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Sporting Clays Gun Fit

I now have 1000 registered targets under my NSCA belt, worked my way up to C class, and everyone of them was shot with my Remington 870.  That's not overly impressive, but I have learned a few things.  First, shooting a pump will handicap you, but not much.  Second, make sure the gun works properly, before you shoot your first hundred and nearly get a DQ due to malfunctions.  Third, and the point of this post, make sure the gun fits you!

On a sporting clays course you will get some strange looks if you use anything other than blued steel and fine walnut.  So I purchased a nice stock/forend set.  B-E-A-utiful wood if I do say so myself.  But, it's made for trap guns.

It's significantly too long for me, but I wasn't worried because the forend comes all the way back to the receiver, meaning I could hold it farther back.  Bad news there.  The empty shells coming out would clip my fingertips and sometimes fail to eject.  It would also cause me to torque the forend against …

Benchmade CBK

The Benchmade CBK is a solid choice for a defensive carry knife.  It's been with me daily for a few months, carried on my left side appendix position.  The handle is coated in a rubber substance, but it started to crack early on.  I had this rubber coated wire laying around so I gave it a try on the handle. Stays in place and fills the hand better, but looks terrible.  If I get the chance to get another knife on the cheap I want to dull the edge, paint it red, and use it as a trainer.

Sporting Clays Tips

Just a couple of things I wanted to pass on after some experimentation.  I haven't always bought into the color of shooting glasses making much difference.  I usually shot with clear lenses and had no reason to change.  Occasionally I use plain ole sunglasses for the obvious reasons, but I'll caution you to avoid polarized versions because it has a slight distortion on the sight picture.

On a whim I tried a blue tint pair that I had.  It was incredible how much the orange clay stood out. I'm sure someone smarter than me can give a valid explanation, but I assure you won't be disappointed if you take a chance on them.
The other thing worth passing along is not an original thought.  I have no idea who said it originally, but as soon as I heard it a light bulb clicked on.  The targets you need to worry about the most are the ones you are capable of breaking consistently.  To take that further, and as an example, if you are in a normal station shooting six birds, all of w…

Stippling Polymer

I have long wanted to try stippling.  A Lowe's gift card made it possible, but the $14.86 price tag shouldn't be a deterrent.  A soldering iron is literally all you need.

It's ridiculously easy.  Conventional wisdom would suggest trying it first on something you don't care about or doing it in a location that can't be seen.  But what fun would that be?  Seriously though, you can't mess this up so get to it.

Better Accuracy with Speed

There are lots of sight choices.  Indeed, overwhelming might be a better way to describe the situation.  In reality there are three main setups to choose from and the rest is window dressing.  All black "plain" sights, fiber-optic sights, or night sights.  For the subject of this post, the pictured Glock 34 used solely for competition, I was at first drawn to fiber-optic sights.  After trying several versions from major brands I found a few drawbacks.  The primary one for me is that the colored dot is so bright in full sunlight I found myself looking at the target while shooting since I could clearly pick up the dot in my peripheral vision.  That's a no-no and my accuracy at full speed would suffer from poor sight alignment.  Not that I need a good reason to buy more gun accessories, but I could now reasonably justify looking for a better choice of sight.  My wife would argue the point, but why get caught up in semantics?  

I had never given much thought to plain black …

870 Express Stuck Shells

There are well documented issues with Remington 870's having trouble extracting certain shells. Mine was no exception, but I'm sure there are plenty that run fine.  Mine liked Remington and Rio brands, but throw in a cheap Federal or Winchester and you were guaranteed to test the limits of your patience.  I saw any number of videos and read any number of internet articles as to what the problem could be.  Truth be told, I still don't know.  But I tried what I saw in a few videos, and it worked.  I wish I could claim this as an original thought, but I rarely have one that works so well.

To complete this simple task all you need is the barrel, a power drill, shotgun bristle brush, piece of cleaning rod, oil, and 000 or 0000 steel wool.  Wrap a chunk of steel wool around the bore brush, which is on the cleaning rod, and chuck it in the drill.  Add a few drops of oil and put it in the chamber.
Make sure you hold onto the barrel, it's going to rotate with force.  Pull the …