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Larsen E. Pettifogger, SASS #32933

Winter Range 2016 - It's Coming FAST!

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Over the next couple of months some new props will be built. For those familiar with Ben Avery, Winter Range stages one through four are in one giant bay. Starting with Stage 1 there should be an Open Range type stage. Then Stage 2 will be the start of a frontier boom town with some finished and semi-finished buildings. Stage 3 will be a train pulling ore cars and Stage 4 will be the mine providing the ore for the train.

 

Each year Winter Range tries to give a gift to each shooter. This year it will be something special that all shooters can use -- a premium quality shooter's bag. It will have padded pistol cases inside and lots of pockets for gear. 800 of them are on the way from the manufacturer!

 

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That looks awesome!

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That is great!

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That range bag is a sweet gift! My 73 only travels in the WR rifle case I got in 2014, so now my pistolas will have a matching travel case. How cool is that?

 

Big thanks to all the fine folks who make Winter Range tick!

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If a shooter is signed up but fails to show will they mail him his shooters packet and gift?

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If a shooter is signed up but fails to show will they mail him his shooters packet and gift?

BC,

To answer your question and for reference....I was signed up last year and business obligation kept me home so was not able to make match (first to miss since 2000), I did not receive whatever the shooter's gift was. I did not expect such, nor being late in cancellation, did I expect refund. Entry is once again in and my plan is to make the Silver Anniversary in 2016, hope you can also.

BB (don't forget the heater)

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Just sent in my App, can't wait!

 

I hope to make a lot of new friends, see some old ones.

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The “Brighton Belle” is in the dry dock for a much needed overhaul.

Fix the cracks in the boiler, replace the bearings of the wheel, stuff the leeks in the hull and upgrade the state rooms.

 

BTW, I’m talking about the river boat.

 

Swiss

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I sent my In Apirl or so I Sunshine Kay sent me a Email said I was in but no number! Thing are in the works.

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Cowgirls...Are you ready to work on Transitions to speed up you game? Well this is the time to do it!

 

The Doily Gang will be hosting a Ladies Only Clinic (for all ages) at the 2016 National Championship (Winter Range). This is not an introduction to Cowboy Shooting, but a clinic to work on TRANSITIONS.

Cost: $30 per shooter (paid at the berm); proceeds will be go to the SASS Scholarship Fund.

Instructors:

  • Belinda Belle
  • Crazy Little Woman
  • Dixie Bell
  • Honey B Quick
  • SASS Kicker
  • Shamrock Sadie
  • Whirlwind Wendy
  • ...and others

Registration: Please Contact the Doily Gang at info@doilygang.com by Feb. 9, 2015 (registration will fill up quickly)

Maximum # of Students: 45 ... Sorry, we are unable to take walk-ups for this clinic, so sign up soon. We will have an alternate list and if there are cancellations, we will notify students as soon as possible.
*NOTE: We will first sign up those students who did not attend the clinic in 2015. Those that attended in 2015 can sign up, but will be placed on the alternate list. We will notify all alternates as soon as possible if they will or will not be able to attend.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 23rd (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM)
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to clinic start time (for payment and registration). The Doily Gang will be handling registration for this clinic.

 

Where: Stages 1-4

What to bring: Everything you would bring to shoot a stage:

  • Pistols (and holsters), Rifle, Shotgun (and SG belt)
  • Minimum Rounds: 40 pistol, 40 Rifle, 20 SG
  • Stool (something to sit on)
  • Cowgirl Attitude & Heart

Topics:

  • Quick safety briefing starting in the clinic bay
  • Tips on TRANSITIONS with all guns
  • Participants will shoot their guns (one-on-one critiques will be provided)

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I sent my In Apirl or so I Sunshine Kay sent me a Email said I was in but no number! Thing are in the works.

GK (and anybody else that may have missed the notification)

Sunshine Kay had a computer failure of Biblical Proportions and is re-building everything. Never fear! We'll get our numbers soon. As long as we know we're in, it's all good. Kay took time from doing that to call and/or email to get the word out she is working on getting back to normal so we wouldn't worry or wonder what was going on.

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Just mailed in my application and remembered that I didn't make a "posse with requests". Looks like I will be shooting with some new friends. :)

 

Blackfoot :ph34r:

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Nanny and Preacher just sent in our application. Coming all the way from RI.

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Just mailed in my application and remembered that I didn't make a "posse with requests". Looks like I will be shooting with some new friends. :)

 

Blackfoot :ph34r:

 

I did that last year, there was only a couple folks on the posse I'd ever even met before, but had never shot with any of them. Good to meet new folks.

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Well I asked the doc this morning should I cancel my plans for February and he said barring any complications I should be able to walk by then. He said about one more week of zero weight bearing and the about three months from surgery date I should be 100% weight bearing and that will put it at 15 January and hopefully it will not take over a month to be able to walk short distances without assistance i.e. Crutches. I have a utv for long rang movement then plan on buying a rugged gun cart to get the gear from the access road to the stage and a stool to do my posse job and to rest while not on the line. So I'm looking forward to getting set free in January and reloading my ammo for Rwanda fire and ice.packing up the trailer and going thru the gear I've bought while under medical supervision.

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Is there going to be a Night shoot.

