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  1. 21 points
    Not sure I can call it a clean match shooting Frontiersman, but I finally shot a whole match today with no misses, no penalties, and no safety violations! It was a BLAST!
  2. 20 points
    Around age 10 my dad got me one of those little badass compound bow beginner kits. Of course, the first month I went around our land sticking arrows in anything that could get stuck by an arrow. Did you know that a 1955 40 horse Farmall tractor tire will take 6 rounds before it goes down? Tough sun of a gun. That got boring, so being the 10 yr. old Dukes of Hazard fan that I was, I quickly advanced to taking strips of cut up T-shirt doused in chainsaw gas tied around the end and was sending flaming arrows all over the place. One summer afternoon, I was shooting flaming arrows into a large rotten oak stump in our backyard. I looked over under the carport and see a shiny brand new can of starting fluid (Ether). A light bulb went off in my head. I grabbed the can and set it on the stump. I thought that it would probably just spray out in a disappointing manner. Lets face it, to a 10 yr old mouth-breather like myself, Ether really doesn't "sound" flammable. So, I went back into the house and got a 1 pound can of black powder for muzzle loader rifles. At this point, I set the can of ether on the stump and opened up the can of black powder. My intentions were to sprinkle a little bit around the Ether can but it all sorta dumped out on me. No biggie, a 1 lb. black powder and 16 oz Ether should make a loud pop, kinda like a firecracker you know? You know what? Screw that I'm going back in the house for the other can, so I got a second can of black powder and dumped it too. Now we're cookin'. I stepped back about 15 ft and lit the 2 stroke arrow. I drew the nock to my cheek and took aim. As I released I heard a clunk as the arrow launched from my bow. In a slow motion time frame, I turned to see my dad getting out of the truck... OH SHOOT! He just got home from work. So help me God it took 10 minutes for that arrow to go from my bow to the can. My dad was walking towards me in slow motion with a XXX look in his eyes. I turned back towards my target just in time to see the arrow pierce the starting fluid can right at the bottom. Right through the main pile of black powder and into the can. Oh shoot. When the shock wave hit it knocked me off my feet. I don't know if it was the actual compression wave that threw me back or just reflex jerk back from 235 fricking decibels of sound. I caught a half a millisecond glimpse of the violence during the initial explosion and I will tell you there was dust, grass, and bugs all hovering 1 ft above the ground as far as I could see. It was like a little low to the ground layer of dust fog full of grasshoppers, spiders, and a worm or two. The daylight turned purple. Let me repeat this... THE COTTON PICKING DAYLIGHT TURNED PURPLE. There was a big sweet gum tree out by the gate going into the pasture. Notice I said "was". That sucker got up and ran off. So here I am, on the ground blown completely out of my shoes with my thundercats T-Shirt shredded, my dad is on the other side of the carport, having what I can only assume is, a Vietnam flashback: ECHO BRAVO CHARLIE YOU'RE BRINGIN' EM IN TOO CLOSE!! CEASE FIRE. DAMN IT CEASE FIRE!!!!! His hat has blown off and is 30 ft behind him in the driveway. All windows on the north side of the house are blown out and there is a slow rolling mushroom cloud about 2000 ft. over our backyard. There is a Honda 185 3 wheeler parked on the other side of the yard and the fenders are drooped down and are now touching the tires. I wish I knew what I said to my dad at this moment. I don't know - I know I said something. I couldn't hear. I couldn't hear inside my own head. I don't think he heard me either... not that it would really matter. I don't remember much from this point on. I said something, felt a sharp pain, and then woke up later. I felt a sharp pain, blacked out, woke later....repeat this process for an hour or so and you get the idea. I remember at one point my mom had to give me CPR. and Dad screaming "Bring him back to life so I can kill him again". Thanks Mom. One thing is for sure... I never had to mow around that stump again. Mom had been complaining about that thing for years and dad never did anything about it. I stepped up to the plate and handled business. Dad sold his muzzle loader a week or so later. I still have some sort of bone growth abnormality, either from the blast or the beating, or both. I guess what I'm trying to say is, get your kids into archery. It's good discipline and will teach them skills they can use later on in life.
  3. 13 points
    I'm going to tune a President's piano tomorrow. Yes a real POTUS! I'm going to President Garfield's house here located in Mentor,Ohio. It hasn't been tuned in 20 years! I know a lady that works there and they want to start using it. It's a Knabe upright and it was owned by Garfield, it was actually his wife's but he played some too! Kinda cool!!
