Saturday, June 13, 2020

‘Speak Truth’ ad supporting police

“Speak Truth,” the 2-minute ad focuses on how difficult it is for police officers to keep the peace in an imperfect world, and that how too often their heroic acts that save lives go unnoticed and unappreciated.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

College Shooting Sports Teams

I often see postings asking about colleges that support the shooting sports.  
See the schools at the below link.

Sunday, June 07, 2020

Defund the Police (really)

So when did the nuts take over the nut house ...

"Demilitarize Communities" = Ban Guns.

"Free People from Prisons and Jails".  Use your imagination! 

I gather "repealing laws criminalizing survival" means you can "shop lift" at Walmart and Target at will.

Friday, June 05, 2020

Vermont allows for some out of state travel non-resident (Jun 8)


In addition to changes in dining regulations, Vermont is taking its first step toward reopening out-of-state travel.

State residents and residents of neighboring states will be allowed to participate in some recreational travel across state borders without observing a 14-day quarantine beginning on Monday. The changes will only apply to counties with less than 400 confirmed COVID-19 cases per 1 million residents.

At the time of the announcement, that includes the North Country of New York and all but three counties in New Hampshire ⁠— Rockingham, Merrimack and Hillsborough. 

This is a survey to enroll you in Sara Alert.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Roue du Roy: Precautionary policies to ensure a safe environment

I thought shooters would be interested in what one club in Quebec is doing in regard to ensuring safe distancing and other aspects of re-opening after being closed by the government because of the virus.


We have instituted several precautionary policies to ensure a safe environment for our staff and guests.
Please read the full list of protocols which we will adhere to strictly:

* While at one of our Club, all customers and employees will need to maintain a social distance of 6 feet (2 meters) between them and anyone that is not a member of their household. Please note that this includes in the parking lot, the clubhouse, and clay target courses.

* Groups for clay shooting will be limited to five (5) people and do not encroach on other groups.

* Customers will not be permitted to use the clubhouse for seating or lounging.

* Customers will not be permitted to bring guns, gun cases, shooting bags, or any other gear into the clubhouse. After you have paid, you may return to your vehicle to pick up any gear that you need for the range.

* The clubhouse will be limited to no more than five (5) customers at any one given time.

* We will have ammunition, eye and ear protection.

* We will be accepting only credit or debit cards until further notice. Weaccept Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

* Shotgun rentals will be suspended until further notice. We will also not be providing clipboards or pencils for keeping score.

* Golf cart usage is permitted and all golf carts will be disinfected after each use by staff.

* We have installed plexiglass shields, or “sneeze guards,” at the cashier counter.

* We will disinfect shooting benches and stations on a regular basis throughout the day.

* We ask that you bring your own gloves, disinfectant, and whatever else you deem necessary to protect you, your family, and your guests. You are participating in an outdoor activity at your own risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

* If you see problems or areas for improvement, do not hesitate to let us know.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Quebec clubs re-opening

As of today both Club L'Acadie and La Roue du Roy have announced they have been given permission to resume clay target shooting.

We are pleased to announce that we have finally obtained permission to open the Club for outdoor activities! We will reopen on our regular schedule FOR CLAY TARGET SHOOTING ONLY (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9h00 to 17h00) starting this Saturday at 9:00 am.

La Roue
We are pleased to announce that we have finally obtained permission to open the Club! We will reopen on our regular schedule (Wednesday to Sunday from 9h00 to 17h00) starting this Saturday at 9:00 am.

Check with Quebec clubs to obtain operational status before you travel!

Montreal and Valleyfield have also re-opened.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020

12 Gauge Shotguns may be Prohibited - Canada

Modern 12 gauge choked shotguns may be prohibited.



SOR 2020-96 20mm Bore Restictions



A review of the prohibition list by the CSAAA, led by law firm Edward Burlew, suggested it could include 10-gauge and 12-gauge shotguns equipped with removable chokes, based on new regulations that ban any gun bore that is 20mm or wider. Removable chokes are accessories added to the end of the barrel that widen or narrow a shotgun’s spread.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Canada - Prohibited Firearms - May 1, 2020

Firearms deemed prohibited (illegal) as of May 1, 2020

Complete Listing.....