I would be great.

Nope, not enough time in the schedule. If all goes well there will be a fireworks display instead of the night shoot.

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OK, time for some updates. I have been out of action since October 7. One of the things causing a problem is that my vision is blurred and it is very hard to read the computer screen and I can't see what I have typed or proofread very well. So if there are misspelled words or things don't make sense let me know and I'll try to correct them. I'll make several short entries so I can see/proofread them easier.

 

First off is registration. It is running 25% AHEAD of last year. The match is typically full by mid-December. We are targeting to have 792 people actually shoot the match. To compensate for no-shows registration will run into the low 800s. At a certain point we will start putting people into a waiting list. There is still plenty of room but registations are coming in every day so if you haven't registered register soon! This is the Silver Jubilee so it is going to be a special event!!!

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The main camping areas at Ben Avery are pretty much full. For information on campsites contact the main Ben Avery office. The Rough Riders camp directly across the street from the main range. We have sub-divided the area into some additional camping spots and are making them available to shooters. If you don't mind dry camping you can call Jus D and make a registration (these are handled by Winter Range). His email is wisewaypools@gmail.com

 

For those that would like to rent an RV and stay on-site we have arranged for a local RV company to take care of the shooters. Their information is found here. http://www.winterrange.com/page53.html

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We have located all but one of the original Shooter's Hand Books for all the past Winter Ranges. We are still working on the 2016 Shooter's Handbooks and have a few ideas. One is that we might incorporate some shooter recollections of past Winter Ranges. So, if you have a favorite memory or story about prior Winter Ranges send me a note (or post here) and it might get incorporated into this year's shooter handbook.

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Since I could not go to the Western Divisional or Border Town I am WAY behind on gathering volunteers. It takes precisely 100 people to man all the side matches on Wednesday of the match. If we have more volunteers it makes the work easier. If we have less it means closing an event as we will not ask anyone to do a double shift.

 

There are three shifts: 8 - 11 am, 11-1:30 pm and 1:30 - 4 pm. If you would like to help please let me know what shift you would like. If you have an event preference list that and note any people that you want to partner with. Make sure that the time you volunteer for does not conflict with your warm-up match. I try to double check the warm-up matches but right now I can't read fine print very well. PLEASE send me a PM if you would like to volunteer or check the volunteer box on the application form.

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The work goes on building new props and refurbishing old props. Here are a few shots from last Saturday (November 7).

 

Most of the bays were full so work on repainting and revarnishing had to be delayed again. We will reserve the bays in the middle of the weeks and get some volunteers out there when there aren't as many shooters. The fort has been power washed and is waiting for its new coat of varnish.

 

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Last time out we were driven out by bees. Ben Avery has a bee specialist on-site. Several barrels and props were full of hives and had to be cleaned out.

 

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Everyone breaks down into groups to work on projects. One group is working on a new front for the main tent.

 

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At least two other groups were working on dozens of sections of new boardwalk.

 

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One of the new props will be a frontier town. One of the features of every frontier town is a school house.

 

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Larson to you and everyone that makes Winter Range special

 

THANK YOU from the bottom of my pea picken heart.

 

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Larson;

 

what year shooters book are you missing? Maybe someone has on that they will loan/give you.

 

Marshal Stone

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I'm a coming down from Canada ,,,, Finally !!!

Sent in my Registration a couple of weeks ago ,,,, waiting for my invite to put with my Form 6...

So I can Bring my guns and ammo...

 

Jabez Cowboy

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We received 61 applilications the past two days. That puts the shooter count right at 600. Still 200 spots opens so keep those applications coming in!!!

 

All of the categories have the required minimum number of shooters except for:

 

Lady Frontier Cartridge Duelist ---- 2

Lady Frontier Cartridge Gunfighter -- 1

Patronette ------ 0

 

 

It takes a minimum of 3 to honor a ladies category.

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Senior Frontier Cartridge! :) Why not? :wacko: It's past time to make this happen. No, I won't stay away because it isn't there, but it would be a damned sight better if it were. I've got grandkids older than some the guys shooting in FC!

 

Snakebite :P

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Snakebite, I shoot guns older than you ... Wait What Happened to my Smilie faces...

 

Did ya Mean "Mexican Frontier Cartridge" ,,, Senior Frontier Cartridge + add Duelist .... SFCD YES

 

 

Jabez Cowboy

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Got my confirmation letter yesterday, #308, one of my favorites.

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Paperwork and check should be arriving in Phoenix tomorrow! Guess I will be gracing y'all with my presence once again! This time, Darby and I will be bringin 2 other Circus Crew Executive Council Members with us! Please be sure to put a kick me sign on Boaz and Mean Gun Mark's backs if you see them walking the range!

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Hilda Billie and I got our confirmations with shooter numbers 30 and 31 just a few days ago. thanks to Sunshine Kay!! I can only imagine how much time and effort she and the rest of the Rangers put in to making this event the world class shooting match it has become. Thanks to all of the Rangers and helpers!

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Trizzlee and I got our confirmations, numbers 183 and 184. Now I've got to start loading and double checkin ammo. It'll be here before you know it.

 

BS

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Got my confirmation a few days ago, #483, looks like plenty of room, get those applications in!

 

TB

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