Subject: The Wire!: Balanced Rock Regulators'
February 2008 Newsletter...
Date: Tue, Feb. 12, 2008 8:11 pm
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From The Wire!
The official newsletter of events and happenings of Carbon County,
Utah's Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) chapter.
Special to this month... the interactive voting issues
-=> January 19, 2007...
Rifle barrels filled with snow, portable heaters emptied their gas
cannisters, gun carts discovered a need to be equipped with four-wheel drive,
firing pins locked, ejector rods launched off of revolvers, targets fell
apart in the cold or were frozen solid and good food was had by all.
The now infamous "Alferd Packer Cannibal Train" scenario almost
claimed it's first official victim as Bobcat's rifle sights were knocked
so far off of center that he almost emptied his cartridge belt using 23
extra rounds to finish the scenario. No... what am I saying???!! Almost
everything "non-fleshy" was harmed in the production of this shoot!
-=> A new "Cowboy Action Shooting 101"
section on the Balanced Rock Regulator Website. Much to my pleasant
surprise, a lot of people are forwarding the The Wire newsletter. Further
than I could have even imagined... conservative estimates guess that it
is going out to over 500 e-mail addresses. And it is going out to a lot
of non-Cowboy Action Shooting people and even non-shooters! I received several
notices and questions. One batch was from a group of people who read the
newsletter at their lunch (and print up further pages from our website)
and discuss The Wire with their co-workers and then have many questions.
The multiple questions that I received were good and thought provoking
especially for non-CAS/shooters -- and we don't want to grow beyond or lose
touch with potential new members and the general populace. What follows
is a partial list... What is a scenario? Why is a timer important? Why is
Bobcat obsessed with cannibals? How do you pick your name? How do you know
someone else doesn't have that name? What is a lever action rifle? What
is a carbine? What is a shotgun wad? What is a single action rifle/revolver?
What is a double action revolver? What is a mule-earred shotgun? What qualifies
as a cowboy outfit? What's in cowboy ammo that makes it different? Could
you make your rates and fees more clearer and definitive? (See further down
in this newsletter for the Rate/Fee question.)
I could go on listing the 20-something questions, but you get the idea.
It became obvious that this was a little more detailed than what's currently
available on our Frequently Asked Questions
page... so Kitty and I decided to put together a page on the Regulators'
website called "CAS 101" that
answers all of these questions and more. So please don't be shy... THERE
ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS! Send us your questions and we hope to get the page
written and on our site by March. And then hopefully, we'll see you at the
-=> A new name for The Wire newsletter?
Last month, I asked for name suggestions for the "Bulletin Board."
What surprised me is that I received a bunch of suggestions to rename this
newsletter! One reader went so far as to say "The internet is a modern
day telegraph system and that 'The Wire' (internet) is what delivers the
newsletter, the Balanced Rock Regulators' newsletter needs a catchy and
After removing suggestions that were obvious shots at other SASS groups,
we have 18 good suggestions. I'm going to keep the "renaming the
newsletter" option open for more readers to voice their opinions and
name suggestions and with next month's issue we'll unveil the new name
and and I might even have time to do a header graphic for the newsletter.
-=> Winter: The .22LR Rifle option
- another reader vote. During the last shoot, Stargazer suggested that during
the winter months we allow people to optionally shoot .22LR rifles so that
the brass collectors aren't freezing their fingers into a non-functioning
status digging through a foot-and-a-half of snow. This was suggested as
"optional" and not "mandatory" -- if shooters want to,
they can continue to shoot their cowboy weapons. Stargazer started members
of IPSC using .22LRs in the winter with success. A Regulators' test was
run in the last scenarios (including the "Cannibal" scenario)
and the targets rung at distance and the timer picked up the shots -- so
those aren't problems/issues.
