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!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

GBR-VII Schedule


Wednesday, September 5th.

6:00 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. 


Thursday, September 6th

8:30 am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality Room for one of the restaurants for breakfast.
2:15 pm.
Leave the Hospitality Room to car pool to Cabela’s.
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Guided tour Cabela’s and browsing/shopping. Pick upmunchies and soft drinks on way back to hotel. Buy ammo?
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 SilverLegacy 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 our 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.
9:00am. Leave for surprise event (maybe)
10:00am – 1pm Surprise Event

The Cowboy Fast Draw Intergalactic Fast Draw Championships, originally planned to be at the Virginia City Camel Races Festival has been cancelled as the Festival has changed management and they decided that they did not want Cowboy Fast Draw at their Festival.

I am working on another possible event, (also very cool) but if I can get it together at this late date or not remains to be seen.  If  I can arrange it, it will be fun!

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.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Updates




The Gun Blogger Rendezvous is less than a month away, and this year's event is shaping up nicely. We've gained  some new sponsors, and the raffles and door prizes are looking great too. GunBroker.com will be a new sponsor, and will be providing a meal for us. It's not yet determined if it will be a breakfast or a dinner, but they are going to make sure none of the attendees go hungry, at least on one day of the Rendezvous!

Due to the efforts of our friend Allen Forkner of Swanson-Russell, both Leupold and SIG-SAUER will be major sponsors again this year.  Unfortunately Allen won't be able to attend this year as work requires him to be elsewhere for that weekend, but you know he'd be there if he could! I've got a bunch of pictures and info on the really cool stuff from SIG and Leupold, but that will be in another post. You WILL want what SIG is donating, though, I guarantee it!!



I talked to Randi Rogers, and she's no longer with Glock. She's now working for, and shooting for Comp-Tac. She's been winning some really big matches, too!  Go Get 'em Randi!!

Anyhow, it looks like Glock will no longer be a sponsor as they haven't even responded to multiple attempts to get them back again this year. We appreciate their sponsorship in the past, and we hate to lose them this year, but we apparently don't fit whatever their requirements might be. The good news, though, is that Comp-Tac will be sending along some goodies for us. Thanks, Randi!

In other GBR News, the Smokin' Gecko Restaurant and pizza place has changed in to a Mexican restaurant. Our Friday dinner will now be Mexican, instead of ribs. I enjoyed their BBQ Ribs, but Mex is fine too! The pizza for our Saturday Night NSSF Pizza Feed will be coming from another source this year, and I am still looking into that.

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Second Amendment Foundation


The "Who's Who" list of this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous is growing, and I am pleased to announce that Ray Carter of the Second Amendment Foundation will be joining us in Reno at the Silver Legacy for the Rendezvous. If you aren't quite sure exactly who the SAF is, or what they do, go check out their website. They are definitely "In the trenches" fighting for our 2nd. Amendment rights.

Having the SAF send Ray to our Rendezvous is really cool, and I'm looking forward to meeting him in person and getting the latest on what's happening.

You really should be there too!
See You In Reno!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


If you've been thinking about going to this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous and you are in the Seattle area, but cost was a major concern, then Alaska Airlines has a deal for you! Right now you can fly round trip bob-stop Seattle to Reno on Alaska Airlines for only $185, and that's round trip! You can't drive it one way for that.

Will this price last very long? I expect it will disappear VERY quickly, so if you are in the area, you might want to call 1-800-ALASKAAIR.COM and get your tickets. I looked the other day and if you don't mind a stop in San Jose, there were some flights available for $129 bucks. Those may be gone, but  maybe not, you never can tell.

So come on down to Reno for the Rendezvous and join in on the fun!!

See You In Reno!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A whole lot of the fun at the annual Gun Blogger Rendezvous is all the folks you get to meet and visit with. Here's a picture of a couple of faces you may well see at this year's GBR.





Is it:


          1. Abbott & Costello?
          2. Groucho & Harpo?
          3. Amos & Andy?
          4. Charlie McCarthy & Edgar Bergen?
          5. Ricki & Lucy?
          6. Jeff Dunham & Walter?
          7. A couple of dudes at the SHOT Show?

I guess you'll just have to come to the Gun Blogger Rendezvous to find out!

See you in Reno!!


Sunday, July 01, 2012

The Gun Blogger Rendezvous is not that far off, so you need to get your registration in, and your hotel room booked right away. Why should you go to the Rendezvous? Well, Derek, The Packing Rat, put together a short video that answers the question really well.


