Friday, November 14, 2014

Thank You, Jesus!

It's been a bit depressing around here lately, so here's something that will bring a chuckle to at least some of you all!


Made you smile, didn't it!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

I Got the I-594 Blues....

I was fortunate enough to see Albert King live and up close two or three times before he left us.



Absolutely amazing...

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Shoot - NOW!

I should start out by stating that I am not an expert at all when it comes to self defensive handgun use, but I have learned a few lessons from handgun shooting, and particularly competition speed shooting that should be considered.

Common sense will tell you that getting a center mass hit on the bad guy before he gets a shot off will greatly improve your chance of survival. Trying for the perfect shot that takes out his third shirt button might be good marksmanship, but if you try for the perfect shot you may never get the shot off at all.



In this short video I demonstrate taking the first shot as the gun is moving up, rather than allowing the sight to settle on the target, getting a good sight picture, and squeezing off the shot. Yes, this is a race gun, a red dot sight, and a race holster. The technique, regardless, is basically the same. Saving a half or even a quarter of a second can make the difference as to who gets to assume room temperature at the end of the day.

If you want to try this technique, (assuming you have already developed basic handgun skills) use a fairly large target at close range. Start with the handgun aimed a foot or so below the target. Smoothly raise the gun, and break the shot just before the sights reach the middle of the target. The key here is smooth, not quick, and not jerky! Don't jerk the trigger, keep it smooth. You might be surprised just how accurate you can become. Dry fire practice? Absolutely!

Be safe, have fun!


Sunday, October 26, 2014

No on I-594 Seattle Rally

A week or so ago I spent most of Saturday at a rally against Washington State Initiative I-594. The rally was held at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle. There was a pretty good turnout, perhaps 250-300 folks, and there were several interesting speakers.

Unfortunately, Bloomberg, Paul Allen, and a few other rich guys have poured over ten million bucks into passing this severely anti-gun initiative, and the rest of us just haven't got the money to compete with them and their wallets. However, there is another initiative, I-591, which will help to blunt the damage caused by I-594. I-594 will do nothing to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals, since they usually either steal, or buy stolen guns, they don't buy their guns from FFL dealers or at gun shows.

Vote YES on I-591, and Vote NO on I-594


Here's some of the pictures I took.














This was probably the safest place in Seattle that day!!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Headstone Band

The Headstone Band, the house band at The Cozy Corner Tavern in Clinton, Wa. Photo taken in the early 70's. Left to right; Loren, Jeff, Mr. C., and Bob.

You might wonder about the previous post about Jack Bruce, and why old rock bands are an are of interest for me. Well, in the late sixties and early seventies I, too, was a rock guitarist. Certainly not on the level of the great rock guitarists of the day, (not even close!) but I did manage to supplement my modest income with some regular gigs in local bars and so on. 

Although it was quite a bit of work, it was also a whole lot of fun, too. Playing live for a crowd that is really enjoying your music is an experience that you can't really explain. You have to have experienced it to understand what I'm talking about, and if you haven't experienced it, there is no way to explain it.

Jack Bruce - R.I.P., and thanks........

Jack Bruce? Who? A lot of you folks a bit younger than I may not even recognize the name. However, the influence of a rock band in the late sixties is still heard today.

A three piece band called "Cream", comprised of Jack Bruce on Bass, Ginger Baker on drums, and Eric Clapton on guitar  produced some truly amazing rock. To this day, bands are still trying to find that energy, that groove, that sense of magic that these guys were able achieve.

This video was recorded in late 1968 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. 



Turn your speakers ALL THE WAY UP, and enjoy. This is what rock is all about!

.......far out, man!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Liberal Logic

Here's an example of how liberal logic works:

Question: "If you have four pencils and I have seven apples, how many pancakes will fit on the roof?"

Answer: "Purple, because aliens don't wear hats......"

That explains a lot!

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Implant Allows Speaking To God

MICROCHIP  IMPLANT ALLOWS TERRORISTS TO SPEAK TO GOD




The implant is specifically  designed to be injected in the  forehead. When properly  installed, it will instantly allow the  terrorist to speak to God.

It comes in various sizes:  Generally from ..223 to .50  cal. The exact size of the implant  will be selected by a well-trained and highly  skilled technician, who will also make the injection.

No Anesthetic is required. The implant is likely to be  painless. Side effects, like headaches, nausea,  aches or pains are extremely  temporary. Some bleeding or swelling may  occur at the injection site. In most cases, it's not noticeable.

