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  1. The time has come to close this hobby turned business for over 30 years. Reaching my mid 70's I've decided to spend the last stage of my life playing only. I'm going to dedicate my time to Grandchildren, shooting, fishing, hunting and just finishing up all my half finished projects. It's been a real pleasure working with the Cowboys and Cowgirls of cowboy action shooting and you can count on me to be at many more matches over the years. Thank you all, Johnny Meadows Alias: Jim Peoble
    52 points
  2. This cart is titled The Duke for obvious reasons. I built this cart for Mayhem Miller down in Texas. There’s a bit of a story how he came to be the winner of the raffle ticket and it starts a couple of years ago when Colorado Jackson won a LOCAS gun cart raffle. CoJac wanted a roll top cart with a Texas theme and while I was building it and he was feeding me ideas of the Texas themed accouterments and art work, CoJac passed away suddenly due to Covid. Well Big Iron Patnode was the lucky winner of the last LOCAS raffle that I held and him being from Texas and a close friend of CoJacs he wanted to carry on CoJacs Texas themed cart and with CoJacs wife’s approval I finished the build and BIP is the owner of the Texas gun cart. Well the raffle ticket that BIP won was kind of in limbo so we came up with the idea of raffling off that winning ticket and donating all of the raffle money to CoJacs widow and Mayhem Miller was the lucky winner. When I talked with Mayhem Miller about his upcoming cart build I’d been thinking about building a themed cart using some tin signs with movie poster artwork on them. Mayhem and his dad are big John Wayne fans and the more we talked the more I wanted to build a cart around John Wayne and his movies. The ticket was for one of my Express carts, open no doors or roll top and the themed cart was going to cost a bit more for the signs and the door and such and Mayhem agreed to pay extra for the materials and signs so the deal was done. Mayhem wanted the Cross and the Cowboy emblem up on the door crest and my pard Trainwreck laser engraved the artwork that’s inlayed on the crest, turned out really nice. Double Diamond did all of the leatherwork and be sure and stay tuned for the next cart that I post at EOT, he really created some artwork on that one. Here’s what I came up with for The Duke gun cart. The lumber is African Black Limba with through and sliding dovetail joinery and mortise and tenon joinery where needed. The concho hole covers are similar to the ones that Mayhem has on his gunbelt and holsters. The locking bar to keep the long guns in place is held up and down in place with rare earth magnets, works really well. I installed a SG brush and swab holder on the door below the holsters. The cart disassembles easily into 3 manageable pieces, the chest, the carriage and the cabinet.
    36 points
  3. While is is often the butt of jokes about family conflicts, commercialism, over indulgence, etc. I hope you all sincerely hold the spirit of the day warmly in your hearts. I have a lifetime of happy memories to rely on. Wishing all my Saloon family a loving, happy and contemplative Thanksgiving. I would like to thank you all for your friendship.
    35 points
  4. Allie Mo died New Years Eve 2022. I wrote this when I heard, and it popped up on my Facebook Memory page a couple of day ago. One of my readers asked me to post it here. I'm posting it here instead of Memorials so more people will see it. Allie Mo died New Years Eve. I knew it was coming but was still shocked. Many of her friends have announced it here. I couldn’t. It hurt too much. I loved her like a sister. Like siblings we often fought like cats and dogs but made up laughing afterwards. Time soent with her was magical. She did more for SASS than you know. She should be in the SASS Hall of Fame, but she worked behind the scenes. She took a job with the SASS Wire that I wouldn’t have for anything less than Elon Musk kind of money. This got her a lot of harassment from men who should know better, but she brushed it off. She did it for free, of course. Her costumes were always museum quality and would look right at home in a tintype from the past. She was always smiling that unmistakeable smile. I will remember ger that way
    33 points
  5. Welp, Im the new guy. Went to my first shoot 2 weeks ago. Had so much fun. Already got a 73, a sxs, a pair of Taylors. No clue what I am doing, but I'm having a blast doing it!
    28 points
  6. Decided to get duded up and attend the VFW Christmas dinner last night. Had fun. It helped with my Holiday Blues a lot.
    28 points
  7. Did he have anything to do with the gun knocked off the loading table? Asking for some friends.
    27 points
  8. My wife forgot to renew her concealed carry permit over a year ago, so she had to take the class and requalify on the range to get a new permit. (Missouri allows open and concealed carry without a permit, but we occasionally travel so the permit ensures we can carry in other states with reciprocal agreements.) The instructor told her to shoot 20 rounds for practice, then 20 rounds for record. 18 rounds into her practice session he stopped her, saying “You qualify.” Kinda proud of her, and the 1937 S&W K22 Outdoorsman she used!