  4. 12 points
    I'm in Phoenix at the Banner Good Samaritan medical center where my oldest daughter is recovering from colon cancer surgery. The operation was pretty much all done with robotics. Human hands were never inside just robot arms. Four very small incisions and that's pretty much it. They inflate the abdomen quite a bit and her only pain has been from the trapped air that will dissipate over the next few days. According to the surgeon the radiation and chemo did an excellent job of shrinking the tumor. She'll do one more chemo regimen and then they'll reattach the colon and the surgeon said she should expect a full recovery
  5. 12 points
  6. 12 points
    A little boy asked his daddy where people came from. He told his boy it all started with Adam and Eve. They had kids, their kids had kids and so on and so forth. The boy then went and asked his mom where people came from. She told him first, there was some monkeys. Over time some of those monkeys started to change. Then those descended from them started changing and changing until they became people. The little boy obviously upset went running back to his dad crying and saying he had lied to him. The dad just said, no son. Your mom was talking about her side of the family....
  7. 12 points
    I want to thank all those who prayed for me during my absence, as difficult times they were. The loss of loved ones has never been and never will be easy. Add to that the addiction that the SASS SALOON Forum can be, and one can easily be drawn to it like a moth to the flame. There were many whom I missed, and few I didn't, but I've come to realize that true friends are hard to find, yet foes will seek you out. Rest assured, I keep them close (friends) and closer (foes). I have actually read every single thread while I was off the forum and the loss of others who normally appeared was evident. Many thanks to Ms. Allie Mo for acting as my spokesperson, as I know many of you were concerned. Life seems to be getting back to normal. Glad to be back. FKCGG
  8. 11 points
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  10. 10 points
    Howdy A while back I offered an invitation to anyone that may be interested in coming to the state of Queensland to shoot at the Gold Coast Heartland Territorial hosted by the Gamblers. Well Jackson Rose & his new bride Nana Rose will leave the USA this Wednesday & with the time difference [ approx 16 hours ] arrive in Australia on Friday July 19 at 5.30 am. A club shoot the next day will get Jackson straight into it & we hope to take them to Steve Irwins [ the Crocodile man ] Zoo as well as other places in our neck of the woods. I'm hoping to post as much as I can of their trip which is for 2 weeks. Looking forward to there visit ................................
  11. 10 points
    Why is it that so many shooters think Black Powder is so corrosive? Yes, BP fouling is hygroscopic, meaning that the fouling will suck water vapor out of the air. When moist BP fouling rests against metal, corrosion will occur. But if you don't clean your guns the same night after shooting Black Powder, they will not turn into rusty piles of junk. I have been shooting Black Powder in CAS for almost 20 years now. Black Powder is no where near as corrosive as many shooters think. Back when corrosive primers were being used, the combination of corrosive primers and BP fouling was pretty bad and corrosion could be bad. But we no longer use corrosive primers and BP fouling without corrosive primers is not as corrosive as many think. I am lazy. I seldom clean my guns the same day I shoot them. Just plain lazy. I try to clean them within a week. No, I do not spritz them with anything, they go into the safe dry and crusty. If I clean them within a week, there is no corrosion . I am loathe to admit how long I have sometimes gone before cleaning my guns, suffice it to say it is much longer than a week. Once cleaned, they do not show any corrosion. Get familiar with Ballistol. It is the BP shooters best friend. Here is a little known fact. If you saturate BP fouling with oil, it cannot absorb any water vapor from the air. Think of it as a sponge that is already saturated with water. It cannot absorb any more water. I have lots of antique rifles and revolvers with old, pitted bores. It is next to impossible to clean out every molecule of BP fouling from every little pit. So when I have swabbed out as much as I can, I liberally coat the bore with Ballistol, preventing the tiny bits of fouling down in the pits from causing any more corrosion. Simply accept the fact that shooting BP (or a sub) requires a bit more dedication than shooting Smokeless. Other than that, I have no opinion about the subs, I have only used APP a couple of times. I have not tried any other subs. To me the advantage of APP is you don't need bullets lubed with BP compatible bullet lube. That's the only advantage I can see, other than you can buy the subs at many stores that do not carry real Black Powder because of storage rules. Filler: Don't bother. An 1873 rifle is a heavy rifle. Adding a little bit of filler will not appreciably reduce recoil with a heavy rifle such as the 1873 Winchester. I tried using a bit of corn meal as a filler a long time ago. Just not worth the extra effort.
  12. 10 points
  13. 10 points
    Was pressing primers into some shotshells when one didn't seem to want to go in. I've seen this before, and the solution has always been just pull a little harder on the press and all will be well. So I did. Then the primer went off. No harm done, just a little surprised. But then I immediately thought about how it was a good thing that there was no powder in the shell. So, let this be a gentle reminder, if you load up a cartridge and then notice after it's "done" that there is no primer in it, DON'T try to seat a primer in it. Pop the bullet out, remove the powder and start over on that one from scratch. Better safe than sorry.
