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  1. 32 points
    Decided our new incoming baby boy needed to be a member, meet Surprise Stevens SASS # 108349 due around the end of May.
  2. 27 points
    Lately with all the talk about who should take RO training, how it should be done, and all the rest of the stuff that goes with it, we sometimes lose the point of why we do it in the first place. Granted that the more important reason were there is to ensure the safety of the shooter, fellow competitors, and spectators. And were there to help facilitate scoring and the things that go along with that. But we sometimes forget an important reason why were there. This past weekend I got to shoot a match down in Florida. Most people there didn't know me from Adam's house cat and that was just fine with me. I did have the opportunity to run the timer for a shooter or two. One of those shooters reminded me why it is that I sometimes put myself through the hassle of holding that box. This young man was too young to have been a participant in the original shootout at the ok corral, although he may have been a young witness to it. He needed a little extra help every now and then. Perhaps a second hand carry a rifle to the line or to the unloading table. Perhaps he need a little more assistance than anybody else on that range that Day to help him make sure that he hit the targets in a way that wouldn't have earned him a procedural penalty. there were times in the middle of his shooting strings when you had to think quick to figure out what Target to send him to next so that he can stay clean. But he hit all the targets that day, although we couldn't help him work his way out of that one procedural. I don't remember his times, I don't remember everything that we did to help him those 2 days, but I'll never forget the smile on his face, the joy in his eyes, and the gratitude in his voice when he would come up and thank you helping him get through one more stage. He was having the time of his life. Immediately started to think of other cowboys we have helped along the way. Sadly, I started be counting the number of cowboys who I helped them through their last stage. They're no longer with us now, except those memories that will carry me to the range and through the rest of my life. Experiences like that. The joy that one person can have on the firing line. Forgetting about the problems that they have. A body that no longer can keep up with the young man that's in his heart. Perhaps a body broken down buy cancer. Just spending some time at the range helps them forget about that. And if I'm able to help them out just a little bit, to shoot one more stage, and have the time of their life, please sign me up for whatever it is I need to do. Because, I'll be here for them.
  3. 27 points
    Here is a pic of 67 year old Bat Masterson with the first cowboy silver screen star William S. Hart. Hart is sitting in Bats chair that he sat in while working at a journalist in New Your City. Bat would die in that chair 18 days later of a massive heart attack. In my opinion Bat really was never given the credit of being the western figure that he was. He lived a whole lot in his years. He was an active participant in the Battle oF Adobe Walls, scout, successful buffalo hunter and very active lawman that survived many scrapes over the years. Quite often you will hear jokes about him in western movies. I think the thing he is probably most guilty of is outliving them all. He was even appointed by Teddy Roosevelt to Deputy US Marshal in NY from 1905-1909. The life these men lived is pretty amazing to me. It seems most of them were always on the line between law and lawlessness. I bet not a one of them would have instagram account today LOL. My love for old west history has been rekindled lately, which is the number one reason I joined SASS. Just thought some of you might enjoy it.
  4. 26 points
  5. 25 points
    I’m going to offend some people now… I have a site that’s geared towards new shooters, or those just thinking about getting into Cowboy Action Shooting. I’m sort of surprised how often “Chest Beaters” post on there. You know the type, those who crow about how they only shoot .44 Magnum, another who says he only shoots Buffalo Bore rounds. (By the way, they are gas-checked and illegal for SASS-use). There are others who say that shooting .357 is pointless, that the only reason for that is to make light loads… and of course, that is ruining the game for everybody! Then there are those that carp on “modifications”. You know, it’s the “you can only win with heavily modified trick guns”. I’m going to throw a flag on that play. Bull-Crap! A lot of you know the young man who won End of Trail with guns that had a “toothpaste” action job and factory loaded ammo. Skill, practice, and experience will win out over minor internal modifications every time. A fast shooter can take stock guns and finish their entire run before I finish with my first gun, (yes, I have “race guns”). It’s the craftsman, not the tool. As for caliber, it’s the load not the size. True story; at EoT 2003 a shooter with .45s was blazing away at some reactive targets. They just wouldn’t go down. He was livid and complained loudly that the targets were not set correctly. The next shooter, a Junior with .32s came to the line and she calmly knocked over everything and cleaned the stage, so much for “.45s trump everything”. Of course, then there are those that say we should only shoot big bore guns, “like the cowboys of the Old West”. Guess what, calibers back then ran the gamut. Not everyone shot the caliber of guns issued by the Army. “Wild Bill” Hickok shot .36 caliber ball. Then there are those who turn their nose up and say that “mouse fart” loads have “ruined the game”. Please! One of our top shooters is a blur with .44-40s. I’ve watched as two shooters took Over-all Top Man and Lady, shooting quite respectable .45 loads, over a field of excellent competition. Why not just play your own game? Shoot the very best you can, however you like to shoot. There’s a category for everybody! Why complain about what the top over-all shooter is doing, if you can’t even shoot at the top of your category? Have you truly no room for improvement with what you have? Are you shooting at the very top of your abilities and you can’t improve any further without short-stroking your rifle? There’s a whole lot more I’d like to say… but I’ll shut up now and crawl back under my rock.
