Been A Good Couple of Days

On Saturday, the gun club held an event that is sure to become an annual activity — Ladies Day At The Range. It was a great day; a little over cast but that kept down the heat. A little humid but there was a breeze at least. And the turn out was great. By the time we took a break for lunch, we had some folks who had to leave…..but we still had a crowd.


Lunch cooked by the gentlemen of the club; ladies were too busy teaching and shooting(click to enlarge all images – opens in new window)

We started the day with 80 ladies signed in for the experience. We offered 45 minute sessions for Introduction to Handguns, .22lr Pistols, Cowboy Action shooting, Air Rifles, .22lr Rifles, Archery and Trap.

I didn’t get any shots of the .22 pistol session but most of the group were hitting 8″ steel plates at 20 yards consistently.

Ladies Day Cowboy Action-1

The Cowboy Action session proved to a big hit with everyone. Some went into it hesitant, unsure they would be able to handle the rifle and pistol (.38 special) and especially the shotgun. This proved to be a non-issue, everyone was able to handle the Joe Biden approved method of home defense.

Ladies Day - Biden Approved

Air Rifles proved to be a draw — but for a different reason; they were much harder to master. The Club sponsors an Air Rifle field match so we set up the targets and it was challenging for the ladies to get hits — on the targets that were 30 meters out !
Ladies Day Air Rifle

Trap was another interesting event; the wind had started picking up by the end of the day for us. Still some of of the folks were managing to go 6 for 15 on the day.

Ladies day Trap


— and yes some of the ladies did wear pink out for the day. It really made me laugh to see it but the majority of the ladies weren’t.

Ladies Day - Pink Apparel


Sunday my best friend arrived from Tennessee, he’ll be here a while looking for a house and a job. I’m glad he’s moving back to Texas.
Monday I spent some time at the range with my daughter; didn’t get any pictures of that but we spent 2 hours turning money into smoke and noise.

And on Monday I got some good news that I’ll share soon.


Hope your days have been as good.

Wish I Could Take A Day Off…

…just to recover from the weekend. Its been a while since I’ve had a weekend this good. Tiring but good.

Saturday was another wedding; this time my” niece” Samantha and her new hubby Jason. Great ceremony and good times but made for another long day.

Then up on Sunday for church and –prepare yourselves — a few hours of actual shooting goodness !

Yes, your humble scribe remembered that he can actually use the range for target practice. My buddy Cliff was in town for Sam’s wedding and we spent about 3 hours running a pistols and our .22 rifles through their paces. Good news is both of us can still shoot even though some rust shows on the skills.

I would have taken pictures, prepared reviews (shot his Ruger 10/22 for example) but was having too much fun just shooting. Maybe next time.

In the mean times, here is a pic of the bride and groom.


Hope your weekend was as fun as mine.

Technical Difficulties, Real Life Priorities


Not sure what is going on with the blog right now; I at least keep getting database communication errors.

I’ll try to get some help resolving the issue (probably related to the web hosting service I use) soon.
Just not sure when “soon” will be — I’m working crazy hours still and my niece is getting married tomorrow. Have a house full of guests for the wedding and club board meeting was last night.

For Some reason, I’m feeling a little stretched.


But speaking of marriage; did I share a picture of my daughter and son in law?



R.I.P. George D.

One of the 4 Horsemen from high school; if one didn’t think of a way to get into trouble, the other 3 were there to help out.

George passed away this weekend of a heart attack from what I found out this morning.  He was two years younger that I am.


Belated Wishes

Sunday we celebrated Brad’s birthday; days after he actually turned 50. Wished I had seen this before the weekend, I would have gotten him a cake.



Brad is one my friends that go way back. We were friends in high school and have kept in touch all these years. Happy Birthday Brad — incredible that any of us survived this long.


Would have a full range report (what doesn’t everyone celebrate birthdays at the range?) but I didn’t take my camera nor did I really stop having fun to make notes. There were 12 of us out at the club, we shot for about 4.5 hours with a wide variety of firearms. Most of the arsenal came from myself and Bradley, Brad’s son, who set up the party. After tiring ourselves out turning lots of money into smoke and noise; we hit Springcreek BBQ for dinner. YUM!



Dust Alert

Pretty good when a commercial can make the room dusty….has to be dust right.



H/T to Gunslinger’s Journal

Prayers (and Job leads ) Needed

We got some news today, news that no one ever wants to hear. RabidAlien along with his co-workers are looking to be laid off from there job. I think my heart stopped when RabidAlien told me.

Been there, several times in the past. So if anyone knows of a job lead, drop a note to Serenity or RabidAlien.

I think they have the right focus; Trust in the Lord.
Not always easy to do but He Delivers.
In the summer of 2003, just months after marrying and gaining a family, I was informed our plant was to be closed. I was fortunate to be offered a position with the company as long as I wanted — doing corporate projects, assisting other plants, etc. While that tided me over well past the official plant closing, I knew it was a dead end job.

When I first heard the news, I prayed. I prayed that I would find a new job before the end of the year. Then I started trying to find a job; the Lord provides but expects us to do our part.

Months went by. Still employed but doing lots of traveling. I got a call and interviewed just before Thanksgiving with “The Kids Division of a Big Name Retailer”. On December 1st, they offered me a position. I really wanted to take a little break, just unwind a bit after traveling 50 to 75% of the time for months.
So I told them I needed to give 2 weeks notice; truthfully knew I could wrap up sooner but figured that would put it mid month just before the holidays. I was hoping that they would say start after New Years. Of course, God remembered every word of my prayers even if I didn’t.

They asked me to start on Dec. 15th. I did.

Jeremiah 29:11-12

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you


Hang in there RabidAlien and Serenity; He has plans for you two I’m sure.