Sunday, December 5, 2010

Wartrace Dec. 4 2010 Cowboy Match.

32 shooters decided to take a chance and go to Wartrace on Saturday to help Marshall/ Sheriff Fatback Slim defend Wartrace from all manner of Horse Thieves and Holligans

We made the right choice as the weather turned out to be good for December. It was a little cool and windy at times, but no rain. It looked a little iffy early as Cheyenne Thornton and I hitched up the team and traveled in the rain until about 10 miles from the range. It was dry the rest of the way, that's why I don't care what it's doing at home when I head out.

It was a great match with all the stages in memory of Fatback Slim.

I had a hard time hitting my targets and I wasn't the only one. Papa Dave and Fort Knox were the only 2 to shoot "Clean", congratulations to them.

Whiskey Hayes decided we would shoot a "Total Time" match today and I for one was glad to try that out instead of "Rank". As Whiskey said sometimes Rank helps you and sometimes it hurts you, but it is a whole lot easier to explain total time to a new shooter. I'm not sure how long we'll do this but we're going to try it for a while.

Papa Dave was the "Top Gun" of the day followed by Buck Dodgers, Sergeant Shooter, Randy Saint Eagle and Shaddai Vaquero rounded out the top 5.

Join us Dec. 18 for our last match of the year, as always for more information check out our Website.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Cowgirls?

This morning I had 1 granddaughter, Jade.

This afternoon I have 3, Jade, Whitney and Brooke.

Whitney has the pink hat Brooke has the yellow.

Proud Granddad with Whitney.

Whitney was born at 12:12 pm and Brooke was born at 12:15 pm. Whitney was 5.8 lbs. and 19" long, Brooke was 5.6 lbs. and 17 3/4" long. Both babies and Mom are doing great, Dad's doing great as well, except for the first diaper he had to change, but he'll get used to that. Jade said they need to be potty trained by the time they are 8 weeks old, I think she is in for a surprise.

Now we are waiting for 1 more in February, 4 grandkids is a nice number.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Comin' At Cha Nov. 4-6 2010

14 Wartrace Regulators headed west to help out T-Bone, Ringo "By Gawd" Fire, Nuttin' Graceful and all the Dooley Gang and friends in a range war called Comin' At Cha, at The Badlands Bar 3 Ranch, The SASS Southwest Regional in English Texas. 389 Cowboys and Cowgirls came to join in on the fun and many others came just to watch.

The Wartrace Gang except Blackwater and Hatfield

We hitched up the wagons and headed out before daylight Wednesday morning and got to our bunkhouse ( The Best Western of Paris Texas) well after dark. We were just in time to grab some chow next door before they shut down for the night.

Thursday morning we made the 45 minute drive to the range and tried to find a place to park our covered wagon. They had a big rain Tuesday and Wednesday and had to make do without one of their main parking areas on Thursday. Nuttin' and Dewey Cheatem did a great job of finding us a place.

We had the usual side matches Thursday afternoon and had a chance to get familiar with the range set-up and targets. If you want to see some amazingly fast shooting go to the side matches at a match this big. Plenty of these cowpokes can shoot faster than I can count.

We had the morning shift on Friday and had to roll out pretty early to get to the range on time. The temperature was in the low to mid 30's at shooting time, but warmed up to the mid 60's.
The Stages were fast, fun and in your face, plenty close enough to get over confident and exceed your speed limit. We shot stages 1 thru 5, and with only 1 "Stand and Deliver" stage there was enough movement the help you warm up, but not enough to wear you out. The most unusual stage of the day for me was Stage 5 "The Texas Chicken Ranch" all rifle, including a reload, and pistol rounds had to go through the State of Texas cutout in a large target and not ring any steel. If you had a "ding", it was a miss, many ran this very fast, a few too fast and hit the target.

Saturday we had the late shift, so we slept in and got to the range by mid-morning. Plenty of time to check out all the vendors including Blackwater Old West Mercantile with Blackwater and Hatfield (Wartrace Regulators). Then get an early lunch before shooting in the afternoon. It was much warmer Saturday when we started shooting, but I started the day with a rifle that didn't want to cooperate and had my slowest stage of the match and my only miss. The last 5 Stages were just as fast and fun as the others. 2 of my favorite were Stage 9 the "Outback Steakhouse" where you shot your rifle down the hall before grabbing your shotgun and shooting out 2 different doorways, then placing your shotgun on a table in the 3rd door and shooting both pistols out that door and Stage 6 the "Big Wagon". I shot my best stage here finishing 18 overall on this one. Did I tell you this was a "BIG" wagon, 15' or taller I'd guess. You triple tapped 3 very big buffaloes with your rifle reloaded 1 round and shot a gong out beyond the buffs, then you did a 5 shot "Nevada Sweep" with your shotgun, no pistols on this stage.

After finishing the match we packed up the covered wagon and got ready for the awards banquet held on the ranch. Outback Steakhouse had a good steak for us before the awards started. The banquet theme was the Roaring 20's so we saw lots of interesting costumes. T-Bone knows how to keep the ball rolling so we were out and watching the fireworks show over the lake by 9pm.

Texas Rick O'Shay was the Top Gun and Half A Hand Henri was the Ladies Top Gun.

