Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GBR IX After-Action Report

Yeah, I know, I'm really late on this one but I have a (mostly) valid excuse.  Immediately upon return to Arizona, I went back to work and busted a** for the next nine days in a row.  THEN I got four days off. 

So!  Gun Blogger Rendezvous #9 is in the record books, and as they go, this was a pretty good one.  Attendance was down this year.  A lot of regulars couldn't make it for economic or work- or school-related reasons, but we did have appearances by former attendees who hadn't made one in a year or six.  The former DirtCrashr who now resides at Not Clauswitz made an appearance, though his wife declined to come at the last minute.  The not-blogging-much Conservative UAW Guy (and now partner in a gun shop) came and brought his lovely better-half.  Namer of the Blogosphere Bill Quick of Daily Pundit put in a repeat appearance, as did Billll of Billll's Idle MindEngineering Johnson, who contributed a refurbished Model 74 Winchester rifle and a custom holster for the Ruger Mk III Hunter also repeated.  Unfortunately, his dad True Blue Sam couldn't join him this year.  Mr. Completely and KeeWee, our hosts rounded out the bloggers who came, at least those whose names I got. 

This year we had a lot of local attendance, with a repeat by the Wilson family and friends, who somehow managed to take home most of the top prizes (including three of the four guns given away.)  And we had a repeat appearance by local manufacturer and Special Occupational Taxpayer Richard Brengman of Special Interest Arms, and his distributor Brian Borg of SilentCarbine.com who brought an assortment of suppressed firearms and a squirt-gun to play with to the Friday range trip followed by the Friday night Show-n-Tell.

I kinda lust after one of their De Lisle carbines.  As Billll said about one of his other suppressed weapons, I've handled office staplers that were louder.  I just need to win the lottery....

Breakfast on Friday was supplied by the National Rifle Association, and their representative spoke to us about current strategy and concerns.  They're quite concerned about Bloomberg and his personal fortune.  The NRA isn't throwing a lot of money at Washington state's I-594 initiative - at least not what Bloomberg's throwing.  Her argument, condensed, is that the NRA has a more limited war chest and must fight on a broad front.  Bloomie can pick and choose, and throw as much money as he wants at something, not that doing so will guarantee him a "win" (see Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke's victory in the face of $150,000 of Bloomberg's money - more than both candidates spent in total.)  Still, gun-rights supporters in Washington are not pleased by the NRA's apparent lack of involvement, and the organization was so informed.

As is traditional, we held the raffle on Saturday evening, and we raised, even with light attendance, right at $4,000 for Honored American Veterans Afield.  I'd like to thank the manufacturers and their reps, distributors and retailers who contributed to the Rendezvous so that we could raise that money:
  • Ken Jorgensen of Ruger - for the Mk III Hunter
  • MKS Supply for their nine years of support and the .45 Carbine they donated this year, plus shirts and hats.
  • Osage County Guns and Kevin Creighton for the Sig 1911-22 they donated.  This was their first year.
  • Lori Yunker of Burris Optics for the AR-F³ sight they donated.
  • Allen Forkner of Swanson Russell and Redfield for the Battlezone 6-18x44mm scope they donated.
  • Eric Harvey of Dillon Precision for providing one of their "Ammo-shift" bags.
  • Larry Weeks of Brownell's for providing once again one of their top-of-the-line range bags and five tactical flashlights.  Brownell's, too, has been a sponsor from year one.
  • Crimson Trace for a pair of laser sights for Glock pistols.
  • Cabela's for the donation of a rod-n-reel, shirts and hats.
  • Tom Tayor of Mossberg for the donation of T-shirts, tactical pens and a very nice Schrade lockback knife.
  • Bear Bullets for the donation of a tub-o'-.22 ammo. (A Remington Bucket O' Bullets - 1400 rounds worth!)
  • WGM Tactical Precision for the donation of a stripped AR lower (which I guess qualifies as the FIFTH firearm given away), and a lifetime membership to Front Sight
  • Front Sight itself for a certificate good for a four-day training course, or two two-day classes.
  • Special Interest Arms for the donation of scope mounts for a No. 1 Mk III and a No. 4 Enfield
  • Engineering Johnson for the Winchester Model 74 and the beautiful hand-tooled holster for the Ruger.
I also want to thank the folks at U.S. Firearms Academy for graciously acting as our shipping receiver, the fine folks at the Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility for the reserved range space on Friday and the Western Nevada Pistol League for use of their shooting bays and steel on Saturday, and finally the folks at MiScenarios for the interactive digital range time on Sunday. That was worth hanging around for, and the better part of a dozen of us showed up to try it.

Once again, thanks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation for their sponsorship (they bought our pizza Saturday night).

If I missed anyone, please let me know and I'll be sure to include you.

And yes, I ended my eight-year drought by winning... the Hi-Point.

I think I'll steam-punk it.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Directions to the Ranges



Driving Directions from Hotel to Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility – Pyramid Range Friday for long Range Rifle and Pistol, and Saturday for Steel shooting.
  • Start at (Silver Legacy) 407 N VIRGINIA ST, RENO going toward E 5TH ST - go 0.3 mi
  • 0.3 Turn RIGHT (East) onto E Maple St 131 yds
  • 0.4 Take Ramp onto I-80
  • Take SR-445 [Pyramid Lake Hwy] exit towards Pyramid Lake
  • Follow road towards Pyramid Lake. Watch for sign to range.
  • 26.8 (Approx.) Turn LEFT (West) onto Local road(s) 0.7 mi
  • 27.5 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto Local road(s) 43 yds
  • 27.6 Arrive Range
Driving distance: 27.6 miles; Trip duration: 31
GPS Coordinates:  N 39 51.374            W 119 40.046

On Friday we will be shooting at the covered Public Shooting range area. On Saturday we will be at the Western Nevada Pistol League pistol bays. These bays are part of the same facility. The pistol bays are in the same area, but to the right of the public shooting area, down a dirt road. 










Wednesday, August 20, 2014

And That Makes FOUR

In keeping with tradition, MKS Supply / Hi-Point is donating a 9mm Carbine to the Rendezvous.  This will be the ninth year of their support, in from the very beginning!
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While perhaps not the most aesthetically pleasing, these things have a reputation for WORKING. Bill Llewellen, who is attending again this year, has a .40 S&W version that (being a mechanical engineer and inveterate tinkerer) he has extensively modified.  Capitalist Pig, also attending again this year, has the 9mm version that he has torture-tested.  A thousand-plus rounds without cleaning!

