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China Camp, Deadly Redly, Montana Dan and Doc Holiday at End of Trail, Coto De Caza, 1988    Winners of the THREE shooting categories at EoT 1988: Black Powder - Hangfire Hank, Traditio

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4 hours ago, Griff said:

OH YES!!!  I have one more project to finish, then... that's what's going in my '91 RS....  Unless a smokin' deal comes along on a LS3!

Guys, with all due respect, and as a car guy myself, let me just ask what do your cars have to do with early days is SASS? 

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Not a thing..Except reconnecting with old SASS Pards from the earlier days of SASS and catching up

after a much too long hiatus...A few of us have had med issues that 'forced' them to retire' from competitive shooting , Like Me, and missing the old days of SASS and bringing old friends up to speed on what 's been going on and what in my case, one of the things I've done to make up for not being able to cowboy any longer...

I agree with you, out of place perhaps on the SASS Wire, but like i said it's mainly about reconnecting with what was a huge part of my life for 12 years and  a lot of very old pards that i miss from my SASS days.

SASS was a major part of my life for a long time

My apologies if I was out of line

 

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8 hours ago, Sixgun Shorty, SASS #35717 Life said:

Not a thing..Except reconnecting with old SASS Pards from the earlier days of SASS and catching up

after a much too long hiatus...A few of us have had med issues that 'forced' them to retire' from competitive shooting , Like Me, and missing the old days of SASS and bringing old friends up to speed on what 's been going on and what in my case, one of the things I've done to make up for not being able to cowboy any longer...

I agree with you, out of place perhaps on the SASS Wire, but like i said it's mainly about reconnecting with what was a huge part of my life for 12 years and  a lot of very old pards that i miss from my SASS days.

SASS was a major part of my life for a long time

My apologies if I was out of line

 

No offense here!

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Shorty, you are an icon from the earlier days of SASS and still a wealth of information on Colts.  This is a perfect place for you and others from the Early Days of SASS to reminisce and catch up on current activities.   Keep doing what you are doing.

 

Jailhouse Jim

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Thanks Jim 

Very kind of you indeed 

after 16 orthopedic and neurosurgeries ,

mostly back , neck , and 2 artificial shoulders, in 2014 when my wife passed away, I gave up my Class III FFL and retired not only from business but from SASS competition ... Reluctantly, but no choice. To say I miss it would be an

understatement! Surprisingly I still get a lot of calls from SASS Pards regarding Colts which I am only to happy to discuss . As you know , Colt has radically changed now that CZ purchased them 

I can tell you with authority that ANY generation of Colt SAA and 1911’s are an ever appreciating investment 

 Colts are already making nice profits and will continue to do so 

They will never be made again as an American treasure by Colt 

sure, CZ will be making Colts; but to purists like me that have spent the better part of my life as a Colt Dealer Custom Shop Dealer and Colt collector, RIP Colt ! Hang on to those  genuine Colts!

They are truly American Icons!

 



 

 

 

 

 

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Hipshot, Roy Rogers, and Judge Roy Bean 

 

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B B McShagnasty, Beauford McHogg, Butch Cavecchi, Railhead AZ 1988

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Harper Creigh "Judge Roy Bean" #1, Dave Britton "R.J. Poteet" #3, Craig Hanson "Big Jake" #1001, Harold Iskawich "Greybeard", at Railhead 1989 and the 1st time the Train had gone to and from the Grand Canyon since 1968.

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Quotes from Craig Hanson, "Big Jake, SASS #1001...

 

"Only One Handgun back then. In 1985-86-87 we could use Winchester 30-30 and 45-70 as a main match rifle. we used wrist watches and stopwatches for a timer. Things changed with SASS in late 1987 and End of Trail 1988 and up."

 

"Targets back then were poured cast steel and had many pockmarks from hits and craters from hard hits from the 30-30's, .38-55' and .45-70's. had several bounce backs that hit people and cut the skin. I had a .45-70 hit and bounce back, skid off the ground, hit a shed behind me, and bounce to hit me in the Cowboy Boots above the ankle. Black n Blue for two weeks. SASS started using AR (Abrasion Resistant) Steel and no more pockmarks and craters. Just a bullet Splash in the dirt. But also went with Pistol only calibers in the Rifles."

