Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rendezvous Recap

I think I've finally sorted out some of the template issues that were giving me trouble on blogger, so while everything is still functional here is a quick recap from this year's GBR. We didn't have quite as many attendees as last year but it was still a great bunch and between registration and raffle fees we managed to raise $4000 for HAVA! Here's a look at some of the raffle goodies.

  This was thanks to our sponsors who I have blatantly copied from Kevin's Post.

  • Ken Jorgensen of Ruger - for the Mk III Hunter
  • MKS Supply for their nine years of support and the .45 Carbine they donated this year, plus shirts and hats.
  • Osage County Guns and Kevin Creighton for the Sig 1911-22 they donated.  This was their first year.
  • Lori Yunker of Burris Optics for the AR-F³ sight they donated.
  • Allen Forkner of Swanson Russell and Redfield for the Battlezone 6-18x44mm scope they donated.
  • Eric Harvey of Dillon Precision for providing one of their "Ammo-shift" bags.
  • Larry Weeks of Brownell's for providing once again one of their top-of-the-line range bags and five tactical flashlights.  Brownell's, too, has been a sponsor from year one.
  • Crimson Trace for a pair of laser sights for Glock pistols.
  • Cabela's for the donation of a rod-n-reel, shirts and hats.
  • Tom Tayor of Mossberg for the donation of T-shirts, tactical pens and a very nice Schrade lockback knife.
  • Bear Bullets for the donation of a tub-o'-.22 ammo. (A Remington Bucket O' Bullets - 1400 rounds worth!)
  • WGM Tactical Precision for the donation of a stripped AR lower (which I guess qualifies as the FIFTH firearm given away), and a lifetime membership to Front Sight
  • Front Sight itself for a certificate good for a four-day training course, or two two-day classes.
  • Special Interest Arms for the donation of scope mounts for a No. 1 Mk III and a No. 4 Enfield

  • I also want to thank the folks at U.S. Firearms Academy for graciously acting as our shipping receiver, the fine folks at the Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility for the reserved range space on Friday and the Western Nevada Pistol League for use of their shooting bays and steel on Saturday, and finally the folks at MiScenarios for the interactive digital range time on Sunday. That was worth hanging around for, and the better part of a dozen of us showed up to try it.Once again, thanks to the National Shooting Sports Foundation for their sponsorship (they bought our pizza Saturday night).

    As for the raffle itself.  Liz and family cleaned up this year taking home the Ruger, the Sig, and the Winchester.  And in an unprecedented event, Kevin took home a gun too becoming the owner of a Hi Point Carbine.  

    There's plenty more to share from this year, including some rapid firing and quiet goodness from Special Interest Arms and Silent carbine.

    I'll load up more pictures later this week, but for now I'll leave you with this.

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

    Book of Barkley

    If you've found your way to this blog, you've probably seen this already, but in case you haven't...

    The Book of Barkley is out and available in both digital and physical forms.

    Back in February Partner in Grime and I lost a dear friend.  I had not expected him to become a part of my life but I'm grateful for the time that I had with him, however short.  Partner took the loss quite hard, but this book provided her with an outlet and I'm very glad to see it go to press so that others can see it too.

    It's far more eloquent writing than you'll ever see here, so go take a look!

    Wednesday, July 02, 2014

    The results are in!

    I have to admit I really had fun with this one, and from the looks of it I would say some shooters really had a good time as well.

    We had a nice range of scores but it did prove to be difficult to break 70 (which was at least partly by design) and we had a couple of people go for extra points with unusual firearms.

    Class 1:
    Name Firearm Score
    Billl Ruger Mk I 73
    T McAllister Ruger Mk II 73
    Kim Ruger Single 10 65
    Pat B S&W 617 63
    Bill K Ruger 22/45 62
    RB Ruger 22/45 60
    Merle Ruger Single 6  57
    Mac Remington Target Master 48
    Chester Marlin 39 century 49
    GROG S&W 22a 39

    We had a tie for first on this one and some pretty high scores.  It did become pretty apparent though that using a .22 was a pretty risky proposition unless you were always aiming dead center.   Several rounds slipped between the teeth!

