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« on: October 12, 2009, 05:14:19 pm »


Well, enquiring minds want to know......
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2009, 06:19:49 pm »

4 inches of snow and 25 degrees in our outdoor kitchen Sat morning.  Guess the shooting went well, all troops seemed to be well fed. Grin

Guess they are all tired and worn out, cooks made it back to town and got unloaded by 10;30.  Asst. cook has spent the day cleaning gear and will be taken out for a steak dinner on Sat for his fine effort, head cook had to work today.

Oh took wife out to eat on aririval to town about 8, didn't mind two grungy cooks, resterant smelled like a forest fire and forgot and war my wool jacket to work today, was asked to remove it to pick-up chuck wagon cause at first they thought they had a fire in the back room.  Hope to get a report in the next day or so with cook camp pictures.  Chaplin was chewwed out by cook for droppin' somethin' in cook fire. Grin

Texicans went crazy and played in the snow, heard there was a reb snow angel on parade ground, didn't check out rumor.

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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009, 06:24:16 pm »

Dang Texicans giggled all night.  Somthin about makin' snow angels.  Nekkid . . . . Shocked
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2009, 06:26:19 pm »

Dang Texicans giggled all night.  Somthin about makin' snow angels.  Nekkid . . . . Shocked

Then I'm glad they did it on the parade ground and not behind the barracks. Tongue  Ithink they were tryin' to catch flakes on their tongues Fri night, weird. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2009, 06:48:56 pm »

Hope everybody had a safe trip home!
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2009, 07:50:55 pm »

Great time, great stages, great food great prizes, great people.  Battle rifles everywhere.  Uniforms!  An 1891 Argentinian army uniform to go with an M1891 Argentinian Mauser! Rolling blocks, Krags, Trapdoors, an MLE and a Martini Henri from our Canadian contignent.  Colt New Army and Navys.  The General put in an appearance.  Charles Isaac from the Department of the Atlantic showed up and put on a Clinic with his Krag.  Rattlesnake Jacks legs made another appearance. Montgomery Little got his name in the rules with a 211 yard pistol shot.

 Wait'll ya'll see the pictures!

 Lots of stuff to hand out.  Staying in an 1870s barracks was a treat, perhaps the only time I'll ever get to do that.  Y'all missed something special
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2009, 08:35:44 pm »

Had a sore throat before I left for the muster on Thurs. Ran on Alieve and willed myself not to let it get me down all weekend. Guess I ran out of determination today. The kids were telling me I looked like I should go home, but I toughed it out. Will file a complete report when I get some rest.

The last report I had on Bow View's parents was that Mom was banged up pretty good with some broken bones but nothing life-threatening. Dad has a broken C-1 Vertabrae but isn't paralyzed. Will get a pace maker when strong enough.

Thanks to eveyone for coming.

Congratulations to Brigade Champion Col. Drydock.
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2009, 09:02:37 pm »

I know I had a LARGE time!  Thanks everyone for coming!  Cool to see so many Krags on the line.  Probably haven't been that many firing live ammunition since about '98!  I know the National Muster goes to Texas next year, but we're going to do something here, too.  Planning is already in progress!
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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2009, 09:24:05 pm »

Shooting Krags with Charles Isaac and  Ned Niederlander was a privilage and honor.   And accepting the BC in the company of everyone there, was an honor by every definition of the word.  Thanks to you all.
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2009, 09:42:37 pm »

Thank you for the kind words Drydock!  Charles Isaac can really make that thing sing, can't he?  I've been shooting CAS for eight or ten years, but this is more fun.  I love the knowledge and historical interest displayed.
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2009, 09:59:06 pm »

Well I'm down-loaded, got some work to do, but since the snow came how about these from Friday night and Saturday morning:













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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2009, 11:59:16 am »

I wish I could have been thier to see the snow.  I really enjoyed my time thier thurs and fri.  I was shocked that I could tie with M.T. Brass for anything.  (4th long range rifle ?)  I think he is ready to plan for next year.  I am sorry I had to rush out fri night but when I got word of my parrents accident I knew that's where I had to be.  I got ahead of the big snow and the drive wasn't bad.  Not near as much snow up north along the border (SD and NE).  Did the barraks stay arm enough?  I heard that Sruffy Skippy did pretty good in my place.  I am looking forward to Jerry's report and more pictures.  
I want to thank you all for your prayers and support,
 
Update 11:50 am Tuesday
Harold is in surgery right now getting a pacemaker so his heart won't try to stop again.  That is probably what caused the accident as he blacked out and went off the road and their car thought it could fly.  Since being in Sioux city Mercy Hospital he has been pretty stable and no more episodes with his heart.  He did have a slight fever so they held off until today to put the pacemaker in.  I think they will probably go in to repair his neck (c-2?) tomorrow.  He does NOT have any paralysis  (thank you God) but will need time to heal.  He is very painful from several broken ribs (again) which complicates his breathing some but he is managing well.  
Margaret will probably move from the Hospital to "swing bed" today or tomorrow.  She is at Sacred Heart in Yankton.  She has a broken right ankle but shouldn't need surgery on it as long as the bones don't move.  She also has a chip in her left wrist which make using a walker a bit of a challenge.
  She also has problem with her back but is managing with pain meds for now.  This will probably need repair when she is stronger.  
Thank you everyone for your prayers and good wishes,  Mom has already received a lot of visitor and she appreciates everyone so much.  
They both have a long recovery ahead and it's hard on them being in separate hospitals but the lord is watching over them both and we carry on.
 
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2009, 12:53:57 pm »

Paul, Prayers up for you and your family.
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2009, 01:54:35 pm »

I had a wonderful time at my first Muster.  Thanks to the Col for ordering up the snow for us Texicans.




