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  1. 20 points
    I have noticed a trend in CAS in the last couple of years where shooters are attacking other shooters, mostly on social media... Wether it be posting a video in poor taste just to stir the pot, calling someone inappropriate names, accusing others of cheating off the range instead of handling it like adults while at an event, starting false rumors about others, or even make threatening comments to another shooter. I believe that if we all want to continue to play this game...we should be promoting SASS through respect and good sportsmanship before shooting skills and titles. We need to grow and encourage youth and families to join for the next generation of cowboy shooters. When you post negative comments about others online, people who may become interested in CAS could possibly be steered away because of what they see. Let us show the world how much fun they are missing out on! Be nice to folks and they will do the same in return.... If you have a problem with someone, talk to them about it before creating a false reputation for that person...(BE AN ADULT) We should all be friends and cheer our competitor on when they are doing well and we are not, because at the end of the day...we are just there to visit with our cowboy family.....at least thats why I continue to be involved. Love one another like Jesus does, shoot your best, and always have fun! Your friend on and off the range, PK
  2. 18 points
    I guess I misinterpreted what "BBQ gun" meant in the opening question.
  3. 17 points
    I went through this once and came back. The competition part is fun, but not important. What's important are the relationships and friendships made.
  4. 17 points
    Or daughter decided that she wanted to be like mommy and wants to shoot. So after a while working with gun safety this week was her first dry fire practice session. Now all I hear is, "can I practice? " we've created a monster ...
  5. 16 points
    Absolutely. I always wanted 100% clean. But strived for 25-30% clean. In my opinion; clean shooters are not only indicative of big close target placements - but well written stages with reasonable activities and clear instructions. I cannot control a shooters trigger discipline or their eyesight or their concentration level... But I can ensure that everything I do as a match director is designed to facilitate that shooter being allowed to perform to the best of their ability. Match Directors that are... Adversarial to the shooter. Hoping to see the shooter fail or crash. Not 100% committed to the shooters success. Those match directors, in my opinion; have no business being a match director.
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  7. 15 points
    Alas, I "know a thing or two because I've seen a thing or two," may apply, and not in a positive way like the Farmer's commercials imply. I've been subjected to EXTREME negativity for calling things according to the SHB that were let slide at monthly matches. My theory on rules is as follows. "Don't blame me for trying to see that the rules of the game are followed, as there is no honor in doing well when you did not follow the rules."
  8. 15 points
    Being outside shooting a match ... And being away from the phoney world of Social Media.
  9. 14 points
    I tend to not post my bad news and complaints here, but I've had my share this summer. But I finally have some good news. I've been back into Kenpo for some time now, and I have been sparring successfully at with other black belts and a very accomplished 3rd Degree Brown Belt (As in has one grand championship at a well respected, well attended tournament, beating out noted black belts). I've demonstrated my ability to perform the necessary kicks, punches, blocks, checks and parries. I've written a thesis. Today I performed two empty hand katas and two weapon katas (Spear and sword). I demonstrated a kata I had created myself, then demonstrated the techniques within the kata, before performing it again. The net result: Shodan, or First Degree Black Belt.
  10. 14 points
    What's sad right now is that there are some that think that just because one has a disagreement with the stages, that they are being disrespectful towards those that did all the work. I personally respect the hell outta all those that worked their butts off... And some of the responses I've received privately has almost made me wish that I just kept my mouth shut. Wish folks would understand that we all want what's best for SASS and EOT...
  11. 13 points
    Not without asking first and that applies to anywhere on the range not just the loading table.
  12. 13 points
    I'm going to toss out an anecdote to support the recent exchange between Long Hunter and Creeker (both of whom I agree with). A bit over a year ago I took my son to an annual match for one of the local clubs. After he shot the last stage, he saw the MD starting to pack up while the other posse's were finishing up. He asked if he could go help, of course I said yes. Later they were finishing up during awards. When my son's name was called for his award, he didn't notice as he was putting away a heavy shotgun target. Everyone turned to look for/at him. When my son found out he won an award, he put the target away and hurried up to collect it. When we were on the way home, I asked him what the most important thing was. Of course, he said "winning my category". I responded with "will anyone remember that in 2 weeks?" He got quiet and said no. I asked him what they will remember. He said "that I was helping to pack up during awards." That was an important lesson.
