Tuesday, September 13, 2016

GBR XI - Quick Recap

Thank you to everyone who made the trip to Reno this year!

I hope you had a great time as we shot through thousands of rounds of ammo and raised just shy of $2,000 for the Honored American Veterans Afield.

We hope to have more in the days and weeks to follow but until then, here's a great video that Aaron Woodin put together showcasing this year's GBR!

GBR11_2016 from Aaron Woodin on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Sponsor Spotlight - Cabela's

The folks at Cabela's in Reno have long been backers of the Gun Blogger Rendezvous and this year (GBR XI) is no different.

Jaime and the crew at the Reno Cabela's contributed a great prize pack that'll be part of this year's HAVA raffle. The whole package comes in at just shy of $200 retail value and includes a Cabela's range bag, Herter's All In One Cleaning Kit and Cabela's Moist-Wick shirt.

The Reno Cabela's is a favorite stop of Rendezvous attendees and is located about 4-miles from the California border, just west of Reno.


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Sponsor Spotlight - AmmoToGo.com

When it comes to the stuff you need but never quite have enough of, ammo seems to always be at the top of the list. That's why we're grateful that AmmoToGo.com played a part in helping put this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous together with a donation of some 9mm ammo for the range as well as a number of pocket knives for the HAVA raffle.

Both the full metal jacket rounds and the knives will be part of the door prizes and raffle to benefit HAVA on Saturday evening of this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous.

AmmoToGo.com is an online ammo retailer that carries a full line-up of calibers and accessories. To learn more about them, head to their website at www.ammunitiontogo.com.

Sponsor Spotlight - CigarsCity.com

For the second year in a row, the Gun Blogger Rendezvous would like to thank CigarsCity.com for their support of the Rendezvous and Honored American Veterans Afield.

CigarsCity.com is an online cigar shop that features a wide assortment of premium cigars as well as accessories with free shipping on all orders over $99.

This year, Cigars City sent a cigar humidor along with a sampler of five premium toro cigars from My Father Cigars. Both the cigar sampler and the humidor will be part of the HAVA raffle on Saturday evening.

Humidor and My Father Cigars from CigarsCity.com

We'd like to extend a big thank you to CigarsCity.com for their support of the Rendezvous and hope to see you in Reno in just a couple days!

Monday, September 05, 2016

Sponsor Spotlight - Front Sight Academy

Front Sight Academy continues to be a great contributor to the Gun Blog Rendezvous and we thank them for their support of GBR and HAVA.

This year, Front Sight and Dr. Ignatius Piazza generously donated an enrollment certificate that's redeemable toward any of six different courses that include handgun, rifle and shotgun training.

Front Sight Academy Sponsors the Gun Blogger Rendezvous

With a full slate of scheduled courses throughout the rest of 2016 and into the first quarter of 2017, Front Sight is one of the most well-known firearms and weapon training facilities in the United States.

We thank them for their support of both the Rendezvous and HAVA!

GBR XI Schedule of Events

With the Rendezvous just a couple days away, we had a few questions about the schedule so thought we'd post it here on the blog. You'll notice there are no changes at this point from the initial itinerary that was included in your GBR welcome packet that you hopefully received via mail.

See you soon!

Thursday, September 8:

2-5 p.m. – Emergency Range Procedures Course
Location: Reno Guns & Range
Cost: No cost to attendees – sponsored by Lucky Gunner
A course designed to teach the basics of how to respond if there is a medical emergency at the range. Tourniquet use and other tips are expected.

6 p.m.: Welcome dinner for those in Reno.
Location: Meet at the Silver Baron boardroom on the Mezzanine level of the Silver Legacy. From there, we will proceed to the El Dorado buffet.
Cost: Attendees responsible for cost of their meal

Friday, September 9:

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Buffet style breakfast (eggs, French toast, coffee, etc.)
Location: Silver Legacy Resort & Casino Silver Baron Ballroom
Cost: Free; Sponsored by Lucky Gunner

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Open Range Day
Location: Washoe County Shooting Facility
Cost: Adults - $8/day

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Show & Tell
Location: Silver Legacy – Silver Baron Ballroom
Cost: Free

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Dinner (Southwest fajita buffet)
Location: Silver Baron Ballroom
Cost: Free for attendees; Sponsored by Lucky Gunner

8 p.m. – 12 a.m. - Socialization, refreshments, etc. at the Silver Legacy (light refreshments will be provided).

