D.A.B. IV — Let’s Get Serious

It has been way too long since I’ve done any shooting and even longer since I’ve hung around with you folks. So let’s get busy planning now that the holidays are out of the way.

We need

a.)  To establish a date; far enough out to allow planning but not far enough so we forget or get too busy. Given there are few convenient 3 day weekends (at least in the business world) until Memorial day; we have a wide open calendar. I know of at least one preference for shooting on Sunday. That would give everyone time to travel on Saturday and possible a pre-shoot dinner on Saturday night.

And I won’t even subject everyone to the spectacle that is Campo Verde at Christmas time.


b.) To select a venue. My club is open to another shoot— we didn’t alienate anyone the last time we were out there but it is limited as to the types of toys that can be used on the ranges. I’m very open to other locations.


So what say you folks?

And please feel free to advertise this on your own blogs; the more people the merrier.



Planning for Blogshoot

Well, I was hoping someone else would step up and volunteer to lead the cat wrangling and roping er planning for Dallas Area Blogshoot IV. But I haven’t had my door broken down with folks wanting to help out.


So let’s talk dates and locations. Short notice it might be possible to do it on November 22nd or 23rd but not at the club. The pavilion is booked that weekend. We could have it there but not use the main meeting hall. There is more availability at the club in December but the pavilion is reserved on the 7th.

By the way, Thanksgiving is Nov. 27th and Christmas is the 25th (as always ) and falls on a Thursday.


So where and when could we get together to turn large amounts of money into noise and smoke?



Throwing It Out There — Blog Shoot?

I know I’ve been relatively absent from the blog for a long while. I hope to explain soon but until things shake down a little more I want to stay a quite about personal issues that have had me distracted.


That being said; isn’t it about time we started working on another Dallas Area Blog Shoot?

I realize the name is something of a misnomer; we have had people from all over Texas and beyond join us and we loved that. Bloggers, readers, commenters, friends, family are all welcome to come.

So what do you folks think?

D.A.B. III Longer Recap

Sorry for the brief posts but I have simply been wiped out this weekend.

I wish I would have taken pictures but when I’m behind a camera I feel too much of an observer and I definitely wanted to be a participant in the activities. So, I’m stealing some and will ask others to send me the ones they took. KX59 has some up at his blog along with his recap.

So the day before the blog shoot I loaded up the ammo, some targets and other items. Bright and early (way too early) I got up and finished loading the car with the firearms. Between the ammo and the firearm cases; the back of the Jimmy was full. I got out to the range at 8:00 and soon after that Nick the Blogless showed up. Followed soon afterwards by others.

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I want to thank some folks who made this day possible. First and foremost my lovely bride, She Who Lets Me Make Her Coffee Every Morning. Not only did she cover all the action in the pavilion, she didn’t complain when I spent money on ammo and way too many hamburgers. She actually had the idea of throwing me a bash like this before she found out I was already making plans. After that she actively supported the idea and helped make the day a great success.
I also need to thank the rest of my family who showed up and helped out, came out to shoot or brought food. Too many to name without leaving someone out so I’ll thank everyone for all you did.
And the club had several people who came out to help; Bill (a long time friend), Paul (blog reader, friend and club member), Byron (talk about crazy, the man is Club President this year), Gary (couldn’t shoot much since he messed up and scheduled himself as Range Officer), Matt, and especially Frank. Frank was there bright and early so he could set up the rim-fire steel targets that got a lot of use ! Thanks folks for everything.

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People kept coming to the shoot all through the day; that was one of the better things about the shoot and one of the biggest problems. The late arrivals didn’t get to shoot long enough and it kept me hopping to greet everyone. The good thing was people showed up even if they couldn’t be there the whole day.
Would like to know what every one thought of the ‘come and go’ style of D.A.B. III.

I was having a blast and even shooting a little bit in between talking to folks and helping new shooters. The two young ladies in the picture below took their first shots ever at the Blog Shoot. Another young lady also shot for the first time using the Browning Buckmark; you know who you are and I want a picture of your target to post here. You did great !

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The young gentleman was kind enough to share his Cricket rifle with many others that day. Thanks Little Man!

We had several ranges to spread out and everyone took advantage of that; we had people shooting on the 100 yard range*, the 50 yard range, the 25 yard rimfire only range, the 25 yard cowboy action (where the steel plates were) and the 25 yard range.

