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(left to right: WaltGraham, BigMike, bofh, Wes Dadisman, Charles Petty, Munenn, Tim Burke, Fernando Coelho, Mikegunner)
It's Sunday afternoon, the rain is coming down steady, tornado watches are being announced on television, and overall it's a rather crappy day. Thankfully that cannot be said for the past two days of Gunstock. Friday afternoon, with a partly cloudy sky and temperatures in the upper eighties, the attendees began to come into town. By Friday evening most had arrived and stopped by the house for food, drinks and laughs. Saturday morning we met up at The Range in Oxford where we shot steel and paper. Charlie showed us what a 1911 can do at distances most can only tackle with a rifle. The selection of firearms on hand was pretty impressive for a small group. During our time at the range a 3-gun match was taking place on the adjacent bays. One of the attendees of the match stopped by to see what was causing all the noise from our bay. He glanced across the table and was surprised to such an awesome display of firearms. By early afternoon the gang headed up to the lake for the barbeque. We fired up the grill and after a healthy dose of lighter fluid (Schmit, you would have been proud) the food was done. By eight o' clock the sun was gone, the park was closing, and it was time for us to go. I enjoyed the company and have to say, I'm proud to have such a great group of people as members of the AmBack Forum.

Stay tuned for Gunstock 2005 next spring. :thumbsup:

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ABOVE: Walt Graham graciously supplied the keg of Eric's honey blonde from Calhoun's. Walt's motto, "Have keg, will travel." Next time bring a "baby keg" :wink:

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ABOVE: Relaxing Friday evening. Lesson I learned: ziti can be stronger than a plastic fork (top right). Frank Glover stopped by to say hello and join in on the festivities (bottom left). Schmit was with us via cell phone (bottom right).

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ABOVE: You can never have too many guns at Gunstock!

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ABOVE:1911 heaven and not a Glock to be seen anywhere.

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ABOVE: Two philosophies: light and fast and slow and heavy. The S&W 500 and the FN 5.7

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ABOVE: Beautiful Damascus 1911 and SAA.
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ABOVE: Top: (left to right) Munenn, Frank Glover, Mikegunner, BOFH, Tim Burke, Charlie Petty
Bottom left: bofh perfects his magazine loading technique with the usage of a magazine loading tool and chair. Bottom right: Munenn easily knocks steel down with the his Ruger.

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ABOVE: Extremes in recoil: a select fire airgun (left) and the S&W 500 (right)

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ABOVE: Top left: Charlie ventilates the target with both buckshot and slugs; Top right: Walt Graham showing perfect form.
Bottom left: BigMike tries out the FN; Bottom right: Mikegunner tries out one of Charlie's hot home loads.

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ABOVE: Charlie, you did say I can have the Winchester, didn't you?

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ABOVE: Top: Tim Burke lets loose with the .40 caliber AR
Bottom: Munenn function testing his Dragunov

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ABOVE: Munenn (left) and Fernando (right)

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ABOVE: Time for food at the lake.

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ABOVE: Checking out Gunstock pictures on the laptop.

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ABOVE: Beautiful views of Kerr Lake.

Thanks to Tim Burke, BigMike, and Mikegunner for providing some of the above pictures.
 

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Good time, better people - we'll be back next year. Thanks for having us.
 

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Fernando Coelho said:
...the rain is coming down steady, tornado watches are being announced on television, and overall it's a rather crappy day.
Perhaps I should be glad that my flight out of charlotte was at 9am :)
 

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Fernando,

Believe it or not, I was on the road around 8:45am this morning and did not encounter a single rain drop the entire 454 miles from the hotel to home. I have discovered another reason that I dislike NASCAR (NASCAR vs F1/IRL/Indy was a topic of discussion at Satterwhite Point). My path home took me up the same route that massive amounts of NASCAR fans returning from Bristol (Sharpie 500). I saw more YAHOO's in motorhome than I could shake a stick at -- and they did not care that the left lane is for vehicles traveling faster! :(

AFTER ACTION REPORT

After driving all day (7.5 hours) I arrived at Casa de Coehlo and got the chance to meet BigMike, Munenn, Welder Walt and Walt's buddy that was the lumber guy. We sat around shooting the breeze for a bit, and then loaded up our plates (or glasses in Walt's case) and headed to the back porch. After a bit, CP and Tim Burke rolled in.

Friday evening broke up around 11, and I drove back to the hotel to get some needed shuteye (I looked at myself in the mirror at Fernando's house and the black circles under my eyes would have been the envy of Alice Cooper!)