  13. 13 points
    I have long been a proponent of this. NO ONE is demanding any match director set their match in any specific manner - just inform us of what to expect and let us decide whether we wish to attend or not. Simple information will do wonders. For example... At the Zippity do da state match, Pistol targets will vary from 6 inch circles to 12 inch squares; with the closest set at SASS minimums and maximum out to 10 yards. Rifle will consist of 6 inch circles and irregular shaped targets up to 12 inches in size at distances from 18 to 30 yards. Shotgun will consist of 4 inch reactive plates set at 9 yards. Sequences will be creative and challenging. With many never seen before shooting orders. Each stage will have multiple positions with a minimum of eight yards between position. An element of luck will be required on a few stages with a turn of a card or roll of the dice determining gun order or shooting sequence. Some shooters would love the above match, others would detest it. But either way - your customer can make an informed decision on attending or going elsewhere. And an informed customer has no grounds to complain. This would result in a win - win for shooters and match directors. Shooters could avoid or patronize the shoots that suit their tastes and match directors could skip hearing shooters complain because they simply didn't get the match they wanted. But realistically - the above will never happen. The shoots that are proud of their product already scream to the heavens about their target sizes and distances. You know those shoots and match directors names already. And the shoots that go about setting themselves to "challenge" the shooter will never admit it out loud. They have the attitude that; "after all, everyone shoots the same match" so you should accept whatever gruel is placed in front of you and slurp it down gratefully. They will never admit what they are because they are not proud of it
  14. 13 points
    Do ya mean like Chili Pepper Pete, Frontiersman
  15. 12 points
    Battle Born Rangers in Reno Nevada does not completely follow the "normal" SASS shooting guidelines. We like to mix things up! We have Josey Wales shoots, underwear shoots, our annual match has a Tom Horn category that has big bore rifles for 12 stages. But this last weekend we did something I don't think has ever been done. Sling Shot forgiveness or bonus. After the last shot is fired the shooter, off the clock, can use a sling shot on any target to forgive misses, or if clean 1 shot at any target for a 5 second bonus, or two shots from the sling shot to forgive misses and get a bonus. Added some fun, its a monthly and no one refused to try it. We also had 2 stages with 4 shots from a belly gun at the beginning of the stage. Why be normal? Ike
  16. 12 points
    MY NEW RIG!!! Built to my specs and it came out exactly as I envisioned!!! I'm a happy cowboy!!! D.a.d leather did the work.
  17. 12 points
    Hit sixty-eight yesterday. Had my annual physical ~ all the numbers are between the goal posts. Looks like I'll be around a while. Best part, though, was gifts from the Kid - a darned good cee-gar, and he found and renovated a "new" ancient post vise for me! Been Jonesin' for one for years!! At 35 lbs, it's sorta petite, but just fine for the hobby 'smithing I do. Date stamped 1900 ~ only 119 years old, and prolly has more life left in it than I do!
  18. 12 points
    Grammar Lesson: Is it "complete," "finished" or "Completely Finished” No English dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between these two words -"Complete" and "Finished. In a recent linguistic competition held in London and attended by, supposedly, the best in the world, one man was the clear winner with a standing ovation which lasted over 5 minutes. The final question was: “How do you explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED in a way that is easy to understand? Here is his astute answer: "When you marry the right woman, you are COMPLETE. When you marry the wrong woman, you are FINISHED. And, when the right one catches you with the wrong one, you are COMPLETELY FINISHED!" He won a trip around the world and a case of 25-year old Scotch!
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  20. 12 points
    Angling the targets toward the shooter is a bad idea for splatter control reasons. They should always be parallel to the firing line.
  21. 12 points
    Friday, 6/14 update: I saw Noz in the hospital today. He has improved. He is conscious and carrying on a conversation easily. It was a nasty bump. He asked me to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns.
  22. 11 points
    My first thought when I saw the title of this thread was "OmiGawd! A Ball! With a punch bowl and dancing??"
  23. 11 points
    I wonder if Mrs. Lose would mind me fooling around with a non binary since they aren’t really female in their own minds? I know the answer to that one.
  24. 11 points
    I was grumpily walking on the treadmill this afternoon and noticed that the walking belt was slightly off center. So I got out the manual and looked up how to correct it. Pretty simple. Start it up let it run at 1-1.5 mph and turn the left adjusting screw until the belt moves back to center. Got ‘r done. Then I noticed from the digital info panel that I had burnt several calories while on the floor adjusting the belt! It counts your calories whether you’re on it or not! My pulse was really low too according to the screen. This changes everything. Turn on the treadmill, sit down in a chair and watch those calories burn away. Win win exercise program the way I see it. Time for some pizza.
