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  1. 22 points
    Hello to All! As the new Chairman of the ROC, I wanted to first thank Virgil Earp for his long and distinguished service as our Chairman. Virgil has been a tower of common sense, and one of the long time keepers our the SASS "Old West" collective conscience. He has been a true inspirational leader in our community, and has contributed much over the years to keep our game on the right track. We thank him for his service as Chairman, and are very grateful for him staying on the ROC to continue giving his guidance. Virgil, my hat is off to you....you are a true Cowboy! I have big shoes to fill, no doubt. A quick word about the ROC, our role and process. As many of you know, the ROC is NOT a rule making body....that role is filled by the TGs, and in very extenuating circumstances, the SASS Wild Bunch Board. The role of the ROC is to support the evolution of the game, foster better enforcement of the rules and safety covenants as evenly as possible throughout the organization. We are available to communicate with SASS members for the receipt and discussion of ideas, concerns, proposed improvements, and various changes or clarifications of the SASS competition rules contained in the Shooters Handbook. We are also charged with the clarification of existing match and equipment rules. In that regard we complete an annual review of the rules and suggest edits as needed. We volunteer as a match officials, and represent SASS and the ROC at matches attended, and are required to be a resource for members and match coordinators. We also review and provide timely feedback on Equipment Modification applications received and distributed to the ROC by SASS HQ. We are here for you all, and will help in any way we can. As you can see we can be very busy at times. When the "What's The Call" (WTC) questions come up on the SASS Wire presenting situations that have never been dealt with or considered before, Palewolf Brunelle (ROC Member and Wire Spokesman) will forwarding those questions to us by email or ROC Wire. We then take the time to consider the questions and the details. We will discuss and email between ourselves to clarify the issue, and agree on the official ROC position. That resolution will then be posted on that particular SASS Wire - WTC thread. Having said that, I would ask you all for your patience with Palewolf, as he will get the answer posted as soon as possible. This process can take time, as some of us have other commitments (work and family) that we need to prioritize. Essentially, give us the time needed to get you a good, thoughtful and right answer. I would rather take the time to give a "quality", as opposed to "quick", answer. The process for rule changes takes a ground swell, and it takes time. If clubs feel a rule should be changed, added or deleted your TG should first float the idea among your club members, then on the TG wire for discussion. If the idea has merit, the issue can be made a TG Meeting Agenda item for further consideration and discussion. This process takes time, and it should! We should never move quickly to change existing rules and philosophies.....as we don't want to "tilt at windmills". As a community we should react slowly, even to changes that are truly needed, and driven by the majority of the community...not passing fads. We need to always do what is best for SASS and our game. Finally I would like to inform you all that Sassy Dancer has been appointed to our committee. She is a top shooter in her own right, and true Cowgirl who keeps the SASS vision and conscience at heart. Her positive attitude and community spirit exudes what we value in SASS. I am truly honored and thankful to have her on our team. See you all down the trail!
  2. 20 points
    It's overconfidence that keeps folks at home and not voting. EVERYONE has to be diligent and go vote or a democrat will get elected
  3. 18 points
    When you wake up tomorrow amidst all that’s going on at least be thankful you’re still here. I am.
  4. 16 points
    How about we all take a little piece of our stimulus money and help support our SASS vendors, most of whom are mom and pop businesses. Buy a box of bullets, a brick of primers, cleaning stuff, that leather item you have been thinking about. This stuff won't spoil, but these business people may be out of business.
