Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Midway Sponsors Rendezvous - Save Bucks

More great Gun Blogger rendezvous news. MidwayUSA, one of the premium sources for all of your shooting needs, has come on board as a sponsor for this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous. Not only that, check  out this email from Colin Anthony, MidwayUSA's Marketing Specialist:

Special Email From MidwayUSA

Good Day Mr. Completely,

As the Gun Blogger Unite this month in Reno Nevada, MidwayUSA would like to extend our special appreciation for what they accomplish in shooting industry. First, we would like for each Blogger to receive a special gift from MidwayUSA when they arrive at the Rendezvous. Second, we would like to extend some exclusive discounts for each of the Bloggers and their respected communities/following to take advantage of. We hope these exclusive discounts help as many people and Bloggers as possible to enjoy the shooting sports industry.

Mr. Completely, would you please forward the following promotion codes and guidelines along so that people can start saving on shooting and outdoor gear.

1) Place regularly priced in-stock products in your shopping cart and receive:
  • $10 off a Purchas of $100 or more - Use Promotion Code 19410
  • $50 off a Purchas of $500 or more - Use Promotion Code 59410
  • $100 off a Purchas of $1,000 or more - Use Promotion Code 109410
2) Enter the promotion code in the box entitled "Promotion Code" on the shopping cart page.
3) You will see the discount on the Confirmation page before placing your order
4) Remember, this promotion code is valid for orders placed on MidwayUSA.com.
5) Limited to one per Customer and one promotion code per retail order.
6) Offer cannot be combined with Birthday, Special or Dealer Pricing.
7) Offer not valid on MidwayUSA Gift Certificates, Nightforce, Sale and Clearance products.
8) Offer valid on regularly priced products only.
9) Hurry, offer ends at 11:59 PM CT September 15, 2010.

My final note is that we would like to develop a personal relationship with each of the Gun Bloggers before and after the Rendezvous so that we can continue to support their work. Please let the community know that if they would like any exclusive discounts or support from MidwayUSA to please contact me at the below information.

Thanks for your help,

Colin B. Anthony
Marketing Specialist

Blogs Represented at this Year's Rondy

Registrations are still arriving, but here's the list of blogs that will be represented at this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous. I'm sure there will be more than that, as a lot of folks seem to be waiting until the last minute to register.

  • Random Nuclear Strikes
  • True Blue Sam
  • Traction Control
  • The Smallest Minority
  • The Molly Minute
  • The Packing Rat
  • Our Gun Thing
  • The Clue Meter
  • Anthroblogogy
  • AR15.Com
  • NSSF Blog
  • NRA Blog
  • Joe's Crabby shack (Inactive)
  • CS Tactical blog
  • Gunup blog (launching soon)
  • Mr. Completely
  • Keewee's Corner
  • Firearms and Training (blog)
  • Lucky Gunner (blog)

Of course, this is just the blogs represented. There will also be blog readers, shooters, and gun nuts attending who don't have blogs. It's gonna be big!

If you'd like to go and join in on all the fun, there's still time to get on board. Here's what you need to do right away.

1. Download the Registration form and fill it out. email me the information on the form in whatever manner you like. Bring your $30 per person registration to the Rendezvous and I can complete the process in Reno.

2. Contact the  Silver Legacy   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 and free Internet for everyone, it's a pretty good  deal. Yes, there are  cheaper places to stay in Reno, but I really  recommend staying at the  Silver Legacy. You miss out on quite a bit if  you aren't actually "On  Site" for the Rondy.

Get registered, book your room, come to Reno, shoot stuff, eat too much, have fun! What more could you want?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Venturi Bronco Air Rifle Added To Gun Blogger Rendezvous Raffle

 I just got an email from Derek, chief cook and bottle washer over at the Packing Rat blog, and he tells me he's donating a Venturi Bronco air rifle for the Gun Blogger Rendezvous raffle.

Derek reviewed the rifle on his blog a while back, and Here's Derek's review.

For more information ,specs, and a video demonstrating the rifle, check out the PyramidAir website.

Thanks, Derek, and we'll see you in Reno!

Win A Leupold VX3 at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous

We are happy to announce another premier sponsor for the upcoming Gun Blogger Rendezvous. Leupold & Stevens will be donating one of their top of the line VX-3 scopes with the Custom Dial System! Check out the specs below:

WIN ME at the Gun Blogger Rendezvous 
You gotta be there to win!

From Leupold:

BEAVERTON, Ore. “ To help hunters get on target at any range with any load, Leupold® offers the Custom Dial System® (CDS) feature for VX-3® riflescopes. The CDS allows shooters to match their scopes with the ballistics of their ammunition.

With the purchase of any CDS model VX-3 riflescope, shooters receive two customized, ballistically matched adjustment dials at no extra cost. This is a special offer that ends December 31, 2010. Send Leupold the ballistics data and shipping information, and the company provides two dials custom built to match the specified calibers, bullet weights and loads.

Leupold® has launched a microsite to educate hunters and shooters about the Custom Dial System® (CDS) feature for VX-3® riflescopes, and highlight a limited-time offer.

