9th annual Ruger Forum East Coast Gathering

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A PM reminded me of the fast approaching 9th Annual Ruger Forum East Coast Gathering. I hadn't posted anything yet,, so here is the official post.
What; The 9th annual Ruger Forum East Coast Gathering
When; October 4th-6th 2019
Where; Hawkeye Gun Range, 2373 Owl Hollow Rd. Mill Spring NC
Who; Ruger Forum folks, friends of Forum folks, family of Forum folks, and anybody interested in a fun social gathering of like minded Ruger aficionados.
Casual details; Generally, on Fridays,,, I'm setting up the range & all. Casual arrival for those coming in that day. Those that do, are invited to my house for a social & dinner.
Then, Saturday,, range day & socializing. We'll be shooting whatever you bring,, and no,, they do NOT all have to be Rugers. ANY legal, firearm is allowed. We do have a safety issue,, so please be aware of normal Range Safety Rules. We'll do a briefing Saturday morning.
Saturday evening,, we'll be having a Southern cooking,, a Low Country Boil of shrimp, taters, onions, sausage. And anything else anybody wants to cook or bring. CG has always been kind enough to grace us with an interesting & delicious desert.
ANYBODY can bring any food items,, or if they want to cook something,, we do what we can to assist in that. (Badger Matt once cooked a different dish that was delicious.)

While I do have about 15-20 chairs,, some folks will bring their own.

Local accommodations that are the most reasonable are in Forest City NC. It's about 18-20 miles away,, but easy to reach & the drive isn't bad. You can find motels & such closer,,,, but due to the tourist season they are often more expensive. Many attendees choose to go to Forest City.

Other local attractions you can plan a visit too if so inclined;
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park. (10 minutes from the range.) (Major parts of the movie; "Last of the Mohicians" filmed there.)
Shopping in Lake Lure & Chimney Rock. (10 minutes from the Range.) (Lake Lure was also the site of a fair portion of the movie; "Dirty Dancing" but most places no longer look like anything in the movie. Other movies were filmed in & around Lake Lure as well, such as "FireStarter," & other lesser known films.)
Biltmore House, located in Asheville NC. About an hour drive one way.

Sunday,, most folks start heading home,, but we are there if anybody wants to hang around & relax, shoot anything else,, or whatever.

If anybody is attending,, all I ask is to let me know so we can plan for food or any other things necessary.

Mods,,, please make this a "Sticky!"
 
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Yeah buddy! It has been on my calendar since last year, when I missed! Thanks Ty, and Penny for this wonderful get together!
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wwb

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You guys always hold that affair when I'm going to be up in northern Minnesota shooting at grouse (and I sometimes hit one).
 
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Planning to be there and might get a friend to come with me... so just Saturday and I will once again bring a cooler with soft drinks and water. Will have just gotten back from a little side trip to South Dakota.
 
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Tyrone,
You know Jackie and I will be there. Tell Miss Penny I will bring her the belated chocolate birthday cake and I'll probably bring some Amish whoopie pies for people to snack on at the range. Don't know what guns I'll be bringing but if anyone wants me to bring anything "special" to see/shoot (SBR, Suppressors, AR pistol) they can PM me to let me know what they might want to see/shoot.
 

Big Old Boy

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I may be back in Pa. the end of September I will see what happens, would hate to miss another gathering.
 

Fox Mike

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Thanks. That answers my question. I will pass along the information. Figure on at the least, Chris and I and possibly Richard.
Scooter races???
 

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Looks like several "regulars" will be there,, and a few from past events might make it. Shaping up to be another fun weekend already.

Any scooter races will require shooting while racing. Set distance to run the scooter,, using a timer, and scooter operator will have to engage a few targets all while controlling the scooter. We'll use .22 cal guns,, to assure better chances of hits on targets.
Scoring will be a combination of hits on the target combined with the time. :D
 

Fox Mike

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contender said:
Any scooter races will require shooting while racing. Set distance to run the scooter,, using a timer, and scooter operator will have to engage a few targets all while controlling the scooter. We'll use .22 cal guns,, to assure better chances of hits on targets.
Scoring will be a combination of hits on the target combined with the time. :D
Prior to any firing from a moving vehicle (scooter) I will allow YOU to ride it. Solid rubber tires on hardpack dirt makes for a rather "rattley, bumby" ride. :D :D :roll: Not too worry though, Big Old Boy isn't bringing his so there will be no races. :cry:
 

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Aww shucks! :D

Hey,, I'll ride it & do some shooting,,, remember,, I was a doorgunner,,,,,,,,,!
 
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Tyrone:
Ok, I just made motel reservations in Chimney Rock! They were $120 a night, I'm not sure if that's good or not for the area. It seems like most hotel rooms are around the hundred dollar mark these days. At least Chimney Rock is only 10 minutes away or so. I remember I stayed there the last time I came out, gosh, that was five years ago in 2014.

Question: You're talking about bringing something to eat. Is that Ingles Market just down the street from you still a good grocery store? I won't be able to cook anything, but will certainly stop and pick something up.

I'm not sure when I can leave Dallas, hopefully I can leave on Wednesday. Then I will be able to be there Friday afternoon. Otherwise, I might not make it until Saturday morning.

Looking forward to it!
 

Fox Mike

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Chris and I are also changing our travel times. We are leaving on Thursday so we can get a nights rest and arrive at the range on Friday rested, not 'rung out' from 10 hours on the road. We are staying in Forest City (Quality Inn). ROOMS there are $72.00 + tax using military ID.
 

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Glad to know you are coming Kevin! Yes,, you are only about 10 minutes away in Chimney Rock. Yes,, the Ingles Market is still just 2 minutes away. We can figure out if we need anything when you get here.
Try & get here by Friday afternoon if possible.

FM,, good idea to allow some resting time for you! No need to be worn out to the point of not enjoying it!
 
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Kevin,
I'd say stop off here Kevin when you are on the way but I'm so close to Contender that I expect by the time you get to Greenville you'll want to go the extra hour and get there. $120 for around Chimney Rock and the mountains (Fall colors) in October sounds like a pretty good deal to me.
If you get to Greenville and are feeling too tired give me a call. I can give you my cell #.
 
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Hey thanks! I'm not sure which route I'm going to take yet. I can drive across TN or more to the South and drive through Alabama and up through Atlanta. But I worry about traffic in Atlanta. If I go across TN, I can stop at the Smokey Mountain Knife shop there. Lodge also has a giant store. I remember them last time, they were right off the interstate.

I told my wife I'm going to leave Wednesday, she said go for it.... :D That makes for a more relaxed trip, 500 miles a day is too much anymore.
 
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