Saturday, September 10:

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Buffet style breakfast (eggs, French toast, coffee, etc.)
Location: Silver Legacy Resort & Casino - Silver Baron Ballroom
Cost: Sponsored by Lucky Gunner)

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Steel Shooting Competition at the Range
Location: Western Nevada Pistol League Range
Cost: TBD

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Door Prize Drawing / Socializing
Location: Silver Legacy – Silver Baron Ballroom
Cost: None

6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. – Dinner at the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
Location: Silver Legacy – Silver Baron Ballroom
Cost: Free for attendees; Sponsored by Lucky Gunner

7 p.m. –7:15 p.m. – Brief introduction to Honored American Veterans Afield

7:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Raffle benefitting HAVA & drawings for door prizes

7:45 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Socialization, refreshments, etc. at Silver Legacy (light refreshments will be provided).

Sunday, September 11:

8 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Buffet style breakfast (eggs, French toast, coffee, etc.)
Location: Silver Legacy Silver Baron Ballroom
Cost: No cost to attendees; Sponsored by Lucky Gunner

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Scenario Simulation Shooting at Reno Guns & Range

Monday, August 15, 2016

GBR XI Sponsor Spotlight - Ruger

Tonight is the big night - if you're registered to attend this year's Rendezvous, be on the look-out for your gift card code via email so you can get your ammo ordered for the weekend! Also, attendee packets hit the mail this weekend so in the next few days you should be receiving an itinerary and probably a few typos as I couldn't find anyone late Friday evening to serve as a second set of eyes! :)

A big part of helping the Gun Blogger Rendezvous go off without a hitch is the role that our sponsors like Ruger play. Ruger, in particular, has been very kind to the GBR over the years and GBR XI is no exception.

Ken from Ruger sent over a number of great prizes to be included in the raffle and some door prize items as well. The backpack style bags are very high quality and there's a duffle included that could serve as a nice range bag or just serve as a supplementary holder for your gear.

It's still not too late to get involved and head to Reno for this year's GBR. If you're interested, registration is still open and there are a few slots available. We'd love to have you join us!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

GBR XI Sponsor Spotlight - MKS Supply / Hi-Point

The Gun Blogger Rendezvous wants to extend a huge thank you to MKS Supply and Hi-Point Firearms for their incredibly generous support of this year's Rendezvous by donating a Hi-Point Carbine!

The 995TS 9mm Carbine will be awarded to benefit HAVA (Honored American Veterans Afield)
As part of this year's raffle to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) GBR attendees will have the chance to win a 995TS 9mm carbine.

A just a shade over 6 pounds with a 16.5" barrel, the carbine has fully adjustable sights and comes with weaver style rails.

Thanks again to MKS Supply - one of the great sponsors that make the Gun Blogger Rendezvous such a unique event among the online shooting community!

Remember, Rendezvous registration is still open. If you've already registered, expect to receive an email with your $150 ammo voucher in mid-August along with more details about the schedule for the weekend. If you haven't signed up yet, registration is just $35 - which gets you several free meals and $150 worth of ammo at Lucky Gunner. Register here today!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

GBR XI Sponsor Showcase - Dillon Precision

We'd like to extend a big thank you to the first confirmed sponsor of this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous, Dillon Precision.

Dillon was kind enough to lend their support and a new ammo bag that will be included in this year's raffle and door prize giveaway to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield.

Dillon Precision Ammo bag

If you're not familiar with Dillon, they make some of the most respected reloading equipment available to U.S. shooters. You can check them out online and if you're not already a subscriber of to The Blue Press, their catalog, you're definitely in the minority among American shooters.

We'll be publishing more details in the coming days and if you haven't already, it's not too late to sign up for this year's Rendezvous. Most meals are covered along with a $150 gift card courtesy of Lucky Gunner with your $35 registration fee. For more details or to register, head here.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

GBR X Video

Sorry for the delay in getting this video cut and posted. I was working with a decade old video editing machine that had to be replaced!

If you were at Gun Blogger Rendezvous X, odds are good there's at least a clip of you in the video highlight reel below. Hope to see you in Reno in a couple months!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Final Week of Priority Registration

If you haven't already registered, be sure to get your registration in this week to take advantage of priority reduced rates for Gun Blogger Rendezvous XI!

For $35, you'll get most meals, a $150 ammo voucher from Lucky Gunner with free shipping to Reno as well as other refreshments and some of the range fees paid over the weekend benefitting HAVA.

Head here to register today!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Rendezvous Registration Now Open

If you haven't received the email, Gun Blogger Rendezvous Registration for 2016 is now open!

