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  1. 27 points
    My oldest daughter rang the bell today. What a fighter she is.
  2. 23 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."
  3. 19 points
    Well my two are going to start competing full time next year. Which is great. Then a friend from high school who isnt a shooter asked if I could help her kids too as their father has no interest. Not a problem. Happy to help. So fair warning, if you see me running around like a chicken with its head chopped off next year its because there will be 6 new sass shooters under 14 somewhere close by. Oh and my wife has decided to shoot gf now and wants help with that.... There will be no rest for me next year I'm thinking.
  4. 19 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.
  5. 18 points
    I guess I misinterpreted what "BBQ gun" meant in the opening question.
  6. 17 points
  7. 17 points
    It isn't all bad (excluding the elected officials, illegals, and homeless) IMO. I love where we live. The scenery and people are wonderful. We are not in a liberal county. It saddens me that most of the comments here on the Wire and FB are derogatory. Please do not tell us how bad things are here without offering some constructive criticism. We know it is bad here for many reasons. Please consider those of us who are still here as people fighting the GOOD fight or unable to leave. Please stop rubbing salt in our wounds
  8. 17 points
  9. 17 points
    Some of my favorite feuds and WTC topics: Feuds: 1 Widder vs Red Knee 2 Phantom vs everybody 3 Everybody vs Dusty Devil Dale What's your favorite
  10. 17 points
    Life and business are full of mistakes. My bad, your bad, both bad, and sometimes It just happens. When it does, you step back, evaluate, apologize, and look for resolution. There is no need to lock posts or delete posts explaining events. Yes, remove demeaning or derogatory individual posts. I know SASS has control of the site but in the end their actions should reflect the Cowboy way. There are other cowboy games but this is the one we chose to support. Not just with our money but literally with our blood, sweat, and sometimes tears. I have made new and lasting friends that are like family and want to make many more. Please SASS, Cowboy up and don't play Big Brother with us. Ringer 48552 Life On my way home from CaC
  11. 17 points
    Not The Doctor. My surgeon. Final follow up after the surgery last month. Healing is going great. He gave me the okay to resume full activity. So I’m sipping some George Dickel 12 and watching the ball game. I’m pretty sure that’s what he meant.
  12. 16 points
  13. 16 points
  14. 15 points
    At the banquet at the Southeastern Regional last night, we had a special toast to kick it all off. Some of our good friends were off traveling West and asked that I post it here. I assume that most of y’all are probably like me and have had plenty of folks ask you about Cowboy Action Shooting. Usually, at some point in the conversation, we end up talking about the differences between our regular, monthly matches and bigger, annual matches. To me, annual matches are a lot like family reunions where you see folks you might only see once or twice a year. From my home not too far from here, I can go to the Georgia State shoot and see friends from the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. I can go to the Tennessee State shoot and see friends from Kentucky, Georgia, and Indiana. I can go to the Mississippi State shoot and see friends from Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. I can travel to the Illinois state shoot in Sparta and see friends from Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and Kentucky. First, I would like to personally thank you all for traveling to my home and being a part of my family. I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed yourself over these past several days and hope that you have met at least one new person and met with members of your cowboy family you may not have seen in a while. Sadly, there is a member of my family that is not here tonight that I desperately wish could be. Many years ago, when I was just starting out in this game, I traveled to Georgia for my first ‘big match,’ Round up at River Bend, at the time the Georgia State Championship. There, I met a character larger than life, with a smile as big as his heart. He never met a stranger. When you met him for the first time, he made you feel that you knew each other your entire life. Folks who know me by my alias, call me Branchwater Jack. Folks who shoot with me regularly shorten it to Branchwater. But this cowboy, in his drawn out, distinctly southern accent just called me Jack. By his example, he taught me how to be a fierce competitor, humble in times of victory, congratulatory to others, and classy in defeat. He taught me things about putting on this match for y’all, the shooters, that I hope that I got right. He influenced me to keep shooting black powder and convinced me that I needed to shoot it gunfighter, even before Frontier Cartridge Gunfighter was a category. When his health began to fail him, he never lost that attitude. His performance began to suffer as his health did, but his competitiveness, his love for the game, and his love for his cowboy family never waned. He kept encouraging me, constantly telling me that his health was going to improve and that he was going to come back better than ever and put a whoopin’ on me, so I better keep practicing. For those of you who also knew Judge'm All Duncan @Judge'm All Duncan, SASS#67320, you know that his passing left a big hole in a lot of our hearts. I know of other folks, too many to mention them all, that, if I were to bet, I am sure that I can safely say that we have all lost a member of our cowboy family this past year. So, tonight, I ask that you join me and raise a glass. For our Cowboy family that we have known since we first started playing the game For those cowboys and cowgirls that we just met, but will now, forever be a part of our family For those cowboys and cowgirls that we have lost For those cowboys and cowgirls that have yet to meet as they join us in playing the game For your health, safety, and the hope to see you all back here next year. Salute.