You don't have to be a blogger to attend, just someone with common interests, and since you are reading this in the first place, most likely you'd have the time of your life in Reno, between the range trips, the socializing, and everything else that gets crammed into three and a half short days!

Not only is it a great time with some really interesting people, but you also will end up with some cool door prizes, and if you buy a ticket and get lucky, you just might win a gun or something! Every penny we can clear at the Rendezvous goes to Project Valour-IT, a division of Soldier's angels, so you know your money is going to a good cause.

See you at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous!!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Interactive Registration For GBR-VII

GG at Girls <3 Guns (Girls Love Guns for us Neanderthals), a regular attendee of the Gun Blogger Rendezvous, has put together a really nice interactive PDF file for filling out your Rendezvous Registration. This new form really works well, and you can fill it in on line, then print it out, put your check with it, and mail it in. The old clunky way still works too, where you download and print out the registration form by hand, but with the new form, you can fill it in on line and print it, thus saving wear and tear on your ball point pen, pencil, crayon, or Smith-Corona.



We are looking forward to this being the best Gun Blogger Rendezvous yet, so fill out your registration and get it mailed in right away. It's not that far off, and we need to get a good estimate of how many will be there in order to set up space, meals, and so forth. You don't have to be a blogger to attend, just someone who reads the blogs, enjoys shooting and guns, and would like to meet the gun bloggers in person so you can put a face to the name.

This is the year, so come join us for a whole lot of gunny fun in Reno in September!

Here's the link again for the Registration form, in case clicking on the picture above doesn't work for you.

See you in Reno................

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Silver Legacy Group Code

I thought I had posted the group discount code for the rooms at the Silver Legacy for the Gun Blogger Rendezvous, but after looking for the post, I can't find it, so I guess I didn't get it posted after all.

The Group Room Discount Code for the Silver Legacy is

GBLOG12

Give them this code when you make your reservations and you will get discounted room rates and free WiFi, which they otherwise charge you for.

See you in Reno!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Registration is now OPEN for GBR-VII

I now have the registration form available for this September's Gun Blogger Rendezvous. It's a PDF file, so download it, print it out, and send it in. All the instructions are on the form.

I think this year's Rendezvous will be the biggest yet, and Reno's weather in September is usually quite nice for spending some time out at the different ranges.

If you've been wanting to get to the Rendezvous, then make this year you finally come to Reno and join in on all the fun!

It's a blast!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Silver Legacy Financial Agreement Reached




The Silver Legacy hotel and casino in Reno, the site of this September's Gun Blogger Rendezvous,  has been struggling financially,  like most of the casinos out there. Part of this is due to the economy, and part of it is due to additional competition from tribal casinos.

On the first of March a note from their creditors for 142 million dollars was due, and the Silver Legacy's owners were not able to come up with the money to pay off the note. The casino owners and the creditors have been in negotiations trying to work out an agreement to restructure the debt and to allow the Silver Legacy to continue in business and avoid bankruptcy.

I just received an email from the Silver Legacy that an agreement has been reached, and the Silver Legacy will continue on, business as usual. This is great news for the Gun Blogger Rendezvous, as the Silver Legacy folks have always been great to work with, and I really didn't want to have to re-locate the Rendezvous to another facility.

Here's the Reno Gazette Journal article

See you all in Reno in September!

Monday, December 26, 2011

The contract is now signed for the 2012 Gun Blogger Rendezvous. The dates will be September 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th of September. This is the second week in September, as usual. It is also the same weekend as the Reno Balloon Races.

The Rendezvous will be at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino in Reno, where it's been for the last few years. We will be moving a few doors over to a larger Hospitality Room, but only a few doors away from where we were last year. The new location has the possibility of opening up into a larger size, which allows us some growth area for the future. Plans are to follow the basic schedule of last year's Rendezvous, but there will also be a few changes, and possibly some new things too, but it's still; way too early in the planning stages to make any announcements about that.

Every year I get a few emails asking why the Rendezvous can't be held on a different weekend, as that weekend conflicts with (fill in the blank). Reno has some sort of major event going on almost every weekend, and hotel prices vary widely depending on the demand for rooms. The week after the Rendezvous is the Reno Air Races, for example, and it's tough to get a room at all, let alone a group of rooms at a discount. Later in the month the weather starts getting colder, and it starts getting miserable at the ranges when we go shooting. Earlier in the year it seems that just about everyone is busy just about every weekend. In short, we are on the dates we're on because it's the best compromise, taking all the different factors in to account. If the dates happen to conflict with something for you, we're sorry about that, but there isn't a single day in the year that doesn't conflict with something for somebody, so we try to pick the best possible dates we can get.

