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  1. You might be surprised to find out that the folks on your posse would rather you be there regardless of your performance or helpfulness. Phantom
    67 points
  2. Here are a few pictures of the gun cart that I finished. The gun cart is the one that I built for the Rebuild Cajon raffle winner. He wanted six long gun capacity, revolver storage in the chest and a collapsible shelf on the back of the cabinet. He also wanted the chest high enough to comfortably sit on with gun leather on. The lumber is African black limba and the leatherwork was all done by Double Diamond out of Escondido, Ca. The winner came up with the ideas and artwork that DD used to build the medallion on the crest of the cabinet and on the front of the chest. I tried using a rugged gear type revolver holder in the bottom of the chest but really didn’t like it so I came up with the holster idea. I made a couple of shelves before I got this one right. The shelf is very sturdy and will hold up to cap and ball cylinder loading and with the push of a couple of levers it folds down out of the way. I installed rare earth magnets to hold the shelf against the cabinet in the down position so that it wouldn’t swing out while being pushed, it works really well. The joinery is all through or sliding dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery where required. I installed ebony Diamond pegs in the spokes to dress it up a bit and also covered the shotgun brass, that I use in bolt mounting holes with some buffalo nickel themed antique brass buttons.
    35 points
  3. Brought my three kiddos to Akron Indianas trick or treating night and Misty and her crew were very busy passing out candy. The town of Akron is so excited to have them there. It’s been fun talking to all the townspeople about our awesome shooting sport. Exciting times!
    33 points
  4. I had a really great day yesterday. The Southern Missouri Rangers Old Coot's Shoot is held on Wednesdays. We had 12 shooters (Ozark Annie is taking the picture), all old friends. I can no longer handle a rifle or a shotgun at match speed due to arthritis, so my pards were kind enough to allow me to shoot only my Ruger Old Armies on each stage. The brass pickers loved it, I did not make any work for them! I got to thinking, with my arthritis progressing as rapidly as it is, it might be my last shoot. A few years ago, four Frontiersmen shot a monthly match together. Range Bum, on the left, died shortly afterwards of a heart attack. Noz, in the red shirt, bumped his head and then had knee replacement surgery. Fingers McGee on the far right, has retired from shooting due to health reasons. I'm in the fringed coat, unaware that this is the last time the four of us will be on the range together. You never know when your last good day is going to be. Enjoy your time together, compadres.
    31 points
  5. After an absolutely fabulous time in Tombstone, we began the 20 hour drive home. Just outside of Amarillo, we decided to spend the night. Two miles from our hotel, a bag of tools fell off of a flatbed pickup in front of us. I swear it was the proverbial "bag of hammers." We had no where to go and ran it over. Heard metal dragging on the road immediately. Oh $#@%! At that moment I thought about all the tires I had changed for people during my career. All hours of the day. All types of weather. Hoping I had built up some "brownie" points and could get some of that goodwill to boomerang back. Pulled into the hotel parking lot and looked. The tail pipe had been ripped off the back of the muffler and was dragging, and the muffler hanging with no rear support. And it was 8:30 PM and dark. In the dark, 600 miles from home and I am thinking about coat hangers. Guy parked next to us rolled down his window and said, "You guys need a welder for that." Yes we do. Where do I find a welder in Amarillo, Texas going on 9 PM? The guy said, "I have one right here." Our parking lot neighbor, Daniel, had a big Lincoln welder in his truck bed. He is a pipeline welder and a welding instructor. Wow! While Shortcake went to get food, I helped Daniel get set up. An hour later I was having a beer with our new friend in a hotel parking lot in Amarillo. He didn't want money. I assured him that if he didn't take my money, Shortcake would just use it to buy more clothes, and she has too much already. He finally relented and accepted our cash. Karma, sometimes can be sweet. Some angels don't have wings. They have welding equipment. Cowboy on, Daniel!