Here is how the Wartrace Regulators finished;

Buck Dodgers 4th Wrangler 19th Overall
Papa Dave 1st Range Boss 51st Overall
Duck River 2nd Frontier Cartridge 64th Overall
Randy Saint Eagle 6th B-Western 72nd Overall
CW Knight 6th Senior 87th Overall
Scattergun Kid 3rd Frontier Cartridge 107th Overall
Jailbreak Jake 8th Duelist 138th Overall
Sheriff Frank Canton 14th Silver Senior 183rd Overall
Tombstone John 15th Senior 197th Overall
Charlie Bowdre 11th Elder Statesman 216th Overall
Wes Outlaw 17th Duelist 255th Overall
Hatfield 15th Cowboy 269th Overall
Wild Jill Hickock 9th Ladies 49r 286 Overall
Blackwater 12th Frontiersman 375th Overall

I think it's pretty impressive for a small club in Tennessee to have 14 members go to Texas for a match. I think we all had a really good time. My only complaint is next time I won't stay so far away from the range.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Regulators Reckoning; The 2010 SASS Tennessee State Championship

The Tennessee State Championship is now in the record books and it was a great match. We had 154 Cowboys and Cowgirls come and try their luck. The good Lord smiled on us and we had fantastic weather. We started out on Thursday Oct 7 with the usual speed Side Matches, a 3 stage Wild Bunch Match and Long Range Matches.

We had 20 competitors in the Wild Bunch Match with Duck River winning the Traditional Category, Blackfish Kid won the Modern Category, Feisty Mama won the Ladies Traditional and Dew R Dye won the Ladies Modern.

Prestidigitator and Dew R Dye took home the majority of the speed event wood, but we had some fast Cowboys and Cowgirls that won the others.

I don't have a copy of the Long Range scores but there were several different winners in those events.

Friday morning Whiskey Hayes welcomed all the shooters and Papa Dave had a brief Safety Meeting followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, then Sgt. Shooter offered a prayer. By 10 am we had shots going down range.

Whiskey Hayes wrote and set up some interesting, fast and fun Stages with big close targets. Believe me, they were fast, the Top Cowboy averaged 16.8 seconds per stage for the match.
All were Gunfighter friendly with no split pistol stages. We shot 5 stages on Friday, followed by dinner and Karaoke ( Marshall Red Stockburn and Lilly Lynn kept it going). We learned that some of these Cowboys and Cowgirls can really sing well. We also had all of the side match awards and lots of door prizes, including 2 guns ( 1 from Mid-Tenn Guns and 1 from Franklin Gun Shop) and a Papa Dave Gun Cart.

Saturday morning brought another day of great weather and the final 5 stages. The range was divided into 2 sections with half the shooters shooting 5 stages in the Old Town and the other half shooting 5 on The Hill on Friday and swapping on Saturday. This kept down a lot of excess walking. Saturday went as well as Friday and we were done shooting by the middle of the afternoon. This gave everyone plenty of time to check out the vendors and and get ready for the Banquet at the Lakewood Country Club.

The range has seen lots of improvements in the last year and we have to say a big Thanks to all the Cowboys and Cowgirls who put in so much time getting it ready for this event. A special Thanks to Charlie Bowdre and Wes Outlaw for all the dozer work, building new berms and reworking the upper parking lot were just a few of the many things they did.

Saturday night brought one of the best Awards Banquets you'll find at a Cowboy Match. The food was great, we had a good Bluegrass Band and more door prizes including 2 more guns.

We have to say thanks to all our vendors and sponsors and especially to Ruger our Main Match sponsor ( who donated 2 of the 4 guns given away). Please check our Sponsor List and patronize these folks.

Prestidigitator was our Top Gun and Overall Tennessee State Champion, followed by Mose Spencer, Fast Eddie, Unpleasant, Silver City Rebel, Duke Skywalker, Mogollon Drifter, S A Pondwater, Ringer and Potshot Parker rounds out the Top 10.

The Top Cowgirl was Sixgun Sallie and Dew R Dye was the Ladies Overall Tennessee State Champion.

We had 16 Cowboys and Cowgirls shoot the Match "Clean and Smooth"

I also have to say thanks to Joe Sheetz at Designz By You for all his effort on our awards, I think he did and excellent job.

Most of all we have to thank all the Cowboys and Cowgirls who came to shoot with us and make this a Great Match. We hope you all had a Great time and plan to come back next October for the 2011 Tennessee State Championship in Wartrace. If you feel like we did not provide you with a Top Notch Event please Contact Us and let us know where we can improve.

I hope to see everyone again next year, until then shoot straight, be safe and have fun.

Also Thanks to Branchwater Jack for taking the Awards Photos.

View my entire State Championship Album, click on the red Slideshow tab for full size pictures.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Regulators Reckoning 2010 Awards Preview

I've got the awards for the 2010 Tennessee State Championship and I think they turned out great.
I thought I'd give a preview of what you're coming to win.

The awards were done by Designz By You in Bell Buckle, TN.

For more info and an application go to the State Match link on our website.

See you at The Regulators Reckoning Oct. 7-9 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Wartrace Regulators Cowboy Action Match 9-4-10

Marshall W.D. and Randy Saint Eagle, photo by Sean Clancy O'Conall.

53 Cowboys and Cowgirls rode into Wartrace to help us defend the town. With only 1 month left until The Regulators Reckoning, The SASS Tennessee State Championship it was time to rid the town of some unsavory characters. The final preparation at the range is next weekend and we didn't want any trouble. By the end of the day we had run all of the crooks and outlaws out of town. God blessed us with a beautiful day for a Cowboy Match, it just doesn't get much better than this.

Whiskey Hayes, as usual, had some fast and fun stages. Some had options of how to shoot them so you needed to think it out in order to get the fastest time, but none had "P" Traps.
We were delighted to welcome 2 new very first time Cowboy Action Shooters, Chief Red Cloud and Cousin Ron Haggen, who is also a new Wartrace Regulators member. Glad to have ya'll.

Papa Dave was the Top Gun of the day followed by Randy Saint Eagle, Tabasco Jot, CW Knight and Scattergun Kid rounds out the top 5. They will make up the Shootist Category in November. 6 thru 10 were Duck River, Marshall W.D., Sean Clancy O'Conall, Whiskey Hayes and Marshall Red Stockburn. Congratulations to these and everyone who shot with us.

We'd also like to congratulate Cheyenne Thornton, Delap Dave, Papa Dave, Papa Oso and Tennessee Roadrunner for shooting Clean Matches.

