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  1. 55 points
    Seems to come and go; but every so often, (like now, with two different threads running); the wire gets on a roll about leaving SASS or pining for the so called good ole days. And I fully understand, interests change and apparently NOTHING is as good now as it was 20, 30 or however many years ago. But if you read through the posts without the knee jerk reflex of "Please don't leave... We will miss you... etc.". The posts mostly boil down to I don't want to play anymore because of how OTHERS play the game. I don't get that. How does someone else playing the game in their preferred method affect your enjoyment? I see complaints about shooters being too into competition and using non stock guns. So I assume the shooter is disappointed that they are not able/ no longer able to win; but NO, in the next breath, the shooter claims to have no interest in their placement. I don't get that. If you don't care about placements or awards - then how does another shooters competitive juices or choice of equipment affect your enjoyment? I see complaints about target placements and size being too close or too easy. But the shooter doesn't state or mention any efforts of how they have modified their own behaviors to adjust, (shoot nothing but head shots, create one bullet splat groups, engage rifle targets with their pistols, etc.) I don't get that. If you don't care about awards or category placements AND you have the option to create your own challenges - how does anyone else performance affect your enjoyment? I lied; I do get it. Many (not all) of these posts are NOT simple announcements of tiring of the game or changing attitudes within the game; but basically threats that unless EVERYONE is shooting the game I want to play, (and only in the manner I want to play it) - I won't play anymore. Games change. Culture changes. Participation within any interest ebbs and flows. You adjust if you love it - you leave if you don't. The only person responsible for your challenge, enjoyment or fun at a match is you. If your enjoyment is tied to someone elses action, performance or efforts then perhaps moving on is best. The whole idea of the cowboy is rugged individualism; self sufficiency and the ability to adapt. Take that attitude to the match; if the match doesn't provide the challenge you require - create it for yourself. If another's equipment offends you; ignore it. I hate to see anyone leave a game that I love; but if you wish to stay, you will have to find your own reasons to play and if you wish to leave... Well, bye.
  2. 23 points
    This is my latest gun cart build. Some will call it the Snake gun cart, I’m sure. While at EOT and on the way back I was thinking about what I’d build next as I had just finished Buck Garrett’s Buffalo Hunter cart and Creek County Kids LOCAS cart, which I delivered to EOT. Double Diamond the leather worker who has done all of the leather work on all of the carts that I’ve built except for the first four or five has a daughter that has turned into a very good CAS participant. I knew she had a birthday coming up and on the refrigerator at home she has the ticket stub to my latest LOCAS Gun Cart benefit raffle posted. DD told me before I went to EOT that every time she goes into the kitchen she stops and looks at the ticket and says “I’m going to win that”. A couple of days after I got back from EOT I stopped by to see DD and I suggested that we, him and me, build his daughter, Diamondback Dree a Gun Cart for her birthday. He wondered if we’d have enough time and I thought we would so we came up with a plan. The hardest part was keeping it a secret because she’s home for the summer from college and is around quite a bit during the day. Well I got the cart built with some time to spare and then last week I delivered it to him to do all of the leatherwork. I had an out of town family wedding to attend for three days last week and couldn’t be there on her actual birthday day and DD wasn’t quite finished with his part so we moved the presentation party up to tomorrow evening. She doesn’t frequent the Wire so it ought to still be a big surprise. I built the cart out of African Black Limba, a lightweight hardwood that really has a lot of character. I used the ebony diamond pegs on Buck Garrett’s cart and liked them so much I used a whole bunch more on this cart. Some may think I went a little overboard but there’s no mistaking the diamond theme. I utilized through dovetail, sliding dovetail and mortise and tenon joinery throughout the cart including the trays. The wheels are the 20” Marathon garden cart wheel with the 1 3/8” x1/2” Xike high tech bearings installed. You’ll notice that the tires instead of being flat on top are much more rounded like bicycle tires and the cart is very easy to push. DD built the leather medallions that fit in the pockets that I routed into the cabinet, chest and carriage. On the back of the upper cabinet you’ll notice a round patch at the top of the crest and that is removable and if she wishes she can attach her clean match pins or whatever because there is Velcro attached to the cart that will hold the patch in place. On the front of the cabinet there is a belt buckle with a genuine rattlesnake head. DD made the black surrounding leather resemble wood and it really does look like wood. The medallion on the front of the chest and the sides of the cabinet are all raised and really resemble rattlesnakes. Enlarge your pictures if you can and check out the incredible detail. This cart was very enjoyable to build and I can’t wait to see her face tomorrow evening when she unwraps it. Our next Escondido Bandidos match is September 7th and it will be her first opportunity to use it.