  6. 24 points
    I was invited by Rattler (John) to come down to Tucson and shoot with the Pima Pistoleros. Rattler said it was a nice group of folks - With some folks that I know and respect trying to make a real go of a small club. But since it is a LONG stinkin' way from Las Vegas to Tucson (410 miles one way) for a monthly shoot (I guess technically, it is a long stinkin' way to Tucson period - but that's immaterial); Painted Lady, Desert Scorpion and myself decided we would make a weekend out of it. I skipped out of work on Friday, (it's nice to be the boss sometimes) and we got on the road. Into Phoenix - right as afternoon rush hour began. (I have driven thru Phoenix an infinite number of times - I know you drive thru Phoenix either early - early or late - late and yet every time - I manage to do it at rush hour.) So after an hour and a half covering 20 miles of fabulously maintained Phoenix highways (I certainly hope they eventually find the folks in that Mini Cooper that fell into a pothole and vanished); we were thru and driving toward Tucson. Passing signs for Rooster Cogburns ostrich farm inviting me to "Pet the Stingrays" and signs for me to see the "THING" (mummified mother and child from the late 1800's and an assortment of oddities). I regale Scorpion and Lady with stories from my youth traveling Michigan to Florida and the myriad of roadside attractions from "See Rock City" painted on (it seemed) every barn roof and side to Mystery houses where gravity and physics were defied. Part of me wonders (somewhat sadly); with the advent of Google and smartphones, how many of these attractions have lapsed because the traveler no longer has to stop and explore. A few keystrokes and decent WiFi tells them all the secrets. We end up at our hotel in Tucson; unload the SUV and carry all our guns and gear inside. Then back on the road to "Trail Dust Town" (a longtime Tuscon western town themed attraction with Horse Soldier Museum, Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse, various shops, gold panning, quarter shooting gallery and Wild West stunt show). A cowboy steak dinner and we shuffle into the stunt show arena for deliberately bad jokes, intentional bad acting and pretty nifty falls and fights. My girls responding proudly when asked where we from and why we were in town, "We are here to do some real cowboy shooting... We don't use blanks" After pointing out the use of blanks ensures the actors can do a 2nd evening show - we clarified our game for the actors and audience and perhaps gained some interest. Full bellies and a long ride make for sleepy cowboys - so off to bed and to Pima in the morning. We make our way to the Pima Pistol Club and check in; as I stand waiting my turn in my stupid big hat, high waisted pants, suspenders, and striped shirt - The fellow at sign up still felt required to ask if I was here for the cowboy match? The match was a lot of fun - I shot decently (other than a 97 shotgun that went rogue on me); but ended up 3rd overall behind some really good shooters. Scorpion shot well and Painted Lady, well, lets just say she had fun. A really good group of folks and the opportunity to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones. We shook hands all around after the match and headed back to the hotel. A change of clothes and a quick rest. A little Google searching had alerted us to an Asian Lantern Festival taking place on the zoo grounds. So enter the address into the phone and make our way to Reid Park Zoo, adjacent to the ASU baseball stadium. We enter the zoo intent on finding animals as darkness fell; but as the darkness grew; suddenly we were surrounded by beautiful illuminated lanterns with intricate designs, patterns and meanings. A giant dragon (approx. 20 foot high and perhaps 40 yards long), reined supreme over the grounds, along with life size lanterns representing the animals that occupy the enclosures nearby. Asian troupes performed dances and tumbled to music. And all too soon; yet another day was complete. Desert Scorpion enjoys Renaissance fairs and the sight of an advert. regarding the Arizona Renaissance Festival in Gold Canyon sealed the deal - Painted Lady and myself were made aware, in no uncertain terms, where events Sunday would be taking place. Ok; no big deal. I have been to a couple Renaissance fairs with Scorpion here in Las Vegas; an hour at most - in and out. See some bad costumes - chomp on a turkey leg... We will be on the road home by noon. Uhmmm no. 300+ acres of festival grounds - theater groups - live jousting events - elephant rides (not sure where the elephants fit into the