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I decided to attend some matches this year which I have never competed.   The Damascus Rangers Thunder Valley Days, "Crossfire Trail" was one of those I selected.

This turned out to be one of my better decisions.  What a Great Match.  They have a very nice developed, almost flat, range with plenty of space between the berms.  Everyone was so friendly and willing to give an older shooter a hand if needed.  This is one of those hidden gems of which I plan to return to next year.  They have a very nice facility.

 

The match was well planned, and the scenarios were varied and interesting which were easily understood with no "P" Traps.  Even though I tried my best to smoke up the vicinity by shooting the real black.  I was really just trying to keep the gnats and mosquitoes at bay.

 

I want to thank all of those hard workers who volunteered their time to give us a fun match.  It takes pards who are willing to do this work to have everything ready.  I saw Dogmeat Dad constantly running around trying to make sure everything was going as planned.  But, when I looked at the "Who's Attending" List. Dogmeat Dad's name was not on the list.

 

They also gave very nice awards made by Chuckaroo, who also shot the match.

 

I like to shoot Long-Range where I met Tomahawk Teri and Damascus Steel who did a fantastic job of keeping this event going smoothly.

 

Frontier Lone Rider

 

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On 6/10/2024 at 4:02 PM, Frontier Lone Rider said:

I decided to attend some matches this year which I have never competed.   The Damascus Rangers Thunder Valley Days, "Crossfire Trail" was one of those I selected.

This turned out to be one of my better decisions.  What a Great Match.  They have a very nice developed, almost flat, range with plenty of space between the berms.  Everyone was so friendly and willing to give an older shooter a hand if needed.  This is one of those hidden gems of which I plan to return to next year.  They have a very nice facility.

 

The match was well planned, and the scenarios were varied and interesting which were easily understood with no "P" Traps.  Even though I tried my best to smoke up the vicinity by shooting the real black.  I was really just trying to keep the gnats and mosquitoes at bay.

 

I want to thank all of those hard workers who volunteered their time to give us a fun match.  It takes pards who are willing to do this work to have everything ready.  I saw Dogmeat Dad constantly running around trying to make sure everything was going as planned.  But, when I looked at the "Who's Attending" List. Dogmeat Dad's name was not on the list.

 

They also gave very nice awards made by Chuckaroo, who also shot the match.

 

I like to shoot Long-Range where I met Tomahawk Teri and Damascus Steel who did a fantastic job of keeping this event going smoothly.

 

Frontier Lone Rider

 

 

Thank you for the kind remarks, and we are glad you enjoyed your time with us.

 

As to me not being on the shooters list, well the story sort of goes like this.  Over the 7 years I have been match director for Thunder Valley Days, (Only 6 matches due to Covid) I have only shot 2 of them.  While I would have loved to shoot them all, I quickly discovered that I can either shoot well (at least for me) or be a good Match Director, but if I try to do both I don't do well at either task.  In the end, I find that I enjoy myself more making sure everyone in attendance has a good time, talking with folks, taking care of the problems that inevitably arise, and just watching the show.  Smiling folks, is what makes me happy, and hopefully, there were plenty of those!

 

Next year will be our 25th Anniversary Match and will be themed after the movie Silverado in honor of it being our Silver Anniversary!

 

The dates would normally be the 2nd weekend of June, but due to the variability of the Calendar, that weekend will also be Fathers Day Weekend, so we are looking at shifting the date for 2025, but I need to have a discussion with the other clubs in the area so we don't step on anyone else's match.

 

More information will be available soon, so stay tuned, and I hope to see you there next year!

Edited by Dogmeat Dad, SASS #48563L
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Oh, that's Thunder in the Valley! I used to go to that, funny, CC

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3 hours ago, John Barleycorn, SASS #76982 said:

Scores?

 

Scores are posted online at the club website.  You can find them here...Thunder Valley Days 2024 Scores

 

Congratulations to our repeat champions...

 

The Maryland State Ladies Champion - Misfire Maggie SASS 69350
The Maryland State Men's Champion – Lead Slinging Nick SASS 82660

Overall Top Match Ladies Champion – Misfire Maggie SASS 69350
Overall Match Top Male Champion – Lead Slinging Nick SASS 82660

 

In addition, Pop LeCorque has posted a lot of video from the match on his YouTube channel and there will be pictures will begin appearing before too long on
https://www.memorytrailsphoto.com/sass-cowboy-shooting

 

 

Just a little note to anyone using CAS Scoring on an iPad.  They did an update over the weekend that had a bug that would only show the first category in the Scores by Category list.  I contacted them on Monday morning and he said a fix was in process.  It was released either late Monday or early Tuesday.  (I believe he is in Czechoslovakia maybe?).  I did it manually for the awards ceremony, but make sure you are updated to V1.511 or it will be a problem!

 

 

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