Boomershoot was very well received this year even if the fireball was a failure (it didn’t ignite).
Some were via email and text message, but still…
At the Saturday dinner:
That was the best speech I have heard at Boomershoot in the last ten years.
At High Intensity:
This was the most fun I have ever had with my AR.
At the Long Range event:
I usually get about four or five boomers. This year I lost count.
Joe as usual, We totally enjoyed Boomer Shoot 17.
Thank you and your crew AND family for hosting and putting on such an unusual and fun event.
The location is absolutely wonderful.
I totally enjoy the challenges of the venue.
It s great to meet new shooters and running into old friends.
I’m glad you feel appreciation for being Mr Boomershoot, because, as you mentioned, this event impacts more than just the attendees. Best Western and High Mountain Resort are both outstanding. The small town atmosphere is a treat when you are coming from Seattle.
Again thank you so very much for the wonderful amazing shooting opportunity.
PS… Oh yeah. I’ll be there next year.
Thank you for yet another FANTASTIC event.
Whatever you did with the formula, this year, *KEEP DOING IT!!!*. I have NEVER, in my 13 (nonconsecutive) years seen fewer targets for the cleanup crew.
Your stated goal for Boomershoot seems to be bearing fruit: the level of marksmanship this year was outstanding, which directly relates to the lack of cleanup targets mentioned above.
Via text message:
I think I figured out the draw for men of big explosives: closest thing to a female orgasm they’ll ever feel!
Boomershoot 2017 is complete. It was all wrapped up earlier than ever before due to a number of issues. I’ll get into them in a later post but the bottom line is it went well even though it was extremely muddy.
One of the last things Barb and I did before heading down the hill to the motel was to take down the webcam at the road pointing at the shooting area. When we parked Barb suggested we scrape some of the mud off the trailer with the rakes we use for cleaning up target debris. We giggled as we did this after Barb pointed out it was rather amusing to be scraping mud off with a rake. I then wanted to get a last webcam photo with us in a Norman Rockwell pose, as she pretending to do in the first web came image.
We got it:
Last night, after getting someone’s (who shall remain nameless) car unstuck Barb and I hooked up another webcam at Boomershoot. See the results here.
I asked her to stand with me for a couple minutes to see if we could be the first picture it took.
I just (11:51 PM the next night) got caught with things enough to look at the results.
I was successful!
We just love NOT pounding stakes in the rain.
April 20, 2017
[It’s Boomershoot time!
To fully appreciate this quote you need to read this QOTD and see the picture from a year ago and compare to this year.
It was raining hard Thursday morning but the forecast was for the rain to taper off in the afternoon. So, I told the staff to delay the schedule by four hours. Barb and I were still running around preparing but we didn’t spend too much time outside. At least nothing like we would have if we had been setting up the shooting line or pounding target stakes into the hillside. So, Barb was very appreciative of not pounding stake when it was raining hard and there were gusts of wind up to 28 MPH.
Friday and Saturday are supposed to be much drier and warmer.—Joe]
Via email from Dave Bakken who says he will bring the rifle to Boomershoot this year if there is someone interested in purchasing it.
Details on the equipment here. Synopsis:
Q: What happens when a professor in a technical area decides to get into long-range shooting?
A: He ends up with the gear described in this document, after a huge amount of research and trial and error.
Q: What happens when he is getting divorced later (after not having time to shoot the rifle for 2+ years)?
A: He sells it. This saves those who hope to get into long-range shooting a HUGE amount of time. Especially if you do not presently have time to learn and master handloading…
OK, so nowadays Dave is selling his rifle and setup. In doing so, anyone who wants to get into long-distance shooting can buy this and save a HUGE amount of time in researching options.
Here is what he is selling:
Gear in the Toolbox
Asking Price: $3500.
If you are attending Boomershoot this year please prepare for variable weather. It’s only a week away and it was snowing today:
Earlier it was foggy:
There was also some sun at times:
The forecast for next week and during Boomershoot is mixed as well. It’s supposed to be a little warmer and drier than today but don’t count on it. Forecasts more than a couple days ahead tend to be unreliable.
On the bright side, for those people who want practice with “real world” shooting conditions, for several hours today we had sustained winds in the 10 to 20 MPH range with gusts up to 30 MPH.
I was looking at the Boomershoot webcam image for this evening and saw things I have no idea what they are.
What are those lines? The images just one minute before and after don’t have them. There are several images with strange lines in them:
The camera is in IR mode with an IR illuminator.So that changes things some. I thought maybe it was snow or hail or even raindrops being blown by a strong wind. But the wind never even gusted over 7.6 MPH in that time frame. And I would expect there would similar lines in adjacent frame (admittedly one minute apart). But there aren’t. But the wind was coming from about the correct direction for each of the lines to be following the wind. The temperature ranged from about 48 F to 49 F. Insects are going to be a bit sluggish at that temperature.