Our next match at Wartrace will be The Regulators Reckoning, The SASS Tennessee State Championship Oct. 7-9 2010, If you've not signed up it's time. It will be a Great Match and we'll have lot's of Vendors.

We also have to thank Charlie Bowdre for all the dozer work he and his family has done on the upper parking lot and vendor area, it looks great. It will now be our main parking lot for monthly matches.

Thanks again to everyone who came and shot with us. We'll see you at the State Championship.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Guns Of August 8/12-15/10

9 Wartrace Regulators traveled north to Middletown Ohio to shoot with the Big Iron Rangers. This was the first trip to Guns Of August, The SASS Midwest Regional Match for several of us. I for one hope it won't be my last.

Thursday was side-match day with the usual side matches. Buck Dodgers, Papa Dave, Tombstone John and I shot more than enough rounds for 2 matches and we had a ball.

Friday morning started early for us with a 8 am Safety Meeting. It opened with mounted shooters presenting the Canadian and United States flags and with the playing of both National Anthems. Deadwood Stan welcomed everyone, introduced SASS #1 Judge Roy Bean and then turned it over to Lassiter to go over the Safety Rules.

Smokin' Irons was our Posse Marshall and did an excellent job. Posse 4 was a great posse consisting of Smokin' Irons, Honey B. Quick, Papa Dave, Sheriff Frank Canton, Buck Dodgers, Tombstone John, Goldsmith, Rounder, Lightning Hawk, Buffalo Brady, Jeremiah Longknife, Ida Kno, Velvet Sheath, Justice Lawman, Thunderbolt Hayes and Randy Saint Eagle. Everyone worked well and we had lots of fun.

The targets on most stages, as you can see in the pictures are down hill and in the woods. This was a new experience but I enjoyed it. It was a very scenic range. Sunflower Kid and Slim Jim Dandy had to leave early due to Sunflowers wife having emergency surgery, we pray that she is ok and heals soon.

Friday night we had a meal at the range clubhouse with entertainment by Frederick Jackson Turner. Lassiter presented the Side Match Awards and Buck Dodgers won the Long Range Lever Action Pistol Caliber Side Match .

Saturday we shot in the afternoon starting at 12:30 and we finished just in time to put our guns away before the rain came. It was hot before the rain, mid 90's heat index around 105.

The Awards Banquet was Saturday night at the Manchester Inn. We had a good meal followed by entertainment from Royal Wade Kimes. Then they gave a way some door prizes. Sheriff Frank Canton won a "92 rifle, which made his weekend.

Lassiter did the Awards and here is how we finished:

Randy Saint Eagle, 2nd "B"-Western, 57th Overall, Clean Match
Papa Dave, 1st Elder Statesman, 62nd Overall
Buck Dodgers, 7th Cowboy, 87th Overall
Tombstone John, 19th Senior, 143rd Overall
Louisiana Cowboy, 27th 49r, 229th Overall
Jagged Rock, 29th 49r, 237th Overall
Sunflower Kid, 13th Duelist, 252nd Overall
Slim Jim Dandy, 32nd 49r, 256th Overall
Sheriff Frank Canton, "Don't Ask"

Click Here for complete scores.

I thank God for allowing me to have a good shoot and keeping us safe while traveling.
I shot my new Widdermatic Marlin all weekend and it ran flawlessly. I have to thank Widowmaker Hill for all his work coming up with with a way to make a Marlin run great and for sharing it with anyone who wants to try it (Widowmaker was 3rd Gunfighter and 48th Overall). This was only the 3rd Match for this Widdermatic, but it has now ran 21 flawless stages. Thanks again Widder.

Thanks to Lassiter, Deadwood Stan and everyone involved in making Guns Of August a Great Match. If you haven't been to Guns Of August put it on your list for next year, you'll be glad you did. I almost forgot Sheriff Frank Canton called me down to the hotel lobby Saturday morning and introduced me to SASS #1 Judge Roy Bean. It was a pleasure to meet the man who started Cowboy Action Shooting and SASS.

Don't forget The Regulators Reckoning, The SASS Tennessee State Championship October 7-9 2010 is coming back to Wartrace this year. Click on the State Match link on our Website for more info. Also our next match will be Cowboy/Wild Bunch this Saturday August 21st, for more info check out our Website. Our next Monthly Cowboy Match will be Sept. 4th.

Be safe, shoot straight and may all your bangs end with a clang.

PS Please forgive my picture quality I didn't realize until I got home the setting had been changed on my camera.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wartrace Regulators 8/7/10 Cowboy Match

56 Cowboys and Cowgirls rode into Wartrace to help out an old cowpoke named Nevada. We helped him keep his brother from getting hanged at the Gallows, get a beer in peace at Grafton's, gun down bank robbers at Well's Fargo, sell his cattle at the Corral and keep The Kid in Jail at Silver City.

Due to the name of the main character in all the scenarios, you might have guessed, every stage was a Nevada Sweep of some kind. Whiskey wrote the stages this way to keep it fast and simple for a hot August match. Several were "Stand and Deliver" keeping the movement down to a minimum. One of my favorite was the Corral where the Texas Star was the center target on a 3 target pistol Nevada Sweep, you started on the Star and did a 10 shot continuous Nevada sweep, after the rifle was shot on a diagonal or X Nevada Sweep starting on the center target with each 5 shots you could clean up any plates still on the Star with your Scattergun.

We had Pards come in from, West Tennessee, East Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky to help out old Nevada. It was not as hot as it has been for the last week or so, however it was still hot enough.

Buck Dodgers was the Top Gun of the day followed by Tabasco Jot, Dew R. Dye ( Ladies Top Gun), Shaddai Vaquero and Vaquero Jake rounded out the top 5. 6 thru 10 were Randy Saint Eagle, Papa Dave, Duck River, Whiskey Hayes and Jackson Longstreet. We'd like to thank everyone who came to shoot with us and hope you can make it back next time.

