Friday, September 21, 2018

Trap & Skeet Tournoi @ Farnham

Club de chasse, pêche et tir de Farnham inc. (Farnham, Québec)

Sunny, warm day!

You bring your firearm and the club furnishes the ammunition (included in the price of the shoot).  

Don't know if the club is receiving a deal on ammunition purchase (Challenger) for the shoot, but instead of 1 1/8 shells I suggest 1oz shells (less felt recoil) especially with the number of gun fit issues I saw.

By my count 14 trap squads....

All level of shooters from beginners to the more accomplished.  Class shoot so all had a chance on taking something home.

Skeet had a slow start, but picked up in the PM.

Hot dogs and fries for lunch.  One order of fries can feed two...

Photos / Video

Friday, September 14, 2018

In case you missed it...… Club Valleyfield & Club Huntingdon

Tournoi Le Sauvaginier @ Club de Tir de Valleyfield (St-Stanislas-de-Kostka, Québec).

Two man teams shooting flurries of targets from duck blinds.  Load three.... One of the clubs most popular shoots and always a sign-up waiting list.


Tournoi Five Man Team @ Club de Tir Huntingdon (500 rang du Ruban (Sainte Barbe), Québec)

Five man teams shooting 50 16-yard targets and 25 wobble trap targets.

Club selects squad leaders and squad members selected by random draw.  Makes for some interesting teams.  Ten teams in all.

Some heavy rains delayed the shoot a bit but sun shining by the end of the shoot.

Did the best I could with the videos but if nothing else you can see everyone is having fun.....

14 Sep 2018 @ La Roue du Roy

Hemmingford, Québec.

The wife and I shot both sporting clays courses.  Only had issues with a rabbit machine.  Targets not thrown from this machine deducted from the target counter when we checked out.

Front course is overall a skeet/IC choke.  Features the tower (four machines).  A number of stations have four machines. Tower choke may vary depending on the height of the tower. We shot the front course using LM. 

The back course is LM.  The second station and the last station have seven machines each.  Station #1 is the hardest.  Your not doing anyone a favor if you take a new shooter to the back course.

Not a club you can just drop in and start shooting.  Private club. A fee is imposed for guest and visitors (limits on number of visits).   Best to go with a member for the best rate if not interested in joining or wait until the club is hosting a shoot.

The club had an open house this past Sunday.  First ten minutes of video, remarks in French.

My stamina has not been what it should be this past summer.  Thankfully benches at every shooting station and I can take a break when needed.

Club chasse, pêche et tir de Farnham inc. (Farnham, Québec) is having a trap/skeet fun shoot this Sunday and I'm going to shoot my first trap targets since opening day at Club Huntingdon at the beginning of summer.  We'll see how it goes....

Thursday, September 13, 2018

NRA TV depicts 'Thomas & Friends' in KKK hoods

Using a jarring image to blast increased diversity on a children's TV show, a National Rifle Association online show depicted characters from "Thomas & Friends" in white, Ku Klux Klan-style hoods on burning train tracks.

Host of NRA TV's "Relentless," Dana Loesch went after the classic children's character Thomas The Tank Engine after its maker, Mattel, joined forces with the United Nations in efforts to increase gender diversity and representation on the program and include new characters from around the globe.

Loesch, a conservative spokeswomen for the gun rights group, specifically called out one new character – Nia, a steam engine from Kenya.


Why the hell is the NRA getting involved in diversity issues?

NRA whiteness on display!

NRA needs to get back to addressing firearm issues and not race or other social issues.

