As previously reported, a TTAG contingent was at the Comp-U-Dopt annual sporting clay shoot fundraiser at the Blackwood Gun Club north of Houston on Saturday. For sporting clay fans, this is an exceptional facility, with 24 sporting clay stations set amidst a thick pine forest, which can make for many interesting and challenging presentations.
The event was held for a very good cause — Comp-U-Dopt is a foundation that wipes and reconditions no-longer-state-of-the-art-
Our TTAG group was to be Dan Zimmerman, myself, TTAG contributor Peter Schechter, and our amigo Jeff Perritt. Unfortunately, unforeseen developments required Dan to cancel at the last minute, but we were able to add a substitute. And as we’ll see, I was very, very lucky that we did.
The day of the event featured monsoon-level rains all morning that turned the Bladwood course into a “welcome to the jungle” kind of experience, complete with plenty of background noise from very happy frogs and other rain-loving fauna:
As my trainer, a military veteran, is fond of saying, “gunfights aren’t called on account of rain.” Duck hunts and charity sporting clay shoots aren’t either. So it was on with the rain shells and out on the course we went.
Our team arrived at our assigned first station. I was standing at the back of our golf cart, getting some shells from my ammo bag on the back seat, when I heard a loud squeak that I thought was feedback from my electronic ear protection. Next thing I know I heard “LOOK OUT!” and somebody grabbed my shoulder and yanked me sharply backwards.
It’s a good thing for me that he did . . . a huge dead tree had just snapped off and fallen:
I’d been standing just to the right of where my ammo bag wound up, leaning over the back seat.
It was a totally freak event that the tree happened to fall at that moment, in that direction, while my back was to it. Had I not been pulled out of the way, the tree would have squashed me like a grape. Blackwood won’t get much more use out of that golf cart.
You’ll also be relieved to learn that no firearms were damaged in this incident, either.
So, who was the hero of the day?
Meet Cody Wisniewski, the director of the Center to Keep and Bear Arms for the Mountain States Legal Foundation. Cody’s an attorney who works on Second Amendment cases at MSLF and as you can imagine, with recent Supreme Court events he and I had quite a bit to discuss. (Look for more on MSLF’s Second Amendment advocacy on TTAG in the future.)
I’ll be arranging to bring Cody to stately Casa de Bonham at some point in the future for an appropriate hero party. Cody also indicatesd that he hasn’t yet had the pleasure of a Texas feral hog hunt, so if any TTAG readers in Central Texas have any need for porcine extermination, please do let me know.
Oh, and as to how (and what) we shot . . . .
Cody (using Peter Schechter‘s Winchester SX4) had the high score of the group (80 of 100), with Jeff (Beretta A400 Xtreme) coming second at 72. Peter (shooting a Beretta Silver Pigeon) managed to outpoint me (54 to 49), but I’ll blame my near-death experience for that. I certainly can’t blame the Browning Citori Ultra XT I was shooting.