There was one similar event on the previous night:
Update: Rain. Shortly after seeing many images similar to the one below the weather station reported a small amount (0.01 inches) of precipitation.
Among many other things I did over the weekend I got the weather station and webcam working at the Boomershoot shooting line. I created a web page for it so people can check out the conditions as Boomershoot 2017 approaches. I call the webpage Boomershoot Live! It will also allow people who are not attending to get a once a minute snapshot of the target area and weather.
Here how things looked yesterday morning when I was getting the T-Mobile microcell working:
Here is this morning:
Yeah. The weather at Boomershoot is variable.
The weather station uploads data to Weather Underground about four times a minute. They kept track of the weather history as well as make forecasts.
It’s too far away to make a believable forecast for Boomershoot (April 21, 22, 23) but in another week they will start being plausible.
Update: The webcam dropped offline at 3:00 PM PDT April 10th. I don’t know why. I’m over 300 miles away and won’t be able to check on it until April 20th.
Update 2: The webcam started working again at 6:07 PM PDT April April 10th. This was with a few minutes of when I told Barb I would probably buy a newer and better one and take it with us when we went to Boomershoot. Not that this had anything to do with it starting to work, but I thought it was amusing.
I delivered a bunch of stakes and some steel targets* to the Boomershoot Taj Mahal today. It snowed nearly all day today. It wasn’t sticking on the ground too bad but the ground was completely saturated in places. There was water standing in a significant part of the field near the tree line. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to make it all the way to the Taj and back pulling the trailer through the mud.
I made it all the way there but things got a little bit messy:
As I got close to where I wanted to park, my vehicle started sliding sideways toward the Taj and I stopped before I made a mess of my vehicle as well as the thin steel shed.
I had no problem getting back out. I was a bit surprised at that. I was very concerned about getting the trailer turned around because I planned to pull it another 15 feet forward to get it inline with the vehicle. It was still at a significant angle to the vehicle and I didn’t have much control of direction of travel, let alone orientation, in the greasy mud on the hillside near the Taj.
But I found a different place I could back into to turn around and everything worked out just fine.
I went back to South Road, unhitched the trailer and even made it in to Mecca to deliver the final supplies needed for Boomershoot 2017.
There are still several positions available, Sign up here. It will be a blast!
*These targets belonged to Scott Keszler. He used to bring these to Boomershoot every year from North Dakota. After he died
his family gave the targets to Boomershoot. I picked them up at his nephew’s place north of Spokane last night.
March was a busy month for me. I had hard drives fail on two different computers. The laptop was particularly painful when the Windows Home Server recovery utility didn’t support that hardware. I ultimately recovered everything but it took over a week of my spare time. The other hard drive only took a few hours of my time and lead to a simpler backup method which was nice.
Boomershoot tasks picked up too. There is still some space left if you want to sign up here.
Anyway, I reloaded 525 rounds of .40 S&W and ran many of them over the chronograph. This brings my lifetime reloaded ammunition totals to:
223.log: 2,424 rounds.
3006.log: 543 rounds.
300WIN.log: 1692 rounds.
40SW.log: 63,945 rounds.
9MM.log: 21,641 rounds.
Total: 90,245 rounds.
I have been exchanging email with Chris Seidler who asked me to promote a rifle clinic in Nampa Idaho which Revere’s Riders is putting on. He is going to be promoting Boomershoot as the two events complement each other.
Here are the details of the AR event:
NRA America’s Rifle Challenge Clinic
June 24-25, Nampa ID Rifle Club Outdoor Range
Attendees will learn modern defensive shooting skills on the AR platform at an NRA America’s Rifle Challenge clinic. Woven throughout the event we will address elements of a personal security strategy as well as historical vignettes illustrating the use of the short range marksmanship in American history. Attendees will experience shooting in multiple firing positions at varying distances.
Firing in this course will be within 100 yards with a focus on the close quarters environment from 7 to 50 yards. An AR-15 type modern sporting rifle is ideal, but any semiautomatic magazine fed rifle is suitable.
Required equipment: Appropriate carbine, 400 rounds of ammunition, at least 2 and preferably 6 magazines, two point rifle sling.
