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Brent Harney l On Shotguns and More
SCRA Meeting May 7, 2012
June 2012 GunNews
Tom Shafer smiles from ear to ear as he poses
with the Remington 1100 shotgun that Brent
Harney brought to the meeting.
Brent Harney addressed the audience at the May meeting talking about shotguns, beginning with a reminiscence of his days as a kid spent at the Mathers Gun Club, which used to be west of the present-day Meijer store in Springfield.
Harney was six when he started doing score sheets and pulling and setting trap there. Back then they had the Illinois shoots out there and there were over thirty trap houses set up. The last five at the far end were made of metal. He laughed recalling that if you got stuck with one of those things all day, you started thinking like POWs in a little metal box, because you knew what it was like in a metal box on a hot summer day.
When the state trapshooting association was holding an event at Mathers, all the trap shotgns would all be in the gun racks in the clubhouse. Shafer chimed in that he would go out there just to look at all the wonderful, high-dollar shotguns, oohing and ahhing over them.
All of the best shotguns in the world were laid out for everyone to see. And those guys owned all of them.
The Mathers club were there for a long time. Brent said his dad set trap for Jim Mathers when he was a little kid.
Years ago, guys used to fly airplanes into Mathers from all over the midwest, possibly the second biggest trap shoot in the United states at that time. They would shut down the trap range and the planes would land right out in front of where the targets were thrown and then taxi down to the end and park.
Brent brought along his customized Remington 1100 and talked about it. The gun has been ported, has an extended mag and the tactical type stock with a pistol grip.
Brent said he is probably going to install ghost-ring sights as his next project for the gun.
When Brent is shooting a lot, he says he likes to change the O-rings. You get hundreds of them in a package for a couple bucks. If the O-rings are good and its kept oiled the 1100 will run forever, he said.
There was a lot more group discussion that branched out into many different topics. It was very enjoyable for the audience.
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