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    My gold Life badge after 20 years was no longer gold so I called SASS to order a replacement and they told me they have a life time warranty to contact Smith&Warren so I did, they asked for pics and I sent the pics after two hours they sent me a return authorization to refinish it . That's great service! Von Dutch
  27. 11 points
    Watching the Weather Channel and one of their reporters is on Tybee Island, GA. People in the background are boarding up. She says, “I talked to a local businessman and asked if he’d like to say a few words on camera and he told me no and that he was really stressed out with the storm approaching and so on. But I told him it would only take a few seconds and eventually he agreed to to talk” Having had numerous contacts with reporters, both broadcast and print, over the years I can tell you that’s how they operate. She badgered the poor fella until he agreed to talk. Mostly so she’d go away. These people are trained in how to squeeze a statement from you. If you are ever put in that situation just ignore them. They specially like stressful or tragic situations because they know you will be vulnerable. They may seem sympathetic and will tell you how important it is for people to hear your story. Don’t believe them! They’re just trying to make a story and put their spin on it, and climb the corporate “news entertainment” ladder. Over a 30 Year career in law enforcement, I can count the reporters I dealt with who I considered fair, impartial and ethical on the fingers of one hand. About like politicians. I only wish I had been interviewed live on the air on my last day of work. I woulda gone out with a bang. Non weather related rant mode off.
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  29. 11 points
    Habersham had surgery Friday to remove a tumor from his neck. We caught it early and it was just a small lump that only required seven stitches to close up the incision. He loves everyone at the Vet's office, and was so exubriant to be seeing his friends again that he was leaping up and kissing everyone. At one point he spun towards me and raked my face with his toenails (must trim them). I am going to blame the scars on Jeanie, but doubt that I will be believed. Dog of Steel that he is, he has shown no signs of discomfort and has not tried to scratch the incision. We hope to get them removed next Friday. Meanwhile, we await the lab report on the material removed. Habersham, who firmly believes that he is a person and is in charge of the household, is patiently awaiting the opening of hunting season. Those scented dummies are not the same as real birds.
  30. 11 points
    Well said Creeker. There's not a thing you said I would disagree with. We all have our preferences but we're all individuals and there's nothing wrong with that. It would be a boring world if everyone agreed on everything. Like you, get a little tired of the people saying they're not competitive and then complain about those that are. I'll come out of the closet, I'm competitive and enjoy every minute of it. But that doesn't take away from my fun when someone else isn't. There are many examples over the years where the fun non-competitive shooters have made my match enjoyable and had me belly laughing at times. Love to shoot with those truly fun people. But they're very few people that way. Most just use the "I'm Not Competitive" phrase to make themselves feel better. The one thing I think most of these people miss, is no one really cares if they're good or not. Just have fun and be supportive of the other people you interact with on the posse. You'll be respected for your actions, not your stage times. No one really cares about stage times except for the people shooting them. :-)
  31. 11 points
    Longcolt, If you start worrying about that Corvette passing you on the Interstate and honking the horn as it whizzes buy at 90mph, are you gonna allow this to stop you from traveling? Naw! Sometimes, it ain't the traveling part that becomes the adventure, but rather those memories you cherish when you get to your destination. No doubt, things change. Cowboy shooters use to be a bunch of crusty ole men telling stories of WWII and Korea and such. And I'm sure many of them enjoyed taking out their latest pocket knife and showing it off. And some were probably REAL Cowboys, depending upon their upbringing. But to grow and possibly survive, our game needed new blood. Fresh blood. It was a joy to get the ladies and kids involved and it was probably only natural for some changes to occur. WE change also. I use to truly love Varmint hunting. But, when I got involved in CAS, my Varmint hunting dwindled to nothing. And now that I been involved in CAS for about 14 years, I find myself enjoying rimfire shooting and setting up rimfire pistols and rifles. I still love CAS and try to make all the local matches. But some health issues hinder me from being excited about traveling great distances. And because WE all change, I find my joy of shooting is expanding into the rimfire area. Go ahead, buy a new fishing pole and enjoy life. But try not to allow the guys in the expensive bass boats keep you from enjoying a day of fishing on the bank of a good lake, if you know what I mean. Hopefully, we'll see each other on the trail someday, posse up together and 'cast a line'. ..........Widder
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  34. 11 points