Saturday morning, I awoke and wend down to check out breakfast --- on the menu was -- Carbs, Carbs, Carbs Carbs and MORE Stinking Carbs (joys of being on the Adkins -- my breakfast ended up being a bag of peanuts I had in the car on the way to the range). I got there early and helped Fernando set up everything. People started showing up, and we commenced shooting before 9am -- (I think I lost count how many times I shouted out, "Clear the Range, and ran down the 40 yards to stand those dang poppers back up! One of the pics in Fernando's montage is of me doing just that) I think almost everyone shot the 500 Smith at least once. I must be a masochist because I shot it over 20 times both with Hornady factory loads and multiple loads that Charlie had cooked up(and the pic of me grinning and holding the 500 round, is one of CP's reloads with a pointed bullet -- sucker looked like a copper crayon!;) ). Unfortunatly, due to circumstances beyond our control, we only had a narrow 40 yd range to shoot and at most times, there were only 3 shooters at the line at any one time. I believe almost everyone there shot not only their own weapons, but almost everyone else's weapons as well.

Fernando was a gracious enough host to take orders from everyone and ran to Subway (can we say low carb wrap?;) ) and he would not accept a dime from anyone to pay for the food!.

Fernando, BOFH and myself were the last to leave the range (about 2;40pm), and I headed back to the hotel and took a nap!

The cookout at Satterwhite Point (on Kerr Lake) was very nice and low key. Once I found the pavillion (why did they have a sign on Pavillion #1, but none for #2????) Fernando had grilled burgers, sausage, chicken to perfection. We all sat around eating and discussing topics that ran the gamut. Again Fernando, BOFH and myself were the last to leave and while the others headed back to the hotel (after making a beer stop and going through a sobriety checkpoint --- and Walt, I still can't believe the officers did not take notice of the KEG in the back of the pickup ---- had I been the cop, I would have at least questioned you three before deciding to do a BAT). Fernando, BOFH and myself went back to Casa de Coehlo and brainstormed over ways to try and improve the forums and the store site. We adjourned at about 11pm and I went to the hotel and slept like a log!

PS -- note to Welder Walt:

After meeting you and spending the weekend in your presence, you just barely crossed over from being one of the 95 to being one of the 5 --- In simple terms --- from my perspective, you do not SUCK (inside joke that you had to be there to fully understand)
 

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I just wanted to say to all of you "boys" that came to this years Gunstock "It was nice to meet you all! I am sorry that Schmit didn't make it this year, but "ya better make it to the next one Schmit, or I will tell everyone what your fav tv show is :D !" Just teasin' Gunny, we miss ya! My little one says "Hi Mit"....Hey guys, bring your ladies to the next Gunstock.....Thankyou all for coming to our new neck of the woods....hope to see you all again soon.......Dawn
 

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Fernando Coelho said:
Darn good thing you double checked that flight time the night before. :shock: :lol:
Isn't that the truth? For the rest of you - after adjourning from Casa de Coelho, I got back to the hotel, piddled around for a while, then checked the internet to remind myself of what time my flight left. By this time, it was about 12:00am.

I SWEAR I don't remember scheduling a 9am flight out of Charlotte.

For those who don't know, Charlotte/Douglas Intl. Airport is, oh, about 3 hours from Henderson if you include the time it takes to get stopped by the police and stop for a bite to eat and coffee. Factor in another 30-60 minutes to get parked and to the terminal, lets just say it was a REALLY early morning.

And one more side note - the State Transport Police in North Carolina (I think NC calls them "Motor Carrier Enforcement") WILL PULL NORMAL CARS for passing them. Hell, in SC, they don't (typically) care.

He asked what I was doing in NC and when I told him about Gunstock, he seemed satisfied enough to let me go without much of a lecture.

Take care folks!

Chavous

(And before someone asks - no, I didn't drive three hours from Henderson to Charlotte just to fly back to Columbia - I had another trip scheduled back-to-back with this so i'm actually in California right now)
 

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bofh said:
Isn't that the truth? For the rest of you - after adjourning from Casa de Coelho, I got back to the hotel, piddled around for a while, then checked the internet to remind myself of what time my flight left. By this time, it was about 12:00am.

I SWEAR I don't remember scheduling a 9am flight out of Charlotte.
BOFH--- Now you know why I keep that type info in my PDA besides relying on paper/internet!!!! I think my question earlier in the evening to you was why have the Treo 600 and not keep scheduling things in it???? :twisted:
 

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Well it looks like I missed another great time but at least I get to enjoy the pictures.

