LABOR DAY! The official end of summer and the beginning of Fall is upon us. Tomatoes are ripening, sweet corn is ready and the rattlesnakes are out in force.
Gunsite has a near full 250 Pistol Class, a Battle Rifle and a Pistol Tutorial underway this Labor Day morning. As the great basketball coach Bobby Knight said: “most people have the will to win. Few have the will to prepare.” (Yes, I’m an Indiana University graduate!). Those with the will to prepare are spending their Labor Day Monday (and the rest of the week) at Gunsite.
Our thoughts are with many today. Certainly our Gunsite friends and family Members in the hurricane hit areas are in the forefront. We hope you were practicing your mental preparedness and situational awareness and made appropriate plans prior to the disaster’s arrival. We need to learn from this. When will the disaster hit us? It may be a natural disaster such as an earthquake, hurricane, tornado, fire, etc. or man-made such as domestic terrorism impacting our infrastructure. The initial battle will not necessarily be with miscreants. (Although that may come a few days into the event.) When it hits, we need to have our plans in place, our supplies laid in, and mental preparations ready. When it hits, we need to have our family and close friends prepared as well. Do you have food and water in place? Have you made plans for sanitary problems? Does your family and friends have a communication and transportation plan? (Don’t forget your four legged family members as well and food, etc. for them.) It may be necessary for you to be on your own for an unknown length of time. I’ve heard that the late General Curtis LeMay (USAF) said: “Proper planning prevents piss poor performance.” We hope your performance is a result of proper planning.
Our thoughts also today go to those serving in the military, public safety and medical who are not attending the Labor Day BBQ. They serve today so we can enjoy holidays. We appreciate the great Gunsite staff working today as well, helping keep good people alive.
Labor Day is also the beginning of the busy Fall season at Gunsite. The weather turns grand with cool mornings and evenings and warm afternoons. There are classes in many of our disciplines this Fall: Pistol, Carbine, Rifle, Battle Rifle, Shotgun, and more. Several are near full, so if you are considering attending, don’t wait too long!
The Gunsite Alumni Shoot (GAS) is less than a month away. Our industry partners such as Remington, Mossberg, Colt, S&W, Blade Tech, Simply Rugged Holsters, Wilderness Products, Galco, and many more have filled the prize tables once again. The staff at Gunsite have come up with more devious matches. Bob Whaley and John Hall will try to fill the shoes of Ed Stock and Chris Weare and have a Shoot House stage. (The name of this stage is still under consideration. We are trying to keep it “PG” rated.”) Also, we are looking forward to the return participation of former GAS Match and Cooper Cup winners in our new “Master’s Class.” The former winners compete in their own division in the Match.
GAS (October 7) will be a great day of fellowship, friendship and shooting amongst the Gunsite family. The roster is quickly filling, so get yourself enrolled.
Look to the gunsite website for the “turnkey special” we are offering. It is a package of a class, a Gunsite Pistol, ammunition and gunsite clothing for a reduced price! You can almost show up in your skivvies and boots and shoot! https://gunsitestore.com/product/firearms/gunsite-anniversary-special/
Finally, another reason to celebrate September is that it also is National Bourbon Heritage Month. So, after you have properly practiced your firearms drills, celebrate responsibly and accordingly with your favorite spirit.
We look forward to seeing you (back) at Gunsite.