Discussion in '88 Tactical' started by Gsamp, May 5, 2016.
I'm planning on being there around 7:30-8:00 tomorrow morning.
The coffee is on, see you soon.
Zac and I bugged out a bit early, but the good news is that I get to share some photos. And by "some" I mean bunches, because I'm trying to give you a flavor of the event. Hold on to your internets! I'll post as soon as Photobucket cooperates.
Forgive me if I don't get your name right or mention you in a photo - I'll do my best but there were a lot of new faces to recall! Please post corrections and additions or other commentary if you like.
It was a very good meet. Entertaining, informative, fun, challenging - all that stuff that you hope for when you sign up. Tom was amazingly accessible, interested in what you were doing and thinking, a true fount of knowledge and experience. Mr Black was hilarious and photogenic, and Terry, Greg and Kurt were great hosts. Zac (my son) and I felt very much included and welcomed even though this was our first year. As they say, if you ever get a chance.....
What a great bunch of guys in this shot. And Aaron (Big Daddy Hoss).
A somewhat creepy mascot.
Cool gear was in plentiful supply, as you might expect.
The patron saint of BCUSA meets made an appearance, as did at least a dozen of his buddies.
Hardball talking to Moon (Tom L). The ever-smiling Dick Humble. What a super guy. Actually, all the KC contingent were super nice and friendly. Jim Gessman (bottom left) from NY was another great guy and a fellow early riser, so he kept me company while the rest of the camp started to stir.
Tons of food. We weren't remotely roughing it in this respect.
Shone brought a teepee. The man knows how to travel.
Think this man has taught a little gun handling? Even with a drill: high grip, trigger finger extended, fighting stance!
You're probably going to get tired of me saying such and such a person was a super nice buy, but they really were. Here's a prince named Justin layin the hammer to a spike.
Dustin (green shirt), Prince Justin (well, the top of his head), Kurt (with the drill) and Terry , Shone in the background. Also BigHoss' gigantic shoulders.
Choice in trouser colors ranged the entire gamut from tan to khaki to OD. Lots of supervision going on. myself included. Looks like we did a good job.
Pro tip: A YouTube search for 'Ray Mears Thailand' gets you a good exposure to Moon as he was few years back. Darker hair, but otherwise no different, really. And just as nice to us as he was to ol' Raymond.
Monsieur Noir's abode.
A big thanks to the 4 survival instructors that came out this weekend! These guys have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they shared with us, and I am very grateful for it!
I can't remember his name (in the red shirt, standing next to foxfire).
Thanks to Pokey for this gift!
Also, a thanks to Phantom X for the gear that he donated to be given away at the meet!
I wound up with one, and it is a great size for a small first-aid kit!
By Terry's post on Instagram he was Master Chief Sargent Sere Specialist and I believe his name was Rich.
Here is a few pictures I took over the weekend.
Terry's parachute canopy over the community fire pit. Texas tipi.
I honestly thought this was not going to end well going down a steep hill. Telephone poles for the bridge.
The guys from Texas hog roasting contraption. Best pork ever! Thanks again Shone and Bosapah.
Tom's table of survival tools. Filled three tables if I remember correctly.
Rich's 30 year old London Bridge Trading get home bag.
Tom making a candle lantern out of cans.
The baddest Esee 4 on the planet. Tom's Esee that he let us checkout.
I won this awesome buffalo fur pouch and awl from Skab Leatherworks. Thanks again Skab and Thanks to all the vendors who donated items.
Thanks to rphumble for the milk can cookout and everyone at 88 Tactical for making this happen.
Great meet. Thanks to all the 88 Tactical guys for putting it all together and letting us invade their space. Was good to see the guys I'd hung with before Guy, Terry, Sweeney, Hob, etc. Met a ton of other great dudes. While informal, it was awesome to be able to learn from Tom, Terry, Black and Chief. Several times throughout the presentations, I had to kind of remind myself the level of experience and greatness before me. All of them, very down to Earth. Tom is always teaching. Always. You never wanted to be too far away from him because you'd miss a chance to learn something. Can't tell you how many times a general conversation with him or story of his or Chief's would turn into an impromptu class or lesson on some cool skill or trick. Thanks to all the guys that put together the food. That pig from Shone and Jonathan was the best pork I've had in my life. Bar none. Thanks to Dick and the guys that did the milk can thing. That was awesome as well. I had a blast and I'm counting down the days til next year.
