Hard to believe it is Holy Week and Easter is upon us.
Time literally flies here at Gunsite with all the classes going on. Almost all the 250 Pistol classes between now and November have doubled. (Well, except for end of May and it has tripled.) Pistol Caliber Carbine, Close Quarters Pistol, Precision Rifle 7 (PR7) and Gun Stories are here this week. Last week Outdoor Life and Defensive Handguns were filming.
Have you watched Guns and Ammo TV this year? They have featured Gunsite in nearly every episode. We greatly appreciate all our media partners and what they do to support us.
If you’ve attended Gunsite, you know I visit the Mess Deck (Lunchroom) daily to converse with the students. Last week I overheard two (2) talking and one said Gunsite was “an un-woke Disneyland.” Well, that’s a new one for me. We certainly are the world’s greatest “theme park” to teach you skills to stay alive. On a side note, Otter Pop deliveries have commenced on some of the warmer afternoons.
Next week stays very busy with a double 250 Pistol and a 350 Pistol, and our friends from Mossberg are back again along with a private 250 Tutorial. Are you waiting to enroll in your next Gunsite class? It would be prudent to get enrolled so you can be sure to get the date and class you wish.
Had some fun on April 1 announcing that the annual Gunsite Alumni Shoot (GAS Match) had sold out. Caught a few folks on that one (APRIL1) but also prompted them to get enrolled. Our prize closet continues to fill up and (devious) stages are being planned.
The new building plans for the Instructor Bunk House, Pro Shop and Office continue, but are awaiting permits. “The mills of the Gods often grind slow and fine” is the quote that comes to mind. We have completed all the work we can sans the permits.
Just got off the telephone with Gunsite Instructor Jerry Parsley. Jerry is a retired IL Sheriff and still teaches at their state academies. He shared a wonderful story about a police officer who had some remedial training with him and passed her Academy in December. While in Field Training a few short months later, she and FTO responded to a call. While on the porch, off-set of the door, the suspect came down the hall “with a purpose” and displayed a firearm. (Situational Awareness) They sought cover and called for help. Suspect then came out the door with an AR type weapon and when he began to shoulder it, said “Rookie” did all she was taught and had five (5) hits on miscreant with her pistol at just beyond 50 yards. Ladies and gents: Messages like that are why we do what we do at Gunsite. Yes, we appreciate the pay, but when the good guys go home unscathed after showing great control and professionalism, it is a big win. Well done Jerry and well-done Officer!
Folks, learn from this and seek good training and continue to practice. You cannot plan for the event in advance (or you wouldn’t go), but you can still be prepared.
This reinforces: “When are you coming to Gunsite!”
See you on the Range.