Posts tagged: target shooting
SHOOTING — This is a great idea, at least in the minds of those of us who honed our early shooting skills by plinking tin cans.
LaserLyte®, a company specializing firearms laser technologies, has released an entertaining Laser-Plinking-Can. When hit with a laser from any of the LaserLyte® training cartridges or other laser trainer tools, the cans react by jumping up and falling over just as a real can would.
This reaction is all powered by a 9-volt battery and a spring loaded plunger released by a solenoid. To reset the cans, simply stand them up and depress the plunger. The battery will last for about 8,000 shots.
The Laser Plinking Can Set provides hours of training and entertainment indoors or outdoors without the cost of ammunition, need for a special range — or the clean-up of cans after the session!
SHOOTING — Hunters preparing their firearms for upcoming big-game seasons have a new option this year — the revamped range at Farragut State Park near Athol, Idaho.
The 100-yard Farragut Shooting Range reopened on June 1 after several years of closure while Idaho Fish and Game rebuilt the facility to increase safety and reduce noise at the 70-year-old range.
With big game hunting seasons fast approaching, the range will be open every Saturday for the rest of September through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., staffed by trained volunteers. Cost $5 per shooter.
On Sept. 21, The Farragut Range will have a special Grand Opening. Shooters can check out the new and improved facility and sight-in rifles for free.
Firearms are limited this year to rimfire and centerfire rifles of less than .50 caliber; and, shoulder-fired muzzle-loaded rifles.
Access to the range is through Farragut State Park, and participants must either be in possession of an annual Idaho State Park pass or pay the $5 daily use fee upon entering the park.
The original range was built by the military and turned over to civilian use after WW2.
Area rifle clubs also open their ranges so non-member sportsmen can zero in rifles before the general hunting seasons.
The annual Sight-In Days are set for Oct. 2-5 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. This is a great deal. For $20 for one rifle (cash or check) plus $5 for each additional rifle, the club offers a scope and firearm checkup before you hit the range plus assistance from a helper/spotter on the range, targets provided.
Club rules require that all firearms should be unloaded when arriving at the range.
Ear and eye protection is required and available at the club if needed.
The club is open daily to non-members, with shooting allowed from 8 a.m. to around 7 p.m. The fee is $10.
Info: (208) 666-8803.
SHOOTING — The small but formidable percentage of pigs who wallow anonymously in the freedoms afforded by the Second Amendment continue to make a bad name for the sport of target shooting.
Worse, they are at an alarming rate reducing the number of places responsible gun owners can shoot.
A site on the Coeur d'Alene National Forest near Hayden Creek that's been used by shooters for decades is on the verge of being shut down by people who trash the place with target garbage, shell casings and litter, while blasting to pieces any sign posted to plead for responsibility.
Photos with this post show signs that had been posted for less than three months at the Hayden Creek site. This is the response to Forest Service emphasis patrols at the site and efforts by volunteers to get voluntary compliance with basic littering rules and shooting etiquette.
“Needless to say, we are beyond disgusted with this type of behavior, and I imagine every responsible shooter who uses the area is, too,” said Jason Kirchner, Idaho Panhandle National Forests spokesman in Coeur d'Alene. “We really don’t want to shut down shooting in the area, but behavior like this moves us closer to that decision every day.
Two Washington Department of Natural Resources parcels were declared no-shooting zones by the Spokane County Commissioners this year following a petition by fed up landowners.
Regarding the Hayden Creek site, a clearly frustrated Kirchner added:
We've had abuse in the area going back decades, but it seems to be getting worse every year. You might recall that this spring, and the previous spring, we sent out pictures and a news release begging the public to report slobs at the shooting sites. We've gotten volunteers that have started helping to clean it up, but the slobs who trash these places and shoot up everything in sight have been relentless.
I don't think it's any secret that if the trend continues there will come a time when we will have to decide that the only way to clean it up is to close it to shooting, barricade the sites, and issue citations to anybody we find shooting in the area. It's a shame that a bunch of slobs will ruin it for the responsible sportsmen who use the area.
SHOOTING – A Guns and Grub shotgun target shooting event set for Sept. 28 at Landt Farms Sporting Clays will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the family of Coeur d’Alene Army Reservist Daniel Guerrero, who was wounded in Afghanistan in May.
Limited to 75 shooters. Cost: $65 includes barbecue.
Pre-register: 279-8125, email email@example.com.
SHOOTING — Tom Knapp, 62, a modern shotgun virtuoso who revived exhibition shooting in the 1980s, died on April 26 in Minnesota.
Knapp, who performed in Spokane several times sponsored by Benelli, was especially notable for being the first to throw 10 clay targets in the air and blast them all before they could hit the ground.
A modern-day shooter who displayed more than a hint of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West showmanship, he also was an easy-going spokesman for the shooting sports who could let his shotgun do the talking, whether holding it upside down or above his head.
He started exhibition shooting in 1987.
In 2010, he retired after 20 years of shooting with Benelli, but he picked up again with CZ-USA.
A tip of the hat to one of the good guys.
STATE LANDS — Shooters are creating a safety hazard and trashing a section of state land near Newman Lake, Department of Natural Resources officials say.
Complaints from area landowners have prompted more enforcement and citations for littering, using motorized vehicles in closed areas and failure to have a Discover Pass, said Loren Torgerson of the agency’s northeastern Washington staff.
The property– section 36 off Koth Road just northeast of Newman Lake – has been promoted as a good place to shoot in blogs and brochures left at gun shops, including Cabela’s, Torgerson said.
“Most shooters are responsible, but a subset of that group isn’t being responsible,” he said. Shooters have been using garbage as targets and leaving the trash as well as using semi-automatic weapons to blast and “saw down” cedar trees, he said.
Washington Fish and Wildlife police and Spokane County Sheriff’s Department have been assisting the DNR’s one enforcement officer covering seven counties, he said.
“Citations have been written and we’re starting to see a reduction in the number of bad actors up there,” he said.
Improving barriers to driving off the main road is helping with the problem, he said.
DNR has been working with the county’s shooting area advisory committee to consider a petition that would close the area to shooting, he said.
“We certainly want holistic view of the issue. We know that closing one area to shooting simply moves the problem somewhere else,” he said.
“Ultimately the community needs to look at the options.”