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    Any WTC posts after Pale Wolf gives an answer.
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    Just wanted to say 'THANKS' to PWB for all his input on some of the threads on the SASS Wire lately. I hope you get a raise. And I seriously hope you are doing well and getting better. ..........Widder
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    Hi Folks, I'm getting the impression from some of the answers that the shooter needs to make all of the accommodations; eg. wait for another TO... Sometimes the TO really is a problem. Following are problem areas I've encountered that you PMs and MDs to watch for and adjust your selection of TOs accordingly or conduct training sessions (if the TO is trainable ). My first shoot, the TO wore a red shirt and was always in my peripheral vision. Yikes, that made me even more nervous than I already was. That was 18 years ago and I still remember it. The real problem is where the TO stands; it should be out of the shooter's line of sight. Same with where the TO holds the timer. There is no need to record every shot. It is only critical to record the last shot. Keep the timer out of the shooter's peripheral vision, until trying to catch the last shot. Then, the TO should ensure they are in position and catching the shots before the last. TOs who do not look at the timer until after the shooter is done. How do they know they caught the last shot. TOs who do not hold the timer read out where they can see it I once mentioned this to a TO. He said he needed to record shots. Attitude problem! You can hold the receiver toward the shooter and still see the read out. TOs that stand so close that you touch them. A few months ago, every time I moved my arm back to shoulder a long gun, I brushed his coat. I told him that he was too close. He rationalized that he needed to be there to catch me if I had a problem. Then he loudly said I wasn't getting a reshoot. I never asked for one, nor had I planned on it. Attitude problem! There have been others. Most don't have the attitude and will just move back. Creeps who leer/ogle. A few of us women have noticed this guy and really don't like to be near him, especially when he is a TO. TOs who don't know to move out of the way when the shooter changes position.. TOs who don't call out the time immediately and loud enough for the shooter to hear. TOs who don't call out the misses, Ps, and MSVs loud enough for the shooter to hear. TOs who don't show the scorekeeper the readout and watch that the scorekeeper records it correctly. This is especially important at annual matches. TOs who badger the counters. This works two ways. First, and most recent, I had one miss two times. Two counters had the shooter clean. Instead of calling clean, he badgered me about the miss. The other, more common situation, is when two or three counters have a miss and the TO will either change the call to clean or badger the counters until they change the call. I understand and agree that the TO should point out edgers...; but, should not bully the counters into changing their call. TOs who don't know the current rules. Part of this can be blamed on the club TGs for not keeping everyone informed of rule changes or clarifications. Also, MDs should ensure they know current rules and clarifications so they can convey them at the shooters' meetings, if the TG is unable to do so. TOs with hearing problems. I once had to yell squib three times before the TO heard me. Luckily, the shooter heard me and stopped. It really was a squib. Even if it wasn't, better safe than sorry. What is a reshoot in the scheme of things? TOs who aren't paying attention. I remember a TO and counter passing back and forth a cigarette lighter while a shooter was on the "clock." TO wasn't smoking but got distracted by the counter. TOs who smoke while operating the timer. Their full focus should be on the shooter at ALL times during the course of fire.. That's all for now, folks! Regards, Allie Mo
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    What would attract me to Wild Bunch? Major, minor, WWII, small caliber rifles, semi-auto shotguns? I agonized over this for several days and finally concluded this would attract me to Wild Bunch.
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    My opinion is the practice of double discharging has become common because people are seeing it done without penalty. Those who are “having fun” are not getting it called because everyone says “they’re just having fun!” This opens the door for others who are desperate to win. Personally I play this game for fun. . .but I play by the rules and think it’s reasonable to have those around me do the same. I am of the opinion that the problem of double discharging would go away if range officials, spotters and TOs would think about the fact that allowing rules to be broken without penalty effectively penalizes everyone else. . .and make the call. As far as those who are doing it “just for fun,” they can prove it by telling the TOs and spotters what they’re going to do and tell them that they EXPECT to receive the progressive penalty. If they don’t mind being put out of the scoring, they can do it on the last three stages of the match for a MDQ. If they’d like to be included in the scoring but are willing to suffer twenty seconds added to their score, they can do it on the last two stages of a match. A few months ago I had a gunfighter approach me regarding the whole double cocking thing and I encouraged him to learn to do what I call “The Gallop.” I call it that because it’s the gate of a galloping horse. Pa-pow! Pa-pow! Pa-pow! Pa-pow! Pa-pow! The shooter is originally an alternating cocker, but now can shoot both styles depending on which fits the stage best. Recently he finished 16th overall (first in gunfighter) out of 301 shooters at Landrun and in the top ten on seven of twelve stages. Using him as an example I think I can make a pretty good case that it’s possible to play by the rules. . .and be fast. Beyond that it takes skill, more than it takes to double discharge, to do it well. The Gallop. It’s fast. It’s fun. And it’s by the rules.
