End of Trail 2006,

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Tex shoots gunfighter with black powder

Tex shoots gunfighter. Usually I see him doing it with Ruger Old Armies. But possibly in anticipation of his posse duties, he chose 7.5" Colt .45s. The rifle was .44-40. Lots of authenticity

Waiting shooters

Left to right: Napoleon Bonaparte Pults, Annie Lee Pults, and Parson Delacroix at the loading table.

Parson Delacroix shoots Frontier Cartridge.

Parson Delacroix shoots Frontier Cartridge (meaning he can use 2 hands with his pistols.)

Cameo Rose shoots black powder.  Ladies shooting black powder identify themselves by purple sashes.

Cameo Rose shoots Ladies Frontier Cartridge. Ladies shooting black powder categories identify themselves to each other by wearing purple feathers. This was started, I believe, by Lou Graham and Bama Belle, pioneers in Ladies Black Powder shooting at EOT.

Claybuster shooting black powder duelist

Clay Buster shoots black powder duelist with .38-40s. The '73 rifle he rebarreled himself.

Howdy Cowboy and Tex

EOT uses the expeditor system. Between the loading table and the stage is a chair for the next shooter to rest his long guns on and to wait his turn to shoot. The Expeditor is supposed to make sure he has answered all of the shooter's questions about the stage, and the shooter is ready to shoot. EOT allots 2:00 minutes per shooter, which apparently isn't nearly enough judging by the fact that every day the shooting finished considerably late.

Howdy Cowboy is the expeditor. Tex is the next shooter. In our posse the expeditor was expected to get the next shooter into position w-a-a-a-y before the stage was ready for him, threading in between people raking up shotshells and resetting targets. This added pressure to the shooter that seemed unnecessary to me.

It was done in a friendlier manner than the last EOT I shot in, but being hurried is still being hurried. For much of my life I have tried to follow the advice of Colonel Roy Couch, who told me, "Never hurry. Not even in combat. If you hurry, you'll get somebody killed. Move with deliberate speed." Then one day he hurried to follow his ARVN counterpart out of a helicopter that wasn't settled and walked into a helicopter blade. I didn't listen too much to the lecture, but the practical demonstration has stuck with me.

lady Frontier Cartridge Duelist Ima Peach

Lady Frontier Cartridge Duelist Ima Peach

Kentucky Tom

Kentucky Tom is, of course, from Louisiana. He is shooting a clone of a Colt 1872 Open Top in Frontier Cartridge Duelist. His rifle is a 1866 Winchester clone, meaning he pretty much matches his guns to the same time period.

Querida Kate

Querida Kate shoots Ladies Frontier Cartridge. Very funny lady with a great sense of humor. When she saw the box of .457 balls for my Rugers, from "The Bigger Balls Company, Cut'n Shoot, Texas. It takes bigger balls to shoot Rugers." She remarked, "Indeed. you do have bigger balls." Of her alias I had said, "It's a good thing you weren't from Forney, Texas."

Shotgun George

Shotgun George is part of a large German contingent at End of Trail. Cowboy Action Shooting is alive and well in Germany. His guns came with him and hopefully went back to Germany successfully.

Smith 'N Jones

Smith "N Jones always dressed nattily. He is from Shoot Magazine. He shoots duelist.

Tensleep

Tensleep shoots a long-barreled shotgun in Frontier Cartridge. 14 members of Posse 31/32 shot black powder.

Capt. Baylor on deck

Captain Baylor on deck. The long wild rag is tucked into the collar to keep it out of the way. Everything is appropriately loaded. He looks a lot more serious than he was.

LoneRider Leather holster and belt.

A close up of Capt. Baylor's new LoneRider Mexican Single Loop holster. The carving is just as good looking in the real world as it is onscreen. It worked flawlessly. So did the Rugers. In a visit to the Ruger booth earlier the two Ruger reps there told us with a straight face that percussion pistols just weren't reliable but were going to malfunction. Yet I shot 6 stages in the warm up match and 12 stages in the main match without a glitch. It's usually about 1-2000 rounds between glitches, about like cartridge guns. Load them correctly, and these Ruger Old Armies work.

Capt. Baylor shooting Frontiersman.

It was windy when Capt. Baylor shot that stage, so the smoke dissipated pretty quickly. This, as Martha Stewart would say, is a good thing.

Capt. Baylor firing the Stoeger Coach Gun.

But the wind didn't dissipate 60 gr. of Pinnacle FFg that quickly.

As you've probably figured out, Capt. Baylor didn't take the "action" photos. Hedley Lamarr was good enough to shoot a bunch of Posse 31/32.

The official Posse Photograph of Posse 31/32

Posse 31/32 was a good group. I would like to shoot with all of them again.

The Costume Contest:

The Best Dressed Couples at End of Trail 2006

I was a judge in the main costume contest. It's not that I'm all that industrious. They barred Colonel Baylor, CSA's uniform from EOT, the Convention, and some other major matches. Win EOT or the Convention, and you're barred from entering that costume again. I suppose Lead Dispencer must buy new guns every year to keep winning the main match.

These are the couples winners. First place are Calvin 'N Hobbs and Barbary Coast as Tom Mix "and one of my many wives."

August 2005 True West Magazine cover with Tom Mix in his white suit.

Here's a picture of the original Tom Mix wearing the same double-breasted white suit and a white Stetson.