  5. 16 points
    This gun cart is one that I built for the LOCAS raffle winner for last year, I’ll bet you can’t guess her alias. It’s taken me quite a bit longer on this one because of wrecking my truck and having it in the shop for 6 weeks and then my daughters illness and lots of trips to Az. Anyway it’s finished. The cart winner wanted a custom rustic finish but the guy they wanted to do the finish isn’t doing it anymore so her and her husband, Stubby Pete finished it themselves. It’s built out of rustic alder and through dovetails, sliding dovetails and mortise and tennon joinery were used for joinery. I did a few extras like the ammo bag holder in the bottom of the chest that holds 8 canvas loading bags standing on end, 4 in each compartment and then a spent brass bin for .45 Colt and one for.32. The top tray will hold two boxes of Sg shells and then other match essentials. The other top tray will hold glasses, ear plugs and other match needs and I also included a slot that her cell phone can ride in. I built one side of this tray with a sub tray that lifts out and there is more storage area underneath it. You’ll notice the brass pipe up above the barrel bracket and that is for her SG chamber brush. The twin cup holder is larger than normal to accommodate her insulated coffee cup and hand wipes to keep the lead off. Double Diamond did all of the leatherwork. The roses on the chest medallion are embossed and carved and stand out 1/2” or more, it’s hard to tell in the pictures. He worked closely with the cart winner and I think he really did an excellent job. The handles have 40-65 brass mounted so that she can hang her empty hull bag from one peg and a jacket or something from the other. This cart is really light weight and breaks down very easily and she’ll be carrying it in her Ford Edge.
  6. 15 points
    That my husband stumbled on this sport, that he invited me to watch, that I wanted to participate, that I learned and developed a new discipline and skill set. What say you? Yazoo-
  7. 15 points
    I use fabric softener sheets. My butt smells like lavender, no more static cling with my undies, and my old butt is wrinkle free
  8. 15 points
    Flew From NC to Albuquerque yesterday. Got my car out of hock at the airport parking garage (180 bucks). Drove home and spent today getting bills and mail organized and the house squared away for our extended absence. Tomorrow I’ll head back south for I-40 and proceed ever eastward to Shallot NC. One Thousand Nine Hunnert and Eight miles. Should be there by Tuesday afternoon if the creeks don’t rise and twisters hold off. Looks like we’ll be there through May at least. Looking at a long fight, and hoping for a good outcome.
  9. 14 points
    I put together a bunch of stuff that reflects me and the things I relate to and put them on a photo that was made into a jigsaw puzzle for my daughters. I know I won't be around forever so had this made for them to keep me in mind after I'm gone..
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    I have placed all the adult beverages in my house in each of the rooms and tonight I am going bar hopping
  12. 14 points
    Genealogy is a hobby of mine, and I've been doing it for over a decade. In that time I've re-discovered a LOT of things about my own family that have been forgotten over the generations. As a historian who studies the American Revolution and the Civil War, I focus my genealogical research in those two areas. Thus far, I've uncovered nineteen patriot ancestors from the Revolution (plus one rotten Tory). The one about whom I know the most was named Joshua Danforth; he was my 5th-great grandfather. In 1775, Danforth was a 15 year-old corporal in his father's Massachusetts militia company. On April 19th of that year, the battle of Lexington and Concord (i.e. "the shot heard 'round the world") happened; his company was one of many from the area to respond -- they were not on Lexington Green, but once word got around that redcoats had fired on Americans, thousands of militia units "self-mobilized" (a term created by me) and fought. He was one of them. After the day-long battle, the British retreated to Boston and word spread throughout New England. Militia men from all over self-mobilized and joined the Massachusetts units surrounding them -- this was illegal, as militias were not allowed to cross their colonial boundaries. On June 14th, Congress decided all those militia units surrounding the British were a federal army known as the "Continental