Here is the link to my video:

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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2009, 02:14:22 pm »

The Pony Express family arrived home safely Monday evening, delayed a bit because of road construction in KC, and spending extra time in downtown KC searching for an asian food store we heard was there. Really enjoyed the match, even if it was a bit chilly. We arrived back home to 50 degree temps Mon evening! But phone was out again, so was not able to report in untill now(via laptop wireless, courtousey of Hardees)
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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2009, 03:24:36 pm »

It was a great time, and I will get my pics up one of these days soon.
I came home to Freeda not feeling well, and with the doctor visit today, she has the dreaded flu. Pooper Trooper is in fine spirits so far, other than a stuffy nose. Freeda is quarantined to the big screen tv upstairs away from us. I am now on Tamiflu.... Undecided

It was good seeing everyone there, and finally getting to meet most of the faces that I see in pics here on CasCity.
I am already looking for an 1890s Russian uniform. Go figure....
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« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2009, 04:26:04 pm »

Great report, Troopers:

I'm happy to hear that no one got a Line of Duty injury from self-induced frostbite.  Grin  heheheh
Delmonico contacted me today with a report of rounds fired, new records & of course, the mess report.
I want to thank him & all who supported this Muster.  There are too many to mention here for their hard work under adverse conditions.
That'd be 8" of snow in western Nebrasky?Huh?

We sure hope to shoot with you next year if possible with a "new" Mil-Spec rifle.  Cool
 Grin I have a Pard who is talking about selling his Krag.
I think a used Krag (in VG condition) should be a straight-across trade for a NIB DPMS A-15 shorty.  Huh  Doncha reckon?

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« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2009, 04:59:12 pm »

We must remember to extend a big thanks to Lt Col. Mustang Gregg for his generous donations.  I hear the Double Eagles both went to good homes and the Sausage was great. 

I want more pictures everyone.
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« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2009, 05:37:13 pm »

Congratulations to Col. Drydock on winning the Brigade Champion.  I'll be gunning for it in Tejas next year!

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« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2009, 05:43:35 pm »

Yer gonna have to get ahead of Tex Sarge and his Trapdoor.  That was some shootin'!
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« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2009, 06:23:08 pm »

Col. Drydock, I hope I can get a Krag by next year. I have sorta give up on the other one surfacing and returning back to Boggs Creek. I need to call them this week to see if they have any news. My two revolvers that were shipped from Florida on the 21st have not arrived either. Not a very good batting average so far. I look forward to next year's Muster, just no snow.
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« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2009, 07:29:15 pm »

I'm sure sorry to hear that.  Well, at least its in Texas next year, and I'll bet the Texican contigent gins up a local match or two between now and then as well.  Dang good folks there, good, ah, storytellers fer sure.

  I'll keep checking around myself, it sure was a nice rifle.
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« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2009, 08:03:41 pm »

Well, we're all waiting for pictures I'm sure, but I want to off a personal observation:  By my count, the most numerous rifle at this years muster was the Trapdoor Springfield.  2nd in number was the Krag.  3rd were the various lever actions.  To my knowledge thats the first time the Milspecs have outnumbered the Cowboy guns in class.  A real departure from the SASS matchs we most all started with.  It was a treat to watch, and bodes well for the future I have to believe.

Other rifles I saw on the line at the 2009 Muster:

-an M1891 Argentine Mauser
-An M1862 Spencer Rifle
-an M1895 Winchester .30-40 Carbine
-A Rolling Block
-A Sharps Carbine
-A Magazine Lee Enfield (MLE)
-the Legendary steel killing Martini-Henri of Rattlesnake Jack


Not to mention the various handguns, Colt SAAs of course, but Schofields, New Armys, Webleys, Enfields, and a lot of neat stuff that came out at night in the barracks.
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« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2009, 08:19:29 pm »

Yes, it was a great shoot, although a challenge to keep warm and dry at times.

On our squad alone we saw represented:
Henry
1866 Yellowboy Improved Henry
1873 Winchester
1895 Winchester (in .30-40 no less!)
Spencer rifle
Martini-Henry .577
Rolling block carbine
Trapdoor carbine
Trapdoor rifle
Sharps carbine
Krag (several)
Argentine Mauser

this variety is just one of the many things I like about the GAF. And the sidearms were just as varied. All in all considering the weather, people shot well. Although it was sometimes slow getting those reloads done fumbling with numb fingers in the cartridge box when you weren't quite sure you had actually grabbed onto a cartridge until you could visually inspect to see if it was between your fingers. We kidded Rattlesnake Jack by volunteering to carry his Martini-Henry after he shot. Ten or so expended BP rounds of .577 M-H warms up a barrel nicely.

My personal thanks to Dusty Tagalong and Shalako Al for transporting my carcass to and from the range over the three days.

It was something to see all the uniforms within the setting of Ft. Hartsuff. Of course I forgot my camera, so I'm going to have to rely on the kindness of others to post pictures.

Everyone took home multiple prizes. Jerry will be on to eventually record the awards.
We had people from Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and of course, Canada.
There may have been other states represented, but I was just not made aware of it.

Again, great time. It was the largest group of this nature ever to be billeted in the Enlisted Barracks at Ft. Hartsuff, so we established a record.

RCJ

p.s. I see Drydock posted ahead of me the same listing and observation,- I had forgotten about the Lee-Enfield.
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« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2009, 08:35:52 pm »

Look in the backround of Capt. Macks video. Its great!  And typical of the Grand Muster. Theres several decades of blue US Army uniforms, A well chilled Confderate, an 1890s Marine, our rather north of the border Argentinian, and some poor fellow who got really lost on his way to Cuba . . .
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