 

Military Costume Contest Winners

The Military Category only drew 2 entries. Out of 980 shooters and 60 mounted shooters and countless guys walking around in uniform, only 2 entered. We can't figure out why. In '03 when we first had a military category I talked to several non-contestants and they had been unable to make the contest because shooting ran late. (I had to change in the car and hustle that year, making my posse leader angry that I wasn't staying to the last shooter) But this year we kept entries open until 7 pm and all of the pre-registered entries had time to make it if they were going to. I talked to several guys wearing uniforms who didn't enter, but I still don't have a good explanation for the small entry. It's obvious that we have to get more entries if we're going to keep the Military Category (could it be that 2 good military costumes, one from EOT and one from the SASS Convention, get banned every year, and pretty soon we'll have more guys wearing banned costumes than eligible ones? The Powers That Be say no. But still...)

Major Matt Lewis, on your left, was the winner. He played a staff officer of Maine Cavalry at the time of the Battle of Brandy Station, which, as you knew already, was June 9, 1863. He explained every part of his uniform, what was "privately purchased" (his boots and gauntlets) because a volunteer, he didn't want to spend any more money on his uniform than he had to. This sort of explanation during the presentation is important. People didn't always wear uniforms that were right out of the regulations book, especially in combat where supplies were uncertain. Authentic might not have been regulation.

Ladies Category Winners.

As usual, the ladies category was the most difficult. Thank goodness we had ladies on the judging committee who know the fine points of 19th century fashion.

Gentlemen costume contest contestants

The Best Dressed Gentlemen contestants. Sawyer, on your left, was the winner as a circuit riding preacher. He explained how he would travel with that dress outfit wrapped in oilskin while wearing a much plainer, more functional outfit except for special occasions such as weddings. Again the presentation was quite important.

Junior Girls

Because of the age variations, Junior Girls was a tough category to judge.

Junior Bpys

Junior Boys turned out to be all Li'l Buckaroos. I tried hard for the Confederate General to win, but, as usual, we southerners were discriminated against ;)

Silver Category winners

This was the Silver Anniversary End of Trail, so a special Silver Category, open to individuals and couples, was inserted. Note the silver guitarist, Sundown,(he can play and sing) and his lady, appropriate as C & W singers decked out for a rodeo in the 20s or 30s.

Judging was tough, but not thankless. Tex brought me a Margarita.

1881 photo discovered:

Capt. Baylor, 1881 carte de vista

Because my shooting schedule precluded my being a judge of the Shooting Costume Contest as planned, I decided to actually enter in the costume I shot in on Saturday just for the heck of it, not expecting to win anything. After all, I had been cajoling, threatening, and harassing others into entering the main costume contest. It was only fair that I entered this one. It's not necessary to spend thousands of dollars on a shooting costume (or desirable).

This is a Texas Ranger Captain who has been in the saddle for a long time and has come into town on state business. He has his Winchester '73 Saddle Ring Carbine in hand (and that is a Saddle Ring Carbine), the boots he has worn since the Civil War with his CW enlisted men's spurs. Major Jones, their commanding officer, ordered the Rangers to dress up, wear coats and ties where possible. Rangers were being mistaken for the outlaws they were hunting. Major Jones didn't tell the rangers how to keep their suits clean in the saddle. This suit looks like it's been in the saddle for quite a while. The pants are very worn and faded. The vest, from being washed in streams, has faded and shrunk somewhat. The coat has dirt all over it, as does the black Boss of the Plains Stetson hat (real Stetson, no copy). He is wearing a nice pistol belt and holster, newly purchased from a Mexican leather craftsman across the border. It is carved. It holds a Colt under his coat, but the Winchester is the primary weapon. He wears no badge. Badges didn't come into use until 1885 during the fence cutting wars.

A photographer asks him to pose for a picture for the local paper. He obliges somewhat grudgingly since he has business to transact. This is the result. After 125 years the carte de vista has faded and degraded somewhat. It should be noted that the photo, as was the case at the time, shows a reversed image. Capt. Baylor is left-handed. The famous photo of Billy The Kid was, for years, interpreted that Billy was left-handed until someone noticed the ejection port on the left side of his Winchester '73 carbine.

SASS Mercantile Building

Conclusion:

If you are an active SASS member, you owe it to yourself to go to End of Trail. It is unlike any other SASS match. It has everything you'd expect and more. Allot as much time as you can for it. In the future I'll plan on being there the Monday of EOT week if not before and leave the Monday morning after the Sunday Awards Ceremonies, which I had to miss this time. If you think you won't enjoy it because you have no chance of winning, you're wrong. Most of the contestants have no chance of winning, but they have a lot of fun and meet a lot of really nice people. Most of them would hand you their guns if yours broke, would fix your broken gun cart or pickup truck, or go far out of their way to help. I can't imagine a group of people I would rather spend time with. I'll be counting the days to next year like a kid waiting for Christmas. EOT is Christmas and the Fourth of July all rolled into one for a CAS Shooter.

When you see me there, say hello. It was very gratifying to be stopped five to seven times a day by shooters telling me that this website had gotten them started in CAS or in Black Powder, or had pointed them to a vendor who treated them right (LoneRider Leather was subject of much praise.) This website exists to help people get started and succeed in CAS. As you've probably noted, it's not commercial. It's just there to help.

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