Wow… That’s about all I can say. Well, no. I really can say more, but that about sums it all up. So much fun packed into a long weekend! Driving 24 hours total to spend 48 hours on-site up in New England might seem crazy to some, but to spend it with like-minded people doing the sort of things we all love so much (talking, sharing, and shooting) was worth every minute of it.
This was the first chance I’ve had to meet anyone other than THOT from the gunblogger/gunnie community. And what a list of people to meet… JayG, who organized it all, Doubletrouble and MrsDoubletrouble, who were kind enough to allow us to descend like locusts upon them, and Wally, who gave the ok to shoot my dad’s Winchester (which got me to “squeeeeee!” so loudly that almost everyone started laughing and someone commented that they didn’t usually hear joy like that until after the shooting had been done).
I met Bubblehead Les and Zercool, Cher and Mopar, Marko, The Senator, TOTWTYTR, ChristinaLMT, and so many more whose names I can’t remember but whose faces I’ll never forget!
I also met Sci-Fi, mrsSciFi, and littleSciFi. That day was littleSciFi’s first day to shoot, and she was having the time of her life! She went from her first shots with a small .22 to multiple 25-round magazines through my S&W 15-22 fearlessly. And to see the joy on her face as she bent over that Big Black Gun brought an answering smile to my face. I cheerfully played magazine monkey for her, filling those 25-round magazines for her over and over, each time she came to ask, “Could I please shoot the big black gun again?”
This is why we win. Because it’s fun, and we teach our young to do it safely and to do it well.
Two more pics… These are the “junk on the bunk” pics of what THOT and I dragged with us. Between us, 5 long guns and 11 hand guns. I wish I’d taken more pics of what everyone else at the shoot had spread out on tables, but I was having so much fun that I tended to forget about taking pictures half the time because I was talking to people or shooting or just looking around with wide eyes like a kid on Christmas morning.
Of all of the guns I had a chance to shoot, I’m torn over what was my favorite. In some ways, I do think it was my dad’s (now my) shotgun, a Winchester 21 Tournament Grade Skeet 20g. I shot it. THOT shot it. ZerCool shot it. JayG shot it. I believe a few others may’ve shot it, as well. It’s truly a beautiful gun, and I’m so glad that it’s finally back in use after 60+ years in a safe. But I also got to fire TWO full auto rifles! One in .223 and one in 9mm. They were both so much fun!!! (Thank you, Wally!) And I also got to fire JayG’s handgonne. That was awesome, just because of what it is…so simple, so elegant.
But the weekend is over for another year. I’m already counting the days!