Guest Post: “How I Saved The City Of Reno From A Fire”

Below is a guest blog written by Randy Andrews of It describes a fun afternoon of shooting, which turned into a nightmare really quickly as stray sparks threatened to burn down the town. Chime in and tell us what you think about shooting at Tannerite, safety, etc. We’d like to hear your experiences and advice.


At church a few Sundays ago, another member asked me if I wanted to go shooting with him that afternoon. He said we could mix up some Tannerite bombs (big explosion, no fire) and take them out somewhere on the outskirts of town and blow them up by shooting at them. Sounded awesome to me. So my wife and I went through the church day, came home, ate lunch and called our church friend.

We drove out to his house, where he showed us how to mix the Tannerite.



Once we were done mixing it, we headed out in his truck to the outskirts of town. We found a nice little spot to shoot just down the road a ways from some other folks who were also shooting.


We put the bottles up at range and got out the guns.


Then our friend shot the first bottle of tannerite. He was a good shot. Then I borrowed his rifle and tried to use it myself.


After 5 shots I gave up. The scope he had on that thing was just not working for me. I was about to switch over to using my Garand (iron sights FTW!) when our friend said he was going to take another shot. He did, the Tannerite went boom, and sparks flew EVERYWHERE!

Something caused an actual explosion. Our friend was hit in the chest by flying debris. The sparks set 4 bushes on fire. Reno has had a very dry winter, and if those bushes didn’t get put out fast there would be no telling how quickly the fire would spread, and how much of Reno it would take with it. Our friend started working on stomping out the bush that was the furtherest away. I went to the next closest one, and my wife started in on the one near the truck.

We each individually managed to put out our own bush. Then I saw a fire start off to my right. I yelled “Hey there’s another one!” and ran over to it. In the about 15-30 seconds it took me to get over to that bush it went from a small fire to the whole bush was burning. This bush was probably in between 3 and 4 feet tall when it started burning.

I tried to stomp it out and got it a little bit put out on one side, but it was quickly becoming clear I wasn’t going to be able to put this out by myself. I also inhaled quite a bit of smoke while I was trying to put it out. Luckily the people down the way from us saw what was happening and came over to help. My wife and our friend also managed to make it over to the bush. Finally we got it put out. There were some people who drove by and helped by giving us water and whatever other liquid they could to pour on the bushes to make sure they were good and out and were not going to start back up.

Here is a picture of the biggest bush after we were done putting it out.


Here is the damage from one of the smaller bush fires.


Oh and here is where someone loaned us their cooler water to dump on the big bush to make sure it was out.


As you can probably guess there were no pictures of us actively fighting the fire since we were all a little busy during it.

Lessons learned during and after the event:

  • It is against the law to mix Tannerite and transport it.
  • It is extremely dangerous to mix Tannerite and transport it.
  • When going out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a drought to shoot TAKE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER.
  • People who shoot are always willing to help one another out.

I’m sure there’s a few more lessons to be learned somewhere in here, but you get the idea.

Redneck Gun Safety Rules

The NRA teaches people about gun safety using three simple rules:

  1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
  2. ALWAYS keep your finger off of the trigger until ready to shoot.
  3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

Growing up in rural northern California with a father who hunted, we had guns in the house from a very young age. But my dad didn’t teach us any rules about how to handle them. Instead, when we were old enough to be nosy about guns, he bought us BB guns. He took us outside, and with my disapproving mother looking on and saying “Don’t, Dad. Don’t,” my dad told my brother to run. When my brother was about halfway down our gravel driveway, my father pumped up the BB gun and shot my brother square in the butt. My brother never had a chance to escape to the newly-chip-and-sealed road on which we lived. My brother shrieked, grabbed his buns with both hands and dropped to his knees there on the gravel.

Neither he or I did anything stupid with our BB guns. We remembered clearly what happened that day. He remembered the pain and I remembered the sound he made when he was shot.