    31 points
  6. Thanks, dear! The knife has been gone since Thursday evening and it’s now Sunday might. MAYBE it will turn up in my mailbox in a few weeks…. We ALL want to believe that it’s impossible to have a thief among us. Really. When I didn’t get it back by the banquet last night I was disheartened… but, I thought, MAYBE, someone will slip it under our tarps covering our merchandise and I will find it when I go pack up. Nope. Several members of North Alabama Regulators apologized to me - nothing quite like this has happened at their range. They were embarrassed. They were angry. Everyone who asked me about it felt the same way. I’ve thought a lot about this situation. First, some have said, “I hate this happened to you, Scarlett!” It shouldn’t happen to ANY of us. Second, too many other stories of things stolen/missing were shared with me. It’s NOT always “the public” or “spectators”. Sometimes there’s really no question that it is one of us. Third, we have to hold ourselves and our cowboy/cowgirl community to higher standards. We talk about The Cowboy Way ALL the time but it’s losing a lot of its meaning. We do NOT always treat one another with respect. We gossip. We have cliques and are mean to one another. Some of us cheat - call clean for our pards, let little things slip by… we’ve all heard the stories. If we will cheat while spotting, why wouldn’t we steal a $200 custom screw knife? Cheating isn’t more or less wrong than stealing, is it? I know lots of y’all honestly care about the fact that my knife was stolen…and yet, some are probably thinking, “ok, Scarlett… give it a rest. Let it go”. I will when I’m ready. This is bigger than just my knife. This is an opportunity for us to be better by doing better. Real, heartfelt hugs, Scarlett
    30 points
  7. Simple. If you still find it enjoyable and are safe...keep doing it. Phantom
    25 points
  8. Tonight’s sunset special at Bob’s outdoor Western Wilderness Cigar Bar. A Fuente Gran Reserva and some Buffalo Trace Bourbon. Looks like a good sunset is shaping up.
    24 points
  9. Yul, leave the game on YOUR terms - no one elses. I had a dear friend in this game, Know Justice, that went thru two battles with brain cancer. He weakened from the disease and the treatments where his gait was unsteady and he required keeping two hands on them to safely steady his firearms. I made a point of always being his TO and I would (in my younger, stronger days) wrap my fist up in his suspenders with the timer clipped to my belt and hold him up as he moved from position to position. As he could not let go of his shotgun to load it - I would load his shotgun from my belt with my free hand that was not holding him up. The absolute closest I have ever gotten to a physical "interpersonal" conflict at a match was one shooter that rudely suggested Know Justice give up the game because he was holding things up. I very "politely" informed this shooter that as long as Know Justice could safely hold his firearms - that I would carry him on my back if that was what required for him to continue. And if this shooter had an issue with it - I would be happy to discuss it further. I loved Know Justice and never once begrudged him any extra time that he added to our matches. Know Justice left us a number of years ago and I would give nearly anything to spend one more afternoon with my hand wrapped in his suspenders and feeding shells into his shotgun. I guarantee there are plenty of folks that love you as well. Life is too short - No one worth worrying about is concerned about an extra 5 minutes in a match to keep you around. And if they are - maybe they need to stay home - not you.
    23 points
  10. So about a week ago I made a post about some possibly mixed up Clays powder. I had purchased the powder about a year ago from a cowboy who was getting out of the game. I also purchased his guns, gun cart, dillon loader, mec loaders, and a bunch of powder, bullets, primers, etc. I spent several hours at his house going through and loading up all the stuff. We visited a lot and he revealed to me that he had cancer and didn't think he had very much time left. After that meeting I called him once every few months just to visit and see how he was doing. The last time I had spoke to him was last may. I get very busy over the summer from end of may to first part of september so I hadn't called him. When the powder situation happened I tried to call him and phone just went to voicemail and I left a message. I was afraid something had happened so I searched the internet for an obituary in the town where he lived. Didn't find an obit but did find an estate sale with his address that took place in July. I asked on the mixed powder thread and someone said they thought he had passed. I was really saddened by this news. He was a great guy. Well, yesterday my phone rang and the caller id popped up his name. I answered the call, expecting it to be someone telling me he had passed, but my heart jumped up in my throat when I heard his voice! Apparently he became really sick just after we talked in May and was in the hospital for over a month. He slowly recovered and is now feeling much better. He has moved and has no cell reception at his new place and has to wait until he goes to town to return calls. We talked for over an hour. So to anyone who read the other thread, Smokin' D is alive and well!!! Oh, and I got the straight scoop on the powder and it is not mixed!
