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  1. Thanks, dear! The knife has been gone since Thursday evening and it’s now Sunday might. MAYBE it will turn up in my mailbox in a few weeks…. We ALL want to believe that it’s impossible to have a thief among us. Really. When I didn’t get it back by the banquet last night I was disheartened… but, I thought, MAYBE, someone will slip it under our tarps covering our merchandise and I will find it when I go pack up. Nope. Several members of North Alabama Regulators apologized to me - nothing quite like this has happened at their range. They were embarrassed. They were angry. Everyone who asked me about it felt the same way. I’ve thought a lot about this situation. First, some have said, “I hate this happened to you, Scarlett!” It shouldn’t happen to ANY of us. Second, too many other stories of things stolen/missing were shared with me. It’s NOT always “the public” or “spectators”. Sometimes there’s really no question that it is one of us. Third, we have to hold ourselves and our cowboy/cowgirl community to higher standards. We talk about The Cowboy Way ALL the time but it’s losing a lot of its meaning. We do NOT always treat one another with respect. We gossip. We have cliques and are mean to one another. Some of us cheat - call clean for our pards, let little things slip by… we’ve all heard the stories. If we will cheat while spotting, why wouldn’t we steal a $200 custom screw knife? Cheating isn’t more or less wrong than stealing, is it? I know lots of y’all honestly care about the fact that my knife was stolen…and yet, some are probably thinking, “ok, Scarlett… give it a rest. Let it go”. I will when I’m ready. This is bigger than just my knife. This is an opportunity for us to be better by doing better. Real, heartfelt hugs, Scarlett
    27 points
  2. Look at the floor in any public restroom and it is obvious that most people cannot naturally point.
    14 points
  3. REWARD OFFERED FOR THE RETURN OF SCARLETT'S SCREW KNIFE If you are reading this and you have Scarlett's Knife, whether you took it mistakenly, accidentally, or maliciously, I don't care. Return it to Scarlett, or, to remain anonymous pm me, I'll give you details on where to send it so it gets back to her with no questions asked. In return, I'll send you $100 & a screw knife that you may keep with a much clearer conscience. While I don't like rewarding vile behavior, this may be the only way to get a precious item returned to an even more precious lady. Spread the word, and you can count on me to back up what I say, $100, a screw knife, & no one but me & you will ever know.
    12 points
  4. Missing dog. If anyone ceasar, lettuce know.
    7 points
  5. If our friendship is so fragile that a miss/P/SDQ/MDQ will end it … it wasn’t much of a friendship to begin with. #Integrity I don’t think the sport has changed - this isn’t about the sport. This is about the “players”. And, ACCOUNTABILITY. When we see bad behavior among our friends (cheating, plain meanness, etc) we should call it out instead of ignoring it. This is me calling it out and encouraging us all to make an effort to do the same. If you can’t make the correct call on your pal, don’t spot. And, don’t take stuff that don’t belong to you. Hugs, Scarlett
    7 points
  6. The famous notation of the ship's position at 90 degrees N latitude, recorded by the USS Nautilus on 03 August 1958. This is one of many relics honoring the nation's first atomic submarine at the Nautilus exhibit wing on the second floor of the US Submarine Force Museum. Well worth the visit...plus it's free!
    7 points
  7. Congratulations to my favorite Daughter, Echo Meadows, Ladies Wrangler champ Bordertown and third overall lady. Johnny Meadows
    6 points
  8. After having dug to a depth of 10 feet last year, British scientists found traces of copper wire. This wire was found to be dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already had a telephone network more than 150 years ago. Not to be outdone by the British, in the weeks that followed, an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 20 feet, and shortly after, a story published in the New York Times: "American archaeologists, finding traces of 250-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced high-tech communications network 50 years earlier than the British". One week later, Australia's Northern Territory Times, reported the following: "After digging as deep as 30 feet in his backyard in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, aboriginal Billi Bunji, a self-taught archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely stuff-all. Billi has therefore concluded that 250 years ago, Australia had already gone wireless..."
    6 points
  9. A natural pointer pistol, to me, is any gun that feels good in my hand and, when I bring it up to the target, is pointing relatively close to where I want it without moving muscles. The original Vaquero and the 1911 fit me well as they come from the box. Colt SAAs and Glocks do not, but I enjoy them anyway. But there’s still a lot that can go wrong between naturally pointing a pistol and sending a bullet towards the target. That’s where shooting skill comes in.
    6 points
  10. I shot that same stage in 9 seconds. But then the lousy TO shouted I still had to shoot the shotgun and pistols.
    5 points
  11. Ok so here is the update I promised. I went to the range yesterday with the chronograph. I had loads of the made in canada clays and the made in australia clays. All loads were the same weight in grains. I had to adjust the powder measure down a bit when loading the australia clays, it was weighing about .2 grains heavier when using the same powder measure setting as the canada clays. I shot 10 shot strings then averaged them. The results were that the Australia clays shot 50 fps slower than the Canada clays. I think if I had thrown the australia clays using the canada clays setting they probably would have been close to even. I discarded the powder that was mixed in the powder measure in the one picture. Thanks everyone for all of your input.
