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Creeker, SASS #43022

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  1. Even funnier - he got Lasik; he doesn't need the glasses anymore. He was issued the black frame glasses when he was in the Marines and got used to them; so continued wearing the similar style as he became successful. Once he got his eyes fixed - the glasses had become a "trademark" and so he has continued to wear them since. I would think that playing acting roles that are not "Drew Carey" (as opposed to his stand up or Price is Right) would free him up to other styles or going without them.
  2. A HUGE percentage of the TG's - just like folks in SASS, folks on the Wire and, for that matter, people as a whole are GOOD, DECENT people. But just like folks in general, in SASS and on the wire - there are some whom you will not care for or don't care for you. That does not make these folks any less decent as people - but it does make one question if their interests coincide with your own. There is zero harm in requesting accountability from an elected position that exists to represent their clubs desires - this is also useful when the TG does not receive adequate direction from their clubs or has to make a decision on the fly because circumstances or wording changed. It allows insight and discussion into the philosophy of the TG if they have to make the call on their own. Don't take insult where none is offered.
  3. Do you apply the same litmus test to your other elected officials? As long as they wear the same brand of jeans as you and use the "aw shucks" folksy interactions - they must be alright. No need to look into their history or voting record. Your daughters boyfriend? As long as he doesn't obviously steal anything while he's at your house - no need to keep any tabs on him. Wouldn't want any big brother surveillance to make him uncomfortable.
  4. Not insulting or denigrating anyones TG - but what is anyone basing their knowledge or confidence on? Their feelings? Personal like of their TG? Because unless this faith has something backing it up - it's just hoping for the best and trying to avoid making waves.
  5. And as Reagan said; trust but verify. How exactly would a club know a TG was trustworthy in the absence of a recorded and public accounting? Too many are willing to trust others "because they are a cowboy" like somehow the wearing of a hat or sharing of a past time vouches for their values or character. A representative is there to "represent" their constituents. The ONLY way to know whether that is actually occurring is to look at the votes.
  6. I have lobbied for exactly this for 20 years. Specifically when a club I was a member of had a TG that claimed in public to have voted the clubs wishes; but in private bragged about his superior knowledge and voting as he wished - because he had a better understanding of the rules than club members. When the TG is our only interaction to rule making - it is frustrating to endure secrecy and hidden agendas.
  7. This is a game - nothing more. Everyone has to look at the game and make determinations for theirselves and family about acceptable risk. If I were to encounter a stage design or target array that I felt endangered me or my family - I would either seek demonstration of safe operation, ask for a change or pack my gear. There is ABSOLUTELY no harm in questioning the match director regarding a perceived danger. And no match director should ever take offense at having the questions asked. And even if the stage/ sequence/ array can be demonstrated to be safe - I can still decide that it's not comfortable for me and decide to not shoot it or participate. No one should ever feel forced to partake in anything. And a good match director should consider how best to accommodate those that they make uncomfortable in their future stage designs. It's just a game and at the end of the day - I want everyone to be safe and have fun.
  8. If you aint living on the edge - you're taking up too much room. A lot of folks feel the same as you - most get past it as long as they see splatter is managed safely. But some are and remain put off by it visually. That's fair and their prerogative. But I always said if I'm the one setting the steel - I'm putting it where I think it's the most fun. And I thoroughly adore close targets.
  9. Using 16 inch steel (or larger) - my "close" target sets were: Pistol targets at 3 paces (my pace was just shy of a yard - a little shorter now due to a knee injury a few years back) Rifle at 8 paces Shotgun at 7 paces. My standard sets were: Pistol at 4-6 paces Rifle at 12 - 15 paces Shotgun at 8 paces The above requires quality non pocked steel, and the steel being properly hung with sufficient downward deflection angle. But with the above caveats in place - these arrays/ distances were safely shot at by 1000's of shooters over my 16+ years of being a match director for Desert Desperados and the Eldorado Cowboys. And additionally while writing matches for multiple other clubs in Nevada, Arizona and Southern California.