Army," and placed a Virginia militia Colonel named George Washington in command. This is the birthday of the US Army. Danforth was one of the men present. The Battle of Bunker Hill happened shortly before Washington arrived. After that battle, Danforth's father went home, but Joshua remained on active duty. Every year when his enlistment expired, he re-enlisted. He did so for the ENTIRE EIGHT-YEAR DURATION OF THE WAR, and remained in the Continental Army until 1784, a year after the war ended, when Congress disbanded all but a select few. In my 20 years of research on the Revolutionary War, I have never found anyone besides Washington and his generals who stayed on active duty throughout the war; in fact, my ancestor was part of it LONGER than Washington himself by few months. What else do I know? - He kept a journal for one year during the war. I read about it on a document that was over 100 years old, and spent three years sleuthing around the country to find it. Eventually, I found myself in a suburb of Minneapolis on official duty for the Army, but had a lead that the journal may have been in the possession of a distant relative there. I went to his house, and he showed me the journal. The owner is my 5th cousin, twice removed. The journal covered the period when Benedict Arnold's treachery was discovered, and my ancestor was personally injured by it. He referred to "That Traitor Arnold" while pressing his quill harder onto the parchment. He also held Washington in very high regard, almost reverential, and his commitment to "The Cause" was monumental. - He served in the 12th Massachusetts Regiment from 1775-1781, during which time he was promoted to sergeant, and later lieutenant. He was 19 when he became a lieutenant. - In 1781 his regiment was folded into the 2nd Massachusetts, and he remained in this unit until 1784 as their Paymaster. As Paymaster, his rank almost certainly remained Lieutenant. - In later 1781 or early 1782, after the victory at Yorktown, he wrote a letter to the regimental commander recommending the soldiers be prevented from foraging off peoples' farms, tearing down their fences for firewood (a common practice), or trodding on farm fields. He strongly stated that they could not be seen as an occupying army, and wanted to do everything possible to promote the virtue of the Continental Army to the people. The letter is in the library at West Point and I have a scan on it, complete with his wax seal. - In addition to Lexington and Concord, I can prove that he was at Bunker Hill, Long Island, Saratoga, and the encampment at Valley Forge. Although there was no muster role, it makes logical sense that he had to have been at Trenton (the famous crossing of the Delaware on Christmas). I'm still working to prove where he was during the Yorktown campaign, but I'm somewhat convinced his unit was part of the force left behind in New York when Washington moved South. - After the war, he went to Harvard and became a Presbyterian minister, after which he moved to Washington, DC and became one of the founding members of the 2nd Presbyterian Church there. The church building has since been sold to another denomination, torn down, and rebuilt. I contacted the 2nd Presbyterian church and they all know very well who he was; apparently their founders -- of which there were three or four -- are all somewhat venerated there. There was supposedly once a bronze plaque commemorating them, but it was mentioned in a church history from the mid-1800s. The present day church staff do not know what happened to the plaque. - He left DC and moved back to his native Massachusetts, where he took a preaching job near his hometown. - When the War of 1812 broke out, he re-joined the Army and was commissioned a Captain. He served as a company commander in the 45th Infantry Regiment. I have not done a ton of research on his service in that war, but I do know that he was part of the expedition into Canada. - At some point (not in Canada), he became ill with small pox. His unit was only 20 miles from home at the time, and a story written by his daughter 50 years after-the-fact says his wife rode the 20 miles (side saddle, mind you!) while holding a newborn baby. Upon arrival, she remained in camp with him and nursed him back to health, all while taking care of the baby. Once he returned to health, he returned to duty with the army, and she (Salome Noble Danforth) rode back home. I do not know if the baby was my ancestor or if I descend from one of their other children. Nice huh?