theme, but Scorpion and Lady enjoyed their ride). Jugglers, sword swallowers, mermaids and fire eaters. Lords and Ladies, Elves and Hobbits, Squires and Wenches (I do have to admit; I enjoy the wenches attire {or lack thereof}... perhaps i shouldn't have committed that to writing?) We leave the festival at 6pm closing time - dust covered and exhausted (and in the case of Scorpion and Lady - smelling a bit like elephant). Having zero interest in driving 7 hours home after this day - we find another hotel for the night. Going to dinner; we are served by our waitress "Raven" - when I ask if her parents were Edgar Allan Poe fans, she stares at me blankly. A quick, "Quoth the Raven, Nevermore" reference and she walks away quite unsure about the giggling sunburned weirdos seated in her section. I hope we sparked a desire to read the poem or at least inspired a smart phone look up. This morning was Monday - while most have started their work week; we are still playing tourist. (did I mention, it is sometimes good to be boss? Of course - I spent most of the morning on my phone putting out fires {poorly}) A casual get up and around - it's time to make myself a waffle for breakfast (tho it actually went, make a waffle, which was then promptly stolen by Scorpion; make a 2nd waffle which somehow ended up with Painted Lady), THEN make myself a waffle. (I'm not even a huge fan of waffles - but if your hotel chain provides me with the opportunity to make waffles - doggone it, I'm making waffles) I notice that we are not that far away from Wild West Mercantile; so yet another side trip is created and we visit the long time SASS sponsor. The girls keep looking at all the gorgeous finery and I keep pointing out the signs directing shoppers to the Bargain Corral... A horrendous beating of my Discover card and a few bags of goodies later and it is actually time to head for home. A tank of gas, a potty break or two and we are home. When the folks at work ask what we did this weekend - Ill keep it simple and say; we went shooting. And that's what we did - that's why my family piled into our vehicle and traveled nearly a 1000 miles. I love shooting; but the shooting is just a reason to go. And the shoot is only a couple minutes of shooting time. But the rest of the time - we laugh. We share stories. We explore. Make memories and grow closer. Like I said, I love to shoot... But I think, the real reason I love this game is all the wonderful experiences we have together because of the places we go shooting.
  7. 24 points
    The resourcefulness and talent among SASS members never ceases to impress me. Chili Pepper Pete made this awesome vaquero jacket from a leather sport coat he bought second hand. He not only shoots well and is a World Champion but goes to a lot of effort to dress the part as well. When I started folks made their own stuff because there just was not a lot available. That lead to a lot of unique items on the range. This is just one example of the kind of stuff that separates us from the other shooting sports in a GOOD way. I think it's something to be celebrated.
  8. 24 points
    There's nothing to distinguish it. A slender barrel, ratty looking old model 10 Smith with Pachmayr grips and what used to be a nickle finish that now looks like it was chawed by chemical beavers or something. I'm going to shoot it today. As near as I can tell, it'll be the first time in better than a decade it's had fire in its belly. It belonged to my daughter. Nancy had blue eyes and apple cheeks, a ready laugh and when she went through the same police academy as I, she benefited from my experience. I knew they used absolutely the cheapest, filthiest practice ammunition for qualification: bullets were pure lead, probably cut from lead rope and slammed into a die, six rounds and the bore looked like it had silver icicles. When she shot qualification I fixed her up with half-jacket SWCs loaded to the same velocity. The rangemaster was used to seeing patterns, not groups; at fifteen feet, dinner plate spread was a good group ... he went down the row of holed silhouettes, "Not bad, not bad, not bad, hel-LO!" -- he looked at a tea saucer sized group and then looked at Nancy, and she turned a little red and said "My dad's Linn Keller," and the rangemaster gave an approving "Um-HUM!", replaced the stub of a smoldering stogie between his teeth, and went on down the line. Nancy slipped out of her dying body seven years ago today, pancreatic cancer, so today I'm taking her revolver out for some exercise. It's just a ratty old revolver, nothing to distinguish it, but I'll not willingly part with it.