    22 points
  11. I want to send a BIG ol' Thankee out to Sedalia Dave...! About two weeks ago I received a package from Dave ~ a "contribution for a deserving Boy Scout." Inside the parcel was a really cool mess kit, almost seventy years old and brand-spanking new! Stamped on the lid (which doubles as a skillet): GI Mountain Cookset U.S. F.E.S.C.O. 1952 Well, I am plumb tickled to report that this kit is now a most prized possession of a proud young Tenderfoot named Zhe (middle and last names I cannot pronounce - "You can just call me 'Z,' Mr C!") It seems that this youngster's ambition is a career as a chef, and he's presently working on his Cooking Merit Badge.* The lad was absolutely delighted! *(The Cooking Merit Badge is a requirement for Eagle Scout candidates. And it is tough - a few years ago I asked our staff nutritionist at work to review the requirements; she was astonished. Click on the link above and check it out!) Dave, you gave this guy a real boost... and his troop leaders were downright impressed, too! The gentleman on the far right exclaimed "Hey! I've had the same kit since I was a kid!" [Retired California Department of Forestry firefighter Tim Escobedo, Troop 117. Troop 117 will be 100 years old in 2025] Thank you again!
    22 points
  12. Cousin's young son reeeally wanted a Garand. So, he saved up, did everything to qualify, and ordered a Service Grade IHC from the CMP last March, just days before they removed the IHC's from the availability list. I'd like to say that he waited patiently; but the reality is, at 21 years of age, it's mighty hard to be patient when waiting for an M1. But he internalized his frustrations. Well... not exactly... actually, his Dad absorbed a bunch of it while kindly preaching patience to the lad. He did call the nice lady at the CMP about six months after his order went in, just to verify that it had been received and politely inquired of its status; he even mentioned to the nice lady that he wanted it because his grand-dad had carried one in the Army, and he intended to keep it forever. (Many, many Garands are being "flipped" these days) Well, after seven months it arrived! Sorta. It had to be shipped to a dealer for the ten day California Confinement. But the kid got to visit it when he completed the California paperwork. I think he done good. Finish on the metal parts is uniform. The stock (all pieces are dark but match), receiver (1953), bolt, front and rear sights, trigger group, and trigger guard are all IHC. The barrel is a correct LMR (1/54), and is tagged Muzzle 1+, Throat 2. Needless to say, the kid is delighted. I wish I could remember the last time I was that happy!
    21 points
  13. Lawyers should never ask an old grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer.In a trial in a small outback town the prosecutor called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman who had lived in the town all her life, to the stand. He approached her and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know me?' She responded, 'Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I certainly do know you.'The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense lawyer?'She again replied, ' Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a big drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your missus, and one your sister. Yes, I know him alright.'The prosecutor nearly died.The judge asked both prosecutor and defense lawyer to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said,'If either of you two bloody idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send the both of you to the electric chair.'