  13. 14 points
    I'm convinced that most people simply refuse to face reality when it is unpleasant or dangerous. They have to be forced to accept that it -- whatever "it" is -- is happening. Often times, that means preliminary steps in mitigating the emergency are missed. It's not scientific by any stretch, but I've spent my entire adult life dealing with emergencies and emerging threats, both in the military and in law enforcement. It's a rare breed who sees something and says, "this could be bad, we need to act now." Nearly everyone wishes it away. We live in a rural area of Colorado about 1/4 mile outside of a well-known forest. In 2013 the southwest corner of the forest caught fire; we are northeast, so directly opposite. When I got home that night, I told my wife, "start packing our important documents, gun collection, coins, and the minimum things we'll need when we're relocated." She was incredulous, refusing to see what was happening -- we had been under drought conditions for a decade and it was spring, when this part of Colorado gets wind storms routinely in the 60 mph range. "They're not going to be able to put it out; it's coming, and in a few days the government is going to forcibly evacuate us," I told her. She refused to believe it was happening. Firefighters always put out fires, right? The good guy always wins, right? Only in Hollywood. Three days later, the power went out and the mandatory evacuation order came because the fire had raged out of control, back and forth across the forest. It was over 100 feet high, and so hot that it was creating its own weather patterns. Flaming embers the size of my leg were being thrown 1/2 mile. Remember that we live 1/4 mile outside the edge of the forest, and flaming embers that large on a tar shingle roof spell danger. But we were already packed, had already relocated the horses, already arranged for a place to stay, and were on our way out before the government mandated it, because I face reality. It ended up being the worst disaster in state history, and 500 homes were destroyed along with two deaths (people who waited for the government to tell them to leave). I first heard of coronavirus back in December on the news. They speculated that it may someday reach our shores, but there was no panic (and everyone reading this is shocked that it was on the news that long ago and has absolutely no recollection of it!). I knew it was coming -- it's a highly contagious virus and we live in a world where intercontinental travel is easier and more commonplace than ever. When Italy got pummeled, I said, "I told you so. We're next." When it landed in the US I immediately recommended shutting down our church and broadcasting the message over livestream, shifting my job to telework, and taking all the other precautions that are now in place. People said I was overreacting and my wife told me to stop overreacting. "Watch, all of this is going to come, and it's going to be too late. No one is willing to face reality, so they're missing their chance to cut this thing off." And here we are.
  14. 14 points
    I was/Am signed up for 3 annual matchs, Trailhead, Comancheria Days, Land Run. two of them have already been postponed, and the 3rd (Land Run) has not made a decision yet. (hopefully this mess will be quieted down by then) All the clubs that had spring annuals sceduled have very likely already prichased the awards, raffle items, and paid deposits on banquets, meeting halls , paid for upfgrades to ranges, all sorts of expenses. Now, with the matches being cancelled or indefinilty postponed, they are looking at havng to make refunds for match fees, out of money they likley dont have. While none of us likes to lose money, please consider refusing a refund. I think in many cases, refunds are going to break clubs, or at a miumum cause a pretty severe financla hardship.
  15. 14 points
    I predict that in nine months there will be a lot of babies born as a result of this. They will all be named Charmin and Scott. Duffield
  16. 14 points
    “I don't post a lot on facebook but I would like to give my perspective and context on the coronavirus outbreak. I hope I can be a more reputable source of perspective as a physician who specializes and is board certified in immunology (as well as pediatrics, allergy and dermatology). 1. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses. "coronavirus" is not unique to this particular strain. Everyone reading this has likely had another different coronavirus infection. This particular strain has been named COVID-19. 2. Every upper respiratory virus has the potential to be lethal. Patients unfortunately die from many upper respiratory viral infections every year - most prominently the influenza virus. 30,000 people died from the influenza virus in 2019. The media didn't report each one. They have reported all 11 coronavirus deaths. Not telling us about the people lost but rather keeping a death "toll". Let me repeat that: -Coronavirus: 11 deaths (US in 2020), 3300 deaths (China in 2020). -Influenza: 30,000 deaths (US in 2019). *Influenza pandemic of 1918: 675,000! (US), 20-50 MILLION!! (worldwide) <---These people I think would have been in favor of receiving their annual flu vaccine. This is not meant to minimize any of these deaths but rather to give context and put some facts to the hysteria. 