Friday, October 28, 2016

Black Friday 2016 AA Winchester Rebate

November 18 - November 28, 2016

For a limited time, earn $2.00 for each box of AA Target loads you purchase. Minimum purchase 10 boxes, ($20 rebate) and maximum purchase 50 boxes ($100 rebate) per household. Offer is valid on qualifying purchases made between November 18, 2016 and November 28, 2016. Offer expires and all requests must be received by December 15, 2016.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween 5 Stand Shootout @ NCSC

North Country Sportsmen's Club (Williston, Vermont)

Halloween 5 Stand Shootout

The plan was to have two separate 5-stand setups. 

One, on the clubs permanent 5-Stand that has covered shooting positions and the other, setup on the trap field.  This would give the club two 50 target courses and allow for ten shooters per rotation.

Unfortunately, rains were forecast for the weekend and the two separate course setup was changed to allow the shoot take place with shooters not needing to stand in the rain. 

The borrowed machines that were to be used on the Trap field were instead installed on the permanent course and each given a Letter designation.    You first shot 50 Numbered machines and then shot 50 Lettered machines for a total of 100 targets.

The one course slowed things (only 5 shooters per rotation instead of 10) but made for a more enjoyable day for those in attendance.  A good decision!

Both courses had a rabbit.

Volunteers worked there butts off.  It didn’t go unnoticed.  Hats Off to all!
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Cell Phone Use at a Registered Trap Shoot

Unlike other clay target disciplines the ATA has no written rule prohibiting the use of a cell phone while shooting.  So, score one for the shooter if someone complains. 

But, the use of a phone may disrupt the flow of the shoot and should be a concern of all shooters and shoot management.

Shooters claim emergency standby or other reasons to carry a phone while shooting.

The phone starts ringing and playing a favorite James Bond theme when your just calling for a target, and worst yet, the shooter answers the phone and starts to have a conversation.  We're told were suppose to shake off such disruptions, but we're talking real world, not some discussion on a talk board.

May I suggest you either place the phone on vibrate and answer when finished shooting your 25 or give your phone to someone off the line that can answer it for you, or don't shoot.

As for the ATA and a lack of a rule.  Don't need an ATA rule if shoot management prohibits in the Shoot Program.

If a shooter is not happy with it, he/she has the option of passing on the shoot.

If a shooter does shoot and decides to use his/her phone anyway.

Page 10

3. Shoot Management of any registered event and/or tournament, at its discretion,
may reject any entry, or refund any entry.


Page 39.


1. A shooter may be disqualified tor an event or for a whole tournament
at any time by Shoot Management, or at any time by the Executive
Committee or such person as they shall designate for that purpose,
or disciplined by the Executive Committee, whenever the following
prohibited conduct is brought to their attention:

a. if in the opinion of Management or the Executive Committee the
shooter disrupts the harmony of the shoot, or

i. if the shooter does not abide by the Rules of the ATA, by the Rules set
out by Management, and/or in the official program.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rules Olympic Shooting Revised (January 1, 2017)

The air rifle events will have a 24-shot final instead of 20, as the two sets of three shots at the start have been increased to five each.

The time limit will be 250 seconds for the five shots in air rifle, and 150 seconds for the rifle prone event.

In the women’s 25-metre sports pistol, there will not be any semifinals. Like the men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol, the top eight from the qualification phase will compete in a format of progressive elimination after four sets of five-shot series.

Similarly, there will not be any semifinals in shotgun. Instead, all trap finalists will shoot 25 targets, and elimination will be after 25, 30, 35, 40 and 50 targets.

The double trap finalists will shoot 15 doubles and elimination will be after 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40 doubles.

The skeet final will be based on a 10-target sequence spread over the third, fourth and fifth stations.

The eliminations will happen at 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 targets.

Before the last cycle, the finals used to be over 25 birds for trap and skeet, while double trap used to be 50 birds


In a drive towards paperless operation, the organizers would be encouraged to use wireless communication to provide start lists, results, etc. to all the teams, shooters and electronic display systems.

All finals will feature music and commentary. The ISSF has also advised the use of music during the elimination and qualification phase, wherever possible.

The use of biodegradable eco-friendly clay targets will be encouraged in all competitions and will be mandatory at the World championships and the Olympics.

Shooters will not be allowed the use of mobile phones, hand-held, or wrist-worn, when they are on the firing points or shooting stations.

The new rules will allow non-verbal coaching at all events.

All shooters will be allowed the use of front blinder with a specification of 30mm maximum width. However, only shotgun shooters will be permitted to wear side blinders of 60mm maximum depth. The rifle and pistol shooters will no longer wear side blinders.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Milford supervisors receive complaints of bullets flying from shooting range

Milford supervisors receive complaints of bullets flying from shooting range

I've come across articles claiming bullets flying off a clubs property more then a few times a year.

In this case the email complaint sent to township officials said “About twenty minutes ago, there was a series of 4 or 5 rounds that left the range and cracked over my backyard.”

In another portion of email, the resident wrote: "In the past, projectiles have passed directly over my head while I was out on my deck and in my backyard. They cracked and leaves fell from trees." He continued, "My daughter has had shots go over her head while she was walking on Walnut Lane."

At this point you'd think the club would have to temporarily close the range until an investigation took place and/or do some serious tap dancing with local authorities trying to prove they had a save range.

Not the case thanks to Chester Dotts, chairman of the board of Milford Township Fish, Game, and Forestry Association.

"Dotts said that over the course of this summer, he had made several improvements to the gun range by building new benches that slope down, adding extra dirt around backstops and installing security cameras.

The current shooting backstops stand at 47 high, 250 feet wide, 40 feet thick — that’s far above the traditional standard used in military practice facilities.

According to Dotts, only high-powered pistols can be used to rapid fire. He said the two men who were shooting on the 100-yard range at the same time that day followed all the rules and he has the documentation and video to prove it.

"These guys that I could see on the videotape did not do anything wrong and their guns were pointed down," Dotts told the board members."

From reading the article it looks like the complaint was made by a disgruntled former official of the club.  Thank goodness for the video system.


I've visit a number of ranges who in the last few years have installed credit card type cards for gate entry and exit.  Club knows the coming and goings of club members and the individual card itself can be deactivated if lost or membership not renewed.  I belong to one club that uses a card system and it's also my membership card (with my photo imprinted on the card).

One club that I'm aware without such controls has been playing around with the idea of either installing such a system and/or installing a video system because of repeated problems on the outdoor range.

I suggest a necessary outlay in monies. 

Even if you have the safest rifle range and have people shooting through pipes, theft and destruction need to be addressed. 

The old days are gone.  New neighbors may want your club closed and won't let ethics stand in there way, young people causing destruction just for something to do, and criminals looking for easy money and hoping to make an easy score.

It was either late last year or earlier this year where a private range owner reported someone stole the coin operated system off a clay target field. The following week he had a video system installed.

As the old saying goes; "Penny wise, pound foolish!"