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Captain Curly Strait

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  1. Not a clue. But I’ll dig through my reference materials. Could you post a picture?
  2. A quick online search shows similar models from the aforementioned companies, but only one with the MFCa logo on the grips. Here’s the link: http://meridenfirearms.com/pistol.html Looks like PaleWolf Brunelle beat me to it!
  3. It looks like an Iver Johnson, which means it may also be a US Revolver company product as IJ made both. But it could also be one of the similar variants made by H&R, Hopkins and Allen, or Meriden Firearms, and/or a Spanish company who’s name I’ve forgotten. If it’s the Spanish version, it should have a Spanish proof mark on the frame somewhere, possibly under the grips. Are there any other markings you can see?
  4. Very Sorry to hear. Our prayers and condolences to his family and all who's lives his touched.
  5. Thanks Ripsaw and Griff! I don't think I need to worry about world championship status, or state, regional, or even or local. Just don't want to embarrass myself. So, I was asking for wisdom from the more experienced, which in my case, is just about everybody. Thanks again to ALL for your time and input. It is much appreciated! Most Sincerely, Curly
  6. We live about halfway between Milwaukee and Green Bay on the eastern side of WI. The two closest SASS Clubs are the Bristol Plains Pistoleros and the Liberty Prairie Regulators. Contacted Dirty Deeds over at the LPR in October, since they are the closest, and he put me on their email list. Looking forward to meeting them at their annual January planning meeting in Ripon. Me and my Pard will be shooting locals/monthlies both in middle and western, WI and southeastern, MN; plus taking a trip to Enderlin, ND next year for their state match, I hope.
  7. My most sincere Thanks to Y'all! I have a much better understanding now, and I'll quit overthinking it and just go shoot! I shot a couple of local matches back in 1998 or '99, but had to give it up for work and personal reasons. Then in 2006 or 2007, I signed up for SASS at either the NRA or SHOT shows, intending on getting back into it because it was FUN! However, work again got in the way; durned work...always messing up my play time. Recently a great friend of mine found himself without a SASS shooting partner. So, I am back! But after reading a bunch on the Wire, I really couldn't discern the approach to being more competitive, or where the emphasis on my limited talents should be placed. Some promoted speed more than accuracy, some the other way. What I am hearing from y'all, is speed and accuracy are both important if you want to rise to the top, but there are a myriad of reasons people participate and enjoy this endeavor. That said, I'm taking your advice and I'll find my comfort level after the first few locals, then decide how much time I need to spend to get faster, and if its really worth it to me, or do I really just enjoy the company. I am confident I can already finish in the bottom of the field and still have fun. As to the original title, I was curious over the relationship of the "Spirit of the Game" as it would apply to the reality of being a cowboy in the 1880's, where misses might be the end of the competition for the cowboy, wondering why we would not apply the same adherence in the spirit of the game. But, I now better understand the reality of balancing speed and accuracy in such events. Thanks Roger Rapid for bringing that up, because that is essentially what I was wondering about, but with accurate being a priority to fast. As noted, it appears those who truly excel at this game are BOTH! And to the rest of you fine cowboys, again my thanks for taking the time to reach out! Since I haven't shot a stage since '99, I had to get a bit creative with my awards and championship titles, but thought adding those would lend some levity to my obvious lack of knowledge; reflecting my sincerity instead of sounding like a, well...you know, the south end of a northbound donkey. And to Tennessee Williams, "Glad you got a fast hound"! LIttle worse in life than a scalded dog. Hope to see some or all of you down the trail! Most Sincerely, Curly
  8. I'm relatively new to SASS and Cowboy Action Shooting; a reload so to speak, from a brief encounter with CAS back in the late 90's. So, I've been a reading posts on this wire for several months. I am amazed at the breadth and depth of knowledge shared here by some real shooters and cowboys! And for the courteous, informational responses to us "newbies". What a testament to the Cowboy Way. Thank you! In this vein, I have a question for y'all. After reading several threads/posts on "Shooting Clean" "Penalties", or "Speed vs. Accuracy", I am curious regarding some of the responses I have read. Sorry, I do not recall the original thread or original "poster", but it seemed the consensus on one or more of these threads was, to paraphrase, "shooting clean was overrated, used to salve the ego's of those who shoot too slow." It seems I also read a thread about imposing new penalties for misses, in order to "level the playing field for the slower shooters" who were more accurate, i.e., "a fast shooter with a pistol could still clean the stage faster by hitting the target on the 2nd or 3rd time, shooting faster than the imposed penalty". In other words, I read this as 'the fast shooter missed the target with the pistol one or two times, but still hit it faster than the imposed 5-second penalty', therefore still beat the slow, accurate shooter on the overall clock. Again, I am new here, so I am just trying to understand. 1. Aren't we given a limited number of rounds to engage every stage at the start, (discounting reloads on the clock, of course)? 10 pistol, 10 rifle, and 4-10 shotgun on each stage, as an example? If so, should a lightning-fast shooter miss a pistol or rifle target one, two, or three times, isn't he or she out of ammo to finish the stage, (without a reload), no matter how fast the first, missed target was eventually eliminated? Seems like reloading an SA revolver, on the clock, to engage an additional one, two, or three targets would negate the advantage of shooting fast, missing once, then taking the penalty. In another life and in another game, I have seen the advantage of "missing fast and taking the penalty". We called it gaming. 