    27 points
  9. A while ago I posted the Butt Cover that Michigan Rattler made for my TTN. Seems I couldn't have that beautiful leather next to a plain old suede butt cover on my 73 sitting there on the loading table. Yes, I succumbed to his evil wiles again. He lured me once with his craftsmanship. We decided that it should feature my sixgun. I shoot 7.5 in stainless Vaqueros with genuine imitation fake ivory grips. He suggested adding my trademark hat and voila.... the finished product. The real thing looks even better than the picture.
    27 points
  10. After a really terrible holiday season I'm home and recovering. Thanks for all the prayers and good wishes. I'll fill you all in on what happened (and hopefully help you all avoid it as you go on down the road). More later. 4T
    25 points
  11. I had to share this image. I don't know who did the work, but IMO it is VERY NICE.
    24 points
  12. I got on the plane to Ft Benning. Quite a ride. Lit’s of memories. Good and bad
    24 points
  13. IMO, this was one of the best planned stages, scenarios, etc big matches I have been a part of in 22+ years. Posse Marshall walk thru was EXCELLENT and FAST. It took a little over 35 minutes and that was much in walking from stage 12 to 1. Few questions because book was written simple and leaving little to ask. Common points applied to most all stages....no foot fault (emphasis on barrel position), no vertical staging, long guns can be carried with you unless otherwise noted, most stages were shooters choice/rifle not last, simple direction on what target to start on and order (NO SWEEP NAMES), and start was plan whether to hold and /or to stage object in start, and on-and-on to my pleasing. Roy's Creek Dan did a superb job in writing and organizing the match. Thank you RCD.
    24 points
  14. TN and I were running around over the weekend and decided to visit a nice restaurant for a good meal. The waitress was a very nice looking young girl (college age) and nicely shaped, if I have to say so myself. Anyhow, when she ask TN what he wanted to eat, he said......"I'd like to have a quickie". The waitress seems a little dumbfounded and speechless and walked away. About 5 minutes later, she returns and ask him again, very politely...... "What would you like to have"? AGAIN..... TN says..... "I'd like to have a quickie". She hauled off and smacked him, knocking him out of his chair. When I realized what was going on, I looked over at TN and said......... "I think you pronounce that "QUICHE". Another true, 'you can't make this stuff up' story. ..........Widder
    23 points
  15. I miss my buddy! We talked often and jousted here in fun and friendship. I was looking back at some old emails that I have archived and found this one from 2020 that he sent me!! ENJOY!!! The devil whispered to me, “I’m coming for you.” I whispered back, “Bring pizza.” Having plans sounds like a good idea until you have to put on clothes and leave the house. It’s weird being the same age as old people. When I was a kid I wanted to be older…this is not what I expected. Life is like a helicopter. I don’t know how to operate a helicopter. Chocolate is God’s way of telling us he likes us a little bit chubby. It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult. Never sing in the shower! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked. So remember…Don’t sing! If 2020 was a math word-problem: If you’re going down a river at 2 MPH and your canoe loses a wheel, how much pancake mix would you need to re-shingle your roof? I see people about my age mountain climbing; I feel good getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance. If you can’t think of a word say “I forgot the English word for it.” That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of an idiot. I’m at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out. Coronacoaster noun: the ups and downs of a pandemic. One day you’re loving your bubble, doing work outs, baking banana bread and going for long walks and the next you’re crying, drinking gin for breakfast and missing people you don’t even like. I’m at that age where my mind still thinks I’m 29, my humor suggests I’m 12, while my body mostly keeps asking if I’m sure I’m not dead yet. I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event. I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit. At what point can we just start using 2020 as profanity? As in: “That’s a load of 2020.” or “What in the 2020.” or “abso-2020-lutely.” You don’t realize how old you are until you sit on the floor and then try to get back up. We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. I think we can include 2021 and 2022 as well!!
    22 points
  16. One of Mama's favorite activities was People Watching. I built on that as a lawman -- had to, in that profession -- it's become quite the habit. I watched an old man come up to the stop sign at our town circle, stop, proceed with the right-of-way -- but he immediately doubled back, into the firehouse lot, stopped, got out. I watched him cross the tree lawn and sidewalk, I watched him pick up a small American flag lying in the parking spot, apparently dislodged from its fellows in the landscaping surrounding the decorative greenery. This fellow looked to be a little past retirement age, his hair gone to white, and he moved like his suspension had seen too many miles. He picked up the flag, shook it once, brushed it once, turned and thrust it back into the landscaping from whence it appeared to have come. He took a step back. As he came to attention and raised his hand in a correct military salute, for a moment -- for just a moment -- I could see the lean young man he must have been at one time. He turned, got back in his car and left. I have no idea if anyone else noticed this old fellow or not. He didn't do it for the attention. He did it because it was the right thing to do. I'm glad I saw it.