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    Visualization skills will help more than shadow shooting. Rehearse in your head. Build a video of yourself shooting the stage and rerun it several times. CAS stages aren't complicated enough to need to walk the stage several times. Do it in your head. Once you become proficient at this skill, you'll be able to do it at the loading table after loading, while waiting for your turn to shoot.
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    IMO (NOT an "official ruling") If a shooter's attention is called to an empty case/hull remaining in a "discarded" long gun and, from some distance away from the firearm, the shooter looks back and declares "BROKE!" instead of correcting the situation ... the shooter is going to get the MSV penalty. The malfunction should be declared AS the firearm is being discarded, BEFORE it leaves the shooter's hands...and it better be an actual malfunction.
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    In recent years, just being outrageous and vulgar has become a substitute for talent, humor and social commentary.
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    I'd just wait until they weren't running the timer.
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    Yeah, I got it. Lot of truth to what it says. There are many opinions about why the game is smaller than it use to be. No doubt that Age is a major factor,, cost is another... but I also think that some where along the line Some Folks lots track of what this game was all about. Winning and Awards are great.... but when they take precedence over everything else it's time to re-calibrate. We play the "Old Game", give plenty of cheap awards and fill up with folks that enjoy Cowboy Action Shooting. You want to see the future...... just look at the past, because I think that it is coming back around. Snakebite
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    If somebody WANTS to be offended by something I say, do, or don't say or do, that's on them. If I intend to be offensive, there will be NO question about it.
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    Another CAS/SASS cowboy sent me this. I've pasted it in.. I don't know how the photos will carry over, but if they don't, I'll delete them. Something to ponder here........ Cat Brules ---------- Many here that you have no doubt forgot about, this should bring back some memories. Have any of our current Hollywood elite made similar contributions to the USA as those below? Hollywood's greatest-- George Gobel comedian taught fighter pilots, I believe it was in Oklahoma. Johnny Carson made a big deal about it once on the Tonight Show, to which George said, "The Japs never got past us!" Sterling Hayden, US Marines and OSS. Smuggled guns into Yugoslavia and parachuted into Croatia. James Stewart, US Army Air Corps. Enlisted as a private later attended OCS 2nd Lt. Bomber pilot who rose to the rank of General. Ernest Borgnine, US Navy. Gunners Mate 1c, destroyer USS Lamberton. Ed McMahon, US Marines. Fighter Pilot. (Flew OE-1 Bird Dogs over Korea as well.) Telly Savalas, US Army. Walter Matthau, US Army Air Corps., B-24 Radioman/Gunner and cryptographer. Steve Forrest, US Army. Wounded, Battle of the Bulge. Jonathan Winters, USMC. Battleship USS Wisconsin and Carrier USS Bon Homme Richard. Anti-aircraft gunner, Battle of Okinawa. Paul Newman, US Navy Rear seat gunner/radioman, torpedo bombers of USS Bunker Hill. Kirk Douglas, US Navy. Sub-chaser in the Pacific. Wounded in action and medically discharged. Robert Mitchum, US Army. Dale Robertson, US Army. Tank Commander in North Africa under Patton. Wounded twice. Battlefield Commission. Henry Fonda, US Navy. Destroyer USS Satterlee. John Carroll, US Army Air Corps. Pilot in North Africa. Broke his back in a crash. Lee Marvin US Marines. Sniper. Wounded in action on Saipan. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Sec. 7A next to Greg Boyington and Joe Louis. Art Carney, US Army. Wounded on Normandy beach, D-Day. Limped for the rest of his life. Wayne Morris, US Navy fighter pilot, USS Essex. Downed seven Japanese fighters. Rod Steiger, US Navy. Was aboard one of the ships that launched the Doolittle Raid. Tony Curtis, US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus. In Tokyo Bay for the surrender of Japan. Larry Storch. US Navy. Sub tender USS Proteus with Tony Curtis. Forrest Tucker, US Army. Enlisted as a private, rose to Lieutenant. Robert Montgomery, US Navy. George Kennedy, US Army. Enlisted after Pearl Harbor, stayed in sixteen years. Mickey Rooney, US Army under Patton. Bronze Star. Denver Pyle, US Navy. Wounded in the Battle of Guadalcanal. Medically discharged. Burgess Meredith, US Army Air Corps. DeForest Kelley, US Army Air Corps. Robert Stack, US Navy. Gunnery Officer. Neville Brand, US Army, Europe. Was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Tyrone Power, US Marines. Transport pilot in the Pacific Theater. Charlton Heston, US Army Air Corps. Radio operator and aerial gunner on a B-25, Aleutians. Danny Aiello, US Army. Lied about his age to enlist at 16. Served three years. James Arness, US Army. As an infantryman, he was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy. Efram Zimbalist, Jr., US Army. Purple Heart for a severe wound received at Huertgen Forest. Mickey Spillane, US Army Air Corps, Fighter Pilot and later Instructor Pilot. Rod Serling. US Army. 11th Airborne Division in the Pacific. He jumped at Tagaytay in the Philippines and was later wounded in Manila. Gene Autry, US Army Air Corps. Crewman on transports that ferried supplies over "The Hump" in the China-Burma-India Theater. Wiliam Holden, US Army Air Corps. Alan Hale Jr, US Coast Guard. Russell Johnson, US Army Air Corps. B-24 crewman who was awarded Purple Heart when his aircraft was shot down by the Japanese in the Philippines William Conrad, US Army Air Corps. Fighter Pilot. Jack Klugman, US Army. Frank Sutton, US Army. Took part in 14 assault landings, including Leyte, Luzon, Bataan and Corregidor. Jackie Coogan, US Army Air Corps. Volunteered for gliders and flew troops and materials into Burma behind enemy lines. Tom Bosley, US Navy. Claude Akins, US Army. Signal Corps., Burma and the Philippines. Chuck Connors, US Army. Tank-warfare instructor. Harry Carey Jr., US Navy. Mel Brooks, US Army. Combat Engineer. Saw action in the Battle of the Bulge. Robert Altman, US Army Air Corps. B-24 Co-Pilot. Pat Hingle, US Navy. Destroyer USS Marshall Fred Gwynne, US Navy. Radioman. Karl Malden, US Army Air Corps. 8th Air Force, NCO. Earl Holliman. US Navy. Lied about his age to enlist. Discharged after a year when they Navy found out. Rock Hudson, US Navy. Aircraft mechanic, the Philippines. Harvey Korman, US Navy. Aldo Ray. US Navy. UDT frogman, Okinawa. Don Knotts, US Army, Pacific Theater. Don Rickles, US Navy aboard USS Cyrene. Harry Dean Stanton, US Navy. Served aboard an LST in the Battle of Okinawa. Soupy Sales, US Navy. Served on USS Randall in the South Pacific. Lee Van Cleef, US Navy. Served aboard a sub chaser then a mine sweeper. Clifton James, US Army, South Pacific. Was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. Ted Knight, US Army, Combat Engineers. Jack Warden, US Navy, 1938-1942, then US Army, 1942-1945. 101st Airborne Division. Don Adams. US Marines. Wounded on Guadalcanal, then served as a Drill Instructor. James Gregory, US Navy and US Marines. Brian Keith, US Marines. Radioman/Gunner in Dauntless dive-bombers. Fess Parker, US Navy and US Marines. Booted from pilot training for being too tall, joined Marines as a radio operator. Charles Durning. US Army. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. Shot multiple times. Awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts. Survived Malmedy Massacre. Raymond Burr, US Navy. Shot in the stomach on Okinawa and medically discharged. Hugh O’Brian, US Marines. Robert Ryan, US Marines. Eddie Albert, US Coast Guard. Bronze Star with Combat V for saving several Marines under heavy fire as pilot of a landing craft during the invasion of Tarawa. Cark Gable, US Army Air Corps. B-17 gunner over Europe. Charles Bronson, US Army Air Corps. B-29 gunner, wounded in action. Peter Graves, US Army Air Corps. Buddy Hackett, US Army anti-aircraft