  9. 23 points
  10. 23 points
    We have all heard the saying "A family that shoots together............". Well - my daughter Mean Michelle, my granddaughter HellFire Hanna and I all went to a shoot yesterday. Great fun, I love to shoot with them. When the scores were printed out it appears the three of us really did shoot together ! 14th place HellFire Hanna 15th Mean Michelle 16th Yusta B Ya just can't get much more together than THAT !! And yeah, the girls whupped me ------ again !
  11. 22 points
    I personally think the biggest mistake new shooters interested in getting into CAS make, especially those that have shot other disciplines, is to go out and purchase cowboy guns without doing research. By research I mean not just reading the Wire and other places, but more importantly trying out weapons before spending a bunch of money on guns that don’t work well for CAS, or for you, and later having to sell at a loss to buy something that works better for you. The first thing interested newcomers to CAS should do is GO TO SOME MATCHES before buying any guns or equipment. Watch a few matches and after each match talk with some of the shooters. I bet 99% of the time someone will be putting guns in your hand for you to try. Try as many of the guns as you can before deciding to purchase any gun. If you have inherited some guns or already own some, talk with the other shooters to get their input about whether or not these guns will work well for CAS. Some will, some won't. Never say never to reloading. Sooner or later if you really get into CAS shooting, you'll be reloading. Before purchasing guns, clothes, leather or reloading equipment, check the Wire for used clothing, leather goods, and equipment. Get recommendations from several shooters that reload. If possible, try out a friend's reloading equipment if he/she will let you. Bottom line is GO TO SOME MATCHES, meet the friendliest people in the world, and be prepared to have FUN, FUN, FUN.
  12. 22 points
    So, I was on a social media group about old west clothing, and saw an advert-and example of a "pooler and jones" cartidge holder. Patented in the 1860s. I wanted to find a schematic or template for one-but couldnt. So, I set about to make a template off of the pics I could find....and through much trial and error with aluminum first, then brass.. Making the template, then-finding a process that worked using a vice and a correct size socket, hammer and some good squeezing...I came up with a (hopeful) semblance of what they were. I aged the brass too. I kinda like the idea that the shells "grip" can be adjusted....I have a tendency to drop shells out of my worn leather shell belt when I move around/bend over. Terrible idea?
  13. 21 points
  14. 20 points
    As an addendum to Alpo's thread "Potatoes Dangerous?" I found this on the internet. So it's got to be true. From an interesting international nutritional study: 1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British, Australians, and Americans. 2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British, Australians, and Americans. 3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British, Australians, and Americans. 4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British, Australians, and Americans. 5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British, Australians, and Americans. Conclusion: Eat and drink what you like, speaking English is apparently what kills you. .
  15. 19 points
    Howdy Been lucky in the past to have done a few trips to the USA..the hospitality is second to none & always have a great time. My wife & would like to extend an invitation to those [ 2 ] that might be interested in coming down under for a look see & participate in the Gold Coast Heartland Territorial held in the last week of July on the sunny Gold Coast in the state of Queensland. We will pick you up & take you back to the airport, we have a big house [ attached photo ] with your own bedroom & bathroom & supply you with guns [ .38, .44, 44-40, 45, smokeless or BP ] just bring your own leather. It could be this year or further down the track, your choice. I won't go into detail now but that's basically the nitty gritty of our offer. The shoot IMHO is the best in Australia..has plenty to offer with 12 stages & numerous side events & up close targets.You get here & we will take care of the rest at no charge.Also have ROA's available, all guns are 'slicked up & shoot well .
