Iron Duke Match is in the Books

On behalf of the Platte Valley Gunslingers, I would like to thank all of you that took the time to come out to our first annual in several years, and we hope the keep the hero theme going each year. With this being my first year as match director, and with limited help, we sincerely hope that you had fun. Our goal was to put on a fun and different shoot that had something for all skill levels and shooting styles. I saw a lot of grins on the range today, so I hope we succeeded.

I felt like I had a lot to learn going into the match, but I tried to learn what to do (and not to do) from other annuals that I have attended, and I hope you all return and bring friends next year as we try to make the match even better. Please don’t forget about the coupons I put in your shooter packets. One is for you, a $10 discount on next year’s match entry for any shooter registered for this year, and the other is a $5 coupon to pass on to a new shooter who registered for SASS in 2015 or 2016. I wanted to give new shooters a little incentive to maybe try an annual without committing the expense and nervousness of a multi-day for their beginning SASS experience.

It was great to also get to spend some time with friends that geography typically makes it difficult to do, as well as to meet some new friends along the way. Also, I wanted to give a special thank you to the shooters. Having the shooters vote to give me the Spirit of the Duke award meant the world to me.

We did not have a ton of shooters, but it was great to see the variety of shooters that did come. We hosted shooters from the following states:

  • Nebraska
  • Kansas
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Wyoming

The final results were as follows:

Iron Duke Match Details

Iron Duke Category Results

Our park superintendent’s wife thought the cowboy targets needed some bandannas:


A view of some shooters on The Alamo stage:


Gathering the shooters together for a photo after the awards:


Thanks again for coming! The shooters were all fantastic and thanks to their hard work and stepping up to keep the posses running smoothly, we actually finished over two hours ahead of schedule

Writen by BigTex