So what does the title of this post mean?  Well, in addition to the Hi-Point carbine, we're giving away a Ruger Mk III Hunter, a SIG 1911-22, and Engineering Johnson is donating a Winchester Model 74.  If I don't go home with a new (to me) gun THIS year, I'll give up!  And, of course there's all the OTHER great stuff you can win!  So, get registered and make your hotel reservations!  It's only two weeks away!

And check out the Schedule of Events!

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For Hitting Little Things a Long Way Off

This year Redfield is donating a Battlezone 6-18x44mm scope to the Gun Blogger Rendezvous!

From the press release:
Redfield® is expanding on its popular Battlezone™ riflescope line with a new 6-18x44mm model. Designed for the AR, modern sporting or precision bolt-action rifle, the Battlezone delivers all the tactical utility demanding marksmen require at an economical price.

The Battlezone 6-18x44mm features fully multicoated lenses, Bullet Drop Compensation System (BDC) and TAC-MOA™ reticle. Pop-up, resettable 1/4-MOA finger adjustments offer tactile/audible clicks.

The Bullet Drop Compensation System comes with two adjustment dials calibrated in two of the most popular calibers for tactical rifles. The .223/5.56mm NATO dial is set up for 55gr bullets at 3,100 fps. The second dial is calibrated for 168gr .308/7.62mm NATO bullets at 2,650 fps. Each dial is marked in 50-yard increments.

The TAC-MOA reticle features stadia lines on the horizontal and vertical crosshairs set at one minute of angle (MOA) increments. This allows the marksman to quickly holdover for wind or elevation, and can be used for range estimation on objects of known size.

A fast-focus eyepiece helps shooters get on target and easily adapt to changing conditions. Like all Redfield riflescopes, the Battlezone is built to withstand the elements. 100% waterproof, nitrogen-filled maintubes prevent fogging and freezing, and are guaranteed to stay sealed for the life of the scope. The Battlezone is covered by Redfield’s "No Excuses™" lifetime warranty.
This is a 1" tube scope.  Here's what it looks like:
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But you must be present to win! Get your reservations made and your registration sent in NOW!

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Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Gun Blogger Rendezvous Schedule of Events


2014 Gun Blogger Rendezvous Schedule of Events
Updated 09/01/2014

Subject to change as things are added or moved around

Wednesday, September 3rd.

6:15 Pm. For those arriving on Wednesday, KeeWee and I and some of the other early arrivers are planning on having dinner at the El Dorado Buffet Restaurant. The El Dorado is part of the same giant casino complex as the Silver Legacy and the Circus Circus. The El Dorado Buffet is at one end of the complex. The Silver Legacy is in the middle, and the Circus Circus is on the opposite end.


Thursday, September 4th

8:30 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality Room for one of the restaurants for breakfast.
1:15 pm.
Leave the Hospitality Room to car pool to Scheels.
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Guided tour of Scheels Sporting Goods and browsing/shopping. Buy ammo? Pick up munchies and soft drinks on way back to hotel.
6:00 pm. Leave the Hospitality Room to go to dinner. Location to be determined later.
Thursday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.


Friday, September 5th.

8:00 am. NRA Sponsored breakfast in our Hospitality room. Catherine Mortensen of the NRA will address the group, bringing us up to speed on what's going on, and what's on the horizon concerning the NRA and our 2nd. Amendment rights.
9:00 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Shooting Facility, the Pyramid range for rifle and pistol target shooting out to 900 yards.
9:45 am – 2:00pm. At the range.
4:00 pm. – 5:45pm. Show-N-Tell at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Manufacturers and show new stuff, and attendees show neat things too!
6:00 pm. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to go to  Dos Gecko’s Mexican Restaurant for dinner. A 3 minute walk from Hospitality Room.
7:15 pm. (Approx) Brian Ciyou from Gunlawsbystate.com, will talk to us, and other industry, shooting sports, and legal aspect folks will follow.
Friday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.
 
Saturday, September 6th.

8:00 am. Lucky Gunner sponsored Breakfast in the Silver Legacy Hospitality room.
9:00 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Shooting Facility, Western Nevada Pistol League Action Pistol bays at the Pyramid range for an introduction to International Steel Shooting Association Action Pistol shooting, and more.
9:45 am – 2:00 pm. At the range.
5:00 pm – 6 pm.
Short presentation by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. possible other short presentations, and information on the Honored American Veterans Afield Charity.
6:00 pm. NSSF all you can eat pizza feed at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. After dinner will be the fund raiser raffle for Honored American Veterans Afield and the drawings for the door prizes.
Saturday Evening until Midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.


Sunday, September 7th.

8:00 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room for one of the restaurants for breakfast.
9:15 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the U.S. Firearms Academy for some digital live scenario shooting fun. We will also visit Reno Guns, and BattleBorn, which are next door.
  9:45 am – NOON. Digital scenario shooting and shoot house.


Please note that times and events may change at the last minute, so be sure to check the schedule posted in the Hospitality room regularly.

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More Stuff!

