I just returned from the Central Arizona Blogshoot.
What a great time!
The only difficulty in getting there was a missing road sign (it DID say Trap and Skeet Range this way though!)
My good friend Mark drove us, as my car probably isn’t safe for freeway driving.
We arrived a little before 1100. The festivities started @ 0700, but, I knew with my various ‘issues’, I probably couldn’t shoot very long..
The Elsy Pearson Shooting Range is a series of bays; we had the 100 yard bay, with a second berm @ 200 and the mountain backstop @ 600 – with a large rock outcropping for targeting.
There were roughly 13 participants (with their respective posses) and all were quite welcoming and cordial. Kevin Baker of The Smallest Minority put this together, as he has for the past two years (usually in December).
The weather was beautiful, a light breeze, probably in the 70’s. The concrete shooting benches are under a ramada – as we arrived mid-day, there was no sun exposure to worry about.
There are no range officers at this public range; the rules were simple. Folks decided a break was needed, and called for a cold range. Everyone policed everyone else, then moved forward to tape or replace targets. Then a hot range was announced, ‘ears’ were replaced, and we went back to shooting.
A gentleman to my right, Skip, offered me his 1911 to try. He also offered his .357 revolver to Mark, and his Savage .308 sniper rifle for me to shoot. What fun!
Kevin Creighton of Misfires and Light Strikes had me shoot his K-22 Smith. Beautiful.
Primeval Papa (Don Moyer) was also very genial.
(note to self: other bloggers have business cards. Why don’t you, Guffaw?)
Mark and I got to shoot Kevin Baker’s 1943 Springfield Armory M-1 Garand. A beautiful, tight rifle.
Our PVC target stands only blew down one time.
My new Metalform 7 round magazines performed flawlessly!
Things started breaking up around 1300, and other non-blog-affiliated shooters began arriving to use the range.
As I was poop-ed, Mark and I packed up and headed back to the Valley, for lunch @ Original Hamburger Works.
I can’t speak for everyone, but it did appear a good time was had by one and all.
|view N – during a lull in firing|
Thanks again, Kevin, for both the idea and my inclusion.
And thanks to everyone else, as well.