July has come and gone . . . . . Many of the young Americans are already headed back to school. Where did the summer go? We know where two (2) weeks of the summer went: Our two (2) Youth 250 “Summer Camp” courses were grand events! Having these young Americans here was outstanding.
At Gunsite, Summer continues with the (recently updated) Team Tactics for Two, Defensive Three Gun, 250 Pistol, several media events, the Tennessee Close Quarters Pistol and Tutorials. Whew . . . .
While the Gunsite Instructors and Staff are teaching these courses, their devious minds are also putting the finishing touches on the Gunsite Alumni Shoot (GAS) stages. There are several new and different stages planned for this year.
Our friends at Glock have offered an engraved Glock 21 for the winner of the “Garland Texas” Stage. The shooter will engage targets based upon the terrorist shooting earlier this year. The winner of that stage wins the Glock 21 pistol. (Rumor is that there may be a “drawing contest” of some sort as well.) Gem Tech has offered up a suppressor for the winner of the stage they are sponsoring, and Remington may be a sponsor of a stage. GAS (“A social engagement frequently interrupted by gunfire.”) is October 3, 2015. If you haven’t signed up, DO IT NOW as we are nearing full.) The prize table is filling quickly with our partners from Blade-Tech, Brownells, and more.
Keep your calendar open for the first Saturday in October, 2016 as that will be the Gunsite 40th Anniversary Party. The planning for that event is also underway. You won’t want to miss it.
One of the many pleasures I have at Gunsite is accompanying the 250 students to The Sconce on Friday after graduation to visit with Mrs. Cooper, tour The Sconce and sample her legendary brownies. It is such a joy to see her light up as she explains some Gunsite history, background of The Sconce and its design and learns of the students. It brings back many fond memories of sun tea, lemonade and brownies on the sun porch of the old classroom. We know many of you have similar memories. If you have photos of those memories, we are still looking for old Gunsite Class Photos for “Throwback Thursday” on Facebook (You have “Liked” the Gunsite Facebook page, haven’t you?) as well as some considerations for the 40th Anniversary celebration. If you have old class photos, please email them to me with a brief description. (Ken@gunsite.com)
Speaking of Social Media, Gunsite is also active on Twitter, Instagram, Pintrest and Trip Advisor. (IF you don’t know what that is, find a young person to explain.) Please make a point to “follow” or “like” us or write a review. We post items of interest, photos from classes, and new items in the Pro Shop on these venues.
The Gunsite Web Page has also been updated the last few months and changes regularly. If you haven’t visited www.gunsite.com recently, you don’t know what you’ve missed out on. Check out the Class Pictures gallery under the News heading.
Gunsite continues to evolve and thrive doing what we do best: Keeping good people alive in our threatening environments. We do this at the Gunsite Ranch, at Off-Site courses in Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee, and now at the Colonial Shooting Academy in Richmond Virginia. We want to make our life-saving skills available to as many good people as we can throughout the Republic. Let us know how we can support your endeavors to become a Gunsite Family member.
Finally, if you’ve not been out to practice your shooting recently, time is of the essence. We know the miscreants practice their skills, so should you. Can you deliver on demand? When you go out to practice remember to take a young person out to shoot as well. Help them learn the responsibilities of firearms use and help make them a stronger and better American.
We hope to see you soon,