  10. There are as many sweeps as there are match directors imagination. Some with names; some without. Buffalo Sam 4 targets. T1 - 1x, T2 - 1x T1 - 1x, T3 - 2x T1 - 1x, T4 - 3x T1 - 1x Creeker set on 5 targets - middle (T3) target shaped/ painted differently. Middle target 2x Outside targets 1x each Middle target 2x Inside targets 1x each Middle target 2x Can also be set on 3 targets. Painted Lady set on 4 targets L-R single taps T1, T2, T3 T2, T3, T4 T1, T2, T3, T4 Pikes Peak set on 5 targets at three differing elevations - an inverted V T1 and T5 same height - T2 and T4 higher - T3 set highest T1 - 1x, T2 - 2x, T3 - 4x, T4 -2x, T5 - 1x Same setup but set in an actual V is a Death Valley sweep. Muskateer (shot with rifle AND pistols - 20 round sequence) set on 5 targets - targets 1 and 4 are differently sized/ shaped or painted "One for all and all for one" Rifle One for all (1 - 4 - all) T1 - 1x then T4 - 4x, then single tap sweep L-R T1, T2, T3, T4, T5 Move downrange - engage same array with pistols. All for one (all - 4 - 1) Single tap sweep L - R T1, T2, T3, T4, T5 then T4 - 4x then T1 - 1x And the list never stops...
  11. Generally, if you are having to place steel out for the match and put it away afterwards - most match directors will avoid messing with unused steel. But there is no rule against it. At my old club monthlies; we would shoot on three different bays - two stages on each bay. I would generally set target arrays consisting of three targets, four targets and five targets - giving myself plenty of available variation to work with. And while from time to time - we may shoot a two target sequence on the three plate arrays - ignoring a target. This would only occur because I would (generally) not set two target arrays because of the limitations. I would generally avoid shooting three target sequences on four target arrays or four target sequences on five target arrays - because I figured I already had an array set with the "correct" number of targets if I was dead set on shooting that sequence. But a match director with a wild hair can always pull something weird out of their bag of tricks - but go off trail too far and you risk the wrath of your shooters.
  12. Interesting exercise - but a "sweep" should be more than just a random round count on some random targets adding up to ten. Or worse; some random counts equaling five in two differing manners. Sweeps/ sequences should make sense - have a rhythm to theirself that lead the shooter target to target in some sensible manner. Simply placing X number of targets and providing some non linear - non intuitive round count to your shooters is a recipe for frustration and diminishing returns. While I fully agree that there is ZERO need to EVER repeat a sweep/ sequence in a shoot; there must be some discretion exercised in the sweeps/ sequences we do choose. Looking at a laundry list and thinking these are all equally valid choices is not going to go well.
  13. Thats why there is no better place than Tombstone for the original big and close match Bordertown. It also reminds us that gunfights in the old west (generally) were up close and personal - a lot more common distance was across a card table or length of a bar top than the 70 (claimed) yards between Hickok and Tutt. I drew up a OK Corral stage a time or two - but to fully embrace it would have required paper targets to get the distances right. (there are limits to how close even I am willing to shoot steel) And between the complaints that paper elicits and the time to tape holes - I never put one into play. I kind of regret that omission.
  14. In all seriousness - I doubt the gov't is pivoting toward percussion pistol bans anytime soon. But realistically - the wording of "any" hand hold in front of the trigger is way too vague for enforcement anyways as technically any handgun with a leading edge curved and surface textured triggerguard would violate this ruling. Take a look at most modern polymer pistols - That curve is where my index finger goes to achieve a higher bore axis grip on the pistol with the off hand and to manipulate for finer aiming. And that would constitute a hand hold in front of the trigger.
  15. My grandfather shaved with a straight razor - leather sharpening strop hanging on the door. My cousin had cut himself on that razor playing with it; and so I was preemptively told upon a visit to NEVER touch grandpas razor - being an idiot child, I immediately took the opportunity to do exactly that. A bit like Ralphie with his Little Orphan Annie decoder ring; I closed the bathroom door and opened the sprung case that held his razor. Eyes wide; I swung the blade open from within its mother of pearl scales and gazed at the mirror polished piece of steel. I brushed my fingers across the various surfaces of the razor until the moment of true discovery - sharpness. I had watched my grandfather handle and sharpen this blade - and while watching, I had seen him press or scrape upon the blade with his thumb evaluating its edge. I did what I thought was the same. I pressed my thumb into the blade and then ran it the length of the blade. The sharpened steel instantly sunk into my thumb down to the bone; and with the absence of instant pain or a comparable reference event - I was initially confused as blood immediately covered my hand and clothing. Between the shock of the injury and the fear of reprisal; I dropped the razor to the floor. My thought was first to clean it all up; destroy the evidence - put on a band aid - no one ever had to know. This plan lasted only seconds as the pain and fear kicked in and a childs minimal knowledge of methods to quench blood loss was sorely on display. Having now converted their bathroom floor and vanity to the prom scene from Carrie - I exited to cry for help. My grandfather was a carpenter; so my grandmother was no stranger to cleaning and bandaging wounds. She employed her stand bys of witch hazel, Watkins salve and white binding tape to clean, fill and cover the cut. My clothes were stripped off to soak in the sink and my grandmother went after the mess in the bathroom. Then my grandfather came home... My pale self on their couch covered in a blanket and my grandmother wiping down the blood splattered linoleum - he picked up his razor from the bathroom sink; examined the chipped scale from its trip to the ground and motioned me to come over to him. He was not happy with me. I learned the secondary purpose of a leather sharpening strop that day as well. I have never had much interest in straight razors since that day. And I still carry a narrow faded white scar down the center of my right thumb.