As usual, I tend to get into what's going on around me, a sort of tunnel vision and forget to take pics. I took a few though.
This pic doesn't come close to capturing it. They've got a bit of a nice view though
Nice pic I got on my way back from the 'Brown Derby 300'. Was nice to have an indoor facility to get your bathroom issues done, planning ahead of the your daily constitution was a good idea though. Running up that hill with one on deck was not fun.
Building the bridge. Lot of supervision going on here. Must be a union job.
Pig perfection. Those Texas boys knew what they were doing for sure.
Chief breaking down his get home bag.
A few pics from the meet up...
@Dadio , @Gumbi, @IAOutdoors , @MK-9 , and @Longbeard :
Thanks for the great photos.
A HUGE thank you to all who attended. Also, a hearty "Thanks Brah!" to everyone who pitched in and helped with the projects, including: the bridge and the wood pile, etc. We not only had fun but got a lot accomplished over the weekend. I had a tremendous time talking and catching up with all the guys who had come before and it was good to meet several guys new to the meet. Another thank you goes out to Shea and 88 Tactical for letting us host this event. It has been such a great location and it is fun to have so many great people there for the weekend.
Also, I really did appreciate all of those who attended the handgun class we had on Thursday. It is humbling that people trust us enough to give us their valuable time and money and allow us to provide them training in some "hard" skills, as well as some soft skills too.
Lastly, a big bro hug to my partners in crime on this, @Kurt992 and @IA Woodsman
I would like to give a great big thanks to our Vendors who sent items for the give away. I don't think anyone went away disappointed.
Chris from Heavy Cover
After seeing how handy a needle and thread was, as Tom sewed up a seatbelt into pack straps, I was motivated to put together my own sewing kit.
Thanks to Kurt, who gave me both the plastic sample tube and the sail needle.
I threaded some black thread on a needle, some white thread on a needle, and about 6 feet of inner paracord strand on the sail needle, and wrapped them around a piece of cardboard.
It all fits inside the water-tight plastic sample tube.
Thanks to all involved for their hospitality. I had a fantastic time and it was nice to put names to faces. Im not going to repost all of the pictures that have been posted by others, but i would like to say a few words about the cooking method I used on the hog.
The "meat radar" is called an asado cross. It is a very old and traditional cooking method used by the native peoples of Argentina and Paraguay. They would use green wood for the mast and cross pieces and drive the mast into the ground in front of a pile of coals. They would traditionally leave the hide on the back side of the animal and turn the belly side towards the fire. This was so that they could tie a rope around the top of the mast and drag it behind a horse if their camp was raided by the Spanish or a neighboring war party. This was called "cooking on the leather." Today peole skin the animals and use stainless or nongalvanized metal instead of the traditional green wood but the cooking method is largely the same. The person cooking the animal is called an "asador" which means griller in Spanish.
Just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone. I had the best Mancation ever. I don't know how but I came home 6lbs lighter so I promise to mooch more food next time. The hospitality everyone showed me could never be repaid and is very much appreciated. I think I only got an hours work done today cause I wouldn't shut up about my trip to Nebraska and that is a good thing. Hope to drag my PNW brothers down with me next year too. Happy day
It's hard to believe, but every year's event has been better than the last. It was awesome to spend time around the fire with familiar faces and first timers. A huge thank you to everyone involved: the organizers (Greg, Kurt, Terry), the staff at 88 Tactical who provide a fantastic facility and world class training, the vendors who generously provided giveaways, the folks who shared their knowledge, time, and talents, the cooks who provided delicious meals for all to share, and the attendees who shared stories and companionship with everyone else. If you're reading this thread and wondering if you should try and attend next year, the answer is yes. Start planning now. It's worth it.
By the way boys, if you get a chance, give all the Vendors on the forum who sent items to be given away a thanks. If you can, give them a little business as well.
Nice spread and well worth it to contribute. Keep doing what you guys do ... don't change a thing.
@Mr.Black doing what Mr Black does.
@Bosapah carving it up with a Serechete
@IA Woodsman teaching a lesson on bleeding control
New hawk block cut, lashed, and broke in
My new hat. I'm very proud to wear it.