We'd also like to congratulate Alabama Hombre, Cherokee Sargent, Jackson Longstreet, Stoney Brooks, Sunflower Kid and Walking Short for shooting "Clean Matches".

We'd like to welcome some new Wartrace Regulators; Stoney Brooks and his son Nick Fawley and Cousin Ron Haggen, we're always excited to get new members.

Our next Match will be August 21st and it will be a combined Cowboy/ Wild Bunch Match for more info check out our website. Don't forget to send your entry in for The Regulators Reckoning, The SASS Tennessee State Championship.

Keep your powder dry and may every "Bang" end with a "Clang".

Sunday, August 1, 2010

North Alabama Regulators Match 8/1/10

Cheyenne Thornton, Wild Jill Hickock, Duck River and Randy Saint Eagle headed south to help the North Alabama Regulators clean up their town. The Train Robbers had cut the telegraph wires and we didn't know till we got there August is the "dress down" match. Cowboy hat and Cowboy boots are the only CAS requirements, shorts, short sleeves and t-shirts are fine due to the heat.

We were able to help Uncle Frank and Granna save the Train, protect the Mercantile, take care of the Bank robbers and run off the Outlaws so Uncle Frank could get a bath (and none too soon) at the Barber Shop.

El Camino wrote some fun, fast stages and we all managed to survive the heat. Due to the expected heat a vote was held at the Safety Meeting and only 4 stages were shot. I was 1 of the losing voters.

Tuff Stuff was The Top Gun of the day, followed by Randy Saint Eagle, Graver Bill, Buck D. Law and Ben T. Iron rounded out the top 5. Wild Jill Hickock was the Top Gun Lady, impressive after only 4 or 5 matches.
As you can see by the pictures, Alabama also offers a Wild Bunch Category.

Thanks to everyone for their hospitality and making us feel at home, we usually try to make it to a few matches a year and always have a good time.

I'd also like to thank Duck Rivers daughter, Katrina, for taking most of these pictures for me.

I'd also like to invite everyone to the Wartrace Regulators August Main Match next Saturday
8/7/10 for more information check out our Website

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Wartrace Regulators Cowboy/Wild Bunch Match 7/17/10

We had 16 Cowboy Action and 8 Wild Bunch shooters disregard the forecast( 95 degrees and 50% chance of rain) and join us for a great day of shooting. God blessed us with an overcast sky and some breeze most of the day that made for a really pleasant July shoot. We shot the same stages that we shot for the July Main Match, with a few changes for the Wild Bunch shooters.

We'd like to welcome 2 brand new shooters, Nicholas Fawley and Kevin Fawley. They shot their very first Cowboy Match, they shot on Posse #1 and they did a great job for their first match.
3$ Dewey shot his first full match and did well also. We always love to have new shooters try our sport, but beware, try it once and you'll be hooked.

We also had several spectators and we are always glad to see them. We had one shooter, Tex, who shot his first match in 3 years and shot it "clean".

Randy Saint Eagle was the Top Gun of the day ( I like saying that), followed by Buck Dodgers, Papa Dave ( Top Gun Wild Bunch), Sgt. Shooter and Sheriff Frank Canton rounds out the top 5.

We'd also like to congratulate Tex and Dobber for shooting the Match "Clean" ( no misses, no procedurals).

The Long Range Shoot is next Saturday, July 24th. Sign up starts at 8:30am and shooting starts at 9:15am. Y'all come, Cowboys and Cowgirls.

Our next Main Month Match is Saturday August 7th hope you can make it.

Don't forget The Regulators Reckoning, The SASS Tennessee State Championship is in October, for more info check out the State Match Link on our website.

One last thank you to one of our spectators, Ronnie Reames, for taking these pictures for me, hopefully before long he'll be a Wartrace Regulator.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Wartrace Regulators July 3rd 2010 Match

52 shooters rolled into Wartrace to help fight off Bushwackers at the Line Shack. Help Marshall Hollister arrest Chet Van Meter at the Cemetary, get away from angry soldiers at the Livery Stable. Collect a debt from Harvey Logan at the KO Corral and capture the Horrel gang at Fort Sweeney.

Whiskey Hayes had some fun, fast and interesting sweeps including a Lawrence Welk Sweep. At the Corral we had a ball shooting the Texas Star and a pop-up clay bird. There were no "P" Traps even though I got one, it's pretty bad when the pistols and rifle are the same sweep and you shoot the pistols correct and then mess up the rifle. Given enough time I could think up a good excuse, but for now I'll just have to blame it on a "Senior Moment".

The weather started out great , some cloud cover and an occasional breeze. I had to work and didn't get to the range till about 1pm and more than one Cowboy told me the weather was great till I got there , then it got hot.

Buck Dodgers must have enjoyed the weather as he was the Top Gun for the Match, followed by Marshall Too Tall of the Ocoee Rangers, Papa Dave, Jackson Longstreet also from Ocoee and Tombstone John. These 5 will make up the Shootist Category for our August 7th Match, Congratulations Cowboys.

We'd also like to congratulate Marshall Too Tall, Captain Jo Walker, Sudden Sam, Dobber, Ben Uriah, Cash Jackson, Gringo Gordo and Demented Frenchman for shooting "Clean Matches".

While I wasn't there to see it I think Sheriff Frank Canton and Gringo Gordo had a cake (made by Gringo's wife) to celebrate Papa Dave's 2nd place Elder Statesman finish at The World Championship, End Of Trail, Way To Go Papa Dave.

We'd also like to say HAPPY 91st BIRTHDAY Blue Boy (July 4th), glad you could celebrate another birthday shooting a match with us.

Don't Forget The Regulators Reckoning, The Tennessee State Championship is fast approaching, click this link for more info.

