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Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, Coplay, PA - Big FUN!!

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Yesterday, I attended Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, PA for the first time! I went with @Mrs.Zeke to their NRA Women on Target event - more on that later. I feel very grateful to have attended (and, again, thanks to @Ms. 12 Gauge for letting me know about the event!) Here's my feedback: 

Sporting Clays: Yikes, what a fun shooting sport!!  If you don't know anything about it, you are moving through a course and at each station there's clays being thrown different ways (varying direction, speed, even a type called a rabbit that rolls along the ground). It's challenging. And for even more challenge, they have 3 defined courses there - beginner, intermediate and advanced. So think of it like a golf course - each station is like a hole - they even have gas-powered golf carts you can rent, or little scooters (I think those are free) and little wheelie carts (also free). The operation is year-round. 

LVSC: I haven't been to other sporting clays ranges, so I can't compare per se, but I can say this one was really "atmospheric" - and as a lover of all things Victorian, it was just my cup of tea. ;) It's set in a long-abandoned 1800's quarry operation. So, the old, roofless, dilapidated buildings have been taken over by trees and undergrowth - but they still hold a unique beauty (the great masonry, old arched window frames, etc. - it was like some of those photos from urban explorers who enter abandoned sites). It must look amazing in fall or after a fresh snow! Even better, one station we were at is located right over water (presumably, the old quarry pit). So, you're standing on this little covered deck, looking out across a sparkling body of water, with cliffs opposite you, trees above that and a perfect blue sky up above. Wow. Hey, did I mention it's a GREAT-LOOKING place? (LOL) Much of the course, blessedly, was in shade. And all the little stations have roofs so you've always got a little spot of shade on a hot day. The main building where you sign in was large, nicely air-conditioned (helpful yesterday of all days), well-appointed, kind of a rustic hunting lodge vibe, but very modern and clean, too (including a nice clean ladies room with the de-lead soap, etc.) The staff were all very friendly - and our instructor, Bob Broderick, was fantastic! I recommend him highly. A lot of things "clicked" for me yesterday in terms of understanding the process - that's the power of a good instructor! Here's their website: https://www.lvsclays.com/ 

NRA Women on Target: The NRA and their partner ranges really do a great job on these events! They are designed to attract women to the shooting sports, so they're quite literally giving stuff away. This deal was so slammin' - it was impossible to pass up! FIFTY BUCKS covered the entire afternoon program. They initially had us in a room  for about an hour where we filled out paperwork and had some classroom instruction about safety, etc. We then picked up the included cold drinks, eye and ear pro, plus a loaner shotgun and instructor for each group... our little sub-group had 4 women and 2 golf carts (carts also included!!)… and we were on the course for a good 2 hours at least... with each one of us getting one-on-one attention and guidance from the instructor at each station (that alone was worth more than 50 bucks!!). Afterwards, we returned to the same room where they had snacks, more ice-cold beverages, certificates and "swag bags" which, best of all, included a coupon for 10% off of a private lesson (expires end of this year).  I have no idea what that would package would cost normally, but looking at the website, I'm guessing at least 125 or more each?

So, if you haven't been to LVSC yet, I urge you to check it out! It's LOTS of fun. I know CNJFO is doing a fundraiser there this month - I'm sure you'd have a fantastic time AND you'd be contributing to the 2A cause at the same time. So, I'll add that link here: 

In addition, I plan to get on the email list for their NRA Women on Target events (apparently, LVSC sponsors about 3 a year). Though I can't go again (it's for sporting clays first-timers only), I intend to advertise them in the future under our "events" section... so you can all pass the word to women shooters you know. Believe me, anyone who went would enjoy it. All the ladies who went yesterday (I'd say it was about 15-20) had a real blast!

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Wow! What a great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself and I KNEW you'd love the course! Does that mean you'll be joining me for the CNJFO event on the 25th??? And you are certainly right, it's absolutely breathtaking in the fall!

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1 hour ago, Krdshrk said:

Nice!  LVSC is awesome.

Did you hit anything? :D

Ah, yes! Hitting the clays. That's always the problem, isn't it? I didn't count, but the instructor (and I) both thought I hit somewhere between 40 and 50 percent over the course of the afternoon. I've noticed that some people have "natural shotgun aptitude" - I'm not one of those people. But, hey... I'm getting a teensy bit better over time. Our shotgun had a 14 inch length of pull - I do believe I do better with about a 12 inch length of pull. So, perhaps over time... with a better fit gun, more practice... who knows? Maybe I can eventually hit more than half. Dare to dream!!  (And sorry I couldn't make you're event today - honestly? From the heat yesterday, I was just too spent to even THINK about it!)

1 hour ago, Ms. 12 Gauge said:

Wow! What a great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself and I KNEW you'd love the course! Does that mean you'll be joining me for the CNJFO event on the 25th??? And you are certainly right, it's absolutely breathtaking in the fall!

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I'm looking at my budget... and my work pipeline. I don't know yet!  I like the thought that it contributes to a cause, of course... but I'll have to see if I can swing it (pun intended). ;)

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On 7/1/2018 at 5:37 PM, Mrs. Peel said:

Yesterday, I attended Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay, PA for the first time! I went with @Mrs.Zeke to their NRA Women on Target event - more on that later. I feel very grateful to have attended (and, again, thanks to @Ms. 12 Gauge for letting me know about the event!) Here's my feedback: 

Sporting Clays: Yikes, what a fun shooting sport!!  If you don't know anything about it, you are moving through a course and at each station there's clays being thrown different ways (varying direction, speed, even a type called a rabbit that rolls along the ground). It's challenging. And for even more challenge, they have 3 defined courses there - beginner, intermediate and advanced. So think of it like a golf course - each station is like a hole - they even have gas-powered golf carts you can rent, or little scooters (I think those are free) and little wheelie carts (also free). The operation is year-round. 