    22 points
  17. Just to set the record straight, the stages were written by Missouri Mae. They were proofed and tweaked by a few other club members, including me. But the credit for stages goes to Missouri Mae. Thank you for all the kind words. It was a group effort. RCD.
    22 points
  18. Home as of 0900 hrs today. better but not well yet. Got a long furrow and some rocky ground ahead, but I can whip this, too. Trust me when I say you don't want to do this. I have three or four weeks of rehab ahead. Came home to a dead car with no apparent cause so tomorrow I have to get that seen to. Found some truly great medicos in that hospital. More on that later Shower and nap time now. Thanks to each and everyone of you all. Morelater
    21 points
  19. If you are shooting frontier cartridge and you have to worry about smoke factor you are missing the point of shooting frontier cartridge. kR
    21 points
  20. If we say we care about one another and are “family” well we need to do a better job. Respect… kindness…please and thank you go a LONG WAY. Scarlett HOW WE TREAT ONE ANOTHER SAYS A WHOLE LOT MORE ABOUT OUR CHARACTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE! Hugs, Scarlett
    21 points
  21. The Adventurer's Club are just that, and they are the Real Deal. They were much interested in our game. It's a bit lengthy, but there was a willing host, and a spellbound audience. (And Wild Bunch starts at 51 minutes.) Cheers, FJT
    20 points
  22. I really don’t think that you can put an actual value on what a wife brings into your life. I am also glad that when she was sick and constantly angry that I didn’t walk away. this past episode she has really stepped up to help me do things that are not pleasant but without her I could not do them since sometimes I was forced to lie still and couldn’t move yet had to perform some task at the same time. she has shown compassion and love and care. She even spoke of how much she needs me and the various things that I do for her that she can not handle without me.
    20 points
  23. From the in laws. A cool boot rack!
    20 points
  24. JUST got off the phone with him! He’s feeling much better and anticipates getting home for Christmas!! Lots of fluids and electrolytes and he’s eating well! The nurses ain’t slapping him around yet, so he ain’t being too rowdy just yet!! Please keep up the prayers and good wishes!! It’s working!!
    20 points
  25. My youngest Grandson who's just turned 7 months and a T-Bone
    19 points
  26. There should not have to be a rule (or written clarification) absolving a shooter of any blame under such circumstances.
    19 points
  27. Taking the RO I and RO II doesn't necessarily qualify some to TO either.
    19 points
  28. As of today, 11-14-22, Billy the Avenger is officially a JEDI Council Member. There are now 4 Council members who can individually recognize a new JEDI GF, recommend GF of the Year and also recommend 'Master' status for an existing JEDI. Of those of you who know Billy, you will understand why the Council is happy to have him. He carries his light saber proud. Present Council members are: Possum Skinner in Louisiana, Jed I Knight in Oregon, Billy the Avenger in Illinois, and myself in E.Tennessee. Congrats Billy. ..........Widder
    19 points
  29. Getting ready to go to bed and have to get up around 4am to take a shower before surgery and be taken to the operating room at 630 . Dr says should last until 1 . He said he may do 5 to 7 bypasses. Depends on if he can do a endarterectomy or not, or if the artery actually shows low blood flow because of the two blockages higher up. He hopes he doesn’t have to do the endarterectomy. seemed knowledgeable and spoke how he will apply bypasses using the same pathway God uses. A believer in God is important. Lord willing I’ll check back in a few days. My wife commented that I am approaching it with the same attitude I did on a jump or going to Iraq, although I was more excited for those things but not this one.
    18 points
  30. Story time. About 30 years ago I picked up a little Forehand & Wadsworth .38 5-shot top break pocket gun. Shot it a little, then decided to take it completely apart and clean it. Problem was, I was very inexperienced with gun repair and couldn’t get it back together. Stuck it in a bag and promptly forgot about. That was about 20 years ago. Cleaning out the back of bins like we all do from time to time (Found a set of sights for a Savage 99 that I never owned) I found my bag of gun parts. After about a year of off and on tinkering, using the accumulated wisdom of the last 30 years, I finally put that gun back together. Not sure what I’ll do with it or what lesson it’s supposed to teach me, but it felt good getting it to run again.
