week shooting.
Nothing in writing as of yet, but strong rumors.


Northeast Kingdom Skeet & Sporting Clays Club
Burke, VT

The first year that no hand traps were used on the course at the state shoot.  Good job!

The club is well know for its sporting clays course but also offers skeet, trap (wobble trap) and 5-stand.

Quebec Provincial Trapshooting Association

An organization that has matured in approximately the last ten years.
  Major dissenters no longer (thank goodness).  Those who don’t contribute, but an arm chair quarterback, can be detrimental to any organization and not needed.

A handoff of the organizations presidency (Marcel Leblond highly regarded, who retired) went off without a hitch and high standards maintained via the current presidents leadership.
The QPTA not only supporting numerous shoots each year but always looking to add a club to its membership. 

Club Huntingdon after not holding registered shooting in recent memory, this year returned to the fold and held its first registered trap shoot.


Sportsman's Club of Franklin County
St. Albans Bay, VT

A new fence constructed between skeet field #2 and #3 and a new rack fabricated for the voice release trap stands.  No, not done by magic in the middle of the night.

Not gone unnoticed is the work being done in the bathrooms.

A nice touch is the option to purchase a membership via the website using PayPal. 2016 memberships available.

Worthy of a mention but sad to say, nothing positive to report on the state of NSSA skeet shooting in either Vermont or Quebec.  Outside of state/provincial championships not even a target only shoot held.  Just the opportunity to get targets.  2016 will be the first year I didn’t renew my membership via the NSSA, but renewed via the NSCA.  I sold my .410 re-loader on EBay.

Maybe 2016 will see a rebirth.

Also, on the down side a noticeable lack of old fashioned fun shoots.  More then a few clubs have dropped off the map in regard to fun shoots.  Derby Fish and Game Club has been maintaining the number of fun trap shoots it offers each year, but if it's sporting clays in Vermont, they are NSCA oriented and NSCA target presentations our not everyone's cup of tea.   Can't remember when I last attended a fun skeet shoot, just skeet and no other disciplines. Their has been no sporting clays shoots in Quebec in the past few years.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

December 2015 @ Club Valleyfield

I shot practice at the Valleyfield Gun Club in St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Québec.  The club use to close for the winter, with maybe opening unofficially if the weather turned nice.  This year as last, they plan on being open every Saturday (weather permitting).

I wanted to shoot trap and maybe a round of skeet later in the day, but ended up shooting skeet first.

Figured out real fast they were shooting skeet doubles.  I'm sure they mentioned it, but all French to me : )    Dropped three.  Wireless release.

Four of us shooting trap.  Shot two rounds.  A lady shooting an 870 was hitting targets hard. Gun looked like it fit her like a glove. Wireless speakers.

The club is doing a major upgrade to it's 5-stand.  Most importantly an eight machine wireless controller has been ordered.  If you've ever helped at a club you learn really fast that cords a pain for the person opening and closing a field.  An expensive upgrade, but makes it more likely the 5-stand will see serious use as easy setup.

New shooting station for the 5-stand.  Just built in the last week.  Next step is to install the stand barrel stops. The building just left of the stand holds two (2) single stack Winchester machines.

 5-Stand machine storage.  If I remember correctly they have three machines that can be moved about, to include a rabbit machine.

Geese were flying all day.  For whatever reason they were heading Northwest!

My Beretta A400 doing nicely. Shot Federal pink and RIO shells today.  Third outing without a cleaning other then wiping down the barrel.

No problems or traffic at the border crossings.  An all women crew working the U.S. crossing (and gun friendly).

Monday, November 30, 2015

Turkey Fun Shoot @ Club L'Acadie

I had my doubts on turnout at the fun turkey shoot at Club L'Acadie, with 30 degree temperatures and snow flurries in the forecast, but pleasantly surprised with 32 shooting skeet and lesser numbers shooting the trap (27) and 5 Stand (18) events.  Friday my wife and I shot practice in Vermont and it was 60 degrees.

I'm thinking the best turnout for this annual event seen in recent years.

I shot the 50 target trap event.  I don't speak French, but do understand the numbers 1-5 called out in French when moving from station to station.  Saying that, not uncommon for a trapper to call out the numbers in both French and English when I'm on a squad.  Today it was all French : )

YouTube video of the shoot:

The club is located just southeast of Montreal. I cross the New York/Quebec border to attend.  No border traffic to speak of this time of year (I use one of the smaller crossings) and no problems transporting my shotgun. 