 

"Some of our guys were a little upset when they banned the rifle calibers. One had his 30-30 all set up and dialed in and the other had been working, for months, on getting his 45-70 '86 to be competitive."

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Jerry Jordon "Beauford McHogg", Don Wright "B.B. McShagnasty" #452, Tony Cipponari "Butch Cavecchi" #20, Reggie Byrum "Apache Kid", and Craig Hanson "Big Jake" #1001.

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Actually, the rifle calibers as a main match rifle ended in 1985.  My 1st monthly match was in late summer 1985; I brought my 94 Winchester in .30-30 to use, and had to borrow a rifle... This was at Coto De Caza with the Wild Bunch!   Sometimes known as the Coto Cowboys! 

I was told that EOT '85 was the last use of a rifle caliber as a main match gun. I know they weren't allowed in '86 or any later except as long range entries.

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EOT 1986 Long Range Side Match.  Maybe the ONLY time a non-cartridge rifle was used.  I didn't finish last, but quite far behind 1st!!!

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My son reminded me in '87 I used my Sharps!
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Bill Lindholm sent me these:

 

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Wimpy Hank Yoho - EoT 2002

 

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Tule Spud, Wimpy Hank Yoho, Lost River Slim & my brother Whiney Henry Yoho

"Tule & Slim left us a few years ago. :( Miss them.  Pards ta' ride the river with.  They were like brothers to me too."

 

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Wimpy Hank Yoho and Whiney Henry Yoho

"Here's one of my brother Whiney Henry Yoho & myself.  I'm guessin' about a dozen years back or so. Match was called True Grit, Roseburg, Oregon. Whiney's smilin' big cuz' it was a two day match with 10 stages with 4 pistols, 2 rifles & a shotgun. Ammo count per stage approximately 50 rounds per stage. We'd do that one & feel like all the other matches after that one seem like not much shootin'. LOL"

 

 

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Bill Lindholm also sent me these:

 

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"My brother Whiney Henry Yoho here. He's not been to a shoot in a few years, just like myself health issues. This one was taken in Portland, Oregon at one of the SASS Northwest Regional matches they put on many years ago."

 

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Myself, Wimpy Hank Yoho & brother Whiney Henry Yoho standing in front of our booth. This is at the Portland match too.

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On 3/27/2021 at 4:50 AM, McCandless said:

Quotes from Craig Hanson, "Big Jake, SASS #1001...

 

"Only One Handgun back then. In 1985-86-87 we could use Winchester 30-30 and 45-70 as a main match rifle. we used wrist watches and stopwatches for a timer. Things changed with SASS in late 1987 and End of Trail 1988 and up."

 

"Targets back then were poured cast steel and had many pockmarks from hits and craters from hard hits from the 30-30's, .38-55' and .45-70's. had several bounce backs that hit people and cut the skin. I had a .45-70 hit and bounce back, skid off the ground, hit a shed behind me, and bounce to hit me in the Cowboy Boots above the ankle. Black n Blue for two weeks. SASS started using AR (Abrasion Resistant) Steel and no more pockmarks and craters. Just a bullet Splash in the dirt. But also went with Pistol only calibers in the Rifles."

 

"Some of our guys were a little upset when they banned the rifle calibers. One had his 30-30 all set up and dialed in and the other had been working, for months, on getting his 45-70 '86 to be competitive."

 

I shot my first CAS match with a 1886 in 45-70......It was all I had at  the time and the guys said, "Go for it!"  Man, I was sure beat by the end of the match.......

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28 minutes ago, Horace Patootie, SASS #35798 said:

I still have 2 pair of Lindholm Brothers spurs.

Horace

I wear a pair as well.

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Wimpy Hank!

 

How the He77 are you doin' Pard? I've settled down in  the Gulches south of Foots Creek just a stones throw

from Merlin!

All the best to you and Whiney. Yer in my thoughts everytime I step to the Line or put pen to paper, Dammit!

 

Yer Pard,

Jacked Up Dammit

 

 

 

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Sam Walker, SASS #9408 - (R.I.P.) One of the founding members of the Merlin's Marauders cowboys action shooting posse of Grant's Pass, Oregon.

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Sawbones Shore, The Judge, Ripshin (R.I.P.) and Horsetrader (Mule Camp, SouthEast Regional, '99) 

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