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18 hours ago, Joe LaFives #5481 said:

I consider everything pre SASS wire as old days.  So 2000.

  Yep, that's about with me: pre-SASS Wire and Pre- CAS City (the days of the old CAS-L BB).

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Durango Junction High Country Shootout, 1991, hosted by the Durango Kid in where else, Durango, Colorado.

My first alias was Josh Randall.

 

 

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Matt Q, Oscar Crabby, Old Lone$ome, Buckeye Flats and Pitchfork c. 1990

 

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Mild Bill Hiccup c. 1990 with his single-shot cane

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End of Trail 2002, Norco, California

Left to right, Tex Boden, Duke Chisum (RIP), Mayobard, Yours Truly, and Pat Riot.

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10 hours ago, Snakebite said:

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Coincidence, as I first see this - I am wearing a pair of Horsefly pants!

 

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On 7/10/2018 at 7:17 PM, Griff said:

The "Fritz gang from '87 EOT IIRC.  And some behind the scenes setup for EOT '88scan0021.JPG.4d790e2f66b9c6c6eea34c13b5c4400d.JPGscan0030.JPG.f84072cbef4156f774d239be4745305f.JPGscan0031.JPG.2b4238a7955d259c383fe553689bde65.JPG1709489920_scan00321.JPG.3452f5734685c2e1543188216b64a089.JPG

I remember shooting the stage on the bottom with all the red buildings.  You went down stage as you shot and the last target was inside the outhouse in the center.  It was in the dark and you shot it through the half moon...if you ever saw it!  This kind of stage would cause a riot these days, but it was great fun.  I recall that the team match was shot on this bay and the props really took a beating.  Brings back good memories.  

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The pictures got me reminiscing.  Here are a couple of shots from Northern California.  The first one is the main stages at Railroad Flat up at Mokolomne Hill somewhere about 1985-1986 and the second one was me at the same match, back when I was a 22 year old kid and had a 28 inch waist!  Not sure why I am only wearing one gun. 

 

This match changed my life.  I met friends here including the late great Carl Ontis (Pawnee Bill), who got me interested in reenacting, which led to pursuing my interest in history, and eventually a Ph.D in historical archaeology.  On top of that, we had a heck of a lot of fun.  Sad to say, many of the old crowd are gone.  But it was fun while it lasted.  

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12 hours ago, Doc Coles SASS 1188 said:

...Not sure why I am only wearing one gun. ...

 

Looks like you were doing a Duke impression, and he only wore one. :)

Edited by Abilene, SASS # 27489
capitalize the Duke!

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On 9/14/2019 at 4:39 AM, Snakebite said:

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Isn’t that Diamond Dick on the right?  

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8 hours ago, Allie Mo, SASS No. 25217 said:

Yes.

I worked at Old Sacramento Armory

with Dick for a number of years then we started the River City Regulators along with five other good folks.  Before he retired, Dick was captain of homicide for the Sacramento County Sheriffs Department and carried a nickled ivory gripped Colt Sheriffs model as his duty gun (there was a 1911 in his glove compartment as well as a riot gun, and an m16 in his trunk in case things got serious).  He was a great guy and had great stories to tell about old time law enforcement.  A true friend who helped me out at a critical time in my life.  Another good man gone.  

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Another side note about Diamond Dick.

 

I had been knocking around SASS for less than a year when Cowboy Town became a reality. I rode out of the RimRock one snowy Winter's day to warm up

and see this place for myself.

I happened to Posse with DD and in fact shot right behind him. What a gentleman indeed and a great Pard. 

The description of his duty gun was what got me remembering though. During that day his gunsmith rode in to discuss some work on his wife's piece. That

day DD shot a totally engraved set of Scofields with ivory or pearl grips along with an equally engraved rifle!

 

As far as Rail Road Flat, I rode in and out of that Cow Camp a couple of seasons around their 25th anniversary. Fond memories of Peaceful 256 and Annie. They

took me in and gave me my first taste of black powder, setting me down the trail where I eventually crossed paths with Laylow Curly and his Dammit Gang.