    21 points
  14. The way some SASS shooters load poof-tink loads that is enough for four or five rounds.
    21 points
  15. Exciting news! SASS is proud to announce our next big move for the future! Coming soon- a final relocation of the SASS World Headquarters Offices. It’s official- SASS closed on a beautiful historic (1900) building in Akron, Indiana today. Stay tuned for updates and a final moving date to be announced soon. HUGE thanks to Anna Gilsinger with ReMax Results of Warsaw, the Indiana SASS member contingent, the Paradise Pass Crew, the SASS Board, and the Wild Bunch for their unwavering support and encouragement as we embark on our next adventure solidifying the future of SASS. Misty Moonshine #greatthingsarecoming #sassrelocation2021 #paradisepass #indiana #goodbyenewmexico
    21 points
  16. All 40 inches of Walmart plastic.
    20 points
  17. Hey all, I read the guidelines and since these videos fall under educational materials and entertainment, it seems to be OK. Before the new format a lot of you watched them, so maybe I'm back!
    19 points
  18. On all counts. Justice was served but Hell is coming. It will be a rough weekend.
    19 points
  19. Bruce's 75 year old dad thought he should do something about his ginormous beer belly so he went to the gym.While he was there a young sheila with a perfect body came in, and Bruce's dad got the hots for her immediately.So he went up to the trainer and asked him which machine he should use to impress this young sheila.The trainer looked him up and down and said; I would suggest the ATM in the reception area sir....
    19 points
  20. Are there times when you have forgotten how to count to 10? What is the penalty when that happens to a gunfighter?
    19 points
  21. In today's day and age you can't poke fun at a particular ethnicity or minority, so here we deal with all of them!An Aboriginal, a Englishman an overweight Yank, a NZ Maori, a Kiwi, a Tasmanian disabled person, an elderly person from Latvia, a Swedish blonde, a German, an Italian, a drunk Irishman, a Pole, a Greek, an Indian, a Canadian politician, an Afro-American, a Mexican, a Dutchman, an arrogant Frenchman, a Brazilian, an Ethiopian, a Turk, a Jap, a Chinaman, a Russian, an Indonesian, a Malaysian, a Cambodian, a Burmese and a Vietnamese all went together to an upmarket nightclub.The bouncer said, sorry guys, I can't let you in without a Thai.
    19 points
  22. My wonderful better half (AKA May B Knott) is very creative and loves this time of year (fall). She decided to try meme making and, well here ya go.
    19 points
  23. Part of the problem is sass went from very inclusive and welcoming to very exclusive to get into. One of the biggest mistakes I see over and over is people saying buy once cry once. That you need To buy race ready slicked up guns to have fun. The way the market is currently you are looking at $6000 plus if you do that. Very few will be able to do that. I've seen many times new shooters heckled, teased, embarrassed or ridiculed because they didn't have big name action work. A new person cut corners, and saved to get what they could afford, only to have shooters who should know better belittle them. We are taking over a gun shop at the beginning of the year. Part of what we will be offering is sass setups. Im working with several leather shops but we plan to offer complete sets. Budget to elite. Used rigs used guns entry level. Mid range, or money to burn range. At gunsmoke this year I overheard an experienced shooter who should have know better. Talking to a new shooter about the run I had just made on the speed pistol side match. How it was due to me having slicked up fancy guns and the new shooters stock guns were junk. The new shooter was visibly affected and dejected. Definitely not what we need to be doing! Luckily I was able chat with the young man and put things straight. Easiest way to convince him was take his guns and shoot a time within .5 seconds of my guns. Then explain the differences between our guns let him shoot mine It helped that my pistols were set up by me. Not some big name gunsmith. I got more out of that than beating the fastest 2 handed shooter by a second.
    19 points
  24. I also clip the shanks in half (forming a chisel point) and dip them in wood glue before using a non-metallic hammer to install.
    19 points
  25. She said, "Yes, the others were all nines and tens."
    19 points
  26. I woke up early this morning and I could tell by the quality of light filtering through the blinds that something good was afoot. I leapt out of bed (well, as close as I can come to a leap) grabbed the phone off the nightstand and sprinted for the back door. (Some would call my sprint a stiff-legged gait but in my mind it was quite cat-like) There I was, buck nekkid old man (one advantage of country living) in the 36°morning chill, gazing at a fine western sunrise. I had managed to jump into a pair of warm slippers before opening the door. Sunrises and sunsets are fleeting things. But I had no time to properly prepare. The real camera gear was still in the bag so I turned on the new phone and hoped for the best. I only had a few moments to get a couple of shots before the sky turned to an uninteresting grey semi overcast. I'm now warming up my chilled body parts and making coffee. Good morning America.