Monday, July 23, 2018

La Roue du Roy Opens 25 July

La Roue du Roy

Wednesday, July 25th 2018

We are really happy to announce that the Club la Roue du Roy will open its doors to the public Wednesday, July 25th.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Club L'Acaide acquiring Club Roue du Roy



We are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Club La Roue du Roy. Our two sites will allow us to offer you a range of hunting activities and unparalleled shooting. We look forward to introducing you to this beautiful 260-acre site with a choice of nature trails, a well-established tower and of course a variety of fine hunts as well as the famous “Roue du Roy”. , a 5 star kennel and much more! Thank you to Gabriel Gagnon and his team for the tremendous work they have done in recent years. We can not ignore this vision and passion for shooting and hunting. We have only to think of all the new shooting facilities, the shooting simulator, the modernization of the buildings, everything was done as latest state of the of art. This heritage is precious and we sincerely believe that no one could have done better ... Thank you and you are welcome at any time

L'Acadie clay Shooting Club

It was L'Acadie's most interesting option for us as it assured us that the Club would keep its identity. The respect of Mr. Luc Ouimet and Robert Trahan for the Club, as well as their qualities as directors and managers, will ensure the continuity of the Club for the years to come. We also knew that it allowed the greatest number of shooters to continue practicing their favorite sport at one of Canada's finest shooting clubs.

The Roue du Roy club


Still don't have an opening date!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

La Roue du Roy Update

La Roue du Roy The club will shortly be announcing the reopening date.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

ATF Form 6NIA (Canadian Shooters)

ATF will only accept the latest version.
OMB No. 1140-0084 (01/31/2021)
Revised January 2018

Application/Permit for Temporary Importation of Firearms and Ammunition by Nonimmigrant Aliens
If you have an older version saved to your computer it will be rejected, as one shooter found out.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Upgraded to Decot ColorMag Lens Color

I was losing focus on targets and thought it was time to change lens color.  

I ordered a color that I thought would do the trick. Also, upgraded and ordered the polycarbonate lenses with anti-reflective coating.

About a week later I receive a call from Decot  asking why I (a long time customer) was changing lens colors?

We went back in forth (mostly me listening) and he recommended ColorMag (a purple lens) in Lt Med.  The broacher says the lens color utilizes spectral isolation to provide unbelievable color contrast.


Reds and Orange really pop.  I didn't know my red van was so red! A stack of targets really catches the eye.

Been out one time and happy with the results.

Also, for years I've used the Decot finger print size (bottom of the lens) bifocals.  This time I opted for "no" bifocal in the right lens. I no longer do a lot of scoring and for the amount of reading I do with my shooting glasses I thought I could get away with just a bifocal in the left lens.  So far no issues.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

I won't be participating in any formal shoots...

With rare exception I won't be participating in any formal shoots for the remainder of the summer.

I've gone out several times this year feeling under the weather and having a hard time making it through 25 targets, let alone 100.

Attended a shoot today and had excellent AM results (was feeling good).  In the PM (second part of the match), not so excellent and it cost me a top spot. Not fun when you go out and your not physically at 100%.

I had already skipped a couple of shoots I was planning on attending this year and after today better to cancel the season and work through what ails me.

Still do practice, as I can take a break when needed.

I have several shoots on the calendar that I will be attending with camera in hand.  Saying that, I was having a hard time keeping my energy levels up while running around with camera at todays shoot.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Prescription Shooting Glasses & Decot

Decot Sport Glasses

I've been having a hard time getting a sharp focus on targets using my V-Lite 1 lenses when less then full sun conditions (really noticeable in trap). I'd start out with a good focus, but then the target would turn into a blur.  Certain backgrounds would also effect what I was seeing (or not).
I have a second lens color (Gold lite 10) that is excellent on dark cloudy days, but not comfortable to wear on sunny or partial cloudy days, as I find myself squinting because of the sun.

Time for change....

A trip to my Ophthalmologist before I ordered new lenses found that I needed a prescription update (less then two years from my last prescription change).

So, as well as changing out the V-Lite lenses for another color that would give me more latitude in regard to sun and partly cloudy days, I also needed a new set of Gold lite lenses to go along with the new prescription.

I also upgraded to Polycarbonate lenses and Anti-Reflective Coating.

Today, I receive a call from the Decot company asking why I was changing lens colors (been using them from when I first started shooting) from what I ordered the last time.  I explained what was going on and a suggestion was made in regard to lens color and shade.