2. And lastly, as a newcomer it seems to me the first reality of this type of event is to be safe and have "FUN". Secondly, meet and make friends with others who enjoy the cowboy life, cowboy guns, and cowboy-type shooting, the Cowboy Way. Thirdly, to shoot to the best of your ability. Fourth, not get DQ'd. But, if I had to boil it all down to one thing from my perspective of shooting, in the old west or anywhere else, for real, a "miss" means you might not get to shoot again. Seems to me a target left standing, not neutralized, might be the last target I get to see. Guess I stand on the side of the fence that "fast is fine, but accurate is final". And this is the center of my question, "Where in the Spirit of the Game have we apparently lost the finality of neutralizing all targets as though it were life and death in the old west, no matter how many rounds, no matter how much time?" Or is this "speed-with-penalties-is-more-important-than-accuracy" just a practical application of moving each stage along, so we all have fun, at the same match, in the same calendar year? :-) Again, I am new to this and just looking to get the lay of the land before I embarrass myself further by shooting. My Thanks in advance to all who have time to show me the way. Please pardon my ignorance. Curly 2019 Most-Scattergun-Misses Champion, LeRoy’s Towing and Gun Emporium Semi-Pro/Am, Kiel, WI 2019 Fastest-Miss Champion, Sheboygan County SASS Shooters Sectional, Glenbeulah, WI 2019 Derringer Mis-Fire/No-Hits Champion, Really-Notta-Gun Side Match, Kalamazoo, MI 2018 High-Miss Champion, Rockford Railroad Regulators Regional, Paw Paw, IL 2018 Bottom-Gun Champion, Pigeon Falls Fire In The Water Winter Classic, Pigeon Falls, WI 2018 Highest-Miss Percentage Per Stage, Johnsonville Sausage Invitational, Sheboygan Falls, WI 2017 Best Dressed City Slicker, All Hat and No Cattle Award Winner, Dodge CO. Fair, Slinger, WI
  9. I have a pair, a 235 - 12ga., boxlock with hammers and (what I believe is) a 225 - 12 ga. boxlock with hammers. The 235 is clearly marked "235" on the bottom of the receiver, no marks on the other beyond "J. Stevens A&T Company, Chicopee Falls, Mass. USA." on the left side of the receiver. Both have been cut back to 18.5" and appear to be built like tanks. After a thorough inspection by a qualified gunsmith, I plan on running them with low-recoil smokeless, as both appear to be fluid-steel barrels, unless told otherwise. While I can appreciate the speed at which many can run a '97; there is a "flaw" in my character that believes I should be running hammered double guns. Just for the fun of it. So, why not drag yours out for nostalgia's sake, even if its only once-in-a-while!
  10. Lots of great information and advice here! I concur with Clyde Henry and the Watab Kid, in particular. Having spent the past 20 years or so working for a variety of firearms manufacturers', I can attest to the finickiness of rifle barrels. Two consecutive barrels made on the same day, from the same blanks, on the same machine, by the same person, may not shoot to the same degree of accuracy with any given loading. So as several here have stated, take the time to work-up and experiment with as many loadings as is feasible, document the results, then you will truly realize the accuracy potential of your rifle. After that, there is no substitute for trigger time. I've rarely met a shooter who could out-shoot the gun. And to expound on the Watab Kid, you have to start somewhere; but that doesn't mean you have to limit yourself. Great thing about all of this is: "You don't have to stick to just one gun." You can always trade-up or trade-off; or simply buy another and start from scratch with a new experiment.
  11. Please pardon my ignorance, but how do y’all IM someone who’s contacted you. I can’t find a tab or button or anything to respond to IM’s or an IM button/tab to send one. Again, please excuse my ignorance, I’m a gun guy; not a computer guy. Yours truly, Curly
  12. Yes I have. Thanks for the suggestion! They are out of stock also.
  13. My sincere thanks to everyone who has replied! I have tried Numrich, PGS, and a couple of dozen other online sources without success. Out of stock or out of production. Looking for an antique “take-off/salvage” one at this point. I don’t know how to post a picture, but I’ll attach a link to an early model stock I missed on eBay. Basically the tang on the early crescent buttplates is significantly longer than the later models, transitioning to the shorter ‘73 style somewhere between serials 60,000 and 90,000. My stock is cut for the original tang. My thanks again to everyone for your suggestions and the warm welcome! And Imis, I’ve a bunch of good hats! Thanks! Here’s the link. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F202758405454
  14. Hello to All! I am what you might consider a "reload" to Cowboy Action Shooting. Joined SASS in 2009, shot a few matches, then "had to hang up my spurs" due to work and family obligations. Just renewed my SASS membership and started exploring the SASS Forums at the suggestion of my new shootin' partner in the CAS world. I live in WI and will be shooting in WI, MN, and at least one match in ND next year. Very happy to be back in the saddle. Wanted to introduce myself before I asked for a favor. That's the "Hello", here's the "Help". I have an 1886 in 45-70 built brand, spankin' new in 1887. It's mechanically sound, but its original lumber has passed on. I have begun fitting a replacement stock set, but cannot find a crescent buttplate for the "early" model 1886 anywhere, for love or money. I have scoured the interwebs, finding replacements for the late models only. My serial is 11405. So, at the suggestion of my pard, I am reaching out to y'all in hopes of finding this crucial, but elusive butt-part. Not sure how all this works, but I'll learn as I go, I 'spect. I’m a gun guy, not a computer guy. Thought I should start here to let those smarter than me point me in the right direction. Thanks in advance for your advice, suggestions, your time, and knowledge! Lookin' forward to showing' y'all how fast I can miss. Most Respectfully, Captain Curly Strait
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