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  1. 23 points
    Hey everybody! So for my senior project this year, I had to choose a community that I was a part of, so of course, I chose SASS. Although a lot of you already know the information, I wanted to post it here because I'm mighty proud of it! Enjoy! The World of Cowboy Action Shooting.docx
  2. 22 points
    I'm not going to get into the details of the story. But I will say that Misty Moonshine our very own CEO of SASS called a Stage DQ on herself at Winter Range. I could not be more proud to have someone at the helm who backs up what she says and believes in with actions. Way to go Misty!
  3. 21 points
    I think what a lot of people don’t know is what a hassle being a Moderator can be. By the way, this is going to make someone mad...and I don’t care. Let me enlighten some of you: 1. The first thing that I noticed is I lost over half of my so-called “friends” here in the Wire. Why? I have no idea. 2. For some reason folks assume that because you are a Mod you shouldn’t be participating (watching them) in “their” thread. I don’t know how many threads I posted on where my post was the last post. Or how many times I would get a PM or an email (yes, someone who knew my email address and was kind enough to share it...bless their heart )...Anyway, I don’t know how many times I got messages asking me why I was posting, did they do something wrong, etc. 3. Al of a sudden you become “Mom”...”Mom, he won’t stop touching me!”...”Mom, she made a comment that hurt my wittle feewings.”...”Mom, he is saying those bad words again.” Imagine that every day in Reports, PMs and emails. 4. You constantly get asked about the latest conspiracies going on within SASS. Oh yes, conspiracy abounds within SASS! You didn’t know that? Well, my friend, you are talking to the wrong people. 5. Some folks with big egos and bigger mouths think that “they” know what’s best and “they” can’t be pushed around by some woman or some guy that has never even won a match or because they have won some matches that they are superior. These are people that hold a special place in my heart because they can be a serious pain to deal with as a Mod. Some of these people are the reason for “time outs” and even worse, outright bans. 6. In addition to the above you have what I call the “Cowboy Gangsta’s”. These are the bitter people that have a following that buck everything a Mod does and they have a contingency of followers to help them gang up on a Mod for doing their job. 6. Then you have the reports and PMs from folks that must really like hitting that “report this post button” and then expect immediate action only the action you perform must be approved by them. If it’s not they then badger you with PMs asking you over and over why you can’t see it their way. 7. Then you have the lost souls. The ones that just couldn’t stop pushing the envelope by breaking the rules and then putting it in the Mod’s faces (think Cowboy Gangsta) and then when they get their wings clipped they go running to SASS HQ hat in hand and wearing their best Bruce Dern sad face hoping to be allowed back in. So not only did the Mods have to deal with that guy now they have to answer to HQ for why they did what they did. I could go on but I think I made my point...I am not sure how long my point will be posted but I wanted to let you know why I think Misty’s idea is a good one. It’s a damn shame when a person loves this game and this organization so much that they volunteer their time to help out only to be kicked in the teeth and the shins at every turn. Losing sleep many a night trying to find the right solution using the Cowboy Way as a guide. FOR FREE! No money, no perks, no recognition. FREE time, FREE effort and FREE heartache. Now, after saying all that I want you to know that I am talking about a minority of SASS members here. A minority! But that minority can make a person nuts. Being a Mod could literally be a full time job. I came very close to walking away from SASS, again, over some of the things that occurred when I was a Mod and I still get PMs from folks wanting me to Mod things. I still get emails from a couple of folks you don’t see on here any more trying to spin things up. If you think being a Mod is all “sunshine and snacky-cakes” then step up and do the job for a while...as a Ghost Mod you probably won’t experience what I outlined above and THAT is why I think Misty’s idea is a good one! My name is Pat Riot.
  4. 18 points
    My oldest son is a major in the Marine Corps and has been in Iraq since July. This is his 4th deployment there and he wasn’t supposed to return until May. We got word this morning that his entire advisory team is coming home and will be back at Camp Pendleton on Monday afternoon. Drinks are on me. HE’S HOME!! Wish I could figure out how to share the video.
