If I have left anyone off, or if you guy know of anyone who can help, feel free to forward this information to them. I wanted to keep everyone in the loop on what is going on with special events:
- October 1 Monthly Match: I will be out of town through Saturday. If I get back in time I will be there, but if not, Skunk Stomper will be running the match for me. If I am not able to be there, please just take a picture of scoresheets with a phone and text them to me, and I can get the results online that night so the scores do not get lost. To save on setup time for the Hero match, three of the stages will be Hero stages, and the other three will be shooting variations of them. That ensures that we only need to set up five stages and the side match for the Hero setup
- Iron Hero Match: Things are progressing well. Once the park sends me the final shooter list, I will finalize posses and awards. Once the shooters books are printed and I have the packets, I will get the packets for shooters built. The park will be taking care of the lunches. Once I know when we will have access to the ranges to set up, I will let you guys know. I will be out of town the weekend before the Hero match. Barring a large influx of last minute shooters, it looks like we will be running two posses for the match. I have arranged enough door prizes to where everyone will get a door prize
- 2018 State Match: Things are coming right along. Worked on a lot of sponsors and we are getting in quite a few door prizes. Even if we sell out, there is a decent chance that everyone will get a door prize. I have promises of two hand made quilts to raffle off for the SASS Scholarship Fund. Shooter book rough draft and stages are completed. One thing I could use some help with. If anyone has any experience in putting together a banquet or dinner or has any ideas on where to hold it, I would gladly take the help in that area. If you can be available to assist with side match day (April 13), please let myself or Skunk Stomper know
- Work Days: Once we get through with the Hero match, we need to have a few work days to gussy up the props and build some more, depending on how much funding we can get from the park. So, put on your thinking caps on ideas for props and things that need to happen. Some of the things we need to do: Freshen paint on horses and cows, new platform on gallows and paint, we need to build a small platform to shoot from to set next to a roofline for one of the state stages, we could use a few more sections of fence, and I would like to build a new false front or two (even if just something simple we need to prop up using fence posts). If you have any weekends available after the Hero, please let me know. The more help we get, the easier this match will be.
I will also post this info to our Facebook page and the club website. Thank you all for all of your efforts.
Platte Valley Gunslingers
For those of you that are interested in finding out more about cowboy action shooting, or if you know someone that is, on March 11, 2017, at 10:00am in the classroom at Heartland Public Shooting Park, we will be hosting a class introducing you to this fun and exciting sport.
We will be covering the guns, gear, basic rules, how stages work, and will have a general Q&A session as well. Presentation will allow you to see the equipment, and will be both presentation and video format. No charge for the event, and we hope you can join us.
Please contact us with any questions or if you would like us to hold you a spot (pre-registration not required).
Thanks to all that came out to the 2016 Iron Hero, where every stage was based on a scene from a different Randolph Scott movie. Even with some last minute cancellations, we still ended up with 42 shooters, and it was a full day of smiles and gun smoke. 2017 should be even better, and we look forward to you joining us. The results can be found below
A number of you were wondering who was coming to the 2016 Iron Hero match on October 15. We nearly increased shooters by 50% over last year, and we thank all of you for making the match a success. We also have some nice door prizes lined up. For those that didn’t make it in, we hope you will join us next year
Who’s Coming 2016
The weather was beautiful and we had a large group out for our match. Only one more match to practice before the Iron Hero match in October
August 2016 Match Results
Although we only had six cowboys at the match today, we were lucky enough to welcome a cowboy from Kansas to our little match today. The heat held off most of the morning, and there were quite a few smiles as we worked through six stages. The stages we shot today used the new hotel prop, the ticket office, and the wagon, and included a stage based on the movie Open Range.
We hope you can join us in August, as we get ready to shoot another six stages. For those of you who are coming in from out of town, the Grand Island Rifle Club hosts their monthly cowboy shoots the day after ours.
Match results for today are as follows:
Don’t forget about the Iron Hero Annual on October 15. Get your entries in while you can, and if you want to camp, please call the park and reserve your spot, as spots with services are filling quickly.
For those of you that are in need of a cowboy action shooting match, we will be shooting the morning of 16 July at Heartland Public Shooting Park. Check in will begin at 8:00am, and we will have the safety meeting on the range about 9:00am with the lead to start flying shortly thereafter.
Six fun filled stages are planned, utilizing our wagon/open stage, the railroad ticket office, and the new hotel.
The stages will be the following:
- Horse Thieves
- Open Range
- Outlaw Capture
- Painted Ladies
- Prisoner Transport
- Private Army
We hope you can join us, and if you just want to come out to watch, there is no charge to watch, but we ask that you wear earplugs and eye protection just to keep you safe.
Let’s saddle up and play cowboy!
For those of you that are not aware, SASS has a role set aside to help grow the sport and to coordinate among the clubs. That is the role of the Territorial Governor. The person holding this role has a number of responsibilities, including: voting on proposed rule changes, helping to select the locations for state matches, coordinating with other clubs, communicating members needs with the SASS Board, and helping to grow the sport. There are also many other duties not mentioned here. Every club will be represented by a Territorial Governor, and a Territorial Governor may represented more than one club.
Some of the requirements for the person that holds this role include the following:
- Active SASS member for a minimum of three consecutive years
- Member of at least one club
- Attend at least one state level or above match per year
- Currently certified at both RO1 and RO2 level
Dalton Masterson has served this club well for many years, but due to family and life commitments, he felt it was time to step back and allow someone else to take the reigns. After discussion, Stirrup Trouble (aka David Sayers) has accepted this role and will serve as the Platte Valley Gunslingers Territorial Governor. He appreciates your patience during the transition. Feel free to contact his with any questions or concerns
The Platte Valley Gunslingers are happy to report that we have lined up our first vendor for the Iron Hero Match in October. Dalton Masterson, our Territorial Governor, is the owner and artistic talent behind Plum Creek Leatherworks in Lexington, Nebraska. Not only will he be shooting the match with us, but he will also be set up as a vendor. We hope you will bring along some extra cash to use at his booth. You will not be disappointed.
He has been doing leatherwork for years. This is not “cookie cutter” leatherwork, either. Each piece is a unique piece of art, and he will custom make a rig or any other leather item to your unique needs and requirements. He even made a replica Rooster Cogburn rig for the president of our club last year that rivals the Hollywood original.
Dalton can be contacted through his Facebook page, as follows. Many times, if you contact him ahead of time, he can bring your custom rig or holster to you at the match so there s no waiting.
Plum Creek Leatherworks
Some examples of his work are as follows:
We look forward to having you join us at the Iron Hero Match, and we are also working on gaining additional vendors.
The Platte Valley Gunslingers would like to thank those of you that came out to shoot with us during the 2015 shooting season, and we would like to invite all of you back in the coming shooting season. We were able to coordinate our schedules with the Grand Island Rifle Club once again, so for those of you who are from out of town and would like to make it a Grand Island cowboy weekend, come on out and join both clubs for an inexpensive weekend of playing cowboy and twelve stages over two days.
The schedule for the year is as follows:
- April 16
- July 16
- August 20
- September 17
- And don’t forget about the Iron Duke annual on October 15 (eight stages in one day)
For the normal monthly matches, check in begins at 8:30, and rounds go downrange at 9:15. We hope you can join us.
2016 Iron Hero Entry