Here I've put together pictures I've taken, some stuff that I found rather useful in CAS, and some links to various places. As time allows, I will be updating this with match info and some gamer tricks and tips that I've been brewing up over the last year.
I didn't shoot (work got in the way of my fun), but I took a bunch of pictures. Saturday. Awards.
Again, Mother Nature dumped on the match Saturday and made a mucky mess out of most of the stages. Unfortuantely, stages 1, 2, 5, & 6 were tossed because of ankle-deep muck. Still, I had a great time and two days were great weather. I had a great time with Posse #24, best bunch of cowboys ever. I've posted the Winter Range 2006 pictures on the ACSA website.
I was witness to a filming of a German TV show. Apparently one of the Cowboys from Germany, Santa Klaus, was over here helping a German TV crew film a segment for a show. They used Rio Salado as a backdrop and the place to test out if cowboy guns are as good as what police issue is today. Dubious Don, a Maricopa County Sheriff officer and really fast gunfighter, helped out on the police-side of the equation. AZ Lightning Jack helped out as the bad guy in black in a staged fake shootout. Click here for the photo section.
Our annual match was on Sunday. Pot shoots, side matches with derringers, pocket pistols, .22 rimfiles, and a 2-stage plainsman match in the morning followed by lunch. After lunch, a 4-stage main match, then dinner catered by Bill Johnson's Big Apple restuarant! Yummy! To cap the day off, a 4-stage evening match that run until 9 pm. A full day, but easy to do and lots of fun. Click here for the photo section.
I got a new 8M pixel Canon 20D SLR camera which I had to test out on the action shots. I took a bunch of pictures at the May match. If you were at the match, you may be in the photos. Note that I process the pictures down to a reasonable size for publication to the web. If you want the full-sized pictures, send me an email with the picture numbers and I'll send the full-sized version. Click here for the photo section.
Really should have called it Winter Rain(ge) 2005 with the downpour that 1/3 of the shooters had to deal with Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Again, it was an excellent shoot despite being rained on pretty hard. Click here for the big batch of pictures I and Sheriff Bill Murphy took, I've posted these on the ACSA website.
Unbeknownst to me, I got my mugshot in the Sept/Oct '04 edition of Shoot Magazine. I had no idea it was going to be put in there, but there I am.
A big thank-you goes out to Bisbee Kate who did the writeup about the Bordertown 2003 match (it was an awesome match which I shot clean even!) and Mark Quigley of Mr. Quigley Photography for convincing me to do a still photo Sunday morning when I was fresh and not covered in dust from the match. Mark takes great photos at the big matches- he manages to catch the best action shots with lots of smoke, gun actions opening, and shells in the air. Of course, the still photos come out great as well. Mark did an excellent job of getting a great backdrop and muzzle shot of my '97, not to mention the fact that he had my ugly mug to work with.
Admit it, you're probably an aspiring gamer. I typify the gamer to be a cowboy/cowgirl who works at their craft to get better, analyzing everything to get the edge. Learning how to pick up a pistol off a table better or getting more proficient in your long range load recipe makes you a gamer. It isn't a bad thing, it's human nature. If you're one of those whiners that don't want to improve your performance for various excuses, then this section isn't for you. I'll update this as time allows.
Don't know what CAS is? Click the cowboy picture below!