I'd like to say a special Thanks to Cheyenne Thornton for taking the pictures for me.

Keep your powder dry and may every "Bang" end with a "Clang".

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ocoee Rangers June 26 2010 Shoot

Sheriff Frank Canton, Cheyenne Thornton and I decided to travel East to visit our Pards in the Ocoee Rangers. It's been a year and a half since Cheyenne and I made the trip and I hope it won't take that long to get back next time. It's a 2 1/2 hour drive plus we lose 1 hour (time change) so we have to get out pretty early, but at least they don't start till 10 AM. Traveling with Frank there is never a dull moment, so the ride went very well. It's always fun to see Ocoee Red, Festus, Widder, Fast Harley, Last Kiss, Too Tall, Tombstone, The Pleasantly/Unpleasant Gang Ziggy and all our Eastern friends.

We also had the pleasure of meeting and shooting on the Posse with Anita Margarita and Jackalope. They are avery nice couple and shoot great. We shot on Posse 5, The Pleasantly/Unpleasant Posse and had a ball. For some reason I think they tried to keep me and Widder off the loading table at the same time, maybe we laugh too much. We shot 5 stages with interesting sweeps, they should have been fast stages but you couldn't tell it by looking at my times. The humidity seemed extremely high and the temp must have been in the high 9o's, but the Rangers were prepared with coolers of water on a couple of stages. Although it was hot we had a Great Time.

Marshall Too Tall was the Top Gun for the day, followed by risin' outlaw, Purly, Pleasant and Widder

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

North Alabama Regulators Match 6/6/10

Papa Dave, Sheriff Frank Canton, Buck Dodgers, Tombstone John, Duck River, Randy Saint Eagle and Dobber decided to head south and join the North Alabama Regulators for their June Match. This was my first trip of the year to Alabama and I hope it won't be my last. We always have a good time with all our Alabama pards.

During the safety meeting El Camino mentioned Stage 4 had all reactive targets and that some stages look better on paper than after they are set up. Stage 4 was fun, but with 18 ropes on the ground, I think he may have been right. All kidding aside he had 5 fun stages with no "P" Traps.

Most of us from Wartrace shot on Posse # 3 and it was a good one. We had the pleasure of shooting with Diablo Del Thomas, a Buckaroo shooting his first Cowboy Match. You'd never have known it if you hadn't been told, he was trained well and did a really good job. We also got to shoot with fellow "B" Western shooter Stacy Hill, it was good to see him up and shooting after medical problems last year at Ambush. I also enjoyed meeting and shooting with Doc Duncan a very impressive Outlaw Shooter and brother to the infamous Judge'm All Duncan.

It was a hot muggy day but God blessed us with cloud cover and a good breeze most of the day. We shot 5 stages straight through and ate lunch while they tabulated the scores and got ready for the Awards Presentation.

Tuff Stuff was the Top Cowboy and shot 5 stages in an awesome 90.50 seconds, all the rest of us got in more shooting time for our money.

The Wartrace Regulators faired very well;

Papa Dave 1st Elder Statesman, 2nd Overall
Buck Dodgers 1st Wrangler, 4th Overall
Duck River 1st Frontier Cartridge, 5th Overall
Randy Saint Eagle 1st "B" Western 9th Overall
Tombstone John 1st Senior, 13th Overall
Sheriff Frank Canton 2nd Senior, 26th Overall
Dobber 1st Classic Cowboy, 33rd Overall

As always we had a Great Time and hope we can make it back soon.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wartrace Regulators June 5 2010 Match

We had a great day for a shoot, it was hot but not as hot as it will be in August. We had 70 registered shooters including our friends from East Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky.

It was a good day to defend Wartrace against all manner of ruffians, I used to say Outlaws but we have some pards who are Outlaw Shooters and while none of them made it Saturday we welcome them anytime.

Whiskey wrote and set up 5 fast, fun and Gunfighter, actually any shooter, friendly stages. Thanks mostly to our pards from the east we had 5 Gunfighters.

Papa Dave was the Top Gun for the day and he continues to always impress me. Papa was followed by Shaddai Vaquero, Vaquero Jake ( an impressive Buckaroo), Clancy O Connal, and Marshall Too Tall will make up the Shootist Category for July. Kid Ziggy, Pleasant, Lil' Marshall W.D., Duck River and Marshall Red Stockburn round out the Top 10.

I'd also like to congratulate Cheyenne Thornton, Demented Frenchman, Gringo Gordo, Hardluck Hudgens, Judge Injury, Papa Dave, Perfecto Vaquera, Pleasant, Sheriff Frank Canton and Swifty Waters for all shooting Clean Matches.

I'd also like to welcome "First Time" CAS shooter and our newest Wartrace Regulator, Branchwater Jack.

I'd like to thank everyone for their patience Saturday morning as a wreck on I-24 caused us to get started a little late, Cowboys and Cowgirls were having a hard time getting to the range.

I'd also like to say a VERY SPECIAL thanks to Shotgun Schoolmarm for doing registration and scores.

Buck Dodgers has the scores posted on our website.

Our next Mid-month Match will be Cowboy and Wild Bunch combined on June 19, hope everyone can make it.

Also don't forget about the State Championship in October.

There is a work day at the range this Saturday June 12, for more info on this go to our website.

I think I have worked out the bugs with my slideshows, hopefully everyone can see these pictures.

Shoot Straight and May All Your Bangs End With A Clang.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wartrace Regulators Cowboy/Wild Bunch Match 5/15/10

28 Cowboys and Cowgirls decided not to join the FWSA ( Fair Weather Shooters Association) and came to Wartrace instead of believing the weather forecasters. They made the right choice, although it was overcast and humid there was no rain. Due to the construction in the "Old Town", the entire match was shot on the "Hill".

