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Update: 2007 Summer National THR Get Together At The NRA Whittington Center (NM)

Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by Justin, Jun 26, 2006.

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  1. Justin

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    Ok, here's some general info for how things are shaping up.

    The Place: The NRA Whittington Center near Raton, New Mexico.

    The Time:
    May 18-20, 2007. We were originally going to shoot for June, but that's the busiest time of the year for TWC, when they'll be running competitions and camps almost continuously, and it would make reserving housing and ranges very difficult.

    Getting Here:
    Most people who go to Whittington from outside of driving distance fly in to the airport at Colorado Springs and then drive down. It might not be a bad idea to set up some sort of pre-staging area/meeting time for those flying in, and then we can car pool/caravan down to Raton.

    Raton does have an airport, but it's evidently used mostly for charter planes and puddle jumpers. I got the distinct impression that there aren't any regular flights in or out of Raton.

    Cost:
    I'm hesitant to put an overall cost per person on the event at this time, but bear in mind that we will have to cover the cost of insurance and range fees at the very least. Expect to bring some extra spending cash to buy ammo from others who may be demoing guns or whatnot. While you aren't required to be an NRA member to shoot at Whittington, for us to get insurance, at least half of the people who sign up to go must be NRA members. If you aren't already a member, please join.

    Lodging:
    You can choose to stay at the Whittington Center or at one of the many motels in Raton. I've personally stayed at both. The Whittington Center's accomodations are nice, but spartan, and the motels in town tend to be very simple, but clean and well kept. The Whittington Center also has areas where you can pitch a tent or hook up an RV.

    Food:
    We would like to arrange at least one meal for everyone to congregate and hang out. Whether this will be a pot luck dinner, or something arranged through Whittington is still kind of up in the air. (Though I'm fairly certain I know what Sandy's answer is. :) )

    Stuff to do:
    A little of everything. Larry and I have talked about arranging time for shooting clay pigeons on the shotgun ranges, as well as some of the other ranges to shoot handguns and rifles.
    We've also floated the thought of arranging demos of different kinds of shooting sports such as 3 Gun, Silhouette, Team Challenge, High Power, etc. Also have discussed the possibility of arranging instruction for people to get NRA certifications for those who are interested.

    Event suggestions are definately appreciated. Also, if you're interested in helping out with the demonstrations/instruction, that would be excellent as well.

    Stuff to bring:
    Your hardware that goes boom. Plenty of ammo. Clothes. A towel.
     
  2. taliv

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    i was planning to go just to hang out and shoot on a range i don't normally get to shoot, but the demos (specifically 3gun) and NRA cert opportunities make this MUCH more appealing.
     
  3. gazpacho

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    How long does an NRA basic pistol or rifle instructor certification course take? I think it would be real cool to get certified.
     
  4. Larry Ashcraft

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    I suggest for a date: the weekend between Fathers Day and Memorial Day, about May 18, IIRC.

    I suggest we schedule Friday as Arrival Day. Get together and social day. Then Saturday we run the shoots and clinics. Sunday, we do more shooting and more social stuff. By Sunday afternoon, most of us will be heading home. Those who choose to stay will be welcome to do so.

    We think we can secure one of the shotgun ranges, maybe more, for Dave and sm to do some instructing and all to have some fun.

    The Rifle Silhouette range can be secured for those wanting to shoot their long range rifles (M1s and such). Note: NO .22 cal centerfire rifles OR belted magnum calibers (or rifles loaded to similar) allowed on the silhouette range (target damage). Think .243 Win and above, NO armor piercing. M1's with ball ammo are fine, no EBR's shooting 5.56. Scopes should be considered cheating on the RSR. If I can hit them with an open sighted M1, anybody can. Although use what you want (as long as you stay within the rules), this is all for fun.

    We will get the Hunter Pistol Silhouette Range. 400 targets ranging from 50 to 125 yards. Firearms allowed are ALL pistol and revolver cartidges, from 22lr on up, NO bolt action pistols, NO rifle cartidges fired from pistols.

    For the EBR guys (and we know there are lots of you), we are open to suggestions. High Power Range? Maybe Zak has some suggestions?