I can only imagine what a local reporter would have said if they did a story on Gunstock since anyone with more than one handgun and a rifle has an "arsenal!" Nice looking selection but I would liked to have seen a picture showing Mikegunner's Kel-tec sitting next to the SW500.

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SpecialEd said:
Well it looks like I missed another great time but at least I get to enjoy the pictures.

I can only imagine what a local reporter would have said if they did a story on Gunstock since anyone with more than one handgun and a rifle has an "arsenal!" Nice looking selection but I would liked to have seen a picture showing Mikegunner's Kel-tec sitting next to the SW500.

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Ed,

The P32 was in my pocket unless it was out being fired. The picture in the montage of the 500 Smith and the FN 5.7x28 were my weapons. I also brought a newly introduced H&K P2000 2.5" Subcompact, a Para C6/45LDA "Para Carry" and my LaRocca tuned Sig P239/40 w/nite sites. Also, the EAA/Baikal Drozd Select Fire (automatic) CO2 BB Gun (picture of CP above firing it.). Everyone who shot that had a smile on their face after squeezing off a magazine full.
 

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mikegunner said:
The P32 was in my pocket unless it was out being fired. The picture in the montage of the 500 Smith and the FN 5.7x28 were my weapons. I also brought a newly introduced H&K P2000 2.5" Subcompact, a Para C6/45LDA "Para Carry" and my LaRocca tuned Sig P239/40 w/nite sites. Also, the EAA/Baikal Drozd Select Fire (automatic) CO2 BB Gun (picture of CP above firing it.). Everyone who shot that had a smile on their face after squeezing off a magazine full.
SHOW OFF!
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I'm just jealous, of course!
 

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SpecialEd said:
SHOW OFF!
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I'm just jealous, of course!
Ed,

Settle down doggie!! ;) Look at the pictures of all CP's guns --- that made what I brought look like chicken feed! I was drooling over that dang Damuscus Slide 1911 he had. Unfortunatly, it did not come out of the case to shoot because I would have been all over that one!!!!!! :drool: I suspect CP could almost duel me out gun for gun and alot of what is in his vault is alot neater than what I have by far! :humblepie:
 

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So close, yet so far...

:x ENVY :x

Hopefully next year you won't be saved from having that Puerto Rican guy meeting all of ya'...

:x ENVY :x
 

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Re: So close, yet so far...

Nemo said:
:x ENVY :x

Hopefully next year you won't be saved from having that Puerto Rican guy meeting all of ya'...

:x ENVY :x
What? You mean Bloofy is going to leave the empire state and go to Gunstock? I wonder what the cabfare would be on that? :wink:

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I sure wouldn't have minded going. With the temp in the '80s here I stay by the pool. The body don't travel well anymore in the heat. :(

There was an "Outdoorsmans" Show not too far from here the weekend. Waste of the $3 parking fee. :roll:

I used to hit shooter's meets whenever I could. I even spent 2 weeks at S&W in the 70's because we shot everything in their inventory and then some. :D Oh well.
 

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Heck, if Bloofy and Nemo come, Bloofy will have something in common with me (Jewish) and Nemo (Puerto Rican) so neither of us (Nemo or myself) will be the token! :wink:
 

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if I am invited next year..I will be the token..ahhh..errr...Well I will be the token SOMETHING!! :D

Looked like a blast...SOME of us had to work all weekend :cry:
 

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Sez bofh:

"And one more side note - the State Transport Police in North Carolina (I think NC calls them "Motor Carrier Enforcement") WILL PULL NORMAL CARS for passing them. Hell, in SC, they don't (typically) care."

You had it easy. Mike, Wes and I ran into a sobriety checkpoint on the way back to the hotel. With a keg in the truck bed and a substantial quantity of iron onboard, no less. The trooper eyeballed Mike's GPS enabled laptop (which didn't show the checkpoint, I might add) asked us who was leading the race and wished us a good evening. Never mentioned the beer in the back...
 

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Azrael said:
if I am invited next year..I will be the token..ahhh..errr...Well I will be the token SOMETHING!! :D
Hey, I got dibs on "Token Cripple" er, uhh, I mean ambulatory challanged! :twisted:

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Azrael said:
if I am invited next year..I will be the token..ahhh..errr...Well I will be the token SOMETHING!! :D
Does Azrael mean "Angel of Death" or is that the way a Jewish Hillbilly says Israel? :wink:

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