Regulations Amending the Regulations Prescribing Certain Firearms and Other Weapons, Components and Parts of Weapons, Accessories, Cartridge Magazines, Ammunition and Projectiles as Prohibited, Restricted or Non-Restricted: SOR/2020-96

The Regulations prohibit approximately 1 500 models of assault-style firearms, including current and future variants. The Regulations also prescribe the upper receivers of M16, AR-10, AR-15 and M4 pattern firearms to be prohibited devices.
The Regulations address gun violence and the threat to public safety by assault-style firearms. The Government of Canada recognizes that their inherent deadliness makes them unsuitable for civilian use and a serious threat to public safety given the degree to which they can increase the severity of mass shootings.
The Order Declaring an Amnesty Period (2020) (the Amnesty Order) accompanies the Regulations to protect individuals, who were in lawful possession of one or more of the newly prohibited firearms or prohibited devices on the day the Regulations came into force, from criminal liability for unlawful possession for the purpose of allowing individuals to come into compliance with the law.
During the amnesty period, the Government intends to implement a buy-back program to compensate affected owners for the value of their firearms after they are delivered to a police officer; however, until a buy-back program is offered, affected owners will not be eligible for compensation. An option to participate in a grandfathering regime would also be made available for affected owners. Further public communications on the buy-back program and the grandfathering regime will follow later.
The Regulations and the Amnesty Order come into force on the day they are made. The Amnesty Order expires on April 30, 2022.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Virus and shooting at the club

At some point the regional clay target ranges in my area will be available (opened). If your 60 and younger, with no health issues I'm sure your ready to go and not too worried of getting sick, as you'll most likely will be able to shake off the virus (hopefully).
Me.  Older guy (70) and health issues.  Hard enough to stay safe in my travels, but I manage.  So far have been able to keep my safe distance from others, but what about at the range?
Just from comments on various gun talk boards I know there is going to be issues with some, as they refuse reality and burying there heads in the sand.
At present the correct thing to do is to wear a face mask so you don't unknowingly infect someone (could be several days before someone shows symptoms). 
How do you handle someone at the range who refuses to wear a mask and wants to shoot on your squad (practice or registered)? 
Easy for me.  Won't be shooting on my squad, as has the potential to kill me. Target release sanitation.  Voice release in trap at all the regional clubs. So no issue.  Carry around a box of sandwich bags for bagging the devices when shooting practice sporting.  I could spray them but you have to wait until it's dry to be effective.  In lieu of that I will use hand sanitizer after handling.
Hand Sanitizer.  A must in the shoot bag.  Plastic bags or not, will be using in sporting after leaving each station if handling the release.  Being overly cautious in its use.
What about the trap boy (girl) when provided.  Club going to make them wear a mask?
I'll have to stay out of the club house accept for payment and using the restroom. as safe distance I imagine it will not be enforced and will also have those who refuse to wear a mask.

I thinking the above will work for practice, but have my doubts if I can pull it off at a registered or fun shoot.  Just to hard to keep your guard up all the time!

Monday, March 16, 2020

ATA Shoot Cancellations

Click on the link.  Updated as needed.

ATA Shoot Cancellations

Club Closings (Quebec)

The following clubs are closed due to government coronavirus pandemic advisories. Club Josee Club L'Acadie La Roue du Roy Valleyfield Montreal Club de Tir Huntingdon I'll update the list if I become aware of any additions to the list.

Diamond Indoor Trap Range (Diamond, IL)

Diamond Indoor Trap Range   (Diamond, IL)

Video:Diamond Indoor Trap Range

50 rounds (includes shells, birds, and use of facility)

Steel shot...

$35.00 + tax (50 targets)

No release triggers or high shouldering.

Absolutely NO outside ammo.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Shoot Cancelations / Postponments

Highly advised you contact the host club before traveling to a shoot.

I'm aware of several shoot postponements (I suspect cancellations until next year) due to current health and travel warnings.

The latest I'm aware is in Quebec.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

Off Topic: Indoor Skydiving

We went INDOOR skydiving for the first time.
It was the wife's birthday and I was looking for something different instead of same old same old (we shot sporting clays the day before).


We needed hands on assistance (the youngsters make it look easy), but wait until next time : )

Sunday, February 23, 2020

A300 Outlander Sporting Ammuntion Hiccup

My wife shot three types of ammunition from the time of first use.  All 1oz. 1200fps.

Estates, Fiocchi, and Challenger.

My Beretta A400 had no issues.

My wife's A300 had a failure to feed the second shell about once every box shooting Challenger.