    18 points
  31. Snowed again last night and probably will till Wednesday. But the car is finally unstuck thanks to a neighbor’s help. While I was down working on it I checked the mailbox, not expecting UPS or Fedex had delivered. To my delight, UPS had dropped off a welcome package. Dined al fresco with fried chicken sliders and Irish coffee. Monsieur Pedicaris seemed to think they were too spicy. I disagreed. Saw a Magpie get nailed with a big clump of snow that fell off a pine. The bird didn’t seem to appreciate it as much as I did. Laid in some more firewood for the evening. Played a crappy Auld Lang Syne on my new geetar. Planning a spaghetti dinner and trying to decide what beverage to enjoy later on. Watching the Wolverines/Horned Frogs duke it out now. Wishing everyone a happy New Years Eve. Hopefully the upcoming year will be better than my last two. If you have any comment regarding politics, please keep it to yourself. See you in ‘23.
    18 points
  32. I had ordered some bullets from Harold “Doc” Adams, the owner of Appalachian Bullet Company, at TUSCO’s High Noon. We discovered some of the bullets had the incorrect diameters which caused me some headaches. Once Doc heard of the problems, he re-cast the total order checking the diameter before the run, in the middle of the run and again at the end of the run to ensure the proper bullet diameter. He then offered to replace the ordered bullets. Doc then drove three hours one way to bring the new bullets from Ohio to West Virginia and to pick-up the 1st Order. Doc says he will do whatever he can to treat his customers right. He exhibits what we like to say is the Cowboy Way.
    18 points
  33. What? No love for our very own Scarlett? https://bulletsbyscarlett.com/
    18 points
  34. Howdy, I have no dog in this hunt, BUT as a range owner that have produced matches for over 16 years, a shooter, and for 6 years a vendor I can say that I don't see an issue on requiring a vendor fee OR how she asked you about it. Shoots absolutely have to make money or they can't hold shoots. Profit is not a dirty word, she or anyone has no idea (and it's none of their business) on if a vendor is making a profit on a said item, and that has no bearing on a vendor space anyway (make money if you want, and don't if you don't). Inviting someone to vend at an event for a fee is no sin in any way. Think of how we buy things in our daily lives, sales people try to sell you every day with "an invite to their wonderful products, for a price" otherwise there would be no marketing, just a white background ad that says "Beer $8.00" and we would all accept that and buy it or not. Also remember that all shoots (state and above) are run by volunteers and so the fees are not going into peoples paychecks, they are for the infrastructure and overhead costs of the events. I truly appreciate any vendor doing something for the shooters at a zero net gain, but remember that so are the clubs and their members by even holding the event. This is just my 2 cents worth and is worth every dime paid.
    18 points
  35. I’m a vendor/sponsor at EOT. I have paid the $440 to vend and the $525 for a 20 x 20 tent. I’ve also paid to shoot and am the Junior Wild Bunch Shooter Sponsor ($650). I have a 10 x 20 tent but it can’t withstand the super high winds. It is a HUGE investment for me to be EOT. I do it for my customers. I do it for potential SASS shooters, for myself because I love this game yet at the end of the day, I have to make money. If it weren’t for the generosity of Phoenix friends with whom we stay for 11-12 days, we couldn’t do it. Having said all that, I would be quite upset if the EOT officials allowed non-paying vendors regardless of what they sold. @Tell Sackett SASS 18436If you wanted to shoot the match, you could come and have a table of primers at the swap meet. @Smokestack SASS#87384 I’ve found (seen available) primers at these retailers within the last 6 months online: Natchez Shooting Supply, Target Sports USA, Kittery Trading Post, Brownells, Midsouth Shooters Supply - Midway and Graf’s, too according to my customers/friends. My wholesale suppliers have none available at present. Though I don’t need any (personally) at the moment, if I know folks need primers, I tell them where to go when I hear they’re available. That is the cowboy way as I see it. Hugs, Scarlett
    18 points
  36. We have between 50 and 60 vendors at End of Trail each year. Everyone pays the same vendor fee regardless of how much they sell or make. This year we had a vendor selling primers along with other reloading supplies. Sly Puppy called me and I confirmed that to let one vendor sell at the event without paying the same fee would be unfair to the rest. The fee that vendors pay helps cover things like 24 hour security, refuse disposal, toilet facilities, and a daily fee that we are required to pay to Ben Avery for each vendor. Money is not the driving factor. Providing the best possible Cowboy shooting, shopping, and entertainment experience for our shooters is. Rattlesnake Slim, President Arizona Territorial Company of Rough Riders
    18 points
  37. IMO...some of y'all would benefit from a review of current rules regarding violations and penalties.
    18 points
  38. Please lets remember the Wire guidelines and not launch into political rants and discussions. I come to the Saloon for fun. I can get the other stuff from dozens of other websites.
