Shot show get together?


Jon Coppenbarger
December 3, 2005, 01:28 AM
Are we going to get together again this year like we have done for the last several years?
Any locals want to ram rod it again for the reservations. The last place was pretty neat but maybe we can find something that is not so noisy?
How about the steak place what ever it is called. Read some good revues last year on it. Will have to look it up.
Sat sounds the best like last year but I am open for either night. I will be in town fri and sat myself.
Count me in for 2 to start it off.
I plan on giving more time to the gun show at mandalay bay as I think it is the same weekend again.


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50 Shooter
December 3, 2005, 04:27 AM
A friend who's an FFL is putting me down as a guest so I just might be there.

Will try to link up with everyone.

December 3, 2005, 04:46 PM
Can you be more specific on where you would like to eat John ?

I know we do this every year, but could people post their suggestions on where to get together ? I wasn't really happy with the get together last year. We basically just sat down and ate: there wasn't anywhere for everyone to get together and talk. Prior to eating, we didn't even know for sure who was part of our group. After dinner, most people just got up and left.
How big of a consideration is price ?
How big of a consideration is location (close to strip ?).
Obviously there are lots of great restraunts in and around the Las Vegas strip. There are also obviously tons of places to get together in Las Vegas.

December 3, 2005, 05:58 PM
I'll be at SHOT on business, but I will try to show up for whatever you guys arrange.

Jon Coppenbarger
December 3, 2005, 08:34 PM
You got the exactly same feeling I had.
I liked the food but between the prices, noise and everything else it made it hard to visit anybody other than the one or two folks around you and you new some of them anyway.

I think close to the strip is the best for several reasons but mainly it is close for some of the vendors that have to stay untill they close up and most folks from out of town are already close by.

I am really open to suggestions and even the chinese place was really a more friendly place to talk to everyone without the noise. How is Lowery's? not that is where I want to go but curious anyways.

50 Shooter & Owen we will get the time and dates down before everybody heads out there. I might be starting this kinda early but its right at 2 months when we leave and we most likely should make the resrvations soon after the new year or shortly after that.
Owen we had in the past two years made in around 7 ish I believe so everyone had time to go back and clean up before they came over and we were done early enough to still go out on the town if we wished. Last time it was a sat as I think most folks were in town for that night also.

So 444 shoot us some ideals as we have a little time and we should get some more feed back from others before we have to make arangments.

I plan on having a good time in Vegas. I hope to get all my bussiness done on friday and early sat and then spend time at the gun show as that was a very nice show and I had no ideal it was like that at the Mandalay bay.


Spreadfire Arms
December 4, 2005, 12:22 AM
if you have a rental car in Vegas for SHOT Show, go eat at the Claimjumper in Henderson. It is at I-215 at Green Valley on the N/W side of the intersection, right across from Green Valley Ranch.

bring your appetite. they have racks of ribs that hang off both sides of the plate and eclairs as large as footballs. it tops any of the casino buffets.

December 4, 2005, 11:38 AM
Lowry's is OUTSTANDING. But, it is going to be at the higher end of the mid-range price scale. And, I would say that it would be more appropriate to dress better than jeans. I don't know what the restraunt is like as far as people being able to mingle: I have never been there.
I used to work at a fire station right by there and one time a year they come to the fire station and put out their full spread for the firemen. The food was to die for. Some of the best I have ever eaten.

If we want to mainly get together to visit we have other options besides restraunts on the strip. A bar would probably be a better venue for visiting. They have food and people who don't want to drink don't have to drink. On the other hand, if the main point is eating and visiting is just a sideline, a resturant would be a better choice.

Chris Rhines
December 4, 2005, 11:52 AM
I had kind of the same feeling about the 2005 SHOT Show meetup. It was a lot of fun, and the veal was fantastic, but I'd personally perfer someplace a bit more geared towards conversation.

- Chris

Gary G23
December 4, 2005, 12:43 PM
I just signed up for the Shot Show. In the last 18 years I've only missed one.

December 7, 2005, 09:23 PM
This will be my first time at a SHOT show, so I definitely want to meet up with you guys. I'm up for any type of food.

let me know where.