I had to work and got to the range just as the mostly Cowboy Posse was finishing up. The mostly Wild Bunch Posse was just preparing to shoot their last stage, the Outlaw Cabin. I was able to take some pictures, however that is not the best stage to take pictures in. I suggested to Gringo Gordo that he might want to shoot this stage right handed since I had a better angle for right handed shooters. He wasn't very receptive of the idea.

We had 12 Cowboy shooters and 18 Wild Bunch shooters slinging lead down range. When it was over all the Outlaws had been run out of Wartrace one more time. Thanks to Papa Dave Wild Bunch is growing at Wartrace.

After the last shot was fired Hot Lead Dancin' told me he had a Clean Match, Feisty Mama disagreed. Hot Lead said it was clean in his mind anyway, that might be the easiest way for me to shoot a clean match as well.

The Top Cowboys were, Two Clicks, Latigo Jim, Sheriff Frank Canton, Johnny Bodock and Dobber.

Top Wild Bunch were Emmett Moon, Marshall Red Stockburn, Duck River, Frank Buckshot, and Deadwood Miner.

Congratulations also to our Clean Shooters; Wild Bunch, Emmett Moon and Deadwood Miner.
Cowboy and Cowgirl; Doc Holly Mae and Evil Butch.

Don't forget we are hosting the 2010 Tennessee State Championship Oct. 7-9 for more info go to the State Match Link on our website.

We will need to have several work days in preparation for this, I'll send out e-mails as the dates become available.

Our next Cowboy match will be June 5th, it will be great fun and I hear we'll be having several guests from the north, east, south and west. I think many are planning to shoot with us on Saturday and North Alabama Regulators on Sunday.

Hope to see you in June.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wartrace Construction 5-12-2010

I just wanted to let everyone know change is in the air at Wartrace. The Old Hotel and Old Saloon are gone. We have new berms at the Train, The Depot and The New Stage which may see our Wagon back in action. This will give us more opportunities to shoot the Texas Star and The Pigeon Flippers instead of just at The Corral. It will also add many other possibilities in stage design. The work looks GREAT!

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Wartrace Regulators Main May Match 5/1/2010

During the safety meeting Will Reilly announced that he had resigned as President due to opening a new gun store. Will had told the Board at the last meeting and had recommended Whiskey Hayes to take over as President, Whiskey accepted and was unanimously voted in by the board.

We would all like to thank Will for his service to the Wartrace Regulators and wish him the best of luck with his new business. We would also like to welcome Whiskey Hayes in as President and look forward to several years of his leadership. Whiskey will step down as Safety Officer and his replacement will be named at a later date.

For the complete story on this go to The Wartrace Regulators Website

24 Cowboys and 1 Cowgirl disregarded the bad forecast and came to Wartrace to join Butch and Sundance in fighting their way out of the Line Shack. Helped the Pinkertons go after Frank James at the Cemetery. Joined Marshall Dillon fighting drunken cowboys at the Train. Helped Jesse James fight the Pinkertons at the Corral and fought off Indians at Fort Sweeney. After a successful day of fighting we all lived to come back and do it another day.

We would like to thank Wampas Cat Willie for making his first trip to Wartrace and hope it won't be his last. We'd also like to thank Clancy O Connal, Lil' Marshall W.D., Outcast and Sledge for making the trip west to join us.

Considering the forecast, we were blessed and only had about 15 minutes of rain during the first stage, the rest of the day was great. We shot straight through due to the impending rain and then 9 of us made the trip to Bell Buckle Cafe for a late lunch. Anyone who hasn't tried Bell Buckle Cafe doesn't know what they are missing.

Congratulations to Clancy O Connal the Top Gun of the day followed by Whiskey Hayes, Buck Dodgers, Randy Saint Eagle and Sergeant Shooter rounded out the top 5. These 5 will make up the Shootist Category for our June 5th Match.

We'd also like to congratulate Dobber for shooting the only Clean Match of the day.

Our next match will be the combined Cowboy/ Wild Bunch Mid-Month Match May 15. Come join us if you can.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Wartrace Main Match April 3 2010

50 cowboys and cowgirls braved the rainy weather to come to Wartrace and help us defend the town. We had pards come in from Alabama, South Carolina, Kentucky and Missouri as well as all parts of Tennessee.

By shooting time it was down to just a drizzle and after the second stage that was gone, by early afternoon the sun was shinning. It turned into a beautiful day.

Buck Dodgers was the Top Cowboy followed by Will Reilly, Harman Hammer, Tabasco Jot and Papa Dave, these 5 will be the Shootist Category for our May Match. Congratulations as well to Tabasco Jot, Deadwood Miner, Imis Twohofon, Rail Dog Pete and MT Shooter for all shooting clean matches.

We had several shooters making their first trip to Wartrace, and one new, first match ever shooter, Tom Horn , welcome all I hope this won't be the last trip for any of you. We always like to encourage new shooter to come out and enjoy this great sport with us.

We'd like to thank everyone for coming out and shooting with us and hope many of you can make it back April 17 for the Mid-month Match, it will be a combined Cowboy/ Wild Bunch Match, headed up by Latigo Jim for Cowboys and Papa Dave for the Wild Bunch.

I would like to say a special thanks to Annie Marlin and Shotgun Schoolmarm for taking care of the registration and the stats.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wartrace Wild Bunch/ Cowboy Match 3.20.10

8 Wild Bunch and 7 Cowboy Action Shooters came out to try their luck on this wonderful day. We had a nice warm day with enough cloud cover not to roast.

Papa Dave had 5 good fast stages, all on the hill. There were no "P" traps, although at the Cemetery, it would have been better if he had written it the way I shot it. Some people have no sense of humor so I earned a "P" for not shooting it as written.

If we'd had much more fun, I don't think we could have made it through the day. We had some spectators and one comment made to me was that we were just having TOO MUCH FUN, I told them if we weren't having fun we might as well be at work.