Someone always asks "Why not put the Rendezvous in (his home town)? ", or "Why not move it around to a different city every year, like the NRA Convention?" The short answer is that it's an amazing amount of work to put on an event like the Rendezvous, and where the NRA has a good sized staff on the payroll to organize the convention, the GBR has only an unpaid staff of KeeWee and I, along with the much appreciated help of a few blogger volunteers. To move to a different city  means re-inventing just about every detail, and moving it every year means starting almost from scratch every year, and that's way more work than I can handle.

We all hope that the Gun Blogger Rendezvous dates will work into your schedule and that we'll see you in Reno in September. If you've never been to the GBR, perhaps this is the year to give it a try! We always have a grand time, and for spouses not so interested in the gunny side of the Rendezvous, there's also lots of other things in Reno to see and do, so come to Reno in September, and have a ball!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rendezvous Raises over $8,000!

We've just about got all of the accounting finished up, thanks to the help of Barrett Escrow, and it looks like the Gun Blogger Rendezvous raised about $6,000 for Project Valour-IT. Added to that is the yet to be determined amount being raised by SIG's generous donation of a SIG 1911, custom engraved with the Soldier's Angels logo, currently being auctioned off at Gunbroker.com. At the moment the price on it is $2,075, and there's still time for it to go even higher. Although the Gunbroker auction didn't happen at the Rendezvous, it was a direct result of SIG Sauer's participation in the Rendezvous as a sponsor, so I think it's OK to count it in there. Regardless, it's more money raised for Soldier's Angels and Project Valour-IT, so it's definitely good news!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Hospitality Room Change

There has been a last minute room change for the Gun Blogger Rendezvous Hospitality room. We are now using the Silver Baron "E" room instead of the Silver Baron "C". It is just a couple of doors over, and there is a Gun Blogger Rendezvous sign outside the door.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Otis Technologies To Sponsor Rendezvous

Otis Technologies, maker of some very fine cleaning kits, will be sponsoring the Saturday breakfast at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. In addition, they will also be contributing one of their Elite Cleaning Kits to the Project Valour-IT Fund Raising Raffle at the Rendezvous.

Otis Elite Gun Cleaning Kit.

 Here's the full description of the Elite kit:

The most innovative gun cleaning system in the Otis line of products is the Otis Elite®.

Suitable for an armorer but used by thousands, the  Otis Elite® is designed to maintain all rifles .17 to .50 caliber,  pistols .17 to .50 caliber, shotguns .410 to 12/10 gauge, and all  in-line muzzleloaders. The Otis Elite® contains the  world famous item #750 Tactical Cleaning System, and the entire line of  bronze bore and chamber cleaning brushes from .17 caliber through 12/10  gauge.
Also included in this extensive cleaning system are  six Memory-Flex® cleaning rods, an all purpose nylon receiver brush, a  T-handle bar, three slotted tips, obstruction removers, small and large  Patch Savers®, a bore reflector/flag safety,  small caliber and all-caliber 100% cotton patches, and two .5 oz. tubes  of Otis O85® Ultra Bore® Solvent.
All of the components are neatly stored in a black  nylon, rust proof case which includes a lock and keys for additional  security. The Otis Elite® now includes the brass scraper tool set,  optics cleaning gear and an interactive instructional  DVD. With over 40 gun cleaning components, detailed gun maintenance  guide, and a lifetime warranty, the Otis Elite® is the Hallmark of  Excellence in firearm maintenance.
To say that this kit is pretty nice is like saying the Pope tends to be a bit religious!
Come to the Gun Blogger Rendezvous, buy a raffle ticket, and this Otis Elite kit could follow you home!

See you in Reno.................

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Appleseed Project At The Rendezvous

More great news from GG at Girls Love Guns!I've always thought it would be great to attend one of the Appleseed rifle clinics, and maybe this will be the incentive to finally do it!

The following has been "borrowed"  from GG's blog:
HawkHavn of Appleseed has agreed to send Gun Blogger Rendezvous FREE APPLESEED gift certificates. We will be passing them out to all of those who have registered to attend GBR at the Saturday night shin dig. Whoohoo!
HawkHavn will also be sending free targets (who doesn’t love free targets?) as well as Appleseed brochures and business cards. I hope every GBR blogger uses this opportunity to learn about RWVA and its Appleseed program and to attend a free Appleseed shoot. These shoots are amazing.


