A Big Thank You!
When I finally got home from the Rendezvous I was both swamped with work, and totally exhausted from all the fun at the Rendezvous. I wanted to put together a list of all the great sponsors who contributed to the success of the event. I still haven't got the list put together, but Kevin (bless you!) has done the list already, so I "borrowed" it from his blog, The Smallest Minority.
All of us that had such a great time at this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous owe a huge "Thank You!" to all of these great folks who made it all possible!
Bill Brassard Jr., Director of Communications for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The NSSF provided the pizza dinner Saturday night, and Bill is the gateway through which bloggers can get media credentials to attend the annual SHOT show in Las Vegas.
Rachel Parsons of the NRA, who provided a very nice breakfast for us Friday morning before we headed off to the range, but was unable to make it herself due to illness.
Randi Rogers AKA "Holy Terror" of Glock, who provided a certificate for any standard Glock handgun.
Charles Brown of Hi-Point Firearms and MKS Supply, who provided a certificate for a 9mm Carbine.
Kerby Smith of Para USA who provided a 35% discount coupon for any new Para pistol
Lori Petoske of Ruger Firearms who provided very nice briefcase-style range bags for all of the bloggers, plus cups, hats and other swag.
Larry Weeks of Brownell's, who unfortunately couldn't be with us as this year he was a range officer at the USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals being held in Las Vegas. Brownell's provided AR-15 mags (I scored two), one of their top-of-the-line range bags, and other great stuff.
Colin Anthony of MidwayUSA, who provided shirts, a stack of excellent pistol range bags and other stuff, plus a discount code for blog readers (and another one to come!)
Patrick Harlan of Crimson Trace, who provided a certificate for any in-stock Lasergrip, and some very nice pistol rugs and other swag.
Leupold, who through Allen Forkner of Swanson*Russell, provided a damned nice VX3 scope.
Springfield Armory donated a stack of hats, and ball point pens and shopping bags.
Dr. Ignatio Piazza of Front Sight Institute provided a certificate for a $2,000 four day training session at Front Sight.
Jamie Klund and Gary Shank of Cabela's who hosted a tour of their 125,000 square-foot Reno store, and let us fondle the rare firearms in their Gun Room, (including a $30k Single-Action Army!) Cabela's also gave us some discount coupons that most of us made immediate use of.
The Cowboy Fastdraw Association, who put on a match for Rendezvous attendees Sunday at absolutely no cost to us. It was, to coin a phrase, a blast. Special thanks to "Quick Cal" Eilrich and the Sage Hills Reno Rustlers Cowboy Fast Draw club who ran the match.
The Palomino Valley Gun Club who run a fine range, and the Western Nevada Pistol League who let us shoot their steel on Saturday.
Richard Brengman of Special Interest Arms, who brought some of his stuff to Friday's Show-'n-Tell for us to look at and handle. Richard lives an hour or so away in Gardnerville, NV, and said he thought some other local manufacturers might be interested in attending next year.
The Gun Blogger Rendezvous was honored to have Jeff Bader, co-founder of Soldiers' Angels attend this fund raiser.
Caleb of Gun Nuts Media provided a personally autographed NRA hat!
Kevin of the Smallest Minority for donating some very nice (and expensive) scope rings.
Derek of The Packing Rat, who donated an Air Venturi Bronco break-barrel air rifle. Derek is also the unofficial photographer for the Rendezvous.
And the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino who treated us well all weekend.
And Thanks also to all the attendees who helped us raise money for Project Valour-IT.