  5. 17 points
    I haven’t been on the wire in a while but I thought I’d show a rig I just finished. It’s been a while since I’ve done any leather work but a good friend of mine Frank Stallone needed a new rig for a set of Outlaw Legacy pistols he has. He gave me a couple of gator skins that was given to him by his brother Sly during the filming of Bullet To The Head in Louisiana. Frank asked if I could use the gator on his rig so I said absolutely! For those who don’t know Frank he played Ed Bailey in the movie Tombstone and has been in countless other films. He is a great musician and songwriter too. He is also Sylvester Stallone’s younger brother but most of all to me he’s a great friend. Frank is a big gun enthusiast and we even had him out to match with us in California. Well anyway here is the rig I built for him. It was lots of fun doing this one. This rig is my rendition of the Hand of God rig used by Russel Crow in 310 to Yuma. I added my own style as well as the gator inlay.
  6. 17 points
    It is a pleasure to belong to a group of people that have integrity and honesty like the Cowboy Action groups. I have been in competitive shooting sports for 61 years and have never come across a better bunch of people. Thank you all for the great times and pleasant experience that is Cowboy Action shooting. Johnny Meadows
  7. 17 points
    SASS Alias: Dutch Coroner SASS #: 82128 Where you are from: Virginia How long you’ve been Cowboy Action Shooting: 10 years
  8. 17 points
    SASS Alias: Tame Bill SASS # 30699 Kansas Shooting for 18 years
  9. 16 points
    I hope I'm not duplicating, but I saw this cool video and thought I would share. Enjoy!
  10. 16 points
    Me and J-Bar also known as the Evil Twins
  11. 15 points
    I didn’t want to hijack the post about speech therapy that Father Kit started so I thought I’d tell the whole story here. My oldest grandson (step daughters son) I call him my own, used to have a real bad stuttering problem. He didn’t start talking until he was nearly 4 years old and when he did he had a tough time enunciating and stuttering from the start. We were both in ICU in different hospitals at the same time after he was born and we’ve always had some kind of special connection. His sister is two years older than him and always did the talking for him and that probably had something to do with his reluctance to talk. His folks had jobs and my wife worked so I was the designated chauffeur after school. He got out of school about 15 minutes before his sister did that first year so I’d have a few minutes with him alone waiting for his sister. One day I asked him if he’d like to play a trick on his sister and after repeatedly trying to say yes he said Yes. I told him that I was going to ask him a mathematics question and all he was supposed to say is yes, don’t try to answer the mathematics question. So his sister got in the car with a couple of her friends and I asked Lyle what 42,560 x 26.5 was. He stuttered and those mean girls said spit it out, Lyle and stuff like that and he finally got the yes out and the girls went nuts. They wanted the answer and I told them that he didn’t have to answer it that he said that he knew it that was good enough for me. Anyway the next day I told him that it would mean more if he said yes without stuttering and after a minute or so of silence after another math question out came a very clear Yes. I’d bring the kids home with me and fix them a snack and they had to do whatever homework that they had before they could play games or watch tv. My wife and I played 2 or 3 games of cribbage every night and one day Lyle asked me what that board with all of the holes in it was on the table so I told him and started teaching him to play the game. He was 6 years old at the time and really learned fast but counting points with a stutter took awhile sometimes so one day I told him that when he counted points he needed to take a deep breath and concentrate and count without stuttering. He tried and tried and over time he would not stutter when he played cribbage. Later when I picked him up at school I’d have a number written down for him to memorize so that when I asked him what something was he’d have the answer and wouldn’t stutter and not just say Yes and that really blew his sister and her friends minds. We had a family dinner one evening and Lyle and his family were there and we were at the dining room table and I dropped the pepper shaker and Lyle says “Butterfingers”, that’s what I would call him if he dropped a card or something when we were playing cribbage, without a stutter. Everyone at the table was shocked, I thought it was because he called me Butterfingers but it was because he didn’t stutter when he said it. Later that evening the two of us were playing cribbage and my wife and his folks were watching us play intently and I couldn’t figure out what was going on. After they left my wife told me that Lyle didn’t stutter one time when we were playing cribbage, I didn’t even realize it. The next day his mother called and wanted to know my secret and I had no idea what to tell her because I didn’t feel that I had done anything special to help him. When he reached his teens his stuttering had totally disappeared and my wife attributes it to learning to play cribbage.
