Blazing Saddles

A bunch of armed-up old farts in cowboy gear milled around and organized their kit during sign-in.

The range looked like this for the first three stages until we moved to the next shooting bay for Part Two of the Match:

And that’s when I got the surprise hand-off, as Assistant Deputy Probationary Cowboy RSO, I was going to run the time and the match!
WHAT?!?
Well OK then, let’s go…and so I picked up the timer and shouted “Listen UP!” And read out the first stage description and instructions, the theme of the match being “Blazing Saddles.”
Stage 1 = 10 revolver, 10 rifle, 4+shotgun “Stop the Singin’ and Dancin’”
Stage open and empty shotgun at FP1 and rifle at FP2 with 10 rounds. Start at FP1 with hands out-stretched at shoulder height, palms up. When ready shout, “What in the Wide, Wide World of Sports is A-goin on Here!” At the beep, load shotgun and engage the outer left, outer right, inner left, inner right knockdowns. Knockdowns must go down. Leave open and empty shotgun at FP1. Move to FP2. Pick up rifle & Hangtown Sweep (1-2-3-2-3-4-3-4-5-3) the targets from the left then engage the center diamond. With revolvers engage the cowboys then the circles twice.
First up is Doc… “Cowboy Ready?…Stand by…” BEEP!

The event was not entirely without mis-cues, as I got advice and instruction from several attendees, but gradually I learned to handle the action better, and then it was my turn to shoot and I hurried to load my weapons…
Stage 2 = 10 revolver, 10 rifle 4+ shotgun. “Dinner around the Campfire“
Stage open and empty shotgun and rifle FP1 with 10 rounds. Start at FP2 leaning over with plate of beans.. When ready, RO says “How Bout More Beans.” Shooter replies, “Think I’ve Had Enough!” At the beep, drop the plate, draw revolvers as appropriate, and sweep the targets twice from the same end. Move to FP1. Pick up rifle, sweep targets twice from same end. Pick up shotgun, and sweep the
knockdowns from the left. All knockdowns must go down.
Stage 3 = 10 revolver, 3+ shotgun. “Mongo Arrives in Town”
Stage open and empty shotgun at FP1. Start at FP2 with hands on revolvers. When ready say, “It’s tough being a Vigilante in times like these!” At the beep, draw revolvers as appropriate and Nevada Sweep (1-2-3-2-1) the left three targets. Then Nevada Sweep the right three targets. Move to FP1 and with shotgun engage ANY three knockdowns. All knockdowns must go down.
After Stage-3 I looked at my ammo and noticed I had made a grave miscalculation. At home during prep I had just counted out rifle rounds and not both rifle and pistol (since they are the same, .44-40) and I wouldn’t be able to finish. So instead, as we moved to the second firing setup in the neighboring bay for Part-2 of the Match, I decided all the running back and forth to load and fire and unload and wait and run the timer – I would just concentrate on running the timer and the rest of the Match, which worked out well since I was not distracted, and resulted in fewer criticism of my Match technique…

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12 thoughts on “Blazing Saddles

  1. Wish I could buy cowboy boots. Off the shelf doesn’t fit. There was a custom bootmaker in San Jose that I had repair my Italian (Sidi) roadracing boots about 30 years ago. (Inner soles came apart. Turns out they were compressed paper! Had that replaced with leather. Cost:$100) He measured my feet to determine the problem, and concluded that custom made was the only solution. There is a critical dimension, the height above the instep, that was undersized on me, which would allow the boot to move fore and aft.

    Price, then, for plain leather boots was $900. Adding just a little stitching trim would bring that to $1100. Couldn’t afford them. Very easy to bump that price to 2x or 3x for a fancy look. He had some that ran $7k with rare skins. No idea what custom boots would cost now.

    He had a large room filled with forms molded from customer’s feet, so they could just order new boots without having to return to the shop. Lots of famous people. He said he had actual working cowboys that would order two pairs, so they could alternate wearing them day by day out in the bush.

    • Cowboy boots are definitely a one-off proposition. I tried a number of different makers and each was built on a different ‘last’ and some definitely fit better than others, also variations in square toe or other. The Dan Post ones always came up a bit short, but the Lucchese were OK but a bit spendy, but not $1000 spendy!

  2. LOL, enjoy! Some of those folks can run a SAA faster than you can run a 1911, and do it with either hand, or shooting both at once…

    • We have a couple fast guys in our group and its fun to watch them go to work! Especially if you’re behind them running the timer, seeing the empty cartridges loop through the air, bouncing off your hat!

  3. Looks like a lot of fun! I’m going to have to find some around here, course the little Sig is not up for that, so more pistolas and a bigger hat are needed…

  4. Sounds like you had a great day. One of the guys I worked with at Boeing was really big into Cowboy Shooting. He and his wife would get all dressed up, and go blaze away!

    • It’s basically shooting steel, but in funny shapes and at fairly close ranges – so there’s “combat accuracy” involved and you’d be surprised how easy it is to miss when you try to go fast, and sometimes a stage will involve un-loading, just as fast as you can pull the trigger!
      My wife is not into period clothing or any kind of fancy dress stuff, so for me it’s just a chance to buy cowboy hats and boots…

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