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Dusty Devil Dale

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  1. I have no idea. I've never followed bowling.
  2. Personally, I'm intending to win the Dillon XL750 in the big raffle -- or the Treager BBQ, or the primers -- maybe even win the match, if I practice 8 hrs a day every day until mid April. (Dream on!)
  3. It's challenging allright; especially shooting clay birds from the fast moving cart. It is a hugely popular stage every year. This year, you will be able ride and shoot it as many times as you like, as a warm-up side match. Great fun!
  4. We're in. Just sent in registrations for Misty Q and me. Looking forward to it.
  5. I just uploaded a map to our range on our kingsriverregulators.com website homepage.
  6. Be sure to get yourself registered for this hard-to-beat match and venue. The Main Match stages are always well designed and fun/fast to shoot. Shooting four stages a day is great! It leaves plenty of time and energy for visiting with friends, checking out a slough of vendors, touring Morro Bay and the coast and many other innovative, fun things like bingo or picking tunes with friends around a campfire. Honestly, I have never heard an ill word spoken about this annual event, or the great club that produces it. Pure fun, any way you look at it.
  7. Kings River Regulators' range is located about a dozen mi north of Clovis/Fresno, Ca. in the rural foothills of the Sierra-Nevadas. I believe there is a map posted on our website. If not I will upload one there soon. Our website is kingsriverregulators.com. You are right, it will be a fun match. Our range is near the site of the historic Gold Rush town of Millerton and its attached Army outpost, Ft. Miller (both are now beneath Millerton Reservoir). During the mid to late 1800s, Major John Savage policed the San Joaquin Valley and its foothills with 40 Fort Miller mounted troops. In a colorful history, they apprehended claim jumpers, stage robbers, tribal horse thieves and outlaws between Stockton and Ft. Tejon, located 80 miles to the south. On two occasions, they defended the Fort itself from attacks: One by the outlaw gang of Joaquin Murietta, and the other by a renegade group of Monache-Ute horse thieves over from Owens Valley. Our club is respectful of that colorful history. Accordingly, many of our KRR cowboy matches have a distinct western flavor and story lines. Shooting stages have a variety of close to medium range targets in easy but interesting arrays and scenarios. Ft. Miller is a fun event for its size. It is one of the very earliest of CAS venues. This year, most of the stage scenarios will have you outgunned up to 20:1, so you'll have to shoot fast--- or have your affairs in order. The photo shows Sinful giving his excellent "Transitions" class to a group at last year's FM event.
  8. The Creek Fire burned predictably for several days and people objected to the hard evacuation order, but still complied. On the 4th night, the wind changed and increased to 60+ mph. 417 homes scattered over 22 miles were burned to the ground in less than a 2-hour span. There were no deaths or injuries. Our whole area remained evacuated and sealed off for 3-1/2 more weeks, due to fire logistics needs, electrical repair hazards, and home looting risks. Our home was still standing, but the rest of our ranch was burned black. Have you ever smelled a refrigerator after the power is shut off for 3+ weeks? Quite an experience. But not nearly as bad as all of our neighbors who lost everything -- except their lives, pets, and faith.
  9. Ordered evacuations are usually for resident safety, but not always. Sometimes they need to clear roads or other areas needed for fire or other emergency response logistics. At others, they know residents are unable to anticipate the magnitude of expected events like floods or storms. Driving and navigating a fire engine at night through thick smoke is difficult enough without having congested traffic to deal with-- other panicking drivers in unexpected places and doing obtuse things. Laws do exist in most states that enable an arrest if a person takes action that threaten life and safety. But I don't think most jurisdictions will arrest you or force you to leave. But they also arent going to interrupt their overall emergency logistics to save you if you choose to stay against direction. Don't bother calling 911 to rescue your family if you end up in a pickle. I was once evacuated for an Anhydrous Ammonia tank fracture at a nearby freezer plant. Being downwind, we were ordered to leave within ten minutes by a prescribed route. All of our livestock animals were dead when we returned hours later. Escaped gasses pose a very real risk. As individuals, we don't have as much information to make evac decisions as emergency responders have. Follow their guidance.