  16. 19 points
    Had to make a gun cart at the last minute before we came back to Oz for a buckaroo who is getting it for Christmas from his Mum and Dad. Alias is Powder Burns a play on his real name! But they call him TNT. Kathouse Kelli did the artwork I think he might like it. i can't work out why the pics come out sideways no matter which way I hold the iPad, portrait or landscape, anybody know?
  17. 19 points
    Want to reduce your testosterone level? Wear a man bun.
  18. 19 points
    The release and the reaction of the Winchester branded 73' has been frustrating to watch. A company releases a gun that actually fills the bill for our shooting game and it has been treated like a red headed step child from day one. Shooters and even some gunsmiths that have very limited or even zero experience with the rifle chime in on a daily basis with negativity. Granted it's human nature. Who likes a product that is better for less money after all? The FACT is for $1100 or less you (a new shooter especially) can buy a rifle and literally take it out the grease filled wrapper, wipe that nasty stuff off and go to shooting and NOT be hobbled by poor fitting parts and all around rough action. I've decided I'm going to put my money where my mouth is. I've just ordered a brand new Winchester 1873 short rifle in .357. It's going to stay sealed in the box till the next monthly match and I will open it on the line and shoot the full match with it and give a full review and report and video everything from the box to the match. I'd love to see a $500-$800 price point on a new rifle for our game, but those days are long long gone. Shooters pay $500-$800 polymer framed pistols all day long and think nothing of it. So the market has to be put into perspective.
  19. 18 points
    Snakebite always has a way of hitting dead center of the issue! Nobody ever wants to run participants off for any reason! But, the cause of this issue is easily seen if you just look through all the threads. Folks ask "How do I get better?" and the answer is always - practice, practice, practice. That is for sure the truth! BUT - over the years, the modifications to firearms and other equipment has always been geared toward increasing speed. That has resulted in the comments about "speed demons" and "gamers". But the reality of this issue is that those whose primary desire is to win, know, beyond any shadow of doubt, that they cannot practice all of the "other" stuff referenced as being from the "old days". The only thing they can realistically control is practice with their firearms, movement to and from shooting positions and the "all important" transition time from firearm to firearm and shot to shot. Top shooters are always going to be top shooters - stock guns and equipment or not. One of the above posts mentions folks getting bored with a stand and deliver 10-10-4 stage. It would be SO easy to put in some "fun" stuff in a stage like that - throw a knife, turn a card, shoot a bow and arrow, throw a stick of dynamite, throw a hat, etc. Those would not alter times enough to cause any major backups in any size match. BUT, once again, the evolution of the game toward speed, speed, speed gets match directors who use those kinds of things chastised in many cases. And, those "Top Shooters" whose only desire is to win, just cannot live with any sort of "chance" being allowed in the game. Among many other things, that opportunity at a "chance" from an average shooter to be able to score higher than a "top shooter" as a result of sheer luck or being in the "right place at the right time" and the 15 seconds of fame associated with that is priceless to that average shooter. My experience is that those "average" shooters make up large numbers and likely pay the lion share of the bills at most matches. I was honored to be the match director at the Shootout at Mule Camp for 14 years. We tried all kinds of those "fun" things. One of the most discussed was derived from a Tom Mix silent movie. The scenario started with the line "Action", then shooting each firearm from inside train cars from four different positions and when finished shooting, using a movie set "clap board" (which didn't effect the timer) so the last shot fired was the time elapsed. The caveat to this stage was that, since it was a Silent Movie, you would receive a 5 second bonus if you completed the stage without saying ANYTHING until after the Clap Board was done. Statistics from that stage yielded some 40% of shooters did not receive the bonus. And yes, on many posses, there became quite a bit of heckling between friends/shooters while and after shooting the stage. As harmless as it was, we received LOTS of complaints about that not being in the spirit of the game. During my tenure, we never tried that again at Mule Camp matches but our local folks enjoyed it so much that the concept was used in many monthly matches. Another instance was that we had some exploding targets with a 3/4" area that would ignite the target and make a BIG boom. We had a target made specifically for it with a matching 3/4" hole that allowed the bright red target