When we were getting old enough to handle something with a little more kick, dad took us out to the “diggin’s,” as were called the woods and hills where I grew up. Again, he didn’t discuss any rules beforehand. He and my uncle had .22 caliber rifles and were shooting things together, challenging each other in their marksmanship. Finally, they set their aim on a bird in the tree in the distance instead of the pinecones hanging from the tree. Dad hit the bird. We verified the kill and win of the marksmanship competition. I, through my tears. I bawled and bawled that dad had killed that poor little bird. I cried more when my dad told me not to worry, that a coyote would eat it.

But I never pointed my firearm at anything I didn’t want to destroy. I remember that guns can take life.

I’m kinda sad when I wonder what other Redneck Gun Safety lessons I might have learned, without words, numbered lists or diagrams, if we hadn’t moved away from the country and into the city, leaving all of our guns behind us. Somehow things worked out how they were meant to and I’ve taken up firearms and learning about marksmanship and safety again, even with a gap of 20 years in between my brother’s driveway cries and my husband’s excited yelp when I agreed to go to a shooting range for the first time with him.


Welcome to Our Home…

… Here is the guest bedroom and bathroom. In the closet, you’ll find spare winter clothes, towels, blankets and firearms. Use them accordingly.

My husband’s little brother is visiting us over his Christmas break. This is my first time having company over for an extended period of time since I became a gun owner. On they way home from the airport tonight, my husband plans to have “the talk” — the gun safety talk, that is– with his brother. I hope everything goes well!

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Pink Range Bag Giveaway!

The folks over at got a great idea into their heads! To help National Breast Cancer Awareness Month go out with a bang, they’ve decided to honor all of those gun-totin’ cancer-survivin’ ladies out there with a pink range bag give-away! To enter, post your favorite survivor quote in the comment section of their give-away page.

This give-away brings attention to cancer and honors cancer survivors, but it also brings some publicity to a problem that faces many of us gun-lovin’ women: there aren’t very many feminine options for tactical and rang gear. We have to be one of the boys at the range, even if we don’t want to be. The bag in the give-away was created as a solution to the no-cute-range-bags problem by a place called Bang Bang Boutique!

Got Money? Get Sig!

A custom engraved, Soldiers’ Angels Sig Saur 1911 that is.

Thanks to our friends at SIG SAUER and, this one-of-a-kind reverse two-tone 1911 is up for auction to help raise funds for Soldiers’ Angels.  By bidding on this donated firearm, you can help out Project Valour-IT. Plus, if you end up the winning bidder, you’ll be the proud owner of  a true collector’s piece.  Heck, if you didn’t win a gun at this year’s Gun Blogger Rendezvous, here’s your chance! The auction closes at 9 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, October 23rd. Get your bids in, share the link and good luck to everyone!

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Interview With Top Shot’s Dustin Ellermann

Tonight I’m scheduled to do a phone interview with Dustin Ellermann. Is there anything in particular you guys and gals would like me to ask him?

For those of you watching the show, don’t forget that it’s not just the contestants who are eligible to win prizes. Yah, sure their prize is $100,000, but you could win a Top Shot Prize Pack by playing the fantasy football-type Top Shot Facebook game.

Carla of Top Shot exzplains the game:

You may be familiar with the Season 2 version of the game, but if not think fantasy football meets your readers’ favorite series and you’ve got the Top Shot Fantasy Game: The Gauntlet where Top Shot fans can make predictions of who they think will walk away with the Season 3 title and the $100,000 grand prize. Each week, fans will be allowed to arrange the players in the order in which they think they will be eliminated to earn points. The final Top 10 players will receive a Top Shot Prize Pack that includes a $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card, Top Shot Season 1 and Season 2 DVD sets, t-shirt, shot glass, and an iPhone case.

Good luck to Dustin in the competition and good luck to you guys on the Facebook game! (And good luck to me in tonight’s interview! I’m kinda nervous!)