  14. 9 points
    Pucci's July 14 at 2:57 PM · Freshly cut grass and a white dog rolling... what could possibly go wrong
  15. 9 points
    - Keeps things moving without being a hardass - Explains stages well without confusing shooters - Ensures people get relief from job duties - Passing off the timer when there is confusion about a call while they work it out so things do not screech to a halt - Patient with newer or physically challenged shooters There are more, but that are the big ones
  16. 9 points
    Did you know the Toothbrush was invented in Alabama. If it had been invented any where else..... it would have been called a TeethBrush..... ..........Widder
  17. 9 points
    I hope life it treating you easy, too! I can't complain, I've found a nice little niche and play with guns all day, every day. Roop and OWSS (Chabot) were very much on my mind when I was approached by a couple of SASS shooters who were also re-enactors. They wanted to shoot their Civil War guns with live ammo and we worked out proper stage modifications (and proper, target-friendly loads!) to make it happen. I even shot a couple of matches in that category. It was a ton of fun. Regarding the rule irregularities being related to safety, and hopefully without going too far out of bounds, there are SASS safety rules which should always be followed. Rules related to muzzle direction, loading procedures, guns leaving control of the shooter, etc., which are most necessary and should be followed absolutely. There are SASS safety rules which a half dozen or so shooting disciplines make a compelling argument are unnecessary. Now, I understand the raised hackles and the discomfort. Going to a trap or skeet range scares me silly with guns slung over shoulders and muzzles resting on feet. There are some games which have safety rules which are simply anathema to the SASS shooter. That said, it sounds to me like everyone was able to shoot the stages safely. Those who felt they could not safely shoot while moving wisely chose not to shoot while moving. I would think that disagreement with the structure of the match would be more constructively discussed with the match director than with the SASS Wire. Maybe the Wire has mellowed since I was last passing through, but I seem to recall the Wire could take a week to come to no conclusion about an issue that the SI MD could address in maybe three emails, tops.
  18. 9 points
    We must not admit that we voted wet, We must not recognize the Pope as the Lord's representative and We must not recognize each other at Hooter's or the liquor store. Duffield
  19. 9 points
    It's hard enough to get clubs to post scores let alone stages with distances and sizes of targets. That's all we need, more work for the FEW that actually work... Phantom
  20. 8 points
    The argument goes both ways. I'd agree that for internal consistency, you might have your match-design guidelines indicate that KD targets should fall with the prescribed minimum power factor. The question would then become, do you bump the minimum power factor up to factory .38 or do you change the KD recommendation down to the current power factor? However, the two rules were made for different reasons. The minimum power factor was an attempt to address "mouse-fart" loads and the KD recommendation was (ironically considering the start of this thread) simply an attempt to create some kind of standard for KD targets so people would have some idea what to expect as they traveled around the country shooting SASS matches. KD targets set light enough will be knocked down by the wind or fall out of calibration to the point that they won't stand at all fairly quickly. I suspect that the KD calibration recommendation of ".38 factory load" was more a practical matter than an attempt at a regulation on ammunition power and I'm almost certain it pre-dates the power factor. From a purely practical standpoint, come match day, it's best to have in your cart whatever it takes to put any targets down.
  21. 8 points
    I've been shooting CAS for over 15 years, some of that time with 32's, and yet I've yet to be irritated by having to carry a few KD rounds. Thank God that SASS matches are a lot more simple and enjoyable than the Wire. Phantom
  22. 8 points
    Carol just picked up my post-op pain prescription. Hydrocodone! Nope. I’ll stick’ with Ibuprofen, thanks. And the liquor cabinet.
  23. 8 points
    Less resistance, plus I'm making some for originals that you just can't get anymore. We plan to offer complete stainless steel 73s eventually so we need to learn how to make the parts
  24. 8 points
    Yep. I'd be a bit more excited about this if they could win with some class and not embarrass this nation with political stunts on an international stage.
  25. 8 points
    Rats! Can’t get holt of my pics for some reason. Stupid IPad! There she is!
  26. 7 points
  27. 7 points
    Everybody has, or everybody will. My favorite: Stinky Jim drops a pistol on the firing line. He looks down at it & sez: that is not my gun.
  28. 7 points
    It was a similar incident regarding R/P squibs (shooter habitually refused to stop, choosing to "shoot it out" instead) that brought about the following: SHB pp. 19, 23, 42 - MATCH DISQUALIFICATION
  29. 7 points
    I think the "RO" requirement to be way overrated. Some of the best PM's were old school SASS folks that never even took an RO course... And I've encountered many that think they are awesome and ready to go cuz they got their pin. PM's should of course know the rules... But they need to also focus on respecting each shooters desires and goals for the match. Phantom PS: They should also be ready to work their butts off!! Some just volunteer to be PM's for the little trinkets they get and off load most of their responsibilities to other posse members.
  30. 7 points
  31. 7 points
    The most troubling part is that none of the spotters, TO or score keeper were aware of what the correct call would have been. It really is a shame that so few take the time to learn the rules.
