Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Black Gold Shoot Out 2

Thursday morning I saddled my pony and headed to over to Tombstone's John's spread. We loaded his wagon and headed north to The Ponderosa Pines for Copperhead Joe's Black Gold Shoot Out 2. Right after we got through the badlands near Columbia, KY we had to circle the wagon to avoid trouble, but that's another story.

We rolled into Ponderosa Pines in the rain about mid-afternoon. We signed in and headed to the side matches to check out the range and make sure all our guns were ready to go. They offered all the usual side matches plus a few interesting ones. Long range wrong hand pistol and Long range Outlaw pistol for a couple.

After the Side Matches ended we checked out the vendors, visited with old friends and met some new ones. We had dinner at the range and went back to the room to get ammo ready and go over the shooters book.

Friday morning Copperhead Joe welcomed everyone to the range. T-Bone Dooley had a brief safety meeting. We had a little cowgirl sing the National Anthem, followed by the Pledge and a Prayer, then we were off to start shooting. We were blessed with a little rain (it's been pretty dry around most parts) and even more blessed that most of the rain that fell over the weekend was after the shooting was finished and gear put away. The stages were good, targets were big enough, close enough and there were no "P-Traps". After we finished 5 stages we had lunch on the range, visited with more friends before heading to the room to get ready for the night's festivities.

We had dinner at the range, side match awards and and a country band.  In case you haven't noticed the trend, all lunches and dinners were included. Also "Desert Wars" was going on with all money raised going to the SASS Scholarship Fund.

Saturday morning brought the last 5 stages and we were blessed that the rain held off until we were finished.
All the stages had some movement to them, so you didn't get bored, but not so much that you felt like you were at a track meet.

The humidity was high all weekend but they kept water and sports drinks on the range so everyone could stay hydrated. They had several canopies up so you could get in some shade if you weren't working or shooting.

Saturday night brought on more food with a real good Fish Fry. Copperheads family did the cooking all weekend and if you left hungry any day it was your own fault.

Tennessee Tall and her friends passed out door prizes and all shooters present got something. Copperhead, Miss Bo and Ringer gave out the Main Match awards and congratulated all shooters.

Top Gun of the match was Prestidigitator, Sixgun Sallie was the Ladies Top Gun. Second overall was Red River Ray, followed by Lead Ringer, Little Wing, Asleep At The Wheel, Fast Eddie, Boozy Creek, Unpleasant, Missouri Lefty and T-Bone Dooley rounded out the Top 10.

This shoot was the second leg of The Triple Crown and drew some really good shooters and close competition, the top 4 shooters were separated by 3.3 seconds. It drew shooters from 15 states and as far away as Oregon and California.

For complete scores check out their Website .

Then to close out a great weekend Blackwater Desperado and Milkbone played their great Southern Rock.

It's hard to see in the pictures but if you look to the left of some of the award pictures you can see the Rainbow God blessed us with.

Check out my YouYube Channel for some videos I took. Wartracecowboys Channel.

A special thanks to Rose and Boots, Copperhead Joe's parents, because as Joe said without them none of this would have been possible, including Joe.

If you missed this match, I'm sorry. If you're looking for a laid back match for next year check this out and sign up early cause it doubled in size from last year.

Happy Trails and may all your shots "Ring Steel".