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Creeker, SASS #43022

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  1. Of course. Haven't you been paying attention? The status quo is always wrong - current methodology is always in error and the fringe groups (no matter how out of touch) must always be acknowledged and accepted as full and equal partners. To do anything otherwise makes you racist, bigoted, homophobic, intolerant and demeaning to other points of view. Additionally disagreeing with the other side causes peanut allergies, acid reflux and lactose intolerance. Phantom, you should know better. Oy.
  2. So wish I could make it to this shoot... I was promised Dairy Queen if I showed up. But the logistics/ costs of air travel and gun transport for three shooters just aint cutting it this year. Maybe when the world returns to normal.
  3. Misinformation left unchallenged becomes accepted as the truth. And contrary to current snowflake philosophy - not everyone's opinion has the same value. My understanding of Josey Wales was that the "challenge" of engaging the rifle targets with an additional set of pistols was the attraction. Seems to me, any shooter advocating to move them inward would be defeating the entire concept of the category. Especially a shooter that follows that statement with the claim that Wild Bunch targets are so close that it is of no challenge. Can't have it both ways - either close targets are too easy or distant targets are too hard.
  4. And as for split pistols... Meaning pistols split by another gun - not location (moving with both guns out is a hoot); Double Duelist is a skillset that Gunfighters are supposed to have. And since I was a really good Double Duelist before moving to Gunfighter (and a lot of Gunfighters are not); I dont mind the advantage too much.
  5. Absolutely true. I consider myself a fairly good TO and while not fast - quick enough to get the timer there for the last couple shots. But I sometimes find myself looking for ways to cheat that distance because either the facade is a challenge to work around or the shooter is just that much faster than I am. I can pickup a SG round or pistol round on the timer from out of position - for rifle; the positioning is much more sensitive. Not saying NEVER end with the rifle - but strongly consider the stage and possible movements when choosing to do so.
  6. 20 years of 18 stages a month plus two annual matches each year. Managing websites for both clubs. Setting steel, building, fixing, painting. And working full time, raising a daughter and still having a social life. I feel fully justified in stating there's time "IF" folks feel its important.
  7. That's a fair answer. I will never debate your "right" to write stages any way you please - I just prefer folks say, "I don't like them", or "They're stupid" or "I dont think they're needed" instead of saying " Theres not enough time"
  8. I'm not picking at you - but I commonly see this refrain. We don't have enough help; so we cannot have... Themes, starting lines, a website, scores posted, etc., etc., and so on. There are 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week and generally at least 30 days in a month. With most clubs shooting once a month - some place in that 700+ hours between matches - there's time to watch one western and write down 6 starting lines. From Unforgiven: "We all got it coming" "I dont deserve this; I'm building a house" "He shoulda armed himself" "That you? The duck of death?" "I'm here to kill you, Little Bill" "I've killed everything that walks upon this Earth" From Toy Story "Theres a snake in my boot" "They've poisoned the watering hole" " You are a TOY" "Andys coming" "I found my moving buddy" "Buzz Lightyear to star command" I have found "we dont have time" is usually code for "we just dont want to"
  9. For my annuals - I always had a SHORT story (my rule was THREE lines or shorter) the story simply exists to convey a "feeling", say something humerous or set a mood - not to emulate a Tom Clancy novel. And at THREE lines - they would almost always get read. As for starting lines - I'm a big proponent of "requiring" a starting line (even if the line is shooters ready). This line signifies to the timer and posse that the shooter is taking ownership of the stage and is prepared to engage AND it keeps the timer operator quiet and out of the way until the shooter is prepared. In the absence of any line or action - the shooter can be left hanging waiting on a timer who isn't sure the shooter is ready. Or the timer can distract the shooter by questioning their readiness before the shooter has settled in. TL: DR Annuals are about ambiance - have a short story and a clever (non required) line. Monthlies - at minimum require a line signifying shooter ready.
  10. I have a variation on Phantoms Musketeer Sweep. A 20 round sweep - utilizing pistols AND rifle. Done on 5 targets (I usually wrote it as a down range stage with rifle and pistols using the same targets). And if possible; targets 1 and 4 should be different size (larger) (or at minimum - differently colored) than targets 2,3,5. (1) (4) all. T1-1x T4-4x T1-1, T2-1x, T3-1x, T4-1x, T5-1x And then. All (4) (1) T1-1x, T2-1x, T3-1x, T4-1x, T5-1x T4-4x T1-1x It shoots much easier than it reads.