    18 points
  27. China Camp, Deadly Redly, Montana Dan and Doc Holiday at End of Trail, Coto De Caza, 1988 Winners of the THREE shooting categories at EoT 1988: Black Powder - Hangfire Hank, Traditional - Lucky Smucky, and Modern - Deadly Redly Irish Clementine, Montana Belle, Cholla, Calamity Jo and Kid Sticks, Top Lady Shooters 1988 EoT End of Trail, 1988. Top Lady was Kid Sticks and Top Gun Winner was Lucky Smucky These are excerpts from an album on my FaceBook site Cowboy Action Shooting Gallery But since a lot of folks don't have a FB account I posted a few of them here. Just a bit of SASS history.
    18 points
  28. Went to lunch with the elementary school kids in the late morning and then the combined schools Vets Day program in the afternoon. Nice day. IMG_4075.MOV
    18 points
  29. Congrats, Widder, on becoming a SASS Regulator!
    18 points
  30. Simple but kinda choked my up for some reason.
    17 points
  31. If you have a 3' bench, it'll stay clean. If you have 30' of bench, yer screwed.
    17 points
  32. A farmer named Bruce had a car accident, he was hit by a truck owned by the Fosters brewery.In court, the Fosters’ hot-shot solicitor was questioning Bruce.'Didn't you say to the police at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine?' asked the solicitor.Bruce responded: 'Well, I'll tell you what happened. I'd just loaded my cow into the... ''I didn't ask for any details', the solicitor interrupted. 'Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine!'?'Bruce said, 'Well, I'd just got the cow into the trailer and I was drivin' down the road.... 'The solicitor interrupted again and said,' Your Honour, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the police on the scene that he was fine. Now several weeks after the accident, he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question. 'By this time, the Judge had become fairly interested in Bruce's answer and said to the solicitor: 'I'd like to hear what he has to say about his cow'.Bruce thanked the Judge and proceeded. 'Well as I was saying, I had just loaded the cow into de trailer to take her to the Ekka in Brissie and was drivin' her down the road when this huge Foster’s truck and trailer came thundering through a stop sign and hit me trailer right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and the cow was thrown into the ditch on the other side of the road. By golly I was hurt, hurt very bad, and didn't want to move. However, I could hear my cow moanin' and groanin'. I knew she was in terrible pain just by her groans.Shortly after the accident, a cop on a motorbike turned up. He could hear my cow moanin' and groanin' too, so he went over to her. After he looked at her, and saw her condition, he took out his gun and shot her right between the eyes.Then the cop came across the road, gun still in hand and still smoking, he looked at me, and said, 'How are you feeling?''Now what the $#&@! would you say?'
    17 points
  33. There are folks on this thread that I have the deepest respect for. But most of them posting are just plain WRONG. A movie set is NOT (supposed to be) real life - it is make believe. Camera angles are not designed and set on the basis of the "Rules of safe gun handling" - they are set based on what the director thinks will look cool onscreen. An actor is specifically instructed NOT to handle the firearm in ANY way outside of the script direction. This is designed to avoid muddying the chain of events/ custody if an accident does occur. A live round should never be on the set of a film - but like the accident that claimed Brandon Lees life; there may be some horrible combination of circumstances that lead to this outcome. Regardless of my feelings for Alec Baldwin - no one on this thread (including myself) knows the exact details. And for the "It doesn't matter - he should have checked. Any outcome is his fault" proponents. Would you say the same if the hood comes off a NASCAR stock car and flies into the flagman? Should the driver have checked the bolts? How about your airline pilot - You ever see him walk out of the cockpit to personally check the overhead bins are closed and that the doors are secured? These are professional people, a driver, a pilot, an actor who use a TOOL and rely on others to ensure the safety of their performance. But we get all holier than thou because it is a firearm and WE (not them) have been drilled our lives with the rules; but I guarantee you have never checked the lug nuts on your rental car, never insisted on the installation of a Carbon Monoxide detector in a hotel room, never insisted on seeing the safety report on the elevator you're walking into or walked the piling of a highway overpass searching for cracks before driving across. We ASSUME that these things have been completed by the folks assigned these duties. An actor is no different - just a different tool. A person lost their life, another was injured. Tragedy occurred and you all prove to anyone watching that Pro Gunners are no better than the other side - because before the facts are known - we want to place blame and punish someone involved because their politics differ from ours. I thought we were supposed to be better than that.