Brownell's has been a supporter of the Rendezvous since the first year, and each year they donate one of their top-of-the-line range bags:
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From Brownell's catalog:
The Signature Series Range Bag is a versatile, two-in-one bag system featuring a roomy, outer bag with large exterior, bellow pockets and an inner, open bag with adjustable dividers, padded pistol inserts, magazine pouches and much, much more. Both bags are constructed of long lasting, 1000 denier, Cordura® nylon with non-scratching, self-healing, YKK zippers and solid brass pulls. We even added stylish, top-grain, leather straps to the zipper pulls where needed to make opening and closing the “high-use” compartments easier when wearing shooting gloves. Adjustable shoulder strap is made of strong, 1½" wide nylon webbing and includes a comfortable pad lined with non-slip, suede leather. Quickly detachable, brass-plated swivel clips are springloaded for extra security and allow shoulder strap to be interchanged between inner and outer bags. Inner bag provides safe transport for match pistols when you don’t want to leave them in your competition holster. Use the inner bag to carry just what you need to the firing line and for fast “bag-up” after shooting. If you have a lot of gear, use the bags separately for nearly twice the storage capacity. The double-layered, 3/8" thick, corrugated bottom panels in both bags give full support for heavy loads of ammunition, pistols, tools, sandbags and other shooting accessories while retaining the original shape of the bag. The Signature Series is a full-featured bag, designed to perform and built to last.
Outer Bag:
• Moisture-resistant, 1000 denier, Cordura nylon.
• Large, main compartment with zippered top, measures 18" long, 9" wide, 12" high.
• Zippered, main, side pocket: 17" long, 2½" wide, 10" high. Holds shooting glasses, muffs, and cleaning supplies.
• Two, padded end pockets 7" long, 2½" wide, 10" high provide ample room for choke tubes, spare parts, etc.
• Two, flat, zippered pockets 18" long, 7" and 8" high for targets, notebooks, ballistic sheets, etc.
• Four, brass-plated D-rings provide lockable storage when used with your own padlocks.
• Adjustable shoulder strap with polished, quick-release, swivel clips.
• 2" wide, wrap-around carry handles with contoured grip area and hook and loop carry handle.
• Self-healing zippers and solid brass, #9 zipper pulls.
• Full 3/8" thick, bottom panel is composed of two, corrugated, double-wall, plastic sheets glued, then layered in opposite directions for superior strength and rigidity.
Inner Bag:
• 1000 denier, Cordura nylon with knit back, expanded vinyl lining for excellent water-resistance.
• Two, fully padded pistol inserts with soft, wool-like Sherpa® lining and hook and loop closure straps fit inside the full-length, zippered side pockets for extra security. Accepts scoped, competition guns, spotting scopes, etc.
• Two, removable, high-strength, plastic dividers with reinforced hook and loop edging for spacing adjustments; provides up to three individual compartments.
• Brass-plated D-rings for shoulder strap attachment.
• 3/8" thick, double-layered, bottom panel supports the heaviest gear.
• Padded end panels for extra protection of inner bag contents.
• Six, individually sewn, magazine pouches.
• Self-healing zippers and solid brass, #9 zipper pulls.
• Two, elastic, retaining straps for shooting towels, extra ammo and magazines.
The price on this thing in the catalog is $249.99. Mine is eight years old now, has made innumerable trips to the range loaded to the gills, and still looks new.

Brownells has also donated five tactical flashlights:
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Again, from the catalog:
The compact, amazingly powerful BVL530 is the light to have when you need emergency or supplemental lighting. At less than 5-1/2" long, it’s small enough to go with you everywhere, so you’ll have it whenever you need it. Don’t be deceived by the size - the BVL530 delivers power that belies its small stature. An ultra-reliable, shockproof, CREE® XM-L2 LED emitter gives an astonishing 530 lumens maximum output that will illuminate the darkest corners. The Low (175 lumen) mode is brighter than "high" mode on a lot of other lights, and there’s a power-saving Ultra-Low (13 lumen) mode, too. High mode can be set to steady-on or strobe. Change modes by hitting a simple sequence of "clicks" on the sealed rubber tailcap switch. All this power sticks around, too: you get up to 2.5 hours continuous output in High mode, and an amazing 9 hours in Low.
And if you come to the Rendezvous, you could be taking one of these home with you!

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows to Sponsor Rendezvous



We are pleased to announce that Crossroads of the West Gun Shows has come on board as a new sponsor of the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. They put on shows in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and California.

From their website:

During the last year, Crossroads of the West Gun Shows attracted more than half a million guests, more than any other gun show in America. Crossroads of the West Gun Shows are America's Best Gun Shows.

All of our shows offer hundreds of tables to meet the needs of everyone, from the once a year hunter to the avid collector. To find out when we'll be in a town near you check out our Calendar and be sure to print out our coupon. We can send you e-mail notices for shows you are interested in by clicking here. If you're interested in displaying at one of our shows go to our Exhibitor Order Form.

If you have any other questions please leave us an E-mail Message. Be sure to leave your name, phone number, and addresses (E-mail and Snail). We'll contact you with more information.
Welcome aboard!!

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

And ANOTHER Reason!

Osage County Guns, a new sponsor to the Rendezvous is contributing ANOTHER pistol for our fundraising raffle for Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA), a SIG Sauer 1911-22 that will look a lot like this one:
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And you can win it with a simple raffle ticket. But you must be present to win! So make your reservations today to come join us in Reno, September 4-7!

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More SWAG!

For the upcoming Rendezvous, Dillon Precision is donating a couple of their Border Shift ammo bags.  I already own a couple of them.  Very handy for the handloader, since you have loaded ammo on one side, and you can drop your empty cases into the other.  A soft but full divider keeps the two separate.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Another Reason to Attend GBR IX!

You could go home with one of these:
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That's a Burris AR-F3 red-dot sight for the AR-15, but it'll fit any Picatinny rail. I bet it'd go nicely on the Ruger Mk III Hunter that's being given away.  A big thanks to Lori Yunker (née Petoski) of Burris!  She attended GBR VI when she worked for Ruger.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

I Won't Be Leaving Reno Early on Sunday

Mr. Completely emailed me tonight.  For our Sunday morning event at Gun Blogger Rendezvous IX, it looks like we'll be doing digital shoot-house training at MiScenarios Indoor Shooting Range.


He needs ten shooters @ $15 each.  That won't be a problem, I think.  I'm definitely in.

Time's running out, make your hotel reservations and get your registration in soon! Silver Legacy Group Rate Code: GBLOG14 You must phone 1-800-687-7733 to get the special room rate.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

True Blue Sam Gives Us Another Look at GBRs Past!

If you haven't already, start making plans to attend the ninth annual Gun Blogger Rendezvous in Reno, NV September 4-7, 2014

Monday, June 02, 2014

GBR IX!

OK, the dates are now officially set, the contract with the hotel is signed.  Gun Blogger Rendezvous 2014 is officially scheduled for September 4, 5, 6 & 7. What goes on at a Rendezvous?  Well, lots of shootin' -


That's on Friday.  On Saturday, we generally do this:


Now we're using Mr. Completely's International Steel rules. On Sunday we've done Cowboy Fast Draw:


Cowboy Action (which I don't have any footage of), and last year, this:


Which was pretty fun!  Easily the largest caliber I've ever personally fired. Then, there's food:

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Yes, we're that animated.

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That's breakfast.  We're not fully awake yet.