  3. 21 points
    Howdy Long Colt, I truly believe the explosion of categories over the years has contributed to the downturn in the fun factor. It used to be maybe 15-20 percent of the attendees might place in a category. Now the pressure is on everyone to place regardless of how small their category is. My wife doesn’t like to shoot because she just wants to have fun with no pressure on how she finishes. Knowing her category will be less than 10, she’ll have to get up and go up front. She’s embarrassed if she finishes at the bottom and doesn’t want to practice to get any better. Since it puts pressure on her to do better when she’s only there for the fun, she just quit all together. Why this game decided everyone must be a winner like a kindergarten soccer league is beyond me. Let the competitors compete, and let the people who are there for fun, have fun. Everyone will be a winner………………and have fun. And I’ve heard for 20+ years when someone doesn’t like the current system, go join NCOWS. Please be respectful of someone else’s opinion without asking them to leave. My .02 cents.
  4. 19 points
    Additional regs: No compound bows allowed. Bows and arrow shafts must be made of wood - No fiberglass allowed. Arrow fletching must be made of natural materials (feathers) - No plastic or vinyl. Tomahawks & knifes thrown must stick in target to count. KD hits with warclubs may be restruck until down. Any scalps taken are 10-second bonuses.
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  6. 18 points
    Only legal in the optional (non-SASS) "Wagonburner" category. Moccasins MUST be worn!
  7. 17 points
    I went through this once and came back. The competition part is fun, but not important. What's important are the relationships and friendships made.
  8. 16 points
    I just got home from a match where a shooter on my posse had established for himself additional challenges. This shooter said that he was never going to be in contention for the Cadillac and therefore modified the game to suit himself. He insisted on NOT reengaging shotgun targets - if he missed and left it up; he took it as a miss. His way of forcing his focus on each shot. This event used an abundance of cowboy and buffalo shaped steel. This shooter took deliberate aim and placed every shot in the head of the buffalo and hat of the cowboys. Not fast; but outright speed was not his game or what brought him enjoyment. And his manner of having fun did not negatively affect anyone else at that match. I enjoyed watching his groups on steel and cheering for doubletaps that struck the exact same spot - just as much as faux coughing and marveling at seeing thru clouds created by the black powder shooters or whistling at the shooters with times in the teens. My game, my fun is not compromised by shooters playing differently than myself. As a matter of fact; it is enhanced, knowing that as I move thru this game - if my interests change, there will always be a place or manner for me to play.
  9. 15 points
    Being outside shooting a match ... And being away from the phoney world of Social Media.
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  11. 15 points
    Three bulls were livin' on a big ol' cattle ranch. One day they heard a rumor... the rancher was bringing another bull~! First Bull: "I've been here five years. I ain't givin' this new bull any of my 100 cows!"Second Bull: "I've been here three years and have earned my right to 50 cows. I'm keeping all my cows!"Third Bull: "I've only been here a year, and so far, you guys have only let me have 10 cows. I may not be as big as you fellows, but I'm keeping all 10 of my cows."Just then an 18-wheeler pulled up in the pasture, carrying the biggest bull they've ever seen. At 4,700 pounds, each step he took strained the steel ramp, and the ground shook when he stepped off.First Bull: "Ya know... I think I can spare a few cows for our new friend after all..."Second Bull: "Uh huh... now that I think about it, I actually have too many cows to take care of. I can spare a few. I sure ain't looking for an argument!"They look over at the third bull. Astonished, they saw him pawing the dirt, shaking his horns and snorting!First Bull: "Son, don't be foolish! Let him have some of your cows and live to tell about it!"Third Bull: "Hell, he can have ALL my cows! I'm just making sure he knows I'M a BULL!"
  12. 14 points
    My FFL guy bought a laser earlier this year. I asked if he wanted to try something neat on a shotgun. I think it turned out pretty good.
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    Thank you to William C. Knight (Chad) aka Ornery Oaf and the other officers involved in the Dayton, Ohio shooting for your bravery. We are proud of you and happy to call you are friend. Chad is a former Marine. Semper Fi! They took the shooter down within 30 seconds of the first shot! With honor, Wilbur & Rose Louise
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    It applies to SASS matches just as well.
  15. 13 points
    Not without asking first and that applies to anywhere on the range not just the loading table.