Please enjoy the security  provided for you by the Armed Forces of America.

Best regards,



NO on I-594, and YES on I-591 (please....)


This eighteen page long bill is a complete mess. It even conflicts with current Federal law.

VOTE NO on I-594

I-591, also on the ballot, outlaws government gun confiscation (like they did after Katrina) without due process of law. It also limits state background checks to not exceed Federal standards. This is a good initiative, and will also help dealing with I-594, should it pass too.

VOTE YES on I-591

Thanks!

Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Gun Blogger Rendezvous Schedule


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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Crossroads of the West Gun Shows to Sponsor Gun Blogger 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!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIN ME at The Gun Blogger Rendezvous!!

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!

You Could Win This at the GBR!

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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Thanks to Kevin for putting these posts together!

A Good Reason to Attend This Year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous in Reno

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.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Digital Shooting Range at Gun Blogger Rendezvous


We just got this confirmed:

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.


We need ten shooters @ $15 each.  That won't be a problem, I think.  I'm definitely in, as is just about everyone who's heard about it.

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.

Everyone who's heard about this is already excited! I can't wait to give it a try, although they don't seem to use Open Division Race Guns in self defense much. Wonder why........

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Latest Updates - (way overdue..... - sorry!)

I have been so busy dealing with the recovery process and complications, I haven't had the time or energy to write much about it. The good news is that the triple bypass open heart surgery was a complete success. I am almost fully recovered from it, and have much more oxygen in my system. I do not get out of breath nearly so easily as before. I felt pretty well, and have even been able to shoot a couple of matches.

Shortly after the heart surgery I developed diverticulitis. That put me back in the hospital three times in extreme pain. I am still having problems with that, but I think progress is being made. I am hoping that surgery will not be needed. I am getting very tired of doctors, surgeons, and hospitals!! It could take another month or so to shake this one off.

A good friend of mine, Larry Davis, and I are flying to Los Angeles early Thursday morning, and then we are driving to Valencia, CAlifornia, to the hotel. The hotel is about twenty minutes by car from Piru, California, where the West Coast Steel Championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday.

It will be possibly the largest steel match of the year, with entries limited to 340. KC Eusebio will be there, along with a lot of other top shooters, so it's not only a good match to shoot, it's also fun to watch the top guys shoot!

My shooting is still a bit rusty due to lack of practice, and lack of matches shot, but I am starting to get back up to speed. I am planning to shoot my High Standard Rimfire Optic pistol with the OKO sight and a barrel of my own design and built in my own shop. I am also going to enter the Rimfire Rifle Optic class with a Ruger 10/22 rifle with a Tactical Solutions barrel, OKO sight, and a prototype all CNC machined ultra-light aluminum stock that I built. Since competition with a rimfire rifle is totally new to me, so far I am faster with the pistol. However, with some practice I think this new race gun stock is going to get me some pretty good speed. I can feel the potential when I shoot it, but I haven't shot it enough to really get it up to speed!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

RECALL OF WINCHESTER 22 LONG RIFLE RIMFIRE AMMUNITION

From Winchester's Website:

PRODUCT WARNING AND RECALL NOTICE

WINCHESTER® 22 Long Rifle RIMFIRE AMMUNITION 

PRODUCT RECALL OF WINCHESTER 22 LONG RIFLE RIMFIRE AMMUNITION 

3/5/2014

Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling two (2) lots of M*22™ 22 Long Rifle 40 Grain Black Copper Plated Round Nose rimfire ammunition.

Symbol Number: S22LRT
Lot Numbers: GD42L and GD52L

Winchester has determined the above lots of 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition may contain double powder charges. Ammunition with double powder charges may subject the shooter or bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury and/or death, or cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® M*22™ 22 Long Rifle RIMFIRE AMMUNITION WITH LOT NUMBERS GD42L or GD52L.

The ammunition Lot Number is imprinted (stamped without ink) on the left tuck flap of the 500-round carton as indicated here. The 1000-round intermediate carton does not have a Lot Number.
To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol Number and Lot Number. If it is Symbol Number S22LRT with a Lot Number containing GD42L or GD52L immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 866-423-5224 or visit http://www.winchester.com/Product-Service/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.
This notice applies only to Symbol Number S22LRT with Lot Numbers GD42L and GD52L. Other Symbol Numbers or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.
If you have any questions concerning this 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition recall please call toll-free 866-423-5224, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: S22LRT Recall), or contact Winchester Customer Support online.