Head here to register today and if you're registered by June 1, you'll get $150 worth of ammo from Lucky Gunner. Plus, they'll kick in another $10 to HAVA for each registrant. We'll start this year's Rendezvous on September 8 and we'll go through Sunday on September 11.

Mike and I have looked over all the survey responses as well and have some things in the works for this year that should allow us to bring in some of the events that scored highly in the survey.

As usual, the majority of the non-shooting events will take place at the Silver Legacy. We have special group rates that you can get by booking with the group code "GBlog16". To get the group rates, you will have to call 1-800-687-8733. (Sorry, they can't accept our group discount online).

More news to come as we get event contracts signed!

As always don't hesitate to drop Anthony a line (anthony@luckygunner.com) or hit up Mike (Mr Completely) with any questions. We're looking forward to seeing everyone in just a few months!


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

HAVA Thanks Gun Bloggers

Anthony here with a quick update following this year's SHOT Show.

Mike and I had the chance to talk briefly with a couple representatives from HAVA (Honored American Veterans Afield) and present them with the check for $2794.80 from 2015's Gun Blogger Rendezvous.

Mike hands the GBR check to HAVA's Secretary/Treasurer Allan Bender
As you'd imagine, HAVA was very appreciative and passes along their thanks to all the gun bloggers who made the contribution possible. Since the conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan have started to wind down, they've said their job helping veterans has gotten more difficult. They're seeing increased expenses related to travel as they work to get in touch with servicemen and women who have returned home who could benefit from all HAVA offers.

It's hard to believe but we're only about 8 months away from the next GBR! If you haven't, mark your calendar today for September 8 - 11!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GBR X Wrap Up

Thanks to everyone who made the trip and supported us! Through the raffle and a kicked in donation from registration fees by Lucky Gunner, Gun Blogger Rendezvous X raised nearly $3,000 for Honored American Veterans Afield!

GBR X survivors on Saturday evening.
A total of 25 registered attendees took part in the 10th annual event. Congrats to everyone who participated and thank you to everyone who spent the weekend shooting for a great cause.

Also, we owe a huge thank you to our sponsors who helped make the weekend of camaraderie possible:

Richard Brengman of Special Interest Arms brought a wealth of knowledge to GBR X as well as a number of firearms many of us have never had the opportunity to see before. That included a Gardner Gun, numerous fully automatic firearms. Going even farther, Richard even donated an AR-15 lower for the raffle.

Richard Brengman of Special Interest Arms with his Gardner Gun
Richard Brengman of Special Interest Arms in Reno, NV

Springfield kicked in a big box full of things like t-shirts, coffee mugs, pilsner glasses, t-shirts and flags for the raffle and door prize drawing, helping support the Rendezvous and HAVA.

Springfield Armory donation to Gun Blogger Rendezvous X

3.) Ruger
Ruger sent some Under Armour and Nike bags that were included in the HAVA raffle. Also, they sent some hats and coffee mugs that were included in the door prize drawing.

Thanks to Ruger for donating some awesome bags and coffee mugs for GBR X.

Mitch Gerlinger from MOA attended and contributed pistol spinner targets, rifle spinner targets, a target stand and some scaled down NRA-style steel targets for the HAVA raffle.

Mitch Gerlinger shares some info about MOA Targets with the group.
CigarsCity.com donated a humidor and cigar sampler for the HAVA raffle with a lighter and cigar cutter.
The Diesel cigar gift pack and humidor CigarsCity.com supplied.

Self Defense Association donated a platinum membership package worth $250,000 in protection.

Dillon once again donated a range bag for this year’s door prize table as well as some hats.

The team at Allchin was very generous with a number of Ruger scope mounts and Browning Buck Mark base pads.

The NSSF was kind enough to pick up the tab for Saturday night’s pizza feast.

Robert addresses GBR X attendees just before Saturday's pizza dinner.
Target Barn donated a number of targets for door prizes and provided the IDPA targets that were used as part of the ISSA indoor competition on Saturday.
Target Barn provided the IDPA targets that served as the base for the ISSA indoor plates.
11.) Brownells
Brownells donated one of their new ESG range backpacks and a slew of .308/7.62x51 magazines for the HAVA raffle. Also, they were kind enough to send enough lubricant for everyone to get a pack or two.

12.) Burris
Burris donated a very niceAR-F3 optic that was a featured part of the HAVA raffle.

Front Sight donated a four day training course that was included in the HAVA raffle.