    17 points
  34. You know...the one who enjoys things you do. Shanley and I were just discussing being married, come April 24th, 22 years! We have been SASS for about 15 of those... Hmmmmm.... We also have a close mindset... We like each others company, but don't have to be 'side x side' 24/7. We have been spending vacation hours 'on the road' (as NM is under thumb...one of only 7 STILL mandating masks) in Texas, Co, Ok and Az... Most of the near future time will be in Co...untill time to winterize and close up. Come December...I will start posting on upcoming EOT happenings...as we will travel once a month for work parties... Here are a few of my favorite times....in our short time...
    17 points
  35. Some of you might not want to blame Baldwin, but where does the blame belong? Surely you don't think the GUN needs the blame! Somebody loaded the gun with 'something'. Somebody fired it and Somebody died. The gun didn't load itselfowndangself and it surely didn't fire itsowndangself. Accident or not............ Baldwin is at the center of this. That poster above is very befitting of someone who has tried to take away MY freedoms with his self righteous arrogance. ..........Widder
    17 points
  36. New doctor came by today. He said l would live. it's lymphoma and is highly treatable. Thank you for all of the kindness!
    17 points
  37. Yesterday I went to a Golden Corral buffet. Decent food, really clean and had a nice meal. Was on my way to get dessert and saw 4 bikers come in. These were actual 1%ers, wearing colors on their vests. They aren't bothering anyone, but some STUPID kid, looked about 17 mouths off to one of the bikers with "Get your stupid, slow F$%^$ A&% out of the way". I can see in the biker's eyes this kid is about to get gut stomped right there. Why I decided to speak up I don't know but I look at this kid and tel him "Kid, you are messing with a real biker. Before you get gut stomped and go to the hospital, you better apologize and get out of his way. He is not gonna be disrespected by a twerp like you." I guess some instinct for survival finally kicked in and the kid did apologize and ran for his mommy. The biker's girl looked at me and asked how I knew that. Told her worked Corrections for 26 years, all high risk or max prisons. I guess I just didn't want to see the biker go to jail for dishing out what the punk had coming...
    17 points
  38. I've been in the hospital since yesterday. love y'all. No news yet.
    17 points
  39. Our son and his wife are on their first date since our second granddaughter was born. Pops and Lulu get to babysit. Happy place!
    17 points
  40. Put the '73 back together today after 18 coats of linseed oil rubbed in over 21 days.
    17 points
  41. Bad news: We unfortunately closed the Lincoln Area Regulators near Bennet, NE last month. Great news: We are starting a new SASS club near Firth, NE. It will be on the NEBRASKA SHOOTERS range. They have a great range set up and location. The SASS affiliation is in the works now awaiting approval. The new club's name will be LANCASTER COUNTY BOUNTY COLLECTION AGENCY. The match day will probably be the 2nd Saturdays from April through November. Please check out the Nebraska Shooters website in a few days. https://nebraskashooters.com/ It will have the upcoming details there to check out. Mustang Gregg
    16 points
  42. Run a 17 lb spring and then you don't have to worry. I doubt that running a 13 lb spring will make you any faster than using a 17 lb spring. J.M
    16 points
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