December 7, 2005, 09:44 PM
I agree that we should meet someplace different. The "Hole In The Wall" was great but difficult for conversation. I will be at the Shot Show again this year and would like to meet up with the THR crowd again.
Many shooters are hearing handicapped and have difficulty in crowded, noisy environments. However I want to express my appreciation for the fine job the organizers did last year. I had a good time with some very nice people. The bar has no value to me nor does the free wine. I like good food and good people. The "Hole In The Wall" had both.

Henry Bowman
December 14, 2005, 04:59 PM
Looks like it is official that I am going this year. :D I will attend whatever THR get-together is planned.

This will be a business trip for me. :cool: I will be meeting existing clients and seeking new clients in need of IP (patent/trademark/copyright/licensing) legal services. Any referrals would be greatly appreciated.

December 14, 2005, 06:00 PM
My company will be there. I agree about last year's location. Someplace a little more geared towards conversation would be nice.

December 14, 2005, 06:25 PM
I will be there. let's decide on a place to meet, and what time. I assume later in the evening, say 800 pm?

December 14, 2005, 06:34 PM
85% chance I'll be there.


Henry Bowman
December 16, 2005, 09:24 AM

It would be an honor to meet you in person. I hope you can make it.

Will you be signing your latest book, Bits of Wisdom from an Armed Mother?

December 16, 2005, 10:33 AM
pax, you better be there. :) They have MANGO SALSA!

Book? Huh?

December 16, 2005, 11:52 AM
Henry ~

:D Thanks for the kind word.

Larry ~

No, no book. Henry was just being flattering.

(Heh, speaking of which ... what the status on yours now???)


December 16, 2005, 12:36 PM
pax, I'll send you a PM with the update.

Henry Bowman
January 10, 2006, 12:14 PM

Any update on a meet-up?

January 10, 2006, 12:30 PM
I can 100% make it if it's NOT on Thursday night. I strongly urge a place that is NOT noisy. The whole point in getting together is to get acquainted with each other and to be able to hear each other's comments and ideas.

The Chinese place we went to (just off the Strip) a couple of years back allowed for plenty of parking and was quiet enough where we could all hear one another in conversations. I'd be happy to go there again.

I'll be hosting my friend Rudy DuFour (NRA Action Pistol national coordinator) during the Show, and if possible I'd like to invite him to join us.

January 15, 2006, 03:29 AM
Any updates on the Shot Show THR dinner? May I ask if last years organizers were treated fairly? Did everyone pay their fair share? Sometimes when there are group dinners people forget to pay up. Did that happen last year?

Jon Coppenbarger
January 15, 2006, 09:34 AM
Yeah I believe they were treated fairly. A few of us made sure the hat was passed for the one or two who stiffed the rest of us. NO I was not happy with having to pay around $50 for a plate of calimari and two drinks because of the one or two who stiffed us.
I know who one of them was because I was sitting beside the person who will stay un-named. I watched on purpose as I was pre warned and they were right. Put it this way I saw no one from this forum do it.
I really think the only concerns are having a place that is a little less noisy so we can talk.
We are about 3 weeks away and I have not heard of any more plans.

I so have plans on one night but it does not mater if it is on a fri or sat.
Do have some personal friends I know who are going this year that I spend time with for a week or two at the national matches so my evenings are pretty well taken.
If dinner is going to be planned we need to get it done.

January 15, 2006, 04:01 PM
I liked the chinese place also.

January 17, 2006, 12:07 PM
How about one of many LV buffets? They have good variety of food, are cheep, and make everyone pay at the door.

Henry Bowman
January 25, 2006, 04:07 PM
Any update?

I would take the lead on this, but I don't know Vegas. There once, 10 years ago. Somebody else must have better intel than I.




February 2, 2006, 02:53 AM
Does anyone know anyone who might have an extra SHOT Show ticket? Thanks...

February 2, 2006, 05:50 AM
The last place was pretty neat but maybe we can find something that is not so noisy? May I suggest: picnic in the desert?

Bring a grill, some chuck, chicken wings, pork bbq, potato salad, beans, cole slaw, beer, a table or 12, chairs ... what ever else.