    We are required to have RO's at every range, of our own choosing. Art has volunteered, and so will I. We will need probably four or so on the Rifle and pistol ranges. I will let Dave and sm decide who will RO the shotgun range.

    Mr. Wayne Armacost came across to me as "We are are here for YOU, what can we are do for YOU?" Let's try and show the NRA that we are a safe group, deserving of a "2nd Annual".

    Costs: Besides your travel, ammo, hotel, meals etc., figure $35 per couple for NRAWC membership (or $15 per day single range membership), insurance (we're still putting that together, but figure $10-15 per person). Plus the shotgun ranges charge the usual fees ($5 for five-stand, $30 for SC, etc.)

    Oh, Wayne suggested we don't try and book housing for everybody. Putting this together will be enough of a challenge. As Justin mentioned, there is ample housing available. Housing reservations open February 1, so make your reservations early.

    Bratch/Larry/Justin/Art/Steve/Dave should be considered at this time as "Staff". That can change, as we will need more help...

    HTH...
     
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    I've found that smoking a pig is an excellent ice breaker/ social experience... :D
     
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    Gotta have some Pork Green Chili Toooooooo!!!!

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,,, :D
     
  7. Snake Eyes

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    I've given up on hallucinogens, and besides--I could never figure out which end to light and which end to suck.:neener:

    My offer to bring the beer still stands--if it's allowed, of course.
     
  8. Lennyjoe

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    Sure, as long as all guns are checked in at the door;)

    I think a pig pickin is a great idea!
     
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    Any opinions on using Bank of America?
     
  10. Art Eatman

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    BOA's as good as any...

    Keystone Society Shooting Club? Keystone Gun Club? I don't really care, but I gotta have a name for the Insurance application.

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    We gotta have 50% NRA membership or this deal can't happen on account of no insurance, otherwise. A meeting without shooting? At Whittington?

    :), Art
     
  11. DRZinn

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    Well, if it happens before the end of my senior year (May 16), I'm out.
     
  12. Lennyjoe

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    Lookie there, I'm on the list twice;)

    I'll be sure to update my NRA membership on the 15th.
     
  13. KMKeller

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    First I've heard of this. NRA Whittington center is 86 miles from where I grew up - Clayton, NM.

    You boys can count me in. I'm an NRA lifer.
     
  14. Lennyjoe

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    Maybe we need to put a sticky on top of every forum here so more THR folks can see it.
     
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    Mr. Eatman--

    You missed me on your list. Hopefully not on purpose. I am not an NRA member, but I guess I could consider it, if need be.
     
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    Right now I am not going to be able to attend. I am a NRA life member, however, I am getting ready to deploy to the sandbox. Not sure yet as to when I mobilize but it is in the next 6-8 weeks.
     
  17. Art Eatman

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    IMO, it's danged near worth the thirty-five bucks just to see what they've built at Whittington, much less the rest of the ranch...

    Heckuva note that they had to fence the antelope OUT of the range area. :D

    Art
     
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    Art, go ahead and put me on the list. This is as good a reason as any to get an NRA membership...

    ek:eek:
     
  19. Lupinus

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    very tempting, depending on money and vacation time situations I might be in, then agian that is that whole fear of flying with TSA pinheads :cuss:

    Then agian acording to map quest its only a 22 hour drive....I could do that in about two days take a nap and be ready for the range lol
     
  20. Nick1911

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    Sounds like fun. Don't know if I'll be able to show, I do have travel vouchers, so the flights would be cheap, but how much would a hotel run? Not renting a car would be good. (2 days for an econobox would be what? $100?)
     
  21. Art Eatman

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    There are at least two motels in the $40/night range. Whittington has limited facilities, which we could reserve if we had a date. I don't yet have the $$$ for the various units.

    Art
     
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    In addition to the shooting activities, let me recommend a morning or afternoon trip to Fort Union.
     
  23. Lupinus

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    any ideas on how long this should last?
     
  24. DRZinn

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    Sounds good to me!
     
  25. Art Eatman

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    :D Don't we wish. Typo Corrected. (sob)

    May, 2007:

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    So: The weekend of May 19-20? Anything firm?

    Art
     
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