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  1. Much goodness.  Less of an AR - fest than usual.  Lots of lever action guns - new offerings from Ruger, S & W, Henry, and Winchester.  We'll be talking about it on the Gunslinger radio show on KRLA 870 Los Angeles.  And we have interviews upcoming, from the folks at Ruger, Dillon, Taylors, and Midway's Larry Potterfield.  We'll also be interviewing Dana Loesch, Lena Miculek, Michelle Viscusi, and TacGirl Michelle Waldran.  https://am870theanswer.com/programguidedaily

     

    Cheers,

    FJT

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  2. Just back from the SHOT Show.  Looked and felt solid in person, but I don't think it is currently aimed at the cowboy market.  The tupperware stock is geared for practicality, not tradition, and the optional wood stock is too pricey to being chucking about on sketchy range tables.

    Glad to see S&W enter the market, though!

     

    Cheers,

    FJT

  3. This really hurts.  I regard the days that I got to spend in his company as some of my best days in this game.  I really liked that guy.

     

    Condolences and very best wishes to his family and friends.

     

    Sincerely,

    FJT

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  4. I am certainly not rich, by the standards of the day, but I do like to see what's over the next hill. Or across the river. Or the ocean.  So I keep mine current, and handy. 

     

    The upcoming April issue of the Cowboy Chronicle will contain a few more details on this topic.  Seems we're not the only ones who enjoy this cowboy action stuff.

     

    Cheers,

    FJT

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

    ― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad

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  5. I have NOT had a good experience with Ginex primers.  The brisance or heat index is definitely different than the primers with which I am most familiar; Federal, Winchester, or CCI.

     

    I have had decent experience with them out of rifle length barrels, but have had numerous instances of incomplete burns, up to and including bullet projectiles not being completely expelled, from pistol length barrels.

     

    Your mileage may vary, but that is absolutely my experience.  And I'm not alone in this.

     

    YPYMATYC...

    FJT

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  6. 11 hours ago, Shawnee Hills said:

     

    Have heard nothing but good things about Boogie's parts and work but he hasn't been able to get his parts in for over a year and has now dropped the Ruger short-stroke kits from his website.  I recently contacted him about getting work done without success.  No parts available.

     

    Hang tough.  New parts, including short stroke kits, are incoming.

     

    Cheers,

    FJT

  7. The Ploughboys end "Wild Colonial Boy" with these verses:

     

    "Come all of you Australians

    And Irish, and Americans, too

    You have no rights that your government

    Would not gladly strip from you

     

    So remember Jack, and Ned Kelly, too

    If your freedoms, you enjoy

    Never fear to fight for them,

    Like the Wild Colonial Boy."

     

    Cheers,

    FJT

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  8. I understand the desire to open the game up to as many as possible.  Like many others, I ran matches for years with an "open" class, allowing any SASS legal rifle and shotgun.  A few ultimately made the move to WB, but I don't recall more than 3 taking advantage of the category.

     

    In addition to the record turnout at EoT last year, at the European Championships this year, there were 130 WB shooters out of a capped 360 total participants.  That's almost 40% participation, in an environment where securing the needed additional firearms is REALLY difficult.  So, when it is watered, WB ain't dead.

     

    It is disingenuous to say you can run a power factored .45 rifle the same speed as a cowboy loaded .38.  There may be a few freaks who can, but I surely can't.  I've tried it.

     

    Shooters who have purchased firearms at significant cost, procured components, developed loads, and invested in the game have a right to feel a bit stiffed, don't you think?  Imagine the outrage if Classic Cowboy, or B Western became "Run What Ya Brung."  I don't think either of those have the numbers combined at Winter Trail or End of Range, or whatever they're calling it, now, that WB demonstrated.

     

    I get that it is a game, and it belongs to SASS.  Whether or not the changes will swell the ranks is yet to be seen. But don't belittle those who sweated and invested to make it what is is, so far.

     

    Cheers,

    FJT

     

     

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  9. On 11/26/2023 at 2:44 PM, Phantom, SASS #54973 said:

    Here's one...wish he was still shooting. Badlands Bud

    Story:

    He was on my WR posse (the year he won with 15 total Rank Points...and wasn't clean). Stage had two KD's that launched flyers. He shot it KD,KD,Flyer,Flyer.

    Sure miss having fun with that guy...he was ALWAYS fun to shoot with.

     I know there are others, but...

     

    When we filmed "Duel In The Sun",  for "Shooting Gallery,"  the episode that pitted 3 top 3-Gun shooters against 3 top Cowboy Action shooters, Bud did exactly that.  On camera.  Even more impressively, he had to go back to his belt, while the birds were still in the air.  He still nailed them, both.  Look it up.

     

    I had the pleasure of timing Red Knee for a whole bunch of runs, one year at the speed side matches at EoT, New Mexico.  Wow. 

     

    And, I have to compete against that freak of nature that is Hell's Comin.'  Sigh.

     

    I just shot with Single Barrel, last weekend.  Simply unbelievable.

     

    Cheers,

    A very fumble-fingered FJT

     

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  10. 2nd grade, in a parochial school, in a little town.  The principal came in, informed us the president had been shot, and we had a few moments of prayer, then got back to work.

     

    I have a clearer memory of the funeral, which we watched, as a family.  I was bored out of my gourd, and wanted to go outside to play, but my dad insisted we all watch it, saying that this was world history, and we would want to be a witness to it.

     

    Solemnly,

    FJT

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  11. 1 hour ago, Badlands Bob #61228 said:

    That looks like fun.  How do I get my ammo and guns to Germany?  I wouldn't want to depend on the State Department to negotiate for my release.

    It is great fun!  The match is excellent and extremely well-run, the people very friendly and welcoming, and the setting is spectacular.

     

    Traveling with firearms is a bit of a chore, but completely do-able.  You'll want to contact the pertinent authorities of the country to which you are traveling - next year DoT is in Sweden - and your carrier, submit a list of firearms that you'll be bringing - the cap will be four, for most nations - and remember you can only carry 11 pounds of ammo on most flights, so leave the .45s home.  Expect to pay a bit for the extra baggage. The Euros can sell you excellent shotshells which are perfect for the task.

     

    Do the paperwork in advance, and it will be no more work than getting the temporary EU visa which will be required, starting in 2024.

     

    A significant percentage of the folks you will run into speak at least passable English, some even better than I do.  And cowboys are cowboys, wherever you go.  Be polite and follow the cowboy way, and you'll find a very warm cowboy welcome.

     

    I hope to have an article in the upcoming Chronicle.

     

    Cheers,

    FJT

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  12. Not quite in the window mentioned, but too good not to post.  The Last Stand, in Florida; circa 2003... Lefty Longridge, Lusty Lil, Lead Dispencer, and FJT...

     

    Cheers,

    FJT

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