Top Gun of the day was Duck River (Wild Bunch) and he was the only one to shoot a Clean Match, 2nd was Buck Dodgers (Cowboy), followed by Randy Saint Eagle (Cowboy), Papa Dave (Wild Bunch) and Sergeant Shooter (Cowboy) rounds out the top 5. The top 6 had 3 Wild Bunch and 3 Cowboys so it seems like a pretty even split.

Papa Dave started letting Cowboy Action shooters come out and compete at the Wild Bunch matches due to the bad weather this winter and limited shooting opportunities. It was decided last month that since this had worked so well, all Mid-Month Matches will now be Cowboy Action/ Wild Bunch combined matches. This will give people a lot more chances to shoot Wild Bunch and the other Cowboys and Cowgirls a chance to watch it and see if they want to give it a try.

Papa Dave also wanted to thank Sergeant Shooter for getting out early and helping him set up the stages.

We would like to Welcome, Tn. Roadrunner, who joined The Wartrace Regulators yesterday, I failed to get his picture for the Directory but I'll do that next month. If you are a member of The Wartrace Regulators please check the Directory and if your picture and info has not yet been added please get with me at the next match so I can add it.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Green River Gunslingers 3.13.10 Cowboy Match

Buck Dodgers and I decided at 6:30 this morning to take a chance on the weather and go to Bowling Green KY. to shoot the Green River Gunslingers match. I left my house in the rain, arrived at Bucks house in the rain an hour later, left Bucks house in the rain and got to within 20 minutes of the range before the rain stopped. It just goes to show God loves Cowboys and a good Cowboy Match. Although it was a cool day we had very little wind and NO RAIN for the entire match.

This was my first trip to the range and I thoroughly enjoyed it, it's always fun to travel to other clubs and see how they do things. Yak heads up this Cowboy Club and as an added benefit they had a cake and celebrated his birthday.

23 Cowboys and Cowgirls shot 5 fast and fun stages with no "P" traps. The range is set back in the woods and I'll bet it is really nice when the weather is warmer and the sun has a hard time getting through the trees to roast you. After shooting straight through, shooters choice, we had a very good meal, thanks to whoever did the cooking, and had time to visit with new friends.

I met a lot of really nice folks there and would like to mention a couple of them. Padre de Cinco was a really nice pard and had his family there with him, I understand he will have to change his alias soon, Congratulations. His son Campo Kid was shooting with him and what a great young man he is. This young cowboy is only 14 years old, but remember his name he will be a force to be reckoned with.

Thanks again to Yak and all the Cowboys and Cowgirls who showed us a great time and of course thanks to Buck for hitching up the Mules and hauling us up to the Bluegrass State.

1 W Buck Dodgers..111.78

2 Jr. Campo Kid…127.26

3 BW Randy St. Eagle.. 127.84

4 Du George Emmett..152.26

5 W Bushrod…166.57

6 W Leadbone…169.32

7 49 Poncho…193.13

8 F Fire N. Fallback…215.49

9 W Midnight….228.19

10 Fc Cleve…232.15

11 W Padre...248.81

12 LFC Lynn E Bird...256.13

13 S Dodge Boy…281.02

14 W Big Jake…282.16

15 Du Tuckassee…292.74

16 Du Shooter….294.13

17 F Burn em’ up… 299.44

18 W Line Rider….319.60

19 SS P I Parker….330.91

20 O Charlie Coyote….332.08

21 W Festus……….349.41

22 S Kaintuck…419.79

23 W Jimmy Ferrett…429.70

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Wartrace Regulators March 6 2010 Match

59 shooters converged on Wartrace for a great day of shooting. The day started out in the 30's and sunny, but by the time the shooting started it was near 50 and mid 50's before we finished.
Through out the course of the day we rode out to the Line Shack with a purty gal, had a run in with a vaquero over King Fishers road, tried to board the Train after being falsely accused of horse stealing and found ourselves in the middle of the Sutton-Taylor Fued.

My Posse started out on the Train and that was appropriate since I started with a train wreck.
Next we moved to the Corral and tried our hand at the Texas Star with the rifle, alternating between the Star and a square plate. Anything left on the Star could be cleaned up with your Scattergun. Then we had 2 pistol dump targets.
Then we moved to the Fort and were accused of stealing horses for the second time today.

After taking a break for some grub we rode out to the Line Shack with a purty gal, only to be confronted by her irate, soon to be late, brother. We finished up our day at the Cemetery where we had to make a road over a ornery vaquero.

We'd like to thank our Pards who came over from East Tennessee and also several who came up from Alabama to help up clean up Wartrace.

As always Whiskey Hayes wrote some fast and fun stages with "No P Traps" but with ample opportunity to get over confident and to exceed your speed limit.

Papa Dave was on a roll and was our Top Gun for the day, followed by Buck Dodgers, Will Reilly, Whiskey Hayes and Scattergun Kid. These 5 will make up our Shootist Category at the April 3rd Match.

Congratulations also go out to Slim Jim Dandy, Hardluck Hudgens and Pond Creek Pete for shooting Clean Matches.

Papa Dave, who heads up our Wild Bunch Matches opened them up to Cowboy shooters as well this winter due to weather related limits on opportunities to shoot. After trying this for 2 months with no problems our Mid-Month Match will now be a combined Cowboy Action/ Wild Bunch Match.
This will give those who like Wild Bunch plenty of opportunities to shoot. Cowboy shooters will get to see what Wild Bunch is all about. For more info click on Wild Bunch .

We'd like to thank everyone who came to shoot with us and invite all to come to our Mid-Month Cowboy Action/ Wild Bunch Match on March 20.

We had several spectators that came out to watch and would like to remind everyone to invite your friends to come out and see what Cowboy Action Shooting is all about.

