Sunday, March 17, 2013

3/16/13 Wartrace Regulators Cowboy/ Wild Bunch Match

35 Cowgirls, Cowboys and Wild Bunch shooters rode into Wartrace  for a day of day of action shooting and were treated to some Fantasic weather, mid to high 70's is hard to beat in March. It was good to see some folks I haven't seen in a while like Johnny Bodock, Tyrell Cody and Jailbreak Jake who made the trip over from Memphis.

This month seems to be the saga of Papa Dave and Wild Jill. At the Gallows Papa Dave wants to hang Jill over ownership of a herd of horses. Here we shot pistols and rifle in an outside, inside middle sweep and 4 shotgun knock downs. At the Outlaw Cabin Papa Dave is worried about Jill turning him in for the price on his head. Here we shot the rifle in a 4 target progressive sweep, 4 shotgun kd's and finished with the pistols in a progressive sweep. At Grafton's Papa Dave is trying to force Jill to drink a shot of rotgut whiskey disguised as Jack Daniel's. Here we shot a 2-3-2-3 sweep with rifle from either window, same sweep with pistols from either window and 2 shotgun kd from window opposite of rifle. At the Cemetery Wild Jill is tired of Papa Dave telling tales from her past life and shouts "Dave you're a lying cur dog". Here we started behind a table with both long guns staged on the table and unless you were as tall as Grey Horse you couldn't see the rifle targets from your starting position. Here with rifle and pistols we double tapped the 2 outside targets, single tapped the center target and then repeat instructions for the second 5 rounds, then shoot 4 shotgun kd's. Finally at Wells Fargo Bank, Papa Dave draws on Wild Jill when she turns down his loan application. Here with rifle and pistols we single tap sweep 5 targets then put 5 on the center target and finish up with 6 shotgun kd's.

To say these were some fast some fast stages would be an understatement as proven by 93.52 second total time by the Top Gun of the day, Buck Dodgers, and a 98.13 by the second place shooter, Cumberland Drifter, they were followed by Randy Saint Eagle, Scattergun Kid, Duck River, Ben T Iron, Jailbreak Jake, Dusty Wilcox, Wes Outlaw and Reno Mustang rounded out the Top 10.

4 of the top 10 were 49r's and 4 shoot 1-handed (gunfighter or a duelist style). 

We had 7 Clean Match shooters, Buxom Boo, Cody Kid, Cumberland Drifter, Grey Horse, Gringo Gordo, Jailbreak Jake and Reno Mustang, Congratulations on good shooting.

Cowboy Scores when available.

CW Knight was the Wild Bunch Top Gun with a 134.38, don't be fooled by the slower time, they shoot a lot more pistol rounds than the cowboys, followed by Frank Buckshot, Papa Dave, Papa Oso, Tennessee Roadrunner and Tom Horn.

Congratulations to Wild Bunch Clean Match shooters CW Knight and Papa Oso.

Wild Bunch Scores when available.

I didn't take any still pictures because I still can't do a slideshow on Photobucket but I got 27 videos, so here is a link to them.


The next matches at Wartrace will be Long Range March 23 and our April 6 Cowboy Match.

Charlie Bowdre and family are still moving lots of dirt at the range preparing for the new stages so we'll continue to shoot on the hill until further notice. When completed I think the new area will be amazing.

For more information always check out our website.

Happy Trails until we meet again.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Wartrace Regulators 3/9/13 Make-up Cowboy Match

2013 has been a cold year so far and we've had to cancel 3 matches. Yesteday we had a make-up match and for early March the weather was pretty nice.

Charlie Bowdre discussed the new range improvements and if you haven't been here for a while the old fort and jail have been torn down. Starting just past Wells Fargo Bank will be a Mexican Cantina, a Judge Roy Bean "Law west of the Pecos" stage, an open stage where we can set up and change things as needed, a Marshall's Office and Fort Sweeney. He also mentioned if anyone would like to sponsor the construction of a stage and have their name on it to contact him. There is a lot of work to be done between now and the State Match, but once completed you'll be able to start at the Gallows and go straight down the line for 10 stages.

