Sporting Clays Shoot - Sun Mountain Gun Club - September 13, 2014

SxS Members - Our Chapter held a Sporting Clays Shoot at Sun Mountain Gun Club on the 13th of September.  There were a couple of concerns about this shoot. The 100+ degree heat and the membership turnout.  Our last shoot there, in 2005, only had nine shooters.  This year's shoot had 21 shooters, but 8 were from the L.A. Chapter.  SxS Vice President, Phil Fayne, organized the group from down South, Thanks Phil it added a lot to the event.  This means that 13 G.C.V. Chapter members attended the shoot, I thought we should have had better participation from our G.C.V. Chapter.  It was an improvement over the 2005 shot, but a long drive for most.

This is a great club, the sporting clay course is very unique and the owners (Iverson Family) are wonderful people.  I think I will put it on the calender next year, but will survey the G.C.V. Chapter members before the event to make sure there is enough interest. 

As it turned out, the temperature was not a big factor.  We were finished shooting before noon, when it was only about 90 degrees (a temp. Californians consider comfortable in the summer).  We had lunch in their nice clubhouse,( the A.C was appreciated).  The HI-FIVE winners are, left to right in attachment - Highest 5 is Phil Fayne 77, Chris Henry 75, Ray Sterck 67, Shorty Colasanto, Richard Iverson & Phillip Fayne - all tied with 66.

The Favorite Gun theme was Italian made guns. This prize was won by Don Patterson.  He had the only Italian made gun on display, he also shot with it. 
Don won a case of shells with his 

Beretta 426E ..E means ejector. 12 gauge 2 3/4.. F/M. 28 in. barrels. Made in late 70's. Imported by Berben Corp. NY.NY. All Model 426's have silver inlay of dove on top release.  I have a pair in 12 and 20 gauge. Don Patterson also ran the Door Prize part of the event.  Everyone won a prize, from a case of shells to a lip chap-stick.

Our next shoot will be October 4th at Birds Landing,9:00am.  It will be 100 Sporting Clays $40.00, lunch from their menu and swap meet.

Larry Shelton, President of the Great Central Valley Chapter
Author of newly released book J. P. Clabrough Gunmaker