The microsite is located at www.leupold.com/VX-3CDS. CDS helps hunters and shooters get on target at any range, with any load, by matching their scopes to the ballistics of their ammunition. With the purchase of any VX-3 CDS riflescope, shooters receive two customized, ballistically-matched adjustment dials ($100 retail value) at no extra cost. This is a special offer that ends December 31, 2010.

Visitors to the VX-3 CDS microsite will find an educational video and graphics, an overview of how the system works and its advantages, and more details on the offer.

The CDS is available on the following riflescope models: VX-3 3.5-10x40mm, VX-3 3.5-10x50mm, VX-3 4.5-14x40mm, VX-3L 3.5-10x50mm and VX-3L 4.5-14x50mm.

For additional information, go to http://www.leupold.com/VX-3CDS.

CDS dials change out easily, allowing shooters to quickly adjust to different loadings. With precision ¼-MOA click increment finger adjustments, and no adjustment covers to lose, the CDS makes VX-3 riflescopes even more accurate and rugged.

Other key features:

· Custom calibrated turrets allow hunters to quickly dial in elevation for first shot hits. No more need to tape ballistics tables to the rifle stock, and no more missing out on a trophy due to mistaken holdovers or miscounted clicks.

· Dials can be quickly changed out by loosening set screws. Shooters can match their dials to the specifics of their ammunition. For example, a .30-06 can have a calibrated dial for a 150-grain mule deer load and another for a 200-grain elk load.

· Unlike most bullet drop compensating turrets, which are only available in the most popular calibers and bullet weights, the Leupold CDS allows shooters to obtain dials calibrated to whatever caliber, bullet weight, or charge they desire. It doesn™t matter if it™s a .222 Remington or a .444 Marlin, the CDS is set to the specific ballistics.

· Leupold CDS riflescopes are ideal for handloaders who demand the ultimate performance from their rifle and ammunition. Each dial is calibrated based on shooter-provided ballistics data, allowing users to set their scope to the load a particular rifle likes the best.

Many bullet drop-style scopes come in œranges� with multiple turrets that may or may not match the specific loading. With the CDS, shooters have only the dials they need, without unneeded extras to loose or store.

Leupold matches the CDS to exact data for the utmost in accuracy. Other bullet drop turret scopes are approximate to a generic factory load, such as a 68 grain .223 Remington. The VX-3 CDS, however, is calibrated to the unique ballistics data of that bullet fired out of a 16� barrel as compared to one fired from a 22� barrel.

The CDS is available on the:

VX-3 3.5-10x40mm
VX-3 3.5-10x50mm
VX-3 4.5-14x40mm
VX-3L 3.5-10x50mm
VX-3L 4.5-14x50mm

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., the preeminent American-owned and -operated optics company, employs more than 600 people in its state-of-the-art facility near Beaverton, Ore., where rugged, dependable, high-performance Golden Ring® optics are designed, machined and assembled. Leupold is a fifth-generation, family-owned company whose products are sold worldwide to hunters, competitive shooters, American military warfighters, law enforcement personnel and wildlife observers. The product line includes rifle, handgun and spotting scopes; binoculars; rangefinders; flashlights; mounting systems; and optical tools and accessories.

There's still time to get your registration in for this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous, but you need to do it right away. When you send in your registration also send me an email letting me know you've mailed your registration so I will be watching for it. email me at blog (at) whidbey (dot) com

Thanks, and we'll see you in Reno!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Major Announcement at Gun Blogger Rendezvous

Although I am sworn to secrecy (actually I'm just supposed to keep my mouth shut) I have an announcement of a announcement. HUH??

At this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous the head of a major internet start up endeavor will be announcing something new and big and cool! It will involve the internet, guns, shooting, hunting, shooting sports, forum-ing (is that a word? Should it be?), 2nd. Amendment Issues, blogging, and a lot of other stuff too.

I've had the chance to spend some time with the head of the project, and it looks like it could be something of a game-changer. If you are at the Rendezvous you will be one of the first to know, and possibly even contribute some feedback. If you are lucky, you might even get a shirt or a belt buckle.

This could be really big...............

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sfc. Toby Nunn To Attend Gun Blogger rendezvous

It was kinda sad to hear that Maj. Chuck Zigenfuss, the founder of project Valour-IT, won't be attending this year's Gun Blogger rendezvous. The reason is that Chuck's been transferred to Hawaii, which is great news, and I hope he's having a good time over there! We'll miss Chuck at the Rondy, but maybe next year!

When I contacted the Soldier's Angels and Project Valour-IT folks about someone to attend this year's Rondy who could represent Project Valour-IT, they said they'd see what they could do. The next day I got an email from Sfc. Toby Nunn. Here's a video introduction:

Toby is very involved with Project Valour-IT, and he handles the purchasing of the laptop computers for them. Toby is also a Mil-Blogger, an author, and is one of the principals in the Frontline documentary "Bad Voodoo's War". 