  32. 7 points
    20 misses and no P. Each hit on the wrong target is a miss
  33. 7 points
    Mad magazine, some fifty or sixty years ago. There's a cartoon of this tourist couple. You can tell they're tourists. Panama hats, Hawaiian shirts, Bermuda shorts, long socks and sandals. They're in some little banana republic and they've just happened upon some anti-American graffiti. YANKEE GO HOME!! Their guide is mortified, but the tourist husband says not to worry about it. It did not upset them in the least. And the tourist wife added, "We understand completely. We're from Georgia".
  34. 7 points
    The cliche ‘it’s not her first rodeo’ is an understatement for barrel racer Mary Burger. For the second day straight, 67-year-old Burger was victorious in barrel racing at the Calgary Stampede after making a 17.72 and is the Pool A leader. The Oklahoma grandmother has not only won herself $11,000, but also the hearts of many fans. She’s been an inspiration to supporters by earning top honours in her golden years. Before Burger even enters the arena, the grandstand crowd roars for her. “You know, several years back I used to think, ‘well, I’ve got a little age on me’,” Burger said. “But I’ve had so many people come up and say ‘you’re my inspiration’. When I hear the crowd go, I just get goosebumps all over, and I’m really, really proud.” Burger even made her entire run with one foot out of the stirrup of her saddle. “My horse just really tries to please me, and he knows his job. He set a little bit hard on that first barrel, and popped my stirrup, so I was just hanging on, saying ‘go boy, do your thing’! And he did it.”
  35. 7 points
    Once upon a time, women used to grope me too. Those were the good old days. Irish Tom
  36. 7 points
    Once upon a time we were taught to overcome our problems and work hard to succeed. Today kids AND adults are being taught to be victims. Political Correctness is the mental illness.
  37. 7 points
    Well put. I have been to both for close to 20 years and enjoy Cowboy action shooting and Cowboy action people no matter where the match is. There are positives and negatives to everything we do in life. Look to the positives and ignore the negatives. J.M.
  38. 7 points
    I say next July we chain him to a wall...in bubble wrap.....he can be let loose Aug. 1......
  39. 7 points
    They should have had a battalion of ex-wives looking for the fault.
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  42. 7 points
    Oh, I'm still here over in the corner, moping about the fact there still isn't a SASS approved Baptist Category. And, yes, I'm still playing with my cannon, Anus Twohofon. Now when it comes to a good ol' fashioned Baptist potluck dinner with all those wonderful casseroles and, of course, a generous helping of Gospel Bird (Sunday fried chicken), followed by all the delicious desserts....well....if Gluttony is a sin...we Baptist blow the bottom out of Hell. .
  43. 7 points
    Since this thread has already been hijacked to a different time zone I don't feel guilty contributing to taking it further off course. Your analogy is one rare instance where I agree with Phantom. It took me a long time to recognize his point but I now firmly agree that comparing any SASS match to a golf tournament is like comparing apples to hand grenades. In golf, especially in a tournament like the US Open, you have to qualify to get in. The USGA was correct in that they are hosting the best golfers in the world. For that reason they can set up a course to challenge that very small group of highly talented people. SASS is 180 degrees opposite of that. Anybody willing to lay down their $$$ can shoot. Hopefully match directors recognize that fact and set up their matches accordingly. What is accordingly? Your customers will determine that. If they keep coming back then you're doing it right. If not you may want to re-think your set-up.
  44. 7 points
    Marlin Schofield is an excellent individual, cowboy and RO instructor. He's one to ride the river with. He's welcome at my club, GCWB anytime he wishes to join in and I'm sure that stands true for any cowboy club in our area. Sloughhouse is not affiliated at this time because the current president wishes to push the shooters abilities beyond the SASS regulations, it's that simple. Let's all just let this one be please, and move on to things pertaining to Affiliated SASS clubs and SASS shooting. Thank you all for your consideration on this matter, Tully
  45. 7 points
    Baptists aren't allowed to make love standing up!! It could be mistaken for dancing!!!
  46. 6 points
    Did the gun ever stop moving or was it in continuous movement from the time the shooter let go of the gun? If it never quit moving after the shooter released the gun then it is NOT a slip and fall.....it is a dropped gun. Did a prop failure cause the gun to remain in continuous movement? No = SDQ Stan
  47. 6 points
  48. 6 points
    Don't you love how you can't remember what you had for dinner last night, but you can remember a comic from 50 years ago?
  49. 6 points
  50. 6 points
    When I started the were 8 clubs in mn that were sass affiliated. The last time I checked the is now only 2. All the clubs still shoot but for them the value to cost to be affiliated just wasn't there. We regularly shoot at 2 of them. Great people, and a ton of fun. I wish your club the best. You have to do what's right by your customers.
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