14.) Sig Sauer
Jaci and Sig Sauer donated about a dozen Sig hats and keychains that were included in the door prize giveaway.

Bill brought in some ghost ring sights that were included as door prizes.
(Thanks to Bill for the use of this photo)

The folks at Reno Guns were kind enough to hold our shipments for us again this year. Also, they provided us a discounted rate for range use and the scenario simulator on Sunday.
A look inside the brand new indoor range at Reno Guns & Range.

Again, thank you to everyone who participated, sponsored or just watched from afar. We're already making plans for Gun Blogger Rendezvous XI and will have more details on next year's event in the coming months. Until then, look for a few videos of this year's event - including the Gardner Gun's trip through the Silver Legacy casino floor in the next few weeks!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Self Defense Association Sponsors GBR X

Just received word, Self Defense Association is stepping up with a nice sponsorship of the Gun Blogger Rendezvous this year benefitting Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA).

SDA is offering up a year of Platinum Membership as part of the HAVA raffle. Their Platinum Membership provides $250,000 of protection should you need to protect your family in a self-defense situation. The plan provides criminal, civil, and bail bond coverage.

In addition to that coverage, Self Defense Association has a number of other benefits it provides to its members, including instructional DVDs on shooting and training techniques to discounts on gun-related gear and even rental car discounts.

Thanks to Robert Messenger for getting them on board and we're thrilled to have another sponsor of the Rendezvous!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Brownells Backing GBR X and HAVA

More good news - Brownells is on-board once again this year as a GBR sponsor!

33" ESG Backpack from Brownells.

Roy Hill just confirmed they're sending one of their new ESG Backpacks to Reno that somebody will be lucky enough to go home with. The bag itself accepts a handgun and mags as well as collapsable-stock AR-15 and magazines. Check out the video below for more details.

Also, Hill said some of the new Brownells .308 AR magazines are headed west to Reno Guns & Range; Plus, there should be enough oil samples to go around.

Thanks to Brownells for once again helping support the GBR and HAVA!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Who Wants a 'Turn'?

We're about 10 days away from the start of this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous!

Just received word from Richard at Special Interest Arms - the Gardner Gun got a little work in today and there don't seem to be any kinks left in the system. So, make sure your arms are ready to give it a crank next week! 

Richard was kind enough to send over the video below.

If you haven't already, be sure to get your ammo order in today so we can ensure it's loaded up with everything that's making the trip west!

See you next week!


Thursday, August 06, 2015

Ruger Continues HAVA & GBR Support

The good folks at Ruger are once again showing their support of Honored American Veterans Afield and the Gun Blogger Rendezvous.

Ken at Ruger sent a big box full of great gear for this year's raffle in support of HAVA. Several Under Armour backpacks and Nike duffel bags that will surely outclass the luggage I'll be packing on the way to Reno! :)

We're just two weeks out! If you haven't signed up for this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous, there are just a couple days left to ensure your ammo makes it to Reno in time for the event. Sign-up here and get yourself registered for an outstanding weekend with fellow shooters!

Also, if you're headed to Reno, be sure to book your room at the Silver Legacy if you haven't already. Use the group code GBLOG15 to get reduced rates!

Thanks to Ruger!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ammo Vouchers Sent & Thanks to Burris!

Once again Lori and the team over at Burris has stepped up with a very generous donation for the HAVA raffle. 

Burris Optics AR-F3 Red Dot Sight.
Lori confirmed this week they're sending a Burris Optics AR-F3 Red Dot sight. This will be included in the raffle on Saturday night. Thank you Burris Optics! We have a number of other raffle prizes that will be included as well so it should be a decent showing with some great stuff to benefit a very worthy cause.

Also, ammo voucher gift codes were sent out today via email. If you haven't received an email to the address you used when registered at Lucky Gunner, please check your junk mail folder. If you don't see it there, feel free to contact me (Anthony) directly via email. I will be sending printed packets later this week with the information again so hopefully we'll have all our bases covered in that regard.

I hope you're ready for a great weekend. I spoke with the Rangemaster at the Washoe County Range late last week and he says they're ready for us so it should be a great time!


Saturday, July 11, 2015

The Gardner Gun is a Go

So, if you're coming to the Rendezvous, and you own anything chambered in .45-70, you might want to bring it.  Special Interest Arms is bringing their Gardner Gun and some other interesting stuff as well:
Not planning to run it (the Gardner Gun) for hours at a time, just burst, so no need to deal with water for it.