I won't have my new lenses for most likely three weeks, but will do a follow-up after given them a workout.

Monday, May 14, 2018

How It's Made By Laporte Clay Target Factory (video)

Video showing the making of clay targets.

The Laporte Family is really proud that Discovery Channel chose our Laporte clay target factory in Formerie (France) as a perfect example to show "How it's made".

It is a great honor for us since Discovery Channel only features the very best in each industry.
Stay tuned, the show will air in a few weeks in Northern America (Canada and USA).

Our targets are going to be thrown in some of the biggest events in the World in the next few years, when our Laporte traps remain the highest reference all around (sporting, trap and skeet): 2018 World Skeet Championship, 2018 World FITASC Championship, 2018 Nationals, 2019 World Skeet Championship, 2019 NSCA Nationals and US Open, 2020 Tokyo.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

2018 Cabin Fever Open @ Underhill

Underhill Rod & Gun Club (Westford, Vermont)

New format this year.....  No pre-squading.  You show up and if none of your friends are in attendance you run around trying to get squadded.

Personally, I despise no pre-squading, but I'm sure I'm in the minority.

Backups on the course. Two brand new machines acting up.  I was told they leave the factory set to throw White Flyer targets. The club throws Lawry targets and machines were not "burned in" prior to the shoot to check for issues.  I was informed knife edge adjustments is the cure in regard to Lawry targets.

The two machines were not the only reason for backups.  A couple of squads were doing more socializing then shooting before each station and while shooting.  And, some obviously not aware the time to change chokes is when you see the show targets, not when its your turn to shoot.

One station (two report pairs) could of seen more imagination in target presentation.  Basically outgoing straightaway from the same machine.  Point the gun in the general direction with skeet choke and pull the trigger.  As one shooter was overheard saying, not sporting clays targets.

In a wooded area on the course the use of a chain saw is recommend before the next shoot.

OK that was the downside.  

Overall nice target presentations and seasoned shooters who moved the shoot along at a good pace (except for the couple of squads mentioned).

A sunny day and for the most part the targets popped.

Registration went smoothly.

Lunch was included in the shoot fee and the two "girls" working the kitchen did an outstanding job.

Unlike my previous shoot the weather was comfortable. Saying that, my bedroom closest had been transferred to my vehicle and I was prepared to shoot even if the temperature dropped well below freezing.



For shooters in my neck of the woods a great loss when club La Roue du Roy closed in Quebec.  Rumor has it that new ownership and looking for a June opening.


Barre Fish & Game Club

1st Annual "Support the 2nd Amendment" Skeet Shoot
Sunday, June 24th!
50 targets (25 regular / 25 double)
Entry fee $35.
$15 returned to shooters.
Registration 8:30-11am or call Mike 802-522-2499

* This is NOT an NSSA shoot.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Indoor Clay Target Shooting (Georgia)

Come see this massive new facility for yourself with new features like the nations premier Indoor Shotgun Range with Trap, Skeet, and 5-Stand, as well as our 100 Yard Indoor Rifle Range rated up to 7mm Mauser, 32 Pistol and Rifle Lanes with state-of-the-art equipment, Private Members Lounge with full service restaurant and bar, Technohunt Archery Simulator and more!

Always open to the public!

Sporting clays coming soon!

Now open in Kennesaw!

Governors Gun Club Kennesaw has ribbon cutting

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 @ Rochester Brooks (Spring Deuce Sporting Clays)

Rochester Brooks Gun Club (Rush, New York)

Beautiful Friday weather and the club was looking good.

I drove out to the FITASC course and included several few minutes of video of the FITASC event (two parcours) in the posted video.

Friday and Saturday

Saturday weather was rough. Rained all day and temperature seemed to be dropping. My squad had a 2:30 start time. At 5:30pm it was 43 degrees.  A slight breeze at several of the stations made it seem colder.

It didn't stop raining.  It would slow down a bit, but only temporarily.