3. If you're healthy, there is no need to walk around wearing a mask. In addition to looking silly and most of the time wearing/taking them off wrong - which would actually make you more prone to acquiring an infection, they don't prevent you from getting sick. If you're actually sick stay away from people and then, sure, wear a mask so you aren't spreading respiratory droplets every time you cough/sneeze. In medicine we don't wear the masks you're buying and we wear other protective equipment - not just a silly looking mask you found on Amazon. When you see doctor's walking around the world wearing a mask then you should too. Until then, stop. 4. The symptoms are that of the flu. As doctors we don't test or know about most people with mild or moderate flu symptoms. That means most people will probably get it and just think they had the flu. That means you're only going to hear about the cases that get serious - not all the minor ones which will be the vast majority of cases. 5. When it is said that people who are older or have other medical conditions are most likely to die - that is equally true for EVERY upper respiratory virus. There is nothing unique about that to this particular virus. It does mean that the only cases we tend to know about are the severe ones. Once a case is severe it then makes sense to test the patient to find out what virus in particular they have. That means you can easily overestimate how severe or lethal the virus is because the only cases you end up knowing about are the serious ones. In summary 30,000 people died from the flu last year. Another 30,000 died in car accidents. I remember: H1N1 (2009), MERS (2012), Ebola (2014), Coronavirus (2020). Take it from me: The poor resident who stood at the door of the ER to triage people in 2009's swine flu (H1N1) hysteria. The over reaction is exponentially worse than the actual problem and in 2020 the over reactions I'm seeing are remarkable. In cold and flu season you'll probably get sick once or twice for about a week each. You might even get this particular coronavirus and most of you won't even know it. I've seen people raiding supermarkets, major meetings and sporting events getting cancelled and fear/racism towards Asian people. These reactions are totally unnecessary and panic based. Just do what you've always done during cold/flu season. Stay away from other people when you're sick, wash your hands and keep them away from your face, and only go to the ER if you feel your symptoms are more severe than a bad cold/flu (shortness of breath, high fever, etc.). And also realize you can't live on earth and not get viral illnesses from time to time. It's a part of nature. Please don't ask for antibiotics (those treat bacteria - not viruses). Thats like asking for a fire extinguisher when you're drowning. It can be a life saving device - but the wrong one for the problem at hand. Some doctor's don't want to fight about it when patients insist on antibiotics so they just prescribe them - but it doesn't mean its actually helping you and in some cases they can be harmful (resistance, infections, allergic reactions just to name a few). If you're one who asks for antibiotics every time you're sick, again, take it from me: ask for a flu shot each year and a doctor's note to stay home from work when you're sick instead. You will be much better off. The government is very proud that testing will be available to every American. Remember, we don't test for any respiratory virus other than the influenza virus routinely. The reason is thats the only virus that has a treatment (pill) you can take to shorten the duration of severity of the illness. I suspect if we start testing everyone with cold symptoms for coronavirus we're going to find lots of it. It's not going to change the recommendations to stay home and rest. And its not going to predict the small percentage of people who may develop more severe symptoms. Essentially whether someone has coronavirus 19 or some other cold/flu virus isn't going to matter to your doctor. What it will do is slam urgent cares, ER's and hospitals with every patient who has a cold so they can be tested. It is much more sensible to reserve testing for patients requiring hospitalization or more advanced treatments. Even that wouldn't change their management but would be more to confirm the diagnosis and to not waste time looking for other causes of the patients symptoms. In conclusion, yes there is a novel virus that our immune systems haven't seen yet so to get immune to it you will have to get infected - at least until a vaccine is developed to bypass the getting sick part and just jumping straight to immune. Most people's immune systems will do that effectively and be fine. A small percentage of unfortunate patients (primarily elderly, immune compromised etc.) will not be able to do that effectively and will need more advanced care. This is true of the cold/flu viruses we deal with every year. Follow normal cold/flu precautions and seek medical care if you feel your symptoms are severe. No need to get hysterical. These outbreaks can be instructive for overall knowledge of public health. In particular showing your immune system the uniform of a potential invader (virus) so that if it ever sees a soldier wearing that uniform it will immediately attack and neutralize it without you ever getting sick. That is a wonderful thing and probably the single biggest achievement in medicine throughout human history. That is what vaccines are. The benefit to risk ratio of them are off the charts in favor of vaccines. If viruses like coronavirus scare you, then stay up to date on your vaccines and your immune system will be running the latest software. If you still think you should be scared consider this: Doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff are going to hospitals every day. Crowded buildings with tons of sick people. They aren't walking around the halls of the hospitals wearing masks and they haven't stopped going to work. And they are all rolling their eyes at everyone else right now.” Marc Serota, MD Immunologist
  17. 14 points
    Come on, people! Symptoms are like the common cold and a 103-yr-old Chinese lady survived it. Do not buy into the media hype.
