Friday, March 24, 2017

GunCam ® for Clays (Skeet)

We've used the camera on the sporting clays course.  Now, I wanted to see what it could do on the skeet field.

I think an excellent teaching tool for problem stations for new shooters and for old timers having issues.

Targets much closer then in sporting and almost no need to display video in slow motion.  The camera does not record in slow motion.  You need a video program that offers that feature.

A heavily edited video..... Short and to the point.

Best viewed full screen...

Shooting a Beretta A400 with 30 inch barrel.  I find the camera works best if the lens is 5 inches behind the front of the barrel/choke.  Had it a little further back and you can just see the barrel.

I picked up on a couple of issues in my shooting that could cause problems.  Once I got to my hold point not waiting a few seconds before I called for the bird. And, on singles not staying with the target after I pulled the trigger.

If you have that "one" problem station such as High 2 or Low 6, a must have.  Sure beats shooting box after box of shells trying to figure out what your doing wrong.

Camera weight has not been an issue. 

$229.99 direct from the company.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mar 18, 2017 @ Flagler Gun Club

Flagler Gun & Archery Club (Bunnell, Florida)

We paid a visit to the Flagler club for practice trap.  First time this year we shot trap.

When we arrived one field open and by the time we left, three fields open.  15-20 shooters on hand.

Dean Newell told me Saturday trap shooting was the most popular of the two days they offer open shooting.  They also shoot on Tuesday and have a coin operated field so members can pre-purchase coins and shoot seven days a week.

I been coming to the Volusia club for 11-12 years and Dean has been a mainstay. Always lending a hand.  When Dean's around everything seems to run smoothly.  Dean also shares his volunteer time with the Volusia Skeet and Trap club.

 The club recently purchased two PAT traps to replace older machines.

 Dean Newell

First time shooter.  I'm told he shot a 15 and 16.

Club throws back rim targets.  On field #4 both my wife and I found them hard to see, but on field #3 no such problem. The voice release on field #4 was overly sensitive.

A good time and everyone was friendly.

Entry to the club is via a secured gate using a card swipe system.  Your membership card (with photo imprinted), slightly bigger then a credit card, is needed to enter and exit.  Club has a record of the coming and goings of club members and can also disable individual cards if lost or failure to renew.  Sure beats handing out keys or combinations.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mar 17, 2017 @ Jacksonville Clay Target Sports

Jacksonville Clay Target Sports (Jacksonville, Florida)

We dropped in to shoot sporting clays. 

Shot the North course last winter, but not yet had a chance to shoot the new South course.

15 stations.

After the first couple of stations it became apparent birds had more speed on them than the previous two clubs we shot.  Not necessarily harder, just faster.  We had card issues and it wouldn't work on three stations (the lady working the desk said she was going to destroy it). 

We shot unused targets on the North course.

Unlike the North course where I think only the hardiest should attempt to walk (cart is a most), the South course can be walked provided you park your vehicle in the parking spaces at the end of the skeet range.  If you have health issues, rent a cart.

Club has cart rentals at $18 (member and non-member).

It looks like the club ran a water line around the South course.  Planted trees have individual watering hoses.

Nice looking club and great facilities.  I filmed an International Skeet Shoot at the club recently.

I've always found it hard to partner up for trap at this club.  Unless they changed policy, no Voice Release for practice.  Don't know if they have a Clay Delay available.  So, unless your meeting up with someone.....

I've said it in the past and will repeat.  Before you shoot skeet or trap at the club as a non-member, do a price check.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Tachyon GunCam for Clays - Quick Review

A friend used a GoPro with a barrel attachment and I got a chance to play around with the unedited video,  Just no way could I see sporting clays targets breaking, even using slow motion.

Seen the advertisement for the Tachyon and it was pocketbook friendly.....

Camera operation is pretty straight foreword.  You do have to purchase a mini memory card.  The size you require is determined on how long your going to run the camera.  I picked up a 16GB card. 

In theory, the battery will last non-stop for 2.5 hours.   We turned on and off the camera at each station, conserving the battery.  Recharge (USB or plug) upon return home has been quick.

Also, by turning on and off the camera at each station it made viewing individual station videos manageable.

We took the camera to three clubs. 

Dark areas (flying in front of trees/brush in the shade) can be an issue. 

Best viewed full screen

I attached the camera to the barrel, with the camera lens 6 inches from the barrel/choke.  It worked, but the second time out the camera walked and I could see the barrel.  Maybe I didn't tighten it properly.  Now I attach at 5 inches and carry a tape measure to periodical check. 

You have the option of popping the mini card and viewing video from you laptop or any machine that will accept a card.  You can also use an USB cord.  I have not done it, but if you have the equipment you could review the video after each station.

I highly recommend a video program that can do slow motion.  Many times you have to slow down the video to see what happens in regard to barrel swing and leads.

I highly recommend.....