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?