Hartmann’s Hints: Persistence and Determination

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Ask the Instructor: Scorecard Gems

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TSK Stock Part 2

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TSK Stock Part 1

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The Tipping Curse

Dear Bruce,

I’m not sure if this has been covered in a Miss Manners section or not, maybe it would make a good topic.

A few days ago a group of us went to shoot at Alexander’s Sporting Farm in Golts Maryland. (The facility is very nice and incredibly clean (They had a big 75 target shoot the day before and there were NO empty shells on the ground), the 5 stand is awesome and the people there are nicer than any other facility I have ever been to.) We shot 3 rounds of 50 (a 38, 39 & 41 if you were wondering) and never saw the same presentation twice.

Here is where the question comes in.

For the first round we had one person who worked the traps and kept score. That day was not busy at all so for the second and third rounds we had one person who worked the traps and one who kept score (one of whom was the same person as the first round). We were not a very demanding group of shooters and were not in a hurry so I think one person could have handled the 5 of us (We were there for 5 1/2 hours including breaks between rounds).

OK, here comes the questions.

How should you handle tipping the trapper at the end of the day in this situation? Should you tip both people and should they be tipped equally?


Dear Mason,

Miss Manners, who is sitting next to me at this very moment, says that it is never an error to match the tip to the service rendered. If one trapper does more for you than the other, he should be tipped more. Only in socialist countries does everyone get the same, deserving or not.

Having said that, speaking as the Technoid and not Miss M, let me rail against tipping for a while. I just hate tipping. It isn’t that I am cheap. I just feel that the range owner should pay the kids a proper amount, charge a proper amount for the targets and let that be it. Tipping is a pain in the neck and is really just another method of doing the owner’s job of paying the kids.

No proper private club permits tipping because it is such an inconvenience to the members to always be thinking what to give the kid and then fumbling around for a few dollars and ending up borrowing it from his pals. This tipping curse is the fault of the owners, not the trappers. If the range owners were considerate, they would post “No Tipping Permitted” signs and adjust the kid’s pay and the price for the targets accordingly. They just don’t have the guts to do it because they want to advertise an artificially low price for the targets.

You shouldn’t have to pay someone a second time to do a decent job for you.


Best regards,

Bruce Buck
Shotgun Report’s Technoid
(Often in error, never in doubt.)

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Closing A Gun

Dear Mr. Technoid Sir,

What is the proper method to close and O/U shotgun? Should you hold the opening lever to the right, close the gun gently, and release the lever. Or should you close the gun and let the lever do its own thing? A friend and I were having this discussion and I felt the best way was similar to closing a car door, close the gun with modest pressure. Do you agree with this conclusion? It seems reasonable to me.

By the way, were both shoot Browning Citoris. Thank you in advance for your input.

Best regards.

Liverpool, PA

Dear Brett,

I covered this once before some time ago, but it never hurts to do it again. Perhaps enough “repeat” questions will encourage me to get some FAQs done or get our search engine fixed up. One of these days we will get roundtoit.

My information comes from Jim Sizemore. Jim spent several decades as the head armorer for the US Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, GA. He traveled with our Olympic and World Championship teams for many years and did gun repair at the highest levels, both for the US team and for “friendlies”.

You and Jim think alike. Let the spring snap the lever back by itself. That way it seats the same way every time. If you ease it back by hand, it will seat differently each time because the human hand is not as consistent as a spring. Seating the locking mechanism differently each time will cause more damage than the snapping closure. The gun was designed to have the lever snap over.

Since you both shoot Citoris, be ware that some Citoris came with weak opening lever return springs. If the lever doesn’t snap back properly all the way, it is vital to replace the spring with a fresh one.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
Shotgun Report’s Technoid
(Often in error, never in doubt.)

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No Browning Turkey Chokes

Dear Bruce

Just bought a Browning BPS 12 Gauge field edition. Uses Invector-plus choke tubes. Been trying to find an Xtra-full turkey special choke…… Everyone (even Cabela’s) is out of stock…… Is Browning selling that many of these guns……..

(Bought this gun to replace a used Remington 1100 that I bought at a gun show..and kept finding something else “wrong” every time I took it out…..got to watch those gun show dealers!!)

John S

Dear John,

Try calling Briley or Trulock. Look them up on the Internet. They will either have one or can make you one. AND, the big plus with Briley or Trulock is that you Super X Full turkey choke actually will have some choke in it. Browning brand chokes are notorious for being mis-marked and having too open a constriction.

Buying a gun at a gun show is like buying a used car without taking it for a test drive.

Best regards,

Bruce Buck
Shotgun Report’s Technoid
(Often in error, never in doubt.)

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