  11. One of my side gigs is teaching Nevada CCW classes. Most civilian self defense shootings take place at less than three yards and are completed with less than three rounds being discharged. So on the surface - a single action revolver seems like a fair choice. But... A SA revolver has a number of drawbacks. It is a very bulky firearm for its limited capacity (5 or 6 rounds maximum {in any chambering worthy of self defense carry}). Unless practiced - it is far more challenging to operate one handed than most handguns (remember, that less than three yards number - your off hand may be busy creating distance or pushing away your attacker). There is not a huge availability of quality concealment rigs for the SA revolver. Reloads (tho realistically not going to happen too often in civilian shootings) are a pain - slow to clear brass and no speedloaders for SA revolvers. Lastly, why? Your concealed carry firearm is a survival TOOL - not a fad or fashion statement. Carry and become capable with the best possible tools available to you. We carry firearms to allow us and our loved ones the opportunity to make it home at the end of the day in basically the same condition as we began the day. And it is not a given - it is not guaranteed; it is only the opportunity. So understanding that we could do everything right and still lose - why on earth would you begin by handicapping yourself when it comes to the survival of yourself and loved ones? I really doubt you would be pleased if your house was on fire and the fire department showed up with a horse drawn cart, brass water tank and a bucket brigade; especially if their reasoning was, "this method worked perfectly well 100 years ago; so we were nostalgic and left the modern fire truck and hydrant hookup at the station" Or if your child was going into surgery and the anesthesiologist informed you that he prefers old school methods - so your little girl gets a rag to bite down on and a shot of whiskey. So if 150 year old archaic methods would be unacceptable for fighting your house fire or performing surgery on your child - why would you voluntarily do so in your self defense carry?
  12. If I wanted to attend the match and masks were required - I would wear a mask. If I was marginal about going to the match - a requirement for a mask might keep me home. But regardless - either I attend under the conditions, requirements and directives of the match or I dont attend. Just like I wouldnt show up at Cowboy with 1911 and AR and expect the club to bend to my will - I will not attend a match and attempt to change their directives. The requiring of wearing a mask is the clubs call (unless a range, or local/ state requirement) and I am not going to question or debate the right of a club to run their match as they see fit. Your opinion is not meaningless or without value AND you have every right to express your opinion to the club leaders respectfully. But at the end of the day if you don't like how a club runs their matches; be it stage writing, target placement, range rules or ANY required safety equipment - then start your own club or stay home.
  13. My friend Bull is a much better shooter than he gives himself credit for (unlike myself; who claims to be much better than I actually am). Bulls biggest challenge in this game is between his ears - not that he is stupid, quite the contrary - he is almost too smart and too experienced. Ill explain; Bull has been a dedicated and skilled competitor in other gun games and in other endeavors throughout his life - and a common thread in all of these pursuits has been an ongoing analysis toward improvement. But because of this; (in my opinion and I'm not speaking out of school as Bull and I have discussed this before), Bull over thinks as he is shooting instead of letting himself sub consciously flow through the stage. You can almost see him thinking "First pistol out, anchor your second hand. Holster pistol - draw second pistol - anchor hand on rifle.". He has broken the stage down into individual processes (analyzed each movement and transition) but his challenge is in putting the processes back together as a single cohesive unit. Instead of performing A then B then C. I feel a little bit that his discipline to doing "everything" right keeps him from relaxing and running that ragged edge that gains you the tenths, hundredths of a second that separate the top three to five positions.
  14. I practice transitions, holstering, pick ups (hey, baby - come here often?) and put downs (you're ugly - and your mother dresses you funny). I practice stage analysis and attempting to find the best way to engage a stage when options are presented. I practice my shotgun loading and rifle reloads. I even "try" to practice movement to ensure I'm leading with the correct foot and ending at a given position in a shooting stance without shuffling (too much). But "I" do not do any dry FIRE practice. (it works for others - I cannot deny the practice - for others) But I find that I (personally) lack the discipline to ensure sights are on target when dry firing. I can practice lever movement or "Widder hummingbird thumbs" pistol cycling speed. I can practice first shot (or as a gunfighter - first two shots) from holster speed. But actually practicing trigger drop and aiming in dry fire mode without (the live fire) consequence for sloppiness - simply makes me sloppy. Of course, as my recent performance with the nice folks in Price Utah can attest - I'm apparently pretty sloppy in live fire as well.
  15. Shooters are so preoccupied with whether or not they could - they never stop to question whether they should. a misquote from Jurassic Park - but it applies here.
  16. In light of your kindness (because you could have easily said, "Yes, Creeker - you are in the family tree - after all, every tree needs a monkey". But you didn't.) I will pass on the $$$$ (I'd just waste it or worse pay bills) or the shotgun shells (you would just expect me to practice). But next time we're together; I'll take you up on one of TN Williams DQ certificates - I ain't a big nanner split lover like TN; but few things are better than a Peanut Buster Parfait or M&M Blizzard. . . . . . Dang it. Im attending the Castlegate Robbery Shoot in Price Utah; all snuggled in my hotel room and NOW I've got to get dressed and go find the nearest Dairy Queen.