  18. 14 points
    FYI, I reported your post.
  19. 14 points
    I’m here, just real busy. 3 carts and annual awards for two clubs and school award plaques.
  20. 14 points
    Another Top Hand, and great shooter from the Great White North......and he helped us setup the match......thanks Will! As you know, Range is a "National Championship", and as such only a US shooter can win the title of "National" Champion. However to honor Whistlin Will's top finish, Winter Range will be designing and ordering a special buckle for him to be proud of, honoring his "Overall Champion" finish.
  21. 13 points
    I'm gonna spend mine on booze and hookers.....then I'll just waste the rest.
  22. 13 points
    Honey, I had to buy a gun or they wouldn’t let buy the ammo you needed.
  23. 13 points
    And in 13 years after that, they’ll become “quarin-teens”. Thank you. I’ll be here all week. Tip your waitress and bartender.
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    I read the Gingrich article. It referenced that 5,000 might die in the US, based on mortality rates in Italy. We lose 40,000 a year to traffic accidents. We lose 20,000 a year to AIDS related illnesses. The flu kills an estimated 12,000 or more annually. Tobacco is estimated to contribute to 480,000 deaths per year in the US alone. We've become a panic induced culture, being manipulated by mass hysteria and the media.
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    Your job is often thankless. Just thought you needed to hear one.
  27. 13 points
    There have been reports that toilet paper was stolen from police HQ. Detectives have nothing to go on.
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    Your wish is my command. Allie mowin' weeds:
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  31. 12 points
    ROC RULING: NOT LEGAL FOOTWEAR. It has a number of "non-period" features which are precluded under the rule: SHB p.2 Regarding accommodating folks with "foot issues", There are literally a hundred choices that will do a better job of looking the part.
  32. 12 points
    Coronavirus Pandemic, day 16. If anyone is still out there, I’m alive but struggling. Food is running low. Down to only 459 days worth. My hands are super sanitized and my butt is super clean. Down to 1599 rounds of ammo (dropped 1 round down the heat vent while doing daily inventory). Power still on, but for how long? Missing human interaction but I have my dogs.. for now.. (I'm soaking their food in BBQ sauce in an attempt to marinate them from the inside in case I have to eat them) . I fear dark days ahead. News is all bad. Neighbors have attempted to leap from windows to their death, (or near death... most have single story homes so they are badly bruised). Blew through most Netflix series so may have to rewatch some again..Basic Survival is a definite challenge. I vow to persevere to the end, I am a survivor! Please, if there is life out there, communicate with me to help preserve my sanity.. I told myself I would not get emotional today. But damn it, I'm here, and sometimes it's just good to cry. *Copy and pasted from another fellow survivor *
  33. 12 points
    Population of us is 330 Million. But the fear spreads. The couple in the apartment next to us just came back and unloaded there car with armloads of supplies. And the folks here are not ignorant knuckledraggers. They, are by and large, educated young professionals with good jobs. But once the panic takes hold, it’s hard to stop. There are 2 cases in this state. There are 800,000 in this city. There was an hour long local press conference this morning by the Emergency Management people. I won’t go into the moronic questions asked by the reporters. I’’m reminded of the scene in Men in Black where Will Smith asks why not tell people there are aliens on Earth. “What’s the big secret? People are smart. They can handle it”, he says. Tommy Lee Jones replies, “No. A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.”
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    I don't think it was odd. There were people ridiculing others because they want to err on the side of caution and take things a bit more seriously. Everybody ought to do what seems best to them. This bug can be spread by people who don't have symptoms. Some of our older shooters who have serious underlying medical issues might want to think twice. Some don't care to. That's ok, but nobody should be talked down to for their choices.