Upon re-entering the U.S. the agent did make a casual inquiry about my U.S. Customs Form 4457 lamination (form used to list firearms and other high value goods that you departed the states with). 

He quickly came to the conclusion that I shoot in Canada often and thus the reason for the lamination.

Many years ago I started laminating the forms to protect them from wear and tear. The form does not expire and is good for as long as the information is readable and the information hasn't changed. 

Nothing in federal regulations prohibit lamination and I've only been challenged once in that regard.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Support SCTP with Your Amazon Purchases

With the holiday shopping season upon us, many of you will no doubt be shopping on, the website where you can buy everything from books and music to electronics to automobile tires.

Without spending another cent, you can support SSSF, which administers the Scholastic Clay Target Program, with your Amazon purchases.

When you log onto Amazon through a special link,, Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase price to the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation -- at no extra cost to you. Go to


Top Gun Shells @ Dicks

I was shopping the local DICK'S Sporting Goods and they had a stand-alone rack in the sporting section containing various boxes of shells (mostly rifle) with a sign saying 20% off.  They did have some STS shells for $5.58 a box (after 20% off) sitting on the rack. I purchased what they had (all were 1 1/8).

I walked over to the area in the store where they sell ammunition and see Top Gun (Pink) on Sale for $5.48. 

The local Dick's doesn't sell by the case and I had to load the cart with individual boxes.  You get the usually stares when walking through the store and it's stuffed with boxes of shells.

Checked out, loaded the vehicle, and then decided to check my receipt.  Top Gun ($6.99) a box?

I returned to the store and checked out the Sale sign.  In small print (Nov 1 - Nov 7). 

Todays the 20th : (

I removed the Sale sign and brought it to the cashier. I said this isn't fair (having an expired Sale sign posted).

No excuses, no side stepping.  Right off the bat, store mistake and we'll honor the sale.

Note:  DICK'S Sporting Goods will not sell ammunition to non-citizens, no matter what federal law allows.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Estate shotgun shells

I purchased a number of cases of Estate 1oz. shells and the wife and I have been shooting them on and off in practice.

We've had five or six shells that just didn't do the job in providing enough energy to allow the second shell in a Remington 1100 or Beretta A400 to load properly.

During the same time span I've also been shooting RIO and Nobel Sport shells and never a problem.

When it happens in my A400 the second Estate shell will load, but not set the firing pin.  I can hear it when it happens, as the bolt normally cycles very fast, but slows when it come across a weak Estate.

If I run across another deal on Estate's I will purchase for practice, but will never use in tournament shooting!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Another Remington 1100 Repair

My wife and I we're testing a Remington 1100 we wanted to designate as a backup gun.  It has an adjustable comb and butt plate and it can be used by either of us.

Shooting skeet it twice failed to completely load the second shell.  Shooting Estates and at first assumed dirty shells, but the way the second shell stopped just short of loading completely into the barrel had me thinking it wasn't the shells.

Thought about it for a few days and tore down the 1100, to include taking off the stock to give it a going over.  As is my rule, if the stock is off, replace the Action Spring ($5 - $6 part).  I've long had that habit and just earlier this year I was talking to a person who repairs firearms and he recommends yearly replacement, as he thinks the cause of many broken 1100 parts.

This was also the 1100 where I previously found an out of whack Action Spring Plug.  It would not slide easily in or out of the tube. I had to back it out with a screwdriver.  I figure time to replace but only new style plugs available.  I found an old style plug on ebay. The ebay replacement slid in and out without any effort. No, have no idea why the old plug failed.

Did a thorough cleaning to include the trigger.  When putting the gun back together I noticed the tip of the Link (T) missing.  The two ends seat the Link into the Action Spring Follower.  With one tip missing you end up with a loose (and out of align) Link.  I've had them break before but never seen a missing tip.

I suspect I found the reason the two shells didn't load correctly.

I also replaced the Barrel Seal.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

The Use of Lead in Ammunition

An excellent article out of Europe that includes a video report.

110 delegates, including journalists, politicians, scientists, members of environmental institutions, hunting and sport shooting organizations and food agencies met at the Symposium “The Sustainable Use of Lead Ammunition in Hunting and Sports Shooting: Facts and Emotions” held on 20 October 2015 in Brussels.

“Rightly handled, metallic lead in ammunition is not a problem at all” said the Association of European Manufacturers of Sporting Ammunition (AFEMS) President Torbjorn Lindskog.

“The use of lead in munitions in hunting and shooting, shouldn’t be used as fuel to rabble-rouse or as ammo against hunting.