  16. Well then technically - she was the driver until she got shot. After getting shot - a passenger. Or as the joke goes... I just want to fall sleep and pass away peacefully like my grandpa did. Not crying and screaming like everyone else in the car.
  17. Yul, you well know the high esteem I hold your work. The box that you made for me was promptly stolen by Painted Lady for her jewelry and small items. But I have to say not using your carts is "wrong" in a way. While I fully agree they are works of art - but not using them (in my mind) fails to honor the artistry beyond the aesthetic; the artistry that is the tactile and functional.
  18. You realize John Browning was not perfect? Evolution and usage develop products beyond their initial designs. The 93 was also Brownings design and had to be reworked to be "safe" and was quickly superceded by the 97. As to using a stoked 97 for Wild Bunch - that is an understandable retention of certain parts; but to infer some sense of superiority over another because you prefer your gun "as designed" (130 years ago) is questionable. As is believing an (at best) 70 year old gun is the best choice for home protection.
  19. To be honest. I know I have handled a couple from my days running the pawn chains firearm program. I seem to recall having shot one, but I have no specific recollections about its comfort. But regardless; my (very very) minimal round count thru one would not qualify me to have a valid opinion on its comfort. I guess Ill have to look one up again. But as the CZ grip compares to a 1911, HK, Glock, full size Sig, etc. - I stand by my statement. Of course, in my opinion - the best ice cream is Vanilla Chocolate Chip (not mint, vanilla) with crunchy Jif peanut butter mixed in. So my opinions might well be very specific to me.
  20. Fantastic guns - CZ gripframe (in my opinion, the most comfortable semi auto grip frame ever made). They were sold as Jericho here in the states - but were more commonly seen/ sold as IMI Baby Eagles. My bigger concern is the price of magazines - this was a major reason I got rid of mine in 45acp. I have a hard time with $75 magazines.
  21. Ya know if he just wants to hurt his shoulder - I think I still have a lightweight Remington 700 in 338 Win Mag - that to this day is one of the nastiest rifles I have ever shot. I would rather shoot my Barrett in 50BMG or my Ruger 77 in 458 Win Mag all day long as opposed to that 338. I call certain gun two shot firearms. Guns you shoot once in disbelief that it kicks that badly... And then a second time just to make sure. My Scandium 340pd Smith in 357 was another - after mistakenly putting rifle only 2000fps rounds in it.
  22. I believe he was equating Putin and the evils accompanying him with Hitler - not President Biden. Making the example that at the start of WWII; Chamberlain pretending evil doesn't exist and that appeasement is acceptable just as long as it's not in your backyard - these failures empowered Hitler and extracted a much higher toll in human misery and death than addressing it head on would have.
  23. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” Pacification, isolationism and closing our eyes in the hope that the bad guy will just go away has never worked. The cost in pretend monies to assist Ukraine today is infinitely cheaper than the cost in American blood and true suffering if we cover our eyes and then have to send our boys and girls to battle an emboldened and entrenched enemy ten years from now. (and pretend monies?) My taxes did not go up for this war - neither did yours. My money is just as gone - regardless of going to Ukraine or studying the mating habits of left handed Tse Tse flies who identify as bumblebees.
  24. I am not a metals expert in any way; but if you blow up the picture - It appears to me at the hole, you can see two differing metals - almost like a delamination occurred. It is obviously a cone shaped exit - so I think a combustion expansion escape is more likely than a foreign object blowing out. I would assume just a case with a weak spot.
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