@Gsamp building bridges, not walls
2nd Amendment Course
@BigDaddyHoss cooking meat on a stick
Last one. Sunday night Tom treated us to a presentation on the history of the SERE program.
Left to right- @foxfire, @Sweeneyguy, @Mr.Black, @BigDaddyHoss, Tom Lutyens
Front row- @madhob and myself.
Next year we need to get some SoCal knife makers to attend. @Sargent, think you can help us out? That M1 you contributed this year already paid next year's entry fee.
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The following is an excerpt taken from the transcript of Operation Black Root Beer:
(Whispering voice) Sweeney? It's a fire hazard to camp here, brah...
Sweeney? Where's the zipper on this thing so I can come in and talk to Ya?
Sweeney? Where's your stove pipe, brah?
'Member that time in Texas I took your shelter down? I'm here to make up for it...
You wanna root beer, brah?
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Meeting Tom was just to much?
The rush wore off after holding the Case chetes?
That looked like an awesome time! Perhaps next year! Thanks for the shout out Terry! Man, I missed a good one.
So much win going on in here!
Wanted to say a big thanks to 88 Tactical for a great handgun class and also to Bushcraft Outfitters for my Opinel Saw I won in the GAW. Hope to use it this weekend clearing a shooting lane while bear hunting.
Sitting here in my hotel room stitching up our greaest ideal to believe in. Our 15x10 United States American flag that we hang on the cranes at work needs a bit of love and washing.
Thank you for giving me the tools (sail needles) they are a breeze with the 550 guts. Way heavier then the needle and thread i might have otherwise used.
I know i dont have the same war stories as some of you guys. Mine just involve different tales of different things.
Everyone has a different story to tell and none of them are more important then any of the others. We evaluate everyone that shares the fire with us by the character they display and their willingness to contribute, not by the path they have taken to get there.
You are always welcome at the fire.
Can't add much to pictures, they are covered well above.
Thanks You Kurt, Greg, Terry, Tom & Mr Black for their work on the event.
Big Thanks to the Texas Boys for hauling & cooking a great hog.
Thanks to Jeff, Firefox, Scott, Kurt & Phantom X for the great stuff.
I can post a few recipes;
Green Beans Feeds 12
1 lb. Bacon
1 Large Onion
8 cans Green Beans
Chop bacon into 3/4 in. chunks and fry
Add finely chopped onion and cook until translucent
Add beans without draining
Cook and salt & pepper to taste
Cheese Corn Feeds 8
16 oz. Frozen Corn
8 oz. Cream Cheese
3 tbsp Sugar
1 stick Butter
1/4 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
Thanks to Rich for a fire trick & Tom for foil trick. I combine them and rolled small squares of alumium foil onto a few match sticks to use with PJ & cotton balls.
Both great recipes. The corn is killer.
Sorry I'm late with this. Work started before the wheels hit the ground on the way home.
First I want to thank Gregg, Kurt and the 88 Crew for making this another great meet!
I want to thank RPHumble and the TX crew for all the great food!!!
Special thanks to J Dean for the AK flag..... I'll fly it when I get the appropriate pole.
Thanks to Tom and Rich for the knowledge and the stories. I could sit and talk with them for a week and still not be bored.
All of the pictures so far have covered what happened during the day. The night, well that was a little sketchy. New meet rules... Don't fall asleep by the fire. Don't leave the fire early because you have a migraine.
Here is what I have though. Mr. Black and Peter M killing it at night! I tried to get most of the between songs talk out but that's almost impossible. Let's say this is a PG-13 video.
Still didn't get my root beer Brah!
@Mr.Black and @Peter M did a great job.
Thanks I had a blast playing it was a great time with Mr Black!
Great thread , full of pictures gents. Where are all the Serechete pics? I saw the one carving the fine swine...
So what's going to be on tap for 2017?
Fishing for sure, private property and pond, so you don't need a fishing license. We'll catch some and eat them also.
Are you going to come down a couple days early?
Welcome to BCUSA brother!! Now that sounds like a plan! Getting to where I am thinking of wanting to stay there.
Has a date been discussed for the 2017 meet yet? I've been off the forum for quite a while, and took a look through the 88 Tac page but didn't see anything. I was really bummed I couldn't make it last year, but the meet was the weekend of my son's 3rd birthday party. The second weekend in November would be great for me.
Btw, looks like you fellas had a great time. Hope I can make it this year.