Once again, I would like to take a moment to thank all of my readers, commenters, and drop-by-ers for donating, spreading the word, and otherwise getting involved in the recent Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser I ran here. Despite these being rough financial times and despite tax day being just around the corner, we were able to raise $2190 for that outstanding organization.
At this point, I have been able to get all but [...]
What’s this? There’s magic in the air…
Anywise, time for a game of “What is this?”
First up, we have… this:
So, aside from being annoyingly out of focus, what do you make of it?
Ok, that one is a freebie – it is a pile of the first eight HAVA fundraiser boxes to go out. Now, if I screwed anything up (and I am fairly sure I did), please [...]
The one advantage to being amused by the little things in life is that you can invariably find something to amuse you.
For example, this is the order the Honored American Veterans Afield giveaway prizes were chosen in:
1. HAVA Duffle Bag 2. Carrying in Style 3. HAVA Duffle Bag 4. Ultimate New Shooter 5. HAVA Duffle Bag 6. Preparedness 7. HAVA Duffle Bag 8. Bacon 9. Citizen Marksman 10. EDC 11. Organized [...]
Over the past month, you outstanding men and women have managed to raise $2190 for the Honored American Veterans Afield organization; we did not quite beat least year’s benchmark, but I dare say that is pretty awesome all the same. Thanks to everyone who donated!
As for the giveaway side of the house, all of the winners have been emailed directly, but here are the winning ticket numbers:
1. 225 2. 202 3. [...]
Today is the last day for the Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser we are running here; if you want your donation to count towards the fundraiser, it has to be made before 2359 (11:59PM, for you civilian types), and all receipts have to be sent to me by 1700 (5:00PM) tomorrow if you want them to count towards the giveaway.
I have handed out just under 300 tickets to around 30 folks, so your [...]
I promised you pictures today, and darned if I did not get them up in the nick of time:
(Pictures taken with a new toy, which I dare say will work just fine.)
What we have here is the very, actual holster Dragon Leatherworks is donating to the Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser I am running. This one is made specifically to fit a 5” Ruger Blackhawk, but it will also [...]
Well, right about now, I would have been playing a rousing game of Tribes Ascend, but ZerCool just had to go and unlock the new Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser prize packages, and here I am…
Joking, joking. There is little more I would like to do than give you all some more incentive to donate to this worthy organization, and thanks to many folks’ generous donations, including ZerCool’s, those prize packages I mentioned earlier [...]
If you all have been keeping up with the Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser I am running, you will see that we have raised a touch over $1000 in the past three weeks, with about three more weeks to go. Honestly, that is not bad, at least not for fundraisers here.
However, there is a catch. As you can see, we have… well, a lot of stuff up for grabs if you donate to [...]
(Note: This post contains images and text that contain arguably gratuitous amounts of blood and profanity. If either cause you problems, feel free to skip it.)
When it comes to zombies, my preferred weapon is something along the lines of "orbit-based kinetic strike" (a concept which, coincidentally, appears to be featured in the upcoming GI Joe movie), but something tells me that we are not going to have that kind of hardware if/when the [...]
A few weeks ago, I promised to add something involving bacon to the Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser I am running, and darned if I am not going to deliver.
This, friends, is a knife:
In fact, it is literally a pig-sticker – that is a custom-engraved Ka-Bar Johnson Adventures Baconmaker.
The blade on this thing – 1095 Cro-Van with a Rockwell hardness of 56-58 – is a quarter of [...]
… But ones I guarantee you will like.
Thanks to receipt of a shipment from the folks at Honored American Veterans Afield themselves, the following rules have been added to the “How to Earn a Ticket” section:
6. Anyone who donates at least $25 will receive a copy of either This is War: Memories of Iraq or Shepherds of Helmand, randomly chosen by me. 7. Anyone who donates at least $50 will receive [...]
One of the things that has seen a lot of use over in "The Sandbox" – Iraq and Afghanistan – and was imported back into the States by our service members is the concept of a "blow out kit", "individual trauma kit", or "improved first aid kit". In short, these kits – which are generally no larger than two AR-15 magazines side-by-side – are specifically designed and built to immediately address profusely bleeding wounds in [...]
So I am a naturally inquisitive type (at least, on occasion), and I admit to being somewhat intrigued by the surprise being expressed by the folks at Honored American Veterans Afield over how much money we have managed to raise in such a small amount of time. So I went digging.
The short story is that in 2011 (the last year the National Center for Charitable Statistics has posted), HAVA brought in $175,272 of [...]
So everyone should be aware of the HAVA fundraiser we are running here at “walls of the city” – it has only been the top post for, well, two days actually. In those two days, we have blown past both our matched funds goal, and raised north of $700, and that seems to have attracted the attention of the good folks at Honored American Veterans Afield themselves.
I just got off the phone with [...]
So by now, everyone should be aware that I am getting patches stitched up with the new “walls of the city” logo (as conceptualized by Oleg Volk) on them, but they are going to be the traditional fabric patches that have been around since… forever.
Not being folks satisfied with the status quo, however, the boys at Monderno went the high-speed-low-drag route, but in an awesome way:
Yup, that is a patch, with [...]
If you have been paying attention to the prize package list for the HAVA fundraiser, you will see that a copy of Paul Revere’s Ride snuck in there, currently attached to the Boomershoot entry under the “citizen marksman” package heading. These books (I actually have two; still deciding on where to put the second) come to us by way of Chris from AK, and I will let him give you a brief explanation of them: [...]
I promised you more prizes for the Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser, and here is the first addition:
Thanks to the generosity of Joe Huffman, I will be able to give away "one free Boomershoot entry including Friday and Saturday High Intensity events, Saturday dinner, and Sunday long range event. Applicable only to new entries for Boomershoot 2013 or Boomershoot 2014."
How awesome is that?
For those unfamiliar with Boomershoot, the concept [...]
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Current Total Donation Amount: (0700 01APR13)
The rules are a little different than last year’s exercise, so pay attention.
How to Earn a Ticket:
1. Every five dollars you donate directly to Honored American Veterans Afield nets you one numbered ticket. 2. DO NOT SEND ME MONEY. All money and goods should go directly to HAVA. 3. [...]
So regular readers will know that I have been harassing various companies to try and drum up some giveaways for the impending Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser I will be kicking off on the 15th (mark your calendars appropriately!). One of those companies was, of course, Brownells, and my email to them was directed over to the inimitable Larry Weeks, who I first met at the one-and-only Gun Blogger Rendezvous I have attended.