Over the years, I've traveled all over to compete in NRA bullseye pistol, NRA highpower service rifle, flintlock (rifle and smoothbore), plus registered shotgun competition, but these days my competitive shooting is mostly on a casual, local basis and it is mostly just shotgun games - sporting clays, 5-stand and skeet.
I've become pretty much of a one-trick pony - upland bird hunting over my pointing dogs. This is the reason I have the big MH and generally the dogs and I spend much of the fall on the road in various wilderness places around the country hunting upland birds. This season, a serious health problem suffered by my wife prevented our usual travels for the first time in years, so we were forced to take advantage of opportunities close to home:
We started out dove hunting on September 1 on the ancient family farms down in the valley from where we live. Scanning the skies for incomers:
A retrieve to hand:
When ruffed grouse opened, we hunted them high up in the mountains where we live:
A point on an elusive ruff in a rare open area, allowing for a picture and a clean shot:
When pheasant season opened, we added pheasant hunting (my favorite of all hunting) into the mix, covering many, many miles of beautiful local pheasant habitat:
After the regular seasons closed, we scratch hunt at our hunting club through the end of March - a couple nice points and backs:
Double dog point:
One of hundreds of retrieves:
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We enjoy going to shooting ranges, indoor and outdoor. Haven't hunted in around 40 years, but certainly don't have any problem with those who do. I really like Birddogman's pictures! We usually fire pistols, to stay in practice. We often don't know how to go about finding a local range while traveling, though. So many people just seem to be uptight these days that you're not sure who to ask.
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I own a full auto Thompson, M-16, and a Uzi plus about 50 or maybe more than 60 assorted guns but the laws reguarding transporting firearms make it too complicated to carry guns.
As a retired cop I can legally carry a handgun in all 50 states and I do mostly carry a double barrel 12 GA coach, or a Remington 870. But the federal laws regulating full auto make it difficult to take them with me
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But the federal laws regulating full auto make it difficult to take them with me
Is it the form 5320 that is needed to transport NFA items out of state? I believe it is good for 1 year and there is no cost. The downside is you must complete a form for each state individually.
I've often wondered if any of the full timers are NFA enthusiasts and how they handled it.
Full auto is new to me so I am not up on all the laws. mI was not allowed to own full auto so I didn't get one till I moved to SC 5 years ago. I never traveled before with the thompson but I would like to bring it with me when I visit my friend in AZ.
I did look at the form that was required and from what I recall you need to list the dates you will be traveling and where you are going but I don't think you need to list the states along your route.
I am not even surethat if I drive to AZ where full auto is legal if I need to bypass states were it is not legal. The Thompson alone cost tens of thousands of dollars and I would hate to have it taken away because I made a mistake and did not follow the law.
PS I forgot the form that is required, I'll have to look it up.
First outing this year will be to the OKC Gun Club. Skeet turnament the first weekend and "Land Run" cowboy action shoot the next week. I too dream of retirement and following the bird season across our great nation. The first time my wife saw our toyhauler she said, "that's the biggest dog box I've ever seen." Yep, she knows me.
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As a Class 3 collector myself, transporting them is quite easy.
With form 5320, I state that I want to transport it from New Hampshire to Miami to Los Angeles to New Hampshire. They send it back stamped and approved.
With this, you can carry that Class 3 firearm through any state en-route to the above approved destinations. There is no need to list each individual state that you will be passing through. And if I want to zig-zag all over the country to get to my next destination, it is perfectly legal.