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Howlin Mad Murdock SASS #4037

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  1. The purpose of that drill is to induce physical and mental stress into the marksmanship challenge. We do similar things in our 2G-ACM matches, although usually 90-180 seconds instead. Run 50 meters, get into position, load rifle and hit a small target, all in less than 27 seconds, repeat 19 times, very difficult. You have to maintain a certain pace, run too fast, you get gassed, too slow, run out of time. Getting into position quickly, maintain breathing, sight picture, send it, get going again. I imagine that modern soldiers might have to do a fair amount of run to cover, shoot, run to cover, shoot. Might be nice to have experienced that in training first. Just my observation/opinion, I could be wrong, I was in the Navy after all.
  2. With my 2-gun rifle, I take the bolt out and spray it off with brake cleaner, lube it up generously and put it back in, maybe twice a year. Never cleaned the barrel since I built it about 10 years ago. has at least 10K rounds through it. Re-zeroed it January because I put a new red dot on it. Just under 2 MOA at 200 yards, just like the first time. Like SS I'm in the camp of too much cleaning is more harmful than minimal cleaning. I do wipe most of the dirt and mud off after one of our 2G-ACM matches though.
  3. I've done it many times and never been called on it. It's your stage to shoot, just be aware the time you are using. Take a quick sight picture and put the gun away. One of the main reasons to do it is when you have a stage with a building or porch. Out west here we have very bright sunlight and deep shadows. Nice to know if when you pick up the rifle to shoot that the sights are either both in the shade or sun. with stainless pistols, might like to have the pistol in the shade. Also, shooting through windows with bars or curtains, good idea to stick the long gun through for a quick trial run. Lots of reasons to go through the motions with guns in hand. Just don't take too long to do it.
  4. It was like that 10 years ago, hasn't gotten any better. Shoot the rifle, two steps to the right, shoot the pistols, four steps to the left, shoot the shotgun, or some variation of that. Boring. Not much action in Cowboy Action Shooting. I only show up anymore for the people. CAS shooters are the best people I've ever had the pleasure to spend time with. CAS has always been a game dependent upon disposable income, not a cheap hobby. That trends towards older folks. They bring in their kids and grandkids, who participate until college, then they disappear till they're 40. I was fortunate enough financially to begin participating in my early thirties, saw an article in a gun mag, thought, "I want to try that". Took a little bit to garner up all the hardware. The price of admission will not change unless we change the game, and get the word/visuals out to the general shooting public. Other gun games can be played with one quarter or less of the required initial investment, those games are growing. I shoot a lot of other gun games, and like it or not, most participants of those tend to not look favorably towards this game. Too many guns, funny clothes, mouse fart loads, and too close targets. That perception will have to be changed for things to get any better. I mostly shoot 2-gun these days, you might be familiar with these guys https://www.youtube.com/c/inrangetvshow The match that Karl puts on every month has not been publicized for years (other than the videos they post) yet they had to limit the number of shooters every month to be able to continue the type of match. We would get over 70 shooters, when the CAS matches get 25. Usually 4-5 brand new shooters every month. You can shoot these matches with any rifle or pistol and a good holster. The online presence of InRangeTv motivates those younger folks to get off the couch and throw kettlebells when it's 100 degrees outside. For CAS to stop the bleeding, something needs to happen online to grab their attention, and make it easier to get into. YMMV.
  5. You would be going slower than indicated. Ask anyone who has put bigger tires on their truck or Jeep. With bigger tires than stock, you will be going faster than indicated and odometer will indicate fewer miles traveled. Therefore if you travel more miles than indicated, you would also be going slower than indicated.
  6. No one ever has saved anything by reloading. (Most) everyone has money set aside for their hobby, you will spend all of that money on said hobby. If you reload, after initial investment has been recouped, cost per round goes down, therefore you get to shoot more. If you buy factory ammo, cost per round is higher, less shooting. $ + reloading = more bangs for the buck.
  7. All Uberti 19" ('66 or '73) carbines will hold 10 rounds of .357, .38-40, .44-40, .44 mag, or .45 Colt. If it doesn't, probably has the wrong mag spring installed.
  8. This, no pins required. I use a squirt of Armor All car wash and wax and Lemi-shine. Couple hours in tumbler, rinse and dry. Much less trouble.
  9. Lightened springs and basic polishing of the action is all you need if you aren't trying for top five at EOT or WR. Better off spending all that money on ammunition and practice. After shooting the rifle in that configuration for a while, then you can look into short strokes and other things.
  10. I always wondered how the mounted cowboys knew he was coming back.
  11. My anecdotal evidence from dealing with toggle link rifles since '95 is the big bore rifles are less problematic. That's what the originals were designed around and the smaller calibers were adapted later. All Italian rifles have guidelines and suggestions instead of tolerances and standards, and whether they were put together before or after a three Chianti lunch. Once gone through by someone knowledgeable and set up properly, the big bores seem to have a slightly longer mean time between failures (MTBF), and an even larger mean time between stoppages (MTBS) over the small bores. I don't really see reliability as a good defining factor unless you don't have ready access to someone nearby to keep them running. If you don't have someone nearby, then you just have a spare on hand. Pick your poison. FYI all my CAS rifles, the calibers start with .4, although I have had a few in the past that didn't .
  12. Story I've heard is the best two days in a Cowboy's life is the day he buys a LeMat revolver and the the day he sells the LeMat revolver. Check out these videos: https://www.full30.com/video/5f4c15bef2c3e409e514f66054ada796 https://www.full30.com/video/7b72e6705aad44bd77bcc52990982c6f https://www.full30.com/video/4147f8eb787de988ab8b9cfd60b84fff
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