This suggestion threw the Balanced Rock Regulators' Board into a debate,
a stalemate and even a quagmire. On the "con" winter .22LR
rifle side - it was felt that it detracted from the "cowboy feel"
of a CAS shoot relegating it to "mere target practice," SASS corporate
might object and that a .22LR wouldn't knock the paddles off of the Texas
Star. On the "pro" winter .22LR rifle side - the debate
is that we don't freeze fingers and knees recovering all brass, we don't
feel bad if we loose large quantities of brass again, we already allow newer
members who are still getting together a cowboy gun collection or have special
needs to shoot their .22LRs, and both barrels of a shotgun at 10 feet didn't
remove the frozen paddles from the Texas Star.
So we're throwing it out to both the members and readers... what is
your opinion on this issue? Pro or Con .22LR winter Rifle usage and why?
-=> Our next shoot is Saturday, February
16th, 2008 with setup at 9am and the shooting beginning promptly
at 10am. We will be shooting 5-6 scenarios (depending on range conditions).
The shoot will be at Carbon County's new North Springs Shooting Range that
has been featured in Shoot! Magazine and the Chronicle as
well as TV. Driving directions and a downloadable map to the Cowboy Town
are at the bottom of the front page of the Regulators' website. Lunch
will be "Standard Potluck", none of the cooks have any current
idea other than "something warm and comforting".... If you can't
make it to our next shoot, we will shooting every third Saturday of the
month. Our next shoot will be March 15th, 2008 -- come on out and
see the other side of Cowboy Action Shooting!
-=> The Utah War has moved it's location
and date! Months earlier, The Utah War is now April 17-19, 2008 and
it's being held in St. George by the Dixie Desperadoes. Details and a Utah
War pdf registration form can be found at the their website www.dixiedesperados.com! There are also a couple of
convenient links on our website.
-=> For now, I'll just call it the "Notice
Post." Additional posted notices are at the bottom of the
front page of the website. One of our new members is looking for
a cheap no-frills lever action carbine/rifle that he and his wife can buy...
must be in .45 Long Colt. And another member has for sale a Cabela's
.50 cal Black Powder Hawken Traditional Rifle, NIB $300.00. In the mean
time, inquiries or information can be sent to The Wire! and I'll
forward it on.
-=> Membership and Fees to the Balanced Rock
Regulators -- Individual Annual Memberships are $24 per year
with no $8 fee for the month that you join. Family/Household Annual memberships
are $42 per year with no $8 fees for the month that you join. Year long
memberships start with the month you join and you get a Balanced Rock
Regulator ID card (with your picture on it -- either e-mailed to us
or taken by Bobcat or Kitty) usually the following month, thus proving when
you paid your membership and that you are a member! You will never experience
any of this I joined in November and I'm being hit up again in January for
the full amount problem -- your membership card proves that you're a member
for a full year. Balanced Rock Regulators' membership cards examples can be found on our website's
F.A.Q.s page. Monthly shoot fees are $12 for members, $14 for non-members
and $8 for Juniors. These prices include the $4 per shooter North Springs
Shooting Range Admission Fees -- this $4 fee does NOT apply if you are already
a paid member of the North Springs Shooting Range. Shooters new to
the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting get their first two or three scenarios
We are still awaiting final pricing information from the North Springs
Shooting Range which will mean a future Balanced Rock Regulator fee increase
to cover the monthly fluctuating fees that the North Springs Shooting Range
passes on to us... in short, it's just cheaper and more sane to join now
as we don't charge shooters for range fees that aren't in existence nor
"Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggie' until you can find
a rock." -- Will Rogers.
Balanced Rock Regulators, LLC Vice President
"Honesty, Ethics, Camaraderie & Spirit of the Game"
I think that I have worked out most of the kinks with the
email list (which seem to be a life form of their own), but if you are receiving
double copies or you think someone should be added, or you wish to be removed,
or your "infernal machine" is having problems reading Rich Text
e-mails, please don't hesitate to contact me. And feel free to forward this
email to anyone who you feel would be interested in having a fun time at
Cowboy Action Shooting.