area to be easily seen. The target was a 16" plate overall placed at 6 yards and was the last shot engaged (pistol or rifle). If the shooter missed the entire 16" plate, it obviously was a miss. If the target was hit, it was a hit - period. But if the shooter hit the center hole, the target made a BIG BOOM and the shooter received a 5 second bonus. The name of the stage was No Boom, No Bonus. Those that wanted to take additional time to aim precisely could do that, otherwise they could speed right along. The "average" shooters LOVED this one but the "top" shooters were vehemently upset with it. We had a stage once that required the shooter to sit on a buckboard seat and shoot all four guns. Four shotgun targets were directly in front of the "wagon" and the stage began with the shooter holding the "reins" (ropes attached to the shotgun targets for resetting). The shooter had to pull the shotgun targets up first before shooting the first firearm. Our idea was that the stage would take a bit more time since the shooter had to get into the wagon seat but we would overcome that additional time by not having to reset targets. In theory, it worked great but we got criticized for requiring all shooting to be done from a seated position - voiced the loudest by those "top shooters" who did not practice that concept. I have shot matches that required the shooter to put together a Colt style revolver that had the cylinder and cylinder pin removed. Seems harmless, right??? You would be amazed at the number of shooters that have never done that - especially those that shoot Rugers. Shooting from "horses" used to be a normal part of the game but has gone away in the bigger matches due to the additional time required. So, the bottom line is that, regardless what you try, some will like it and some will not. But I firmly believe that the vast majority of shooters enjoy the non-shooting "fun" aspects that used to always be a part of the game way back when. And, the vast majority of the shooters don't spend much time worrying about calculating how much the total receipts for a match are due to the number of shooters participating. As Snakebite has so eloquently said many times, Cowboy Action Shooting belongs to the shooters. Read that carefully - it does say Cowboy not just Action Shooting. And yes, that does relate to the dress requirements but it also relates to the shooting scenarios when it all started years ago and for MANY years thereafter. Nowadays, that Action part relates more to the amount of time it takes to cycle the action of each firearm. Some long for the "old" days, others not so much.
  20. 18 points
    Moderators, please note that I am NOT involved in this discussion in any way...
  21. 16 points
    SASS picked up a new shooter yesterday. Shootin Sharyn and I were joined by the Iron Cowboy (he’s not new he started shooting SASS 5 years ago) and Kid Flash who is 9. He struggled a bit with the rifle, it’s heavy for him, and left eye dominance will need to be addressed, but he made it all the way through and had a blast. Now if we can just get Lethal Lizzie over her shyness and on the range we’ll be a five shooter family. Kid, Cowboy, and Sharyn all won their categories. Dad limped across the finish line in third place.
  22. 16 points
    Last night the city of Edgewood NM voted to become a 2nd. Amendment Sanctuary City. Our very own SASS CEO Misty Moonshine and Wildshot spoke at the meeting. I could not be more proud to be a part of a organization that walks the walk. You can listen to the audio here Misty starts at about 1:08-15 followed by WIldshot.
  23. 16 points
    From the Handbook in the category rules for GF: "Both revolvers may be cocked at the same time but must be shot one at a time to facilitate scoring. " From the original post, this was not done. Therefore, it's a P for not following the rules of the category.
  24. 16 points
    Last evening, 2/25/2019, I was out and took these two photos with my cell phone camera. We do have some nice sunsets here in the Tucson area. About a mile from my home. God is the Master Artist!!
  25. 16 points
  26. 16 points
    An old preacher was dying. He sent a message for his banker and his lawyer, both church members, to come to his home.When they arrived, they were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered the room, the preacher held out his hands and motioned for them to sit on each side of the bed.The preacher grasped their hands, sighed contentedly, smiled, and stared at the ceiling. For a time, no one said anything.Both the banker and lawyer were touched and flattered that the preacher would ask them to be with him during his final moments.They were also puzzled, the preacher had never given them any indication that he particularly liked either of them. They both remembered his many long, uncomfortable sermons about greed, covetousness, and avaricious behaviour that made them squirm in their seats.Finally, the banker said: "Preacher, why did you ask us to come?"The old preacher mustered up his strength and then weakly said: "Jesus died between two thieves, and that's how I want to go."
