I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you that what I consider the coolest of all shooting matches is coming up in June. Whether your choice is pistol or revolver, shotgun or carbine, there’s an even for you.

The Pin Shoot – formerly known as the Second Chance Shoot – became an icon among gun folks back in the Seventies.  One scene of the book “Unintended Consequences” was even set there.

I always describe it (always, because I can’t think of a better description) as a carnival midway where all the games are live fire shooting, and you can win guns instead of kewpie dolls or stuffed animals if you shoot well.

There are bleachers for the audience. It’s a visual game: the targets are full size bowling pins, and watching them fly and being able to see in real time who is beating who on the firing line is addictive fun.  During breaks when the pins are reset, famed Gun Guy Richard Davis conducts Trivia Quiz with the audience, with his own unique sense of humor.  Lunch is served at the range, where you’ll find yourself among many like-thinking new friends, and will see a lot of faces you’ll recognize from the gun magazines, TV firearms shows, and YouTube.

Hope you can make it.  The Evil Princess and I are always there; if you get to the shoot, look us up!  For details go to www.pinshoot.com


  1. I wish I lived 1,227 miles closer. Yes, I googled it.
    I’d stink at this but dang it I’d go.

      • In April, 2011 a friend and I drove 800 miles to the weekend machine gun shoot at Knob Creek. What a blast! We regretted not going for a helicopter ride (I’ve never been in one) but did visit two of Lincoln’s childhood homes and Fort Knox, also.

        Sometimes, good things are unpopular, and bad things are popular. It’s so refreshing to see the popularity of firearms in this country.

  2. Hey Stephanie, no way it’s above your skill level. You can come to the match and compete against yourself. Richard used to have several different classes, starting with RBS’s (really bad shooters) and he had a shootoff of RBS’s (those who did not clear any tables, he awarded a case of ammo to the winner along with the badge of OSS (ordinary standard shooter) that class encompasses most of us at one time or another. And then he had the master blasters. It really doesn’t matter your skill level as long as you’re safe with gun handling. We all have a great time!!! The week flies by but the memories last a lifetime! Come on up, stay awhile!

  3. Maybe this year, Rich will have Vladimir “Raz” Putin targets available and/or stickers of the Russian dictator’s ugly face pasted on the bowling pins. I remember back in the olden days, he had a huge banner that proclaimed “F**k Communism” without the asterisks.

    All those who have the time and money to attend, go and have some fun. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a great shooter. It took me several shots to knock down each pin or about 30 rounds to clear a table, but went four times back in the 1980’s and had a good time.

  4. Mas, I am straying off-topic, again, but do you know anything about this story?


    I know that the wheels of justice turn slowly (grass grows fast in comparison! 🙂 ), but it still seems strange to me that charges are only now being filed. It has been two years since the incident.

    Given the optics (white State Trooper and a black 19-year old “teen” as the “victim”), it makes me wonder if politics are not driving the charging decision.

    The American Left made powerful use of the death of George Floyd (really a historic propaganda campaign that was super successful on the part of their BLM and Antifa Black Shirts and their attack-dog Media tools) during the 2020 Election Cycle.

    Now, the 2022 Midterm Elections are only months away. Are they going to try to recreate the magic of the Summer of 2020? Whip up another Summer of riots and protests just prior to the 2022 Midterms? Something to really fire up their brainwashed voter base and get them out to the polls to vote this fall?

    If I seem paranoid, it is with good reason. The American Left cares only about obtaining and holding on to political power. Nothing else matters to them. They would tell any lie, sell any narrative, use any dirty trick, rig any vote, whip up any protest, burn any city, etc. to stay in power. They would send a thousand State Troopers to prison if it served their purposes. Whether the thousand were guilty of anything or not would not matter in the least The People of the United States are just sheep to them. They are tools to be exploited, robbed, used up and then discarded when they have served their purpose.

    They rejected God a long time ago. The only God that they worship now is the God of Political Power and the Public Treasury. Therefore, given how low the Democrats stand in current polls, due to their numerous failed policies, I fully expect them to do something “spectacular” to try to swing the vote more to their favor this fall. All they have to do is get it close. Then they can cheat and “rig” the vote the rest of the way home to victory!

    • Autocratic forms of government, like monarchies and dictators, were the way nations and tribes were ruled for millennia. In the 1700s, subjects were tired of the corruption and failure to submit to the rule of law exhibited by kings. So, republics came into fashion. These are supposed to be ruled by the people, through their representatives. But, if the people corrupt themselves, and don’t submit to wholesome laws, republics can become oppressive.

      Here we are. First, the kings were corrupt. Now, the people are corrupt. Compared to other nations, America was a good place to live. It looks to me like the good times are coming to an end. Hopefully, I am wrong.

  5. Also, off-topic but some more information pertaining to the “Rust” movie shooting has come forth. The New Mexico OSHA Office has weighed-in on the incident. See this link:


    It seems to me that this finding reduces the blame for the movie armor, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, while increasing the blame for the Rust Movie management team.

    Of course, the lawyers of Alec Baldwin are also “claiming” that it clears their client. See this story:


    As usual with Baldwin and this “mouthpieces”, everyone is to blame EXCEPT for Old Alec himself! 🙂

    The Rust Movie Company was given a maximum fine for their failures.

    So, this incident is shaping up about as I expected. We will see some “fines”, some Civil Suites and some “settlements”. Cash will be exchanged. The dead will be buried. No one, especially Alec Baldwin, will serve a day in jail.

