“We should never despair, our situation before has been unpromising and has changed for the better, so I trust, it will again. If new difficulties arise, we must only put forth new exertions and proportion our efforts to the exigency of the times.” –George Washington, letter to Philip Schuyler, 1777
Enough on the election. But if you did not go vote, shame on you.
It continues to be a very busy time here at Gunsite. The triple 250 Pistol Classes along with a 223 class went smoothly. When you have the best staff in the business, they make the challenges seem easy. The week following Thanksgiving is another double 250 Pistol class.
The Pat Rogers Memorial Revolver Round-Up is fast approaching on November 19-21. It will be another great event with Lew Gosnell, Wayne Dobbs, Mark Fricke, Greg Ellifritz, Chuck Haggard, Darryl Bolke and more in a variety of opportunities. There will be a series of round-robin symposiums of two hours or so in a variety of shooting courses, history, distance shooting, live-fire shoot-house and much more. If you carry a revolver, especially a 2” or 3”, this is a great opportunity to experience some unique training.
The County has finally granted our permit to begin construction of the new Instructor Bunkhouse at Gunsite. Footers are poured and we await stem walls. The County claims we will have the new Office and Pro Shop permits very soon. Once we have the new Pro Shop, the current Pro Shop will revert to its original purpose: Classroom! As busy as we continue to be, we are in dire need of the additional classroom space.
Next in our building plans is a new larger bathroom and shower next to the classroom and there are more plans in the wings as well. Stay tuned for that.
For our Marine friends: Happy Birthday November 10.
For our Veterans: Thank you for your service. Your sacrifices allow us so many freedoms that many can only dream of.
The 2022 Gunsite Alumni Shoot was a hoot! While a late season Arizona Monsoon Rain attempted to dampen our spirits late in the day, it did not deter Gunsite Family! (Stories will be told of hail stones as big as boulders and raindrops as large as eggs in hurricane winds. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.) A great time was had by all with the largest turnout (Almost 250 shooters) and the largest prize table ever. If you have not sent a note to our sponsors, it is not too late. As a result of your participation in the match, the side-matches, the steak dinner and the auction, we donated over $20,000 to the Jeff Cooper Legacy Foundation. Thanks to all who participated and special thanks to all our staff and instructors for the untold hours they worked in support of this event. Have you enrolled for 2023 yet?
As the Christmas season approaches, remember that a Gunsite gift certificate for training or the Pro Shop is a “one-size fits all” gift. A training certificate may be offering the gift of life should a significant event occur in their life.
But before we get to Christmas, we need to think of Thanksgiving and all we are grateful for. In reading, I came across a great piece from President Ronald Reagan as to Thanksgiving. It speaks so eloquently in so few words:
THANKSGIVING DAY, 1986 — “Today let us take heart from the noble example of our first President. . . . And let us ever be mindful of the faith and spiritual values that have made our Nation great and that alone can keep us great.”
One of the most inspiring portrayals of American history is that of George Washington on his knees in the snow at Valley Forge. That moving image personifies and testifies to our Founders’ dependence upon Divine Providence during the darkest hours of our Revolutionary struggle. It was then — when our mettle as a Nation was tested most severely — that the Sovereign and Judge of nations heard our plea and came to our assistance in the form of aid from France. Thereupon General Washington immediately called for a special day of thanksgiving among his troops. . . .
Eleven years later, President Washington, at the request of the Congress, first proclaimed November 26, 1789, as Thanksgiving Day. . . . President Washington exhorted the people of the United States to observe “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer” so that they might acknowledge “with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” . . .
Today let us take heart from the noble example of our first President. Let us pause from our many activities to give thanks to almighty God for our bountiful harvests and abundant freedoms. . . . And let us ever be mindful of the faith and spiritual values that have made our Nation great and that alone can keep us great. With joy and gratitude in our hearts, let us sing those stirring stanzas:
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed His grace on thee.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RONALD REAGAN, President of the United States of America, in the spirit of George Washington and the Founders, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 27, 1986, as a National Day of Thanksgiving, and I call upon every citizen of this great Nation to gather together in homes and places of worship on that day of thanks to affirm by their prayers and their gratitude the many blessings bestowed upon this land and its people. . . .
From the Gunsite staff and instructors to all of you, to those who cannot sit at the table as they serve us in the military, public safety, and necessary jobs, we wish you a grand Thanksgiving.
With great respect,
Sheriff Ken Campbell (Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer
Gunsite Academy, Inc.