Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cowboy/Wild Bunch Match 2/19/11

27 Cowboys, Cowgirls and 18 Wild Bunch Shooters converged on Wartrace today to try to shake out the cobwebs from a long cold winter. I for one shot like it had been a long winter. The weather was pretty good for a February, although some sunshine would have been nice. It was great to have several Alabama cowboys and cowgirls join us.

We had one new shooter Doc Blackburn, 1 junior Red Wolf Swain, 1 buckarette Precious Lil' Prissy and 1 buckaroo Coyote McNeely, it's always nice to see new shooters. It's great to see the young shooters come out and have fun with us "old folks".

After a brief safety meeting by Papa Dave, a prayer by Sergeant Shooter and the Pledge we split up into 2 Cowboy Posse's and 1 Wild Bunch Posse. We caught up with Ned Pepper at the "Line Shack", helped Virgil Earp at the "Depot", cleaned out the "Cemetery", stood with Wyatt Earp at the "Livery" and fought off hostile Indians at "Fort Sweeney.

Several Wild Bunch shooters made it out, I think they're wanting to get in all the practice they can before April 30th, The Tennessee Wild Bunch State Championship. Papa Dave said a special thanks was due Imis Twohofon, his rifle died on the first stage, but instead of borrowing one he just stayed and helped with the Posse. When looking at the times remember the Wild Bunch shot more pistol rounds on several stages than the Cowboys.

Congratulations to the Wild Bunch Top Gun , Capt Jo Walker, followed by Lone Wolf Swain, Sunflower Kid, Slim Jim Dandy and C W Knight rounded out the top 5. It was great to see C W back. Also Congrats to Capt. Jo Walker for shooting a "Clean Match".

I was on Posse 3 and had the pleasure of shooting with Coyote McNeely and Pretty Lil' Prissy, they are really good young folks and worked all day. Our Posse was fairly small and I have to offer a 'Big Thanks" to everyone for working hard and making it run smooth all day.

After shooting the 4th stage we learned that through a clerical error the 2 Cowboy Posse's were not shooting the same exact scenarios. We corrected before the 5th stage and swapped scenarios so we shot the last 2 stages the same. After the match I checked and the only other stage that was different was the "Livery". Posse 2 re-staged their long guns back on the center table and Posse 3 re-staged one on each barrel. It was not enough to make any significant difference in the outcome. Papa Dave and I discussed it and decided that since their was a difference no one would win the Cadillac this month, maybe next month.

The Cowboy Top Gun was Buck Dodgers, followed by Sergeant Shooter, Fort Knox, Randy Saint Eagle and Badger McNeely rounded out the Top 5. Congratulations to Cheyenne Thornton and Colonel John W. Reed for shooting "Clean Matches".

I have to say thanks to Birdgun Quail, Buck Dodgers and other on Posse 3 for helping me take pictures and also to Rawhide John's wife for taking pictures on the Wild Bunch Posse.

Don't forget our next main match, March 5., this will still be on the winter schedule.

Be thinking about matches to travel to. Smokey Mtn. Shoot-Out April 7-9. and

If you are looking for something be sure to check out the Traders Post.

Pictures from Rawhide John.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Wartrace Regulators Feb. 5 2010 Match

11 Cowboys braved the winter weather to come help defend Wartrace. I had to work but I checked the morning forecast, 40 degrees at 5 am. That didn't sound bad but they were predicting low 30's with 15 to 25 mph winds. When I came back through town to head to the range at 12:30 it was 29. I got to the range just as they were finishing the 3rd stage and it was chilly but the wind had died down some. You could tell they were having to contend with cold fingers as no one shot the match "clean".

We had 3 new shooters join us and 1 shooter I believe shooting his 2nd match. We'd like to welcome new shooters Rawhide John, his son Rawhide Nick and our newest Wartrace Regulator Tom Cassidy, also Cowpoke on I think his second match. Everyone seemed to be having a good time in spite of the cold.

Whiskey had 5 good stages written, some with movement to help warm you up.

The Top Gun of the match was our youngest shooter Vaquero Jake, he was followed by Papa Dave, his dad Shaddai Vaquero, Whiskey Hayes and Cheyenne Thornton rounded out the Top 5.

I was unable to take any pictures but if anyone sends me some I'll add them to this post.
I'd like to thank everyone who came out to shoot with us and promise sooner or later the weather will get better.

Our next scheduled match is Wild Bunch/Cowboy Feb 19. For more info always check out our Website

Complete Scores when available.

It's time to start thinking of Annual Matches you might want to travel to.

These are a few coming soon, travel to a match or two you'll meet lots of great Cowboys and Cowgirls.

Thanks to Rawhide John for sending me the pictures.
Please excuse the tennis shoes and ball cap the Timer Operator is wearing, I just got off work.

Until next time shoot straight and keep your powder dry.