The High Road in Colorado


Standing Wolf
September 13, 2003, 08:37 PM
The Colorado contingent of the High Road met today at Larry's ranch in Pueblo. Here's about a third or half the group.

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Standing Wolf
September 13, 2003, 08:39 PM
Larry was a little less than sure which part of the shootin' iron to look through, but...

Standing Wolf
September 13, 2003, 08:41 PM
...he figured it out!

Standing Wolf
September 13, 2003, 08:44 PM
'Twas a family affair from start to finish. This lad—name already forgotten: sorry!—kept his index finger well away from the trigger except when he was ready to shoot. Many an adult could learn from him.

Standing Wolf
September 13, 2003, 08:46 PM
Nearly everyone wanted to shoot the fully automatic .22 rim fire rifle.

Standing Wolf
September 13, 2003, 08:49 PM
The left side of the range featured moving and clanging targets.

Standing Wolf
September 13, 2003, 08:53 PM
The ladies were well—and ably—represented.

I'll post more pictures tomorrow; I won't, however, post any pictures of the pot luck part of the festivities, since I don't have a wide-angle lens. Suffice it to say fears there wouldn't be enough proved unfounded, and it was de-glorious-licious.

September 13, 2003, 08:58 PM
Watch out, I think that guy with the uzi in an undercover ATF agent :scrutiny:


Was it FA BTW?

September 13, 2003, 09:04 PM
you bet it was. rock & roll complete with $200 stamp.

September 13, 2003, 09:26 PM
Yeah...keep a close eye on that dude. ;)

Wish I could've been there!

September 13, 2003, 10:21 PM
Wow! you got the pics up fast!

Well the whole shindig was a blast (pun intended) :p

Thanks again to Larry for hosting!

September 13, 2003, 10:24 PM
The .357 max was a big hit, gald i brought it along. Nice to have met many fine folks, lets do it again!


September 13, 2003, 10:41 PM
Yeah, the .357MAX and that handrifle you see Larry shooting where both real cool ... makes my little Mak seem so puny :p (also since it took Justin and I a couple of mags of rapid fire to knock down those darn poppers with 9x18).

It was nice to put some faces with the names here.

September 13, 2003, 10:57 PM
Very very very fun...glad to have met som many of you...sorry I had to leave so early, but the young one was fading on me..and my stomach was full.. and the Mrs..thanks very much..for hosting quite the afternoon..
great guns, better food and the best of people...

see ya all again soon..

September 13, 2003, 11:35 PM
Thanks to Larry & the Mrs. for being such good hosts! Long drive from the flatlands but well worth it.
Only one problem; Thanks to Dr. Rob, now I just gotta have a .357 max.!

Zak Smith
September 13, 2003, 11:35 PM

Thanks for everything. It was great to finally have a Colorado THR/TFL gathering come together. Sasha and I both enjoyed your hospitality - and your shooting range.

After shooting eerw's 9x23's, I'm hooked. I've got to get a 1911 chambered in it now. Same power as .357SIG but as tame as a 9x19; faster on target than .45.

Labgrade's .309JDJ will not soon be forgotten, either.



September 14, 2003, 11:18 AM
Recoil of the .309jdj is barely noticeable.

Larry Ashcraft
September 14, 2003, 11:31 AM
A great day!. Sandy and I stayed up late last night talking about it. Total number of people there was Fourty-Two!
This lad—name already forgotten
Madison, WYO's son.

Let's make this an annual deal! I'll be offline until tomorrow morning, hope to see more pictures then.

September 14, 2003, 12:42 PM
Oooo, lookes like a good time. Regrets and apologies we didn't make it ya'll. The phone started screaming no heat at me, so I had to stay and work. Nature of the beast in this trade. I did put two off until monday hoping to go but it just didn't stop. And the sun shines again today...(crap)

Izzat Labgrade in full recoil with the 309JDJ?

September 14, 2003, 03:33 PM
Watch out, I think that guy with the uzi in an undercover ATF agent No no no...I was there as a reperesentative of the evil media, doing an undercover story on those super mean super eeeeeeeeviiiiiiil assaultdeathkillweapons. :neener:

.22 LR UZI...Just the thing to rock and roll with after your parents have told you to TURN THAT NOISE DOWN! :D

I certainly had a good time yesterday. The only thing more impressive than the spread of food was the number and variety of firearms. It ranged from single action cowboy guns to the aforementioned UZI, to some very cool Open Class IPSC race guns, to target pistols, and stuff of practically every nationality, operating system, and design.

It was really cool to be able to put names with faces and just generally hang out with others who share a similar passion.

The only downside to the whole thing was the weather, which started out kind of chilly and overcast, and got downright cold and wet a few hours later. But no worries- we still had plenty of time to shoot, eat, and hang out.

Kudos to the Ashcrafts for offering a place to hold the party, as well as providing a lot of the food.


Standing Wolf
September 14, 2003, 04:59 PM
There was much to see and admire and ask questions about—and envy, too, at moments.

Standing Wolf
September 14, 2003, 05:01 PM
The hand cannon's negligible recoil made it one of the more popular guns to shoot.