I was not prepared for the cold (how many years have I been shooting?).

Own some great cold weather clothing (but sitting in the closest at home).

I wore sweatshirt and two shirts, as well as top/bottom rain gear and still froze my butt off.  I had a jacket with me, but it would offer no protection from the rain and was useless.  A set of good old fashioned long johns (just the top) and a pair of gloves would of made it a more enjoyable day.

Both the sub gauge course and the Preliminary offered some nice target presentations. 

On the prelim course the tower machine went down for at least 30 minutes.  We shot the next two stations and then returned.  Of course it had to be the tower machine. You just can't walk over and make the fix.

Due to the rain a few machines acted up on the prelim course, but after throwing several targets they cleared on there own.

The club put hay down in a few areas, as carts were having issues traversing some parts of the trail in the mud.

On the prelim course on several stations I could of used some sun light.  I used the lightest lenses I own, but still picking up targets on some stations late.

Using my darker lenses in the AM all I saw was a blur and changed them out when shooting 5-stand practice.  At least with the lighter lenses I wasn't seeing the blur, but just had problems picking them up in low light conditions, especially with a tree background.

I don't want to become a fair weather shooter after all these years, but have to start facing the realities.

I ran into someone who shot all his events on Friday (I gather he checked the weather report for Saturday).  He just had the main event on Sunday left.  He looked comfortable sitting in the clubhouse all day Saturday.

Even with the rain and mud shooters seemed to have a good time and didn't hear anyone complaining. 

Excellent refs on all stations.

The ladies working the desk have seen it all and I don't think any crises would throw them.

When I'm shooting I usually take video of nearby squads, but had to pass on most of my opportunities.

Left right after Saturday shooting to head home (never planned on shooting the main event).  About 30-40 minutes later I stopped at a Burger King rest stop on I-90.  In the middle of eating my burger I started getting the chills.  Chilled to the bone I think is the saying.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Apr 22, 2018 @ Club de Tir Huntingdon

Club de Tir Huntingdon Sainte-Barbe (Québec)

Ouverture du Club de Tir (Pigeon d’argile)

Club closes in the fall and stays closed until a Sunday in late April.  This years shooting season started today.

Almost warm enough too not need a jacket.

Nice turn out.  People coming and going throughout the AM.

Only a handful of club shooters shoot registered (ATA) but many could give long time seasoned ATA shooters a run for there money.

Concrete roof being replaced on field #1.  The new roof will open and close hydraulically working off the Pat Trap pump.  At least two other clubs in Quebec use this system.

Crossing the border saw no traffic nor did I experience any issues.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Before and After (cleaning) - Beretta A400 Piston Assembly

Finally got around to cleaning the Piston Assembly and replacing the Piston Ring (Midwest Gun Works $12.08).

Notice the excess carbon buildup on the A400 Piston Assembly and bent Piston Ring? 

Cleaned the assembly and replaced the ring.

 Yes, you can shoot a couple thousands rounds without cleaning a Beretta A400, but comes a point where a thorough cleaning is required. 

Just wasn't paying attention when putting on the barrel.  The assembly was getting harder to insert, but I ignored the warnings, obviously ignored the carbon buildup, and popped the ring when shooting.

I've read that if you don't have a replacement ring you can just pop it back in place and squeeze the ring back together to get you through the shoot.   I had a complete replacement assembly in my shoot bag.

Not much to the Piston Ring. A light weight piece of metal.  I guess aluminum. 

Once a month cleaning will now be part of the routine.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Browning Ammunition Rebate

MAXIMUM REBATE AMOUNT $25 PER HOUSEHOLD. Offer is valid on qualifying purchases made between March 16, 2018, and May 12, 2018. Offer expires and all requests must be received by June 1, 2018.
 Rebate offer valid in the U.S. and Canada.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Winchester 2018 AA Rebate Form

Winchester 2018 AA Rebate Form

April 15, 2018 and September 8, 2018, earn $2.00 back for each box of Winchester AA loads you purchase.

