Wow . . . Mid-October. Where did the first two weeks go?
Well, we hosted about 90 guests from the Arizona Sheriff’s Association here to start things off for what we hope to be an annual event. Thanks to our friends with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office for all their excellent planning and work. It was a fun time for me to visit with so many Sheriffs.
GAS MMXXLL – What can I say? After a tremendous effort by the great Gunsite Staff in planning and wonderful work by the Gunsite Instructors supplemented by the help of many volunteers, GAS was outstanding. We had more participants than ever before (over 275 shooters) with the largest prize table ever with more guns than ever before. Great times on the stages, Cooper Cup, and Side-matches. (If you attended, have you sent your email to our sponsors thanking them for their participation?) We shot about 90,000 rounds on GAS Saturday, all safely and with a purpose. Thanks to all for being safe all the while having fun.
The week’s post-GAS did not slow down. We started a large 499 Pistol, Tactical Concealed Carry 3 Gun and tutorials the Monday following GAS. Next week is Carbine Range Day 2, more tutorials, Long Range Precision Rifle (PR7), 260 Shotgun and Shotgun Advanced Tactical Problems, Instructor Development, Seasoned Citizen 250 Pistol, a private 350 Pistol, a media event and a Tennessee 223 Carbine. (Not the rest of the month, just the week of October 14!) More follows with additional media, tutorials, 223 Carbine, double 250 Pistol, Ladies’ 150 Pistol and Ladies’ Pistol 2, a private class of ladies returning, the Alabama 250 Pistol, Seasoned Citizen 150 Revolver, and the ever popular All Steel Pistol Range Day. We close out October with the Crimson Trace 250 Class, 350 Night Class and another private 250 Pistol. The Fall weather in the high desert is beautiful. Cool mornings followed by warm afternoons. No wonder so many takes advantage of this for their classes. We have space in most of these classes. It is not too late to enroll!
The old bathroom (John) and old Pro Shop are finally scheduled for demolition early next week. Once gone, the paving crew arrives and the new parking lot will be completed, including striping for parking of about 120. More structures will follow. Stay tuned . . .
Now on to world affairs. Our world is ever-changing and not necessarily in a good way. In these tumultuous times, you need to be sure you are alert and aware of your surroundings and ever prepared. (When was the last time you read Principles of Personal Defense and had your family and friends read it?) We don’t know when miscreants will target our homeland, mall, sporting event, school, house of worship or workplace. If you can go armed, you should. When did you last go to the range and practice? When you practiced, did you practice your presentation, multiple hits on target and head shots? When did you last dry practice at home. (Your text book from Gunsite tells you the proper way to dry practice.) YOU are the First Responder.
Trying to be careful not to seem to take advantage of current times, please remember that Gunsite has offered Church Defense and Citizen Response to Active Shooter classes for several years. If you need the training prior to a scheduled class, reach out to Training Director Dave Hartman (Hartman@gunsite.com) and work out details for a private class or adding an additional class.
Gunsite offers prayers to the warriors across the Republic and the world fighting the good fight. Stay strong!
We look forward to meeting all the new Gunsite Family Members soon as well as reconnecting with returning family.
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