  17. Absolutely awesome. No greater honor than the recognition of your peers. Congratulations.
  18. Ummm Widder; about that lottery thing... I'm pretty sure I'm in the family tree somewhere.
  19. I stand corrected. This is the first time I've been wrong in... minutes.
  20. Hate to be "that" guy... But a reactive target left standing is not a miss until the stage is complete. Has zero to do with the next gun or active gun or whatever. If the shooter discharges two shotgun rounds AND at the stage END - two targets are down - there are no misses. Doesn't matter when (or why) they happen to fall. It could be a delayed reaction, an earthquake, a strong wind or the earths magnetic pull - IF they're down - benefit of the doubt always goes to the shooter. I know I'm being pedantic - but on a reactive target - it ain't over until it's over.
  21. I was going to let it slide as he got his Nevada assigned name when he was a few years younger. But... Since you brought it up; Jon was a slightly built awkward young kid when I first met him. (which is how he ended up in a trashcan the first time he beat me and Gawd Awful at a match - and yes, we still have the pictures to prove it) But a couple years before that (sad and unfortunate) day - some of the ladies at our match were commenting on this young man (walking around the range with my daughter) and the comment was made that, "He is going to grow into a good looking man; but right now he is at an Ugly Puppy stage" The name stuck. So when Jon shoots in Nevada - he is recognized and addressed as Ugly Puppy. Ain't it nice to have friends, Jon?
  22. My buddy, Damascus Jon did it again. Idaho State Champion Frontier Cartridge champion and the OVERALL match winner - shooting Black Powder. (and there is never a question about his loads) This young man is a fantastic representative for our game. At only 23 years old (4th of July baby - Happy Birthday, Jon) - this young mans SASS/ CAS resume is already greatly accomplished and grows with every match. He is polite, well spoken and humble. And I am proud to know him and more so to call him my friend. Couple of personal notes for Jon, First - Scorpion says hi. Second - Your mom is awesome and so proud of you - she asked me to post this. Third - shave that thing on your face - it looks like a squirrel is attacking you. Fourth - Never forget where you came from - I'm older and grayer than I was a few years ago - but I know people and we still have access to trashcans. Proud of you, my friend.
  23. Shot in St George Utah with the Dixie Desperados today. 130 miles one way from my door to the range - they begin shooting at 8am Utah time (7am Las Vegas time). So on my end - out of bed by 4am and on the road by 4:30 this morning to make it there in time to shoot. But 6 stages and a drive home after still gets me back home by 12:30 - tired, but the whole day is not wasted. Much prefer that to any late starts. Though as badly as I shot; maybe I should be sleeping in instead.
  24. Dang, Im stupid. (as I wade back jnto the fray) I have made my living as a "fixer". In multiple different corporate environments - my job often consisted of fixing other peoples mistakes (deliberate, well intentioned or simply errors in judgement. As well as fixing ingrained, but out of date decisions) That's what I do now to make ends meet - I work with a small investment partner to identify business opportunities, purchase them and hopefully make them profitable (again or for the first time). I say all of the above because; to fix, adjust or leave things the same - you have to evaluate every cost, action and return of every component with a critical eye. There cannot be anything off limits to examination. No sacred cows. Now obviously, you don't invest in a given commodity to make it unrecognizable from where you began. And a scalpel is preferable to a chainsaw. But in any endeavor, somethings work; somethings do not. So you cannot walk around with blinders either. You fix what doesn't work by cautious elimination or adjustment and you "carefully" look to improve the items that are working. But you look at everything. I simply wanted to see if there were any common themes among our shooters of their sacred cows or untouchable items to know best where to tread carefully. Wouldn't stop me (or any reasonable manager) from examining - but might encourage me to pump the brakes on dramatically changing those items. I don't assume that I'm going to get a call from Misty offering me the "King of SASS" position anytime soon (but Misty, you do have my number. Lol) - but I assure you, someone will be looking at these things soon - Misty, a new board, a new owner, whomever - it would be nice if our opinions were available for review. With some thoughtful consideration beyond, "Dont touch my category"
  25. I'm going to leave it be. The overwhelming responses I'm hearing are, "SASS is going to do whatever they are going to do. There's no point to asking these questions" or "I really don' t care what happens. I just don't want any changes to MY category or the way I play the game" Apparently most would rather live under a dictatorship than offer opinions or productively work toward change. Good luck.
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