gunner. Victor Mature, US Coast Guard. Jack Palance, US Army Air Corps. Severely injured bailing out of a burning B-24 bomber. Robert Preston, US Army Air Corps. Intelligence Officer Cesar Romero, US Coast Guard. Participated in the invasions of Tinian and Saipan on the assault transport USS Cavalier. Norman Fell, US Army Air Corps, Tail Gunner, Pacific Theater. Jason Robards, US Navy. was aboard heavy cruiser USS Northampton when it was sunk off Guadalcanal. Also served on the USS Nashville during the invasion of the Philippines, surviving a kamikaze hit that caused 223 casualties. Steve Reeves, US Army, Philippines. Dennis Weaver, US Navy. Pilot. Robert Taylor, US Navy. Instructor Pilot. Randolph Scott. Tried to enlist in the Marines but was rejected due to injuries sustained in US Army, World War 1. Ronald Reagan. US Army. Was a 2nd Lt. in the Cavalry Reserves before the war. His poor eyesight kept him from being sent overseas with his unit when war came so he transferred to the Army Air Corps Public Relations Unit where he served for the duration. John Wayne. Declared "4F medically unfit" due to pre-existing injuries, he nonetheless attempted to volunteer three times (Army, Navy and Film Corps.) so he gets honorable mention. And of course we have Audie Murphy, America’s most-decorated soldier, who became a Hollywood star as a result of his US Army service that included his being awarded the Medal of Honor. Would someone please remind me again how many of today’s Hollywood elite put their careers on hold to enlist in Iraq or Afghanistan? The only one who even comes close was Pat Tillman, who turned down a contract offer of $3.6 million over three years from the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the US Army after September 11, 2001, and serve as a Ranger in Afghanistan, where he died in 2004. But rather than being lauded for his choice and his decision to put his country before his career, he was mocked and derided by many of his peers. Ladies and Gentlemen, I submit to you that this is not the America today that it was seventy years ago. And I, for one, am saddened. My generation grew up watching, being entertained by and laughing with so many of these fine people, never really knowing what they contributed to the war effort. Like millions of Americans during the WWII, there was a job that needed doing they didn’t question, they went and did it, those that came home returned to their now new normal life and carried on, very few ever saying what they did or saw. They took it as their “responsibility”, their “duty” to Country, to protect and preserve our freedoms and way of life, not just for themselves but for all future generations to come. As a member of a Later Generation, I’m forever humbly in their debt. __._,_.___
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    Here you go. They are made from briar. It's actually the root burl of erica arborea. The same wood used for making smoking pipes. It's very tough.
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    While I own 1911's; I don't shoot 45 or 44 in my cowboy rifle. And If I am buying another rifle, it will be in a caliber that I use for cowboy. So the caliber restriction in rifle takes me out of it. I am in full agreement with Palewolf regarding the magazine restriction of 5 rounds (it is silly, arbitrary and contrary to what anyone will admit, is a holdover from when SASS was trying to implement WB as a SASS category). Want to make the game interesting and more fun to watch? Drop the lever rifle from the mix altogether - it was just a CAS carryover anyway. Add a 2nd pistol - A correct era DA revolver in any caliber. This would add variety to the round counts and endless magazine changes. Add a 2nd shotgun. Slam firing a full mag of 12g is the best thing about WB. Add more of that. And, maybe not every stage, but it is worth pondering a 4-5 shot military bolt action rifle and a true rifle target placement. Proper steel placed at a 100 yards will hold up to jacketed bullets. With these changes, WB becomes it's own discipline and sheds the cowboy shooting with a 1911 reputation. This is a game I might consider.