Monday, May 19, 2014

TAGGING GUN OWNERS VEHICLES WARNING



Got this from a shooter in Texas, but it could happen anywhere.

TAGGING GUN OWNERS VEHICLES  WARNING While I was in a Texas gun store today, my car was tagged on the wheel in the ...parking lot. The gangs do this on wheels or bumpers at gun stores, shooting ranges, gun shows etc. Later when you are parked at a restaurant, hotel, or other location that's less well
guarded or under video surveillance, other gang members spot the marker and break into the car for a quick gun grab.

This is so RAMPANT in San Antonio where we were for a National shoot this summer, the Sheriff of Bexar County came out to brief the 400 participants of our competition. Too bad three teams had already been victimized the first day. This is the first I've heard of this in Texas. Please pass this info along to your 2nd amendment list. Daily check your car, truck or motor home for unusual painted dots, marks, check marks or other strange looking symbols that are not normal to your type vehicle. It could prevent you from being a victim of robbery, or even save your life if you catch the thief in the act.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Yep, I'm back, more or less......

It's been an interesting three plus weeks, to say the least! About two or three days agao I finally turned the corner and started to show progress in recovery. I'm still really weak and get itred out easily, but each day of the last three has shown noticeable improvement. I can now walk around a bit, and get in and out of bed unassisted. We went to the surgeon this morning and had the incisions checked over, and everything is healing up well. Thanks to everyone who emailed or commented with best wishes. That meant a lot when I was at the really low points in this adventure.

Mike
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mr Completely is home. Update by Keewee

Mike is home from the hospital, and on the long road to recovery. Right now he is feeling the effects of not getting a quality night's sleep, which could be the medications, or one of the things expected as written below. We will know more after a visit with the surgeon on Monday.
According to the paperwork sent home from the hospital with us, things to expect after bypass surgery, amongst others, could be fatigue, (tiredness), mood swings, or depression. Problems sleeping or loss of appetite.
Full recovery from traditional bypass may take 6-12 weeks or more. It varies from person to person

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Update on Mike's condition.

Mike went back into the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. He was dehydrated from Nausea, had anxiety, and some other issues which had to be addressed. I spoke to him earlier today, and he told me he was feeling very tired. It is good he is being kept in the hospital until he feels better, and the medications are working to make him comfortable.
I look forward to him being back home, I hope it is soon.
Jennifer AKA Keewee

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Important information.

I am posting for Mike, just to let everyone know, that he is in the hospital after undergoing triple bypass surgery.
Mike wants you to know that he hopes to have all the events planned this year, including GBR 2014 up and running.
It will be a long road to recovery, but he will do well.

Jennifer

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Gun Blogger Rendezvous Drops Soldier's Angels

In a 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.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

March 2014 e-Postal Match - "A Little Warped!"

It's time for the 2014 monthly Mr. Completely's e-Postal matches to get underway, so here we go! We're starting out the series with a version of a match from a few years ago but with some slightly different rules. The name of the new match is "A Little Warped", and a look at the target will tell you why! This match is a real challenge as it's relatively easy to do fairly well, but nearly impossible to max the score.

This month we have seven classes, so there's a place for just about everything. It's time to drag out all those handguns that have been unused all Winter and limber 'em up!

TARGET: The same target is used in all classes. The target can be downloaded from here:


It is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file.

CLASS ONE: Any rimfire handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.

CLASS TWO: Any rimfire handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS THREE: Any centerfire (non-revolver) handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.

CLASS FOUR: Any centerfire (non-revolver) handgun with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS FIVE: Any revolver with no more than a 12" barrel, iron sights.

CLASS SIX: Any revolver with no more than a 12" barrel, optic sights, no magnification.

CLASS SEVEN:
Any handgun with more than a 12' barrel, or any rifle, any sights, scopes, laser, whatever.

If you have something interesting to shoot that doesn't quite fit into the above classes, go ahead and enter anyway.

DISTANCE
: 25 feet, or Ten yards, which ever is available at your range.

SHOOTING POSITION: Standing, un-supported, off-hand, one or two hands on gun permitted.

SCORING: In each class you are allowed ten shots at the target. Each  Touching the black counts as a hit. The target has a perfect score of 250. Ties will be decided based on the highest number of hits solidly in the black and not touching the edges.

Mark your score on each target with a legible pen, along with the class and type of gun used. Don't write your name on the target, only the name you want to appear in the results, as your target may get posted on Mr. Completely.