    18 points
  39. Some items were donated to the VFW last week. A lot of it was damaged by damp conditions but some stuff is salvageable. I had this 1944 dated tunic and cap cleaned and it’s in very nice condition. It belonged to a Signal Corps Lt who served in the European Theater. Interestingly, we found his pilot’s logbook. From his flight training as a civilian before he entered the service. But he was not a military pilot. You never know what the Amy is going to do with you. Further research is underway.
    18 points
  40. Yes, I am maligning the young, and I am allowed to do that. Matter of fact I've been doing that freely and wholeheartedly for the past two days. Y'see, between my ears, I'm still eighteen years old. As I write this, the rest of my carcass thinks that eighteen year old part of me is an utter, absolute, unmitigated, IDIOT!!! Here's what happened. We had snow. My wife was scheduled for a doc's appointment first thing the next morning. Snow was coming down fine and fast, the kind that builds up. I took up the snow pusher shovel, peeled the driveway down to the bare. Twice. When Sailor-dog's 3 AM bladder alarm went off, I rolled out of the bunk and let him out. In fairness, his alarm and mine go off about the same time. I am grateful I can blame the dog for getting up at such an unholy hour. An hour later I still couldn't get back to sleep so I got my glad rags on and cleared the driveway. Again. Then I looked over at the widow woman's drive next door. She's in her 90s and likely she'd have family coming in as they usually did, so I took my shovel and the rest of my ambition and started on hers. Got it down to the bare. Among the various body parts uttering their profound maledictions at my ambition, my back spoke the loudest: I ignored my several physical complaints and finished the job, then I went back over to my own hacienda and peeled the half inch accumulation from my own concrete before I parked the shovel, went inside and took a nice hot shower. Between my ears I'm still eighteen. The rest of me thinks I'm an idiot!!!
    17 points
  41. LOL I reckon a few dead horses have been kicked into smithereens. Some newbies, to which I say howdy and welcome to the fire. And some old friends, to whom I say howdy and hope I see you at EOT. And to them what don't know who I am, well, no matter, I don't know you neither! LOL Grizz
    17 points
  42. A cousin was sorting through her mother's belongings and in the photographs came across one of my dad. On the back it says Private A----- L----- We think it was on his first leave after boot camp and before Sea School, around April 1941. That would make him 19 1/2 years old
    17 points
  43. I have a part time job at a local gun store. Today a young couple came in with a young raccoon, their pet. She was a cute little thing, and as I held my hand out to her to sniff, she just crawled right up my arm and on to my shoulders. She was quite happy there, as I am 6' 3" and she likes to be up high according to her owners. Her name is Violet and my new friend.
    17 points
  44. A few things: 1. When the first shot didn't produce a bang, and especially after the gun locked up, the shooter should have been told to stop, and restart the stage, or go fix the problem and then restart, since no round had gone downrange. 2. There was most likely no powder in the cartridge, and that's why the bullet stuck in the forcing cone. Everybody must have had really good hearing protection. If there had been any powder at all, the bullet probably would have gone further into the barrel, but it also would have increased the sound so more likely that the squib would have been noticed (heard) and called. 3. When a bullet is stuck into the forcing cone, the procedure is to use a squib rod to force the bullet back into the cylinder, which will also force the bullet back into its empty case, which then allows the cylinder to be easily removed without taking apart the pistol.
    17 points
  45. On this day 47 years ago a beautiful innocent young woman made a big mistake and said "I Do". She has had to put up with me ever since. I got a good one. I think I'll keep her.
    17 points
  46. They're all in Congress
    17 points
  47. I drew the golden ticket on my first try this year and although I have harvested two cow elk (one with bow, one with rifle) I had yet to harvest a bull. This is by no means a monster animal but I was thrilled to see healthy 5X5 broadside in my rifle scope at 400 yards this past week. The rifle is a Christensen Arms "Ridgeline" chambered in .28 Nosler wearing a Vortex 15X LHT scope It was around 8:30 AM when the opportunity presented itself.....he was the biggest bull in a group of approximately 70 elk.....which included several spike and raghorn bulls and plenty of cow/calves. The following photos includes a shot showing my perspective from my shooting spot......the herd was coming out of a bottom area into the sage brush and the bull I took was coming up in the rear, but not seen in that photo.
    17 points
  48. Got tired of dealing with a less than working hydraulic system on my late 70s Ford tractor, so this morning, the wife and I drove 250 miles round trip and brought this home with us. 2007 Kubota L2800, with a Bush Hog brand lift, and a new Land Pride 1860 5 foot rotary cutter.
    17 points
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