Saturday, April 30, 2011

2011 Tennessee Wild Bunch State Championship

The Wartrace Regulators hosted the first and only 5 Stage Tennessee Wild Bunch State Championship today. It seems after this Match was approved the rules changed and now in order to have a State Championship it must be at least 10 stages.

The weather was great and Whiskey Hayes wrote some really good stages. None had less than 15 pistol rounds fired and 3 of them had 20 pistol rounds. No "Stand and Deliver" all had movement. I think everyone got in plenty of shooting for a 5 stage match.

I had to work this morning and got there just as they were finishing up Stage 3. This still gave me time to take plenty of pictures and a few videos (with Duck River's phone).

We offered 12 age-based categories instead of the normal 4 .

Category Winners:

Wes Outlaw Modern Male 45 & under
Frank Buckshot Modern Male 46-60
C. W. Knight Modern Male 61 & over
Branchwater Jack Traditional Male 45 & under
Duck River Traditional Male 46-60
Papa Dave Traditional Male 61 & over

We had no Lady shooters today.

Top Modern shooter was CW Knight
Top Traditional Shooter was Duck River and
Top Gun Overall was Duck River
2nd Overall was Capt. Jo Walker, followed by Papa Dave, CW Knight and Frank Buckshot rounded out the Top 5.

Papa Oso shot the only "Clean Match" of the day.

To me it was interesting and surprising that the Top 3 shooters were shooting Traditional.

I'd like to thank Coyote Claxton for coming down from Michigan to shoot with us and hope he and his lovely bride can make it back to our Cowboy State Championship in October.

After the awards we were treated to a great lunch prepared by Lucy Delight and Babs.

I think everyone had a great time and if any other Tennessee Clubs are interested in hosting a Tennessee Wild Bunch State Championship feel free to contact Whiskey Hayes or any Wartrace Board Member for any needed information.

Complete Scores when available.

Videos when and if Duck River and I can figure out how to get them linked.

Our next match will be the May Cowboy Match May 7. For more info. see our website.

Several Wartrace Regulators will be heading down to Georgia for the Georgia State Championship, also next weekend, for more info on that Match

Happy Trails and may all your shots ring steel.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

4/22/11 Rock Castle Rangers Match

Papa Dave hitched up his wagon and drove the team by my spread. We loaded my gear (the bare minimum) and headed over to L.A. (Lower Antioch) to pick up Sheriff Frank Canton. We then headed to the Stage Depot in Portland where we loaded the Stage with Buck Dodgers driving and headed up to Park City, KY to the Rock Castle Rangers range. We met up with fellow Wartrace Regulators; Imis Twohofon, Sergeant Shooter, Blackwater Desperado, and Hatfield to try to help the Rangers clean up their town. It was like Old Friends Day as we met up with many old friends and made more new friends while there.

Shaddai Vaquero, Perfecto Vaquera and Vaquero Jake put on a great shoot. We had 6 fast , fun stages with enough movement to keep it interesting. They've done a lot of work in a short time on this new range and it is really shaping up.

We shot 3 stages and broke for lunch (included), then finished up the final 3. Perfecto shot early on the last stage, then tallied the scores and printed out awards. Not long after the guns were put away Shaddai started the awards ceremony. This was my first trip to the Rock Castle Rangers home but I don't plan on it being my last, they did a great job and are well on there way to having a First Class Range.

Campo Kid was the Top Gun for the day and man can this kid shoot, 6 stages in 115.62 seconds. Black Tom was second followed by Buck Dodgers (1.58 sec. between them), then Cumberland Drifter and Dusty Walker rounded out the top 5. I have to say the closest match of the day was in the Duelist Category .04 sec. between Shaddai Vaquero and Randy Saint Eagle.

Perfecto Vaquera has to be Congratulated as the only person to shoot a "Clean Match".

If you are looking for a place to shoot on the 4th Saturday, give the Rock Castle Rangers a try, you won't be disappointed.

Complete Scores when available.

They also have their first Annual Match , The James Gang Rides Again, coming up May 27-29, if you're looking for a shoot Memorial Day weekend check this out.

Sgt. Shooter's video's here.

Don't forget to come to Wartrace next weekend for The Tennessee Wild Bunch State Championship, we still have more room if you like to shoot Wild Bunch and don't forget spectators are always welcome.

The next Cowboy Match at Wartrace will be May 7th 2011.

Hope to see you at a Match .

Happy Trails to you and may all your shots ring steel.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wartrace Regulators April 2 Cowboy Match

It has been a long cold Winter and God Blessed us with a beautiful day, and 67 Cowboys and Cowgirls took advantage of it. We had cowboys from Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and a few of our East Tennessee pards joined us in a day of trying to keep Blue Boy out of trouble.

Before the Safety Meeting Papa Dave gave out Award Certificates from our last match. I gave out a special Award to the Wartrace Regulator who shot the most "Clean Matches" in 2010. That Award went to Deadwood Miner. When I started searching the match results to see who our winner was, I discovered that I had "O" Clean Matches at Wartrace in 2010, so far 2011 is not looking any better.

After the Awards were finished Papa Dave had a brief Safety Meeting and Sergeant Shooter offered a prayer and led us in the Pledge.

Whiskey wrote some fun and fast stages including the Corral with a rifle and a pistol knock down as well as a clay bird to shoot. We also shot the Line Shack, Cemetery, Livery Stable and Fort Sweeney. We had 4 posses, I was on posse 2 and I have to thank everyone for making our posse so much fun. Everyone worked and made for a smooth running posse. We had the pleasure of having 2 East Tennessee Gunfighters on our posse, we don't have many Gunfighters shoot with us and they are fun to watch. I also have to thank Yak for bringing Campo Kid down to shoot with us, this Junior shooter is fast and a great person.

Papa Dave was our Top Gun for the day, followed by Campo Kid, Sean Clancy O'Conall, Buck Dodgers and Marshall W.D. rounded out the Top 5. I think it is interesting that we had an Elder Statesman 1st, a Junior 2nd and had 9 Categories represented in the Top 10. I think that proves, at least at Wartrace, that no one Category has the best shooters.

As always I'd also like to congratulate the shooters who shot "Clean Matches"; Birdgun Quail, Buxom Boo, Col. John W. Reed, Moon, Papa Dave, Papa Oso and Sean Clancy O'Conall.

I'd also like to welcome our newest Wartrace Regulator Buffalo Red Rock.

A Big thanks to Birdgun Quail for taking over 700 pictures.

Complete Scores

The next match at Wartrace will be the Tennessee Wild Bunch State Championship April 30 2011.

Until next time Shoot Straight and may all your shots hit steel.

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