  16. 13 points
    I'm going to toss out an anecdote to support the recent exchange between Long Hunter and Creeker (both of whom I agree with). A bit over a year ago I took my son to an annual match for one of the local clubs. After he shot the last stage, he saw the MD starting to pack up while the other posse's were finishing up. He asked if he could go help, of course I said yes. Later they were finishing up during awards. When my son's name was called for his award, he didn't notice as he was putting away a heavy shotgun target. Everyone turned to look for/at him. When my son found out he won an award, he put the target away and hurried up to collect it. When we were on the way home, I asked him what the most important thing was. Of course, he said "winning my category". I responded with "will anyone remember that in 2 weeks?" He got quiet and said no. I asked him what they will remember. He said "that I was helping to pack up during awards." That was an important lesson.
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    Yesterday, at MOONSHINE at Dark Corner in Travelers Rest, SC, we had 5 shooter age 12 and under.
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    Well, ran into him.
  22. 11 points
    I tend to not post my bad news and complaints here, but I've had my share this summer. But I finally have some good news. I've been back into Kenpo for some time now, and I have been sparring successfully at with other black belts and a very accomplished 3rd Degree Brown Belt (As in has one grand championship at a well respected, well attended tournament, beating out noted black belts). I've demonstrated my ability to perform the necessary kicks, punches, blocks, checks and parries. I've written a thesis. Today I performed two empty hand katas and two weapon katas (Spear and sword). I demonstrated a kata I had created myself, then demonstrated the techniques within the kata, before performing it again. The net result: Shodan, or First Degree Black Belt.
  23. 11 points
    Today I got to add Regulator to my profile. Caught off guard completely Saturday when I was presented with my badge. I wasn't at EOT. Really nice to get rewarded for doing what you love to do from the people you love to do it for.
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    ***Edited to add: I do not want to hijack this thread for this topic- lots of great info here on EOT and WR!! (BTW- I vote for both equally!) I am happy to respond and discuss items like this directly, or in a separate thread. However- I did feel like a response here was appropriate. - Misty Palo Verde, Your post makes me realize that I need to issue an updated member report to all SASS members regarding the business structure and operations information... and our vision for the future and longevity of SASS. Yes, SASS (me, actually) did announce several years ago that the goal was to transition into a non-profit organization. That goal has yet to be reached. 30+ years of business structure has to be carefully unwoven before we can truly consider that as an option. Not only do I contend, but I guarantee you that not a single dime of EOT (Museum) funds are co-mingled with SASS funds/accounting. END of TRAIL is run through a separate company- the SASS Western Heritage Museum. SASS does do one thing- we donate all SASS employee labor costs to the event by not charging out out employee labor- only contract labor is paid directly out of the Museum/EOT. I am in the process of building an EOT SASS Member report for distribution that will outline the attendance information, the survey results, our action plan, and the financial picture. I think SASS members will be pleased to see such transparency. Stay tuned. No apology needed. I realize that for some, trust is a difficult thing to gain. I have been with SASS since 2009. (February 2019 was my 10 year SASS-anniversary!!) I cannot speak to anything stated in an article from 12 years ago. I can only speak to what I do know- and I absolutely know, without a doubt, that in all of my tenure here, not a single penny has ever been "skimmed" from the Scholarship fund for any reason. Quite the contrary actually- SASS covers all the administrative, banking, registrations, maintenance, etc. fees for the SASS Scholarship Foundation so that every penny donated goes to the kids. Proudly. Erasers aren't needed, but what is needed is a little distance and perspective. Trust me, I get it- I've spent the last 10 years rebuilding a lot of bridges. Lets start focusing on some of the good, the accomplishments, the changes, the evolution. It simply isn't right to crucify current staff/management for something that was the work of predecessors. It is the past and I (we) cant change it... but we certainly can learn from it! I have always been open and honest with my fellow SASS members. I say, lets build a "new" history of SASS- through open communication and transparency. Together. Respectfully, Misty
  27. 11 points
    Habersham had surgery Friday to remove a tumor from his neck. We caught it early and it was just a small lump that only required seven stitches to close up the incision. He loves everyone at the Vet's office, and was so exubriant to be seeing his friends again that he was leaping up and kissing everyone. At one point he spun towards me and raked my face with his toenails (must trim them). I am going to blame the scars on Jeanie, but doubt that I will be believed. Dog of Steel that he is, he has shown no signs of discomfort and has not tried to scratch the incision. We hope to get them removed next Friday. Meanwhile, we await the lab report on the material removed. Habersham, who firmly believes that he is a person and is in charge of the household, is patiently awaiting the opening of hunting season. Those scented dummies are not the same as real birds.