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There's a lot more eatin', but I don't have any pictures of it.  I'm sure you can understand why. That last shot is our Saturday pizza feast and raffle.  Raffle?  Oh yes:

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And that's just SOME of the stuff that's been given away or won over the last eight Rendezvous.  Bring an extra suitcase for the stuff going home with you.  Here's a list of some of our previous sponsors:


This year the Rendezvous will be raising funds for Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA). Last year's fundraising effort netted about $4,500 for Project Valour-IT.  I'd like to see us do better this year. On top of that, we take a trip on Thursday to the local Cabela's or (hopefully this year) Scheel's (I'm working on that) for a tour and to stock up on whatever shooting accessories we might need, and then every evening we have a hospitality room (the one where we have the pizza feast on Saturday) to sit around, drink adult beverages and shoot the breeze, which is why so many of us look bleary in the breakfast photo, and you'll see inexplicable things like this:

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So, hopefully soon we'll have the 2014 Rendezvous Registration form all set up, and we'll post the hotel reservation information.  Start making your plans now.  September is not that far away!

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

GBR Drops Soldier's Angels

In the previous post I mentioned that Soldier's Angels had agreed to take over management of the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. This was the result of numerous conversations and emails between Soldier's Angels and myself. I agreed to help as I could in the transition, but Soldier's Angels would take over the management and organizing of the Rendezvous.

One of the very first things that must be done is for the contract to be negotiated and signed with the Silver Legacy hotel, so we would have a place to hold the Rendezvous. Normally this should be done in December, as by the end of January the entire meeting room spaces are booked for the entire year. I contacted our guy in Group Sales at the Silver Legacy and told him that things were in transition and that we might be a little slow, but we'd get it done as soon as possible. I emailed and telephoned Soldier's Angels several times regarding the importance of getting this done right away so we wouldn't lose the space. I emailed them again last week, again stressing how important it was to get the contract signed, as there were a lot of other things that also needed to be done before September. The response was "...it seems to appear as the whole burden of the event is being pushed onto SA..." Since we had already agreed that I would sign a contract to transfer ownership of the Rendezvous and all rights to the Rendezvous to Soldier's Angels, I cannot understand how this could have been a surprise to them. They also stated that their staff were not paid enough to take on a project like the Gun Blogger Rendezvous! I'll bet they're paid more that I was for putting on the event for the last eight years...

So, I have now officially terminated the relationship between Soldier's Angels and the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. (Don't worry - Should have some fantastic news on a much better and more efficient organization for the  Rendezvous to join up with to benefit veterans in a few days!)

I took a little time to do some research on Soldier's Angels on the Net. You may want to do the same. It looks to me like the Soldier's Angels of today is a far different organization than it was five or six years ago. One online charity rating website gave them a grade of "D", while another gave them a grade of "D-". If what those site say is true, only 36% of the money collected by Soldier's Angels ever finds its way to the veterans. It is a matter of public record for a 501(c)3 non-profit, and I think their financial form is called a 990. If any of you know how to take a look at their 990 and see if this 36% is true, please let me know and I'll correct this post if it's wrong.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Big News!

For those of you who have attended the Gun Blogger Rendezvous' over the last eight years, you know just how much fun it is. Each year the number of events and activities have increased, and we continue to raise money for Soldier's Angels and Project Valour-IT, a division of Soldier's Angels.

Over the last two years it has become apparent to me that for the Rendezvous to grow to the next level of awesomeness, some changes were in order. In short, the primary limiting factor was me! I just did not have the time and experience in event management and promotion to properly do the job. So, what to do?

I had several conversations with the powers-that-be at Soldier's angels, and we have come to an agreement. I am donating the entire Gun Blogger Rendezvous, and everything that entails, including the name, to Soldier's Angels. Soldier's Angels will be taking the primary leadership role, but I will be staying on in whatever capacity they need to assist in the management changeover. Will they change the name to the Soldier's Angels Gun Blogger Rendezvous, or will it remain as the Gun Blogger Rendezvous? Don't know yet, but either works for me!

Here's some of what has already been decided:

The location, The Silver Legacy in Reno, will stay the same.

The event will be on the first weekend after Labor Day in September, the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th.

We will follow the same basic format as previous years, and the daily activities will probably be about the same.

Stay tuned for more, and the Official Announcement from Soldier's Angels!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

bowling Ball Mortar Video #2

Here's another video. I couldn't see the ball in flight through the viewfinder, but got a bit lucky. In the original you can see it clearly. Be sure to turn up the sound and make it full screen to appreciate it best!

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The ridge in the background is approximately 1,000 yards from the mortar, and we were landing the bowling balls at the top of the ridge. This video was one of the first, and we were still using lighter loads that we used a bit later!

Bowling Ball Mortar Video at The Rendezvous

This year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous was by far the best one ever. Here's just one of the cool things you missed if you didn't go, the Gunauction.com bowling ball mortar. The video doesn't do it justice! Cool isn't even close.........

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Rendezvous Driving Directions to The Ranges



Driving Directions from Hotel to Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility – Pyramid Range Friday for long Range Rifle and Pistol, and Saturday for Steel shooting.
  • Start at (Silver Legacy) 407 N VIRGINIA ST, RENO going toward E 5TH ST - go 0.3 mi
  • 0.3 Turn RIGHT (East) onto E Maple St 131 yds
  • 0.4 Take Ramp onto I-80
  • Take SR-445 [Pyramid Lake Hwy] exit towards Pyramid Lake
  • Follow road towards Pyramid Lake. Watch for sign to range.
  • 26.8 (Approx.) Turn LEFT (West) onto Local road(s) 0.7 mi
  • 27.5 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto Local road(s) 43 yds
  • 27.6 Arrive Range
Driving distance: 27.6 miles; Trip duration: 31
GPS Coordinates:  N 39 51.374            W 119 40.046

On Friday we will be shooting at the covered Public Shooting range area. On Saturday we will be at the Western Nevada Pistol League pistol bays. These bays are part of the same facility. The pistol bays are in the same area, but to the right of the public shooting area, down a dirt road. 









Driving directions to the Roop County Cowboy Shooters Range in Fernley

 The range is behind the Fernley/Reno Raceway. Reno Fernley Race Track is located a few miles south of Fernley, NV on Route 95. Interstate I-80 runs through Fernley, NV.