Minimum Purchase 8 Boxes  ($16 Winchester Ammunition Check) Maximum Purchase 50 Boxes  ($100 Winchester Ammunition Check)

Must submit individual box UPC codes for eligible redemption.

Hardest Practice Course in Northeast Florida (Saltwaters Shooting Club).

We visited and shot sporting clays courses for practice in the region.  Most stations at many clubs you'd find IC choke would consistently break the target.  A few times LM or tighter would be recommend, but overall IC choke would get you good scores.

If you think your good or just want to see where you stand in regard to challenging targets I suggest a visit to the Saltwaters Shooting Club, located west of the St. Augustine air port (look for the rail road crossing north of the Northrop Grumman traffic light).

The club has two courses.  The front course starts off easy and steadily gets more challenging as you work your way around the course (14 stations).  Nothing to beat you up and you can feel comfortable shooting the course with IC choke (even skeet choke on some of the stations).  New shooters and long time shooters should enjoy the experience.  We do!

The back 14 station course starts with LM choke.  Speed and distance on a number of targets can be found.  Not all targets require LM, but I just leave them in.  I think a couple of outgoers need at least modified choke, but when I hit them I'll let you know. No way I'd bring a new shooter to the back course and I don't say this lightly. 

On the last visit they just got finished resetting the targets on the back course.  If anything, it was overall, a more challenging course. 

Anyway, just my opinion and take it for what's it worth, as I'm not or even close to being a AA shooter.

I haven't shot on another practice course in the region where LM should be the choke of choice starting out. If you start out with IC choke you will quickly change chokes. Fast targets the norm.

Club is open 9-5, Wednesday through Sunday.

Amelia Shotgun Sports 5-Stand Under Construction

Amelia Shotgun Sports (Yulee, Florida)

Several photos of machines and location of the excavation for the new Multi-Level 5-Stand.  The 5-stand will be to the left of the skeet and trap fields.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Broke (bent) a Beretta A400 Excel Piston Ring

Experienced a ring failure and I think my fault!

I read online the metal ring that is part of the assembly is the Achilles heel of the A400 and I've been careful when inserting the piston assembly, as the piston assembly on the A400 needs to be inserted into the barrel cylinder before inserting the barrel into the receiver.

Anyway, failure to fire and a bent ring....

In theory, without removing the ring.  You can work the ring back into the groove, squeeze the ring tight, and return to shooting to get through the day.

Didn't test the theory as I purchased a complete piston assembly when I was looking to see what part was most likely to break in an A400 when the ring came up in several postings. I just popped in a new complete piston assembly.

Midwest Gun Works has a replacement ring for $12.08.

Now, what I'm thinking.

Excess carbon buildup on the Piston Assembly, to include the ring.  The excess carbon over time worked the ring and/or the assembly out of position (just  theory). 

Shot a couple thousand rounds without cleaning and up until yesterday, failure to fire was unheard of. 

Had one at the range yesterday and on the fifth shot (first shell) today, click.....  Tried again with new shell, click....

Believing all the stories in regard to cleaning the Beretta left me a dollar short. 

No more then four cases of shells from now on!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Silver Dollar having Land Use / Zoning Issues in regard to east Skeet Fields

The Silver Dollar (Florida) may lose it's skeet fields and everything else on the east side of the club.

An informative and timely blog to follow the latest.

Silver Dollar Bulletin


Effective tomorrow, the 5-stand, Crazy Quail, and the two combination trap/skeet fields will be closed until further notice. This has occurred because of the side-deal conceived last night at the zoning hearing. This side deal will benefit only one of the three opposition groups. The others will have no noise reduction. No doubt they will continue their fight to close the club completely.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Gamaliel has been absorbed by Brownell (and, you might not be happy about it)


 In 2015 Brownell purchased Gamaliel Shooting Supply, a premier shotgun sports company.

This past week Brownell absorbed Gamaliel completely.  If you Google Gamaliel and click on the link you will be sent to the Brownell website.