Dang, I wish I could make this. It's not the best time for me. (Within 2 weeks of the end of phase 1, 2006).

I may still yet.


Henry Bowman
February 3, 2006, 06:19 PM
Sounds good, '870. We'll each put some in our checked baggage and you can pick us up on the strip with your bus.

What's that? You won't be there. No problem. We'll try your idea next year. :rolleyes:

For the rest, again, I would set something up if I knew Vegas. But I don't.

Who of the "maybes" are going for sure? Let's count noses and see if we need a big room (or at least a reservation) or whether we'll just show up at a Taco Bell.

-I'm in.

February 3, 2006, 07:19 PM

February 3, 2006, 07:34 PM
No one has answered any of the questions I asked in my first post of this thread.
I am not going to waste my time making suggestions when I don't know what anyone wants to do.
First and foremost we have to decide if this is about a "get together", or this is about eating. If it is about eating, I can do that anytime.

Chris Rhines
February 3, 2006, 08:09 PM
Uh, 444, not to pick on you, but it looks like most of the posts to this thread (after yours) went along the line of "get together, not just eating." I thought mine did, anyhow...

I agree that a bar would probably be a better venue for visiting/conversation/swapping lies. Decent food would be a bonus. Decent beer would be a requirement, at least for me. :D

- Chris

February 3, 2006, 10:24 PM
Ok, how about McMullan's ?
On Tropicana, across the street from the Rio.

They have good food IMO.
I go there to drink.
A buddy of mine held the XMAS party for his cowboy action shooting club there in December. They have an alcove where you could get maybe 15 or so people into a semi-private area. This is probably a mile west of the New York New Yord/MGM/Excaliber/Tropicana (corner of Las Vegas Blvd. x Tropicana).

Chris Rhines
February 3, 2006, 10:51 PM
Dude, you must have been reading my mind. McMullans looks fantastic.

I'm in for at least two people, and probably four.

Edit: Friday would be best for me, but I'll go whenever. I'm easy.

- Chris

February 4, 2006, 03:16 PM
What day and time?

Gary G23
February 4, 2006, 05:41 PM
I'll be there if it is Friday or Saturday.

February 5, 2006, 01:36 AM
Looks like I will probably be going. Another possibility would be Bucco di Beppo, on Flamingo (north side, east of Kival). It's a long walk from the strip, but do-able. They serve family style (big heaping plates to share) and the prices are pretty good. With a little bit of notice, they could accomodate a lot of people.

Edit: I forgot to mention that it is Italian food.

Gary G23
February 5, 2006, 02:10 PM
I hope somebody comes up with a plan before my plane leaves.

February 5, 2006, 03:54 PM
I think the place should be within walking distance or on the tram line. It would be nice to meet at least an hour after the show so that I can make it to the hotel first.

Andrew Wyatt
February 6, 2006, 01:20 AM
mcmullins sounds good to me. I can make it if it's not thursday night, as i'm driving to SHOT that night.

February 6, 2006, 03:27 AM
A question -- Does the Rio have a shuttle that picks up people in other hotels? McMullins is no problem for me. I think casinos have shuttle services. Take the shuttle to the Rio and walk across the street to the THR get together!

Gary G23
February 6, 2006, 10:12 AM
McMullans is fine with me. I am staying at Mandalay Bay so if it needs to be on the tram line House of Blues is another alternative.

Henry Bowman
February 6, 2006, 10:36 AM
I am really easy. Any time, anywhere, Thursday-Sunday, I'll be there.

I think that eating and talking would be good, but I'm flexible. Irish, Italian, whatever! I don't mind taking a taxi, if necessary. An hour after the show closes would be good. Early enough to meet others later, if you need to.

Sounds like Friday or Saturday evening would be best. Shall we take a head count?

Henry Bowman=1

February 6, 2006, 01:58 PM
I can be there, plus a buddy of mine that is going to the show with me.

