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Friday, March 27th, 2009
3:39 pm
He who dies with the most toys wins!
I pretty much have unlimited access to my local trap range. But, our trap is a manual pull switch and it seems I can never find another shooter to go along or someone to pull targets for me. You can pull your own targets and shoot 'em for fun, but that's no good if you want to really get in some good practice. So, today I solved the problem. I ordered a Clay Delay Autopuller wireless voice release. It should be here in about 5 days and I'll be able to shoot by myself, whenever I want.
Monday, March 16th, 2009
10:05 am
Could it be spring???
Beautiful weather yesterday. I think the temp topped 60F. I made it out and shot a couple rounds of doubles. Broke 48/50 & 45/50. Not to shabby for the first time out since last Oct.!
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
1:35 pm
In case you missed it ....
At the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships this year, Leo Harrison III and Foster Barthalow were declared co-champions of the Clay Target Championship (16 yard singles) after breaking 200 straight targets in the program plus 900 straight in shoot-off, for a total of 1,100 straight targets without a miss!

I'm not sure this is accurate, but I was told at a shoot this past week-end that Leo, who has been one of the best for decades, had been in the Clay Target Championship 17 times previously and never won it 'til now. It's surprising that there could be ANY major title that Leo hasn't won.
Thursday, August 21st, 2008
1:25 pm
I need info on a shotgun, Springfield, Single Barrel, 16-gauge
I need some info on a shotgun, particulary the age of the weapon. Any websites or books that could give me some info on it would be helpful. The shotgun is a Springfield, Single Barrel, 16-gauge. It is old enough not to have a serial number. 

Thanks in advance for any help.
Monday, August 18th, 2008
11:01 am
Back from the Grand American....
Well, the 2008 Grand American World Trapshooting Championships are done. I was only able to get there to shoot the last 3 days, but had a great trip. Shot mediocre scores up until the last event, the Parliament Coach Handicap. I managed to put up a 96/100 after struggling on the 2nd trap, which got me into the yardage group trophy shoot-offs. I wound up with the 4th place trophy in the 23-24 yd group. I've come close before, but this is my first trophy win at the Grand - very cool!!

And oh yeah, the BIG event - the Grand American Handicap, was won by some guy named Patrick Lamont from Brandon, Manitoba (a Canadian won the GAH?!) who posted the only 100/100 and did it from the 27 yd line - EH?!

Lamont also was High All-Around Champ with 399/400 in the 3 championship evetnts (200/200 singles, 100/100 GAH, 99/100 doubles) Not too shabby!!!
Friday, August 8th, 2008
1:03 pm
More than 2,100 SCTP kids shoot at Sparta
More than 2,100 kids from 35 states, ranging from 6th grade to 12th grade, competed in the SCTP National Championships held at the World Shooting & Recreational Center in Sparta, IL.

The largest number of SCTP shooters was 1,600 in the trap competition on Aug 4 - 5. Story is here: http://www.nssf.org/news/PR_idx.cfm?PRloc=share/PR/&PR=080608_SCTP.cfm

The Sporting Clays and Skeet competitions were held Aug 1 - 2. Story is here: http://www.nssf.org/news/PR_idx.cfm?PRloc=share/PR/&PR=080408_SCTP.cfm
Friday, August 1st, 2008
9:14 am
It's that time again!!
The Grand American trapshooting championships Aug 6 - 16. Program - http://shootata.com/pdfs/2008_grand_program.pdf My camp site is reserved and the motorhome is going in for it's annual service. But, my son and I each have to shoot 400 handicap targets on Sat to get our target minimums to avoid penalty yardage at the Grand. This year has just been all fouled up schedule-wise and we've hardly shot at all. Plus, we've got craziness at work that is going to make it very difficult to get away, and then just for a couple of days. I thought this was going to be my year to put up some big scores, but it looks like I'll have to be happy to just make it there.
Monday, July 14th, 2008
10:18 am
Who says you can't buy targets??
A couple of months ago I spent a boatload of $$$$ on a new Guerini trap combo and some of my shooting buddies have been giving me a hard time about trying to "buy" better scores. Well, it seems to be paying off. I'm getting the gun all adjusted to suit me and have been focusing on doubles, where I've been really struggling and inconsistent. In 4 trap doubles events over the week-end I broke 96 - 93 - 91 - 95. I even won a few $$ - not too shabby. Now to get the handicap and singles setups sorted out.
9:25 am
Range Safety Reminder....
Something like this is so rare in the shooting sports that we sometimes feel like it can't happen, which leads to carelessness, which can lead to this....

Modesto man killed in skeet shooting accident
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
1:47 pm
U.S. Open Trapshooting Championships
Soooo..... Anybody going to the U.S. Open at Sparta May 1 - 4? http://dnr.state.il.us/worldshooting/default.html
I've got my camping space reserved and a few cases of shells loaded up. This year's program looks outstanding.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
2:42 pm
2008 U.S. Open program is posted
Check out the program for the U.S. Open at Sparta May 1 - 4. It looks like a good time - 50 bird derbies in the evenings, shooter appreciation party, $10,000+ added money and the trophy list looks good.

Target minimums are just 500 for singles, 200 for doubles, 500 for handicap in current and previous 2 years. So if you've done any registered shooting at all, you shouldn't have trouble making minimums. And, if you haven't shot any registered, it would be pretty easy to get theminimum targets by May.