Ammunition deals that were on the Gamaliel site, no longer.  RIO and Nobel Sport shells not listed (two shells that were always competitivity priced).

Buying shot....  Lawrence Brand Shot - $49.99

I was not happy with prices and shipping on the Brownell site in the past, but sometimes they were the only game in town when you needed a spare part.

Anyway, the shotgun community just got screwed.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

La Roue du Roy (Quebec)

Rumor mill has club ownership changing hands and re-opening sometime in May.  Emphasis will be on clay target shooting and not the restaurant.

Also, a strong possibility of a pistol range.  You have to belong to a club if you have a pistol. Only makes sense for the club to offer same if only for the yearly membership money generated.  A smart business decision.

Only rumors, but we all can be hopeful.....

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018 @ Jacksonville Clay Target Sports

Jacksonville Clay Target Sports (Jacksonville, Florida)

Dropped in to shoot practice.

The club has two sporting clays courses.  We shot both courses last year and tend to lean towards the  more challenging south course.  South course it was.....

Station #1.  They skip a target off the water.

I thought we had a good workout.  A nice presentation of targets.

Golf carts available.  Recommend a cart for the north course.  If you drive your car to skeet field #10 the south course is walkable.  If a hot day, rent a cart.

Based on the number of rental carts seen when we arrived and those being used when we left, I can only assume the club was having a good day.  I saw one squad getting ready to shoot skeet when we were departing.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

White Flyer Price Increase

Case of Targets as of April 1, 2018 (not April fools) is raising $1.20 - $1.35 a case (depending on source quoted).

Reason given.  Aluminum industry is ramping up and they use pitch in the manufacturing process.

Unless the club is going to absorb the increase (highly unlikely for skeet and trap) I would expect shooters will see a $.25 - $.50 price per round increase.


If you have not already placed an order, price increases are in effect.



Bio's up .55 per case.  The only good news....

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mar 10, 2018 @ Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm

Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm (Graham, Florida)

70 degrees and overcast.

14 stations.  100 practice targets.

8-10 people on the course.  We were the only two walking.  We walk when it's practical for the exercise. Cart rental $15.

Several target presentations we hadn't seen at the other regional clubs we shoot, so a good work out.

On one station they bounced a target off a trampoline.  True pair with the second target flying low and fast away from you.

Lost focus on several targets, usually with trees in the background.  The old eyes letting me down.  A little sun to pop the target would of helped.  

No broken targets thrown and no button issues.

Remington 1100 Carrier Latch started to hang on the wife's gun (thought I had it fixed with a good cleaning).  Dropping the trigger and applying a bit of brute force should fix it, but for the time being I'm going to drop in a spare trigger.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Odds & Ends (Clay Target Shooting) Mar 2018

We had one of those days at the club, practice sporting clays. 

I think we broke a personal record for either a bird not coming off the arm or a broken bird in one outing.  Not all on one station, but spread-out throughout the course.  Just seemed almost impossible to not have at least one machine per station without issue.

Between the two of us we went out with a case and shot eight boxes.

When I went to pay I was not going to say anything, as they already give an ample allowance for broken targets, but when they asked at the desk....

Ended up paying for only two hundred targets, but you'll never convince me they didn't think I made it up and was trying to rip off the club.  Left a bad taste in the mouth!

Never had target issues in the past at the club.


On station waiting for a sporting clays shoot to start. 

Individual telling us how he's in Class "A".  For whatever reason can't go up, can't go down.

Shoot starts.  First station, three report pair.  He misses all six birds.


Shooter ask if I liked my Beretta A400.  You bet...   Told him I shot 1100's for the longest before I got tired of broken parts and cleaning.

Turns out he also shoots a Beretta A400, use to shoot 1100's. He said the same for him, broken parts and cleaning is why he switched.  But get this.  He worked at Remington in Ilion, New York for 29 years.


Driving an electric cart.  Dead battery : (  

Hitched a ride back to the club house.  

