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Newbie Intro - Greetings from Germany

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by erock_germany, Dec 17, 2010.

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  1. erock_germany

    erock_germany Member

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    Hi Folks,

    I am new around here and wanted to introduce myself. I am an American expat living in Germany and have recently gotten back into shooting over here and have gone through the tedious process of getting a shotgun license.

    I am originally from Upstate NY and live in the Cologne area

    I shoot mostly Bunker Trap (Olympic) but also shoot International Skeet and Sporting Clays on occasion to have a change of pace.

    I grew up shooting ATA and American Skeet and after living over here for 17 years now I just could not live without the clay target sports any longer.

    I am fortunate to have a great club about 40 miles away - this is not a given here as shooting clay targets is not very wide spread in Germany. Shooting is - the German Shooting Federation has over 1 MILLION members (population here is 90 million round about) but less than 1% of them are clay target shooters - about 9000.

    Lots of interesting stuff here so I will see y'all around....
     
  2. vpr80

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    welcome!

    ok so what do the other 99% shoot then?
     
  3. erock_germany

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    The other 99% shoot various other olympic disciplines and displines in the German Shooting Federation - everything from pistol and long guns, .22 LR to large caliber pistols etc.

    Also, air guns (I mean real match type air guns not BB guns) are real big and easier to own...

    Getting the shotgun permit took over 1 year of proving I have a "need" to shoot, several tests, background checks (they even check NCIC in the US through Interpol) etc. Guess I am a model citizen since they gave me the permit now....
     
  4. g7777777

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    Take the time and get your international hunting license- they like to invite Americans to hunt

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  5. timb99

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    Wie gehts erock?

    Ich bin ein Südafrikanisches!

    Sort of.
     
  6. Joe Potosky

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    Lucky you. Nice part of the country and not to far from Holland. We lived in Norvenich for three years. Took numerous trips to Koln, usually by train. Maybe a 30 minute drive by car. No internet back then, we picked up english language TV by turning are antenna towards Holland. Worked well with a booster.

    Don't know if its changed, but Holland stations broadcast all shows in their original language with dutch subtitles. This was to encourage the learning of other languages. A French show would be in French and so on...

    Did not do any clay target shooting, but we did shoot pistol. We were very impressed with the facilities. They don't do anything halfway!

    If you get to shoot bunker at the MÜLLER SCHIESS ZENTRUM ULM Range (Indoors) it would be interesting to see your comments on shooting clay targets indoors.
     
  7. erock_germany

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    Yes, the Dutch still speak English better because all the TV is in English. TV has gone digital here and because of BS broadcast rights, we do not get the Dutch TV anymore....no biggie - we have satellite now.

    The indoor pistol and rifle ranges here are amazing.

    I have not been to Ulm at the indoor range yet. I hear it is just amazing and will go soon.

    I was in Ulm lat week though picking out the wook and getting the length measured for my new K 80...
     
  8. caddo

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    Welcome erock. I am new here too, just signed on today. Got the forum address from a friend who saw a thread asking for help on the Browning Double Auto. (neat shotgun). Works really great for a left hander since it is loaded fron the left side. F.Amerson
     
  9. erock_germany

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    Well, I got a request in a PM to show some pictures of the club I shoot at. We have 2 Bunkers - one a combo skeet/bunker and where we also shoot 5 stand...

    This is bunker 1:


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    These are the stations on bunker 1


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    This is bunker 2 (skeet low house on left)


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    Bunker 2


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    Bunker 2


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    And one of the nice old manual scoreboards....


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  10. grntitan

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    Cool pics and welcome.

    Matt
     
  11. vpr80

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    ohhhh that looks nice....i wish there was a bunker trap club anywhere near me. would love to try it.
     
  12. Bucko43

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    Isn't Germany the country that put that indoor trap range up? I know there was a video floating around that showed people shooting inside it.

    Anyway, that looked like the place to be!

    And welcome to the forum by the way.

    Kevin
     
  13. erock_germany

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    Yep, mentioned it earlier in the thread. Looks cool. We are planning a trip in February and I will post some pics and let you know howvit was.

    From what I see, it looks OK but am not sure of the real hard left an right angles in Bunker Trap by th width of the thing. We shall see...
     
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    How about that monster cathedral in Ulm ?(assume you have seen it).

    Toured Germany in 1969. The Germans had their act together even then.

    Would love to see it again after 40yrs.



    Regards.....Gerald
     
  15. erock_germany

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    Yes, the Cathedral is still there of course and it is huge.

    My trip this time though was purely shotgun related...

    The next trip there is to the indoor Bunker...
     
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    Here, go play...

    http://www.hps-guns.de/

    Great gun shop - focused on pistols, but...
     
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    What a nice range. And even a sun-shade, sheesh...
     
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    When I was there in 1958 we had A company located in Ulm. They said the steeple on that cathedral was the tallest in the world at that time. It is huge. Our unit used to put pontoon bridges across the Danube.
    24th engineers, 4th armored division.

    Roy
     
  19. ONClaybuster

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    Welcome here erock. I'm pretty new here myself.I was born and grew up in Duisburg. I was in Koeln quite often as a youngster. That was before I was interested in shotguns. Really nice set up you have there. In 1957 I immigrated to Canada and live here ever since. I have been back to the old country a few times but never went to Ulm. Maybe next time.

    Frohe Weihnachten,

    Herb.
     
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