    5 points
  12. From The Facebook Group Old West Legends, Myths, and More "How did white Southerners aquire the sobriquet cracker? Contrary to what many believe it’s origin had nothing to do with saltines, cracked corn or or popping whips. .The first known written usage of the term ‘cracker’ (to mean a person) comes from Shakespeare's King John: "What cracker is this same that deafs our ears with this abundance of superfluous breath?" The term comes from the middle English word "Craic" which meant a loud boastful comment. (Hence our modern usage as in " crack a joke" or a "wise crack") The term is still used in Ireland, Scotland and Ulster to mean friendly conversation. The term " Cracker" thus came to mean a talkative, loud boastful person. It was applied in colonial America to the mostly Scots-Irish of the back country and eventually to we, their descendants (white rural Southerners). Ben Franklin was talking about my ancestors when he wrote in his memoirs about "a race of runnagates and crackers, equally wild and savage as the Indians, who inhabit the desert[ed] woods and mountains." So was a colonial official that wrote to the Earl of Dartmouth in 1766: “I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by Crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and Georgia, who often change their abode” Ian Saberton , the distinguished British historian of the American Revolution wrote of them: “Scattered among the backcountry population was a body of hardy, illiterate and lawless backwoodsmen whom the British came to fear more than most. They tended to have no settled habitation and lived partly by hunting and partly by preying on their neighbors. “This distinguished race of men,” declared George Hanger (a British officer), “are more savage than the Indians and possess every one of their vices but not one of their virtues. I have known one of these fellows travel two hundred miles through the woods, never keeping any road or path, guided by the sun by day and the stars by night, to kill a particular person belonging to the opposite party. He would shoot him before his own door and ride away to boast of what he had done on his return … I speak … of that heathen race known by the name of crackers.” This is why white rural Southerners are called Crackers and if you have ever stood around a campfire at a Southern hunting camp or re-enactment (especially if there is a mason jar of clear liquid being passed) you know that the term is fitting! And you thought it had something to do with saltines, cracking whips or corn!"
    5 points
  13. Unfortunately it appears that it is accurate that our tabulations for Trail Driver (fastest state in the region) were indeed inaccurate. Getting another banner, ten pins and shot glasses is the easy part of attempting to correct this. The ability to announce at the banquet that Florida won is the part that is impossible to correct. I offer my most sincere apologies to both Florida and to Georgia for the error.
    5 points
  14. After manually crunching a few numbers, it looks like those Crackers may have actually won this again. Results tabulated by Dominion Voting systems.
    5 points
  15. To say that I was "greatly surprised" would be an understatement. For those of you that know me, you can tell folks that I am not one usually lost for words and can often lead discussions without much prep time. Last night, however, I would not have been able to get words out, especially after I turned to find my wife also standing on stage. To be recognized by your peers for only doing what I thought I needed to do is a humbling experience. For my wife @Alchemist Belle 93666 and son Donald Duke to have designed this buckle for me to remember the accomplishment makes it just that much more special. Beyond being my loving and supportive wife @Alchemist Belle 93666 is always on my 'posse with' list, my collaborator on The Firing Line, and help whenever I need it. And finally, thank you all. For those whose hands I shook late last night or called and texted later, those that have supported shoots that I have worked, whether in Tennessee or Alabama, or those that continue to 'like, share, and subscribe' to The Firing Line, without your continued support and participation, none of this would be possible.
    5 points
  16. This match is well worth the 10 hour drive from the beautiful north shore state of "Other". Branchwater Jack wrote an outstanding match.....loved the story. Huge thanks to the entire NAR crew. Big thanks to Kid Rick for the "hex". It got me a clean match.
    5 points
  17. 4 points
  18. Improving my stage times? With the times scarcity of ammo and reloading components, practicing to improve my stage times has been problematic for me. BUT I believe I’ve found a solution that is worthwhile pursuing. Placing a Neodymium Iron Boron magnet into my cast bullets! Think about it! We do shoot at STEEL targets and magnets are attracted to steel! My first attempt proved this idea to be worthwhile to pursue further. Drop a magnet into the bullet mold first, then pour in the molten lead. Resize and lube as normal. Tested five rounds of my Magnet Automatic Direction bullets at my private range. Worked like a charm. Loaded 100 for my next match. First stage morning sun was shining on my back. I’m called to the line, aim within a foot or two of the targets and pulling the triggers as fast as I could. My stage times were cut in half! I’m smiling from ear to ear. Stage Two is when I recalled that magnets have a north and a south pole. The third round out of my first pistol had the magnet south pole casted on the bullet’s point. Timer Operator had this big old Bowie knife on his belt. Considering the TO’s age he eventually would have needed his hip replaced anyway. Before the next match I have my reloads sorted by their north and south magnetic poles. This is THE match. I’ll place in the top ten for the first time ever! The only question I have, do I need the north facing bullets or the south facing bullets? I lose my smile when I realize all of the stages are all facing west!?!?!? And for nosy cowpokes, yes right after announcing the Clean Shooters they announced their first ever 100% miss Shooter. Using Al Gore’s Internet a search found a Ebay post from a fellow in China that guarantees he has east west poled magnetics in stock. P.S. If’n any of y’all believe this story, let me tell you about the time I recycled lead from a car battery.
    4 points
  19. Way to go young lady- just get rid of the old man
    4 points
  20. Congratulations to a remarkable shooter. Bordertown Silver Senior Champion!!!!
    4 points
  21. @Chickamauga Slim I absolutely adore you. You are, hands down, one of the kindest and most generous cowboy shooters in the world. I hope I get my knife back without your $100 … we will see. Big hugs and lots of love! Scarlett
    4 points
  22. https://bordertowncas.com/scores or https://www.facebook.com/bordertown2017
    4 points
  23. The gun may point naturally but doesn’t keep you from jerking the trigger!
    4 points
  24. A great big thank you to all those who worked hard making the match an enjoyable experience. A huge thank you to all of you who shot the match and to all who camped at the range. Seeing everyone enjoying themselves makes it all worth it.
    4 points
  25. Congrats Sidekick and Dodge City Dixie. SE Regional and Ambush champions.
    4 points
  26. Congratulations to Branchwater Jack! Well deserved and long overdue!
    3 points
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