After the first outing with Challenger shells I cleaned and oiled.  Still the same problem the next time out.

She shot Estates the next visit to the range and no issues.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Feb 2020 @ Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, Land O' Lakes, FL

Tampa Bay Sporting Clays

Pick your poison!

All sporting stations we shot had four machines.  

As well as White Flyer targets, the club also uses targets from Europe.  No issues with eurotargets.  Center hit and you get dust...

I don't know if members get a deal on ammunition but bring your own unless you want to pay over $8 per box.  Cart rental for non-member was $25.

The club offers other types of clay target shooting, as well as Olympic bunker trap.


Feb 2020 @ Silver Dollar, Target Way, Odessa, FL

Silver Dollar Shooting Club

Passing by on the way to Tampa Bay Sporting Clays and dropped in to take a few photos.

A shoot was scheduled but didn't hang around to take photos.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Feb 2020 @ FishHawk Sporting Clays, Lithia, FL

FishHawk Sporting Clays

86 Degrees, but low humidity.

Targets for everyone.  Recommend you rent a cart.

The club also has skeet, trap, 5-stand and pistol.

Except for one machine that ran out of targets and a couple of broken targets we didn't have any issues (targets were discounted)  .

Bottled water available at a number of locations throughout the course.

Only 20 miles or so from Tampa.

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Feb 2020 @ Amelia Shotgun Sports, Yulee, FL

Amelia Shotgun Sports

First visit since 2018.  Facilities and club house in great shape.

14 station sporting clays, 3 machines each.  Five other stations available for beginning shooters.  Skeet and trap is also shot.

Two or three machines I should have changed to a tighter choke, but overall an IC course.

We rented a cart but you can easily walk the course.

In the low 60's with a cool wind.  Put on my rain jacked for a bit more warmth.

Didn't shoot it but looks to be an interesting 5-Stand.

As a side note it cost me some years back, $2,500 to become a life member of the club.  The club was just opening and they were looking for seed money.

The deal was you chipped in $2,500 and in return you received a life family membership, the complete $2,500 returned in shooting (you had a $2500 account and they deducted targets shot, from the $2500) and you could shoot at the club seven days a week.  You also shot at a reduced rate.

Still shooting at a reduced rate but the $2500 is long gone!

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Feb 2020 @ Saltwaters Shooting Club, St. Augustine, FL

Saltwaters Shooting Club

Sunday afternoon and crowded.  We bounced around from station to station instead of taking them in order.

A cart is a must and rentals are available ($6 per person).  A long walk if you don't. Members have use of a cart for free.

Two courses (moderate and one for the big boys).  Targets for all level of shooting.

$0.40 per target for non-members.

I think the last time I shot was in October.  A few medical issues have kept me off the range and just had a cortisone shot in each knee earlier this week.

First couple of shots my wrist were hurting, as well as my shoulder.  I missed the first six targets.  After a box the pain went away and more confident swinging the gun.  May take two or more outings before I'm back in any type of shooting form and before I even think of shooting trap (arm strength).

The wife shot her Beretta A300 Outlander Sporting for the first time.

Out of the box she had to have an adjustable comb installed and the stock shortened by 1/4 inch.

She shot two brands of shells.  1oz. 1200fps Fiocchi and Challenger.

Recoil wasn't an issue and no face slap.  Fit well in her shoulder and didn't have to feel for a sweet spot.  She thought it was lighter then her 1100 and found it well balanced.  No failures to fire.

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

A300 Outlander Sporting Update

Changed out the release button.  Installed the Cole Oversize Bolt Release Button.  

Makes closing the bolt much simpler, especially if you have a touch of arthritis.

Tools needed:  1/16 punch and paperclip.  Watch the video on YouTube that shows the steps of changing out the A400 release.


Maybe with use it will become easier to remove the bolt handle, but for now it takes a major effort.

Ended up using pliers (using a cloth to protect the finish) to remove it.


Piston Assembly A300
Learned the hard way on my A400.  Keep this sucker clean.  I use a wired tooth brush made for cleaning guns. Cleaning not needed after every outing, but if a clay target shooter you need to keep an eye on it, to include cleaning inside the gas cylinder of the barrel.


I thought I had purchased an IC choke for the A300, but couldn't find it and had me second guessing.
Looked and looked and no where to be found.

Five minutes after I ordered a new one I found it!  At the time of purchase I didn't have a choke case for the A300 and put it where it wouldn't get lost.