Grey Horse came by to see us, it was great to see him again. Hopefully in a couple of weeks they will be able to put his knee back in. Latigo Jim was back shooting with us, good to see his "Smiling" face again. Cash Jackson was also shooting and it's always a pleasure to see him. Please keep these folks and Hot Lead Dancin's wife in your prayers.

And last but certainly not least, a special thanks to Annie Marlin for taking care of registration and stats.

Until next time Keep Your Powder Dry.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wartrace Regulators Wild Bunch/ Cowboy Match 2.20.10

On Saturday Feb. 20, 12 Wild Bunch and 5 Cowboy shooters got together to try to rid Wartrace of bushwackers, horse thief's, crooked lawmen and injuns. It turned out to be a beautiful sunshiny day with temps passing 60 degrees, it was by far the best weekend we've had in 2010.

Papa Dave wrote some good stages, nothing too complicated and most had enough movement to keep it interesting. It was especially fun to shoot the Texas Star with our 1911's. Many of us found that we should zero our auto's to find out exactly where they're hitting, Texas Star plates are a lot smaller than what we usually shoot. The misses on the star had everyone laughing, but Papa Dave wrote the stage where we could clean up the star with our scatter guns if needed, so no one had a miss on the star.

The weather was so nice I hated for the day to end, this would have been a great day to shoot 6 stages.

In the end Duck River was the top shooter of the day shooting Wild Bunch Open, Papa Dave allows 3 Wild Bunch Classes, Traditional and Modern, per SASS rules, and Open which permits any semi-auto except .22 cal. and any SASS main match rifle. That way folks who shoot .38's can still compete without having to buy a new rifle.
Marshall Red Stockburn came in 2nd shooting Wild Bunch Modern.

Congratulations to Crooked Penny and Rockwood Ranger for shooting clean matches.

Complete Scores or check out The Wild Bunch Page on our website.

I was disappointed that we didn't have a better turnout on such a great day, hopefully we'll have just as good weather for our March Cowboy Match, March 6 2010 I hope everyone will make plans to attend that match.

After the match I decided to make a trip to one of my favorite places in Bell Buckle, Designz By You. Joe Sheetz can do some great things with his Laser. I decided to see what he could do with my shotgun stock, it already had some checkering, but I wanted to add something else. My daughter had already made me a Randy Saint Eagle logo for my cards, so Joe modified it some and laser engraved it into my gun stock. It turned out great, I would urge everyone to go by and see what Joe can do. His rates are very reasonable and the quality is excellent.

To see more of Joe's work check out this earlier post. More Info

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wartrace Regulators Feb. 13 2010 Cowboy Match

Photo from last year

This report was written by Cheyenne Thornton.

On Saturday, February 13th, Cowboys, Lawmen, the calvary, and an outlaw or two formed a posse to shoot the February match. We fought rustlers, hard headed judges, and pursued justice, along with coping with cold temperatures. The sun never materalized as promised by our weather forecasters and that coupled with the wind chill caused the Regulators to decide going home early to sit by the fire made more sense than slinging lead, so our match stopped after 3 stages.
As usual Whiskey Hayes created interesting stages that were easy to follow which was a blessing since our brain power was compromised by the wind and cold.
Once again Papa Dave killed the most outlaws in the quickest time. Buck Dodgers was 2nd, which was impressive since he had not been able to be with us since last fall.
Next Saturday, February 20th, will be the Wild Bunch match and Papa Dave has opened the match to any Cowboys shooters who want to particpate.
Our next scheduled Cowboy match is the first Saturday in March. So load up on ammo, get your horses shod, check the wanted posters and join us as we rid the west of varmits and other unsavory charcters.
Remember our regulators who have health issues, especially Greyhorse. Keep them in your prayers and drop them a card or give them a call.
Until next month keep your eye on the horizon and nose to the wind.

Thank you Cheyenne for filling in in my absence.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Wartrace Regulators 1-16-2010 Wild Bunch Match

11 shooters came out to the Wild Bunch/ Cowboy Action Match at Wartrace. To my knowledge this was the first combined Wild Bunch and Cowboy Action Match for Wartrace. Papa Dave heads up the Wild Bunch matches and decided that since there had been some matches cancelled this winter due to bad weather, he would open this Wild Bunch Match to us Cowboy Action shooters as well. We had 5 fast stages and the match went really well and I saw no problems in mixing the two disciplines. I still think on main month match should be Cowboy Action only, but see no problem with combining Wild Bunch and Cowboy Action for the Mid-month match, if people wanted to do that rather than have 3 separate matches.

I, for one, was a little disappointed in the turnout. I thought with the first day this year starting out above freezing and a forecast of near 50 degrees, more folks with "Cabin Fever" would come out to shoot.

I decided to play today , so I shot 3 stages Gunfighter, 1 stage Double Duelist because we had to move between pistols, and the last stage I shot traditional. After 3 misses on the first stage and not shooting any stages clean I knew I needed to practice. Most of us had misses, gun problems or brain fades, except for Gringo Gordo and Deadwood Miner who both shoot "Clean Matches".
Frank Buckshot decided to test his marksmanship skills on one stage and shoot the rifle targets with his pistol.

We had 6 shooting Wild Bunch and 5 Cowboy Action shooters. Papa Dave was the Top Shooter followed closely by Sgt. Shooter. I think everyone in attendance had a good time and God blessed us with a dry day.

The scores from this and all Wild Bunch Matches will be posted on the New Wild Bunch page on our website.

Buck Dodgers is doing a great job with our website including the New Traders Post page.

If you are wanting to buy or sell any Cowboy gear contact Buck.

Hopefully by our Feb. match we will be having better weather. Check out our website for updates on upcoming matches and remember we will be hosting The Tennessee State Championship this year.

Also annual dues are due now.

I would like to thank Frank Buckshot for helping me take pictures and apologize to Feisty Mama and Deadwood Miner for not getting pictures of them. My camera batteries died.