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    Did a personal best in the 100 yard dash yesterday... Made it 42 yards...
  37. 11 points
    If this ever comes about-really don't care if it does-going to donate my max amount to Presidents re-election . Really piss off the pelosis'
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    If we are quarantined for an extended period of time, women will not have hair color, makeup and nail polish. It is going to get ugly.
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    I built some awards for a club out here last year and they were pretty well received so another real small club is having their annual match next weekend and asked me to build the awards and here is what I came up with. I used scrap lumber left over from other projects and I used a 3D printer to print the club medallion and then I painted them , gold, silver and bronze. The bison skull on the match winner plaque is also 3D printed and then the horns painted. They found the EOT belt buckles on EBay. The spirit of the game award with the John Wayne Bobblehead came from amazon and that one is the only one that won’t mount on the wall. The award with the screwdriver set on it is for the shooter with the most gun malfunctions. The award with the fence on it is for the middle of the pack shooter.
  41. 11 points
    Well chewed on whether or not to post/write/even bring up, cause lets face it-its the wire and been discussed before I am sure..... Anywhoo here we go. Well recently again I found myself reading a long drawn out post/thread on Facebook going on about; " In my day" "Minimal Costuming", "All about Speed now", all the same stuff I have heard folks go on, and on, and on about in my short 4 and some change years. Ok, so most places do not throw tomahawks, jump up on a saddled 55 gallon drum, etc. So folks are not dropping a small fortune on costuming and meeting the minimal standards as stated, but they meet the standards right? Speed, hmmm so folks spend countless hours of their own time in basements dry firing, spend more money and time on the range practicing then others, folks pushing themselves to be the best they can be at a discipline IMHO is more of a accomplishment than our kin of practical shooters/three gunners. To take single action weapon system and come up with that kind of speed we are seeing now days is quite the feat-hats off. so lets break it down: 1) "In my day"; in your day cost of living was cheaper. Today seen folks tent camp just so they can shoot; Today weapon systems are more expensive; Today supplies are more expensive; Today still working, family kids, life responsibilities; Today seasoned SASS folks telling "should be this way". I put to you this, are they here shooting? So what if all they have is wranglers hat and western shirt from Walmart? Hell I have seen silver seniors and up in same attire, isn't it enough they are here shooting and helping expand the sport (which is another topic folks go on about)? Maybe, just maybe it took a lot of their resources just to get guns and ammo to play and dress is a the bottom of the priority list? 2) "Speed", Well all ready inputted on this above but to elaborate a bit more. I personally believe that the speedsters have help validate our sport a bit more in the shooting community. I mean how many times have you heard a practical shooter crack on the sport or a three gunner? Again it is a feat to have times that challenge any Practical shooter. So the sport is becoming about speed and competition, is this a bad thing? Again our speedsters have put in the time and effort to get there! I hear not just on the wire but everywhere I travel the conversation of sports dying out, not getting new members, how do we attract the younger ones? Well lets start with not complaining about them being speedsters or not dressing to the nine, its about the people right? I believe to answer some of these topics of discussion is change, let the sport grow and morph into what it is becoming/become. Here is the beauty of the sport the historian, the costumer, the gent/gal that just wants to shoot, or the folks just want to hang out with friends, or more personally for me do a fun activity with my spouse that we enjoy together. it all can be found in the sport of Single Action Shooting, the change of stages over the years, the lack of added extras (tomahawks, knife throwing etc.), the lack of costuming does it really affect us? I mean truly can't everyone get what they want? I put to you if new folks hear this negativity, see the resistance to change and they are just starting out could this not produce results that are not beneficial to the sport? "In my day" .......well lets just let it be today and enjoy what we have now! "If you can't change it, change your attitude." with respect and regards
  42. 11 points
    I saw this virus as an opportunity for payback, so I put both my parents on restriction early last week. They aren't allowed to leave the house until my brother or I give them the OK. So far they're buying the story that it's for their own good, just like they used to tell me.
