Hello everybody. We are now sneaking into winter. We have had a mixture of dry, wet, cloudy, sunny, cool weather and so far, none of it has stopped our shooting. We continue to have good turnouts for our shooting days – anywheres from 20 to 40 shooters on Sundays and/or on the even-date Wednesdays.
We have sponsored various events within the latter part of October and in early November. We had our Sporting Clays on October 24 and there were 59 shooters. As well as our own Club members we also had shooters from Courtenay, Alberni, Nanaimo, and Duncan. See the photos below for the activity. As usual, the scores were all “over the map”, again dependent on the individual skill levels. The scores ranged from 35 out of 100 to the high 90’s. I, myself, ranged from a low 25/50 in the morning, to a personal high of 40/50 in the afternoon.
The next Sporting Clays will be held on November 28 and it will be a food bank shoot. Bring cans of food, enjoy the shooting as well as enjoying a free lunch.
On November 8 we hosted a PITA event. PITA, which stands for Pacific International Trapshooting Association, holds events throughout the year all along the Pacific coast. The events were held at some Club locations on November 7 also but we only hosted the event on the Sunday. There are monetary prizes in the various skill levels. The event is comprised of 150 “birds” – 50 Singles (at 16 yards), 50 Handicap (at varying distances depending on scores from previous PITA events, from 20 to 27 yards), and 25 Pairs (doubles).
On the same day we hosted a “5-Stand”. This was held on the skeet field. There are clay pigeon machines located around the perimeter of the field and the shooters shoot the “birds” from these machines from 5 stations along the fence line. As long as there is interest, the “5-Stand” will be held on the second Sunday each month.
Don’t forget the turkey shoots on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Skeet Shooting. (per Wikipedia)
Skeet is one of the three major disciplines of competitive clay pigeon shooting. The others are trap shooting and sporting clays. There are several types of skeet, including one with Olympic status (often called Olympic skeet or international skeet) and many with only national recognition.
For the American version of the game, the clay discs are 4 5⁄16 inches (109.54 mm) in diameter, 1 1⁄8 inches (28.58 mm) thick, and fly a distance of 62 yards.
The international version of skeet uses a target that is slightly larger in diameter [(110±1) mm vs. 109.54 mm], thinner in cross section [(25.5±.5) mm vs. 28.58 mm], and has a thicker dome center, making it harder to break. International targets are also thrown a longer distance from similar heights (over 70 yards), resulting in a faster target speed.
The firearm of choice for this task is usually a high-quality, double-barreled over and under shotgun with 26- to 30-inch barrels and very open chokes. Often, shooters will choose an improved cylinder choke (one with a tighter pattern) or a skeet choke (one with a wider pattern), but this is a matter of preference. Some gun shops refer to this type of shotgun as a skeet gun. Skeet chokes are designed to be a 30-inch circle at 21 yards distance. Alternatively a sporting gun or a trap gun is sometimes used. These have longer barrels (up to 34 inches) and tighter choke. Many shooters of American skeet and other national versions use semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns. The use of clay targets to simulate hunting scenarios is one reason the targets are called clay pigeons.
The event is in part meant to simulate the action of bird hunting. The shooter shoots from seven positions on a semicircle with a radius of 21 yards (19 m), and an eighth position halfway between stations 1 and 7. There are two houses that hold devices known as “traps” that launch the targets, one at each corner of the semicircle. The traps launch the targets to a point 15 feet above ground and 18 feet outside of station 8. One trap launches targets from 10 feet above the ground (“high” house) and the other launches it from 3 feet above ground (“low” house).
Historical Tidbits: From the Historical Journal of the PQF&G Association
The earliest mention of the Association being formed was from a letter, written by Horace Goad in 1984, in the Club sponsored book “Wild Game Cook Book II”. In the letter, it was stated in part, “Parksville-Qualicum Rod and Gun Club” was formed in 1912 for the immediate purpose of obtaining the removal of nets placed across the mouths of Big Qualicum, Little Qualicum and Englishman Rivers, preventing access by salmon to spawning grounds.
Apparently Japanese fishermen had conducted a fishery and saltery for some years, and the reason for the sudden erection of a complete barrier is not known, but it seems that the complaint by the newly formed club caused its removal, with little delay.
The letter continued: The First World War disrupted activities and though reorganization followed, information is scarce as to dates, etc. It is known that Parksville Flats were the scene of rifle, trap and skeet shooting, and Retriever Trials were held there annually. From 1943 to 1952 the club sponsored and conducted the National Gun Dog Championships and in 1949 over 2500 people attended.
-more to come in later newsletters
Photo 1 – our contingent trap shooters on a Sunday. Photo 2 – Dave Weaving & Dave Vaton are part of a work party cutting vegetation and re-stringing the nets. Photo 3 – Part of the clay pigeons that were delivered in one shipment.
Photo 4 – Start of setup for Sporting Clays. Photo 5 – A shotgun cart. Photo 6 – A quad for those having difficulty getting around the course.
Photo 7 – Bob Davenport, Dwayne Fujima & Stephan Meinke get ready on Station 2. Photo 8 – A successful shot Photo 9 – Shooting position and controls for 3 machines on Station 3.
Photo 10 – The “Sand Pit” station and the clay pigeon machines. Photo 11 – A squad at Station 9 and a squad heading to Station 10. Photo 12 – Shooters at Station 10.
Photo 13 – Part of the $38,000 shotgun shell order for the Club and the members, Photo 14 – PITA shooters shooting the Handicap event. Photo 15 – Dave Upper shooting the PITA handicap event. Gordy Brooks keeping score.
Last photo – Bob Maltby, from the Nanaimo Club, shooting the PITA doubles event.
Ron Card – Dorman Range