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Flinching

Jun 05, 2018

I’m a C-class shooter and shoot regularly. Periodically, I’ll flinch on a shot and have no idea why. While I can’t detect a pattern, it tends to happen more often on the first target of a pair. Do you know of any research on why we flinch, and do you have any suggestions on ways to eliminate it?

  There is no mistaking a flinch — that momentary “hiccup” as you are about to pull the trigger of your shotgun. The most commonly held misconception is that a flinch is an anticipation of recoil caused by shooting heavy loads. It has been my experience that this is rarely the cause. Instead, it is caused by a sudden interruption of the acute visual connection between the target and the dominant eye. When this happens, your brain experiences a moment of visual confusion, causing the flinch. The cause of this visual disconnection is most often one of the following: 1) Improper gun fit: For a shooter with a high cheekbone or smaller facial structure, the dominant eye may wind up below the rib of the shotgun when the shotgun is fully mounted and the shot is executed. With this shooter, a higher comb is the solution. Have an adjustable comb installed or use a comb riser product like the Beartooth Comb Riser. 2) Spoiling the line: When the movement of your gun to the break point is such that the muzzle gets between your eye and the target, you inadvertently block your visual connection with the target as you execute the shot. This most often happens on targets that are descending at the break point. It also happens when a shooter is not committed to a break point and “rides the target.” 3) Gun mount: I have often worked with shooters who press their head into the gun at the end of the move, even if their gun fit and movement to the target is perfect. This positions the eye below the rib and blocks the shooter’s visual connection with the target. Your best path to flinchless shooting is to seek the assistance of an experienced instructor who can diagnose and help you resolve your flinch. Don Currie is NSCA’s Chief Instructor, an Orvis Wingshooting School instructor, and Master Class competitor. To get free shooting tips and videos, sign up for his monthly newsletter.  You can also see more tips from Currie at www.doncurrie.com. Read the original article at http://nssa-nsca.org/blog/2018/05/28/ask-the-instructor-flinching-2/ 


Unfamiliar Venues

Feb 05, 2018

We shoot skeet at the Tulsa Gun Club. We almost always shoot on a particular field. We know which tree we need to have our guns pointed at in order to ensure that we have a good hold point. We use the distance marker on one of the adjacent fields to make sure we have a good hold point for high 2 or low 6. We use the white box that frames the high house window to identify our hold point for high or low 8. We use the fences adjacent to the high and low houses for our hold points on stations 1 and 7. We try to use the trap house as a visual aid as to where we want to break the target. Using all of these, we’re able to get some pretty good scores and feel pretty good about our shooting and then, a friend asks us to shoot at his club. Your friend’s club has a different background and only one field. It also has no white box framing the windows. To make matters appear worse, the windows are smaller and closer to the sides of their houses. There are no fences by the houses, and as the skeet field was an overlay on an existing trap field, the trap house is off center by a good twenty feet. Wow, no familiar markers. How will I impress my friend with my shooting skills? The answer is to go back to basics and use the 1/3 rule for all of your hold points, the center stake for the center of your break zone and to quit using landmarks at your home field. This way you’ll be able to shoot the scores you aspire to shoot at different venues as well as at home. Shoot often, shoot well and stay safe. Barry Hartmann is an NSSA Master Level and NRA Certified shotgun instructor who can help you improve your skills at American Skeet and wingshooting. To contact Barry, email him at threeat8@aol.com or give him a call at (918)803-2393.  Read the original article at http://nssa-nsca.org/blog/2018/01/30/hartmanns-hints-venues/   



USA Shooting Athlete of the Year Honors

Dec 15, 2017

Rhode, Sanderson Earn USA Shooting Athlete of the Year Honors

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

USA Shooting is proud to announce six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode and three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson as its 2017 Female and Male Athletes of the Year.

Athlete of the Year awards were determined from a points system where points were earned based on finishes at competitions throughout the year.

Six-time Olympic medalist Kim Rhode earns her fifth Athlete of the Year honors. Photo courtesy of ISSF.With a year that saw so many stellar performances from USA Shooting Team athletes, it took the near-Herculean task of winning two International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup gold medals, one ISSF World Cup silver medal, a fourth-place finish at the ISSF World Championship and finishing off the year by winning the ISSF World Cup Final to earn to earn Rhode (El Monte, California)the distinction of USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year.

“It’s a great honor and very humbling,” Rhode said of winning her fifth USA Shooting Female Athlete of the Year title. Rhode also received the honor in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. She was named 2016’s USA Shooting Female Shotgun Athlete of the Year.



