Boomershoot status

The weather is looking pretty good this year.

Details are here.

The short version is:

  • Friday: Partly cloudy. High of 68F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
  • Saturday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 63F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the West in the afternoon.
  • Sunday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 54F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph.

So far I have been concentrating on getting Boomershoot Mecca ready for target production. Staff will start showing up for a full day of work tomorrow and I want everything to be ready for them. It’s essentially ready now. Just a few odds and ends still to do.

The portable toilets were delivered yesterday. Brother Gary brought the ATV and trailer over yesterday as well.

I had some exciting times when my tent blew away on Sunday night just before I was going to take a nap about 6:00 PM:


A heavy suitcase prevented it from ending up several miles away in the lake. I had heavy rock on the stakes on four corners but it worked its way loose somehow.

There was no way I was going to get it staked down in that wind so I just took the suitcase out and rolled it on down the hill and put it in the shipping container:


My Verizon phone does not have nearly as good a reception at Boomershoot Mecca as my various friends have reported. Ry ordered a Verizon “Network Extender” (a femtocell) for me which is supposed to arrive today.

My AT&T microcell wasn’t working either. I had to reactivate it and got it working on Sunday.

That was the worst of things so far.

I’ve rearranged Mecca some:


I moved the 3350 pounds of ammonium nitrate twice (“vitamin I” is my friend) before I was happy with things.

I did detonation tests on round targets Barb L. and I had built and stored over two weeks ago. Typically targets go dead in as little as a week during the summer. I figured that if even a small percentage detonated it should be considered a pass. In the first batch only 20% detonated. The others got solid hits but just popped open. I switched to hollow points and 80% of the rest detonated. It didn’t seem to matter if the boxes had the shrink wrap plastic on them or not. That is good to know. There is no need for that time consuming step.

Bottom line is that everything is looking good for a great Boomershoot 2013.


2 thoughts on “Boomershoot status

  1. Dang. Well, maybe next year.

    I had my dome tent blow away some 20 feet a couple of years ago in Death Valley. I had more than a suitcase in it. Everything I brought except my spare tire and daypack was in it. Afterwards I drove 6 Dracula-sized stakes into the ground and lashed the tent to them, but of course the wind never returned.

    “Vitamin I”. Yep, I keep the Advil right next to the various vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and various mystery pills I take to maintain a (semi) normal healthy body.

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