Standing Wolf
September 14, 2003, 05:03 PM
Not even a blink!

Standing Wolf
September 14, 2003, 05:04 PM
The dogs helped reset targets and pick up brass.

Standing Wolf
September 14, 2003, 05:06 PM
There was as much to discuss...

Standing Wolf
September 14, 2003, 05:07 PM shoot.

Standing Wolf
September 14, 2003, 05:09 PM
Just because it's automatic doesn't mean it automatically unjams itself.

Standing Wolf
September 14, 2003, 05:10 PM
Lots of noise...

Standing Wolf
September 14, 2003, 05:12 PM
...and lots of good fellowship.

Special thanks to Larry and the salsa queen!

September 14, 2003, 05:36 PM
Looks like a lot of fun! Do you hold these often?

September 14, 2003, 07:46 PM
Many thanks, Larry and Sandy. Where did you find such a nice group of people. . . .?

I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet all you folks in person!

September 14, 2003, 07:56 PM
Wolf did you get any pics of folks shooting the 357 Max?

Funny thing I brought plenty of ammo... offered everyone a turn. And so few said yes.

The "gun show" laying on the table was pretty impressive too.

Food? We ate like kings.

The company? A great bunch of folks all sitting around sharing stories, breaking bread, and all armed to the teeth.:D

We do have to do this again. Thanks again, Larry.

Steve Smith
September 14, 2003, 10:30 PM
Whew, just landed in DC. I had a GREAT time there with you guys. Looking forward to our next meeting already!

September 14, 2003, 11:44 PM
That's me, in the red hat, demonstrating the negligible recoil of the .309.
Next time, I'll bring my mortar.

Standing Wolf
September 14, 2003, 11:46 PM
Wolf did you get any pics of folks shooting the 357 Max?

I took a few, but am sorry to report they didn't turn out at all well: even at I.S.O. 800, I was working with slow shutter speeds and shivering from the chill in the air. It's a mighty pretty gun, and the next time we gather, I'll try to take some shots of it.

Does anyone still make firearms in that caliber?

September 15, 2003, 12:54 AM
Not even a blink!

Okay, see, now that is impressive! It ain't every day you see a dude about to get beaned in the face with a scope and be absolutely poker-faced about it. :uhoh:

Larry Ashcraft
September 15, 2003, 01:14 PM
Just a few observations on a great day. I'm sure I'm forgetting something, so please let me know.

My son, Jim Had to mention him first, he was the unsung hero of the day. Despite not feeling well, he showed up early and worked all day, setting poppers, cleaning chairs, generally getting things ready. After he fired a few mags full, he fired up the grill and cooked, then after dinner, he cleaned up the cooking area and helped put stuff away. Thanks, Jim!

WYO and wife Barb and son Madison. Wyo was paying attention and brought both deviled eggs AND Michelob.

Zundfolge and wife. A very delightful couple, thanks for coming!

Deepdiver and wife. Same as above.

labgrade and wife. I knew a year ago when we exchanged posts and PMs that labgrade and I would become friends. I was right, a thoroughly enjoyable couple. Also, the salmon and antelope roast were GREAT! Would you share your recipe?

Bob R and his wife. All the way from WA (actually he was working in the Springs). Brought 6 lbs. (!) of shrimp.

Billll brought some really cool swinging targets that he made. Also, him and....

Brass (aka "the unflinching one") were the first ones here. Helped set up the range and also got the ball rolling after dinner and started the clean-up.

Zak Smith and Sasha brought IPSC targets, plates. Pretty serious young shooters, these.

shooter Turns out I know him. Dated my sister years ago.

Standing Wolf took all those great pictures. Brought cookies and paper towels (great idea). Just as personable if not more so than he is on the web.

Steve Smith says I look like a cop. Surprised me he is so young, considering his accomplishments at Camp Perry. Also threatened to kick my butt if I didn't give him a coffee can for donations (thanks, guys).

MoNsTeR and jade Nice young couple, serious shooters. They were going to shoot the IPSC match yesterday.

My friend Bud and wife Annetta. SASS alias "Smoke Rizen" Not a THR member yet, but soon. He was the tall cowboy carrying, at one time, two Vaqueros AND a 1911.

Sisco from Kansas. Brought some plates for shooting and some plates and silverware for eating. His son didn't come, something about some "girl".

CMcDermott brought his mother down to check on her new house in Pueblo West. He stayed and shot and she came back later for dinner. I know they brought something, but I don't remember what.

TaxPhd Lived in the Springs last 2 years, first time we met. Dusted off his race gun for the first time in 2 years. I think he's hooked again.

Dr.Rob Man, that was some great chili! Don't forget to send Sandy the recipe. Dressed for the weather in his trench coat.

Justin The mysterious ATF agent. :D

eerw forgot to sign the guest book. Brought some dessert and his 4 year old (?) son. Showed some new guns and some FAST shooting.

