Tuesday, June 29, 2010


In spite of all the computer problems this last week, I have also been busy pulling things together for the Gun Blogger Rendezvous coming up in Reno in September. It looks like all of the previous sponsors are on board again this year, and a few more too. The steel shooting session for Saturday morning is pretty much arranged, and it looks like there will be some Cowboy Fast Draw Competition for the attendees on Sunday, although the location has not been determined. The interest in a UTAH CCW class on Thursday morning has been essentially zero, so I'm scrubbing that from the schedule. I've got some other ideas, though, for Thursday, so there will definitely be stuff to do for those of you showing up either on Wednesday or on Thursday morning. KeeWee and I will be arriving on Wednesday afternoon, so if you are getting in on Wednesday let me know and we can probably have dinner together Wednesday night.

Stay tuned!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Utah CCW Class Update

We are considering adding a Utah CCW class on Thursday morning, September 9th., at the Gun Blogger rendezvous. There are several reasons we are considering Utah CCW class. First, the Utah license has a large number of states who recognize it. Second, it can be completed in four hours of class time. Third, no range time is required. Finally, we have the place to hold the class at the Siolver Legacy Hotel where we are already staying, and there is time in the Rendezvous schedule to fit it in, just barely.

Here's a list of state honoring the Utah Non-Resident CCW permit:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming.

The Utah class, as we are considering, can also count as the first part of an eight hour class with range time which would add additional states. The additional training and range time would have to be arranged separately, if there were enough folks interested.

If you would like to look at more information on which states recognize which permits, or combinations of permits, Check out US Carry.com

If you are going to attend this year's Rendezvous and would like to take the CCW class please let me know. We need to have enough people taking the class to make it worth the instructor's time to come and teach it, and we need to know the approximate number of students well before the Rendezvous.

Emai lme at blog (at) whidbey (dot) com and put Utah CCW at GBR-V in the email title so it will get into the right pile! 

Thanks, and we'll see you in Reno!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Utah CCW Class at This Year's Rendezvous

It looks like we will be offering a Utah CCW class on Thursday morning, September 9th. at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous. The class will run from 9am to 1pm. and it will be held in our Hospitality Room. The cost of the class will be $60, and that will include the photo and fingerprinting. After taking and passing the class, all that you will have to do is sign the application and have it notarized, and mail it, along with $65 to Utah. This course can also be extended to include the Arizona CCW permit, but that requires some range time and four more hours of class time. Unfortunately we do not have time in the busy GBR schedule for that, but we may figure out some way to arrange it anyway, if there is enough folks interested. If you are going to come to this year's Rendezvous and are interested in the class, please let me know by email so we will have some idea of how many to plan for.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Utah CCW Class - Any Interest?

Are any of you that are planning on attending the Gun Blogger Rendezvous coming up in mid-September interested in arriving a day early and taking the CCW class to get the Utah permit? If so, drop me an email at

b l o g (at) w h i d b e y (dot) c o m

and let me know right away. If  there is enough interest I'll see if it can be set up for us.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Registration & Room Reservations

It's barely 98 days until this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous will be underway in Reno at the Silver Legacy, and if you haven't got your room reservations and Rendezvous registration sent in, now is the time to do it! It's very important that as many attendees as possible send in their Rendezvous Registrations early so we will have some idea of how many to expect. It is also helpful when soliciting sponsor donations for door prizes and the Project Valour-IT fund raising raffle as one of the first questions they ask is "How many will be attending?" The more that attend, the better it is for the sponsors, and the more they can afford to donate. If you've never been to the Gun Blogger Rendezvous before, this is the year to finally do it!

We will be having all of the same activities as last year, three range days covering all sorts of gunnly goodness, food, conversation, and a lot more. We are also working on some new things for this year, and I'll announce the new stuff once everything has been sorted out.

This year's Rendezvous will be Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September  9th., 10th., 11th., and 12th. There will be activities continuously from Mid-day Thursday through late Sunday afternoon. A number of us usually show up on Wednesday and leave town on Monday. The Hospitality room is reserved for Wednesday through Sunday afternoon. Our special hotel group rates are available from Wednesday through Sunday nights.

To Register for the Rendezvous, download the registration form and mail it in as soon as possible.

To book your hotel room, telephone the Silver Legacy directly at 800-687-8733 and give them the group code of GBLOG10. Their room rates are reasonable, and considering that the room rates include the use of the Hospitality Room for the Rendezvous, it's a pretty good deal. Yes, there are cheaper places to stay in Reno, but I really recommend staying at the Silver Legacy as you miss out on quite a bit if you aren't actually "On Site" for the Rondy.

Once you have booked your room and sent in your registration, please send me an email with the details so I will know you are going to be there.

See YOU in Reno ! ! !