Rhode’s greatest competition for the year’s top honors came from within her own discipline as Dania Vizzi (Odessa, Florida) had a year more than worthy of earning Athlete of the Year accolades. Vizzi became World Champion in September by topping a world-class Finals field that featured two of the three most recent Olympic medalists including champion Diana Bascosi and Rhode. Success at the World Championships is nothing new to Vizzi having now medaled in each of the last four World Championships. Vizzi also won the National Championships while also being a finalist at World Cup Larnaka and ending her successful year with a bronze medal at World Cup Finals.

After becoming the first Summer Olympian to win six medals in six straight Olympic appearances following a bronze-medal performance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, it would have been easy for Rhode to rest on her proverbial Olympic laurel wreath, but that’s never been an option the year following the Games for Rhode.

“I haven’t deliberately taken any years off after the Olympics,” she said. “It is a lot easier to maintain my shooting at a certain level rather than having to build back up because I didn’t train.”

With so many highlights to choose from, when pressed, Rhode said that her shoot-off with Olympic champion Bacosi of Italy to win the World Cup Final topped them all.

“The World Cup Final is the crème de la crème of competitors and by invitation only. You have to be at the top of the game to be invited. To be competing with that talent and get into a shoot-off and go 22 straight in doubles, it doesn’t get much better.”

Three-time Olympian Keith Sanderson earns his second Athlete of the Year honors. Photo courtesy of the ISSF.Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado) earned the distinction by winning gold at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final. Sanderson finished the Final with 33 hits, just one away from the current World Record. Earlier in the season, the Rapid Fire Pistol specialist and three-time Olympian also won silver at the USA Shooting National Championships and finished in sixth place at the ISSF World Cup in Gabala, Azerbaijan. He picked up the air pistol to compete at the recent Winter Airgun Championships and finished fourth overall while winning the Day 2 Final.

Sanderson was also named USA Shooting Athlete of the Year for Pistol in 2014 and 2015 and Male Athlete of the Year in 2009.

“I’m really happy to receive this award, and very humbled by it too,” Sanderson said. “Every World Cup for me is training for the Olympics to have a consistent performance. I’m training for the Qualification and a Final and I’m happy to see that I’m closing in on how to do that better and get good at both. Pistol needs a role model right now so people can see that we can win. When more people in this country see they have a chance, we’ll get more people shooting pistol and we’re more likely to get someone winning an Olympic gold medal.”



Donation by Henry Repeating Arms

Dec 12, 2017

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Henry Repeating Arms Celebrates 20 Years
Of Made in America or Not Made at All
With “One of Twenty”
Big Boy .44 Magnum Edition
This Serial Number 20HENRY11
Donated by Henry Repeating Arms to
The Kids & Clays Foundation Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities



In observance of its 20th Anniversary in 2017, Henry Repeating Arms has created a superb, highly collectible “One of Twenty” Edition of its highly popular Big Boy .44 magnum lever action rifle. The “One of Twenty” Edition will feature hand-engraving, AAA-grade American Walnut, special “One of “Twenty” serial numbers and Presentation Walnut Display Cases.

Each of the “One of Twenty” Big Boys has been donated by Henry to an organization working in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage. Each will be auctioned to provide important funding in support of hunting, shooting and conservation in America.

The rifle being auctioned here is Serial Number 20HENRY11 and auction proceeds will be donated 100% to Kids & Clays Benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

This handsome serial number 20HENRY11 is hand-engraved just like the hand-engraved 20HENRY01 which recently auctioned on GunBroker.com for $25,225.00

The engraving on this rifle is by the internationally-known and award-winning Baron Engraving of Trumbull, Connecticut. Baron has provided custom engraving services for most of America’s major firearm manufacturers and hunting and conservation organizations including the Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Rifle Association, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and many others. Baron has also designed and engraved more than 25 one-of-a-kind firearms for the official SHOT Show Auction.

An icon in the firearms industry, Henry Repeating Arms is proudly celebrating 20 years of American manufacturing. Since 1997, Henry Repeating Arms has stood for quality, reliability and has provided award-winning customer service on a personalized level that sets the brand apart. Throughout its history, Henry Repeating Arms has had a steadfast and unwavering commitment to keeping its manufacturing operations in the United States and providing its customers with firearms that are “Made in America or Not Made at All.”

“Over the past two decades, I’ve come to realize that it’s our customers that make Henry the brand it is today,” said Anthony Imperato, President and owner of Henry Repeating Arms. “Henry is a brand that represents many different things for customers from all walks of life. It’s their stories, their passion for Henry and shooting sports that continue to push us to be the best possible firearms manufacturer we can be.”

Supporting the shooting sports has always been at the core of Henry Repeating Arms’ DNA, so Imperato felt it would be fitting to continue that tradition as the company marks its 20th anniversary. Henry has partnered with the Hunting Heritage Trust to auction the “One of Twenty” Anniversary Edition Big Boy .44 Magnum rifles with 100% of the proceeds going to non-profit organizations working to support hunting, shooting and wildlife conservation in America.