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    I don't own a 1911 and all of my 97's are 16 gauge. WB just never appealed to me either. At the Escondido Bandidos cowboy matches nearly every month there will be a WB shooter shooting the match with us and no one seems to mind, they call it Pike category and they are only shooting against themselves or another WBer if one shows up, but when on a fifth Sunday they hold a WB match us cowboy shooters aren't allowed to shoot their match cowboy style, I've never understood that. It seems to me if you shoot the cowboy match WB style you shouldn't mind letting cowboys shoot your WB match.
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    Everyone does not have a love affair with 1911's and the many have a problem with the rules. When WB started it was a period game, guns of that particular era, not just 1911's and Winchester pump guns. Most guns of the era were allowed. Believe it or not WB was shot for many years before SASS got their hands on it and made it what it is today. It's tough enough for CAS shooters to get enough time for cowboy matches. I'd prefer to spend my time promoting cowboy shooting.
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    German air force had trouble with 'em from '41 to '45.
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    I had relatives in the military during WWI but none were at Normandy. But on this day every year I cannot help thinking of all the young men who stood soaking wet and sea sick as their landing craft approached the beach, or the troopers who leaped from the C-47s in total darkness in the midst of the enemy or dove toward the landing zones in canvas and steel pipe gliders. The enormity of the task they faced was unprecedented in world history. Thousands of citizen soldiers from the farms and shops and schools of America moving to face the most professional and deadly army ever seen. A foe that had cowed all of Europe stood waiting to slaughter the Allied forces. And yet they came on. The old phrase "through shot and shell" never had more meaning than on that cold rainy June day. The veterans of the 1st Infantry Division were flanked on the left by the green kids of the 29th. The 1st had fought and been blooded in Africa and Sicily, the 29th had never heard a shot fired in anger. To the 29th's left at Gold, Sword, and Juno beaches were our allies. The British and Canadians, those who had suffered defeat at Crete, Dieppe and Dunkirk and the French troops who had been kicked out of their own country. The battle was marked by confusion, mistakes, corrections, tragedies, sacrifices, stunning individual valor, and a simple stubborn failure to quit in the face of what seemed to be insurmountable odds. They could have been pushed into the sea, and very nearly were, except for the efforts of small groups of men sometimes without officers or NCOs or orders who fought, and died, and ultimately prevailed. They were the best of any generation. All Americans, and in fact all free people everywhere, should give heartfelt thanks to those warriors. I can only hope that their sacrifices will never fade from our minds and that if, in some future time such sacrifice is necessary again, the blood of those heroes will still run in the veins of others who take up the challenge to save mankind.
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    This is nothing new......Black Jack Traven suggested the very same thing years ago right here on the wire. Declare the 97 malfunctioned every time you discard it. The logic being that if a hull was left in the gun then it was definitely a malfunction. As a Range/Match Official I might question the safety of using a gun that malfunctions every time it gets used. I might ask the shooter to either get their malfunctioning gun repaired or choose to use another gun that isn't malfunctioning. If the shooter doesn't want to change guns or get his gun repaired I might not allow him to participate any more......IF I was a Match Official..... Stan
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    Another great shoot by the El Posse Grande Folks. The rain held off for the main match. Nothing complicated, just fun straight forward stages. Thanks to Black Hills Barb and the gang.
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    Alright, I'd like to hope that my opinion counts for something here. I usually don't post but I decided to log in for this. For those who don't know me, Hi I'm Pecos Nick. My first cowboy match was March 5th, 2012. The category I shot that day was buckaroo, but the shooting style I used was a one-handed unsupported method I'd come to learn was called Double-Duelist. The first time I ever picked a six-gun up, I shot it duelist. I seriously thought that was how a Single Action was meant to be shot. Boy was I right. I eventually quit shooting Buckaroo and made my way into the Duelist division with no regret. In the five and a half years I've been shooting, I have shot duelist style at every match with one exception (So I strayed from the righteous path once, I'm not perfect). Duelist means an awful lot to me. Many consider it to be one of the hardest shooting styles to compete with. I can't really deny this. Anyone who shoots duelist automatically has my respect. It takes a special kind of drive and dedication to stick with this category for years on end, or at least that's my opinion. It simply isn't the "easy" way. That's a thread that should bind us all. I totally agree that we should create an organization to support each other just as the gunfighters have. And for those gunfighters out there, I'm not trying to knock you guys. I've studied the style enough to know that it takes a lot of work to master it. But in terms of speed, there is a clear advantage to drawing both guns at once. Thus it is my belief that it is harder for a duelist to place higher in overall standings than gunfighters. All of you can definitely count me in for this endeavor. I definitely have plenty of further ideas I would like to pitch, if you all would care to hear. As far as names go, four come to mind: Dead-Shot Duelists League of One Handed Shootists League of Extraordinary and Apt Duelists (L.E.A.D.) League of Rip-roaring Duelist Shooters (L.O.R.D.S) Names aren't exactly my specialty though.
