good friend Al Diprima and his lady friend stopped

Gary Reeder
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Saturday, June 08, 2019, 13:50 (104 days ago)

by today on their way to the Shootist's Holiday. I hadn't seen Al since the Celebrity Handgun hunts at the Y.O. Ranch folded about 10 years ago. It is always good to see old friends again. We sometimes put off calling old friends until it is too late. But it was good to see Al again today.

after Al left I got to thinking about the times we had

Gary Reeder
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Saturday, June 08, 2019, 21:16 (103 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

at the Celebrity Handgun Hunt at the Y.O. Ranch.I was there either 14 or 15 years and met a lot of great folks. John Taffin and I sat over in a corner and talked guns. Neither of us partook of the open bar nor did we play poker so we just talked guns. I met Bob Baker of Freedom Arms for the first time there, along with Peter Pi of Cor Bon, Ken Jorgensen, then of S&W, J.D. Jones of SSK, The owner of Magnum Research (I am ashamed I can't remember his name)and a lot more that I can't think of right now.

Taz Ridley, who pretty much ran the hunt was so overloaded he needed some help. I offered to invite some new folks as all the old guys just used the open bar and played poker and never bid on any of the guns up for auction. The hunt was for the needy at Christmas and there was a big problem raising money. Taz jumped on the offer and I invited probably 30 guys from this forum and most came to the hunt for several years before it finally was dropped due to new ownership at the Y.O.. It was an invitation only hunt and I always felt privileged to be invited to the hunt.

some of the Misfits at the Celebrity Handgun hunt

Gary Reeder
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Saturday, June 08, 2019, 22:19 (103 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

Lot's of good time memories

Charlie Herf
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Sunday, June 09, 2019, 07:04 (103 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

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Gary's Hunts

Brian T
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Sunday, June 09, 2019, 09:18 (103 days ago) @ Charlie Herf

Between the YO, Africa and HHC he has certainly facilitated a lot of great memories for all of us. I am grateful he continues to do so.

Amen to that!

GregG
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Sunday, June 09, 2019, 15:51 (103 days ago) @ Brian T

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more YO photos

james
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Monday, June 10, 2019, 10:26 (102 days ago) @ GregG

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Gary, big Al in one of the photos above

james
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Monday, June 10, 2019, 12:03 (102 days ago) @ james

along with some more folks you know

yep, Al in the front row, in the white shirt

Gary Reeder
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Monday, June 10, 2019, 13:14 (102 days ago) @ james

with his wife Peggy. Bill Grover on the left with the dark jacket with the horizontal stripe on it. Taz Ridley with his back to us. Couple of others I can't tell for sure. I remember those pictures they made too. If I remember it was after lunch they wanted us to go upstairs and get in line for our pictures. When we got upstairs there was a line with about 40 guys waiting. Kase and I had not taken our animals yet and we had one day left of the hunt so we said screw it, let's go hunting. They did the pictures for several years, starting in 2000 I think and I don't think we stayed for any of them. We were there to hunt not have our pictures made. They listed both of us as donors as we each donated a custom gun, so that was plenty for us. The pictures are a bit fuzzy but I can recognize many of them. One of the hunters made a montage of pics from the 1997 hunt.In the 2nd pic down the grey haired fellow walking up in the left corner is the man that played Switech on the Miami Vice series. Back then we had quite a few "celebrities" show up for the hunt. My big Sika is shown in there too. Each year the group was taken up to the "big house" on the hill above the ranch where Charlie Schreiner lived. Charlie was Charlie the 4th and there were probably 200 old Colt SAAs and other western revolvers and rifles on display. When he died, those guns disappeared. I never heard what happened to them. Family members probably. But it was a helluva collection, probably 100 years or collecting. In the background of a couple of the pics is a fellow with a red plaid jacket and a white beard. That is Bill Grover. Bill is the man that developed the left side single action revolver called the Grover improved #5, or what most people call a left hand revolver, while it actually is a pure right hand revolver. From what I have heard Sam Colt was a lefty and the Colt SAA he developed was actually a left hand gun.
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james
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Monday, June 10, 2019, 14:58 (102 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

Gary, Like JT said "those were grand times".. I`ve told handgunners that the closest any gathering of handgun hunters came to the old YO is your HHC....

as long as my health holds out, I hope to

Gary Reeder
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Sunday, June 09, 2019, 16:00 (103 days ago) @ Brian T

do so, good Lord willing. Some of my best memories with my best friends were in either the Y.O, Africa or the HHC, or all three. And I thank you guys for the memories.

some that we don't see on here as much as we should

Gary Reeder
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Sunday, June 09, 2019, 17:26 (102 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

in the pics above are James Swidrick (James from Jersey) with his Aoudad taken with the 41 GNR, George Faerber my favorite bear guide with his XP-100 Scimitar Horned Oryx, Kelly Brost next to me with my Blackbuck, Dave Manson with a buffalo critter taken with the 410 GNR. In the group pics, Ken Jorgensen of Ruger at the head of the table facing the camera, the owner of Magnum Research (again I apologize that I can't remember his name) leaning back in his chair at the right of the table. And a bunch of Misfits sitting around the table and walking around amazed at all the auction goodies.
For those not familiar with the Celebrity Handgun Hunt, it was an invitation only handgun hunt held every December at the Y.O. Ranch in Texas. It wasn't a freebie at all. We paid a fee to hunt and were allowed 1 buck and 2 does. On most of the hunts the animal of choice was a Sika Buck and 2 Sika does, but on a couple of the hunts we were allowed to shoot Axis bucks and does and also whitetail buck and 4 does. We were allowed to take other animals but the price went up. For the privilege of hunting in the Celebrity Handgun Hunt we were allowed one buck and 2 to 4 does according to the species they chose for that particular year. We were charged from $895 back at the beginning when I first started going in 1994, to $1295 I think the last year I was there in 2008 or 2009. If you wanted to shoot something else you paid the difference. All the meat went to feeding the needy at Christmas. There were prizes given for the most meat (heaviest animal) and for the largest Sika and so on. Bob Baker of Freedom Arms donated a revolver, Magnum Research donated a handgun, S&W donated a gun, Ruger donated a gun, TC donated a Contender or Encore, Corbon donated a lot of ammo, Winchester donated a lot of ammo, scope companies donated a lot of scopes, various guides donated hunts, plus a lot of raffle items. There were only 55 hunters invited and a lot of the companies donated small items so everybody got something. Special vests, jackets, Surefire donated a flashlight to each hunter, and so on. Kase donated a custom 1911 and I donated a custom revolver which were auctioned off the the proceeds used for the needy. It was a 4 day hunt and a good time was had by all. Our entrance fee covered everything other than another animal not in the yearly choice of animals. Here are some more pics of Misfits..
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I had a great time there

GregG
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Sunday, June 09, 2019, 04:39 (103 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

I was one of the fortunate ones who was invited. I met some great folks there and enjoyed hunting with a scoped 375GNR revolver. The cartridge performed flawlessly on 2 Sika; a management buck and a doe. Thanks for posting my picture, Gary, and thank you again for the opportunity. It is part of a special set of cherished experiences.[image][image][image][image][image][image][image]

THOSE WERE GRAND TIMES!

JT
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Sunday, June 09, 2019, 07:35 (103 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

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Glad to hear Al is okay

Steve W
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Sunday, June 09, 2019, 19:30 (102 days ago) @ Gary Reeder

I was worried something had happened to him when two of his TLAs wound up at auction.

Al was hurt in a construction accident that laid him

Gary Reeder
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Monday, June 10, 2019, 15:57 (102 days ago) @ Steve W

up for a while.

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