LVSC: I haven't been to other sporting clays ranges, so I can't compare per se, but I can say this one was really "atmospheric" - and as a lover of all things Victorian, it was just my cup of tea. ;) It's set in a long-abandoned 1800's quarry operation. So, the old, roofless, dilapidated buildings have been taken over by trees and undergrowth - but they still hold a unique beauty (the great masonry, old arched window frames, etc. - it was like some of those photos from urban explorers who enter abandoned sites). It must look amazing in fall or after a fresh snow! Even better, one station we were at is located right over water (presumably, the old quarry pit). So, you're standing on this little covered deck, looking out across a sparkling body of water, with cliffs opposite you, trees above that and a perfect blue sky up above. Wow. Hey, did I mention it's a GREAT-LOOKING place? (LOL) Much of the course, blessedly, was in shade. And all the little stations have roofs so you've always got a little spot of shade on a hot day. The main building where you sign in was large, nicely air-conditioned (helpful yesterday of all days), well-appointed, kind of a rustic hunting lodge vibe, but very modern and clean, too (including a nice clean ladies room with the de-lead soap, etc.) The staff were all very friendly - and our instructor, Bob Broderick, was fantastic! I recommend him highly. A lot of things "clicked" for me yesterday in terms of understanding the process - that's the power of a good instructor! Here's their website: https://www.lvsclays.com/ 

NRA Women on Target: The NRA and their partner ranges really do a great job on these events! They are designed to attract women to the shooting sports, so they're quite literally giving stuff away. This deal was so slammin' - it was impossible to pass up! FIFTY BUCKS covered the entire afternoon program. They initially had us in a room  for about an hour where we filled out paperwork and had some classroom instruction about safety, etc. We then picked up the included cold drinks, eye and ear pro, plus a loaner shotgun and instructor for each group... our little sub-group had 4 women and 2 golf carts (carts also included!!)… and we were on the course for a good 2 hours at least... with each one of us getting one-on-one attention and guidance from the instructor at each station (that alone was worth more than 50 bucks!!). Afterwards, we returned to the same room where they had snacks, more ice-cold beverages, certificates and "swag bags" which, best of all, included a coupon for 10% off of a private lesson (expires end of this year).  I have no idea what that would package would cost normally, but looking at the website, I'm guessing at least 125 or more each?

So, if you haven't been to LVSC yet, I urge you to check it out! It's LOTS of fun. I know CNJFO is doing a fundraiser there this month - I'm sure you'd have a fantastic time AND you'd be contributing to the 2A cause at the same time. So, I'll add that link here: 

In addition, I plan to get on the email list for their NRA Women on Target events (apparently, LVSC sponsors about 3 a year). Though I can't go again (it's for sporting clays first-timers only), I intend to advertise them in the future under our "events" section... so you can all pass the word to women shooters you know. Believe me, anyone who went would enjoy it. All the ladies who went yesterday (I'd say it was about 15-20) had a real blast!

Peel,

I'm thrilled that all you Ladies had such a wonderful time there Saturday!  I thought that was YOU in one of the foursome photos that Lori from LVSC published to their Facebook page (which of course I see in my news feed)!  You're right about the subsidized fees, as NRA picks-up part of what they would normally charge and NRA Board member Bill Bachenberg & his wife Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Laura Bachenberg, Lehigh's owners, pick up the rest in support of NRA Women On Target.  FYI on the Women On Target Program:  Most don't know this, but WOT was modeled after Old Bridge Rifle & Pistol Club's "Ladies Day at the Range", run by OBR&PC Recording Secretary Anna Brunner.  Old Bridge's Ladies Day has been around several years longer than Women On Target, and over the last 2 decades I've had the distinct pleasure of being a volunteer instructor for about 17 of those years.

We'd love for you & Mrs. Zeke to join us on July 25th!  Since our group runs the gambit from complete Noobs to Experts, we use the Green Course for beginners and the Experts mentor anyone requesting some help.  Our goal is to raise funds to both "keep the doors open" and be able to run fundraisers like our ANJRPC matching funds program for the ongoing lawsuits required to challenge illegal & unconstitutional laws thru the courts.  Our first such account has raised $2,500 (GOAL REACHED!) which the Coalition matched, so there's a cool FIVE GRAND going to help ANJRPC with their lawsuits!

Sporting Clays is like Golf with a shotgun, and Lehigh is the premiere sporting clays facility within several hours' ride!  So you've both been to the BEST course around! :) 

Your wonderful first-hand Newbie account of your time spent there is the stuff articles are made of, so can I use it as a piece on the CNJFO Facebook page & if so, what alias should I use for you?  While you ponder THAT, here's a couple pix from our CNJFO event as well as Old Bridge Ladies Day (which YOU & Mrs. Zeke can attend next April!) and a photo of Bill & Laura Bachenberg. 

Once again Peel, thanks for the wonderful write-up and hope to see you soon (and that youth model 20 ga. gas-operated semi I have FITS you)! :) 

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