  27. 16 points
    Here is my from box to match review on the Winchester 1873 Short Rifle in .357 mag. Quick info, I ran it with no lever wrap. The stock sight are a semi buckhorn and a very small Marbles style bead, I struggled with seeing them well. But beyond that I was extremely pleased. Ran like a top and I didn’t so much as even touch a screw on it. I was only able to get 4 stages in because I SDQ’d on the last stage by coming to the line with my hammer back, lack of focus on my part and also a first for me in 17 years of CAS. I still had a ball doing it!! Thank you to We The People Munitions for providing the ammo for this review. Hope it’s informational and entertaining.
  28. 16 points
  29. 16 points
    PLEASE find something ELSE to occupy your free time!
  30. 16 points
    ... and, dang, it turned into an all-day job before it was over. Measuring wrist, measuring forearm, calculating the curves so the ends would be square when buttoned up around my arm, and on and on and on. I saved a lot of time by using some simple tooling instead of carving, and more time by staining them all the same color, instead of two tone. All in all, I'm happy with the way they turned out, but it's easy to understand how these things, even simple ones like this, often have an eighty or hundred dollar price tag or more.
  31. 16 points
    I’m suprised (and I shouldn’t be) by the amount of pot stirring over a gesture. We are not talking a major rule change or a massive dues increase. It’s a pin to celebrate yearly members and a gesture by SASS to show appreciation. Thats it. No conspiracy, no intended exclusion. And patience in receiving the pins will have to be used. Have talked to several life members who think it’s great and don’t need a pin themselves.
  32. 16 points
  33. 15 points
    I went over to the VA hospital for my monthly coagulation blood test (a five minute drive each was and no one is there on a Monday morning) and an old couple were there wearing almost identical baseball caps, the old Kind that weren't adjustable. Both of them were very elderly and there was a Marine Corporal in full Alpha uniform pushing the lady's wheel chair while the old man was holding the Marine's arm. I looked at the caps and did a double take. Both had the same wording on them "Japanese Occupation Forces 1945-1949." The man's had a Marine Cops emblem patch and the lady's cap had a "U. S. ARMY NURSE CORPS" patch. His had Captain's bars stuck to the top and hers had red crosses on either side. In five minutes I found out that had met in 1948 , he was 23 and she was 19, both assigned to the Occupation Forces. She got out and he continued his career for a total of 32 years. She went home to California and he met up with her there and they got married in 1950. The young Marine was their great grandson and he was home on leave and drove over from Las Vegas to spend a few days with "My very favorite heroes." It got sort of misty there for a few minutes. They got called in ahead of me and were gone by the time they finally found a vein and got my blood. I'd like to spend more time with them.
  34. 15 points
    And Phantom thinks we share too much information about our firearms...
  35. 15 points
    It was rescheduled and took place on Stage 5, inside the Saloon on Saturday at 5:30. The biggest thing that I took away from the meeting was that there seems to be a lack of enthusiasm within the TG group as a whole. Misty commented on the email that she sent out inquiring about interest in a Summit. She said that many TG didn't even bother to open the email, and many others expressed a non interest.. For the first time ever, I just sat there and didn't say a one word. IMO, the TG process has been circumvented by Mandates and creative "Clarifications". The TG are suppose to be the Rule Making body of the game, but with no effective voting mechanism in place, rule "Adjustments" are all done by a select few. Requiring the only votes to be done at a Summit just adds to the Apathy. Being involved as a TG should NOT be limited to only those that are wealthy enough to travel anywhere selected for a Summit. I certainly hope that things get back on track. We have come full circle at this point. It seems like all decisions are once again made at the top with little or no input from the Membership at large. That system failed in the early days and gave way to a very effective TG system which even though it had it's short comings, it at least provided the Membership with a Voice. That Voice has been Silenced. Snakebite
  36. 15 points
    My oldest son is a Junior High teacher and also coaches the Jr. High Girl's Basketball team. Just got home from the game where the team won their conference championship after a 14-0 season.
