There was the clicking of laptop keyboards, fizzling of soda pop, and racking of shot guns.
There was only one place that I know of where that ambiance is possible- the Gun Bloggers Rendezvous…all to benefit Soliders Angles/Valor IT. There were so many very generous sponsors, and others who donated so much for the cause of our wounded soldiers! I’m so proud to have been able to take part.
For me it was the third year attending and as soon as I stepped in the door, I felt the excitement again. It was great to see all my blogger friends, like Mr. Completely who devotes so much of his time and energy to put on this extravaganza. Without him there would be no Rendezvous; grim thought, huh? And I always look forward to seeing KeeWee with her warm smile and a hug! One blogger was missing: Bea Johnson. She is an 80 year old grandmother and revolver shooter! I understand she will be back next year though! She generously donated a Ruger Blackhawk Convertible Revolver. And guess who won it? Yep, the only junior revolver shooter in the bunch!
Allen Forkner (Otis technology) provided breakfast and shared a lot of interesting information. Also, generously donated some fantastic Otis Technology cleaning kits. Dan and Caleb from Gunup took us all out for a delicious dinner, yummy! Can you pick Caleb out in the above picture? And NSSF provided food for a pizza party. We all had a great time and lots of food!
The first year that I attended, I was absolutely intrigued by Alan Gura's discussion about and his work. He’s an incredible Constitutional Law Attorney and has defended our Second Amendment Rights multiple times, clear to the Supreme Court! This year he gave the bloggers a “progress report” of how things are going in the court room with different cases. It was so interesting to hear about! Another bit of good news straight from Charles Ricci (Pro Ears) was that Pro Ears has developed ear muffs for juniors! AWESOME! Earmuffs that actually fit! I’m looking forward to trying them out and updating my blog with more info! Thank you Pro Ears for your very generous gifts and thoughtful too, ear muffs for all the bloggers.
The whole stay over four days was fantastic, they had speakers every night and “range days” that were excellent for trying all sorts of new guns…like sub-machine guns and shot guns! This was some of the most fun I’ve ever had shooting! Not only was I in good company, but everyone brought their guns and shared. If you notice the picture, that’s me and Allen Forkner and I am shooting his Weatherby PA459 home defense shot gun. That gun was so much fun to shoot…accurate and quick too! Also, an amazing event, I was able to try a sub machine gun, which had to be one of the most interesting things I’ve tried. I shot my rounds, then turned around and looked at the spectators; my parents and the bloggers who were curious as to who was shooting it now! My dad blurted, “Well, how was it?”
I paused, then upon a moments reflection said, “Tingly!”
One of the bloggers heard me and agreed, “Exactly! That’s what it is, Tingly!”