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Unread 06-08-2020, 10:13 AM   #1
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For those here interested in shooting, Rock Mountain had its 3 Bird shoot yesterday. Parker Newsletter co-editors Mike and Susan offer this event twice a year and it was certainly welcome after a clays shooting hiatus of 2+ months here in PA. Each station has 9 or 12 clays per shooter, either 1-2 or 2-1 on report, or all three clays in the air at the same time aka as a "trimo". Thus a shotgun capable of 3 quick shots is needed. Each shooter fires a total of 150 shells.

There were 80 shooters in the 3 Bird event along with many folks just doing casual practice on the woodsy short course that many of you are familiar with. That's at least 12,000 shots on the mountain in just over a few hours. I opted for my Benelli competition semi. Yup I could have fielded one of my Model 12's, but based on experience the target setter Evil Mike's trimos are tough with a pump gun and when you're shooting for score. My friend Tool Man the fitasc shooter might ask if I did a flambé to start out. Yep, haha. I didn't win anything including the Lewis but I placed well with the Benelli I only shoot a few times per year. One of my shooting buds, Allen, was HOA with 132/150 while using his Beretta competition semi.

Just a reminder that Rock Mountain is hosting its long anticipated SxS Expo and shoot on July 30 to Aug 2. Mike has location and hotel info on the Rock Mountain Sporting Clays website.
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For those here interested in shooting, Rock Mountain had its 3 Bird shoot yesterday. Parker Newsletter co-editors Mike and Susan offer this event twice a year and it was certainly welcome after a clays shooting hiatus of 2+ months here in PA. Each station has 9 or 12 clays per shooter, either 1-2 or 2-1 on report, or all three clays in the air at the same time aka as a "trimo". Each shooter fires a total of 150 shots and thus a shotgun capable of 3 quick shots is needed.
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How would a good shooter with a sxs sporting a single trigger and ejectors have fared on those trimos?





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How would a good shooter with a sxs sporting a single trigger and ejectors have fared on those trimos?

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No way Dean, three traps fire at the same instant and three birds in the air at the same time. Might be possible if one or two of the birds just “sucked air” to use that sporting clays term, but not a trio of clays as per Evil Mike’s sobriquet .....
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"Fire on the Mountain", great name for a shoot. Is that your name for it or Mikes?

We have a three bird shoot every so often but with a twist. Three birds are launched in the air at once but one is called the poison bird. It's a different color; could be two orange, one white; two white one black; two black one green... you get the idea. You have to break the two targets of the same color. If you break the poison bird points are deducted. This is a game that calls for very tight chokes and what I call surgical removal of targets.
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"Fire on the Mountain", great name for a shoot. Is that your name for it or Mikes?

We have a three bird shoot every so often but with a twist. Three birds are launched in the air at once but one is called the poison bird. It's a different color; could be two orange, one white; two white one black; two black one green... you get the idea. You have to break the two targets of the same color. If you break the poison bird points are deducted. This is a game that calls for very tight chokes and what I call surgical removal of targets.
.....and a double-down on the GINKGO BILOBA!!
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"No ginkgo biloba" were harmed in this event.

Seriously La Toola, this game requires, and will improve, your hard focus on the target. It's not as difficult as it sounds.

Drop down below the Mason-Dixon sometime and we'll have you breaking targets and hooking fat stripers on a regular basis.
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Years ago when we were operating manual Lincoln traps we used to shoot poison birds. I was amazed at how many people are color blind and could not differentiate the birds especially some color combinations.
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I always thought they called them “rock fish” south of the Mason-Dixon line...





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The two terms are used interchangeably down here. If you are incapable of catching your own and have to go to the fish market they are called Rockfish. Those who can load up and go chase Stripers.
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