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Monday, May 12, 2014

Skimmer spotted at NRAAM!

 OK, so it's not actually a skimmer:


4. a stiff, wide-brimmed hat with a shallow flat crown, usually made of straw.

But it is a straw hat, and has become one of Scribbler's trademarks.

ScribblersDad here, for my second-ever post. One of Scribbler's nicknames, bestowed upon him by the ever present bevy of young ladies who seemed to miraculously materialize around him whenever I visited him at school, was "Hat-Boy." He has a fondness for hats, and a not inconsequential collection of same. One, a light colored straw hat, has pretty much become a trademark for him in the gunny community:

 Last year, we went to Houston with press passes arranged by Scribbler. I got to go along as the official photographer. Despite my shortcomings as same, he nonetheless invited me back this year.

What a kid.

I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who remembered Scribbler from last year, and many remembered the hat. Not surprisingly, none remembered his trusty sidekick, but it did lend an aura of legitimacy to our efforts that so many recalled Scribbler.

I hope to have a number of posts up reflecting the plethora of gunny goodness that is NRAAM (or is it "the" NRAAM?), but Scribbler asked me to post an overview of this year's convention.

My overall take? Yes, there were nine acres of surprise, delight, craftmanship, and innovation mixed with JAARMs (Scribbler's term for "just another AR maker"), but what continues to float my boat is the sheer number of REALLY nice people in this community.

We saw friends old and made friends new, and I can honestly say I have never met a gunblogger I didn't like. As a dad, the way this community has welcomed, embraced, and supported my son is nothing short of wonderful.

I am grateful for you all.



  1. Like calls to Like, Mr Scribbler's Dad :)

    One of the many reasons the community has welcomed Scribbler (aka Zoot Suit D) is because he fits in the community; smart, warm, willing to listen/learn, willing to share (knowledge and boom sticks).

    I'm hoping to have a little free time after the middle of June so we can start planning another blog shoot. Hope the Scribbler clan will be able to make it

    Bob S.
    3 Boxes of BS

  2. We're in the free state of Indiana and there are a couple of good public ranges close to us. We should put something together!

  3. It was a delight to meet you in Houston and I wish you could have made it down to see up in March. I consider Scribbler family and may have a bit of a maternal type protectiveness there. Of course, he looks like the older brother my son doesn't have, so that may have something to do with it.
    You have many reasons to be proud of that young man.

  4. David is an exceptional fellow and treats others with professionalism and courtesy. As rare as people like that are anymore, it makes it all the easier to remember him.

    The hat doesn't hurt, either. =)


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