Following is the list of organizations that have received “One of Twenty” rifles, and the approximate dates when they will be listed for auction on GunBroker.com

Group 1- Oct 17- Nov 5

Hunting Heritage Trust

Group 2-Nov 5-Nov 19

Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies BackCountry Hunters & Anglers Boone & Crockett Club Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Dallas Safari Club

Group 3-Nov 19-Dec 3

International Hunter Education Association Kids & Clays Mule Deer Foundation Project ChildSafe Foundation

Group # 4- Dec 3-Dec 17

Safari Club International Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Wildlife Management Institute Youth Shooting Sports Alliance

Group # 5- Feb. 4 -Feb 18, 2018

National Wild Turkey Federation Organizations which have received guns but are not included in the GunBroker.com schedule because they will auction their guns at special events include Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and USA Shooting.

“The incredible, positive impact that these organizations have had on the shooting sports industry is immeasurable and we’re proud to have the opportunity to help fund their work for years to come,” added Imperato. “Collectors and Henry enthusiasts alike will be drawn to the intricate, hand-engraved details these rifles will feature, along with their extraordinary AAA grade American Walnut and special “One of Twenty” Edition serial numbers.”

All rifles in the “One of Twenty” Edition will come with the custom Henry Walnut Wall Display shown in the listing photographs.

The High Bidder for each “One of Twenty” rifle will receive a signed “Certificate of Authenticity” from Henry Repeating Arms President Anthony Imperato certifying that the rifle was one of only 20 produced in recognition of the company’s 20Th Anniversary was auctioned to raise funds in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage and highlighting the organization that benefited from the auction.

Henry collectors estimate that the “One of Twenty” edition will raise in excess of $100,000.00 for programs in support of America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage.


ALPS Brands Joins the Fight for Families

Sep 14, 2017

 
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(Michigan City, IN) ALPS Brands, one of the nation’s leading providers of quality outdoor products, has partnered with the Kids & Clays Foundation to support their national series of sporting clay events. Proceeds from the shooting events benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, who provide housing and other help to thousands of critically ill children and their families across the country each year.

“We are very proud to be working with the Kids & Clays Foundation and their mission of helping children and their families when they need it the most,” said Dennis Brune, ALPS Brands owner. “Our organization believes in giving back to communities and organizations across the country and we can’t think of a better group to help than Kids & Clays.” ALPS Brands generously donated outdoor gear featured at each of the Kids & Clays/Ronald McDonald House Charities sporting clay events in 2017. They will be auctioned at each event with all proceeds supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities.

To see the 2017 Schedule of Kids & Clays Foundation shooting events, go to www.kidsandclays.com. “We are thrilled to be working with such an outstanding company as ALPS Brands who understand the vast benefits of contributing to the cause,” said David Baron, owner of Baron Technology Inc. and president of the Kids & Clays Foundation. “Their support is making a large difference in the lives of many critically ill children and their families and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.”

About ALPS Brands

ALPS Brands began in 1993 with a singular mission: to create durable, high-performance products without the premium price tag that consumers would expect to find on such high-quality outdoor gear. For over 20 years, they have continued to expand our product lines into a wide range of categories including tents, packs, camp furniture and sleeping bags and pads. In addition, all of our products are backed by an industry-leading lifetime guarantee, ensuring that ALPS Brands will be with you on all of your future outdoor adventures. For more information, visit www.alpsbrands.com.

About Kids & Clays Foundation

The Kids & Clays® Foundation is a community of shooting sports enthusiasts committed to supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities® and improving the lives of children and their families. By partnering with sponsors and shooters in a nationwide series of sporting clay and other shooting events, Kids & Clays generates funds to help support the operating needs of Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation. For more information about the Kids & Clays Foundation and its mission, contact Doug Jeanneret (Doug@kidsandclays.com) or Zac Lemmon (Zac@kidsandclays.com) or call 219-874-2100.

 

 


Ernest C. Trefz Memorial Sporting Clays Invitational

Aug 30, 2017



Here are some images from the Ernest C. Trefz Memorial Sporting Clays Invitational at the Ten Mile River Preserve in Dover Plains, NY, Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley on Friday, August 25, 2017 . The event benefited critically ill children and their families in the Hudson Valley.

Ten Mile River Preserve offers world class stations for the sport of clay pigeon shooting. Often described as golf with a shotgun, the sport differs from skeet and trap shooting in that it involves shooting clays at various locations which are launched at different velocities and angles.

This 6th annual charity sporting clays event has been renamed for the late Mr. Trefz (1932-2017), who was a noted businessman, philanthropist and best known for operating 44 area McDonald’s restaurants. He was the longtime CEO of the Trefz Corporation, a family property management business, and the namesake of the University of Bridgeport’s business school. [huge_it_slider id=”2″]