February 6, 2006, 05:16 PM
I will be there! I have to pick up my wife at the airport around 5 PM Friday. If we are meeting after 6 or 7 PM Friday, we will both be there. Anytime Saturday is OK, location no problem. I will be staying at THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay - It's right next door to Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

February 6, 2006, 05:55 PM
I would be happy to give anybody that needs it, a ride. McMullens is a few miles off the strip. In my other post, I mistakenly reported that it is across the street from the Rio: it isn't. It is across the street from the Orleans.

I am sure we can make arrangements for anyone that needs a ride to get one.

February 6, 2006, 06:04 PM
Someone announce a night & a time. Husband and I may make a showing, but have several other irons in the fire which take higher priority (sigh).


February 6, 2006, 06:05 PM
I've got meetings and dinner appointments and general industry schmoozing all week. But somebody pick a date/time/place. Make it official, and I'll try to make it. Between 1-4 people, but that depends on aformentioned schmoozing.

February 7, 2006, 12:50 PM
McMullens - Friday night, 7:30- 8 pm The last word unless somebody else speaks up. 4 people in tow. I won't even ask if this is O.K.

Gary G23
February 7, 2006, 01:00 PM
McMullens - Friday night, 7:30- 8 pm The last word unless somebody else speaks up. 4 people in tow. I won't even ask if this is O.K.
Finally somebody made a decision.

Henry Bowman
February 7, 2006, 01:20 PM
I'm in. Do we need a reservation, or are we just winging it?

BTW, you can spot me from my picture here:

February 7, 2006, 02:42 PM
Thank You jrhines!
Mrs 106rr and I will be there.

February 7, 2006, 03:28 PM
I'll try to stop by. My girlfriend is coming along and I already told her she got to decide how I spend our evenings, so I have to get permision before I can commit.

February 7, 2006, 05:44 PM
McMullens Irish Pub
4650 West Tropicana, Las Vegas
Friday Night 7:30.
Sounds good.

Jon Coppenbarger
February 7, 2006, 07:30 PM
might bring myself and thew two guys going with me. Will not know tell I get to Vegas on friday mourning.

February 7, 2006, 09:27 PM
I should be there, bringing a buddy of mine who got me into the show.

February 7, 2006, 10:32 PM
OK guys, I'm in LV at 1600 Wed. I will get on THR for a head count by 1830 and beat feet to McM to reserve/set aside/procure a room/closet/cubicle. Sign up with a for sure/quite possibly/maybe and I'll post the results back here by 2300 Wed night.

February 7, 2006, 10:35 PM
BTW - I think I count about 24 folks so far...

February 8, 2006, 11:08 AM
Two "for sure"
106rr & Mrs 106rr
Should arrive in LV Wednesday night

February 8, 2006, 12:26 PM
when you make reservations, make it under The High Road, so if the time changes by Friday we can call the pub and find out the correct time, and day if that changes also. I'm driving this afternoon to Vegas, and should be there sometime late tonight or early tomorrow. No laptop to take with me to check on any changes in the time/day.

Thanks for doing this.

Travis McGee
February 8, 2006, 11:02 PM
Sorry to get to the thread late! The Irish place sounds fine if it's a done deal, I'm there.

BUT, let me share a bit of wisdom I picked up at a reunion in LV last year. Buffets can handle large groups with ease. Restaurants freak out when they get a group of 30, they watch you like a hawk, and are afraid you are going to tie up valuable table space all night yakking. They kind of pressure you to finish up and move out.

LV buffets don't even BLINK for 30 guests in a party. You pay in advance, so the single check nightmare/getting stiffed is completely avoided. You can stay for as long as the buffet is open, they don't care. And, you can push tables together anyway you like.

I attended a reunion for about 75 folks at the Harrah's buffet, it was ideal. The staff didn't mind, they loved us. We pushed together our tables into our own little clans the way we wanted to, we weren't jammed into a little room. There was no time pressure, and we could "graze" on the buffet lines for hours and hours....and we did! Talk, eat, schmooze, ogle, talk, eat talk joke laugh etc.

And no bill to divvy up at the end.


Chris Rhines
February 9, 2006, 12:11 AM
Dammit Bracken, where were you when the screen was green...We were just at the pub in question, good food, great beer, they are expecting us so start showing up around 7:30. Ask for the THR get together. There are several "backrooms" and the lady said we could have one of them....I figured 25-30 people.

