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Mid 2007 THR Get Together/Camp

Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by bratch, Apr 8, 2006.

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  1. sm

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    Lennyjoe,

    Never been in a fighter jet, always wanted to take off and take a "ride"...can you bring one of those...please? :D

    Anyone just figure we need just need our own town,with various shooting arenas and just do stuff as we please when schedules allow?

    Galtsville

    Ya'll come back ya hear? And bring more ammo when you do. :D
     
  2. bratch

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  3. The-Fly

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    i'd definitely be interested in attending. I live up in northern Colorado, so Raton is just a half day drive for me at worst. Time off from work wont be a problem either.
     
  4. Lennyjoe

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    Wish I could but I don't think the backstop at that range can handle 30MM:what:
     
  5. ACP230

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    Will anyone be bringing guitars?

    My son has gone guitarist on me and would be more interested in coming along if he knew there was going to be the opportunity to play, as well as shoot.
     
  6. Smoke Rizen

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    Larry's nephew played for us last time we were there and we all enjoyed it. I like most any style music as long as it has a beat, doesn't just go TUMP,TUMP,TUMP. All it would take is one redneck critic, better bring an extra guitar.
     
  7. Larry Ashcraft

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    Thought I'd bump this thread with a couple pics...

    The view from our quarters in the competitors housing, facing north:
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    On the rifle silhouette range. We had the place to ourselves all day Sunday:
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    On the line at the hunter pistol silhouette range. There's 400 targets, bring lots of ammo!:
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  8. Justin

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    Three of my most favorite things in the whole world. Count me in. Also, what can I help with?
     
  9. Arkie

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    Well I know that I am planning on attending also. Sounds like lots of fun shooting and visiting and listening to music and dancing. well maybe not dancing. :)

    I'm even buying ammo for the trip. :D
     
  10. sm

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    Lennyjoe,
    Umm...can we just buzz the range then? :)

    I just noticed something, that range has covered shooting - I mean I "have" but mostly trees, inside old barns, farmhouses, henhouse ...how am I supposed to shoot without wet, getting sunburned, getting snowed on or dodging thunderbolts ...

    *shrug* I mean I know I will always be learning...pretty big step this here covered up shooting bit.

    Maybe that is why I always got funny looks standing on skeet fields/ clay fields in inclement weather, looking back and seeing folks under a porch, pointing at me...or peering from the windows inside where it was warm and dry...

    nah...:)
     
  11. bratch

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    Justin,

    Not real sure at the moment I've been busy and haven't had a chance to talk with Larry latley. Let me get in touch with him and I'll shoot you a PM once we have something figured out.

    Larry,

    My life has settled down a little bit give me a call when you get a chance and we'll see where we are at.
     
  12. ACP230

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    Shouldn't this thread rate a sticky?
     
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    Justin, Thank You. :)

    I've got an FNRA banquet this coming Friday, after that, all my attention will be directed toward this get together.

    Edited to add: Justin, just where in the heck do you get your sig lines? :D
     
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    Larry

    Friday? We have to wait that long? Well that's like a whooooooooole week away! :D
     
  16. Larry Ashcraft

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    Hey Justin!

    Sandy and I are planning a scouting trip down to Whittington soon, Bud and Annetta will be sure to go along also.

    We can talk to the management down there and maybe get a feel for this thing. We would like to look over the accomodations and make sure they have the capacity for us. Maybe bring some guns and ammo too. I'd like to try out their sporting clays range, and maybe the five stand.

    Also, we need to firm up a date, the folks there should be a help.

    Care to ride along?
     
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    If was in CO I would be informing Larry...

    Plus One on another passenger...

    :)
     
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    Larry, I'm always up for a trip to Whittington. :)
    Let me know when you plan to go. The shotgun facilities are first rate. (Now if only I was...)

    Depending on the time of year, there should be plenty of places to stay, both at Whittington and in Raton. I can recommend a couple of the motels down there as being good places.

    A warning to anyone who hasn't been to Raton: They roll the sidewalks up at around 8pm. If you don't bring it with you, you probably didn't want it in the first place.
     
  19. what'sKOCHin?

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    My son Justin and I have been to Whittington several times to shoot the Sportsman's Team Challenge, plus just kinda doin' some target shooting. For you out of staters, if you fly in, some basic info re Raton, NM.
    1. From Colorado Springs, CO - About a 2 hour drive straight south on I-25.
    2. From Denver - If the plane fair is substantially cheaper to Denver, then it is about a three hour drive straight south on I-25..
    3. From Albuquerque, NM about 3 hours and a few minutes straight north on I-25 (approx 230 miles).

    Should the event have to be planned for later in the summer, the humidity here is very low, so even relatively high temperatures aren't terribly uncomfortable. Much better than more humid areas of the country I've lived in.

