One of the joys of gun blogger gatherings is that you get to sit down for meals or beverages with a bunch of pretty smart people that often bring pretty deep knowledge of particular fields (related to guns sometimes, even) with them, and often a fair chunk of life experience. This makes for interesting conversation.
Throw in folks from a couple of sponsoring groups and you have the makings of several simultaneous interesting conversations and some hard choices on which one you want to follow when all of them are fascinating in different directions. Between the GBR engineering squad, the folks from OutWest Systems (the purveyors of an indoor/outdoor target practice system), the folks from GunAuction.com busily exploring just what this strange segment of the blogosphere is, a bunch of experienced gunfolks in full chat mode and random cross-over conversations - and you end up with an exhausting evening of high-quality conversation.
That was Friday night, with most folks turning into pumpkins by 10 p.m. and a few hold-outs making it until 10:30. We get a good crew down here and while we have fun, a lot of friendships are built and various misunderstandings hashed out - even as the event raises money for Soldiers Angels - Project Valor IT.