PRE-REGISTER ONLINE: https://www.reveresriders.org/event/2017-jun-24-25-nampa-id/
· Shooting Fundamentals
· Standing, Kneeling, and Prone Positions
· Natural Point of Aim
· Sight Adjustments & Zeroing Procedures
· Vintage M1 Carbine WW2 Qualifier
Defensive Carbine Considerations
· Carbine Role in a Self-Defense Plan
· Mental Preparedness
· Carbine Ballistics Considerations
Short Range Marksmanship Skills
· Situational Awareness and Scanning
· Rapid Magazine Changes (Tactical Reloads)
· Short Range Marksmanship Techniques
· Clearing Malfunctions/Stoppages
· Emergency/Speed Reloads
· Special Subjects: Zeroing Carbines & Rifles, Carbine Trajectory and Zero Issues, Barricades, Movement, Firing from retention, Field Stripping & Cleaning the AR-15
· Carbine Skills Test
The clinic will be led by Revere’s Riders master instructor Christopher Seidler, a certified NRA rifle and personal protection instructor and chief range safety officer. He has coached at the CMP’s Small Arms Firing School at Camp Perry. Chris has deployed multiple times to Afghanistan including combat experience and led antiterrorism/force protection efforts; he currently instructs at the Air Force Weapons School.
Bad Idea T-Shirts
[Boomershoot 2017 is coming up and no one from the future has stopped me yet. I’ll bet no one stops you either. Sign up here.—Joe]
I suspect the Clearwater Tribune needed some filler so they wrote a short article based upon an ad I was running in their paper.
Barb and I were amused by this line:
There are over 1,000 of these targets, rigged with 1,500 pounds of explosives.
The targets are not “rigged with explosives”. The packaged explosives are the targets.
[Update: Joe’s done at Reddit. Thanks to all who participated in the interview.]
Joe’s over yonder on Reddit, still answering questions. Join in the conversation here.
For those new to Reddit (hint, hint Lyle), you’ll want to create a Reddit account, then go to this link and ask away.
Join the live conversation tomorrow, Tues. March 7, 11am EST: Joe Huffman of Boomershoot & Maj Toure of Black Guns Matter on Reddit AMA.
Joe Huffman, Founder of Boomershoot:
I’m white + from Idaho. I make reactive targets for people to shoot at, and detonate, thus causing fiery, fun explosions.
Maj Toure, Founder of Black Guns Matter:
I’m black + from Philly. I teach urban communities gun rights and responsibilities, to prevent inner cities from self-imploding.
We’re two peas in a pod, here to talk guns, gun safety, exploding targets, keeping cool, and peace.
We’re not here to nitpick about gun facts — that’s already been done.
We’re here to have fun. We’re individually atypical, so let’s dig deep into what makes us tick: why we do what we do, and how we do it! Ready. Aim. Fire. Kaboom!
Boomershoot Precision Rifle Clinic instructor Gene Econ has sent me an update to share for the events he is running this year. Basically it is the schedule and some safety issues.
[Update: Phelps helps in a flash. Thanks, Phelps. Much appreciated. — Stephanie]
Greetings, thousands of readers/potential tech-savvy volunteers!
Is there anyone out there who could please volunteer to convert this old Boomershoot .wmv video from King 5 Seattle’s award-winning feature into a more universal format, and then post to YouTube… for educational use? Deadline: ASAP.
Video’s on the Boomershoot website, here:
If you’re able to help, please post your YouTube link in the comments below.
Thank you! — Stephanie
P.S. To keep within YouTube guidelines, it’s important to include this wording in your description on YouTube:
This video is posted for teaching, scholarship, and research purposes.
Credit: King 5 NBC Seattle, King5.com
Learn more at: Boomershoot.org
I have completed the CafePress Boomershoot 2017 section. The image used was the beginning of the fireball from Boomershoot 2015. The slogan is from a comment by JFT on one of my Boomershoot postings.
In addition to the usual t-shirts, cups, and thongs (yes, there has been more than one sale of a Boomershoot thong) there are now king-size blankets, coffee trays, cutting boards, pillows, and potholders. For some reason a potholder with an image of a fireball on it makes me laugh even more than the Boomershoot thong.
Take a look and see what you think.
I was looking through my collection of images for Boomershoot shirts and thought I would share:
Yes, the 2016 slogan is a duplicate of 2006. That was intentional.
The 2017 image will be coming soon.
I was busy doing a lot of things for Boomershoot this month (I have to tell the story of what Barb calls “the box” someday) and haven’t done any reloading since February 5th, still, I did load 975 rounds of .40 S&W. They were all Blue Bullets with minimum powder charges for shooting steel.
This brings my lifetime reloaded ammunition totals to:
223.log: 2,424 rounds.
3006.log: 543 rounds.
300WIN.log: 1692 rounds.
40SW.log: 63,420 rounds.
9MM.log: 21,641 rounds.
Total: 89,720 rounds.
Boomershoot is going to take some time this month and especially next month. But I think I’ll be able to load a few rounds each month. I’m hoping to make it to a lifetime total of over 100,000 rounds by the end of the year.