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  1. 1973

    I was driving through town in a torrential downpour one afternoon, when I saw a local police officer that I’d had several run is with, sitting, somewhat hidden, at an intersection controlled by a stop sign. He had harrassed me and several of my buddies at every turn.  He was only a year or two older than I was and was basically a bully.  I drove down the street, turned around, and eased through the intersection again, this time doing a rolling stop.


    My buddy, sitting in the passenger seat, is throwing a fit! The cop pulls us over. My buddy sits there giving me a look like I’ve lost my mind.  The cop walks up to the window and I roll it down slowly. He asks if I know why he stopped me and asks for my credentials, water pouring off of his hat. 

    As I slowly retrieved and profered the requested documents, I looked skyward and asked, “Do you know why I ran the stop sign?”  


    Fine for running stop sign: $10.00


    Seeing a smartassed cop soaked to the skin:  PRICELESS 

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  2. Never entertained the thought of quitting!!  I HAVE once or twice entertained the idea of cleaning someone’s clock for being rude or for mistreating someone, but I discovered long ago that I don’t like jail!!  That has honestly kept my temper in check.  I’m no stranger to taking a whooping, but it has never kept me from expressing my opinion in less than acceptable ways.


    SO!! When a lady friend of ours was verbally abused after having a less than stellar stage, years ago,  it took a great deal of restraint to keep me from bending a gun barrel over a rude TO’s noggin!!  After some serious discussion, we all decided to not cause a scene, to finish the match, and just not return!


    On another day, I’d have at least had a word with the match director about the offending oaf, but we were informed that this individual was a big contributor and that the MD was loathe to take action.


    The club no longer exists, the oaf has apparently moved on to other endeavors, and we’re all still shooting!!  All’s well…

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  3. Schoolmarm and I were stopped at a roadblock duting the Labor Day holiday, years ago. We had the obligatory cooler in the floorboard between us in the front seat of the truck. Aside from a long weekend’s worth of luggage in the back floor, there were holster rigs hanging from the headrests of both front seats with our main match pistols in the holsters. There were seven long gun cases on the back seat, a large insulated ammo case, a case of shotgun shells, and our hanging cowboy clothes on a hanger rod. I had cowboy hats hanging from the gun rack in the back window along with a couple of the dreaded “black guns” and two more two pistol cases on top of all the long gun cases.


    One of the deputies looked in the window, swallowed, and motioned for the sheriff.  The sheriff walked over, leaned on the window reveal, and looked us over.  “Y’all ain’t drankin’, are ye’?” he asked.


    “Only Coca Cola,” I replied, opening the cooler.


    “Y’all have a great holiday weekend!” he called as he waved, turned, and began “instructing” the deputy on how to tell when something was wrong with folks carrying guns.


    That’s how it should be!!

  4. There are ANY NUMBER OF TIMES that I and my traveling companions should have been jailed, going by those parameters!!  I’ve checked into hundreds of hotels over the years with twice that number of rounds of ammunition, (traveling to several matches without returning home, I carry sufficient ammunition to shoot all the matches on my itinerary. I DON’T leave it in the truck/car!!!) and sometimes as many as six long guns of my own, as well as three sets of match pistols as well as my regular sidearm and loaded magazines for it!!

    And that’s not counting what my cohorts bring to the same match/hotel!!






  5. The truth is that there IS a correlation between the accelerated rate of gun purchases and the escalation of violence, (violence involving the use of a gun and use of any other weapon rates NO differentiation!! Violence is violence!!!).

    People are buying guns to prevent escalating violence from spilling over into THEIR lives!!

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  6. When Hatfield was about 16, (he’s 41 now) I owned an ‘80 Malibu wagon that was mildly modified.  The lights were one of the things I’d improved to go with the handling, tires, wheels, and drive train!!


    He and I were returning from my folks home in Kentucky, just at dusk, along a route that included dark, twisty road through the country.


    The small herd of deer weren’t really a surprise, crossing the road in a low flat valley between two hills with  blind tree lined turns.  What WAS surprising was the hind hooves of the buck with the sizable rack bouncing off the windshield post on the passenger side of the car as he cleared the hood and vanished into the dark!!


    Didn’t crack the windshield, but it left a couple of small, sharp dents in the top corner of the windshield post where it met the roof!!


    The dents were still there when I sold the car!!


    That flash vision is stuck in both our minds, 25 years later!! If it weren’t for those much improved headlights, we might never have known what caused the stunning, clanging, noise that evening!!  What a visual!!

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  7. I scored six days of fun, several new acquaintances, a new Dillon reloading press, got rid of my hat making/shaping equipment, and got to entertain the whole bunch of folks through a really heavy storm!! (It was a good night, rain or no rain!!!)


    Col. Tuscarorra will provide the hat service next year as part of the deal for all the gear!!  I’ve had a great time doing it, but it’s time for someone else to take over!!  Thank you all for your patronage and your support!!


     I’m planning to shoot with ya’s next year!!  Made next year’s reservation when I left on Sunday!!

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