Friday, January 6, 2012
Shooting at the Yolo Sportsmen's Association
The Yolo Sportsmen's Association is, in good Yolo county form, out in the middle of nowhere. Off of 113, take county road 29 five miles West, and it's on the left.
The price was decent. $3 + $6 per string, so when I first showed up I bought four tokens in the club house for $24, and then was able to drop the tokens in the trap machine to add 27 clay credits each (they give you two spare clays for misfires). They don't allow using your magazine, so you can only have one shell in your gun at a time, but they did let me show up and shoot by myself, which was nice because many ranges require you to be there with a friend.
Browning A-5 Light-12, having previously only shot my Winchester 1897, both in 12 gauge. I did alright; I managed to shoot about 22/25 on the '97 and 17/25 on the Browning. One of the other shooters was kind enough to come over and explain that the Browning shoots about 18" higher than most guns, so you need to aim low, which is what threw me off. As usual, they gave me some friendly flack for having the audacity to shoot guns older than they were (My '97 was built in 1935, the A-5 in 1955). Of course, it's my luck that I managed to slice my finger open on my '97 knuckle buster on the first shot, and never did manage to get it to stop bleeding before I got home. Next time, I'm bringing band-aids because of that gun.
Overall, the staff was refreshingly friendly, and I'd recommend them for anyone in the Yolo area who wants to go to a formal range to go shooting.
Posted by Kenneth Finnegan at 2:00 PM