    I am a 97 gunsmith. It is the only gun I sell or work on. I get calls and emails regarding my sales and services. Point One: After some discussion with my potential customer I instruct them to go to the SASS wire and check my references. Some do and some probably do not. This forum is a good starting place to determine with who to send, purchase, barter, or whatever. Recommendations can be sent to person asking by P.M. or by not "piling on" on the forum request. Unfavorable recommendations can and should be made by P.M. Point Two: For service work the question is usually how long before I get it back. The answer is difficult. I look at my repair rack and see the 97's there, maybe there are 6 of them and I estimate 2-5 days on each. When wood is refinished it goes to the 5th day easy. So I am looking at 12-30 days. I tell the customer if your gun arrived today it would be about 30 to 40 days before I can get to it. I also tell them that when the gun arrives it goes to the back of the rack and will be worked on in the order it was received. Sometimes I can get lucky and some of those 6 guns are not as time consuming to repair as estimated and I can get to the next gun(s) earlier than estimated. On the other hand some of those guns take longer and I have to notify my customer of the delay. As said in the above replies, communication is key. Point Three: Regardless of what it takes, and sometimes at a loss of revenue on my end, I will protect my reputation as a gunsmith and member of the CAS family. I don't mean to sound like a prima dona but this method of dealing with my customers is a simple straight forward way to do business. It has served me well for 20 years and has kept me in the good graces with the CAS members, and hope it does for another 20. Hmm I guess that's dreaming.
  35. 10 points
    "A man who can smile when things go wrong, has thought of someone he can blame it on". ..........Widder
  36. 10 points
    I had a guyat an ani-Trump gathering carrying a "Stand Up to Hate" sign. Me and my dog walked over and stood about three feet in front of him. After some violent words, including a threat to kick my "butt". I handed the leash to a friend and asked this guy if 1. threatening me was a hateful thing. 2. if he thought he could do it. 3. if he thought I bought the Marine Veteran hat at a thrift store. 4. if the cop in the car on the corner about eight feet away was going to sit there when the fight started. 5. and if the cop was going to testify against him for starting the fight. He went away.
  37. 10 points
    This afternoon I had to go into Escondido on an errand for my wife. On the way home I was stopped at a red light and the young man driving the car next to me was texting on his cell phone and I had noticed earlier that a little kid was standing up in the back seat. We were in a school zone and there was a police officer parked watching traffic and when the light changed I pulled up next to him and told him about the driver, the kid and the car color and model. He thanked me and pulled out heading the same way the car was going. I had to wait for some traffic to clear and then drove on up the road and sure enough the cop had him pulled over and the little kid was standing up in the back seat with his head out the window looking at the cop that was talking to his dad, I guess. Anyway, hopefully he’ll learn a lesson or two.
  38. 10 points
    Heard a commercial on the radio the morning from one of those “debt reducing” companies. They said, “Don’t let the credit card companies trick you into thinking you have to pay off your debt” ”Trick You”. Seriously? What’s this country coming to? Complete lack of responsibility.
  39. 10 points
    Two Days out of Big Spring Two days out of Big Spring he stopped to take a rest The trail was all behind him now, as he headed south by west He knew the one he’d left behind no longer called his name No doubt she’d moved and settled down. No doubt he was to blame. His problem wasn’t all that odd, the same as many men His restless soul just wasn’t made for home cooked meals and kin A good strong horse with speed and fire was what he’d settle for He longed to smell the Lodgepole pines and hear the rapids roar A drover’s job to get a stake for just a month or two and then one morning he’d ride off, just like he said he’d do. Some time spent with the cavalry when things were pretty thin, convinced him that a soldier’s life just wasn’t meant for him He panned for gold a ways up North and liked to froze his hide. Lost two good mules and one good friend, it pained him when he died. And after all these years he knew it probably wasn’t long. That old Comanche wound sure ached whenever rain came on. So he headed back to Big Spring to see it one last time. To feel some good old Texas dust and bask in sweet sunshine. His roaming days were through at last. Time to settle down. So he headed back to Big Spring, that small West Texas town. When he woke beside that little stream he felt just like a boy. That little rest was just the thing. His heart was filled with joy. Then he saw the stranger. He was standing much too near. “Now how’d that feller sneak up here?” he thought, but without fear. The feller had a righteous smile and reached out with his hand. “You headed for Big Spring?”, he asked, and helped the cowboy stand. “Yup. Two days out. Just one more look was what I had in mind” The Stranger smiled again and said, “Well now, that sounds just fine”. “But if you’d care to walk with me I know a nicer place”. And the cowboy saw that in the dust his boots had left no trace. He smiled at that. Now wasn’t that a wondrous thing to see? As the stranger stopped and beckoned him up by an ironwood tree. So he followed him without a care as if they both had wings. Somehow he plumb forgot about his aim to see Big Spring. And the stranger spoke as they walked up toward blue sky and sweet sunshine, “I’ll take you to the Trailboss. I think you’ll like him fine.”