  28. 11 points
    Well said Creeker. There's not a thing you said I would disagree with. We all have our preferences but we're all individuals and there's nothing wrong with that. It would be a boring world if everyone agreed on everything. Like you, get a little tired of the people saying they're not competitive and then complain about those that are. I'll come out of the closet, I'm competitive and enjoy every minute of it. But that doesn't take away from my fun when someone else isn't. There are many examples over the years where the fun non-competitive shooters have made my match enjoyable and had me belly laughing at times. Love to shoot with those truly fun people. But they're very few people that way. Most just use the "I'm Not Competitive" phrase to make themselves feel better. The one thing I think most of these people miss, is no one really cares if they're good or not. Just have fun and be supportive of the other people you interact with on the posse. You'll be respected for your actions, not your stage times. No one really cares about stage times except for the people shooting them. :-)
  29. 11 points
    Results to a Shooter Survey I put together for my research on wants and desires. Sharing for the masses, 191 shooters surveyed. Bootstraps Survey...pdf
  30. 11 points
    One would think that before joining a shooting organization - one might want to find out what they do first !
  31. 11 points
    Loncolt my friend... it's perspective. When I first met you So. Cal was the CAS Mecca! Those in the area had clubs that drew in 125-200 shooters at their monthlies... And then there was EOT!! 2004 brought in 25000 non-shooting attendees!! It was like nothing else then or now. Go to the club's now and they are drawing a fraction... Go to EOT and it's not even a resemblance of EOT Norco. For those that experienced the So. Cal SASS life, this can be kind of depressing. Fact is, don't force it. Find what makes it fun for you and go with it. If there isn't anything that makes shooting CAS fun anymore, move on. Those of us that have been in the game a while probably wrestle with the thought of quiting all the time. Always your friend ... Phantom PS: So. Cal fishing is awesome
  32. 11 points
    Last week a fellow Wire cowboy (I’m looking at you Tyrel Cody) chatted with me about my children’s clothing sizes. He mentioned some shirts his Buckaroo had outgrown and asked for my address. A couple of days ago a package arrived in the mail. It contained several very nice western shirts and one very nice shotgun belt that fits my 13 year old perfectly. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting this pard, though I’m sure I will at some point. He wouldn’t take any money, instead asking me to pay it forward at the appropriate time, which I will. SASS may have changed from the old days, what hasn’t? The Cowboy way is alive and well.
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  34. 10 points
    I had been looking for a hard shell case for traveling to larger matches where I typically take more than one set of guns. I found these Plano Cases and thought I’d share how easy they are to fit your firearms in a neat, secure, foam padded, hard sided case! The 52” I show here fits a 24” rifle, two 7 1/2” revolvers and a double with 23” barrel. If you’re interested you can get ‘em on Amazon; https://amzn.to/2GWo82T I also bought a 42” and it fits an entire set of my shorter barreled main match guns (20” rifle):
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    Heard a commercial on the radio the morning from one of those “debt reducing” companies. They said, “Don’t let the credit card companies trick you into thinking you have to pay off your debt” ”Trick You”. Seriously? What’s this country coming to? Complete lack of responsibility.
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    You heard it right. Congratulations to Bonnie McFarland, 1st Overall, at the Western Regional Championship match. I think the is the first SASS Championship match with a Female Overall Champion. Yehaw, great job Bonnie.
