Gun Blogger Rendezvous: NRA Breakfast and Range Time

My alarm went off at 7:00 a.m., later than it goes off on a workday Friday, but still entirely too early. Meeting new people and traipsing all over Cabela’s before ditching dinner and conversation for college courses apparently can make one very sleepy! But, as we all repeated to ourselves over the course of the rendezvous, in the words of Mr. Completely, “if you’re not exhausted by the end of Gun Blogger Rendezvous, you’re not doing it right.”

After the pep talk, I got out of bed and got ready. The agenda for today says:

Friday, September 10th.

  • 8:30 a.m. NRA Sponsored Breakfast and Rachel Parsons  in the “Silver Baron B” Hospitality room of the Silver Legacy.
  • 9:30 a.m. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Regional Shooting Facility for rifle and pistol target shooting out to 900 yards.
  • 10:15 a.m – 2 p.m. At the range.
  • 3 p.m. – Major Announcement at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room.
  • 3 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Show-N-Tell at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room.
  • 6 p.m. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to go to the ground floor to Gecko’s BBQ Restaurant for dinner.
  • Friday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.

What a full day! At least we’ll start it out right with a hardy breakfast courtesy of the NRA. Too bad there wasn’t any NRA at the NRA breakfast! Poor Rachel became so ill she had to go to the emergency room and so wasn’t able to attend the delicious breakfast that she and the NRA provided to us. And thank goodness for this breakfast because after it, we drove up to the range and stayed there all through lunch!

It was worth forgoing food, though. Shooting always is, but this was an exceptional shooting experience because it involved shooting enthusiasts from all over the United States and their toys. As a new shooter, and one on a tight budget, I’ve only shot a handful of handguns and rifles. I was like a kid in a candy store at the range.

First, I started out with The Packing Rat‘s delicious collection of toys. In his sexy range bag, with seemingly unlimited pockets, which he won at last year’s Gun Blogger Rendezvous, he held a seemingly unlimited number of handguns. But I didn’t shoot any of those. Instead, I shot two of the three long guns that decorated his shooting bench. He asked me which would I like to shoot first. I said I wasn’t sure and asked the guys around me for advice. The Smallest Minority asked if I was recoil sensitive. I didn’t know if I was or not. I had shot GB’sMosin-Nagant M-44 Carabine rifle and my Mosin-Nagant 91/30 sucessfully, so he suggested I go ahead and try The Packing Rat‘s M1A. Boy am I glad I did. That thing was fun to shoot. It did kick more than my 91/30, but it was more comfortable to hold onto, so it all balanced out.

The second of The Packing Rat‘s firearms I man-handled was an AR. It was fun and easy to shoot and was very light. I understand why many people take them to Appleseeds.

Also at our range escapades, I shot a firearm chambered in .45 for the first time and a revolver for the first time as well, thanks to  The Smallest Minority and to D.W. Shooting the revolver was nice, but my short little fingers couldn’t reach the trigger when firing it double-action, so I had to cock the hammer between each shot to use the revolver single-action instead. It was very comfortable and fun to shoot. This experience has me pondering the possibility of getting qualified to conceal carry a revolver and now that I know that larger caliber handguns can be shot comfortably, my options are wider open than they ever have been before.

I used two pistols with red-dot type sights on them. First, I shot Joe’s Crabby Shack’s .22 target pistol. It had a Leupold sighting system on it which projected a small, red triangle on a glass lens, letting you see on the target exactly where you were going to hit. I had fun shooting it, but I didn’t see the red triangle like I was supposed to. Then, I shot Keewee’s Hi Standard highly customized target pistol equipped with C-More sights. Now that was awesome. I could see the little dot and I knew exactly where each shot was going. I shot the tightest group I have ever shot. Thanks little sights. Now I’m craving you.

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