From over the transom:
AAR Arms Expo 2015 (I attached a few photo’s emailed to me by a friend)
We arrived mid Friday afternoon 6/19/15, the drive out of Yakama took us thru vineyards and farms. Even noticed a Texas longhorn on the way.
As we drove there we noticed signs posted every so often with slogans like “Liberty Ahead”. After about 30 minutes or so we arrived at a fork in the road, we knew it was the right place because of the types of Flags flying like; “Come & take it”, Gadsden, Star Spangled banner, etc. Took note of a little café located there too, which we took full advantage of during the weekend.
Check in was efficient and expedient, it help that we had preregistered. Drove slowly in, noticed Porta-Potties as we drove thru in good locations and good supply, main stage to the left with large area for crowd (which was filled with spectators the next day during opening ceremonies), as we first drove in there were vendors on both sides sitting up displays & booths, plenty of open carry both pistol and long guns. After going thru the vendor area we came to a draw and proceeded down a road that led into a field, there was an island of trees in the middle of the field and a tree lined perimeter but mostly exposed to the conditions, with porta potties in the middle of the field & beginning. There were campers in trailers and tents set up at the beginning and around the tree island. We proceeded to the far end which had a birch tree protected area and set up camp. We noticed that this was an area where cows have bedded down in the past, turns out cows ain’t so dumb after all, we had shade morning and throughout the day, there was a light breeze most of the time that kept us cool and bug free.
The campground scene was full of good people, we had a neighbor who was an ex 1%er who was now a 3%er and a very good cook, while at camp if we kept him with a cool one every once in while & it was reciprocated back with some excellent chow. No camp fires due to fire hazards but it still didn’t stop neighbor’s from sitting around and discussing freedom & liberty. One neighbor for example was from a family that settled the northwest part of the state, who had great stories of how hard and dangerous that was and even one story of how one a member of the local military was beheaded by Indians in an incident of revenge.
Next day started at the main stage with the pledge of allegiance and prayers, the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” from horse back as a young lady on horse rode before us with the flag.
Next was a talk by Cope Reynolds about gun safety and what the law was & not. After which shouts rung out “We will not comply”.
Then the speakers, I didn’t get to hear them all but I did hear Mike Vanderboegh, who gave a rousing speech on gun rights & liberty and what this event was all about; by standing up against unconstitutional laws. I also heard state representative Matt Shea speak, all I can say is that guy is good, Washington state is lucky to have him in the state legislature fighting for liberty.
Now to check out the vendors, guns smiths, parts manufacturers, one booth on how to build AR’s (he had a workshop later in the afternoon), tactical supplies, political booths, prepping booths, optics, a blacksmithing demonstration, First aid, Forward Observer (Sam did multiple clinics throughout the weekend) a very intelligent (a little play on words there) young man that a lot can be learn much from, a fellow who made pow wow drums from the hide of elks he had harvested (got one for the wife), food booths and many more.
That afternoon there were demonstrations & clinics in an area set up behind the vendors opposite the stage, there is no way one person could attend them all but I was able to take in some of Mike Vanderboegh’s; especially his improvised weapons demonstration (a personal highlight of the whole event for me), Culper’s Intelligence, Security, and Defense talks, while my son covered some of the other events like, gun building, Ham radio and first aid demonstrations. While this was going on there was music and speeches at the main stage while also people shooting at the not to distance range (but far enough). Having the sound of automatic fire for additional background music was the icing on the cake for sure.
The next day was more of the same with some different twists added in.
We pulled out late Sunday. The one thing I heard repeatedly was “I can’t wait till next year”, one vendor was busy telling me all of the additional stuff he would have at his booth next year, I did take advantage of some end of expo sells going on too, I noticed one vendor had pulled out early because they had sold out of their stock.
Some things of special note for me was watching all of the families there standing up for freedom, the constitution and defying tyranny, some of which most likely have never taken that stand before, I did see young couples who were not gun people for sure but were taking everything in intently. There was a lot of people, but with everything going on it was hard to put a number on it, a lot of coming and going, I know it was over a 1,000 but it could easily been many times that number, maybe the organizers will put out the official attendance.
On the organizers, Liberty For All III%, Kit, Marie and Anthony; they should be as proud of this event as a parent with a new baby (and in my book you can’t get no prouder than that)!!!
I know I didn’t do this AAR/event the justice it deserves but I gave it my best shot.
Death before slavery!