From Reno:

Head East from Reno on Hwy 80
Take Exit 46 toward Fernley
Merge onto NV-427E / US-95 Alt S follow 1.1 miles
Turn Right < at signal> South SR 95A / US-50 Alt
Follow US-50 Alt W/ US-95 Alt S for 4+ miles
Track Entrance is On Right, just past Tiger Airfield.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

As if there weren't a lot of reasons to attend this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous, here's even one more, a Ruger Single Action .357 Magnum revolver. I think I managed to wipe all of the drool off of the pistol before, taking the picture, but it wasn't easy! It is even nicer looking in person. This picture doesn't do it justice.

Some lucky Gun Blogger Rendezvous attendee will be the proud owner of this beautiful Ruger. It COULD be you! You must buy a raffle ticket at the Rendezvous, and be present to win. Of course, if you cannot legally own it, you can't win it, but you knew that already, I hope!


There is STILL time to register for the Gun Blogger Rendezvous and book your room at the Silver Legacy in Reno, but you have to do it RIGHT NOW. The Gun Blogger Rendezvous starts officially on September 5th, which is next Thursday. There is still room, but you have to get on it ASAP!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

REVISED Gun Blogger Rendezvous Schedule



2013 Gun Blogger Rendezvous Schedule of Events
Updated 08/21/2013
(Subject to change as things are added or moved around)

Wednesday, September 4th.

6:15 Pm. For those arriving on Wednesday, KeeWee and I and some of the other early arrivers are planning on having dinner at the El Dorado Buffet Restaurant. The El Dorado is part of the same giant casino complex as the Silver Legacy and the Circus Circus. The El Dorado Buffet is at one end of the complex. The Silver Legacy is in the middle, and the Circus Circus is on the opposite end.

Thursday, September 5th

8:30 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality Room for one of the restaurants for breakfast.
 

9:15 am. Leave the Hospitality Room to car pool to Cabela’s.

9:45 am – 11:15 am. Guided tour Cabela’s and browsing/shopping. Buy ammo? Pick up munchies and soft drinks.Leave for the Roop County Cowboy Shooter's Range in Fernley.

Noon  - 4:30pm. Cowboy action shooting and demonstrations at the range.

6:00 pm. Leave the Hospitality Room to go to dinner. Location to be determined later.
Thursday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.

Friday, September 6th.

8:00 am. NRA Sponsored breakfast in our Hospitality room. NRA representative will be speaking to us over breakfast.
9:00 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Shooting Facility, the Pyramid range for rifle and pistol target shooting out to 900 yards.
9:45 am – 2:00pm. At the range.
4:00 pm. – 5:45pm. Show-N-Tell at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Manufacturers and show new stuff, and attendees show neat things too!
6:00 pm. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to go to  Dos Gecko’s Mexican Restaurant for dinner sponsored by Gunlawsbystate.com and Brian Ciyou.
7:15 pm. (Approx) Ray Carter from the Second Amendment Foundation and  Brian Ciyou from Gunlawsbystate.com, will talk to us, and other industry, shooting sports, and legal aspect folks will follow.
7:45 pm. Double Elimination Pistol competition in Hospitality Room using the Optical Computer Aided Training Simulator from Outwest systems, using real guns shooting lasers instead of bullets. An OCAT System will be awarded to one of the competitors by random drawing!

Friday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.

Saturday, September 7th.

8:00 am. Gunauctions.com sponsored Breakfast in the Silver Legacy Hospitality room.
9:00 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Shooting Facility, Western Nevada Pistol League Action Pistol bays at the Pyramid range for an introduction to Steel Challenge Action Pistol shooting, a demonstration of the live fire version of the OCAT system, and more.
9:45 am – 2:00 pm. At the range.
5:00 pm – 6 pm.
Short presentation by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
6:00 pm. NSSF all you can eat pizza feed at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. After dinner will be the fund raiser raffle for Project Valour-IT and the drawings for the door prizes.
Saturday Evening until Midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.

Sunday, September 8th.

8:00 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room for one of the restaurants for breakfast
9:00 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out for some fun with the Black Powder bowling Ball Mortar from Gunauction.com, and some other surprises you won’t want to miss! Range location to be announced at the Rendezvous.
9:45 am – 1:00pm. At the range.

Please note that times and events may change at the last minute, so be sure to check the schedule posted in the Hospitality room regularly.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Register and Pay On Line!

Thanks to the hard work and generosity of David from http://gunauction.com and http://gunnews.com you can now fill out and pay for your registration for this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous on line!

Check out:

http://www.gunnews.com/gun-blogger-rendezvous-registration-page/

You can now fill out the registration and mail it in, or fill it out and pay on line, whichever works easiest for you.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

GBR-VIII Schedule of Events


2013 Gun Blogger Rendezvous Schedule of Events
Updated 07/09/2013
(Subject to change as things are added or moved around)

Wednesday, September 4th.

6:15 Pm. For those arriving on Wednesday, KeeWee and I and some of the other early arrivers are planning on having dinner at the El Dorado Buffet Restaurant. The El Dorado is part of the same giant casino complex as the Silver Legacy and the Circus Circus. The El Dorado Buffet is at one end of the complex. The Silver Legacy is in the middle, and the Circus Circus is on the opposite end.


Thursday, September 5th

8:30 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality Room for one of the restaurants for breakfast.
1:15 pm.
Leave the Hospitality Room to car pool to Cabela’s.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Guided tour Cabela’s and browsing/shopping. Buy ammo? Pick up munchies and soft drinks on way back to hotel.
6:00 pm. Leave the Hospitality Room to go to dinner. Location to be determined later.
Thursday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.

Friday, September 6th.

8:00 am. NRA Sponsored breakfast in our Hospitality room. NRA representative will be speaking to us over breakfast.
9:00 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Shooting Facility, the Pyramid range for rifle and pistol target shooting out to 900 yards.
9:45 am – 2:00pm. At the range.
4:00 pm. – 5:45pm. Show-N-Tell at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Manufacturers and show new stuff, and attendees show neat things too!
6:00 pm. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to go to  Dos Gecko’s Mexican Restaurant for dinner sponsored by Gunlawsbystate.com and Brian Ciyou.
7:15 pm. (Approx) Ray Carter from the Second Amendment Foundation and  Brian Ciyou from Gunlawsbystate.com, will talk to us, and other industry, shooting sports, and legal aspect folks will follow.
7:45 pm. Double Elimination Pistol competition in Hospitality Room using the Optical Computer Aided Training Simulator from Outwest systems, using real guns shooting lasers instead of bullets. An OCAT System will be awarded to one of the competitors by random drawing!
Friday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.