See the video:

The Use of Lead in Ammunition

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Dover Furnace Closing

Sent: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 9:52:30 PM
Subject: dover furnace

Dear Beretta Shooting Grounds Members,

It's hard to believe we're closing in on our 7th year in business at Dover Furnace. The place has been transformed from an abandoned summer camp to one of the finest public shooting grounds in the country.

Jeanne and I purchased this property in June of 2008 with no real direction on what we would do with it. It was an investment with lots of potential. Since then we've been slowly developing the property and expanding the shooting, catering, lodging, and retail offering into what today you know as the Beretta Shooting Grounds. Our next expansion planned was the lodging offering, with the intent of having 60 + rooms available which would have created a luxury destination.

In recent weeks we were approached by a potential buyer for Dover Furnace, and after many days of consideration we have decided to sell the property. The new owner will not be using the property in the same capacity, therefore the shooting grounds will be closing December 31st of this year. For those members and/or non members with key/targets, you'll have until then to use them up. Those members who signed up for the rifle/pistol range membership, will be given a refund.

As previously mentioned this property was always intended as an investment. It was a difficult decision for both of us, but the economics ruled in the direction we're taking.

We want to thank you for your support and patronage for the last seven years. We'll miss the friendships and daily interaction with the public shooting world.

Jim & Jeanne Muncey

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Reloads, oversized brass.

I had two reloads, one after another, get stuck in the chamber of my Beretta A400. 

First time shooting reloads in my A400 and happened on the first two shells : (

Chambered the shell and the shell did not set completely. Just went in far enough to go past the extractor, but the brass itself did not set completely in the barrel chamber.

Had to use the tip of a knife blade to lift the shell extractor enough in order to remove the barrel.  Then a cleaning rod to extract the shell.  Same procedure both times.

Got to say I was worried as re-loading for years and never had this problem and the first time using them in my Beretta.

Loaded a shell out of the box in the wife's 1100 and same problem.

Good news, as not a problem with the Beretta, but the reloads (expanded brass).  

Either the collet needing adjustment or worn out.

At home I took several fired shells of different brands and resized them on my MEC 9000G.  Didn't fit in the Beretta barrel, nor the 1100.

Played around with the collet and wasn't getting anywhere. Tightened the collet to the point the handle wouldn't go down all the way and then backed off a bit to the point the handle would bottom out.   I resized a few and they fit the barrel.  I went ahead and reloaded a box of five different brands of 12 gauge hulls.

Happy to report all worked at the range today.

I suspect at some point I will have to replace the collet, as no further tightening is possible.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Vandels cause closure of club (What's your club doing to protect itself?)

Vandals cause closure of Lake Eufaula Rod and Gun Club shooting range

Tucked off Water Works Road in McAlester, OK just past Youth Lake, is a shotgun shooting range where gun enthusiasts have enjoyed  skeet shooting for a long time.

The range is now closed, however, due to vandalism. That repeated vandalism of property has proven too much for the Lake Eufaula Rod and Gun Club to keep up with.

“It’s a shame,” said Bill Nicholson, an administrative member of the club.

Nicholson said the club has always coped with vandalism at its ranges. However, recent vandalism at the range off Water Works has officials calling it quits. 


Not the first club to be vandalized and not the last.

Several months back a club owner posted on a talk board that someone in the middle of the night removed a coin operated target system off one of the clubs fields.  They took the complete system.

So, what are the options for protecting you club short of having a caretaker live on the property?

Spend thousands of dollars to install a monitored professional security system.  Most clubs would bulk and I think an extreme solution unless your routinely targeted!

The simplest solution is to position several Trail Cameras on the property.  The newest ones have HD and even video.  Some you can actually hook up to the internet to transmit off site.  You won't stop the vandalism, but you have a good chance of identifying the bad guys.

Another option is HD video surveillance, especially if the club has internet access where data can be transmitted off the property (to the cloud).   Club offices with an IPOD can access the camera 24/7 and check on the status of the club. 

YouTube is your friend. 

Check out the latest trail cameras and video surveillance systems.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Canadian turned back at the border with firearm

A shooter using the shoot invitation option was turned away at the border (Rainbow Bridge).  The purpose was to attend a Big 50 event.

The shooter did have the generic ATA letter, but no shoot invitation for that shoot. (Yes, some at the border will accept the ATA letter or a shoot flyer/schedule, but…)
A shoot invitation must be on organization letter head, listing the event(s), and addressed to the shooter.  A generic shoot flyer is not acceptable. (Yes, some at the border accept less)

Form Instruction: (2) An alien admitted under a nonimmigrant visa in possession of an invitation and/or registration confirmation to attend a competitive target shooting event or sports or hunting trade show sponsored by a national, State, or local organization devoted to the collection, competitive use, or other sporting use of firearms.
* In past conversations with ATF, fun shoots listed are considered competitive events. More than one shoot can be on the letter.

