March 2016 Journal

February 22-28, 2016 WINTER RANGE

Hmm, when shooting Frontiersman the gear goes up by 50 lb. or so.

Again I didn't get to eat at Handlebar Hank's. The lines were always long.

My new hat from D Bar J. I started wearing a Vietnam Vet cap to the VA, then pretty much everywhere I used to wear my SASS Stetson. I wanted a cowboy hat that made the same statement. This is it.

This hat isn't for shooting SASS matches. It's for everyday wear. On the hatband is my name, rank, unit, and years in country. Similar patches are available for all recent wars and branches of service, and D Bar J can make a hat to commemorate your service

The badge on top is a Combat Infantry Badge. The regulations for getting one have varied, but in Vietnam you had to be serving in an infantry mos (Military Occupational Specialty) in combat for 30 days or more (unless medevaced) and under fire.


Miss Tabitha's 1850's supermodel outfit

50% of the SASS headquarters staff Amber Oakley and Roxy West

TG meeting. The usual. Rugers were banned in all categories except Frontiersman. All age based non-specified categories must now shoot gunfighter. Tenni-Lamas are now the official footwear of SASS. Cowgirls may shoot nude.

"Put your big girl panties on and deal with it!"

With Peter Sherayko and Val Forgett.

Lacey D'Oyly was second working lady.

Serenity-- best dressed lady. Tough competition. Legendary Lawman. Both had been sick during the match, bad enough they only shot one day of WB. Then Legendary Lawman was unable to shoot 2 days of main match. WR always seems to spread whatever is going around. 50% of the population, according to a local radio station, had some sort of flu in February.

First Place Best Dressed Cowboy as John King Fisher. (Rye Creek Roberts was a very close second.)Thanks to Doc's Old West for the fantastic restoration of the "Bengal tiger skin" chaps. Thanks to Buckaroo Bobbins For the "silver plated Ivory handled" (percussion) six-shooters. Thanks to D Bar J Hats for the "beaver hat fit for a cattle king or a bandit king." (The story of John King Fisher will appear in a future Cowboy Chronicle. Then these quotes will make more sense.)

Lacey D'Oyly

Top 2 Best Dressed Cowboys, 2nd Rye Creek Roberts (Dixie Bell Photo)

Dixie Bell, 2nd Best Dressed Lady, Pecos Nick, Best Dressed Junior (Dixie Bell Photo)


Cheyenne Culpepper


Texas Jack's

Evil Roy cowboy rig prototype at Ted Blocker leather.

Dixie Gun Works

Awards ceremony I think. Couldn't see or hear.

Boy Scouts sold brass. On Sunday what was left was half price, so I bought 1000 rounds of .45 ACP,

Pinto Annie made the sign

February 20-21, 2016

Fire and Ice 2 day match at Cowtown.

The Redhead discovered the B.R.A.T. diet for my condition, 4 things that won't irritate your system, Bananas, Rice, Apple sauce, and Toast. She also got regular Gatorade. So I shot this match using that diet. Did not do well. Shot regular, not major match ammo, and a case split in the rifle.


New Cart, Frontiersman

February 19, 2016

After being down with the back injury for a couple of weeks then I got something that left me needing to not eat to allow the digestive system to heal. So I shot this without eating. Lots of (sugar free, no less) Gatorade.

Wild Bunch Warm Up at Cowtown, Samuel B, Carpenter in charge. Excellent!

New gun cart in action


Loiten's Aquavit. There's a story behind it.

February 17, 2016

Winter Range hasn't even started yet, and I've blown the budget. We were visiting with Joe and Martha Brisco (The Brisco Kid and Kiamichi Queen--That's Ki-ah-mee-chee) at their RV at Ben Avery. They were getting a pallet load of gun carts from Rugged Gear. I mentioned I'd get one if it didn't go over the SASS budget for the month. The Redhead told me to buy it. I do everything she tells me to do.

Joe also had 4 big bottles of Trail Boss when he arrived. I got one. Plans are to shoot more smokeless than usual this year.

And Joe had found a stash of Bull Durham, which hasn't been made since the 80s, but it's perfect for a 1870s cowboy costume.


February 11, 2016

Someone sent The Redhead flowers. If I catch him he's in trouble.

But she did earn them

February 7, 2016

CCSA Match 02-07-2016
6 posses, semi-crowded.
At one stage I was spotting while eating a power bar. Another shooter asked me if I was eating while there was black powder on my hands.
"Aren't you worried?"
"No, my grandfather put a little black powder on his eggs every morning. Didn't seem to bother him. He died at the ripe old age of 79, leaving 7 children, 14 grandchildren...
and a 6 ft. hole in the crematorium wall."

February 1-4, 2016