Next Bay Area shoot?


February 28, 2004, 04:11 PM
Just wondering- are there any plans for another bay area shoot? Seems like we haven't had one in a while. Spring is coming up, and that seems like a good time to do one...

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February 28, 2004, 04:32 PM
I'd like to come down for one - if it's on a weekday - I drive a cab thurs - sat. (got to get the drunks home safely)

March 2, 2004, 09:04 PM
I'm just going to bump this up in case the bay area members didn't see it...

March 2, 2004, 09:36 PM
Hey! What's that up in the sky!

Why I do believe it's a BIG ORANGE BALL!


If this keeps up, we most definately need to set up a THR NorCal Mob shoot.

March 2, 2004, 10:15 PM
Yes. It is definitely time for another shoot. :)

March 3, 2004, 01:58 AM
I've got a new rifle I still need to sight in, let's hit it!

March 3, 2004, 11:53 AM
I hearby propose the first Saturday in April (the 3rd) as a 'Good Day To Shoot'. Los Altos Rod and Gun has been pretty good for us in the past; we can do the bbq thing again.

Sound like a plan?

Pipsqueak- we can carpool if you're up for it. I'll try and get ahold of the other SF crew, MadKiwi, LabRat, etc.

March 3, 2004, 12:38 PM
Looks good to me...
We'll see how people like that date, and I'll check with my dad to make sure he's free that day to drive up there. The bbq thing sounds good, too, if there aren't all those damn yellowjackets.

March 3, 2004, 09:47 PM
Crap, I'm on call that weekend. I went down to Los Altos R&G Club last Sunday to play with my lever action. It was c-o-l-d!!. When I first got there the big orange thing was trying to break thru, but was overwhelmed by lots of gray stuff, and then called a stiff breeze for back-up. I'm surprised I even got on the paper. If April 10th or 11th is chosen I'm in.

best, RG

March 3, 2004, 10:02 PM
I put it down on my PDA. Saturday works for me.

March 3, 2004, 10:08 PM
April 3rd works for me. Tin cans, beware!

March 3, 2004, 10:13 PM
They need a 1000 yard range. ;)

March 3, 2004, 10:18 PM
I'm up for it. Bought a new Colt this week, and it will need extensive testing, after all... ;)

March 3, 2004, 10:46 PM
I'm in for April 3. Start saving cans and milk jugs today!

March 3, 2004, 11:21 PM
Hey, it's me, Jack, THR's resident "never-shot-a-gun" dude. :what:

Yeah, you heard me. :uhoh:

I can maybe get one or both of my parent's (I'm 15) up for it. What are the associated costs? Cover fee, parking, hearing/sight protection. Also, what should I bring? Ammo? Food if we have a barbecue?

If this goes through, I'm going to be unbeleivably happy.

Jim Diver
March 4, 2004, 12:08 AM
Count me in too unless it conflicts with any classes.

March 4, 2004, 12:20 AM
My dad is still thinking about it, but it's probably a go. After a few more people sign on maybe Sven or someone could make an "official" thread.

March 4, 2004, 12:37 AM
Anyone can make an official thread - put the date in the title and I will lock this one and leave a redirect to the new thread.

March 4, 2004, 12:51 AM
Well, yeah, but you have all the pics and stuff of the gun club and you can make a "pretty post".

March 4, 2004, 02:41 AM
Damn I'm going toa concert that day, wish I could make it that's a great range

March 4, 2004, 11:24 AM
Ok so this is shaping up nicely! Now if we can just keep up this level of enthusiasm until the actual range day!


linky link to Los Altos Rod & Gun (

Range fees are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for 17 and under. Eye and ear protection is mandatory and available for rent at the check in booth.

Parking is included.

Ammo and targets available for sale at the booth as well, but can be expensive- I'd recommend getting your ammo and targets before hand if you can.

They have a soda machine and water fountain on site; it can get prety hot up there in high summer but I doubt that will be a worry.

They have a 40yrd. tin can range where you can blow up plastic water bottles and tin cans (you bring 'em...duh) AND they allow rapid fire on that range- .22 ONLY!

