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NCOWS / Battle of Aiken, Aiken, SC, 23-25 FEB 2024
« Last post by SgtRickHenry on February 13, 2024, 04:00:42 PM »
Hope everyone is well.  This will be of interest to anyone interested in Old West history in general and in our Civil War history in particular. 

The Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold their annual Battle of Aiken event February 23-25, 2024 (Friday-Sunday) at their Battle Park facility, located at 1210 Powell Pond Rd., Aiken, SC, 29801 (take I-20 to Exit 18).  There are two roads into the Event Park:  Scott Lane (on the right) and Corey Lane (on the left).  For this event participants should enter on Scott Lane.  This will take you directly to Registration Living History HQ where you will get signed in and receive a schedule and a map.  Spectators will enter on Corey Lane.

The event is open to the general public and is very well attended by folks of all ages, including children, as well as lots of local media attention.  Sometimes, even the famous movie producer and director, Christopher Forbes, shows up to shoot background scenes for his western genre films.  For several years, our posse has been invited to be a part of it and we have always participated.  The event consists of re-enactments (or fictional skits) of Old West shootouts; re-enactments of North-South battles, including live cavalry charges and cannon fire (with blank charges), and skirmishes that comprised the Battle of Aiken; historical presentations, Old West firearms displays, and numerous vendors selling period and related products, such as clothing, knives, period guns, and other sundry items.  There are normally food vendors onsite, as well.  More info about the event can be found here  http://www.battleofaiken.com

Friday, Feb. 23rd is their "school day" during which numerous students from various schools around the area and the state, will make a field trip to event and various reenactors and volunteers will host educational talks and activities. 

Our posse, the South Carolina Old West Shootists, has been asked to volunteer as camp provosts marshals, assisting with vehicular and pedestrian traffic, helping to find lost parents, giving directions to various activities onsite, and other duties as requested.

All shootouts, including the cannon fire, will use only blank loads or charges -- no live ammo is permitted on your person or on on the field.  Please see the NCOWS Re-enactment Safety Guidelines, below, which will be applicable to all of our members during the event, and which can also be found here:  http://ncows.com/library/pdf/ReenactmentGuidelines.pdf  Anyone planning to attend or participate in this event should please read and familiarize themselves with these safety rules.

Suggested uniform of the day for participating NCOWS members will be Cowboy attire (including any uniform or other period correct attire that goes with your character or persona).  You are permitted to wear your Cowboy or other period firearms and holsters, but No Live Ammo.

For those wishing overnight accommodations, we usually stay at the Quality Inn Aiken, 110 E. Frontage Rd., Aiken, SC  29805 (I-20, Exit 22 and US 1) phone (803) 502-0900.  They sometimes have a special rate for this event, but they usually give military and AAA discounts, so be sure to request same.  This is about a 5-10 minute drive, along I-20, to the event location.

For more info, please feel free to contact me or email the event coordinator directly, Pete Peters <petersvacs@aol.com>

This is a very well-attended and family friendly event and is suitable for children.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
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Gunsmithing / Re: Need Gunsmith Recommendation for Colt Lightning Rifle
« Last post by Abilene on February 13, 2024, 02:29:38 PM »
... He is very busy, but I’m not in a hurry. He was also very gracious to let me stop by and drop off the rifle....

Well, it's pretty obvious you are in no hurry since it was not one but two years ago that you first asked about it (time flies, eh?).  ;D   But I'm sure you will be quite pleased with his work.  Give us a report when you get it back.
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Gunsmithing / Re: Need Gunsmith Recommendation for Colt Lightning Rifle
« Last post by 44caliberkid on February 13, 2024, 01:48:07 PM »
It has been a year since I asked, but I finally was able to drop the Lightening off with Lassiter, in Ohio.  We were going to Harrisburg, PA for the Great American Outdoor Show, so I called him the morning we were going through Dayton to ask if I could bring it by. He is very busy, but I’m not in a hurry. He was also very gracious to let me stop by and drop off the rifle.  He was able to point out a couple of things he saw wrong immediately, like a frozen firing pin.  He also showed me his original Colt Lightening in 38-40, that is his competition rifle right now. Wow, was that a smooth runner.  Also showed me a customer’s Taurus Lightening that he rebarreled to 44 Special.  I gotta love that.  I’m very thankful for the time he took and information he shared with me.
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The Leather Shop / Re: Show Off Your Non-Cowboy Stuff Here
« Last post by Mogorilla on February 13, 2024, 11:35:28 AM »
She was very happy.   Yes, one of the more complicated pieces.   The woven portions are 1" in width.   Those are spot glued as woven, then glued to same leather on the reverse.  Even with 3 oz. leather, turning it right side out after stitching was trying.   Worth it to see the smile.   
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The Leather Shop / Re: Show Off Your Non-Cowboy Stuff Here
« Last post by Marshal Will Wingam on February 13, 2024, 11:27:46 AM »
Looks great, Mo. Very nice work. She must be pleased with that.
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The Longbranch / Re: Shot Show 2024
« Last post by Cheyenne Logan on February 13, 2024, 11:13:05 AM »
 ::)  No pricing??? The rifle version isn't hideous, but the yellow reciever???  Watched the video, really wanted to see what happens after that 'cowboy' shot the rifle over the horses head! ;D  Why is the mag tube so far from the barrel, the gap is hideous...... :-X
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The Leather Shop / Re: Show Off Your Non-Cowboy Stuff Here
« Last post by Rube Burrows on February 13, 2024, 11:08:31 AM »
Nice job.
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The Leather Shop / Re: Show Off Your Non-Cowboy Stuff Here
« Last post by Johnny McCrae on February 13, 2024, 10:26:32 AM »
Very nice! You did a great job on an item that looks difficult to make.
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The Leather Shop / Re: Show Off Your Non-Cowboy Stuff Here
« Last post by Mogorilla on February 13, 2024, 09:39:44 AM »
This is a clutch I made for my wife.   It is based on a design we saw in Las Vegas.   
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The Powder Room - CAS reloading / Re: Trail Boss Powder. Hopefully Soon Again
« Last post by Major 2 on February 13, 2024, 08:20:43 AM »
My use is Milsurp rifles, @ 75-80 % of case Vol....

I bought a 2.5 LBS. container at the Melbourne Gun show.
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