  38. 10 points
    Not sure if its the overly emotional reactions to the recent shootings, or the blind stupidity of legislators and pundits who think that the world will suddenly change if US civilians are effectively disarmed - but either way, I need a place to hide from the news until it's time to stand up and be counted. LL
  39. 10 points
    Two Days out of Big Spring Two days out of Big Spring he stopped to take a rest The trail was all behind him now, as he headed south by west He knew the one he’d left behind no longer called his name No doubt she’d moved and settled down. No doubt he was to blame. His problem wasn’t all that odd, the same as many men His restless soul just wasn’t made for home cooked meals and kin A good strong horse with speed and fire was what he’d settle for He longed to smell the Lodgepole pines and hear the rapids roar A drover’s job to get a stake for just a month or two and then one morning he’d ride off, just like he said he’d do. Some time spent with the cavalry when things were pretty thin, convinced him that a soldier’s life just wasn’t meant for him He panned for gold a ways up North and liked to froze his hide. Lost two good mules and one good friend, it pained him when he died. And after all these years he knew it probably wasn’t long. That old Comanche wound sure ached whenever rain came on. So he headed back to Big Spring to see it one last time. To feel some good old Texas dust and bask in sweet sunshine. His roaming days were through at last. Time to settle down. So he headed back to Big Spring, that small West Texas town. When he woke beside that little stream he felt just like a boy. That little rest was just the thing. His heart was filled with joy. Then he saw the stranger. He was standing much too near. “Now how’d that feller sneak up here?” he thought, but without fear. The feller had a righteous smile and reached out with his hand. “You headed for Big Spring?”, he asked, and helped the cowboy stand. “Yup. Two days out. Just one more look was what I had in mind” The Stranger smiled again and said, “Well now, that sounds just fine”. “But if you’d care to walk with me I know a nicer place”. And the cowboy saw that in the dust his boots had left no trace. He smiled at that. Now wasn’t that a wondrous thing to see? As the stranger stopped and beckoned him up by an ironwood tree. So he followed him without a care as if they both had wings. Somehow he plumb forgot about his aim to see Big Spring. And the stranger spoke as they walked up toward blue sky and sweet sunshine, “I’ll take you to the Trailboss. I think you’ll like him fine.”
  40. 10 points
    Cartridge -- Uberti Percussion -- Pietta
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    I am just saddened that a group I have belonged to for so long and enjoyed for so long has finally succumbed to the political correctness virus, and that so many people are seeing things that aren't there and demanding that we all fall into their way of thinking. What's next, a demand that the horses of mounted shooters wear diapers? My God, folks, let's grow up.
  44. 10 points
    Send your contaminated powder with some fuses to San Francisco and Baltimore.
  45. 10 points
    I’ve been referenced in this post so guess I’ll reply. Never said I was going to quit because of modifications to guns, targets too close or any other reason. Like slicked up guns as much as anyone. Do think we should have a variety on target placement and stage design. The in your face Bordertown targets are occasionally fun but all the time gets boring to “ME”. Not speaking for anyone else. To say I should shoot head targets at these matches to increase my fun isn’t realistic. I’m a competitor and want to compare my skill set to other competitors. To do this everyone needs to shoot the same targets. To say a stage was unfair because there was a miss-able target on it is a head shaker. I’ll never get that one if everyone shoots the same target. Before anyone jumps me, I think the average stage should be set around the SASS minimums with some closer and some out a little more. Maybe a mix of all three on one stage. Also vary the heights and distance between targets. Add some movement but don’t make it a track meet. Occasionally carry a bag of gold from beginning to last station. It makes for interesting gun transitions. Have a clay bird popper with an optional stationary target for makeup if missed to preserve a clean match. The old days with 25-35 yard rifle targets and 10-15 yard pistol targets are gone and I haven’t missed them. A lot of those targets were 12-14 inches. Nor have I missed the SG targets you had to see color on the bottom to be counted as a hit. Always wanted the shortest counters for that one. :-) This is an action shooting sport. As such, variety makes it entertainment to “ME”. Long Hunter
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    Longcolt, If you start worrying about that Corvette passing you on the Interstate and honking the horn as it whizzes buy at 90mph, are you gonna allow this to stop you from traveling? Naw! Sometimes, it ain't the traveling part that becomes the adventure, but rather those memories you cherish when you get to your destination. No doubt, things change. Cowboy shooters use to be a bunch of crusty ole men telling stories of WWII and Korea and such. And I'm sure many of them enjoyed taking out their latest pocket knife and showing it off. And some were probably REAL Cowboys, depending upon their upbringing. But to grow and possibly survive, our game needed new blood. Fresh blood. It was a joy to get the ladies and kids involved and it was probably only natural for some changes to occur. WE change also. I use to truly love Varmint hunting. But, when I got involved in CAS, my Varmint hunting dwindled to nothing. And now that I been involved in CAS for about 14 years, I find myself enjoying rimfire shooting and setting up rimfire pistols and rifles. I still love CAS and try to make all the local matches. But some health issues hinder me from being excited about traveling great distances. And because WE all change, I find my joy of shooting is expanding into the rimfire area. Go ahead, buy a new fishing pole and enjoy life. But try not to allow the guys in the expensive bass boats keep you from enjoying a day of fishing on the bank of a good lake, if you know what I mean. Hopefully, we'll see each other on the trail someday, posse up together and 'cast a line'. ..........Widder
  48. 10 points
    To me, the good old days are next weekend, and the weekend after that.
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    Doesn't have to be stopped ... Truly depends on what is the safest action. Sometimes the safest action is to let the shooter continue.
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