  40. 10 points
    Interesting statistics. This jibes with the research of Prof. Lott at the University of Chicago, who is a noted expert on gun laws and stats. Here are some facts. There are 30,000 gun related death s per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. The U.S. population is 324,059,091 as of June 22, 2016. Do the math: 0.00925% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death: 65% of those deaths are by suicide, which would never be prevented by gun laws. 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified. 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – better known as gun violence. 3% are accidental discharge deaths. So technically, "gun violence" is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100. Still too many? Now let’s look at how those deaths spanned across the nation. 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years) So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause. This basically leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation, or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others. For example, California had 1,169 and Alabama had 1. Now, who has the strictest gun laws by far? California, of course, but understand, it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So, if all cities and states are not created equal, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths. Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assaults are all done by criminals. It is ludicrous to think that criminals will obey laws. That is why they are called criminals. But what about other deaths each year? 40,000+ die from a drug overdose–THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THAT! 36,000 people die per year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths. 34,000 people die per year in traffic fatalities(exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide). Now it gets good: 200,000+ people die each year (and growing) from preventable medical errors. You are safer walking in the worst areas of Chicago than you are when you are in a hospital! 710,000 people die per year from heart disease. It's time to stop the double cheeseburgers! So, what is the point? If the liberal loons and the anti-gun movement focused their attention on heart disease, even a 10% decrease in cardiac deaths would save twice the number of lives annually of all gun-related deaths (including suicide, law enforcement, etc.). A 10% reduction in medical errors would be 66% of the total number of gun deaths or 4 times the number of criminal homicides ................ Simple, easily preventable 10% reductions! So, you have to ask yourself, in the grand scheme of things, why the focus on guns? It's pretty simple: Taking away guns gives control to governments. The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did by trying to disarm the populace of the colonies. It is not difficult to understand that a disarmed populace is a controlled populace. Thus, the second amendment was proudly and boldly included in the U.S. Constitution. It must be preserved at all costs . So, the next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, look at these facts and remember these words from Noah Webster: "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed."
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    Just outside the window. Had to take it from inside, near the television, because if I had gone out to the enclosed porch to open a window without a screen, not only would they have flown off, but I wouldn't have gotten the sun on their caps.
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    I climbed the boarding ladder and entered the plane on slightly shaking legs behind the other guys. I was about three quarters of the way back. That meant I'd be one of the first out. I had mixed emotions about that. The day was a hot one. 1967. Late September in Georgia can be as bad as August, which is only slightly better than July. Sometimes worse. I sat down and strapped myself in as the creaky, aging C-119 taxied out to the strip. My grandfather had retired as a Lt Col in the 435th Troop Carrier Wing in Florida in the 60s. The 435th was a Reserve unit nicknamed the Flamingo Wing and flew out of Homestead Air Force base about 50 miles south of Miami. That base is now a Nascar Track. I guess we decided that Cuba wasn't a threat to invade South Florida anymore. The Flamingo Wing's primary Aircraft was the Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar. The Boxcar was a post WWII plane designed to increase the carrying capacity of cargo aircraft then in service. It was an odd looking duck with a twin boom fuselage and clamshell doors that opened in the rear to load large bales of cargo and vehicles. It saw service in the Korean war and was still in use in 1966 when I joined the Army. I think my granddad was a little disappointed I joined the Army, perhaps my dad too, he had been in the Air Force in WWII. Of course it was still part of the Army then. Tired of the classroom environment I wanted no part of college. It would have been a financial strain on my parents and besides, there was apparently a war on. So a few months after graduating high school a buddy and I went down to the recruiting offices in Downtown Miami. I was thinking that submarines sounded good. I had read the recruiting pamphlets, could swim and skin dive, wasn't