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Charlie MacNeil, SASS #48580

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  1. On 11/23/2021 at 9:28 AM, Sacramento Johnson #6873 said:

    Long time spur wearer here in CAS!  Have some suggestions for Buckshot Bear. 

    1.  Sounds like you are new to spurs; if so,  when you get them, put them on your boots and walk around the house/yard/up and down stairs etc for several days with them on.  You'll need to get used to having a 'longer foot' than what your brain has seen the last several decades.  You may need to 'adjust' your style of walking as well.  Best to use an old set of beat up boots also as toe scuffing may occur.

    2.  Your boot should slip easily into the heel band, without needing to be pushed hard or mark the boot leather; otherwise the heel band opening is too small and this will hurt your feet after awhile. You may be able to pull on the sides of the heel band and open this up if the spur steel is soft, but be aware, that may also cause the shank and rowel to angle inwards more.

    3. Wide spurs straps distribute weight better than thin/narrow ones and tend to be more comfortable.  They also tend to keep the spur in place better.

    4. neutral or up turned shank spurs work better with low heeled boots  and don't drag on the gound.

    Hope this helps!


    This! Especially the part about wearing them enough to get used to walking with them on before you try something like running through a SASS stage. 


    Side note (not trying to hijack the thread): in 2018 in Tombstone we shot the Winter Range warm up match on Saturday. When we got back to our motel, me driving, some other shooters were at the same motel. When I got out of the pickup wearing my spurs one of them commented that I was awful brave driving with my spurs on. My reply was that the first time I drove with spurs on was 40 years before piloting a stock truck loaded with horses down out of the mountains so now it's no biggie...

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  2. As folks here have said, lots of stuff is hard to get. I ordered a 4.0 liter long block for my Ford Ranger August 19th; still waiting for it to ship...

  3. On 10/21/2021 at 6:10 AM, El CupAJoe said:

    Seems like an interesting idea, have any videos I could watch where this is used?

    Sorry, no videos. The best I can do is try to describe my technique, so here goes: Stage instructions: pistols first, followed by shotgun then rifle, moving left to right. Start with left hip turned forward, at least somewhat toward first target. At the signal, draw the left gun with right hand. Engage targets with five rounds. Move gun to the left, grasp over the top with left hand, fingers on the outside, barrel tilts down toward holster. As left gun is moving to holster, right hand draws right gun. Engage targets with five rounds. Again pass gun to left hand, freeing right hand to pick up the shotgun. I tend to swing my right hip forward a skosh as my left hand is moving the gun to the holster. As right pistol goes into the holster, move left hand to shotgun shells and pull two (I shoot a hammer double). 


    I'm not sure whether or not this makes any sense, but it's the best I can do. My rig is a Blocker Ol' #4, and both holsters ride in front of my hip bones. I got rid of most of my pot belly a couple of years ago (keto diet) which makes it relatively easy to reach across my body to holster the right hand pistol with my left hand.

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  4. 14 hours ago, Tom Bullweed said:

    I wished that the shotgun choice was more accurate.

    Hitting anyone within a building with an 8-ga would have made the room look like a tornado in a butcher's shop.

    Setting off 150+ grains of BP per shot would have blocked all filming and started climate change.

    Better early shotgun choices would have been a Colt Root revolving shotgun or a Spencer trombone (pump).

    It was an 8 gauge double in the book, and movies always follow the book closely, right? :D 

  5. I've been shooting Classic Cowboy category for a lot of years, first with a pair of 75 Remingtons and for the last 8 years or so with a pair of OM Bisley Vaqueros, crossdraw. I have arthritis in my wrists (I know, I'm a whiner) so about 4 years ago I decided to give double duelist a try. After two summers of frustration because my left hand is so much slower than my right I went back to my crossdraw and shooting both pistols with my right hand. Since then I've been working on using transitions to cut down on my stage times. A friend who shoots duelist with a crosssdraw recommended practicing holstering both guns with my left hand, which leaves my right hand free to transition to my long guns and I've found that doing things that way works quite well for me. My leather is a Ted Block Ol' #4 rig, and the angles of the holsters is perfect for holstering with my left hand. Something else to think about...

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