    Class 2:
    Merle Enfield No 2 67
    Mike B S&W M&P 63
    Pat B Detective Spl  61
    Bill K Glock 17 61
    Chester XDM 36

    Merle takes first in this class.  His target was a actually a 42 but he gets a hefty bonus for shooting with his break top Enfield No 2 and sending in a pic.  

    Also kudos to Bill K who shot the target with his every day carry Glock 17.  It's always good to see someone shooting targets with a regular carry piece.

    Class 3:
    Mr B Ruger 10-22 70
    RB Ruger 10-22 67
    Mr. B Browning Buckmark 65
    True Blue Sam Ruger Mk III 55
    Marty F 56
    Billl Marlin ? 54
    Paula Savage 64 54
    Pattie Ann Ruger Mk III 53
    Merle TC Contender 47
    Mrs TBS Ruger Mk III 37
    Mr. B takes top  honors in this class.  Again, plenty of .22s slipped through the teeth here!

    Class 4:

    Billl Hi Point 77
    Merle TC Contender 44

    Only two entries in this class but Bill comes in with the top scoring target (sans bonus points) and he does it with a HiPoint 4095 carbine.  Bill, Slap some gears on it and you would have won the whole darn shooting match.

    However that title goes to Nancy  from Excels at Nothing who shot a target an open class target with a reproduction Brown Bess.

    I think she scored about a 70 on the target itself but it's hard to tell because after firing a .765" ball at it 10 times there's not much target left!  Anyhow using a smoothbore musket earns her a substantial number of points and puts her at top dog in this month's match.

    I hope everyone enjoyed shooting this month's e-postal.  Now go over to Bill's Idle Mind and check out July's match and the devilish target he's come up with.

    Tuesday, July 01, 2014


    Scores will be available tomorrow.  Meanwhile, enjoy this blatantly stolen graphic.

    Lifted from:

    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Get your targets in!

    Don't forget to shoot your e-postal targets this weekend and send them in by June 30.

    There have been several entries already and a couple of people have gone for extra points using unusual firearms.  I might actually have to get out my Xanthinum series Hypersonic Vetterli conversion.  

    You know it's getting serious when someone is willing to dip into their cache of rimfire .41 Xanthinum rounds!

    Friday, May 23, 2014

    June E-Postal

    Greetings folks!  
    If you’ve been shooting any e-postals this year you can probably guess I’ve not taken much time to go to the range.  Consequently I was at a bit of a loss for what use as a target.  I’ve experimented with several ideas and finally said “Just put some gears on it and call it Steampunk.”  

    Well, that’s what this is, but it’s not quite as straightforward as just shooting at the gears.  The points (also marked on the target) stack up like this.  You get 10 points for hitting a key, 9 points for hitting a shaft, 7 points for hitting a tooth, and 3 points for hitting anywhere else on the gear.  
    You get 10 shots at 10 yards (standing unsupported) which you can aim anywhere you please.  However, if any of you are thinking about skipping that troublesome partial gear on the left, I’ll throw in an extra 10 bonus points on any target where you score points on ALL FOUR GEARS.  Each shot scores only once so this gives a (highly unlikely) perfect score of 110 points.  
    Target size: 8.5x11”
    Range:  10 yards (or as close as possible at your range)
    Number of shots: 10
    Position: Standing unsupported
    Time limit: None
    Scoring: Each shot counts once as the highest zone touched.  10 bonus points for scoring on all 4 gears.
    1 – Iron sight rimfire
    2 – Iron sight centerfire
    3 – Optical sight rimfire
    4 – Optical sight centerfire
    5 – Open class:  Anything else.  If is unusual then shoot a target and send it in.  Send a picture too…if you and your gun look “steampunk enough” you will get extra points out of it!
    Email scans or photos of your targets to my email address (right side near the top) by the end of June.