  10. I've given up. I don't believe a word in the MS media or from the current administration any more. The WH could have launched the balloon as a diversion from the censorship stories in the news. We likely will never know the real facts.
  11. If you like the "Cowboy" part of CAS shooting, then you will want to get signed up for the 28th Annual Shootout at Ft Miller. The 3-day event will feature a 2-day, 11-stage Main Match serving a tall order. You'll save the town from Joaquin Murietta's outlaw gang, clear out a bunch of Pinkerton security agents from Etta's Place for Butch and Sundance, high-grade a gold mine, spring one of the Dalton brothers out of the pokey, ride an ore cart down into a mine pit to run off claim jumpers, hunt up some (flying) camp meat, save a wagon load of gold from highwaymen and defend Fort Miller against an attack by a renegade band of Monaches. If the Main Match doesn't keep you busy enough, there'll be a full prior day of side matches, including long range, speed events, and warm up stages. There'll also be an ice cream social, a catered awards banquet, and a big raffle featuring a new Dillon XL750 loader, a Treager portable BBQ and more. So get signed up and hitch your team for the springtime ride to Fort Miller. This will be a fun three days of western shooting. Dry camping is free. Details and sign-up at kingsriverregulators.com. Don't delay -- the event is limited to the first 100 entrants and it is filling up real fast! Quote
  12. Do you have a nearby university or local rock collecting club? Either will have folks who can do needed density and other testing. Also, what general geological area was it found in? Volcanic? Granitic? etc. And don't rule out Krypton. (DO your shooting scores improve or diminish with the rock in your pocket?)
  13. That stack-to-tank juncture is one serious piece of fitting ! Very nicely done!!!
  14. That about sums it up. It's never an easy stage to shoot. Some shooters have it figured out and practiced. They do OK. Surprisingly, I've looked back at scores and there were not very many Procedurals. I've seen quite a few shooters shoot it below 16 ( both R and P targets using the Hangman). It isn't really as bad as it looks at first glance.
  15. It isn't particularly new - been around a while. You have to think in threes. 123--- 234 ---345---3. It isn't what anybody would call GF-friendly, or even two-handed shooter-friendly (pistol split can be a challenge under the clock). Rifle is a lot simpler. I've run into it in matches fairly often.
  16. Agree. A no-shoot hostage target or two can be fun, but otherwise extra targets often turn out to be "P" traps. It helps if they are painted differently, but like you said --WHY have them at all?
  17. Add Hangman or Rattlesnake Sweep: 1232343453
  18. Our central CA club normally has about 70-80 paid members. About 1/3 -1/2 of them participate in monthly matches. Match attendance is heavily weather dependent. Our shooters can choose to shoot on Saturday, Sunday or both days (separate matches held the same weekend) Different shooters prefer different days, so attendance on any individual day is probably less than if we shot only one match. We normally see about 18-25 shooters on Saturday and about 20-30 on Sunday. Our match fees are $15 per match (per day) for members, $20 for non members. I hope that is helpful. Added: Our range is a 8-Bay ghost town setting, so I think ideally we would like to be able to run 3 posses each match day-- say 40-45 shooters.
  19. If it had been me personally, I would have been neck deep in legal action all right -- but probably the "you're allowed one phone call" kind.
  20. Don't give him ideas! You've seen what he can do with them!
  21. Relax. This is the Saloon-- the fun sassnet place. What happens in the Saloon stays in the Saloon.
  22. My bet is that as long as you did no physical damage to the facility or assault staff people, no reasonable LEO would cite you into court under these circumstances. They would accomplish little and risk a whole lot in the Court of Public Opinion. A court action, in fact, could seriously backfire on the facility management.
  23. Fresno, Ca. But I bet the policies are similar in most other locales.
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