Woolrich Elite Series Supports Project Valour-IT

Last week, I put up a picture of a memo from Woolrich Elite Series which stated that they’re going to, at the urging of the good folks of Gun Blogger Rendezvous, donate proceeds to help Soldier’s Angel’s Project Valour-IT…

Well, now we have all of the juicy details!

Woolrich Elite Series wants to give readers of Rendezvous bloggers a chance to help out Soldiers’ Angels – Project VALOUR-IT.  Through a partnership with one of their dealers, Woolrich Elite has created a private shopping page where fans can purchase the latest Woolrich Elite Series gear. Woolrich Elite will then donate 2% of the total sales back to Project VALOUR-IT!

“From the beginning, Woolrich has supported American servicemen and women. We’re proud to support the outstanding work of Soldiers’ Angels and their Project VALOUR-IT,” said Jerry Rinder, Woolrich Elite Series vice president. 

Visit to see the complete selection of Woolrich Elite Series products and make your purchases to help Soldiers’ Angels.

For ideas on what to buy, check out these CCW items. While 99.9% of the gear available is for men, I did find ONE item for the tactical girl: Happy Shopping! Remember, it’s for a good cause. 😉







GBR Hangover

The after-effects of GBR:

  • The house is super-messy after days of coming home, dropping everything on the living room floor and falling into bed.
  • I spent five hours on Monday catching up on Statistics homework. Five hours of math isn’t something I’d wish on my own worst enemy. Ugh.
  • I worked from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. yesterday trying to catch up on all of the work I missed.
  • All of my long, beautiful fingernails are broken.
  • I have a fat bruise on my arm from shouldering Allen’s shotgun.

And yet… I can’t wait to do it again next year!

GBR: Day 1

On the first day of GBR, I got up early and drove toward the Silver Legacy where the GBR attendees were meeting up to eat breakfast together. It was a nice drive… Good sunshiny weather, a sky full of hot air balloons rising and moving along the blue sky. But I didn’t end up at GBR that morning. Nor did I get to eat breakfast with my fellow bloggers. I had to go to school. Darn Statistics class!

After class, my husband hopped on the motorcycle, I took my car and we headed out to Cabela’s for a guided tour.

My tour notes:

  • The giant statue in front of the store was made by a man from Auburn. All Cabela’s stores have one except one due to a city ordinance.
  • Every species of ibex in the world is displayed above the front entrance. Also displayed are big horns (the Nevada state animal).
  • Washington store ran outta room so Nevada got the whale. 9 truckloads of taxidermy animals, all animals displayed are Cabela’s. Many are donated by widows.
  • Cabela’s employees despise the talking deer head which mysteriously breaks a lot (Which caliber for talking deer heads?).
  • Aquarium: 2 tanks, one warm, one cold. There are live fish feeding shows on Saturdays which result in employees explaining the cycle of life to small, crying children who want to know why the big fish ate all of the gold fish.
  • Interesting note: there is a store code for activists (Which caliber for activists? Well, they’re pretty skinny…)
  • Store mountain taxidermy display themes: conservation, high desert, Sierra Nevadas, winter scenery. The winter scene includes the display of an award-winning caribou.
  • Big Five taxidermy display’s centerpiece elephant was so large and was brought in so late in building construction, the doors had to be removed to bring it inside. The hippo was a last-minute donation so the display could be more accurately titled Big Six.
  • Grand slam of sheep is earned by shooting four kinds of sheep. The grand slam on display in Cabela’s is accompanied by the rifle which was used to shoot the grand slam. The rifle was inherited and subsequently donated by the shooter’s grandson. It had to be disabled before display.
  • Ryan of the Gun Library showed us a Custer-linked revolver. The front sight and grips have been changed and parts have been nickeled. We were also shown the civilian version of the same revolver.
  • Chris and I enjoyed looking at a wall-mounted Martini with a hand-carved walnut stock.
  • Tour guide recommends Awful Awful burger in the downtown little nugget.