  15. 15 points
    Being outside shooting a match ... And being away from the phoney world of Social Media.
  16. 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.
  17. 13 points
    I've ran across these old Marlin pump shotguns at gun shows and gunshops and invariably, the one trying to sale it will tell you "they use these in cowboy action shooting. It's came up here on the Wire why are these guns not allowed in cowboy action shooting. This video explains the safety issues with this gun and why they are not safe to shoot. Also, he explains the forcing cone issues with firing modern ammo in any old shotgun.
  18. 13 points
  19. 13 points
    Unfortunately, once a Constitutional Convention is convened, it opens the door to other issues - like repeal of the 2nd Amendment. Leave well enough alone, and work for your issues on a lesser scale. LL
  20. 13 points
    Well for one thing, the servers, technicians and software that keeps the SASS Wire running. For another, the staff that handles all the day to day operations, keeps track of all the alias' so that there's no duplication, who get those SASS badges and Regulator badges made. The staff that publishes the many Handbooks, SHB, RO courses, WB HB, WB RO courses, Cowboy Clays, multiple translations, that the ROC works so diligently on throughout the year. The ones who represent SASS at many gun shows and gatherings across the country, the same ladies that haul steel so folks can shoot EoT. The staff that makes the Chronicle that everybody can see... it doesn't layout and publish itself. The staff that battles local politicians and disgruntled neighbors that want to close down Founders Ranch. The ones who work tirelessly behind the scenes keeping an organization going, without much thanks from it's members...
  21. 13 points
    4 time Overall World Champion Matt Black smooth as glass.
  22. 13 points
    One is enough IF the TO agrees. Three is not enough IF the TO doesn't agree.
  23. 12 points
    We enjoy our freedoms because of fine folks like you. Thank You! --Dakota Skipper and the Dawg
  24. 12 points
    I don't care which. Just STICK TO ONE!! https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/did-you-know/how-many-states-may-stay-on-daylight-saving-time-for-good/ar-AAHy6F3?li=BBnb7Kz
  25. 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
  26. 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.
  27. 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!
  28. 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!
  29. 12 points
  30. 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.
  31. 11 points
    Little known fact. The only technology that was ever released to the public from the Roswell Incident was, in fact, the cue ball sensing system used worldwide today. The aliens loved playing pool. So much so that they actually created ships that could hover perfectly level so that gravity wouldn't affect their pool game. This is one of the reasons that UFOs used to dart when discovered. These guys would play pool up to the last second when discovered before they dart away, thus messing up their game. One of the reasons we do not see this characteristic in UFOs today is they have discovered a way to maintain the balls on the table without the worry of G Forces messing up a good game. The reason the cue ball technology was allowed to be released was an agreement that was made between the aliens and the US government. The aliens have Carte Blanche to visit earth and all it's pool halls in exchange for technology. The cue ball technology was part of the deal. Minnesota Fats was actually an alien. Seriously. Many pro pool players are. Anyway, thought this might help.
  32. 11 points
    So, I'm king of the woods! Kaya says last night that she is going to go out and sit after work. Would I like to go? You bet! Might get a shot at a coyote. Ok, so I'm KING OF THE WOODS! For three whole days..... That .243 is wicked! 213 pound 11 pointer......
  33. 11 points
  34. 11 points
    I just found/bought 2 original model stainless consc serial # Ruger 4 3/4" vaqueros. But-----they are 32/20's with extra 32 H&R mags. Ruger only made 230 some of 'em with that barrel length and I now have 2 of 'em! Can't post a photo for awhile 'cause we've got a BS law in Wa state, says I've gotta wait for the local law to do the NIC check, when they get around to it. Keep going to them gunshows, never know what you might find!