Quote of the day: eerw's son came to his dad during a cease fire and eerw told him "Go back around the house, you don't have your ears on or eye protection" Son runs about 4 steps, grabs his ears,stops and comes back, and says "But daddy, I have them". :D

September 15, 2003, 01:18 PM
Not a scope-cut in the bunch, Tam. Although firing my own gun at (what!?) 15 yards, I flinched w/the thing so bad I almost - almost, mind you, shot the foot of a popper - missed completely. ;)

BTW, the li'l Lady in pale blue & denim skirt, the dog & the tall guy in the camo bonnie hat is The Family.

Most excellent putting faces on names.

Larry/Sandy = many thanks - PM a bit later. High time this finally got put together.

Agree. Shooters (hardware & folks) ran the gamut. Prolly would've tripled the hardware tally if we had space to break out the longguns. :p :D

September 15, 2003, 01:24 PM
Too, Larry.

Any chance of a PM to the roster y'all collected for the attendees?

I am horrible w/names - tough enough to remember one, let alone two (screen name too boot).

& Zak, Sasha's a sweetie. Got to get together - The Wife demands it.

Larry Ashcraft
September 15, 2003, 01:36 PM
Any chance of a PM to the roster y'all collected for the attendees?
Sure, but I didn't bring them today, I'll send it tomorrow.

Weird thing, sitting around the living room in the evening with 5-6 guys you barely know, knowing they are all armed, and feeling absolutely comfortable with it.

Everybody, down to the last person, was safe, courteous and good company.


September 15, 2003, 01:36 PM
Great outing, Larry! Thanks again to you and Sandy for hosting it.

..and thanks for taking the photos, wolfman!!

Recoil of the .309jdj is barely noticeable.

....actually, the barrel was elevated in this photo because it was taken just before Jim dropped that black helicopter that was hovering over the berm..:D

September 15, 2003, 02:33 PM
Hey Larry..

sorry about the guest book..but when you are standing there and the five guys are around the deviled gotta make a choice...:D

the real "eerw" ( the four-year-old ) had a great time...loves the guns..but loved the dirt and the tractors more...thanks to was literally a blast..

Larry Ashcraft
September 15, 2003, 02:46 PM
sorry about the guest book..but when you are standing there and the five guys are around the deviled gotta make a choice...
No problem...I know your name. I just filled it in for you. ;)

Larry Ashcraft
September 15, 2003, 03:42 PM
Steve Smith's friend Pete I believe. He's the one who brought the Uzi.

Steve Smith
September 15, 2003, 05:00 PM
Yup, that was Pete. Hopefully he'll start posting around here.

Never stand between me and the deviled eggs. Or behind me.

September 15, 2003, 05:10 PM
Deviled eggs! There were deviled eggs!?

That's what I get for shooting - at a shoot ....


(pssst - revolvers rule) :D

September 15, 2003, 05:36 PM
Definately a good time.

Larry, I was going to shoot that match at Pueblo on Sunday, but after being gone Saturday, the wife had too many "Honey Do's" on the list. Maybe next month.


September 15, 2003, 05:55 PM
I saw a tray full of deviled eggs in the kitchen but there only appeared to be a few dozen. I was gonna eat a couple but didn't want Larry to catch me raiding his stash. :D

September 15, 2003, 05:57 PM
Larry = thanks for hosting the event, I had a great time and my Mom enjoyed herself also.

Standing Wolf - great pictures, and there's no need for you to be envious of those target grips on my Model 18, you bought them off my gun and put them on your K22. And I picked up a pair of factory diamond targets yesterday at the gun show to replace them on my Model 18. Hope you enjoy the target grips on your K22.

Standing Wolf
September 15, 2003, 08:58 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! They fit both the gun and my hand just fine. I'm still looking for Blue Magnum.

Steve Smith
September 15, 2003, 09:37 PM
Just wait, Ted (Blu Magnum) should be done with my 25-5 grips in another month.

September 15, 2003, 10:08 PM
Ya'll out there in Colorado sure know how to throw a party. Ya'll must have gotten jealous of all the fun we've been havin' here in Vols country and decided to 'one-up' us. Well, ya done good.

BTW, any of you know of a decent indoor range near Aspen/Snowmass? I'll be there for Christmas, and was thinking maybe I'd get a chance to take my son shooting, if I can peel him away from snowboarding that is. We don't see each other often and I'd like to share my love of the shooting sports with him.


September 15, 2003, 10:32 PM
Dang! I wish I could have made it but the money offered to do 3 hours of work was too good to pass up.

Larry, I'll be free in about a month for what we talked about.

Everyone else that was there - I am glad ya'll had a good time. I will be at the next one if at all possible.


September 15, 2003, 11:16 PM
Blu Magnum Grips (

September 15, 2003, 11:29 PM
SW ........ GREAT set of pics and, oh my .... how I wish I coulda been along for the day. Superb turn-out .... just wish I could get even half that for the shoot I am planning here for Oct 26.

Good representation there in CO .... impressive. Good to see so many able to get together .. I imagine, a truly memorable day.:)

Larry Ashcraft
September 16, 2003, 12:47 PM
Had to bring this back up to post this.

My son Jim, our cook:

Larry Ashcraft
September 16, 2003, 12:50 PM
And a brand new THR member, Smoke Rizen. (he's the one in the cowboy hat and vest, wearing THREE handguns)

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