It is comforting to find a place and a process that has not changed in over 100 years. This gun club in New Jersey is such a place.
One of my duck hunting comrades is a member and graciously invited me to a Saturday trap shoot. They only shoot trap. In between rounds you enjoy a cigar and watch the tote board for the scores.One must wear a jacket and tie.It is permissible to remove the jacket and put on a shooting vest when you go out to the line.
Lunch is served before the shoot. In between rounds of trap many of the members and guests play Gin for a half penny per point.
There is interesting taxidermy and a beautiful fireplace.
The bar is stocked and awaits the close of shooting when the double guns are broken down and put in the cases.
An 90 year old stuffed tiger surveys the scene from the loft of the cabin.
Everyone brings their best guns and best behavior.
The cigar room features old photos of the famous and notable who have shot and enjoyed the unique sport and hospitality found here. On the right is the small humidor. The large humidor is the size of a small fridge and sits on the floor...kept stocked by a bequest from a deceased member.
Babe Ruth shot here.
My buddy Sandy the Marine and I shot here.I doubt they will put a put our photo on the wall.
It was a fabulous day of shooting and agreeable company and an experience of timeless tradition.