If you don’t need a VISA to enter the USA. (Read carefully the part on not needing a VISA).

ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D)
Question 13. Were you admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa?

(See Instruction 1.) Yes    No
If you answered No, skip to question 16.

* No shooting invitation or hunting license required.

Instruction Sheet For ATF Form 6NIA (5330.3D)
A nonimmigrant alien is an alien in the United States in a nonimmigrant classification. The definition includes persons visiting the United States temporarily for business or pleasure, studying in the United States who maintain a residence abroad, and certain temporary foreign workers.
  1. The definition does not include permanent resident aliens nor does it apply to nonimmigrant aliens admitted to the United States pursuant to either the visa Waiver Program or to regulations otherwise exempting them from visa requirements. A nonimmigrant alien admitted without a visa is not prohibited from possessing or receiving firearms or ammunition in the United States.

ATF Firearms Q&As
Nonimmigrant Aliens (Read carefully the part on not needing a VISA).       

Answers to some common questions for those who may be considered a nonimmigrant alien or for federal firearms licensees conducting business with nonimmigrant alien customers.
What documentation does an alien need to show U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when entering the United States with a firearm?

When entering the United States, an alien must show CBP both the approved Form 6 NIA (5330.3D) permit, and if admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa, appropriate documentation demonstrating you fall within an exception to the nonimmigrant alien prohibition.

[27 CFR 478.120]

* No VISA required means no  need for a shoot invitation or hunting license.  I suggest you visit the ATF page and print out the Question and Answer and put it with your form.

If in doubt on the feasibility of using the No VISA required option (not all border people have been educated in this change to the law), the fallback is to use the Hunting License option. No shoot invitations required.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Anti-gun Agenda

The anti-gun agenda.
Besides the call for Background checks and additional Gun Free Zones pushed by Bloomberg anti-gun groups in various states.
  1. Mandatory firearm liability insurance.
  2. Ammunition purchase Background Check requirement.
  3. Smart guns.
I can’t imagine under any situation where those with illegal firearms would get insurance nor stand in line at a store to undergo a background check when purchasing ammunition.  Easy enough to steal ammunition or have someone else purchase it for you.

As for smart guns.  If the states would get out of the way on proposals to mandate the market would take off.  As for now the technology is not 100% if you believe various reviews and a very expensive addition to any handgun.   Technology would improve and prices would drop if state governments would just stand aside and the spouse would make sure a smart gun was the first choice for home defense.
Real gun control.

Gun control is not crime control.  Pass mandatory criminal control!

If found using a firearm unlawfully....

No reduced bail, no plea bargains, no reduced sentences, no early release from prison, and minimum state sentencing laws for crimes committed with a firearm.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Ammuniton sale, not!

Browsing the isles of the local Gander Mt. I come across a sale on Remington Gun Clubs.

$10 off, whole case sales only.  $69.99

$70 is expensive for non-premium shells, sale or no sale.

I walk over to the shelves that hold single boxes of shells and find the same shells $.50 cents cheaper per box then those sold by the case.

I had a sale associate scan the single box and he verified the price.  I asked why they were cheaper then the advertised case sale and he didn't have an answer.

I think the $69.99 case sale was not advertised correctly, but as I wasn't interest in buying anyway I just walked away without making any further inquires.   Walking away, remembering last week that Dick's was selling RIO shells for $56 a case after tax.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

North Country Sportsman’s Club Legal Defense Fund

 North Country Sportsman's Club

If you haven't made a contribution to the club's legal defense fund yet and would still like to do so, you can take contributions during the clubs normal operating hours or by mail at:

North Country Sportsman's Club
PO Box 1093
Williston, VT 05495

Rio shells on sale at Dick's

I traveled to Vermont Wednesday to shoot at the North Country Sportsman's Club in Williston, Vermont.

Arrived before the club was open so visited Dick's Sporting Goods, maybe ten minutes from the club.

Thought it was Christmas as they had a sale on Rio shells, one of my favorite shells.

$52.40 per case.  $56 after tax.

Cases of shells stacked on the floor.  No restrictions on number of shells purchased.

1210fps.  A choice of 7 1/2, 8 or 9 shot.   1 1/8 or 1 ounce.

