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Your Appleseed State Board => New Mexico (Mrs. Smith) => Topic started by: Mrs. Smith on May 04, 2021, 01:13:38 AM

Title: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Mrs. Smith on May 04, 2021, 01:13:38 AM
Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming to the Appleseed Host Range family....

Founder's Ranch, in Edgewood, NM!  ^:)^

Founder's Ranch is a 480 acre facility about 40 minutes east of Albuquerque.  They have about 20 bays, ranging 50 to 100 yards in depth, with longer ranges planned for the near future by the new owners of this private shooting range.  :1luvu

A host range agreement is on file, and once we've finalize the I's and T's, we'll begin scheduling events at this very nice facility.   :F

More to come as we have it!  I still have a card or two up my sleeve  :cool2:

Huzzah!!!
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: TomM1Thumb on May 04, 2021, 03:08:05 AM
You do not find Many Shooting Ranges with a Little White Church on site.

Looks to be a Wonderful Venue.
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: hotairbill on May 04, 2021, 04:26:17 AM
Oh boy, let's do stuff there.  Help get the Albuquerque folks excited and active in Appleseed.  I volunteer to help.  They need help in becomming a "Home Range."
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: AF5US on May 04, 2021, 08:51:33 AM
:F  :F  :F Congr atula tions!  :F  :F  :F
 O0  O0  O0
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Captain on May 04, 2021, 09:54:53 AM
This is some great news for NM Appleseed and Liberty! Albuquerque is an untapped resource of Americans who need to hear the message and I look forward to coming to help out!
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Jerry Hall on May 04, 2021, 09:33:29 PM
Kudo's to all involved. We've been working toward this for years...  :wb:  :DH:  :bow:
Just let me know when and where!



Jerry  :F  :snipersmi  :F
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Mahamotorworks on May 04, 2021, 09:40:59 PM
Here are some photos of the Ranch. Most bays have this set up.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51159254014_9a516b241d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kWLxRG)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51158709958_a372f8119c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kWHL8q)

Got Steel?
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51157809877_2bf4b916fe.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kWD9yM)

Did I mention they have Mascot?
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51158709158_7e497d9183.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kWHKTC)

MAHA
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Eagle Keeper on May 05, 2021, 12:56:47 AM
Looks sweet. May the beatings continue until marksmanship improves.  >:D :1luvu :F
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: TaosGlock on May 05, 2021, 09:57:51 AM
Huzzah to all who made this happen! :~ :~
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Tennessee Beast on May 05, 2021, 09:58:57 AM
Remember, cows are not "a safe direction".
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Ghostring on May 05, 2021, 06:00:18 PM
 **)  **)  **)
Remember, cows are not "a safe direction".
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: BillP_556 on May 05, 2021, 09:46:36 PM
Mrs. Smith, Founders Ranch Range just hired Glenn Plunkett as their Chief Training Officer.  He is a great dude, if you get the chance say, "HI" to him!
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Hasty Sling on May 06, 2021, 10:20:31 PM
When’s the first shoot? And kudos! This is a a great opportunity for all Burqueños.
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Mrs. Smith on May 07, 2021, 12:00:32 AM
When’s the first shoot? And kudos! This is a a great opportunity for all Burqueños.

Working on that right now, sir! My ABQ crew are pretty out of practice, so I'm thinking about rounding up one more experienced instructor to pad us out a bit.
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Mrs. Smith on May 13, 2021, 12:37:16 PM
Mrs. Smith, Founders Ranch Range just hired Glenn Plunkett as their Chief Training Officer.  He is a great dude, if you get the chance say, "HI" to him!

Bill, the range just made a profile post about him today on their Facebook page! Shall I give him your regards?
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: BillP_556 on May 13, 2021, 10:38:54 PM
Please do! 
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: JustKim on May 14, 2021, 10:21:51 PM
AWESOME!!!  I hope to have the opportunity to shoot there some day!  STrong work to all involved!!
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Mrs. Smith on May 16, 2021, 07:44:07 PM
Oh my goodness, what a day!!

Friday afternoon I hit the road for the ABQ (it doubled nicely as a shakedown cruise for my new engine  :cool2: )

I arrived at the home of Mahamotorworks and Subzero_rabbit around 6, and we stayed up WAY too late gabbing.  Anyone surprised?  Not I!

Maha has been my point man in bringing this remarkable range on board, and this couldn't have come together without him. Huzzah!

The week leading up to the trip, I reached out to all of my AQB cadre, active and lapsed.  It's been hard on them, only being able to work shoots if they're able to travel, and I was delighted to find that I got a confirmation from everyone to meet for lunch on Saturday before paying a visit to the range itself.  As an awesome bonus, New Mexico SI TaosGlock was able to join us on behalf of himself and SI Bluefeather.  It's always good to see him!

We met at a little pizza house in Edgewood, NM, not far from the range.  We introduced ourselves, old friends got reacquiainted, and we hashed out a plan for our range visit.  The big question on everyone's mind:  can we handle doing a shoot prior to our July IBC?  Pros and cons were weighed and discussed.  Most of the cadre in the ABQ area are either very green, or very dusty.  The one member who's managed to stay somewhat active probably won't be available to help out on the one weekend I'm free to come up and run the shoot.  These and other considerations were taken into account, and the final decision was tabled pending the range visit.

In attendance were (left to right in the group photo)

NMMI9100, and his son Walker
TaosGlock
Crono
Captwa
Subzero_rabbit
Desert_diver
Mahamotorworks
Mrs. Smith
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Mrs. Smith on May 16, 2021, 09:43:15 PM
Fifteen minutes later we were piling out of our cars and meeting Brodie Couture, member of the staff at Founder's Ranch.  I never did catch her title, but it was clear to me immediately that she is an indispensable cog in their machine.  She took us over to meet Kurt Bowker, CEO, Dennis Callaway, COO, and Glenn Plunkett, Chief Training Officer.  We introduced ourselves, and we were led over to the Belle Saloon for a little Q&A.  Water was passed around, and we got down to business. Questions asked and answered on both sides. They explained their operational procedures, we explained our safety protocol.  Chief Training Officer Glenn seemed quite satisfied with our explanation of the Four Safety Rules, and Safe Rifle procedures.  He'll be joining us on the line for an event when the time comes!  I look forward to seeing if we can challenge him  :)

It turns out that there will be a grand opening celebration on Memorial Day, and the staff at Founders has generously offered us space for a table, inside the Belle.  Huzzah!  Time to get planning for THAT!

After our powwow, we got a little tour of the main range area.  There's a building with classrooms, including the one we'll be using for our IBC in July. On the back side of the Belle is the Copper Queen Hotel, and other storefronts that you might find in an old west town in New Mexico. This place is a hoot!

The range we'll most likely be using is Range 10. It's about 50 yards, no shade, but very proximate to the classrooms and two of the facility's very nicely maintained porta-potties.  Shade, we can take care of for ourselves!  I've got a plan for the display of flags, as well.

We're in pre-planning for our first shoot there, plus our IBC in July, so we're off to a great start.

Huzzah!

Founders Ranch staff, left to right, Glenn, Dennis, Kurt, and Brodie
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: nmmi9100 on May 20, 2021, 03:56:26 AM
It was nice to meet the newer folks as well as reconnect with old friends.  I’m looking forward to this new venue in central New Mexico.  It has a stack of advantages over every other range we’ve used in the Albuquerque area.

/David
Title: Re: The moment we've been waiting for!!
Post by: Mahamotorworks on May 31, 2021, 05:41:49 PM
Had a great event at Founders Ranch. We are looking forward to our first event and many more out here.

MAHA