  37. 15 points
    Filmed at the Platte Valley Gunslingers Iron Hero match a year or two ago. http://netnebraska.org/interactive-multimedia/television/nebraska-stories-aiming-old-west-1002
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    The editorial in the January 2019 Cowboy Chronicle by Pataha, SASS #5191 Is one of the best things that I've read in the Chronicle in many years. I've been beating the drum for such action a very long time. It is indeed a FACT that the game HAS been directed by the Shooting elite. MANY of the rules that we have today were put into place in a failed attempt to stop the game from gong where it has gone. We have come to a point where we put more emphasis on who can move their hand the fastest than we do on anything else in the game. We can NOT go back to the beginning, and I would not even want to try, it simply would not work, but we can learn from the past and inject the best parts of the past into today's game. GAME.... that is what this is suppose to be, A GAME. For years it was the most Wonderful and Fun Game that I have ever been a part of. When some Hotdog can shoot a stage in 12 sec, there isn't much game playing going on. It is going to take an amalgamation of the past with the present if we are to have a bright future. Snakebite
  41. 15 points
    If it was me who fell, the call would be: "911, what's your emergancy?" I don't bounce so good anymore
  42. 15 points
    My dear Jesus, I'm so sick and tired of everyone finding something to ban so the world will look more like "their" world... a dark, cold, and miserable place.
  43. 15 points
    Brace yourself because I’m gonna fuss at you a bit here.You have some darn good excuses for not shooting recently; new family, moving, I assume the move was because of some sort of career change, etc. But new people and how skilled they are is NOT and should NEVER be one of those excuses. If you haven’t learned by now that SASS people are some of the best human beings on the planet then I feel sorry for you. You’ll get treated like long lost family by champions, middle of the pack shooters and also rans. So if time and $$$ allow you owe it to yourself to get out there and meet your new best friends.
  44. 15 points
    Slip half an alka-seltzer into your mouth and fake a seizure just as people are arriving?
  45. 14 points
    Most calls made on the 170 rule will be somewhat contentious. Because it is a pure judgement call. And because it's a severe penalty. Because of the contentiousness, many ROs or spotters are VERY reluctant to call it until it becomes real obvious, or it degenerates into "other person covered by a barrel of a loaded gun" (which is what the 170 barrier is trying to prevent, of course). If you had good view of the gun and were paying CLOSE attention to the barrel position and it was obvious (not borderline), call a 170 violation and award the SDQ penalty. If there were doubts, hold your tongue and mention it to the shooter once he has cleared the line and put his guns away. A safety minded shooter will take that warning very seriously and you won't see a repeat. But if you do see it again, make the call mentioned above when it happens the second time. That is how I'd handle it. Good luck, GJ
  46. 14 points
    Widder… Yes.. the closer and larger targets (within reason) are a GOOD THING, but the game can still be played. Somewhere along the line we did away with everything that might involve any chance what-so-ever.... Like turning over a card... if Red, start here, if Black start here. Flipping a pancake on the clock... throwing the tomahawk, retriving the keys for a jail break... yata yata. It was fun... lots of things can be done... one problem is that TIME became such a factor that the stages were cut down in complexity in order to get so many shooters through the course of fire in a given amount of time.. WELL, DUH.... maybe instead of shooting 12 hurry-up stages, we could go back to shooting 10 fun stages instead. For sure we don't want targets that require a Bench Rest to hit... that takes the ACTION out of the game. We have the opportunity to remake this game. Starting at our local clubs is of course the easiest, but it needs to happen at the BIG matches too. Fast shooting will ALWAYS be part of this game, and the top shooters of today's game will STILL be the top shooters. I'm NOT wanting to blow them away, only wanting a better place for the VAST MAJORITY of shooters to PLAY THE GAME.
  47. 14 points
    I’m so proud of this young lady. Coon Richardson’s daughter Chelsea “BiBi Richardson” is finishing The Cruicible at Parris Island today. The Barleycorn’s have known, and shot with this fine young lady since she could barely hold up her rifle.
  48. 14 points
    Aren't you a MAN and thereby Biblical the head of the house! You don't need no stinking permission! Buy the gun!! When my wife talks to me she get down on her hands and knees!!!!!! You know what she says!!!!!!!! "Get out from under that bed you coward....."
  49. 14 points
    Waffle House Christmas Video I had the opportunity to shoot a music video with a lot of my friends down in Nashville, TN for Bill Anderson. I promoted cowboy action shooting by wearing one of my shooting outfits . See if you can see the cowboy in the video. Hope you like the video!
  50. 14 points
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