My Sweetie is suffering from my last week's head cold (even though she shot superbly at yesterday's cowboy match), so I went out this AM first thing and got her homemade donuts from a coffee shop built into 3 beautifully restored rail cars from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The Old West is never that far away here in Nowheresville, CO, which is one of the many reasons I live up here.
BTW, I was pleased with yesterday's match...I had my fastest match ever and shot it clean — no misses — to boot. Of course, since I shot it clean I was probably going too slow. I was running .38s (actually .357 cowboy loads from Black Hills) out of my two 50th Anniversary Ruger Blackhawks (C&S tuned) and 1873 Cimmarron Texas Brush Popper from Long Hunter. BTW BTW, my partner Marshal Halloway was in Texas the last few days filming a Long Hunter cowboy action shooting training video, for which I am honored to say Long Hunter, Jim Finch, has asked me to provide an introduction.
At yesterday's match one of the regulars, Onray, has a pair of guns he'd got in a sweet trade...2 Ruger Vaqueros in 38-40, one of my favorite calibers, with a second cylinder in .40 S&W. The one gun I handled at the match was clearly a custom piece — bead-blasted stainless finish and a really slick trigger job. I know there was at least one run of 38-40/.10mm dual cylinder Ruger single actions through Buckeye distributors, but I thought they were based on Blackhawks, not Vaqueros. But Lee Martin, who knows everything about single action anythings, references a very limited run of 38-40 Vaqueros for Davidsons back in 2002/2003.
I told Onray that now he's on the hook for a 38-40 rifle so he can shoot the guns in competition. "Already looking," he said.