Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Prepping for GBRIV

The Rendezvous starts in two (2) days. I'm leaving tomorrow morning at O-Dark-Thirty AM, and I plan on driving straight through. That should put me in Reno between 9 and 10 PM. I've decided to travel through Mordor California this year, at least on the way up. It should (I emphasize should) save me about an hour, and hopefully the scenery will be better than the sun-blasted landscape of Nevada has been these last three years.

On-line ticket sales for the Para GI Expert / Front Sight training certificate ended Saturday at midnight, or close to it. Total ticket sales, both at Soldiers' Angels before PayPal went asshat, and after was kind enough to pick up the gauntlet, came to (drumroll please): 449! After the 3% credit card processing fee (and PayPal's cut), that means y'all have donated $4,355 to Project Valour IT. Thank you! With what we'll add at the Rendezvous, Project Valour IT should be able to pick up several new systems!

The weather this year looks to be perfect, with daily highs of about 90 and evening lows in the upper 50's. Perfect T-shirt weather, rather than the snow we got last year. And I own so many offensive, politically-incorrect T-shirts, it makes choosing which ones to take very difficult.

Speaking of choice, I'm still trying to decide what boomsticks to take with me. The Remington 700 5R (now with a NightForce scope in place of the Leupold) is a given, and one of the ARs, I think. The Garand, and I believe I'll bring Baby Blue, too. (No .30 Carbine ammo to be had in Tucson. Oops. Perhaps I'll bring Conan the Borg instead. It's been a while since that one's been out of the safe, and I have .22 ammo.) I'll have to buy some ammo for her, though. I haven't had a chance to reload for .30 Carbine yet. But I've got this new (to me) P14 Enfield I've yet to put a round through . . .

For handguns, my full-size Kimber upper is out getting the slide Gunkoted and some tritium night-sights installed. I hoped to have it back in time for the Rendezvous, but no. I think I'll bring my S&W 25-13 Mountain Gun and some .45LC for it, but I'll be leaving the companion Winchester 94 here. I might bring the Hi-Power, since I have the better part of a case of 124gr. NATO-spec Europellets. Of course, I'll bring the Para Gun Blog 45, and the GI Expert I'm giving away. And last but not least, I think I'll bring my Boomershoot pistol.

Anyway, I've got to do some running around, pick up some ammo, load some ammo, pack everything up, and then get to bed early. No posting tomorrow, probably - at least not until I get to Reno, and even then I'll probably be too wiped to post more than "I'm here!" If you're coming, I look forward to seeing you! If you're not, shame on you! But stay tuned - we'll be liveblogging a lot of it!

Here's the updated schedule of events.

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