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    Blue jeans are perfectly legal and proper attire. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
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    1. Oblique approach through Dad, since apparently Dad knows the rules: (smile on your face; all the time smile on your face) "Hi Dad! It's great to see you shooting with your son again. What is this, his 4th or 5th match?" (Dad answers) "Well it's great to see him enjoying the sport. You sure set a good example for him, dressing up as you do. Have you talked to him about looking more like a cowboy?" 2. Direct approach: (smile on your face, all the time smile on your face) "Hi Kid! It's great to see you having so much fun with your Dad. I think I've seen you shoot with him, what, maybe 3 or 4 times?" (Kid answers) "Well I guess that means we are going to see you often, and the club will be happy to have you as a new member. Have you ordered your cowboy shirt and boots yet, or were you planning to buy locally?" ...and see where it goes from there... Just remember what you felt like when you were the new shooter. How would you have liked to have been approached?
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    Yer just gonna have to mention it to him. Ask him if he's had a chance to read the SHB, let him know there are a few prohibited items such as T-shirts and tennis shoes. Let him know that all new shooters are given a couple of matches to meet the minimum, explain the minimum could be as easy as a white dress shirt or henley, and foot wear can be as simple as a pair of leather shoes. Let him know how glad you are that he decided to shoot SASS and to call you if he has any questions Good Luck
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    The US Open is this weekend, but his tee time conflicted with his daughter's high school graduation. The USGA wouldn't change his tee time, so he withdrew and went to her big event. https://www.yahoo.com/sports/phil-mickelson-u-s-open-124545191.html There's a lot to not like in pro sports today, but it's good to hear about somebody having their priorities right.
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    The 1911 holds 7 in the mag. The ONLY load 5 deal, goes against all on my LEO training, and is just plain DUM. Same goes to only reloading the 1911 at 'slide-lock'. The '97 SG was never made to hold 6 shells in the mag. But, to use one in WB, the '97 has to be made to do so. Why can't other SG gauges be used? Why the caliber restriction on the rifle? OLG
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    I'm with Creeker as far as the rifle goes......not going to buy a .45 rifle, brass and reloading items. WB isn't offered around here much anyway. I hear the rifle excuse alot though.......take the .45 rule away and they'll draw a larger crowd.
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    Please use some common sense. If you do something illegal, keep it off the internet and especially the SASS Wire forums. Examples are pirating CDs, DVDs or watching/listening to pirated versions. Especially, we don't want to know about how you skirted any laws about gun buying or shipping. Regards, Allie Mo
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    I think giving a reputation should include drinks and dinner at a minimum.
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    Today's shoot that I put on at Chesterton, marks 20 years of shooting this game. In 1997 at a local gun shop; I found a flyer on the counter that launched me on this great adventure. The game has changed in that time; people come and go, lost a few good pards along the way. The one thing that hasn't changed; the folks in this sport are the finest people one could ever meet.
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    No rule against it......How is it hurting anything? As long as that person is not holding up the shooting and they are helping with the posse chores who cares. As long as it is within the rules, I really try to not let "how others play the game", impact my fun . Stan
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    Had brief visit with Ed this morning in ICU. He looks good and is doing as well as can be at this point. Prayers continue.
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    This. Write your matches, place your targets, and pace your distances so that Grand Dames and Buckaroos can be successful. If you do that; all the other categories will take care of themselves. Dont worry about creating a "challenging" match for the top shooters. The top guys and girls will create their own challenge by how quickly they shoot. Create a fun, safe match that allows folks to hit targets, giggle and be social. If it's fun and geared for success at all levels; the folks at all levels of the score sheet will be smiling.
