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  1. Wasn't really at a match stage, but the late Cathouse Bill and I used to go out after our match and shoot at a steel buffalo about 325 yds away with .45 LC Rugers. Would hit about three or four out of five shots...offhand!
  2. Regardless of everything else, when loading black powder, there should NEVER be any space between the powder charge and the base of the projectile! Most folks suggest at least 1/16" compression of the powder. Not sure how that works with a hollowbase slug.
  3. Regarding the use of .44 Magnum for CAS/SASS: The maximum for any pistol round fired from a handgun is 1000 ft/sec., and 1400 ft/sec from a rifle. As long as the velocities are not exceeded, you can use .44 Magnum cartridges with reduced loads. Some rifles may not feed reliably with .44 Special, so using light loads in a .44 Magnum case may be the answer. ALWAYS FOLLOW LOADS LISTED IN PUBLISHED RELOADING MANUALS!) Welcome to the campfire, Pard!
  4. I started CAS with a Navy Arms replica M1860 Henry (the Italian-made one) in .44-40. Neat rifle, but as I got older the weight of the 24" barrel with the magazine got too much for my lower back. I switched to a pair of Rossi's, one in .44-40 and the other in .44 Magnum, depending on what ammo I had loaded at the time of a match. The older Rossi M92's (Old Model Puma and M65) needed a bit of smoothing and reducing the force of the ejector spring, but otherwise they are great rifles. Both have 20" barrels, which are easier on my back...you can almost shoot them one-handed! Yes, they can be a bit sensitive to cartridge overall length, but once you get that set, no problems! Welcome to the campfire, Pard! Just stay out of the south end of your city (except around the Museum of Science and Industry. Haunted that place as a kid.
  5. 1842. Probably an Army officer had I survived a case of scarlet fever at age five, when there were no antibiotics. As it was, a hundred years later, the military hadn't released any penicillin to the civilian population except for sulfa! Had I survived the CW and had the funds to attend college, I probably would have become some type of engineer, possibly building railroad equipment including locomotives.
  6. Whatever it was, it would have had to have been long enough to serve as a crutch. And it must have been handy enough to serve as a warning to potential troublemakers!
  7. "Ah'm yoah huckleberry!' (Doc Holliday). Meaning, if you want to start the ball, I'll "dance" with you! "Start the ball, old man!" One of the trashy brothers (was it James Drury?) to Joel McCrea in "Ride the High Country" in the final showdown. "Fill your hand, you s.o.b.!" John Wayne, in "True Grit"
  8. Chinese didn't just run laundries, either. They built the Central Pacific Railroad through the Sierras! Another character of the Hebrew persuasion was one-legged Jake Harris, who ran a saloon in Landusky, Montana. Seems he had an argument with the local sheriff on the platform of the Great Falls railroad station. Whether he was shot in the leg and had to have it amputated or fell off the platform and was run over by a train hasn't been established, but it caused him to stump around his establishment with a crutch...except on Saturday nights, when he tucked the butt of a long-barreled shotgun under his armpit! He was also the postmaster in Landusky. He kept the "post office" in a cigar box. One day a postal inspector came in and demanded to see his records. He told the man that there was the "records", in the box and if he didn't like it, he could take the "post office" with him! The official left, sans "post office"! Landusky, Montana, was named after its founder, Pike Landusky, an ex-coal miner from Pennsylvania. He got into an argument with Harvey Logan, alias Kid Curry, and beat Logan so badly the Kid had to be hospitalized for a time. (The argument was over a woman...what else?) Anyhow, when Logan got out of the hospital, he went into Harris' establishment. Landusky came in, saw him and pulled an automatic pistol of some kind...possibly a Luger. He had the Kid dead-to-rights, but either the gun misfired or Pike didn't know how to turn off the safety. Whereupon, Logan pulled a Colt's Single Action, and shot Pike dead! It took all kinds in the Old West. Still does!
  9. A man passes a hardware store window that has a sign in it, "Cast Iron Sinks". He nods his head and says to himself, "That's true!"
  10. His parents were supposedly from Ireland! (Not all Irishmen and women were Christian. The late Lord Mayor of Dublin, Bobby Briscoe was Jewish.) Jim Levy was described as a "pistoliferous gambler", as deadly or deadlier than Wild Bill! He supposedly left Deadwood after killing a man. He was later killed down in Arizona by someone who shot him with a shotgun, apparently afraid to face him with a sixgun. Hyman Levinson, alias Charles Goldman, ran away from home and enlisted in the 7th Cavalry, one of "Custer's Avengers". He later transferred to the 5th Cav., and during the S-A War was employed as a civilian teamster, with a recommendation for employment by Gen. Nelson Miles! And Sig Schlesenger was at the Battle of Beecher Island. Maj. Sandy Forsyth wrote a poem about him: "When the foe charged on the breastworks with the madness of despair, And the bravest of souls was tested, the little Jew was there." Otto Mears built wagon toll roads and railroads in Colorado. Ute chief Ouray would talk only to him because Mears took the trouble to learn the Ute language! Bunch more, but not enough bandwidth.
  11. +1 on those letters asking for money. The requests are enough to make you cry as you read them. Someone once said, "I wish I had all your money." I replied, "I'd give you all my money...if you'll figure out how to pay all my bills!" Nuff said!
  12. I was gonna support Alfred E. Newman for Dictator, but he dropped out!
  13. I use my own reproduction of the 1874 Dyer Pouch, primarily to carry my shotgun shells. It will hold six so if I need four for a stage, I have two extra in case I drop a couple. The pouch is lined with sheep's wool, front and back, per the original. If I need extra cartridges, they will also fit. Sorry I can't post a picture. Haven't quite figured out how to do that since Photobucket got hinkey on us. You can go to www.gunfighter.com/trailrider .
  14. When I was six years old (1948), my Dad and Mom and I were travelling by train from Chicago to downstate Illinois to see Mom's folks (my grandparents, of course). Our train was stopped in Galesburg, Illinois, because the "Whistle-stop Special" with President Truman on board was due to come and stop for his campaign. My Dad was a staunch Republican. But Dad felt that I should see "The President". So, we got off the train (it wasn't going anywhere until Truman's train departed), and he put me up on his shoulders. I don't know how far we were (50-100 yds), but I did get to see President Truman standing on the rear platform of the car! Since this is an election year, "Dad and I", in HO scale will be standing at "Galesburg" to see the Ferdinand Magellan (railroad car) with "President Truman" and an aide standing on the back platform...in HO scale, of course! I do have to remove the decal with the words "United States of America" from the car, as there were no such markings on the real one due to security concerns. BTW, I was able to get aboard the real car at a railroad museum some years ago. That thing had reinforced concrete in the floor to protect the president (both FDR and Truman) from the possibility of sabotage! Car supposedly weighed over 200,000 lbs.!
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