Can't wait!!
Monday, February 18th, 2008
10:22 am
Pheasant hunting...
I got Bubba into a youth pheasant hunt at a private club over the week-end. It was a nice set-up to get some kids out in the field. The club was very nice, with a good hunting area and Bubba's group got to hunt over some fair Brittany Spaniels. They saw quite a few birds and Bubba killed two. The only down side was that one of the "guides" claimed Bubba's second bird for a kid that couldn't hit one on his own. I know that they wanted to get everyone a bird to take home, but Bubba still wasn't happy about it.
Friday, February 15th, 2008
3:35 pm
Cabin Fever ....
Had a severe case of cabin fever last week, so Bubba and I took off to Jacksonville, Florida for a few days of trap shooting at the Jax Florida Winter Chain Shoot. Bubba split the C class money in Thursday's singles and was tied for Junior Champ after Saturday's Singles Championship, but we had to leave and couldn't stay 'til the end of the day for shoot-offs. Then, to add insult to injury, the temp was in the 70's when we left Jax and only 3 freakin' degrees when we got home to Illinois. The publisher of "The Lost Target" web site was also there on Friday and we showed up in his pics - #11 is our singles squad and #48 is Bubba shooting handicap. http://losttargetphotos.com//2008/jacksonville/
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008
2:48 pm
Cabin Fever ....
Aaarrgh!! More snow and at least 2 months before anyplace in driving distance is going to have any shoots. So, Bubba and I are gonna escape to Florida for a few days. I've got travel tickets in hand, a free place to bunk lined up and 6 cases of shells bought and waiting for us. We'll get in 3 days of shooting - about 1,500 targets between us. Maybe that will hold us over 'til spring.
Thursday, December 6th, 2007
3:21 pm
Monday, November 5th, 2007
10:10 am
Gun Shopping
I've been shooting for about 3 months now, and I'm left-handed, left-eye dominant. The Franchi 28ga I started out with has a cast-off stock. I've had the stock fitted, but I still fight the gun when I mount it. I'm consistently breaking 10-12 in skeet.

Last weekend, a friend offered to let me shoot a round with his new Cynergy 28ga. I broke 17, tieing my personal best. It was easy, even with a stock that had a LOP about 1 inch too long, and no recoil management.

My husband is now suggesting I get a new gun. He's lobbying for the Cynergy in a 12ga, but I'm not enitrely sure. I like shooting 28ga, and besides the leftie thing, I'm also less than 5 feet tall.

Does anyone know anything about the Cynergy 12ga? How does it perform with Chamber-Mates or tubes? I know it has a different ejector system.

Thanks in advance for the feedback.

Current Mood: confused
Monday, October 29th, 2007
5:02 pm
A Note to Students
I thought some people might find this article interesting. It is about a high school girl who shoots skeet competitively, forgot to remove some shotgun shells from her car, and got suspended from her school.
Monday, August 20th, 2007
11:06 pm
Steve Middleditch
I took a lesson not too long ago from shotgun master Steve Middleditch and want to relay my experience so that others of the shotgunning ilk can perhaps find a method and way in which to shoot.

M is originally from England, and as such, shoots a very British style. He teaches that you should square off with the target break point at your shoulder instead of your belly button. You hold your gun very close to the trap and, if you do everything in your mount correctly, just stare at the target such that when you break it, it is because you let the bio mechanics of your brain and hands take over. There is a great deal going for this method of shooting- it is much more instinctual and quick than, say, the Carlise method. I think that this method would be helpful to me and am looking forward to working in some of the points that he mentioned to me. However, like any kind of instruction, you have to find what it is about your shooting that you can take some of the stuff and incorp. it into your game. Otherwise, it would be starting over for the vast majority of sporting clays shooters (unless you have had lessons from Wendell Cherry) and you should plan to be broken for at least 6 months.

Steve is helpful and friendly and wants you to win. He attempts to give you the tools that worked very well for him without holding back anything. Should you find yourself in a position to take a lesson from him, I think you would be very well served in doing so. It's just the small matter of applying what he tells you into your shooting form. But isn't that what it is all about?
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
2:22 pm
Only 5 days until the GRAND AMERICAN
Anybody going to Sparta for the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships?

I can't get away for the whole thing, but I'm planning to shoot 5 days of it. I've finished just 1 target out of the money twice before. I've been shooting well the last month. Maybe this is my year.

Even if you aren't competing, it's worth a day trip just to see the 3-1/2 mile long trap line and shop all the vendors.
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
10:29 pm
I have always had an interest in learning trap and skeet, and finally recently paid a visit to the local club. They in turn put me in touch with a "retired" shooter with shotgun to sell, which turned out to be an awesome deal. I was led to believe it was a Citori Lightning, 12 ga., 28" barrel. When I ran the serial number on Browning's website and was registering it, it turns out that what I got was in fact a Citori Skeet Gr. 1. Given what I can find about prices I got it for a steal, with a reloading press and enough supplies to load hundreds of shells thrown in, I basically stole the gun.

Anyhow, what I want to know is the difference between a regular shotgun and a "skeet" gun. From everything I've read a 28" barrel is sort of middle of the road so I can use it for any of the sports - trap, skeet, or sporting clays - it's just a matter of using the right chokes. Anything else that some people with more experience here might be able to contribute, I'd be really interested in knowing.
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