Saturday, September 7th.

8:00 am. Gunauctions.com sponsored Breakfast in the Silver Legacy Hospitality room.
9:00 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Shooting Facility, Western Nevada Pistol League Action Pistol bays at the Pyramid range for an introduction to Steel Challenge Action Pistol shooting, a demonstration of the live fire version of the OCAT system, and more.
9:45 am – 2:00 pm. At the range.
5:00 pm – 6 pm.
Short presentation by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
6:00 pm. NSSF all you can eat pizza feed at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. After dinner will be the fund raiser raffle for Project Valour-IT and the drawings for the door prizes.
Saturday Evening until Midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.

Sunday, September 8th.

8:00 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room for one of the restaurants for breakfast
9:00 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Shooting Facility, Western Nevada Pistol League Action Pistol bays at the Pyramid range for some fun with the Black Powder bowling Ball Mortar from Gunauctions.com, and some other surprises you won’t want to miss!
9:45 am – 1:00pm. At the range.

Please note that times and events may change at the last minute, so be sure to check the schedule posted in the Hospitality room regularly.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Attend This Year's Rondy? Hmmmm......

If you haven't made up your mind about attending this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous coming up in September in Reno, perhaps this video will help you make up your mind........


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Last Year's Sponsors

True Blue Sam put together a video showing some of the raffle items and door prizes from last year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous. This year we are planning on having even MORE cool stuff for our raffle and door prizes.

Have a look, and if you are considering products like these sponsors produce but can't decide which to buy, keep in mind that they have generously been helping our fund raising for Soldier's Angels, and part of what you spend with these great folks finds it's way back to an outstanding charity helping our wounded troops!

Thursday, June 13, 2013


To make the Gun Blogger Rendezvous be a success, there are a number of tasks that must be completed. the hotel must be contacted, contract negotiated, publicity sent out, bloggers contacted, basic schedule of events determined, sponsors contacted, and a whole lot more.

To individually contact each one of the sponsors takes several days, and sometimes several emails and/or phone calls. new sponsors need to be filled in on all the details about the rendezvous, and how their donations contribute to the fund-raising for soldiers Angels and Project Valour-IT.

so far, I have contacted everyone of the sponsors listed below, and they are all going to sponsor the Gun Blogger Rendezvous again this year. there is a second list of the sponsors from last year whom I have contacted, but have not yet received confirmation. Most, if not all, of those sponsors will also be sponsoring again this year.

We have several new sponsors this year, including Burris optics, Allchin Gun Parts, and Tactical Solutions. another new sponsor this year is GunAuction.com. they will be bringing their bowling ball mortar, black powder, and a bunch of bowling balls. Sunday morning at the rendezvous we will be launching bowling balls out into the desert with great enthusiasm, not to mention a lot of smoke and noise! Although nothing is definite so far, we are looking into the possibility of Joe Huffman bringing a number of his Boomershoot targets, so we can experience a mini-Boomershoot at the range in Reno. Obviously, we need to clear that with the Western Nevada pistol league club. GunAuction.com will also be bringing a film crew and they will be doing a video about the Rendezvous. I guess I better bring plenty of clean shirts!

Gun Blogger Rendezvous 2013 (GBR-VIII)
Confirmed Sponsors


Allchin Gun Parts
Brownells
Cabelas
COMP-TAC
Crimson Trace
Dillon Precision
Front Sight Academy
Gunbroker.com
Hi-Point / MKS Supply
Lucky Gunner
NRA
NSSF
Second Amendment foundation
Tactical Solutions
Burris Optics
Gun Auction . Com

Most of the schedule for this year's Rendezvous will follow fairly closely to last year's schedule. There will be some small changes and some new things added, but for the most part the majority of the event will remain the same. Friday will be fixed targets out to 977 yards on the public range. Saturday will be steel shooting on the adjoining range run by the Western Nevada pistol league. Sunday morning will again be at the Western Nevada pistol league range, but this time with the bowling ball mortar and may be Joe Huffman's chemistry set. Breakfast Friday and Saturday morning will be provided by sponsors, and Saturday night the NSSF will be buying us all the pizza that we can eat! So far, we do not have a sponsor for Friday night dinner, but that may still happen.

I got an email from Molly Smith, and she and her family are planning on attending the Rendezvous. It is always fun when Molly and her family come to the Rendezvous.There may also be some other "celebrities" showing up this year, one never knows! 

It looks like this year's rendezvous is going to be significantly bigger than any previous year. A lot of the credit for this goes to Ray from the second amendment foundation, Kevin, of the smallest minority, and true blue Sam. These three have been a tremendous amount of help in publicizing the event. Thanks, guys! 

If you do not have your registration sent in yet for the Rendezvous, you should do that right away. Otherwise, we have no idea how many we need to plan for, in terms of breakfasts, dinners and space needed in the hospitality room. The sponsors need to have a fairly accurate idea of how many will be attending, so they can accurately predict just how much money they are going to spend on a meal for example.

You should be sure to make your room reservations at the Silver Legacy, and do it ASAP. To get the discounted group rate at the Silver Legacy, you must make your reservations by telephone, and use the group code GBLOG13. Part of the negotiations with the Silver Legacy is for all attendees to have free Internet access in their hotel rooms, and the use of the hospitality room at no charge for the Rendezvous. 

Another good reason for staying in the Silver Legacy, other than convenience to the rendezvous, is that if you should choose to partake of adult beverages in the evening, you can walk to your room without leaving the building. Since the breakfasts for attendees are served in the hospitality room, it is also very convenient for those of us staying in the Silver Legacy.

See You In Reno in September!!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

2013 Gun Blogger Rendezvous Info


2013 Gun Blogger Rendezvous VIII Information Sheet:

Once a year Gun Bloggers, Gun Blog Readers, gun writers, shooters, gun association folks, and industry representatives from around the country gather in Reno at the Silver Legacy Hotel & Casino to visit, socialize, compare notes, discuss everything firearms related, and get in three range days covering everything from long range rifle, steel shooting, Cowboy Fast Draw, and more. At the Gun Blogger Rendezvous there is something going on from breakfast to well into the night! 2013 will be the Gun Blogger Rendezvous’ Seventh Anniversary. 