Going to need help getting it into the hotel after the range for the show and tell too.
Some one needs to follow with a camera, the looks on tourist faces as we wheel a Gardner Gun along the casino floor should be priceless!

I'm also planning to bring the 300 BLK Trecenti again and the new 9mm Novem bolt action. If you want to find out just how good your 9mm suppressor is bring it and the ability to put it on 1/2-28 threads. Eliminating the action noise really lets the suppressor work.

Probably bring the AK-47 FA and suppressed FA 9mm AR-15 too. Might even drag out my old .303B deer rifle for the long range targets.

I will try to get Brian to come out again and bring his De Lisle and other suppressors to demonstrate too. He's been in the NFA game for decades and has a lot of interesting stories if you can get him to take time for a real interview. Hint, ask him about how you get a demo letter for a post-sample Mini-Gun.
And Anthony Welsch of LuckyGunner.com is bringing 1,500 rounds of cowboy .45-70 ammo:
I heard back from our purchasing folks today. It sounds like getting some 45-70 in bulk quantities shouldn’t be a problem so I’ll plan to ship 1,500 rounds or so west with the rest of the ammunition orders.

I’ll talk with hotel management and ask if they have any special requests for getting the Gardner inside. If some open carried AR’s at a Chipotle can create national news I can’t imagine what a Gardner on a casino floor would do!
Me either!

I doubt Richard will want to run 1,500 rounds through his $24.500 floor sample. I doubt Anthony wants to ship any ammo HOME, so bring your Trapdoor Springfields, Marlin 1895's and other guns!

Monday, July 06, 2015

Can We Get This Guy Some Help?

Richard from Special Interest Arms came to last year's Rendezvous and brought an assortment of very interesting suppressed firearms for us to shoot.  This year he says:
If I can get some help I might drag out the Gardner Gun and ammo.
45-70 twin barreled brass hand-crank fired fun. Not light, original crew was three guys.

Gardner Gun photo 100_6215.jpg

C'mon, all we need is some strong backs and willing hands!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Still Time To Register for GBR X!

It's going to be a great weekend benefiting a very worthy cause... with a lot of rounds down range!

We're about two months out from GBR X benefitting HAVA (Honored American Veterans Afield) and if you haven't registered, time is running out! If you've waited to register, for the next week you can take advantage of early-bird registration!

Remember, if you're a gun blogger and you register between now and June 17, you'll get a $150 ammo voucher good toward anything Lucky Gunner sells.

To register, head here --- where else can you get that kind of ammo for your investment, spend a weekend with some like-minded shooters and help a great cause like HAVA in the process?

GBR X is August 20 - August 23 in Reno, NV

We're already seeing support pour in from some long-time Gun Blogger Rendezvous sponsors in the form of door prizes and raffle items.

Thanks to Dillon Precision, Allchin Gun Parts, and Front Sight Firearms Training for helping out with some great shooting stuff you can see in the photo above!

Also, the National Shooting Sports Foundation has agreed to once again sponsor a pizza dinner for everyone this year.  That's great news.

It's going to be a great time in Reno on August 20 and the more the merrier. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact Anthony at Lucky Gunner or Mike (Mr. Completely)!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

GBR X - Additional Details

We've had a strong start and crossed into double digits earlier this week, which is great news and should make for a fun weekend.

Early registration is still open if you haven't registered. Remember, if you register by June 1, you get a reduced rate and Lucky Gunner is kicking in $150 in ammo for new media members. You can register here.

We're planning to send an email to everybody who registered in the next week or so with some more specifics but I can imagine many of us are getting things in place in terms of logistics so I wanted to pass along a couple notes below.

Note on Lodging at the Silver Legacy

If you're planning to stay at the Silver Legacy, our group code is GBLOG15 this year.

That code will get you a discounted room rate of $59 Thursday and Sunday and $119 on Friday and Saturday nights. To get the reduced rate, please call the Silver Legacy at 800-687-8733.

Once again, the Silver Legacy has kicked in meeting space for us at the resort/casino so we'll have a good central location to gather each night of the Rendezvous.

Note on Firearms Shipping

The good folks at U.S. Firearms Academy agreed to hold any firearms we'd like to ship in advance of GBR. They are in the process of moving into a second, larger facility in Reno. We're anticipating an address in the next week or two and we'll be sure to share it as soon as we can.

Like last year, they have requested we don't ship any firearms to them too far in advance.

GBR X is getting closer! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mike or email Anthony.

If you have any suggestions, don't be afraid to pass them along as well. I appreciate everyone's patience as Mike gets me up to speed on all this.