claustrophobic, and they supposedly had the best food in the Navy. Plus the sailor's uniform was pretty cool. But the Navy office was closed for lunch. I guess they could afford to take a break. Guys were signing up with the Navy in droves to avoid the draft. So we went next door to the Army office. A Staff Sargent spotted us immediately. I thought his eyes looked a little red, perhaps from crying? But the appearance of two walking examples of young American meat on the hoof perked him right up. He greeted us with a smile and handshake that a televangelest would kill for. “Boys, I'm glad to meet you”, he said. And I'll bet he was. Free coffee and doughnuts and a pitch straight out of the General Motors Salesman's Guide for Success and we were ready to sign up. They had a Buddy Plan! They'd guarantee that you nd your best pal would go in together, ride the bus together, go through basic training together and have one hell of a good time. How could you refuse that? He went over the great jobs the army offered. I remembered that my dad had been a radio operator in the Air Force and it gave him a background for a decent career when he got out. “ So I said. “Got any radio operator jobs?”. I though the Sarge was going to faint. It seems there was a vast difference in Air Force radio operators in the wild blue and radio operators in the Army groundpounders. They called them RTOs. Typing with the speed of an executive secretary the recruiter said, “Hey! You should go Airborne. It's 55 bucks a month extra pay!” “Wow”, thought the kid whose main job had been working for a landscaper for about a dollar an hour in high school, “That's some serious cash.” “Sign me up”, I said as his fingers punched those Smith-Corona keys like a machine gun. “What's Airborne?” He mumbled some response about it not exactly like being on the radioman in an airplane but a very important job in the Army, nonetheless. So after basic training, where my buddy developed a kidney disease and was bade farewell by the big green machine, I somehow ended up in Officer Candidate School. I had found out exactly what the role of an RTO was in the ever expanding conflict in the jungle. You walked around with a radio and a long antenna which signaled to the enemy, “HERE'S A GUY WHOSE JOB IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE ARMY” and then they shot you. OCS seemed to be a wiser choice. Seemed to be. But I digress. After graduating OCS, much to the surprise of many people including myself, I was given orders as a brand new 2nd Lt to report to Jump School. Jump School, or officially “The Army Basic Airborne Course” to make it sound more serious I guess, was a pretty good time. I was billeted with several friends who had been in my OCS class. There was also a Marine Lt. Very nice guy but he made those barking sounds that theyseem to do a lot. The course is 3 weeks long. It consists of running everywhere, but we did that in OCS and I was I great shape so it wasn't hard at all. Classes consisted of learning the parachute equipment, learning how to escape a malfunction of your chute, how to maneuver your chute in the air, how to land without breaking too many bones (I found out that they way movie paratroopers hit the ground and the way real paratroopers hit is very different). How to get out of your chute if the winds dragged you across the ground at breakneck speed like a cowboy in a Roy Rogers movie. We learned how to exit the aircraft door, what to do if you landed on top of another jumpers chute, how to deploy your reserve canopy, and what to do if you landed in a tree. AT Ft Benning they had three 250 foot towers that were former rides at the 1939 World's Fair. You got raised up under a parachute and then dropped a cable guided you to the ground. I don't know how much a ride cost in 1939. But we got paid to do it! Except the army took the safety cable off so you really were on your own once the chute dropped. They tried to ensure you didn't get blown back into the tower superstructure but sometimes it happened. Our Marine got tangled up in the steel beams about 150 feet up when his chute got blown sideways. He hung on making those barking sounds until they could get him down. I think he probably enjoyed it. So you do this intense training for a couple of weeks and then the last week you actually jump out of an airplane, You have to do five successful jumps to get your wings. If you refuse at any time, you are disqualified. If the instructors don't like your performance you're disqualified. If you get killed you're disqualified I think although they weren't clear on if you got killed on your last jump was a disqualification or a posthumous qualification and they pinned the wings on what was left of you. If you have ever heard the paratroopers hymn you know what a dark sense of humor they have. Then here we are in the most amazingly noisy airplane ever invented, gaining altitude to 1200 feet above the Earth. It takes about 10-15 minutes so all you do is sit there and wonder who's going to freeze in the door. Me? Jeff? Don? The barking Marine? Naw not him. Probably me. I kept going over everything I'd learned about how not to screw up and die doing this. After awhile though, my brain kind of shut down. Probably due to the vibration of the engines, Made me want to pee too. Then I saw this little red light by the jump door go on. Two minutes. Maybe nobody