 

Changed me forever in more ways than I realized.

 

Thanks for taking me back, Dammit!

 

JUD

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The winners of the Team Event at Helldorado '00 (l-r) Diamond Dick, Molly b'Dam, Max Sand, The Pentz Kid and I.M. Nobody 

 

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In a photo from 1998, David Carradine (Coleman Younger, SASS #9145), Keith Carradine (Jim Younger, SASS #5176), and Robert Carradine,

(Bob Younger, SASS, #174). In the beard right behind them is Paul Harper (Fort Phantom Kid, SASS #169) from the movie, The Wild Bunch.

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On 2/16/2018 at 6:04 PM, McCandless said:

 

R.J. Poteet, Heavy Duty (aka Big Jake, SASS #1001) and AKA are pictured with the new hardware.


what ever happened to RJ Poteet?  Wasn’t he the master of ceremony’s of the early end of trail?  

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18 hours ago, Kid Curry, SASS# 2924 said:


what ever happened to RJ Poteet?  Wasn’t he the master of ceremony’s of the early end of trail?  

Yes, a founding member of the Wild Bunch & SASS, ISTR he moved to the SF area around '90.  

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My Posse at Winter Range 1993 ( I set up the shot and secured the photographer but in the meantime Tex told everyone not to smile - I never got the message obviously)

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Darn It Darr & Ned Pepper, 1999 

 

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No Horse, Jamie, Alaskan Wrangler, Montana Kid Hammer, Mastodon John, Judge Yukon Hatch-CAP, and the Wind Drifter at Pike's Landing

during Golden Days in Fairbanks, Alaska. 

 

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Reverend Al and Old Boz, Western Canadian Frontier Shootist Society. 1994

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On 1/12/2020 at 10:30 AM, McCandless said:

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In a photo from 1998, David Carradine (Coleman Younger, SASS #9145), Keith Carradine (Jim Younger, SASS #5176), and Robert Carradine,

(Bob Younger, SASS, #174). In the beard right behind them is Paul Harper (Fort Phantom Kid, SASS #169) from the movie, The Wild Bunch.

I remember that Carradine attempted to buy Cole Younger's alias and then settled for Coleman. 

 

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I had no idea that the head nerd from revenge of the nerds was a carradine.  Nor that he was in SASS. 

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The reason was that they made the movie - The long riders as the youngers, had the keach brothers and the quaid brothers all acting as members of the james younger gang.

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This is a ,1998 I believe, pic as we throw Coyote Calhoun into a very splintery wagon.  There were several takes.

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Wow, this is pretty amazing.  I'm a recent member of SASS but attended EOT @ Coto De Caza (I believe it was 1987 and 1988) with my friend Jason and his father Gordon.  I was playing other gun games at the time and, despite Gordon always making sure I had all the best shooting gear including for SASS, college got in the way then grad school, then a career and kids.  SASS just never happened..  I've blinked and 30 years have passed.  Anyway, excited to be here now and thank you for posting those pictures,

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Welcome back!!!

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On 3/18/2020 at 5:28 PM, Joe West said:

as we throw Coyote Calhoun into a very splintery wagon. 

We used to have the Chisler Toss at mule camp.  That was where the Chisler, then everybody else, went into the pool with all their cowboy gear (no guns).

 

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I don't have a picture of that. I was always last off the range so often missed it. His wife made me promise to make sure nobody busted his teeth.

 

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Posted (edited)

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Houlihan, Hack m Up, Weedy, Coffee, and Ed Schefflin, EoT 1996

 

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Ivory Jack McCloud, Nevada Mike, Hack m up, and Coffee taken Saturday March 13, 1999

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Captain Morgan Rum, Slim Chance and Owl Hoot at

1999 Ghost Riders Revenge

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Pack Rat and Opal Rose at the California State Championship, 1998 

 

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Pack Rat, shooting full power, black powder .45-70 rounds from a Gatling Gun, in the Top 20 Shoot Off!!  EoT 1998

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