Chris's Dad,
John Rhines

Travis McGee
February 9, 2006, 01:38 AM
I forgot to look for this thread on the Rallying fault.

I'll be there!


February 10, 2006, 02:54 AM
i'll be there... a bit late.


Henry Bowman
February 13, 2006, 06:01 PM
Probably 15 attended. I hope whoever took pictures will post them.

February 13, 2006, 07:21 PM
It was good to see all the high roaders at McMullen's on Friday. I enjoyed meeting all of you.
And they were right: you can walk for miles each day to see the stuff on display. it was great.

funny moment of the show (besides the two talking deer at one of the booths): I was talking to one of the guys at a knife display, and he said someone had shown him a challenge coin. One one said it said "black ops", and at this he had rolled his eyes wondering what bull was on the other side. and when he turned it over, it simply said "I was never there".

February 13, 2006, 08:43 PM
Sorry I missed you guys. . .I got surprised with tickets to "O". I'm sure a good time was had.

February 13, 2006, 10:05 PM
Had a great time talking to the folks I managed to talk to. :) Missed a few folks because we came in late and ended up at a nearby table. Looking forward to seeing pics ...


February 16, 2006, 08:34 PM
Here are the first 5 photos I took. :uhoh:

hmmm. Probably should have had someone take one of me.. :cool:


February 16, 2006, 08:38 PM
Here are the rest - didn't even De-Redeye them, jusr converted to JPG and uploaded.

Comments adding names etc. would be appreciated. :uhoh:


February 16, 2006, 10:49 PM
I'm the one in the black hat (and if that first picture of me making the weird face were to disappear, I wouldn't cry!).

My husband, Bob, is sitting across the table from me. And next to him was a very pleasant gentleman, a patent attorney -- but I'll let him introduce himself.


February 16, 2006, 11:26 PM
Were you happy with the location ?
The food ?

February 17, 2006, 01:22 AM
The location was fine, especialy considering that two guys from Maryland had to fly in and set up on short notice. Many thanks to jrhines and son Chris. The food was OK, I wouldn't order the Corned Beef and Cabbage again. I'll bet the sandwiches and burgers are great. I was easy to find, easy to park and easy to pay. The company was good and the ice tea was cold.

February 17, 2006, 02:25 AM
I had a great time at the show and at dinner. I'm the brown haired youth in the maroon shirt (Nathan Sultze). I still can't get over introducing myself via online screen name.

model 649
February 17, 2006, 05:31 AM
Good pix Tara, thanks! I'm in the second set, far right picture,nearly bald in the red shirt(model 649), sitting next to Matt (Travis McGee). Cool to see all the people I met at the show the next day and recognize them. The gathering was well worth the walk and thanks again, Matt for the ride back.
See you all in Orlando?

Henry Bowman
February 17, 2006, 09:52 AM
That's me sitting with Pax and her husband (second set of pics). Pax was who I most wanted to meet, but I apologise for monopolizing her time and regret not meeting many others. Natedog, I didn't realize that was you. I got there a little late. Taxis were hard to find that night.

My food was good (Irish stew) and they were very accommodating, but the band got loud later on and it was hard to hear.

February 17, 2006, 11:40 AM
"....considering that two guys from Maryland had to fly in and set up on short notice. "

I apologize for that. I have made every one of these get togethers up until now. My life has been very busy over the last month or two. So far this year (half way through month two of the year), I have worked something like 264 hours of overtime. I am also in the middle of a real estate deal. The night of the get together, I was working. In fact, I didn't even really punch into when this whole thing was taking place until the day before it happened (I have never been to a SHOT show).

February 17, 2006, 12:30 PM
Bummed I missed it, but my week at SHOT was utter chaos. :D

February 18, 2006, 03:53 PM
Not to worry, Larry -- we had fun without you. :neener:

(Would've had more fun with you though ... ;) )


Gary G23
February 18, 2006, 05:36 PM
I'm the old guy wearing the black XD hat. The beautiful lady to my right is Mrs. Gary G23. Thanks everybody for a great time. Hope to see you all next year in Florida.

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