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  • Birthday 11/14/1951

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    Up the Creek Gang, Orange County Regulators

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  1. Yep, it was great meeting a lot of Wire friends I've never meet face to face before, including you DeaconKC! Hellbender
  2. Yep, you heard that right. If you're going to the SASS Kansas State Match this weekend, look for the Up the Creek Gang's 10-Gun Raffle poster display. Tell Sackett, one of our club members, will be at that poster selling tickets at various times during the match. Tickets are $10 each and each ticket you buy gives you a chance to win a gun, and we've got 10 guns to give away! This is a fundraiser to help us continue rebuilding our cowboy town that was totally destroyed by Hurricane Laura more than a year ago. Our club is located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The drawing will be held on December 4, 2021 and will be videoed and put on the SASS Wire that day. Winners will be called in order of ticket drawn- you do not have to be present to win. The person whose name is on the first ticket drawn will get their choice from among all 10 guns, then the name on the 2nd ticket drawn will be called and asked to choose from the 9 remaining guns, and so on down the line until all 10 guns have been given away. Yes, you can win more than one gun if you buy more than one ticket and more than one of your tickets is drawn. Here are the guns in the raffle (plus see photos down below): Rifles: Marlin (JM) 1894C 357 w/ Action Job Marlin 1894CS 357 (NIB) w/ engraving by Aspen Filly Marlin 1895CS 45-70 w/ engraving by Aspen Filly Henry 22 Golden Boy Texas Tribute Edition (NIB) Henry 22 Silver Series American Eagle (NIB) - the photo below is a stock photo from the Henry website. This gun was on order but we do have it now. Shotguns IAC 1897 CB Hard Chrome w/ Action Job & Extra Stock Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun w/Action Job & Engraving by Aspen Filly Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun (NIB) w/ Engraving by Aspen Filly Stoeger 20 Gauge Uplander (NIB) Stoeger 20 Gauge Uplander w/ Engraved Stock In addition to selling tickets at the SASS Kansas State Match, we also will be selling tickets at two matches in Louisiana (Hot Lead and Hangin' at Coyote Creek) and two matches in Texas (the Battle of Plum Creek and Defend the Fort). If you won't be attending any of those matches, you can purchase tickets by mail. To do that, please mail a check (sorry, no PayPal) in the amount that corresponds to the number of tickets you wish to buy, made out to Up the Creek Gang, to this address: Up the Creek Gang, 528 Jefferson Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70605. It can be a personal check or money order. IMPORTANT: be sure to include in that same envelope your telephone number, mailing address, email address, and your alias. We will fill out the ticket stubs for you and enter them in the drawing. If you want, we would glad to mail you back the long part of the tickets with all the information about the raffle or we could email you a photo of your filled out ticket stubs - just let us know in a note if you would like us to do either of those. You do not have to produce the long part of the ticket to claim a winning gun. The deadline for receipt of mail orders is Dec 3, the day before the drawing. Thanks Pards! Hellbender
  3. Worked for me, thanks Kajun!
  4. Comin' At Cha was a GREAT match - the stages (all 12 of them were unique and fun!), the pot luck dinners, the banquet dinner, the awards ceremony, the entertainment, the camaraderie, all were spectacular! Thank you T-Bone and crew for the hard work y'all did putting this all together - your efforts paid off well! Now''s the time to start planning to come to the next Comin' At Cha Sept 21-23, 2022. I'd also like to again personally, and this time publicly, thank T-Bone for allowing the Up the Creek Gang to set up our 10-gun raffle display at Comin' At Cha and sell tickets throughout the match - we sold 234 tickets there and we do have more to sell - more details coming soon on how to buy yours if you haven't already done so (or see previous SASS Wire posts about our raffle). Special note to Ezra Hawthorne -that Henry Silver Series American Eagle Edition rifle that had been on order is now with us and we had it on display at the match. You wanted to see actual photos of it, so take a look! Hellbender
  5. You can buy your 10-gun raffle tickets at Comin' At Cha starting Wednesday! Sharpeye and I will be arriving from Lake Charles LA maybe around 2pm and we, and other Up the Creek Gang members, will be selling tickets to our 10-gun raffle throughout the match. Tickets are only $10 each and there will be 10 winners drawn on Dec 4. All proceeds go toward the continued rebuilding of our cowboy town, which was destroyed by Hurricane Laura about a year ago. Here are the guns: Rifles: • Marlin (JM) 1894C 357 w/ Action Job • Marlin 1894CS 357 (NIB) w/ Engraving by Aspen Filly • Marlin 1895CS 45-70 w/ Engraving by Aspen Filly • Henry 22 Golden Boy Texas Tribute Edition (NIB) • Henry 22 Silver Series American Eagle (NIB) Shotguns: • IAC 1897 CB Hard Chrome w/ Action Job & Extra Stock • Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun w/ Action Job & Engraving by Aspen Filly • Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun (NIB) with Engraving by Aspen Filly • Stoeger 20 Gauge Uplander (NIB) • Stoeger 20 Gauge Uplander w/ Engraved Stock Not attending Comin' At Cha? No problem! We'll also be selling tickets at the SASS Kansas State Championship, Hot Lead, the Battle of Plum Creek, the SASS Louisiana State Championship, and Defend Old Fort Parker. Not attending any of those shoots? No problem! You can enter the raffle by sending a check made out to Up the Creek Gang for the number of tickets you want at $10 a ticket to Up the Creek Gang, 528 Jefferson Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70605 and we will fill out the stub(s) for you. Make sure you include your Alias and your telephone number. Thanks Pards, Hellbender
  6. While we're heaping praise on Nichols Creek, let me jump in to say he was my posse marshal at a big annual shoot somewhere (don't ask me which one or when 'cause I can't remember) and he proved to be one of the best posse marshals I've ever experienced
  7. As one of your friends from the forum I look forward to the visit! Just look for me at the Up the Creek Gang 10-Gun Raffle display, where you'll be heading anyway to buy your raffle tickets (thanks for your continued support of our cowboy town rebuilding campaign! ).