STRATEGY: Are you better off to risk trying for the high score little dots in the corners and risk missing, or should you play it safe and be sure to get the easier ones of lower value?

MULTIPLE ENTRIES: You can enter more than once, in fact, it is encouraged. Shoot everything you own, and everything you can borrow! Take a buddy to the range, get him entered, then borrow his gun and enter that! The only restriction is that you can only enter once for any given gun, in any individual Class. You can shoot the target as many times as you like, and send in the best one.

Different calibers in the same gun count as one gun. For example, .38SPL and .357MAG are considered as one, as would be .44SPL and .44MAG. Different guns of the same caliber and barrel length can be entered.

PRIZES: Nope, it's just for the fun of it and the bragging rights!

SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY: Take a digital photo of, (or scan) your targets, and email the picture, along with:

1. Your score.

2. The name you want used when we post the results.

3. Gun description - Brand, model, semi-auto, revolver, black powder, caliber, barrel length, and type of sights

4. Class: Class One, Two, Three, four, five, six, or seven.

5. Anything interesting or unique about your entry that other shooters might enjoy hearing about.

Email it all to b l o g (at) w h i d b e y (dot) c o m

If you can't scan or send target pictures, send everything else to me in an email, and we'll arrange for either fax or snail mail for the targets.

The rules are subject to revision as needed, should the need arise.

All entries must be received by Midnight on Monday, March 31st. This gives you five full weekends to shoot the match. Results will be posted on Mr. Completely within seven days, or less.

If you have any questions, leave the question in the comments to this post, or send me an email, or both.

Have fun!!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Hitler and Obamacare!

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Gun Blogger Rendezvous - 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!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

International Steel Shooting Association Update

Things  are moving right along with the new International Steel Shooting Association that I have been putting together over the last couple of years. Our beautiful logo was designed by Robb Allen. The new business cards featuring his artwork are ordered and on the way.



The new association is now formally approved as a Washington State Non-Profit Corporation. Our 501(c)3 Federal Non-Profit  is in the works. Since it's being set up as a non-profit corporation, we can be a conduit for corporate funding to go into educational, youth, safety, and othe rprograms and the donors can deduct it as a charitable expenditure.

We are truly International in nature. Our website is hosted and much of the web setup is in Holland! (Thanks, Wim!) We do not have much up on the site yet beyond the basic template and most of the page links, but more is going up every day. If you want to see the website, have a look at

http://www.internationalsteelshoot.com.

Just keep in mind that we just turned the lights on there, and there's still a lot to be done as to getting the header and the content in place.

Stay tuned, this is going to be big!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

2014 SHOT Show Wrap Up


I finally  arrived home late yesterday afternoon from Las Vegas. The shuttle ride to the airport, the flight to Seattle, and the shuttle ride from Seattle's  airport to Whidbey Island all seemed long, tiring, and best of all, uneventful! It had been a long several days at the SHOT  show,  but it was well worth the trip.  I made some new business contacts, renewed contact with companies that I have dealt with in the past, got a chance to see some new and interesting devices ( not all of which were firearms),  met and visited with some old friends, and met a number of new people too!

 what is the likelihood, you think, of ever seeing me wearing an Olympic medal, let alone a whole bunch of them?  You would think the probability would be somewhere in the negative number region!  However, the radio talk show host Lars Larssen,  was broadcasting his radio show from the SHOT  show  one afternoon, and is broadcast booth, rather than being on the main show floor, was down at the end of a long hallway where most people did not even know that the radio show was going on.  I saw a few people down at the end of the hallway, and being curious, decided to walk down there and see what was going on.  To my surprise,  Lars  was interviewing Gov. Rick Perry  from Texas live!  I did not get a chance to talk to Gov. Perry but listening to the interview was very interesting.  I could not help but to think that I wish there was some way to clone Gov. Perry and bring him to Washington state and let him run the state too!

 The next person for Lars to interview after Gov. Perry was Kim Rhode,  the incredibly talented shotgun shooter.  Kim  has been on the Olympic team several times and has managed to bring home a bunch of Olympic medals. After  the interview was over,  I got a chance to talk to Kim myself.  Kim has been shooting and hunting all of her life, and actually got her start with a shotgun hunting ducks.  I suspect the ducks never had a chance!  After speaking with Kim for a bit, I asked if I could have my picture taken with her, and she said sure, and then hung her Olympic medal medals around my neck for the picture! WOW,  What an honor!  I met a lot of really nice people at the shot show,  but Kim must be one of the nicest of all!