I've got a big bag of plastic water bottles I've been saving up. And this time I promise to bring ammo for the AK...:rolleyes:

They have a pretty nice bbq and picnic table area on the left as you pass the check in booth.

I'll bring the World Famous QuarterBore Thai Barbecue Chicken That’s Good To Eat™. Also the plastic knifey spoony stuff. And probably some sodas and water. Can anyone pop for the bbq brickets and fire starter stuff?

edit:I always forget something; I've got a case of .223 to burn through (PMC 55grn - I'm switching to Fed M193) and probably a case of NATO .308 so if anyone has those calibers, I'm sharing the love.

March 4, 2004, 11:37 AM
If we decide to go, we can probably bring some charcol briquets and some other food.

I'm not sure about this new forum, I think people are less likely to come here on a regular basis, therefore less likely to see announcements like this. People like me just hang out in General, L&P, and occasionally I'll go into into non-firearm weapons. It's not that often I check the other forums.

March 4, 2004, 03:49 PM

Valtro (1911)
Wingmaster 870
Winchester M1 Carbine with forward Scout Scope
Keltec P32
Baby Browning .25 ACP
Glock 17
CZ 75 (with .22 upper)

enough toys? ;)

March 4, 2004, 04:03 PM
enough toys? Like there's ever enough.

Ok I'm in for:

couple 'o ARs
Rem 700 LTR
Romanian AK
either the Weatherby 22-250 or the Tikka 22-250 (or both)
Winnie Tanker Garand
NAA 32 (why not?)
and whatever I think of at the last moment.


Jim Diver
March 4, 2004, 05:09 PM
So, is April 3 the finalized date?

March 4, 2004, 05:15 PM
So far, it looks like Saturday, April 3rd is a GO!.

March 4, 2004, 06:43 PM
I MUST shoot the SU-16 and the Mini-14. I'm in the market for a Cali-legal
.223 autoloader.

March 4, 2004, 09:02 PM
Wow. i'd love to shoot that m1a.... think it'd be possible/feasible for a first time shooter?

March 4, 2004, 09:06 PM
Sounds like fun! I should be able to make it. Do they allow .50s? If so, I'll bring my Serbu.

March 4, 2004, 11:25 PM
No .50 BMG allowed at Los Altos. :(

March 5, 2004, 12:01 AM
Does anyone have an HK USP they could bring?

March 5, 2004, 12:07 AM
Bummer about the .50s. Getting harder and harder to find a place to shoot those. Anyway, I'll bring my AR, Garand, SKS, M1 Carbine, Glock, .44 mag, maybe some other stuff.

March 5, 2004, 12:22 AM
count me in for a ruger mk II, XD-40, tikka 223, something black, and my neeeeeewwwww, Finnish M-39!!!


March 5, 2004, 12:41 AM
I'd like to come, too. It looks like a bit of a drive from Sac, though. Any Sac area shooters interested in a local event?

March 5, 2004, 12:50 AM
Maybe I'll be able to make the drive from Bako :o ....

If so, then expect a Mini-14, K-31, 10/22, Winchester 12, Colt Officers Model Target .38... (I know, I know, not many "fun toys" like the above).

March 5, 2004, 12:52 AM
Gun sharers- do you want us to bring our own ammo?

Sgt Stevo
March 5, 2004, 11:34 AM
I live in Campbell. and shoot up there every once in awhile. Mind If I tag along? Oh yeah, Who has the Valtro? I know John who makes those. Sweeeeeeeet Piece. I can bring an assortment of party favors and whatever new guys need to bring to get invited. Stevo.