  12. 15 points
    Here’s a joke: Ever since I was a child, I've always had a fear of someone under my bed at night. So I went to a shrink and told him: “I've got problems. Every time I go to bed I think there's somebody under it. I'm scared. I think I'm going crazy.” “Just put yourself in my hands for one year," said the shrink. "Come talk to me three times a week and we should be able to get rid of those fears.” “How much do you charge?” “Eighty dollars per visit,” replied the doctor. “I'll sleep on it,” I said. Six months later the doctor met me on the street. “Why didn't you come to see me about those fears you were having?” he asked. “Well, eighty bucks a visit, three times a week for a year, is $12,480.00.. A bartender cured me for $10.00. I was so happy to have saved all that money that I went and bought me a new pickup truck.” “Is that so?” With a bit of an attitude he said, “And how, may I ask, did a bartender cure you?” “He told me to cut the legs off the bed. Ain't nobody under there now.” It's always better to get a second opinion
  13. 15 points
    No need to unload pistol two (assuming you have sufficient ammo to complete stage on body). Declare malfunction and make safe. Draw pistol one, clear empties as needed, load from body, (again assuming you have ammo) complete stage. After the first round goes down range, you own the stage and must be allowed to complete the stage (safely) to the best of your abilities. If I were TO; I would NOT allow you to unload pistol two on the firing line as I am not going to allow you to cock a hammer (Colts/ clones) or advance the cylinder (Ruger) over the squibbed barrel on the firing line or on the clock (potential for unsafe gun handling). But using your other pistol and ammo from body... All approved equipment Initially loaded at the loading table Carried to the line legally I can see no reason why you could not legally and safely continue your stage.
  14. 15 points
    Basically it was a family with three or four buckeroos, the father and mother shooting and sharing one set of guns and one or two sets of leather. Several of the vendors got together and gave them a rifle, two pistols, a shotgun and two sets of leather.
  15. 15 points
    Dantankerous SASS # 85193 Kansas Playing cowboy for 9 years.
  16. 15 points
    SASS Alias: J-Bar SASS #: 18287 Where you are from: Missouri How long you’ve been Cowboy Action Shooting: Since 1998
  17. 14 points
  18. 14 points
    A man arrived at Jim Bowie's (cowboys and Indians) with a broken rifle. He and his children were sharing it and one set of pistols and a shotgun. Jim looked at the rifle and didnt know if he could fix it, it had been shot to pieces. Jim was touched by the story and went out and bought a 73 out of his pocket and slicked it up. He then went out to try and find a set of pistols. In the meantime TL went and got a shotgun for them the news spread and soon most of the vendors had chipped in. A great story about some great people.
  19. 14 points
    My 70 year old widowed sister does not own any guns. But she got so mad that some corporations are canceling agreements with the NRA that she joined the NRA and posted her reason on Facebook. I am quite proud!
  20. 14 points
    SASS Alias: Rye Miles SASS # 13621 Shooting for 20 years
  21. 14 points
    SASS Alias: Titus A. Gnatsass SASS #: 71705 Where you are from: Missouri How long you’ve been Cowboy Action Shooting: 12 years
  22. 14 points
    Allie Mo SASS No. 25217 From: Fiddletown, CA Shooting: 19 years
  23. 13 points
    Pat, First of all, thank you for your stint as a moderator. I’m sorry to read what you’ve outlined above as your negative experience in the role. It is clear that the system before wasn’t working- which is why the need for a revamp came to light. I believe that several factors led to your experience: Too few mods with no real clear definition of roles and responsibilities- coupled with an uninformed member base on user terms due to unclear, outdated guidelines... and some “rules” not documented appropriately. Many hands make light work- the fresh recruitment of moderators working as a team and the reassignment of roles within SASS HQ will help ease this burden. The “new” Ghost mod jobs will likely experience a bit of growing pains as we settle in, but ultimately my goal is to ensure the experience is a positive one- NO volunteer should ever feel unappreciated or report an experience as negative as this one under the new structure. Members/Users of the Wire agreeing to a code of conduct is a must. We are all adults here... and a melting pot of personalities to boot! No one is ever going to agree with everyone ALL of the time- but being respectful and tolerant is something everyone has the capability to do. I am confident that we can ALL pitch in, come together and truly represent everything that is great about SASS and Cowboy Action Shooting... 1st on the list? The people. Fun fact to consider: on average, 100 “members” visit the forums each day. In contrast, an average of 450 “guests” visit the forums EACH DAY. I implore every member of the Wire to ask themselves- are you doing your part in representing SASS and our mutual love of Cowboy Action Shooting to those guests/potential new members/shooters in a positive light? Misty
  24. 13 points
    SASS Alias: MAJOR ART TILLERY SASS #: 87441 Where you are from: KANSAS (BUTTERFIELD GULCH GANG) How long you’ve been Cowboy Action Shooting: 8 YEARS
  25. 13 points

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