Kim Rhode and I. (WOW)
since I was attending the SHOT Show  as media as well as a member of NSSF,  I had access to the press room. All of the posts that I sent out from the show were done in the press room using the Wi-Fi that they had set up for us there.  A big thanks goes to NISSAN for sponsoring the press room.  I have never paid a lot of attention to Nissan in the past, but their new TITAN series of pickup trucks powered by Cummins diesels and built here in the United States certainly do look nice!


Peter Hoffmann of Caliber Magazine and I in the Press Room.
while I was sitting in the press room drinking a cup of coffee  I struck up a conversation with Peter Hoffmann  of Caliber magazine in Germany.  I was familiar with Caliber magazine from my trips to Holland for the European steel championships.  This picture of Peter and I  is especially cool sense I was able to get the incredibly talented photographer Yamil Sued to take the picture for me. Yamil  Is a fantastic photographer,  specializing in firearms and shooting sports competitions,  and product photography too.  I first met Yamil  quite a few years ago  at the steel world championships  in Piru,  California.  We had a good laugh  when I handed my camera (a basic KODAK)  to Yamil  and ask him with a straight face if he knew how to run a digital camera!  Anyhow,  Peter and I had an enjoyable conversation, and he and I both enjoy picking up older automobiles and fixing them up a bit. Peter and I plan to keep in touch, and maybe, even, we may meet up at the European steel championships in Holland this year.

That pretty much wraps up the SHOT  show coverage for this year, but if I find any other pictures or think of anything interesting I will try to get a post up about it. 




Friday, January 17, 2014

it is 1:30 in the afternoon on the last day of the shot show and it looks like everyone is just about worn out. They say that there is over 12 miles of aisle ways  to travel if you want to see every bit of the show. That assumes, of course, that you never get lost backtrack or go in circles while exploring. For me, I guess, that makes it closer to 25 miles! 

In addition to all of the new products gadgets and gizmos here at the show I also enjoy meeting and visiting with many of the shooters that I only see once or twice a year.  In some ways, the shot show is like a giant extended family reunion.

At one of the booths I ran into Jerry Miculek  and his daughter Lena. it has been fun over the last few years to watch Lena grow up and turned into a world class shooter.

Jerry Miculek, Lena Miculek, and Mr. C.
Maybe if I stand very close to Jerry Ann Lena may be some of the skill will rub off!

For those of you wanting to know what the new Glock 42 looks like, here's a picture of it.



Although I did not get a chance to handle it much, I did pick it up and play with it a little, and it feels quite natural in your hand.  I dry fired to get a couple of times and the trigger is not bad at all.

 I have a bunch more photos and other info but they will be closing the press room in just over an hour from now, so I am going to pack everything up and head down to the show for the last hour or so before they closed the show for the year.

 I got my picture taken with Kim Rhodes, the Olympic champion,  and all of her medals from the Olympics! it has been  a lot of work, but a lot of fun too, here at the show, but I think my feet are definitely going to appreciate me heading home and getting off of them!

 Signing off for now from the shot show, and the next post will probably be originating from Castle Completely.



Thursday, January 16, 2014

SHOT Show - Day 3

it's early afternoon and I am back in the press room at the SHOT show with another large cup of coffee. I've spent most of the morning traveling from booth to booth looking at lots of new goodies and cool things that I can't afford! I stopped by the High Standard pistol booth and talk to them about becoming a dealer. Since I have been using high standard pistols for years in rimfire competition with good results I have no hesitation recommending them to others and if I can be a dealer that can get them a new high standard at a good price that's even better. Most of the booths are very busy but I consider it at the very least good manners to stop by and say hi to all of the companies that are sponsors of the gun blogger rendezvous.

As you may have noticed, often times words that should be capitalized are not. I am dictating this post using Dragon naturally speaking software and a microphone/ headset. Dragon is supposed to be able to know when I have started a sentence and capitalize the first word or, the first letter of the first word, to be more precise. It seems that sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn't. With the little tiny keyboard on my netbook editing things with the keyboard often end up making it just worse! I apologize for the inconsistent capitalization, but that's the way it goes!

I still have seen only a large portion of the show but certainly not all of it by a long ways. I am going to pack up the computer for now, and head back out onto the show floor to see what else interesting I can come across. If I see anything really cool and I can get the crowds away long enough to get a picture I'll try to get something up on the blog you all to enjoy. Whether that will be today or in the morning I don't know but we will just have to see what happens..........


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