    Raton is a very small town - about 10,000 people in immediate area. Things to consider:
    1. If no ammo suppliers will be on hand to sell product, bring your own. While there are some gun shops in town, they may not have your preferred brands. Bring way more than you think you'll ever use. I once ran out of shotgun ammo and I though I had brought plenty... it's easy to go through a lot of product no matter what you are shooting.
    2. If you have favorite groceries for cook outs or whatever, then I would stop in Denver or Colorado Springs or Pueblo and go to a large national chain supermarket for those specialty items. You won't find crawfish cocktail in Raton.:)
    3. If lunch is not being served at the Whittington facility, be sure to bring a cooler and stuff to eat to the range. Otherwise, you will have to drive back into town for lunch... probably 15 - 20 minutes each way plus downtime while you're eating.
    4. Bring plenty of bottled water to drink or the like. Since it is dry here, you will want to have plenty of liquids on hand at the range.
    5. If you have a favorite after hour libation, you won't find boutique brews in Raton and prices are somewhat high for what they do have.

    Raton, NM is in a beautiful wide open area of Northern New Mexico. If you want to spend some extra time, do some homework on surrounding areas. Colorado is just up the street and interesting towns of Taos and Santa Fe are not far away. Lots to see and do if you like the mountains and wide open spaces.

    If lots of people are coming in from out of town, I would be glad to bring some people down if they arrive in Colorado Springs. If the crowd is huge, perhaps a charter van or bus could be arranged.

    Whittington is more fun than you can imagine. Great facilities on humungous acreage... I believe something on the order of 30,000 acre property.

    Count me in on this... sounds like a great time. If the numbers are big enough, perhaps some sponsorship from firearms manufacturer's?? Don't know how all this works, or even if it is desirable, but I would be glad to assist if you need some hands.
    Thanks
    Whit
     
  20. DRZinn

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    I can take three others and a few guns from San Diego County, and all I ask is some gas money.

    Or someone with a bigger car can do the same, and I'll ride with and pay some gas money.

    It's a little early to talk specifics, but let's keep it in mind.
     
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    I live in the los angeles area (van nuys) and I've got some experience roadtripping. If people also in the LA area want to go together in a large rented vehicle, say a dodge magnum or bigger, do let me know. I can rent the car, pick everybody up, load all the ammo in the back (we can split up the ammo purchases between our houses so that we comply with laws and such), and then drive on out.

    i won't be on vacation during that time, but i'm sure that i can manage to be ghastly ill for five days or so.. +4 weekend days, that makes 9 =).
     
  22. JonSmith

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    Hi all,

    I'm new here and just happen to be heading to Raton in less than two weeks. I would be glad to perform any scouting while there if anyone has any specific questions, not trying to get in anyone's way, just making the offer.

    I'm staying at the El Portal hotel per DR.Rob's previous post and can give a review if anyone is interested.

    Also, I found a website that has a lot of valuable info about the area if you plan to travel outside of Raton, this would be especially helpful for the guy from Norway, sorry I can't remember your callsign. Anyway, it's www.sangres.com lots of maps, hotel info, town info, hiking trails, state park info, etc.....

    Can anyone local(southern CO) help with lodging info in Canon City, looking for a local place, no big hotel chains??

    Best regards to all!!!!
     
  23. Larry Ashcraft

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    JonSmith,

    Welcome to the best RKBA forum on the net!

    If you don't mind, a couple questions while you are there couldn't hurt a bit. (Can they handle us? What sort of arrangements do we need to make? Etc.)

    Canon City is only 25 miles from Pueblo, and I know they have a bunch of mom & pop motels, but I don't know much about them.

    PM Smoke Rizen, he is in commercial construction and he works a lot in Canon City.
     
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    Larry,

    Thanks for the response, my plan was to perform a thorough advance at the El Portal, take some notes/photos, and save it until needed/requested. During my stay in Raton I'll collect other pertinent intel and make notes.

    Thanks for the referral to SmokeRizen. If you want anything else send me a PM.

    Regards, Jon
     
  25. Art Eatman

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    Dunno if it would be any help, but I'm a Whittington Founder (Mention my name in the ladies' loo, you'll get a good seat). If insurance is needed, I can do some good deeds for the premium $ so don't sweat that.

    I'm going up to Taos for a few days on May 26-30th. I'll then head up to Colorado Springs, if anybody's gonna be around Raton or Pew-eblo and in the mood for a cuppa kawfee or a suds.

    If so, email me. [email protected]

    And, Hey! Whaddaya mean, don't let Texans drive on mountain roads?

    http://www.google.com/maps?q=terlin...4,-103.590131&spn=0.006672,0.012802&t=k&hl=en

    My house is in the dead center. My neighbor is off to the east about 300 yards. See those roads? I built 'em. I drive 'em. Sometimes, even in the moonlight without headlights. :D

    Art
     
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