If you're kinda on the fence about coming to this year's Gun Blogger Rendezvous, then here's an excellent reason to get off the fence, send in your registration, and book your room at the Silver Legacy. Come help us, and Sfc. Nunn, to raise money to buy voice actuated laptop computers to be given to our injured servicemen who, due to the nature of their injuries, are unable to email and communicate with their family and friends using a computer with a keyboard.

This is going to be the very best Gun Blogger rendezvous ever, and you REALLY don't want to miss it!

See You In Reno!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

What Guns Should I Take to the Rendezvous

Some of last year's "Show-and-Tell"

Since guns are a major component of the Gun Blogger rendezvous, the question of what guns should you take is a good one. The short and tongue in cheek answer is "All of them!"

More realistically, we will be at a public range on Friday with paper targets from 25' out to 600 or 700 yards, so anything you enjoy shooting is fine. On Saturday we will be shooting an "Introduction to Steel Challenge" with hand guns, so just about any hand gun works here. Very high power and magnum handguns should not be used for the steel, but at the Friday range they are OK, and even encouraged! For the Steel Shooting you should bring at least 150 rounds, 200 is better. Rimfire pistols are good for steel too, and you can shoot more than one gun if you want. There will also be the opportunity to shoot other stuff than you own.
On Friday there is a Show-And-Tell at the Hospitality Room at the hotel where you can show and tell about anything interesting and unusual that's either firearms or firearms related, including guns. Just about everyone has something interesting, unusual, rare, or strange in their gun safe!

For the Cowboy Fast Draw shooting on Sunday everything will be provided, but you could bring your own cowboy hat and boots!

For concealed carry be sure to check Nevada's reciprocity, as they aren't very "Out of State" friendly.

See you in Reno!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Tentative Schedule For GBR-V 2010

Thursday, September 9th

8:30 am. Leave the Silver Legacy "Silver Baron B" Hospitality room for one of the restaurants for breakfast.
2:30 pm.
Leave the Hospitality Room to car pool to Cabela’s.
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Guided tour Cabela’s and browsing/shopping. Pick up munchies and soft drinks on way back to hotel.
6:00pm. Leave the Hospitality Room to go to dinner. Location to be determined later.
Thursday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.
Friday, September 10th.

8:00am. NRA Sponsored Breakfast and Rachel Parsons  in the Silver Baron “B”
8:45am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Shooting Facility, the Pyramid range for rifle and pistol target shooting out to 900 yards.
9:30am – 2:00pm. At the range.
3:00 pm. – 5:45pm. Show-N-Tell at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room.
6:00pm. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to go to the ground floor to Gecko’s BBQ Restaurant for dinner.
Friday Evening until midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.
Saturday, September 11th.

8:00am. Leave the Silver Legacy "Silver Baron B" Hospitality room for one of the restaurants for breakfast.
8:45am. Leave the Silver Legacy Hospitality room to car pool up and head out to the Washoe County Shooting Facility, the Pyramid range for an introduction to Steel Challenge Action Pistol shooting.
9:30am – 2:00pm. At the range.
5:00pm – 6pm.
Bill Brassard of the National Shooting Sports Foundation
6:00 pm. NSSF all you can eat pizza feed at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. After dinner will be the fund raiser raffle for Project Valour-IT and the drawings for the door prizes.
Saturday Evening until Midnight: Refreshments and conversation at the Silver Legacy Hospitality room. Bring your own refreshments and munchies.

Sunday, September 12th.
7:30am. Leave the Silver Legacy "Silver Baron B" Hospitality room for one of the restaurants for breakfast.
8:15am. Leave for the Cowboy Fast Draw Blogger Match.
9:00am – 11:00am. Cowboy Fast Draw Shooting.

The Cowboy Fast Draw shooting is the last scheduled event for the Gun Blogger Rendezvous, but many attendees will be staying Sunday night and returning home on Monday. The Reno Balloon Races,  Virginia City Camel Races Festival, The Reno Car Museum, the Downtown River Walk, the new Reno Museum, and a number of other things should be considered for the rest of the day on Sunday. As you can see the days and nights are packed with activities from start to finish. 

If you haven't registered yet, time is running out, so you better get on it right away!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Ruger Joins Gun Blogger Rendezvous as Sponsor

Thanks almost entirely to the efforts of True blue Sam, I'm happy to announce that the Gun Blogger Rendezvous has another sponsor. The final details have not been worked out, but it looks like Lori Petoske, the Marketing Communications Manager for Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. Will be joining us for most, if not all, of this year's Rendezvous. Lori will be traveling all the way from Enfield, Connecticut to join in on the fun. Lori mentioned in her email and phone call that she's looking forward to meeting the gun bloggers in person, so if you are thinking about attending but haven't decided, here's one more great reason to come join us in Reno at the Rendezvous. Get your Rendezvous Registrations and room reservations in ASAP.

How many of you own at least one Ruger? I thought so! Two? Three? More than that? That's what I figured! There's a lot of Rugers out there! I think my favorite's the Super Red Hawk .480, but it's really hard to choose. What's your favorite Ruger?

See You In Reno!