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As we all know, there are several milestone matches coming up in 2021.

 

EOT celebrates its 40th Annual, Winter Range has its 30, and Alabama's Ambush will celebrate its 25th Annual in 2021.

 

It is interesting taking a moment or two to look back at some of these matches. I hope that you take a moment to read more about the match itself.

 

So, what better place to start than the inagural Ambush, Ambush at the Caverns 1997.

 

https://branchwaterjack.com/blog.aspx?post=1

 

Be sure that you also check out the stages from 'the good old days.'

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Good job Branchwater   I have been to all 24 of them.   Bama kid

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40 minutes ago, BAMAKID said:

Good job Branchwater   I have been to all 24 of them.   Bama kid

I'm still kind of a newbie I've only been to 17 of them

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The first SASS match I shot was with the North Alabama Regulators, February 2011. Sidekick and Tuff Stuff were on my posse. I remember watching them and thinking ‘what have I got myself into’.
 

Barkeep Casey gave me a box of Featherlights to replace whatever bone crushing shotgun loads I was shooting. I’ll never forget his generosity.

 

 I was shooting a rifle and shotgun I had never touched before that day and slicked up pistols I had purchased a few days before and never shot. I had about a million misses, several dozen Ps, and probably some other penalties on top of that.

 

Buck D. Law mentored me and through his actions showed me what the spirit of cowboy action shooting was all about.
 

I was hooked.

 

I’ve lost count of the matches I’ve shot there, but I do remember I enjoyed every one of them.

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On 11/9/2020 at 11:12 AM, Branchwater Jack SASS #88854 said:

As we all know, there are several milestone matches coming up in 2021.

 

EOT celebrates its 40th Annual, Winter Range has its 30, and Alabama's Ambush will celebrate its 25th Annual in 2021.

 

It is interesting taking a moment or two to look back at some of these matches. I hope that you take a moment to read more about the match itself.

 

So, what better place to start than the inagural Ambush, Ambush at the Caverns 1997.

 

https://branchwaterjack.com/blog/20201109.htm

 

Be sure that you also check out the stages from 'the good old days.'

Thanks for posting this, very interesting reading how it was back then.

 

Randy

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I have played in quite a few of them(21).  Great matches with Great people.  I feel kind of attached to that little town!

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With the first Ambush at the Caverns proving to be a success, what better way to celebrate than by hosting another one in 1998?

 

https://branchwaterjack.com/blog?post=2

 

The match was still 8 stages, you needed a couple more bullets than you did the year prior, and I hope you brought a bandana!

 

After reading through the shooter's book, some of you old-timers who remember this match from 1998 might have to fill us in on some of the inside secrets to shooting this one.

 

And, thanks to @Will Reilly 12375,  we now have a copy of the 2001 Ambush Shooter's Book. You should be looking forward to this one!

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5 hours ago, Branchwater Jack SASS #88854 said:

With the first Ambush at the Caverns proving to be a success, what better way to celebrate than by hosting another one in 1998?

 

https://branchwaterjack.com/blog?post=2

 

The match was still 8 stages, you needed a couple more bullets than you did the year prior, and I hope you brought a bandana!

 

After reading through the shooter's book, some of you old-timers who remember this match from 1998 might have to fill us in on some of the inside secrets to shooting this one.

 

And, thanks to @Will Reilly 12375,  we now have a copy of the 2001 Ambush Shooter's Book. You should be looking forward to this one!

Wow on Stage 8 spotters would need a calculator to keep up with the score. As old as some of us are now we'd need an oxygen bottle at the Unloading Table.

 

Thanks again, these are fun to read. I'd like to try a few of them someday.

 

Randy

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The place is Alabama. The year is 1999. A.D. Well, of course it is A.D. Anyway...

 

Following their first two successful Ambush matches, the third match finally had a theme. You can read all about the additions, changes, and goings on of the 1999 Ambush at the Caverns:

 

http://branchwaterjack.com/blog.aspx?post=3

 

Be sure to read the stages, especially Stage 3. Put that stage into context to shoot it today. I understand folks attitudes towards masks, but do you think folks would do all that?

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 I won that 1998 match but I doubt my advice would be that helpful. I used a 45 colt marlin , a .357 Colt 7 1/2# bbl, and a 38/40 Uberti 5 1/2" bbl along with a Stoeger so my choice of firearms and caliber seems moot. I loaded my .38s with 180 grain bullets so recoil would feel similar.

It was a great party. I didn't do as well in 1999 but it was just as fun.

Thanks Jack.

Joe West

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On 11/23/2020 at 2:56 PM, Randy Saint Eagle, SASS # 64903 said:

Wow on Stage 8 spotters would need a calculator to keep up with the score. As old as some of us are now we'd need an oxygen bottle at the Unloading Table.

 

Thanks again, these are fun to read. I'd like to try a few of them someday.

 

Randy

I think the loincloth stage would be a good one for you Randy!

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Place the reins in your mouth for the whole shooting string! Hmm... think I would go first on that stage.

 

We did the reload 5 on the clock at monthly sometime after that. Drake popped the cylinder out of his Blackhawk, dumped the brass reloaded 5 and put it back together before most folks could eject 5 rounds out and start the reload. Sneaky bastage.

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Do anything long enough and you come to realize that change is inevitable. The same is true about Ambush.

 

The 2000 edition of Ambush expanded the shooting to 10 stages of cowboy fun. When flipping through the shooter's book, read through stage 10 and let me know what you think.

 

https://branchwaterjack.com/blog.aspx?post=4

 

Y'all stay safe, enjoy your Christmas break, and we'll see you next year On The Firing Line!

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I have had a couple more folks e-mail me with their copies of the 'missing' 2001 Ambush Shooter's book. Thanks, to all.

 

I'll finish getting it buttoned up, something written about it, and posted next week.

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Many will remember Ambush 2001 for a lot of different reasons. The least of which...this was the first Ambush at the new range.

 

Read about it: http://branchwaterjack.com/blog?post=5

 

If you skip through most of it, I beg of you....read through Stage 1 and let me know if you would like to see something similar to it at this year's Ambush!

 

Of course...maybe you think that it is time to bring back The Mystery Stage...

 

 

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1 hour ago, Branchwater Jack SASS #88854 said:

Many will remember Ambush 2001 for a lot of different reasons. The least of which...this was the first Ambush at the new range.

 

Read about it: http://branchwaterjack.com/blog?post=5

 

If you skip through most of it, I beg of you....read through Stage 1 and let me know if you would like to see something similar to it at this year's Ambush!

 

Of course...maybe you think that it is time to bring back The Mystery Stage...

 

 

Don't like borrowing other people's guns and I never thought the mystery stage was fair.

So no, no for me.

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4 hours ago, Branchwater Jack SASS #88854 said:

Many will remember Ambush 2001 for a lot of different reasons. The least of which...this was the first Ambush at the new range.

 

Read about it: http://branchwaterjack.com/blog?post=5

 

If you skip through most of it, I beg of you....read through Stage 1 and let me know if you would like to see something similar to it at this year's Ambush!

 

Of course...maybe you think that it is time to bring back The Mystery Stage...

 

 

I'm going to echo Ringer on this.  I'm not interested in shooting someone else's gun(s) or ammo at a match, so no to stage 1. 

 

The Mystery stage is an enigma to me, so I can't answer that one. 

 

It might be fun, it might be a nightmare, so include it in a big match......?

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