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    UK Virus ALERT: The English are feeling the pinch in relation to the recent virus threat and have therefore raised their threat level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, the level may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. The virus has been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada. The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let's Get the Bastard.” They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years. The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability. Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout loudly and excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.” The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.” Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels. The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy. Australia, meanwhile, has raised its alert level from “No worries” to “She'll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far, no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.
  45. 11 points
    .30-06, the poor man's magnum. You can always find commercial ammo for it and there are lots of reloading components and powders.
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    NO CALL. The revolver was not used on the previous stage, so there was no penalty for "failure to adhere to loading and unloading procedures" as that ONLY pertains to firearms actually USED on a previous stage. That section of the rules must be read in its entirety and in the correct context. IMO...New rules or amendments are neither necessary nor required to cover the OP situation. ........................ Walking around with a fully LOADED (w/ unfired rounds) firearm off the firing line is a violation of: SHB p.17 as well as: SHB p.23 (aka the "Cold Range Rule"...with penalties up to and including a MDQ depending on range rules)
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    I'm going out on a limb with this, but it sounds to me like these folks are unhappy with their own lives so they need to find something "wrong" with yours so they can feel better about themselves. I have a relative like that............... Good luck and enjoy another nanner split.
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    From NT Times The two basketball buddies from Indiana, Josh Speidel and Everett Duncan, envisioned this happening hundreds of times in their careers at the University of Vermont: Duncan finding Speidel with a bounce pass, and Speidel finishing with a layup. Instead it happened only once, on Tuesday, when the Catamounts celebrated their seniors during the last game of the regular season. That the play happened at all was a testament to Speidel’s resilience, and to the work of many others at the campus that sits about 45 miles south of the Canadian border. Shortly after committing to Vermont as a prized recruit, Speidel, now a redshirt senior, suffered a severe brain injury in a February 2015 car accident. Speidel, who had been known for his scoring and rebounding, was still in a coma in an Indianapolis hospital when Vermont Coach John Becker visited him and promised his parents, David and Lisa, that the university would honor his scholarship. Though Speidel ultimately recovered enough to enroll and function as a student — he is on track to graduate in May — he could not return to competition. That is, until Tuesday night, when Becker and Speidel’s teammates followed through with a plan to finally get him in a game and into the box score. Becker and Albany Coach Will Brown agreed on a special accommodation. The Catamounts would let Albany win the opening tip, go down and score. Then Vermont would run a play to get Speidel an uncontested layup. At that point, Speidel would come out of the game, and normal play would commence. Vermont walked through the play three times at the morning shootaround to assure no slip-ups. “I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous for a layup, but it’s my first layup in five years,” Speidel said in a telephone interview after the game. “My dad joked with me. He said, ‘You could always miss it, grab a rebound and add to your stats a little.’ I thought about that. But then I figured I might as well end my college career shooting 100 percent.” Once Albany scored, the other Catamount starters — Ben Shungu, Daniel Giddens and Anthony Lamb — passed the ball around before tossing it inside to Duncan, who found Speidel for a right-handed layup. Speidel suggested getting all the players involved as a symbol of the teamwork that aided his recovery. And Becker wanted Duncan, one of Speidel’s roommates and his closest friend on the team, to deliver the assist.
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    Tn Williams actually has some of the most humorous events (unbelievable funny) of stuff that happen in his daily life. This is TN's story to me this afternoon after he was able to call me: "During FEMA's fly overs to assess Tornado damage around the Nashville area, they wondered over my house where I live. Shortly after the fly over by the FEMA helicopter, an official Govt SUV comes up my gravel road and this nice lady gets out and ask if anyone was hurt by the Tornado. TN says he told the lady that a Tornado didn't hit his area. She looked at TN and says: "Well, YOU need to clean this place up". Its probably another one of his lies, if you know what I mean. But, it could be true. ..........Widder
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