39 cowboys and cowgirls rolled into Wartrace for a great match. Whiskey Hayes wrote some fast and fun stages and Papa Dave was the subject of all the scenerios. I can't remember all the story lines but at Grafton's he was accused of selling rotgut whiskey in Jack Daniels bottles and at the Cemetery he was called a "Lyin' kerr dog". We had a lot of fun reading reading the stages and picking on Papa Dave. As always Whiskey had a lot of variety on the stages with gun order being shooters choice on several as well as starting location being optional on a couple. For good measure he threw in a couple of smaller than usual pistol targets at Grafton's, you might need to aim on these.

It was to good see several of our Alabama pards make the trip up to join us. I also really enjoyed watching Joe Dirt and Hatfield shooting Outlaw. Outlaw shooters are a hoot to watch and Joe Dirt has less shotgun make-ups from the hip than I do aiming.

Randy Saint Eagle was the "Top Gun" of the day (I like writing that), followed by Scattergun Kid, Papa Dave, Buck Dodgers, Duck River, Tombstone John, Ben T Iron, Brad Manco, Dusty Wilcox and Slug Vermin rounded out the "Top 10".

Congratulations to Coyote McNeely, Papa Oso, Scattergun Kid, Slug Vermin and Tombstone John for shooting  "Clean Matches".

Dobber put on a Long Range Mini-Match after the main match but I don't have the results.

Complete scores when available

I'm not currently able to make slideshows in Photobucket so this is the only still picture from yesterday.

Buck Dodgers brought a friend, Nathan, out to see what we do and I'd like to thank Nathan and Tombstone John for helping me take videos, here is a link to 25 videos from the match.

Deadwood Miner had a knee replacement done a few weeks ago so he won't be shooting with us for a while. I talked to him last week and I think his recovery is going well. I didn't ask if he had any bionics added but I'm sure when he gets back he'll be faster than ever. Good luck Deadwood I wish you a speedy recovery.

Tombstone John, Buck Dodgers, Nathan and I made a run to the Bell Buckle Cafe for a late lunch and it was good as usual, if you haven't tried it be sure to try their oatmeal cake with warm caramel sauce, I think you'll like it.

The next match at Wartrace will be this Saturday March 16, Cowboy/Wild Bunch Match. Safety meeting at 9:30 for more info always checkout our website.

Wartrace Regulators

Happy Trails, until we meet again.

Monday, March 4, 2013

North Alabama Regulators Match

Sheriff Frank Canton and I headed south to visit The North Alabama Regulators this morning. When I woke up this morning and saw it was snowing I wasn't sure of our choice. I had to sweep snow out of the bed of my truck before loading gear. We left in the snow and had snow falling until South Pittsburg. When we got to Caverns Cove it was cloudy, cold and windy.

They had 29 shooters brave the cold and come out and shoot including 2 new shooters, Big Jim Vaquero and Leatherneck Jack. Our posse started on stage 3 and it was an ugly start, several of the first few shooters had misses, procedurals or in my case both. By the time we finished the first stage the sun was beginning to break through the clouds and things got a lot better.

 Tuff Stuff wrote the stages and once my fingers and brain began to thaw out they were a lot of fun. We had a fair amount of movement which helped keep the blood pumping on a cold day. We had one stage, which was my favorite, that had 6 shotgun knock downs and 4 shooting positions. At the jail we only had 3 shotgun kd's, I'm glad I shoot a double barrel because I needed all 4 shots. On 1 stage we had down range movement and the closest thing to stand and deliver was the Saloon and you still had to run through the doors and to the bar. I hope Bo Didley is ok, he tripped over a prop and took a tumble but didn't drop any guns, he did better than I did last year when I fell and lost both pistols.

Barkeep Casey was the Top Gun of the day, followed by Tuff Stuff, Graver Bill, Ben T. Iron, Lone Wolf Swain, Waco Jim, Randy Saint Eagle, Buck D Law, El Camino and Lefty Young Gun rounded out the Top 10.

Scores when available

I have to say a big thank you to Sugah for taking pictures and videos for me.


Photo Bucket has changed and right now I cannot make a slideshow, hopefully they will get that straightened out soon. But here is a link to the pictures.


Thanks to all the North Alabama Regulators for welocoming us.

The next match at Wartrace will be a Cowboy Make-up Match this Saturday March 9, for more info always check out our website.

Wartrace Regulators

Happy Trails, until we meet again.