March 5, 2004, 12:09 PM
Stevo- absolutely new guys are invited! How do you think you stop being the new guy? Bring what you have to shoot and ammo, eyes and ears, maybe targets (see previous post on target and ammo cost at the range). Bring something for the BBQ or a side or something.

natedog- as to ammo, yeah I'd probably bring a couple boxs of whatever common caliber you want to shoot; for my rifles I think I'll have everyone covered- if we can go through aprox. 1700 rounds of .223 and about 700 rnds of .308... well then we might have a problem.

winstonsmith- M1A? No problem. In my experience most rifles are a piece of pie for new shooters (we're not talking about a .500 Nitro here, just a lil' ol' .308), the most difficult for new shooters are the large caliber handguns... Hand_Rifle_Guy, I'm looking at you... (stay away from him if he comes to the shoot; he has a, shall we say 'fascination' with monster caliber handguns... not that there's anything wrong with that :uhoh: )

Wow. If everyone shows up this may be our biggest gig yet. How very cool. And of course I'll break out my Ultra Tacky Hawaiian Shootin' Shirt.

March 5, 2004, 12:15 PM

I have a HK USP 40. If I make it, I'll bring it along. It shoots to my left, though. I need to sight it in.


March 5, 2004, 02:34 PM
There is Metcalf down in the South Bay. They allow 50BMG there.

March 5, 2004, 04:44 PM
I wonder where Hand_rifle_guy is.

pbhome71: Thanks. I don't really need it to be accurate, I just want to get a feel for shooting one. I really like them but I hear the grip sucks, so I want to see if it fits me well.

Jim Diver
March 5, 2004, 06:22 PM
How about a meeting time and place for those who do not know the others on sight?

Will be bringing

m-1 carbine
Mosin Nagant

and if anyone is brave enough, a .50 desert eagle.

maybe a few other things too.

March 5, 2004, 06:26 PM
Jim Diver- oh trust me, you'll have no problem recognizing me. Just look for the loudest, most obnoxious neon blue Hawaiian shirt. I'll be in it.

Plus, as always I'll be handing out the "Hello my name is_________" stickers for everyone. Plus we'll all probably be blowing up stuff on the tin can range.

March 5, 2004, 06:27 PM
Driver: I am brave (or stupid) enough to go for the .50 :D . I have a bunch of l33t h4xer friends who play Counter_Strike, and they are of the belief that shooting a "Deagle" one handed can rip the shooters arm clean off...They'll be looking like this :what: if I told them I shot one...

March 5, 2004, 06:36 PM
They'll be looking like this if I told them I shot one...
Natedog- we can do probably do better than that; usually Sven and I take a lot of digital pictures and post them here afterwards.

And the DE .50 isn't that bad. But for some reason I always get beaned in the melon by the empty shell casings. Now that hurts.

March 5, 2004, 07:23 PM
Sounds like HRG needs to show up and show whats what about hand cannons. :D

March 5, 2004, 09:03 PM
Those DE .50s are fun, but they do pop you in the head with their brass.

Armored Fire in Minneapolis, June 2002

March 6, 2004, 05:36 PM
I'm at a point in where I might, just might, want to try the Desert Eagle .50.
I'd be really scared, though, and would probably chicken out.

1) 45R
2) H_R_G

March 7, 2004, 05:40 PM
How much do their boxes of biodegradable clays run? I might like to shoot some trap if I can get a machine.

March 7, 2004, 08:56 PM
You'll please excuse my tardy check-in. Past three weeks have been unpleasant by way of that virulent virus that's been making the rounds. Spent a lot of time asleep, or lurking, but lacking energy for my usual number of fizzy-brain postings.

Finally threw off the virus-no more hacking out wads-o-crud, at least-but it left behind a skanky associate in the form of an infection in one of my sinuses. It feels a lot like having a golf-ball "C"-clamped against my forehead directly over my right eye. Or maybe someone's just trying to pry open a crack in my skull with a dull crowbar. This headache's equal to, but differently shaped than, the epic migraines I get every other month that I wouldn't wish on a gun-grabber. Migraines, however, I can GET RID OF in an hour or two. The Socialist Sinus Staph Colony is not so easily displaced. It just throbs, and gives an evil laugh at the piles of aspirin I throw at it.

24 hours a day.

Seven. Days. Running. :(

Exhausted, me. Feel poisoned, resemble Death warmed over. I thought the VIRUS was bad...

Off to the doctor Monday. Anti-biotics time.