  35. 11 points
    A bit soon to consult a lawyer...
  36. 11 points
  37. 11 points
    I have noticed the trend yes. Whether it’s noticed or not is directly affected by your involvement. Those involved more on the match administration side of things will hear and see it more than what can be observed on a posse. It ranks right up there with holding match directors responsible for your own personal shooting performance. “
  38. 11 points
    My first thought when I saw the title of this thread was "OmiGawd! A Ball! With a punch bowl and dancing??"
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 11 points
  42. 11 points
    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
  43. 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.
  44. 11 points
  45. 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.
  46. 10 points
    Hi kids... I'm like Beetlejuice...say my name 3 times and I show up! Been a while since I posted anything...heck, been a while since I shot any CAS. Spent some time in 3-Gun and USPSA, worked to get RIMFIRE CHALLENGE back on a sound footing, spent some time hunting, spent the summer shooting NLR.22 precision, finished filming the 20th Season of SHOOTING GALLERY. I'll probably do another season of SG, depending on whether the Big Bosses want it or not. I do have some projects in the works that are designed to support/expand the shooting sports (in fact, I'm on the road this week trying to tinker together a deal on same). The question is always the same...money. The industry is still adjusting to the "new normal," e.g. not a boom, and they are reluctant to spend bucks. The industry also gets hypnotized by new stuff. Largely because of the Internet, gun world is a "fashion-driven" as a 9th grade girl's school. Right now we're deeply in love with endless training, as the crush on 3-Gun burned out because it was too damned expensive, which inherently limited the audience. To be totally cynical (and hey, I'm old, so I come by the cynicism honestly!), the great advantage of focusing on training is that you never have to step up to the line and face the cold hard truth of the timer. LOL! The biggest issue facing CAS is that the new generation of Internet gun writers/personalities/"influencers"/whatever have exactly zero exposure to CAS shooting...by the time they started working, SASS had effectively disappeared. For a lot of the people I shoot with, my Sweetie and I are the only cowboy shooters they've ever met, sort of like interesting dinosaurs or talking dogs. What we did on SHOOTING GALLERY and especially COWBOYS, plus what Jim Scoutten did on SHOOTING USA, were the biggest membership drivers for CAS in its middle years...visibility is life. If I could relaunch COWBOYS, I would...it remains one of my favorite projects ever. But the numbers have become so daunting launching a show — or keeping one going, for that matter — is a herculean task. The Internet is the solution, but there are still production costs. Lemme think about this a little more. BTW, miss you, Allie Mo! Wolf Bane SASS13557
  47. 10 points
  48. 10 points
    So, as some of you may know, this saturday the 5th, i take the physical abilities tests for the berkeley county sheriff's dept. 1.5mile run in less than 14:36, 28 sit ups in one minute and 18 push ups in one minute. i started this 12 week training program friday before last (compacted into 3 weeks!) i was 50 pounds overweight, 2 bad knees, a bad back, i haven't exercised at all in at least 25 years and i'm an ex-smoker that had cut back to 4 packs a day when i cold turkey quit back in feb 2010... i started at 229.8 pounds two fridays ago, this morning i stepped on the scale at 213.6! tonight i ran my first 10 minute mile! i might actually pull this off and get into the academy!!! one week to go!!! wish me luck!!! boy do i need it!!!
  49. 10 points
    "A man who can smile when things go wrong, has thought of someone he can blame it on". ..........Widder
  50. 10 points
    Another thread started by Cheyenne Culpepper asked about an easier way to separate steel pins from the polished brass. Well I rarely use the steel pins or ceramic media anymore because I don’t think you really need it. For about the last four years I’ve been using a tablespoon of Dawn dishwashing detergent, 1/4 teaspoon Lemishine and 1 teaspoon Strato Sheen. Fill tumbler with cold water to about 1” below full. Close it up and tumble for 90 minutes and here’s what you get. I decapped these .45 Scofield cases just to see how clean the primer cups will get and, IMHO, they get plenty clean for our game. These cases have been cleaned about 8 times and this was the first time they were decapped before cleaning. I really don’t see a need to take the time and effort to decap as a separate operation but some do and that’s okay, I’d rather do other things. The inside of the case could probably be cleaner using the steel pins or ceramic media but IMO separating the pins or ceramic media out is just another task I’d rather not do. I have a couple of separators but I just don’t like doing it.
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