else saw it. No....wrong, the jump master saw it. They have hand signals to tell you what to do because it's hard to hear the commands over the engines especially near the back. But I was near the front about 5 guys from the open door. Last name starts with D so I was always near the front. “Stand up”, is the first command. In conjunction with yelling that the jumpmaster raises both hands simultaneously, like Moses parting the Red Sea...only vertically. Oh come on knees. Don't fail me now. I stand up and face the rear of the plane. Everybody in single file. “Hook Up”. You take the hook on the end of your static line, hook it to the overhead cable and insert the safety wire to make sure the line stays hooked. If it doesn't, you become an instant skydiver. And at only 1200 feet that's not good. We had received no skydiver training at all. “Check Equipment” You try to remember what to check, then you check the guy in front of you. And the guy behind checks you. “Sound Off with Equipment Check” Starting with the last guy, lets say he's number 15, he yells, “15 okay!” , and swats the guy in front of him on the butt. This goes all the way down the line till the first guy yells, “All Okay” to the jump master “Stand in the Door”. The first man positions himself in the door. Hands outside the plane and placed on the fuselage ready to push himself out. He stares straight ahead. You don't look at the ground, even though you may want to peek and see if an ambulance is handy. The jump master has his head out the door looking for the approaching drop zone markers. The red light is still on. Time stops. Either many things run through your mind or nothing at all. I don't remember what I was thinking. Probably, “I really need to pee” Then the red light goes out and the green light comes on. The pilot controls the light. He can basically do what he wants. I'm hoping he's not a practical joker. I see the jump master tap the first guy on the shoulder. Really hard. I guess he says “Go” but I can't really hear him. And the guy in the door disappears, then the next guy. “Oh My God!” Then the next. Only one guy before me. This is all moving very fast. I don't have to pee anymore!I'm so close to the grizzled jumpmaster I can see his expression. Does the devil look like that when he's pitchforking people into the pit of fire? I turn ninety degrees to the door. I stare out into the abyss and crouch. “GO!”he screams. And I go. To be continued..
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    I certainly hope EOT's participation numbers increase rather than dwindle. I remember the recent year EOT pulled the targets in and the participation numbers increased...a lot. I also remember reading here, on the Wire, how many people were NOT in favor of that. They did not think it worthy of a World Championship match. I think the changes this year made it a World Championship. I really liked the scenarios! A little different and fun to run. Not every stage had pistol targets set out further than recent years. From someone borne and raised in CAS in Tombstone and Tucson with Bordertown-type target sets and sizes, here's MHO. You can't please every competitor at a match. You can only do your best at keeping the playing field even, fun and...yea, at state and above matches a little challenging. Yes, there was a stage with targets set at angle. It was one of my best. It was about placing yourself where you needed to be. The targets were not smaller than past years. That's a perception. Distances were changed - pistols, and not much but enough on some stages to notice but all were hittable. Rifle targets were certainly hittable and you could make up speed there...if you chose to. It wasn't a "pray and spray" match. It wasn't a monthly match or Bordertown or other annual that has all stages with big targets set close. There's room in the game for it all. Bordertown is Bordertown and is its own match with its own flavor. Lord knows I love to pray and spray! But I also like runnin' and gunnin' and there was plenty of that at EOT as well! Lanny Basham says when going to a big match practice everything so you're prepared for anything. I believe if you come to a match with expectations you've set yourself up for disappointment. It wasn't a "pray and spray" match. BUT it WAS all about strategy and front sight. And you know what? We should approach any stage that way anyhow. Even if it's big and close. That's what I took away from this match. And I will be a better shooter for it. I didn't perceive any P traps - just a lot of latitude offered the shooter to execute a stage the best they could to their strengths. So, the changes this year made me think that Lassiter, Deuce & Carty read/listened to shooter response about level of challenge for world competition. Oh, I had my own issues, too. 5 misses all pistol. Distance? I WISH! No, it was more like...head up the butt! Puttin' it away before I was finished shooting, poor positioning, loose grip, slip hammerin' when I shouldn't have, stuff like that. Stuff that practice/dry firing etc. can help erase.
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    Time flies dang it!
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    My Dad in France, receiving the Bronze Star for climbing a telephone pole to repair lines in the middle of a German artillery barrage.
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