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    SHB Page 25 Broken firearms still containing rounds do not warrant penalties, except for misses, so long as the malfunction is declared and the firearm made safe. When I'm running the timer and a shooter has a malfunction and ends up grounding the gun I call broke if they don't. Kosher?
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    Logical, perhaps. But declaring "broke/malfunction" when the firearm is not in order to gain a competitive advantage by not having to take the time to go back and correct the pending MSV is an intentional disregard of the rules and should get you an SOG. Nobody "likes" calling MSVs. Good TOs do all they can to help shooters avoid getting them, but skirting the rules isn't the way to do it.
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    Amen https://www.facebook.com/policelivesmatter2/photos/a.993043780729942.1073741829.897356146965373/1583296621704652/?type=3&theater
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    This is obviously just personal opinion but when it comes to protecting my eyes I don't give a rat's patoot how "old west" my glasses are. I want what will protect me the most and what feels comfortable.
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    Thank you Stan! I really appreciate your willingness to host. This book was written by a lot of really talented people. All I did was assemble it. The knowledge should continue to be passed on.
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    Today at a shoot a pard told me that I had to read this thread. I just finished reading the whole thing from beginning to end and it did not disappoint. The highlights as I see them are: OP asks for suggestions and advice regarding putting on a large shoot, OP receives volumes of valid and helpful suggestions, OP has a lot of business experience, OP dismantles advice and suggestions point by point and dismisses the experience of those offering it, OP has an awful lot of business experience, OP gets defensive over sound advice that is supported by examples from those kind enough to offer it, OP has a super dooper amount of business experience, then the OP tells those offering advice based on their experience the way the world works, It seems that all along the OP knew how to put on a large shoot, based on his business experience. Although he did learn that camping is important. Really pretty astonishing.
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    Mexican word of the day: BEHEADED Kathy Griffin beheaded to the unemployement office!!
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    why not?? I'd have no problem with someone not wanting me to run the timer for them,,,, their loss
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    Just show up and shoot and have fun, everyday life is stressful enough.
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    I have had a few instances where I have gotten dirty looks from young women for opening the the door for them here on the "left coast". I had one lady tell me that my actions offend some women. She wasn't the one I held the door for but she must have felt a real need to tell me that at a Kohl's in south Sacramento. A couple of years ago, when I used to drink...and I had a few this day, I had a young woman get thoroughly upset at me for holding the door for her when I was going into a pub in Portland. You see, this "pub" was full of "The Enlightened", as I like to call them. "Enlightened" by their own ignorance, smarminess and self-entitlement. They are the followers with mushy bt=rains that have been manipulated into believing that they really can make a difference....you know, useful idiots. Any way, on to what I started - I held the door open for hr. She stopped and said, in a shrill voice, "Don's you think I can open my own door? I don't need a man to help me in any way. Why do you feel compelled to do this?" I smiled and ushered her in gesturing with my hand and I said, "You don't have to enter. I am just trying to be nice" I swear to God, she grunted....this pretty little thing actually grunted. She proceeded through the door and after entering she asked "Why do men think they need to do that?" I said "We want to check out your a** to see if your worthy." Boy did she get mad! She came at me and I told her I believed in equal rights and I would drop like a ton of bricks as I shook my fist at her. That stopped her in her tracks. The bartender asked me to leave, so I did. That was fun!
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    Here's another idea I had that goes in a bit of a different direction: The Chivalric Order of the Duelist The governing body could be known as: The Round Table All standard members shall be known as: Knights Templar (or maybe just Knights) Black Powder Shooters shall attain the Rank of: Black Knights All Senior members shall attain the Rank of: Knight Marshals All Duelists who have yet to be affirmed into the order will possess the rank of: Squire One chosen member each year shall attain the prestigious rank of: Paladin I like the idea of us having a gauntlet as part of our logo. Among knights, throwing a gauntlet to the floor was an act that signified a challenge to a duel.
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    I shot IPSC and IDPA for seven years before trying cowboy. The 1911 became my go-to self defense pistol once I learned and was coached in it's most effective use. WB is the opposite of the most effective use of the 1911 and teaches muscle memory of very poor techniques: shooting from condition three, 5 rounds per and shooting until dry.