'Nuff moaning. April 3rd's good. Oughta be healthier by then, presuming I don't keel over dead. If it get's bumped sooner, I'll get crotchety about it and show up at the shoot in a tatty bathrobe leaving a trail of used tissues. NOT the kind of picture I want to present as an upstanding HighRider.

the most difficult for new shooters are the large caliber handguns... Hand_Rifle_Guy, I'm looking at you... (stay away from him if he comes to the shoot; he has a, shall we say 'fascination' with monster caliber handguns... not that there's anything wrong with that.)

You... You there! The skinny-bored one, yes! I heard that! Come here this instant, I've a sneeze with your name on it! And the Lightspeed Nonchalant Innocent-whistling-exit Stroll shall not save you from the teeth of The Monster. (

No fair warning 'em. Ya get 'em all INTIMIDATED, like, and I won't get a chance to smear great big grins on people's faces by sharing my toys. Fear-mongering does not become us here on The High Road. Now REALLY...

Mr. _Wombat, your essay comparing/contrasting the shooting qualities of the CZ-50 vz. the Astra 600 is LATE. However, I will give you the opportunity to combine that assignment with the PA-63/E.G. Makarov essay For an Overall Blow-back Service Auto Review, but if you don't turn this assignment in, you won't receive a passing grade and I'll have to schedule a meeting with your parents about your performance, young man. ;););)

Hmmm, what to bring, what to brinnng...Hokay.

We'll have The Monster, of course, and it's room-mate the Shansei .45 Broomhandle Mauser.

The 629-4 S&W Mountain Gun.

The Automag III.

The '43-vintage Astra 600 I'm going to try to out-shoot Sven's CZ-75 with.

The S.A.S.S. Hand Rifle in .308 Winchester.

A .308 bolt-gun of one form or another. The MAS-36 or the Mexican Mannlicher, most likely.

Since everyone's all twitterpated about .50's, I'll grab mine. 'Taint one o' them thar battleship-sized Desert Eagles, though. It's the A-m-3's bigger fatter brother, the Automag V. It's a bit cantankerous and reliability-challenged, but that's probably because it's the Lightest Production .50 A.E Pistol Ever Produced. so it likes to get a bit frisky when you shoot it. It's ported, though, so it's not all that rough, but do make sure you hang on when you run it.

I think I shall also bring out the thumpenist' handgun I own, the S.A.S.S. Hand Rifle in .358 Winchester. We'll see if I can convince myself to fire it more'n twice.

I'll probably throw in a couple-three other bonus guns also, just fer yucks. If anyone wants a chance to run anything particular you mighta missed last time, (Like the Glock 32, f'rinstance.) just say something. If I got it, you can shoot it so long as we can track down ammo.

Glugh. I feel like crap. Time to re-up the pills.:(

March 7, 2004, 11:08 PM
Hope you get better, Mr. Hand Cannon!

Pictures from previous gatherings (

Sgt Stevo
March 8, 2004, 01:21 AM
No yellow jackets this time of year. I hike up there with my dog and kid every few days or so. I will bring a couple of sigs, yugo sks, 10 gauge, p-99. 586 and a glock 34. Mabe more if I get motivated. I will have the wife wip up a batch her cookies. The clays are pretty cheap up there. Im easy to spot. Army tats and Bald head.

March 8, 2004, 03:44 PM
Will you guys be there all day? 4/3 have the gone to the extended hours of 8-5? My church is sponsoring an Easter Egg hunt at Memorial park and I probably will play some roll in it and won't be able to head up until sometime after 2.

March 8, 2004, 03:54 PM
chink- Sven's pretty hardcore; he's usually up there when they open @ 0900. I'm more laissez faire, and usually show up around 1000 or 1100. But we'll be there pretty much all day. 2pm you might miss most of the shooting, but we'll have the bbq going.

March 8, 2004, 04:53 PM
Last time we stayed all day 9-5. We shot 'til past closing time with H_R_G.
We're probably going to stay all day again, seeing that it's a couple hours drive from here.

That's assuming that I come. If my dad feel like it, then no.

March 8, 2004, 09:09 PM
I'd say it's pretty safe to call April 3rd official, assuming the weather is good. I'll post an official thread.

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