The Rendezvous also raises money for Project Valour-IT, a division of Soldiers Angels, through a raffle of firearms and shooting sports items donated by our sponsors. Project Valour-IT buys voice actuated laptop computers for injured servicemen, who, due to the nature of their injuries, are unable to operate a computer using a conventional mouse and keyboard. This allows them to communicate with their family and friends, directly from their hospital beds, and has been shown to significantly increase their rate of recovery.

We also give out a large number of door prizes and  promotional items to our attendees. Our sponsors, in return, get a lot of positive Internet exposure through the Gun Blogs and stories about the Rendezvous.

Some of our current and previous year  include Ruger, Gunbroker.com, Cabelas, MKSSupply/HiPoint, Crimson Trace, Comp-Tac, Springfield Armory, Dillon Precision, Brownells, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), The NRA, The Second Amendment Foundation, and more.

Last year we raised approximately $6,000 for Project Valour-IT, and this year, we hope to do even better. Every penny we can make from the Rendezvous goes to Project Valour-IT.  Even the event organizer (that’s me) pays to register for the Rendezvous!


Dates: September 5th., 6th., 7th., & 8th.
Location: Silver Legacy Resort/Casino in Reno
Gun Blogger Rendezvous Website:  http://gunbloggers.blogspot.com

Contact:      Mike Gallion
                     2704E Gabelein Rd.
                     Clinton, WA 98236
                     magaero@whidbey.com or blog@whidbey.com
                     360-321-6258

Shipping destination for raffle and door prizes, excluding firearms:
(For firearms we prefer to use certificates instead of the actual gun, and then transfer straight from the manufacturer to the winner, but we will be glad to do it however the manufacturer prefers.)
Please do not ship any packages to arrive at the Reno Cabela's store prior to August 23rd.  due to limited storage space availability at Cabela's.

                Cabela's / Reno
                8650 Boomtown rd.
                Verdi, NV 89439
                ATTN: Gun Blogger Rendezvous / Jamie

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I've been putting together a list of Gun Blogger posts about the Recently ended Gun Blogger rendezvous in Reno. I know there are a lot of posts I've missed, so if I missed your posts, email me or mention the URL in a comment and I'll get you on the list too!

http://keeweescorner.blogspot.com/2012/09/gun-blogger-rendezvous-fund-raiser.html
http://keeweescorner.blogspot.com/2012/09/second-day-of-gbr.html
http://keeweescorner.blogspot.com/2012/09/gun-blogger-rendezvous-reno-nevada-2012.html
http://notclauswitz.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/gbr-vii-note-to-self/
http://tractioncontrol.well-regulatedmilitia.org/?p=13589
http://tractioncontrol.well-regulatedmilitia.org/?p=13586
http://tractioncontrol.well-regulatedmilitia.org/?p=13581
http://tractioncontrol.well-regulatedmilitia.org/?p=13579
http://tractioncontrol.well-regulatedmilitia.org/?p=13577
http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2012/09/sandcastle-air.html
http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2012/09/0-for-7.html
http://thepackingrat.net/2012/06/10/gun-blogger-rendezvous-vii/
http://engineeringjohnson.blogspot.com/2012/09/its-here_5.html
http://thecluemeter.blogspot.com/2012/09/gbr-new-website.html
http://thecluemeter.blogspot.com/2012/09/gbr-miscellany.html
http://thecluemeter.blogspot.com/2012/09/gbr-videos-molly-shows-how.html
http://thecluemeter.blogspot.com/2012/09/gbr-pics-saturday.html
http://thecluemeter.blogspot.com/2012/09/gbr-pics-friday.html
http://www.greatsataninc.com/gun-blogger-rendezvous-2012/01/

We had a ball!!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Schedule of Events


Wednesday, September 5th.

6:15 Pm. For those arriving on Wednesday, KeeWee and I and some of the other early arrivers are planning on having dinner at the El Dorado Buffet Restaurant. The El Dorado is part of the same giant casino complex as the Silver Legacy and the Circus Circus. The El Dorado Buffet is at one end of the complex. The Silver Legacy is in the middle, and the Circus Circus is on the opposite end.

Thursday, September 6th

8:30 am. Leave the Silver Legacy  Hospitality Room for one of the restaurants for breakfast.
1:15 pm.
Leave the Hospitality Room to car pool to Cabela’s.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Guided tour Cabela’s and browsing/shopping. Buy ammo? Pick up munchies and soft drinks on way back to hotel.
6:00pm. Leave the Hospitality Room to go to dinner. Location to be determined later.
Thursday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.

Friday, September 7th.

8:00am. NRA Sponsored breakfast in our Hospitality room. NRA representative will be speaking to us over breakfast.
9:00am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Shooting Facility, the Pyramid range for rifle and pistol target shooting out to 900 yards.
10:00 am – 2:00pm. At the range.
4:00pm. – 5:45pm. Show-N-Tell at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Manufacturers and show new stuff, and attendees show neat things too!
6:00pm. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to go to  Dos Gecko’s Mexican Restaurant for dinner. (Currently un-sponsored)
7:30pm. (Approx) Ray Carter from the Second Amendment Foundation will talk to us, and other industry, shooting sports, and legal aspect folks will follow.
Friday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.

Saturday, September 8th.

8:00am. Gunbroker.com sponsored Breakfast in the Silver Legacy Hospitality room.
9:00am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Shooting Facility, the Pyramid range for an introduction to Steel Challenge Action Pistol shooting and more.
9:45am – 2:00pm. At the range.
5:00pm – 6pm.
Short presentation by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (maybe)
6:00 pm. NSSF all you can eat pizza feed at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. After dinner will be the fund raiser raffle for Project Valour-IT and the drawings for the door prizes.
Saturday Evening until Midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.
Sunday, September 12th.

8:00am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room for one of the restaurants for breakfast. (Eat fast – It’s nearly an hour to the Fernley range.)
8:45am. Leave for Fernley and Cowboy Action Shoot.

9:45a m – 1pm  Cowboy Action Shooting.

Please note that times and events may change at the last minute, so be sure to check the schedule posted in the Hospitality room regularly.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Cowboy Action Shooting at GBR-VII Yee - Haw!