My area has a Dick's, but they just throw you a bone or two on sale of shells and availability.  Usually cases of shells not available, you have to buy individual boxes.  Sometimes the sales are not marked at the display and you have to ask if any sales.

Sale ends October 17th.

Monday, October 05, 2015

White Flyer Classic @ Rochester Brooks

The previous Sunday I was shooting in my shorts. 

Saturday shoot day and wearing dungarees, gloves, and my winter shooting jacket. Windy and random sprinkles. If it hit 50 degrees it wasn't when I was on the course.  When we booked the shoot we were thinking high 60's and sunny fall weather.  Not to be!

We shot the sub-gauge event Saturday AM.  In the past few years they had three machines per station and depending on gauge you were presented designated target presentations.  This year two machines and two stands per station (8).  The gauge you shot determined the stand you used.  My gut tells me the two separate stands is the way to go, especially for .410 shooters and cuts down on the number of machines needed.

With rains threating we shot the prelim event in the afternoon. 

A soft course (my opinion and based on what I see in my travels).  Been visiting the club for many years and the softest Rochester prelim course I can remember.  I enjoy breaking targets, but...   My head told me not the targets I would be seeing on Sunday and not to get cocky.

It started to rain at the last station (we were the last prelim squad).

Sunday main event (16 stations) brought sunny skies, temperatures starting out in the 50's, and little or no wind. The Sunday PM squad saw temps in the 60's.

Targets were what you expect at a shoot of this nature.  A difference between night and day if you compared Saturday and Sunday targets. Challenging but fair targets! Boy, were some of the targets fast...

No machine problems that I experienced.  We had one machine that stated throwing a few broken targets but sorted itself out.  Most likely someone not being careful with handling targets.

I was shooting my Beretta A400 with Estate shells.  Don't want to get to deep into my shooting but I'm having a hard time with leads. The leads look so different then from the many years I was shooting a Remington 1100, especially on faster targets.  A few times I made a conscious effort to ignore what I was seeing and the target broke, even when I thought I didn't have enough lead.  Sounds easy, but going to take a bit of shooting.

What a joy to shoot.  Still can't get over how easy it is to clean compared to the 1100's I own. I've shot various cheap shells through it and haven't run into a shell it can't handle.

A YouTube video from the shoot.

As always well seasoned refs, but did run into some who said it was their first time.  One adult ref told me he stated working the club as a kid.

The clubhouse has been undergoing major renovations the past several years and if you haven't visited in four or five years your going to be impressed.

The club uses Winscore.  Saturday scores were posted when I checked from the motel room Saturday after dinner.  Good job ladies....

The club is hosting the New York State Shoot in 2016.  I'm told the last full weekend in July.

The club is 15 minutes from motels.  A couple of home style diners near the motels and a MacDonald's.  After years of bouncing around the various restaurants, we eat at the Lehigh, maybe three minutes from the Super 8. The only complaint I have is the serving sizes are to large.  Major shopping area (and restaurants) 10 minutes north of the motels. Restaurants seem to be always crowded on Friday nights, so plan accordingly.

We stopped at Beikirch's (a retailer who supplies shooting supplies for clubs and the general public).  The only one ounce shells they had in stock were Estates.  All other shells they carried were 1 1/8.  No lead for sale. I had a list of supplies for rifle shooting they were not able to fill. 

The lowest gas price we saw was $2.03.  One of the locals was telling me he was paying $1.98.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday afternoon @ La Roue du Roy

We spent the afternoon shooting sporting clays in Hemmingford, Quebec at Club La Ru du Roy

Graco had installed an adjustable comb on Heide's 1100 and we wanted to give it a workout.

She had already shot skeet and trap with it, but wanting to make sure their was no problem with the settings for sporting as a lot of gun movement that you don't see in skeet or trap.

No face slap, no bruised cheek, and no shooting off the top of targets.  Good to go!

I had a couple of targets on the back course I shot a battery of artillery at but not even a scratch. Unfortunately on the course by are lonesome and no one I could receive guidance from.  Where's all the AA shooters when you need one?

The 5-Stand is still under construction, but the end is in sight.  A heated building for those who wish to shoot throughout the winter in comfort.

Who would not like station #8 on the back course?

Shooters choice!

Crossing the border entering Canada the vehicle was thoroughly gone through.  Most complete inspection of a vehicle and contents that I've experienced in ten years.  Hey, just doing their job! When the inspection was completed I asked the person who inspected if he'd like to join us at the club to shoot some clay targets as only a 15 minute drive.

On returning to the states the border agent was someone who knew me from my military days....