RMR members had a good showing at the Montana State Championship Shoot held in Great Falls July 13-15. Fourteen Rocky Mountain Rangers attended the state event. Notably, RMR walked away with the traveling trophy for the 2018 Top Montana CAS Club for the first time.
Several of our shooters placed first in their categories including Graydog (Cattle Baron), Jake the Snake (Elder Statesman Duelist), Madam Dragonfly (Grand Dame), Poco Culebra (Young Guns Boy), and Fire Opal (Lady 49er). Many others placed in their categories in second or third place.
Doc Tombstone accurately shot the Schuetzen Plaque and brought it home for the second time. He also placed first in the Cowboy Clays, 22 Rimfire, and Speed Shotgun side matches. Fire Opal brought home the first place award for Ladies Long Range pistol. Poco Culebra was awarded the first for Men's Derringer. These shooters and others also brought home second and third place certificates in various side matches as well.
As usual, it was a fantastic weekend in Great Falls with good shooting and great friends.
“They had a blast!” Sander’s County 4-H Western Heritage Project leader, Juli Thurston, reported after a mentoring session with six Rocky Mountain Ranger members. Eight 4-H kids aged 10 -15 signed up for the Sanders County inaugural year with the Western Heritage Project. Six were able to come to RMR’s range in late June to work with seasoned Cowboy Action Shooters to learn about guns, costuming, leather, and shooting.
The Western Heritage Project is a division of 4-H shooting sports in which the kids learn about the Old West, choose an alias, develop a character, dress in authentic costumes, and shoot. Sound familiar? Yes, much of the Western Heritage Project resembles Cowboy Action Shooting, however the program incorporates some different rules depending on the age group. For instance, shooters aged 9-11 in the Junior division are only allowed to shoot two .22 Rimfire Rifles. Intermediate shooters (aged 11-13) may shoot .22 Rimfire pistols, a .22 Rimfire rifle, and a shotgun (.410 bore recommended). Senior shooters (14-19 years) may shoot in either a Rimfire or Center Fire division. No shooters are allowed to use gun leather; all guns are staged safely on tables. All pistol shooters must use two hands.
4-H leaders who have attended special training workshops are encouraged to partner with a local Cowboy Action Shooting Club. When Sanders County Extension Agent, Juli Thurston, contacted RMR, the club was happy and excited to help mentor a new generation of shooters.
The Western Heritage project was developed in Bozeman, MT, in 2008, by Todd Kesner, Director of the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development. The program is now used in several states. 4-H Shooters hold their 2018 State/National competition in Deer Lodge, MT this year from July 31-August 2.
Cowboy Action Shooting is a diverse sport, and as such there are many choices for those who join the ranks of CAS Shooters. An obvious choice is choosing a category. I don't know if I could begin to list all the categories that are SASS sanctioned. Another choice concerns the guns and caliber a shooter prefers. Clothing is another whole dimension. But one big choice shooters make is whether to enjoy their CAS at one home club or whether they want to expand their horizons and shoot at other venues.
Many shooters start off perfecting their skills at a home club. Here they establish a routine, and enjoy the local monthly shoots. Other shooters use the local shoots as a training ground and launching pad for other area shoots and even bigger regional and national shoots. It is all a matter of choice and preference.
For those who are thinking of traveling to another shoot in our region, there are a number of options available. The Northwest Regional Shoot is being held in Jerome, Idaho the third weekend in August. Several of our club members will be trying their luck at what is said to be a premier shooting range. Labor Day weekend has a number of shoots including the annual put on by the Windy Plains Drifters located at Medical Lake, WA (just west of Spokane), and an annual put on by Missoula's Hellgate Vigilantes at the Deep Creek Range. The third weekend in September will feature the Bitterroot Buckaroo's annual which is held outside of Hamilton, MT.
If you haven't had the opportunity to travel and shoot at another club, consider doing so. It is a great way to meet new people and gain fresh perspectives about shooting. You can always check the SASS Website for upcoming shoots. The link to the website is on our Links Tab.
Yippee! Our scores from the second half of the year are now posted in PDF format. Instead of being able to link directly to the ACES website, I (Fire Opal) was able to use our ACES information and create a PDF file. Whew! It was a learning curve for me, but thanks to the SASS Wire, a response by Abilene Slim from the Powder Creek Cowboys of Lenexa, Kansas, an email from K.C. Ranger, and a final email from Deadwood Slim, I was able to get-er-done! I think we will continue to be able to use ACES for our scorekeeping at least for the time being. Check out those scores if you want to strategize for next year!
When creating this new website, we found several older pictures that we did not want to loose. This "Blast from the Past" photo features an early RMR member, Miss Hattie Wild, as she is reaching for her shotgun loads at the original Big Whiskey. The jail bars on the windows as well as the steel bar door made for authentic shooting.