WOW, big news! It wasn't until the very last minute that this all came together, but some good old fashioned initiative brought it all home! Several years ago i got to visiting with Russ T. Chambers (say his name fast a couple of times!) out at the Pyramid range, and we got to talking about Cowboy Action Shooting. We both agreed it would be neat if there was some way we could get the Cowboy Action Shooting somehow into the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. Unfortunately, there just wasn't any time in the GBR schedule to squeeze it in. We had target range on Friday, pistol bays and steel shooting on Saturday, and Cowboy Fast Draw with Quick Cal on Sunday.

Jasper Agate - The "Sheriff" of the Roop County Cowboy Shooters.


It was looking that we were going the get together with the Sage Hills Cowboy Fast Draw club this year in Virginia city in conjunction with the Virginia city Camel Races Festival. Plans were for the Sage Hills gang to have Cowboy Fast Draw set up at Virginia City to help show off the sport, and attract some new folks to Cowboy Fast Draw Competition. At the very last minute the Camel Races Festival changed management, and the Cowboy Fast Draw participation was denied. This happened only a few weeks ago, and I've been trying to get something as good, or even better, in its place.


Russ T. Chambers

It now looks like Sunday morning may well become one of the highlights of the entire Rendezvous! I tracked down "Jasper Agate" the PREZ of the Roop County Cowboy Shooters, and it turns out that on the same days as the GBR, their club is putting on a three day "Rendezvous" of their own, Western style! When I contacted them  they didn't yet have an activity scheduled for Sunday morning! WOW, what a stroke of luck!

We are going to get a demonstration of Cowboy Action Shooting, and then we'll get a chance to do some shooting and shoot a stage ourselves. There will also be a team competition underway on Sunday morning, so that should be fun to watch too!

This is gonna be fun!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Raffle Prizes & Sponsors GBR-VII

True Blue Sam has put together a short video showing some of the things you can win at this year's Gun blogger Rendezvous, and also showing some of the organizations who will be attending and/or sponsoring this year's event.

Check it out:




You are going to kick yourself if you miss out and don't attend this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous! There's still time to register, but the Rendezvous is barely a week off, so hurry!!!

See You in Reno!



Sunday, August 26, 2012

One of my favorite pistols after my dedicated race guns is my Ruger Single Six .22 caliber single action revolver. It's well made, well proportioned, feels right in your hand, and is very accurate. It's also a lot of fun to shoot. The one down-side, of sorts, was the six shot limitation before you had to reload, and with single action revolvers, reloading is kinda slow. Now, Ruger has come out with a ten shot version of the Single Six, called the single 10. 

In addition to increasing the capacity, they also put on adjustable sights, and made a number of other small changes. Thanks to the generosity of the great folks at Ruger, and special thanks to Lori Petoske of Ruger, someone at this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous will become the proud owner of a brand new Ruger Single 10.

You gotta be there to win it though, and it's not too late to register, so

See You In Reno!

Leupold Optics at GBR-VII

Thanks again to Allen Forkner of Swanson Russel for arranging for some really nice optics from Leupold to be in the fund raising raffle this year at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. This year Leupold is sending a pair of optics for the GBR.

The first is their new VX-2 (not to be confused with the older VX-II). This will be a 3x9x40mm.

VX-2 3-9x40mm

Trusted by hunters and shooters worldwide. The VX®-2 delivers the performance and features that serious hunters demand. We thought of everything…tactile power indictors; finger-adjustable click windage and elevation dials; the brightness, clarity, and contrast needed to hunt even in low-light conditions. Of course, the ruggedness, absolute waterproof integrity, and famous Leupold® Full Lifetime Guarantee only add to the VX-2’s popularity.


 They are also sending a Mark AR 1.25-4x20mm scope. This is a great choice for those MSRs or 3-Gun rigs.

Mark AR 1.5-4x20mm

The wide field-of-view at 1.5x combined with the intermediate range precision of 4x make the Leupold® Mark AR™ 1.5-4x20mm a perfect selection for close and mid-range shooting with an AR15/M-16 style rifle. From heavy brush to rolling hills, the Mark AR 1.5-4x20mm has it covered.

http://leupold.com/hunting-shooting/scopes/mark-ar-riflescopes/mark-ar-1-5-4x20mm/

You are going to kick yourself for not coming to this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous, you can be sure! There is still time to go, so get on it!!

See you in Reno!!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Win a SIG SAUER ACP AT The Rendezvous

Thanks to Allen Forkner from Swanson-Russell, we are going to have some amazingly cool items in the Soldier's Angels/Project Valour-IT fund raising raffle this year at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. Unfortunately Allen won't be able to be there due to other work related commitments, but we hope he's back for next year.

Below is a picture of the  SI -SAUER Adaptive Carbine Platform. It is available with or without the stock, and the one without the stock is what has generously been donated to our fund raising raffle. The version without the stock does not require any special permits, according to Allen. The version with the stock, however, without the right permits, can get you in a lot of trouble!!




Here's a little more info on the SIG SAUER ACP:
The  SIG SAUER® Adaptive Carbine Platform (ACP) allows any handgun with an
accessory rail to be quickly modified into  a personal defense weapon or carbine style firearm. Regardless of the brand, most pistols equipped with an accessory rail can be mounted to the ACP without the need for modification to the base gun.
Fabricated from solid aircraft-grade aluminum, the ACP sports M1913 rails at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions with a full-length top rail at the 12 o’clock position. Compatible accessories such as lights, red dot sights and lasers can be mounted for additional functionality.

The ACP brings Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) features to almost any handgun.

The ACP offers law enforcement and executive protection agencies the ability to deploy a carbine or SMG, but wth the controllability of a handgun. An integral hand stop permits the user to get a forward grip without the danger of covering the muzzle. The integral quick-detachable sling mounts allow an ACP-equipped pistol to be carried on a sling for fast access.

The new SIG SAUER ACP allows the shooter access to the pistol’s frame mounted controls, providing an easy training transition and familiar manual of arms. The ACP is also compatible with most sound suppressors.
Want to know more?

The direct link to the product page is:
http://www.sigsauer.com/Catalog/acp-adaptive-carbine-platform.aspx



This is just a start of listing all the cool stuff you can win this year at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous!

See you in Reno!