Still Time To Attend The Rendezvous

There is still time to get your registration in and to attend this year's Gun blogger Rendezvous, but it starts next Thursday, September 8th., so you need to get hopping! If you send your registration Priority Mail (or FEDEX) today or tomorrow, I should get it in time to get you in. If not, or if it only becomes possible to attend at the very last minute, you can still get in. Download and print out your registration and bring it, along with your $30 / per person to the Rendezvous and give it to me directly, and I'll get you in. The Rendezvous is not full to capacity, and one way or another, if you show up, we'll get you in.



Hotel  accommodations group rate pricing "Officially" ended 30 days before the first day of the Rendezvous, but they have been very good about honoring the group rate at the last minute, provided they have the room available. Be sure to contact them right away and give them the group code.

To reserve your room, give them a call at the Silver Legacy at  1-800-687-8733 and give them the Gun Blogger rendezvous Group Code of GBLOG11.  When you are making your reservation, you might ask them if you can get  a room that faces McCarran Park, so you can watch the hot air balloons  from your window.


See you in Reno!










Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Driving Directions to Ranges at Rendezvous

NOTE: The directions last year weren't very good, and we have re-written them this year to make the route more direct. HOWEVER, until we have one of the Reno Residents verify these directions, they are still only tentative. If there are any changes needed, we will post the changes as soon as we know what to change. The final directions will be available at the Rendezvous.

Driving Directions from Hotel to Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility – Pyramid Range Friday for long Range Rifle and Pistol, Saturday for Steel Challenge Pistol 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

SUMMARY
Driving distance: 27.6 miles; Trip duration: 31 minutes    Driving time: 31 minutes

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.


The Pyramid Range

Driving Directions from Hotel to the Sage Hills Gun Club for Cowboy Fast Draw on Sunday.

On Sunday we will be shooting Cowboy Fast Draw at the Sage Hills Gun Club Range in Reno. 7370 Desert Way, Reno, NV. Sage Hill Clay Sports is located on the southeastern flank of the Washoe County basin, overlooking the city of Reno and its southernmost suburbs.

The club is easy to find if you follow our directions and not those of any online mapping service or your vehicle's navigation, its driving directions will dead-end you on the wrong street.

Follow these instructions instead:
  • 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 1.1 mi I-80
  • 1.5 At exit 15, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi US-395 / Susanville / Carson City
  • 1.7 Take Ramp (LEFT) onto US-395 1.3 mi US-395 / Susanville
  • From the 395, exit at Damonte Ranch Parkway and drive EAST.
  • Turn LEFT onto Steamboat Parkway.
  • Turn LEFT onto Rio Wrangler.
  • Follow Rio Wrangler onto the access road and into the shooting facility (we're up on the hill above you).

Tentative Schedule For The Rendezvous

Wednesday, September 7th.

6:00 Pm. For those arriving on Wednesday, KeeWee and I and some of the other early arrivals 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. 

Thursday, September 8th

8:30 am. Leave the Silver Legacy "Silver Baron C” Hospitality Room for one of the restaurants for breakfast.
2:15 pm. Leave the Hospitality Room to car pool to Cabela’s.
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Guided tour Cabela’s and browsing/shopping. Pick up munchies and soft drinks on way back to hotel. Buy ammo?
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 9th.

8:00am. NRA Sponsored breakfast in the Silver Baron “C” hospitality room. California firearms Attorney Chuck Michel will be talking 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.
9:45am – 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 Gecko’s BBQ Restaurant for dinner sponsored by GunUp.com.
7:30pm. (Approx) Alan Gura informally discusses legal stuff.
Friday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.

Saturday, September 10th.

8:00am. Otis Technologies sponsored Breakfast in the Silver Legacy "Silver Baron C" 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. Bill Brassard of 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 11th.

8:00am. Leave the Silver Legacy "Silver Baron C" Hospitality room for one of the restaurants for breakfast.
9:00am. Leave for the Cowboy Fast Draw Blogger Match.
10:00am – 1pm Cowboy Fast Draw Shooting with Quick Cal Eilrich.

The Cowboy Fast Draw shooting will be the last scheduled event of the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. For those not leaving until Monday however, there are still lots of things to do. Virginia city is nearby (you are already part way there at the Fast Draw venue), the Reno Car Museum, and the river walk through downtown Reno are all recommended. There may also be shows available for Sunday night of interest.

As you can see from the schedule, there is not a lot of time extra throughout the day, so we need to try to keep as close to on schedule as we can manage, otherwise it makes it difficult to have enough time for all of the activities. Although the conversations in the evenings tend to go well into the night, I would suggest not staying up too late, as you will regret it as the Rendezvous goes on!