The following week.  Same club.  Dead battery : (

I'm told they purchased the carts used.  Plans are to replace with gas powered carts.


Remington 1100 Carrier Latch started to hang on the wife's gun.

I was able to manual reset each time the problem arose while on the course, but....

Dropped the trigger at home and gave it a good cleaning.

No further issues.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Florida Challenge (Sporting Clays)

Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm (Graham, Florida)

After spending Saturday AM at the Gator club I dropped in on the Florida Challenge (25 minute drive).

Sunny, 85 degrees, and humidity.  Hard on referees without shade.  At various clubs I've seen ref's bring there own beach umbrella and even pop up tents to protect from the elements.  If I was hiring ref's I'd suggest same.

Since the last Florida Challenge the pole barn used for meals and award presentations was enclosed.

As the usual the club used the 850-yard rifle range as it's north course (main event) and the other two permanent ranges, one for the other main event course and the remaining for the dedicated small gauge course.

Also, the club puts up a temporary 5-Stand for the NSCA event. The club has two permanent 5-Stands.  One elevated and one at ground level, but leaves them available for practice.

I see I'm not the only one who misses a target on the easy stations.  John Woolley missed one when shooting 4 pairs while I was filming.  I walked over to the next station and Bill McGuire missed one shooting 4 pairs.  Unlike those shooters I can't afford to miss the so called easy targets.

I was worn out halfway through the north course.  Heat just took it out of me and I wasn't even shooting. Made it to a parcour but just barely had the energy to hold the camera steady.  A long (and slow) walk back to the vehicle.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Southeastern Regional Trap Championships (Olympic Bunker)

Gator Skeet and Trap Club (Gainesville, Florida)

Saturday AM.

Blue skies and little if any wind.

Nice turnout, four squads.  A few familiar faces were missing.

Voice release working well.  A few broken targets, but that was the exception.

I was trying a camera I don't normally use for video and it seemed to work well.  I still go to my camcorder for slow motion shots.

A couple of shooters didn't like me being on the line with camera. I try to stay out of the way and keep out of sight of shooters with mounted gun, but I guess it didn't work for them.

A hard bunker to film shooters (and targets), as elevated and doesn't leave much room for other then shooters and scorekeeper.

This was my 8th trip to Gator to film a bunker shoot (my first bunker filming at the club was in 2009).  Going to have to think long and hard, as if I can't get close, no visually of targets and breaks, especially on sunny days. I suspect my last trip to Gator to film a bunker shoot.


Feb 25, 2018 & WW Sporting Clays

WW Sporting Clays (Jacksonville, Florida)

Before I get started this use to be one of my favorite clubs to visit.

An old club that needs to invest $$$ into its infrastructure. 

Old target counters still working, machines still throwing targets, but the club is run down. I wouldn't even hazard a guess the last time a dollar was invested in other then keeping machines running.

If you happen to visit after a rain be prepared for mud and standing water (nothing trucks of fill couldn't address).  The one elevated stand they have is in need of a rebuild. Station #14 is long past its prime.

Overall, a property that can't compete with the other sporting clubs in the region.  Before this years visit I talked to two different couples that I ran into while shooting sporting and asked if they had shot at WW Sporting? Both answered yes, but indicated they wouldn't be returning. I didn't press them on why.  As a side note I'm always asking shooters what's there home club and what regional clubs they visit.  If they don't mention a club I usually recommend a visit. 

When we first started shooting in Florida we had two regional choices.  WW Sporting and Bradford.  

Through the years; Amelia Shotgun Sports opened, the Jacksonville club (long known for its skeet and trap) opened two sporting clays courses, and Saltwater's in St. Augustine opened (two sporting clays courses).  Amelia was starting to get a little run down but new ownership has invested the $$$ and now a modern club and a club with a fresh look.  The Bradford club always seems to be beefing up its facilities.

I don't know the long term plans, but unless the owner invest the $$$ it's not looking good for the long term viability of the club.