Friday, September 28, 2012

Abbotsford BC Steel - July 2012

The last weekend in July KeeWee and I went north across the border to Abbotsford, BC, for two days of Steel Challenge shooting. They ran two full eight stage matches, one on Saturday, and one on Sunday. I shot both Rimfire Optic and Centerfire Open classes, so I got in 32 stages of steel! I also went through a lot of ammo, but if you don't use it up it will spoil!

This video was photographed and edited by Eric Tong, a Canadian shooter, both with a camera and with a pistol. Eric is a pro photographer, and here's his website. Nice job, Eric!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Partial List of Rendezvous posts

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!

We had a ball!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

West Coast Steel Championships Video

I think I've figured out part of why I haven't been blogging much lately. For a lot of bloggers it's a struggle to figure out what to write about. Not for me! My problem is that I've been so busy this year DOING stuff that I just haven't had the time or energy to write about it!

Anyhow, earlier this year KeeWee and I went South to Piru, California for the West coast Steel Championships. It was a great match, well run, huge prize table given out by random drawing, and more. It was unusually hot for that time of year, so it was kinda miserable at times, but we survived, and brought home a couple of wins in the process.

Molly Smith was working for American Trigger sports Network covering the match, and here's the video they put together.

Molly did a great job, particularly considering she was not only doing the interviews, she was also shooting the match!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Back Home From GBR-VII

It was 1 am. Tuesday morning  when KeeWee and I finally arrived back home at Castle Completely. Totally exhausted, having been in Reno for the previous six days coordinating the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. The Rendezvous was easily the best ever, with a number of new folks there for their first GBR, and lots of the regulars there too.

The Rendezvous was officially over on Sunday, but on Monday I met with 'Jasper Agate' the head of the Roop County Cowboy Shooters and his wife over lunch to discuss, among other things, some possibilities for next year's Rendezvous. We came up with some great ideas, and believe it or not, I can hardly wait until next year already!

Hope YOU can be there next year!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Rendezvous - 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. 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

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!!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Mr. C. Hits a Front Page!

If I had my druthers, I really much prefer to be somewhere in the background, rather than in the spotlight. However, I also realize that with all of the negative news regarding guns these days, any opportunity to show guns, shooting, and shooting sports in a positive way is a positive event for all of us who enjoy shooting.

Mr. C. getting a sight picture prior to throwing some rimfire lead at steel.  Photo credit: Justin Burnett/South Whidbey Record.

Justin Burnett, reporter for the South Whidbey Record, our local paper, did an interview of me, and took a few pictures. After a short demonstration and some safety discussion, Justin had a go at the steel with my Open Division S&W 22A. I was a bit surprised to see just how much natural skills he had. He really shot the 22A well. With a little practice he could be a very good steel shooter! Nice job, Justin!

Here's the link to the full story. If the link doesn't work, you can cut and paste the URL below into your web browser.

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