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Creeker, SASS #43022

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About Creeker, SASS #43022

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  • Birthday 04/21/1966

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    Cowboy Action Shooting - Raising my daughter - Creative writing.

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  1. I have purchased a DAD rig. I wanted to get Painted Lady her own rig; but I could only afford an inexpensive rig AND I did not want to force her to continue using hand me down rigs. Her belt and holsters with her name tooled on the belt were under $200.00 The belt and holsters are well tooled, the leather is of good quality and weight. The sewing is straight and professional - these are not "made in Mexico" cardboard leather swap meet rigs. That being said - they are Western holsters not necessarily CAS holsters. The holsters are buckets and slightly oversized. No big deal for a pistol simply sitting with a hammer thong on it - less desirable for secure competion pace reholstering and movement. The holsters slide much too easily on the belt and the stiffness of the leather is such that the pistol weight is insufficient to pull the leather taut and keep their place on the belt. All of these things can be fixed. Some rough side out leather affixed in the holster to tighten the fit and provide some friction. Some Chicago screws to secure the holsters to the belt. But these are things that would not occur and I would not expect from a CAS leather maker. I accepted the product and the required adjustments because I walked into the purchase with my eyes wide open and understood I was purchasing a decent new Western rig for less than half the price of a quality CAS rig. I also understand and accept that at some point; when finances allow, I will have to upgrade Painted Lady. But at this time; it was more important to get her, her own rig than to get her the perfect rig. I do not feel ripped off or cheated - it is a perfectly fine $200.00 holster rig. But If someone was spending much more than the $200 mark; I would recommend other options.
  2. Everyone is telling you what to do before you begin... I'll go a slightly different direction and give you my three (four) for when you are actually shooting. 1. ACTIVELY WATCH. Be a GOOD spotter - and you will learn a lot from watching the variations in shooters, their styles and techniques. 2. ACTIVELY INQUIRE. Ask EVERYONE about ANYTHING. People love to talk about themselves and their reasons why. So ask away. Why did you stage your guns that way? How are you going to shoot this? Is there a better choice than... 3. ACTIVELY LISTEN. When the shooters you admire or wish to emulate offer advice - heed it. Pay proper attention to stage instructions - you cannot make a plan if you aren't prepared. 4. ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE Have goals (no matter what those goals are; go faster, be more accurate, laugh more) - and then implement methods to achieve those goals. Make full use of the resources you have available to you (fellow shooters, etc ) You can only get out of this game what you put into it. If you are not having fun - look into the mirror first.
  3. Bull is a big strong fellow and even a momentary sticky case is enough to tweak the lever when cycling with force. And since Shooting Bull runs his rifle with grace and gentle smoothness... Whoops scratch that - Shooting Bull uses the same method I do; when the buzzer goes off - work the lever like you're trying to physically remove it from the rifle.
  4. I guess the same question could be asked ANYTIME a shooter (of any age) is assisted by the TO. I don't know Phantom personally. But I do know he believes in this game (and the ideals behind this game) and plays this game with the same level of passion as I do. And I honestly think he would be among the first to step up to defend a shooter whose performance was denigrated by someone else claiming that the TO assisting (verbally - one more, target still up, your hammer is down, NO - move to the window, etc. Or was handed a screw knife or given a steadying hand sliding to a stop) - diminishes their award placement because they had a "team". The red herring in this question is the caveat of "young shooter". Take age out of the equation and the answer becomes obvious. We are encouraged to make any reasonable allowances for elderly or infirm shooters. We invite and encourage physically challenged shooters to play our game at EVERY level with whatever level of assistance is required. I'm (and I sincerely believe Phantom feels the same) not going to begrudge a shooter (regardless of age/ regardless of match) because they require assistance. Even if it's every stage - every gun. And IF they were to somehow happen to win - in whatever form that win could possibly be... More power to them. I am adamant because I have been on both ends of this question. When my daughter, Desert Scorpion, began this game and we struggled with child sized beginners guns. And yes, comments were made and opinions shared with me regarding... But without fairly regular assistance and accommodation; she would have quickly became frustrated and unwilling to play and I would have missed out on years with my shooting partner. When my dear friend, Know Justice neared the end of this game and he struggled with even the simple act of walking. Supporting long guns or loading the shotgun was always a two man event. And yes, comments were made and opinions shared with me regarding... But without regular assistance and accommodation; he would have quickly become frustrated and unwilling to play and I would had missed out on the all too short final months with my shooting partner. The slim possibility of an assist or a team affecting a shooters placement is far outweighed by the value of having those shooters there.
  5. As a TO; I am there to safely assist the shooter thru the stage (their age is immaterial). If a shooter was having difficulty supporting their firearm or clearing a prop - I would certainly and ALWAYS assist. I have done this for juniors, seniors and all ages in between when a physical condition (strength, endurance or medical) causes a difficulty in safely completing the stage. Equipment difficulties are EXACTLY the same. I have broken open SxS shotguns with sticky firing pins when the shooter was unable. I have reached over and pushed the bolt closed and the carrier up on 97 shotguns when shooters short stroke them and lock up the action. I have advanced cylinders with high primers and pushed cylinder pins back in. The shooter who has equipment challenges to the extent they need the assistance of the TO has already had a bad match; no chance they are winning, but at least they get to finish. There is absolutely ZERO reason for the TO to stand there doing nothing and make the day even worse. Shooters age is immaterial. Match level is immaterial. Choosing to do the right thing is almost always the right choice.