    The “Get out of Jail Free Card” of the American Left is still good. It is a lot more useful than an American Express Card. Leftists never leave home without it! 🙂

    • Everyone sees the light treatment given to criminals the Left approves of in cities, contrasted with the political imprisonment and denial of due process given to the Left’s enemies who entered the Capitol building on January 6th, 2021.

      Likewise, the debate over whether to require masks on American citizens in some places continues, but there is no debate on masking, testing or vaccinating the Left’s “guests” who are being welcomed on our southern border. Non-citizen invaders are being given money and things bought for with tax money paid by citizens. Just like everyone else, I talk about the problems, but I don’t take action.

    • @ Roger Willco – “Just like everyone else, I talk about the problems, but I don’t take action.”

      With the deck stacked against the American Citizen, by the rich and powerful Big City “Elites”, it is hard to take much positive action. Speaking out against their crimes is not nothing. However, just talking will not bring the elites to heel. We are reaching the point illustrated in the movie “Network”. Here is the quote from that movie:

      “I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth. Banks are going bust. Shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TVs while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

      We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is: ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’

      Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get MAD! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman, because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. (shouting) You’ve got to say: ‘I’m a human being, god-dammit! My life has value!’

      So, I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’

      I want you to get up right now. Sit up. Go to your windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!…You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take this anymore!”

      Maybe if the People of the USA get mad enough, they will stop being passive victims of the elites. Maybe we will (finally) flood the ballot box and vote the criminals out-of-office. Washington D.C. has become a septic tank into which all the worst criminal dregs of humanity has been drained. This septic tank BADLY needs to be flushed!

      I pray to God that we still can use the ballot box to flush the Washington D.C. sewer clean. If the ballot box fails, then the only remaining option is the cartridge box.

      • In the weeks preceding the November 2022 elections, conservatives should play the old Twisted Sister song “We’re not going to take this anymore” in their TV advertisements. Arnold the Liberal Barbarian used this song when he ran against Gray Davis for the governorship of California many moons ago and won, but then did a crappy job running the state, probably taking too much bad advice from his then wife, a member of the Kennedy Clan.

  6. Small arms pin shoots differ markedly from the larger Pinshoot in Ukraine that is continuing to inflate. The Russians may believe that they defeated Hitler by themselves. Fact is the matter that vast supplies of transport and ordnance came from the USA and other allies that enabled Russia to prevail from their side. The Russians seem to forget that they seem to be lining themselves up against their former saviors. President Putin is relying on the wrong partners if he thinks that China’s Xi and President Biden can pull his chestnuts out of the fire. Putin’s own evil is about to consume him, unless he declares victory and steps back out of the occupied ground. What we need to do is stop repeating our Vietnam mistake, which was relying on gradualism and the supposed good nature of humanity, and fully arm Ukraine without delay. If the Russians are actually determined to play Hitler and bring the world down with them, we need to enable Ukraine to win as quickly as possible. That, while we ask any angelic agents that we can persuade to shut down the Russian delivery systems. You never know until you try.

    • Back in the WW II days, Russia would have quickly lost to the Germans if not for the so called Lent Lease program of America. Lent Lease was neither, as the Soviets never returned anything nor paid for all the goodies they got from closet Communist FDR. Over 75+% of all food, fuel, ammo, and other supplies needed by the Russians were provided by America, not to mention tens of thousands of Jeeps, trucks, and other vehicles including thousands of aircraft and tanks. Stalin did not permit any photographs of Russian soldiers using American equipment as that would tarnish the image of the great Soviet military which their state controlled propaganda organ portrayed as being completely self sufficient and invincible.

      Many German women in their 80’s and 90’s still remember what the Russians did to them when they were little girls and young women at the end of WW II and they see it happening again in Ukraine today. Those sadistic Soviet soldiers got away with their heinous crimes back then and the free world should help the Ukrainians now to defeat Vladimir “Raz” Putin and wipe out as many of his Russian hordes, and get some delayed justice for the sexually abused and murdered German and Ukrainian women.

      • Strategic Steve & Tom606,

        I agree with all you wrote. Sadly, Russia was a bad place to live under the Czars. Then it was a bad place to live under Communism. Things got better under capitalism, (which was really rule by oligarchs or gangs, I hear), but not as good as in other capitalist nations. If America is shining city on a hill, then Russia is a cave or underneath some other hill.

        The Russians defeated Hitler with help from Commie-loving FDR, but they also did it by absorbing a lot of German bullets into the chests of their soldiers. They had to do it, to face the German army, because Stalin ordered his soldiers to be shot if they turned and ran away from the Nazis. How would you like to be in a fight between two giant dictators, Hitler and Stalin? Hitler wants to kill you, so you have to fight him, but Stalin will treat you very badly, after you survive Hitler’s army. HOPELESS!! The Russian government sucks, and it has always sucked, but the people are very tough. Russian people know how to suffer.

        As an American, I read about suffering and hunger, but I don’t experience them. I live in a bubble, and it is beautiful.

      • The Russian people are basically good, just like those in most other countries. However, their evil Communist leadership and the minions who carry out the party’s diabolical agenda are scum and should be exterminated like mosquitoes. The same goes for China.

        In the perfect fantasy world, “Raz” Putin would be captured alive and given to Jeffery Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy. The little dictator is too white for the former and a bit old for the latter, but I’m sure they will find a way to entertain themselves with “Raz”.

  7. Apparently, understanding that you shouldn’t put your hands on a weapon while in the presence of a police officer is beyond the capability of too many knuckleheads.

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