As your Rio Salado Club Territorial Governor, I am here to gather comments, criticisms, needs and your proposed rule changes and communicate them to SASS Headquarters. I will also keep the Club updated on rule changes from SASS. Your RSCASS staff will continue to encourage the growth of Cowboy Action Shooting and our great Club through monthly practices and New Shooter Orientations.
As members, you also represent SASS and our Club. So please encourage your shooting friends to give Cowboy Shooting a try. All the info required to start is on our website. I encourage every club member to read the new Shooters Handbook, which was updated in January 2020. It contains past rule changes and a new format which is easier to follow. You will find rule clarifications by the ROC at http://www.oowss.com/ROCornerIndex.htm.
If you have any questions on rules in the SASS Shooters Handbook, please ask me. If I don’t have the immediate answer, I can find it for you.
Territorial Governor Update:
Howdy Cowboys and Cowgirls. It was great seeing a lot of you at our most recent match in August. Thanks to a start time of 7am, the heat was not able to get a hold of us until the end of the match. Thanks to Charley T Postelwaite for some great stages. A special congratulations to Hoopsnake LaVache for his first clean match in only his second cowboy match!
The Rio Salado Cowboys will continue to hold monthly matches over the summer. Keep watching the main page for updates on the covid requirements. SASS was nice and created a set of covid-19 guidelines that they emailed to all members. Please read them. If you did not receive then, they are on the SASS Wire or I can send them to you.
If you would like to attend an RO1 course this month, the Yavapai Rangers will be hosting one in Sedona on August 23. The course will be taught by Black Jack Zak and Sassy Dancer. You can sign up by going to www.yavapairangers.com. I highly recommend everyone take one of these courses every two years to keep current on the Shooter’s Handbook. Going to Sedona is a great way to get updated and enjoy cooler weather!
I would like to talk about carrying long guns. The Handbook says long guns shall be carried muzzles up and slightly downrange. I would like remind all shooters that at Rio Salado that the loading and unloading tables are up-range and to the sides of the firing line. This means that all long guns must be carried muzzles up and not pointing down-range or horizontal. It is too easy to sweep the TO or target re-setters if the muzzles are not straight up. Please be mindful of this rule when you head to stage.
The Rio Salado Cowboys are saddened this week with the passing of Earl Belisle (AZ Two Dogs). Our deepest condolences to Mary (Etta Mae) and her Family. Earl was a long time member of the Rio Cowboys and a great Duelist. I personally learned a lot about how to be a Duelist from AZ Two Dogs. He was always there to offer advice to me and other shooters. He attended many a Bordertown but I will always remember his last one in 2019. He worked very hard all year to get ready and had a great match, finishing 4th in Duelist. AZ Two Dogs was a great Cowboy and a Champion and will be greatly missed by all of us at Rio Salado and the Arizona SASS Community.
Be safe and shoot straight!