  6. Website. Website. Website. If your club is in an area where weather cancellation rears it's ugly head regularly; make it policy to post the night before on your website. The Doodley Squat Rangers WILL or WILL NOT be shooting tomorrow. Then everyone simply checks your website the morning of the match and they know whether to hop up and brush their teeth or roll over and pull the covers back over their heads. This also assists those out of area shooters that are not on anyone's mailing or phone list.
  7. Don't let that "I agree with Creeker" stuff get too widespread. You'll find yourself banned from certain states. Rules should simply (and only) state what they want to avoid or accomplish. Adding phrases only as needed to convey the actual desire of the rule. If the rules desire is no pistol grips lower than belt - that is all that is necessary to be stated. If there is an additional desire to preclude buscadero rigs (or the color purple or rough side leather... Whatever); those are separate rule lines to avoid conflation with the initial rule. * Classic Cowboy must use holsters that carry the pistol in a manner that some portion of the grip is above the belt the holster is carried by. * No buscadero holsters or rigs/ regardless of pistol height relative to belt are allowed. * No purple or derivative of the color purple is allowed. * No rough side out leather is allowed.
  8. Life would be so much simpler if the rule book simply stated the rule. No caveats - no explanation - no interjecting semantic details to get hung up on. State the desired rule and move on. Classic Cowboy must use holsters that carry the pistol in a manner that some portion of the grip is ABOVE the belt the holster is carried by. Done. It does not matter if it's a "drop loop" or buscadero rig IF the grip is above the belt. Then it is a simple yes or no in regard to any examination of a holster rig. Grip above belt? Yes - legal for Classic Grip below belt? Not Paring the extraneous words from the rules down to their simplest and desired meaning would eliminate a large number of WTC and Is this legal?
  9. No disrespect taken. And certainly no disrespect was intended in your direction either. Civil and articulate disagreements are always educational. They remind me that I'm often wrong. . And I need to strive to do better.
  10. To decide whether a P occurred AND WHY a P occurred. The WHY makes all the difference. If the error is not entirely on the shooter - then yes, as the TO - I do have the option to offer a reshoot. Take a slightly different look at it. If I read the stage instructions to the posse wrong - and by following those instructions a shooter makes a procedural error... Would you assign a P to the shooter? Or offer a reshoot - if the error materially affected the stage time? Or make a judgement call that is in the best interest of the game? We are not mindless robots that simply hold a timer and stand back. As TO; we are sometimes (unwitting and unwilling) participants in the shooters performance. When our errors/ mistakes or omissions materially affect a match or a shooters performance - we should be looking for ways to correct our impact - not looking for rules to justify assigning penalty. After safety - the most important guidance is "Don't be a hardass" If we are wrong - we should strive to fix it. Not shrug our shoulders and move on. If I'm out of line for my desire to not have MY mistakes harm another's shooters match... I will happily never touch a timer ever again.
  11. Easy solution on this one. TO's award P's - No one else. If "I" (as the TO) start the shooter in a faulted position... "I" (as the TO) have the following options... Disregard the penalty. Offer a reshoot. Award a "P". Depending on the severity of the infraction; I may decide the first course of action is best and the mistake did not materially affect the competition. If I determine the infraction was advantageous enough; I will offer a reshoot for TO error/ interference (my failure as a TO will have materially affected their match). If shooter declines to accept the offered reshoot - then I will explain that while the TO (myself) does carry some fault ; ultimately the responsibility falls upon the shooter and I will have to exercise my option as TO to award the "P". At a larger or championship level shoot - I would additionally seek out the match director and advise them of my input. Then I would accept and enact their wishes. An error that is not entirely of the shooters causing; should always be addressed in such a manner as to have the least amount of impact on the shooters score and overall placement.
  12. When I was writing the match conventions for Eldorado; we clarified "in hands" as: TWO hands in contact with the firearm - Firearm held in any safe manner. Hands DO NOT have in be in traditional or expected positioning on the firearm. Hands may not be in contact with ammunition. This allowed for ANY safe positioning or posture. From every variation of Port arms to shouldered and aimed. With zero debate. And additionally allowed the shooter to position their hands in any manner that they felt advantaged them (for example, shotgun resting on back of hand with palm facing shotgun shells instead of gripping the firearm). I have always been a huge proponent of allowing every shooter to determine the starting position (body posture, hand position, etc.) that best serves their individual performance. As long as every shooter has access to the same options; there is no fairer starting position than that.
  13. I will take both shirts and both pants. Please message me costs and where to send the payment.
  14. My bad. I really should carefully read the whole OP before answering. The "Staged" and "Restaged" header got me - when the question is actually not about staging, but about failing to holster. PWB is correct as usual.
  15. No call. It has been determined and ruled (when staged on table) that the pistol remaining or being in contact with the table does not constitute in hand.
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