As I mentioned yesterday, every time we've gotten together, everyone has had a great time. That doesn't stop me from being a nervous wreck wondering if folks are enjoying themselves, mind you - but they usually do. I take the fact that folks are willing to drive up to 11 hours (14 with the horrendous traffic) to play with us as a sign they're having fun.
I also realized something. I don't bring way too many guns because I expect to shoot them all - or even expect others to. A good number come along just for the "hey, this is cool, check it out" factor. And I think everyone else does that, too. Some pieces - like the Ruger 10/22 - come along because, well, duh. I think everyone else does that, too. Here's just SOME of the ordnance that came for the shoot:
Yes, Even Moar Ordnance
TOYS!!! (and yes, that *is* what you think it is...)
Here's a representative picture of the day. We had a couple canopies set up, one covering the shooting line, the other providing some shade. It separated the "shooting" / "no shooting" area pretty handily. We had a new set up this year that worked a lot better than in years past, and we all owe Doubletrouble a huge hearty "THANK YOU" for the hard work he put into the new back stop.
The dynamics of the shoot are truly amazing. There's a lot of "hey, check this out" going on. There's a good amount of "OMG, you HAVE one of those???" as well - which is almost ALWAYS followed up by "Yeah, you want to shoot it?" Some folks were looking to try something out - I think I sold a couple Rossi 92s, a couple Rugers, and I know for certain one Kel-Tec SUB2000...
Naturally, we opened (and closed) the shoot with a blast from the cannon:
And then folks spent some time converting money into noise:
Marko with a BIG gun - we all joked that he needed to yell "'MURICA!" after every shot.
Weerd with an odd malf
Glenn B. with an M44
Dave H. with the Snubbie from Hell™
Wally's AK-54 gets a workout
Sarah Brady weeps.
That's Matt's 11 year old son shooting the HK 416. He did a mighty fine job with it in both semi-auto and full auto. It is loud and throws a WICKED fireball - I have a video of it I'll post later.
So, the aftermath was something:
We had a special guest for the bayonet charge
Don't bring a helmet to a gunfight
It appears as though everyone had a good time. For Glenn and Les - two out of three of our long haul attendees - this was their second appearance, so there must be something worth driving long distances for. It sounds like everyone had a pretty good time, from the youngest attendee to the oldest (that's something that floors me, the range we get - we had AARP-eligible shooters right alongside high school students!).
I think it's the tribe, I really do. That feeling that you are among friends, but more than just friends with the tribe. Kindred spirits - while we share a common love of that which goes bang, it's more than that. It's a love of liberty, not just the tools that keep us free. It's feeling like you really belong amongst these folks, that they understand you and what drives you (at least when it comes to all things gunnie).
I know I had a great time, I think everyone else did too, and I can't wait to do it again next year!
That is all.