  8. and I bet I know the first shoot where you'll wear it. See you at CAC!
  9. Just to clear up any confusion there may be without your having to re-read that long initial post: 1. 10 guns will be raffled off. 2. Tickets are $10 each 3. There will be 10 winners. 4. Yes, it is possible for one person to win more than one gun by buying more than one ticket. 5. You can buy tickets at Comin' At Cha, the SASS Oklahoma State Championship, the SASS Kansas State Championship, Hot Lead, the Battle of Plum Creek, the SASS Louisiana State Championship, Defend the Fort, or by ordering them directly (see initial post for ordering instructions). Tickets have already been sold at the SASS Colorado State Championship as well as locally and through Wire orders. Hellbender
  10. Howdy Folks, Please see the original message below about our 10-gun raffle if you are not already familiar with it. Very soon we will start selling these tickets on site at 7 different big annual shoots (listed below). If you are not planning on attending any of those shoots and wish to purchase one or more tickets, you can do so by mail. Please get your orders in soon while tickets are still available - see details below on how to order tickets. Many thanks, Hellbender The Up the Creek Gang in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is now having its 2nd gun raffle to raise money to go toward building our new cowboy town following the destruction of our old one by Hurricane Laura on August 27, 2020. We've raised lots of funds thanks to kind donations from inside and outside our club, from sales of various donated items on the SASS Wire Classifieds over the past many months, and from 3 previous raffles we've held - the Yule Lose gun cart raffle, the Bladesmith skinner knife raffle, and most recently, the 5-gun raffle. We've made a lot of progress on building our town, but with sky high lumber and steel prices, we've spent almost all the money we've raised, and we've still got a long way to go. Now that I've gotten over the preliminaries, let the raffle begin! This is a 10-gun raffle for 5 rifles and 5 shotguns. Tickets are $10 each, the drawing will be held on December 4, 2021 in front of a live audience, and the drawing will be videoed and put on the SASS Wire. You do not have to be present to win (none of the winners in our 5-gun raffle were present at that drawing ). Winners will receive firearms shipped FFL to FFL if need be (i.e. if you live too far away from Lake Charles to come get them or for us to take them to you). The way the raffle will work is the same the way our previous 5-gun raffle worked - the first ticket drawn: first choice from among the 10 guns, 2nd ticket drawn: first choice from among the 9 remaining guns, and so on down the line until all 10 guns have been given away. Here are the guns in the raffle (plus see photos down below): Rifles: Marlin (JM) 1894C 357 w/ Action Job Marlin 1894CS 357 (NIB) w/ engraving by Aspen Filly Marlin 1895CS 45-70 w/ engraving by Aspen Filly Henry 22 Golden Boy Texas Tribute Edition (NIB) Henry 22 Silver Series American Eagle (NIB) - this gun is on order so the photo shown below is a stock photo from the Henry website Shotguns IAC 1897 CB Hard Chrome w/ Action Job & Extra Stock (the ticket says its stainless steel but that's an error) Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun w/Action Job & Engraving by Aspen Filly Stoeger 12 Gauge Coach Gun (NIB) w/ Engraving by Aspen Filly Stoeger 20 Gauge Uplander (NIB) Stoeger 20 Gauge Uplander w/ Engraved Stock How to obtain tickets (2 ways): You can mail a check (sorry, no PayPal) in the amount that corresponds to the number of tickets you wish to buy, made out to Up the Creek Gang, to this address: Up the Creek Gang, 528 Jefferson Dr., Lake Charles, LA 70605. It can be a personal check or money order. IMPORTANT: be sure to include in that same envelope your telephone number, mailing address, email address, and your alias (if you have one). We will fill out the ticket stub(s) for you and add them to the bucket. If you want, we would be more than happy to mail you back the long part of the ticket(s) that has all the information on it about the raffle as well as the same number that's on your ticket stub, or we could email you a photo of your filled out ticket stubs - just let us know in a note whether you would like us to do either or both of these. You do not have to produce the long part of the ticket to claim a winning gun - you just have to have your ticket stub drawn (that's why we need all that contact information on the stub). You can fill out your own stub and put it in the bucket directly by buying tickets at one 7 big annual shoots where we'll be selling tickets. Annual shoots where we will sell tickets are Hot Lead in Louisiana, the SASS State Championship in Louisiana, Comin' At Cha in Texas, Battle of Plum Creek in Texas, Defend the Fort in Texas, the SASS State Championship in Oklahoma, and the SASS State Championship in Kansas. Here's the video from our previous 5-gun raffle drawing in case you never saw it And finally, below is a sample ticket followed by a few pictures of the guns. Good luck to everyone who buys tickets! Cordially, Hellbender President, Up the Creek Gang
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