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We had a large family turn out; John and his son, KX59 and his 2 kids and many others. That was one of the aspects I really wanted to see succeed. So do you think the family/age aspect overcame the limitations of the range rules?

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We also had a terrific lunch with an absolute incredible amount of food. I was worried we wouldn’t have enough but it turns out between everyone’s generosity and people not being able to make it; we had too much. Thanks Cormac for helping get everything to the house!
I thought the idea of a late lunch would work out like it did; lots of people shot for several hours, enjoy a brief respite of sitting down eating and then would either shot more or head out.

There was more than enough food for everyone to graze through out the day. I haven’t heard a single report of anyone going away hungry. Thirsty, tired, sore (some people need to learn to love recoil, right KX?) and sunburnt but not hungry**.

About 3 o’clock everyone seemed to run out of steam or had to head back home. Some folks had a ways to drive or get back to sick folks. We missed quite a few people due to illness this weekend. Please know your absence was felt; several of the original crew couldn’t make it. We tried to carry on the tradition though.

I finally drove though the gate on the way out about 5 p.m. or so. Made it home and had help unloading; many hands made it quicker then loading. Didn’t really want the day to end so a couple of us sat around talking and arguing philosophy until 2 in the morning.

What an incredible way to celebrate my 50th Birthday and to keep the tradition of friendship and fellowship alive. I don’t know about you but I think Dallas Area Blogshoot III was a success.

Please join the discussion.


*  — The 50 yard range will be closed for 2 to 3 weeks for the demolish and reconstruction of the new 100 yard range. Construction starts today; the board was kind enough to keep it open through the weekend for some reason.


** – Not only did both Range Officers report no issues with rules violations, nobody has report any injuries. Amazing how many people can get together and safely use firearms, isn’t it?


Dallas Area Blogshoot III Mini-Recap

What an incredible day; I hope that everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. We had a good turn out but many folks didn’t make it though a combination of illness and family emergencies. I pray that everyone recovers quickly.

Those that showed up included; plus many of my friends and family.

Paul K and guest

The Redneck Engineer and Joanna

Nick the Blogless


Daddy Hawk from Preacher’s and Horse Thieves and Daddy Hawk’s Toybox

KX59 with 2 Kids in Tow

John Dickson and Son

OrbitUp from Subject To Change

Several of the crew that The Redneck Engineer expected decided to attend/participate in a fundraiser for the folks of West, Texas; you were missed but thanks for your efforts to help them.

We showed up, we shot — not as much as we would have liked — but plenty of rounds went down range through a large variety of firearms. We ate a ton of food and I still brought home a ton of food. Thanks to everyone who brought some.

I was blessed with the company of a great many friends and family yesterday to help me celebrate. Yes, I can confirm that not only did I meet KX59 but it was my 50th Birthday party. Today is my actual birthday but I thought spending a day shooting, eating and talking with friends and family was a great way to celebrate; I was right 🙂
It was a fantastic day.

I was having such a good time, I neglected to take any pictures of the event. So if anyone has some and would share, please let me know.

I hope that people enjoyed the location and the schedule; we had a late lunch after several hours of shooting. I want to thank the folks at the club who came out to celebrate and help out. And I want to thank everyone who were there; it made it a very special day.

Herding Cats, Easy Money

Getting friends, family, bloggers, readers together for a blog shoot; not so much.If I thought I had a chance, I would demand more money for the job.

{{ This is just for me, a chance to kvetch, so no one else read this. If you are one of the people I invited through Facebook and asked you to send an EMAIL ADDRESS to me and let me know how many people are going to be attending; DON’T JUST LIKE THE FRAKKIN’ POST, actually send me an email address!!!!!!}}

Okay folks, getting down to the wire and I hope that I’ve gotten in touch with everyone. Still waiting to hear back from a few folks about attendance so please contact me as soon as possible.

Would anyone be willing to step up and bring the following:

A. Paper plates for about 80
B. one or more of the fixings for hamburgers; lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles
C. Ketchup, Mayo, Mustard

If you haven’t received an email from me with the address of the blogshoot, please let me know (3boxesofbs_AT_gmail_Dot_Com) and I’ll make sure you have it.



D.A.B III — One Week Away

Okay folks…I’ve heard from quite a few of you but still need to touch base with a few more. If you have not received an email with the club location, definitely let me know.

Also please let me know the final count as much as possible. I need to purchase the hamburgers, hotdogs and buns soon