Main street of this somewhat but not really, authentic Western town looks pretty deserted at the moment, you could hold a gunfight here in the middle of the street and nobody would get hit. But that will all change pretty soon And this area will be hustling and bustling by next weekend
Beautiful day today, just a little on the breezy side. I went over to where the cowboys are shooting but actually there wasn't much going on as the only people involved in the contest at the moment are what I would call the turn-of-the-century people. These folks dress in costume from around the World War I era and the guns they use in their contests reflect that with the handguns mostly being the Colt style 1911 45 automatic, not the single-action Colt style revolver that the cowboy guys and gals use.
Since they don't have too many rules for the costumes they wear there is a significant overlap between the strictly 1800s cowboy costumes and the turn-of-the-century costumes so you can see folks wearing cowboy hats shooting in this competition, and you can see folks wearing World War I U.S. Army uniforms shooting right next to them. But soon the strictly cowboy guys and gals will take over the contest and then the rules get a little more strict about what you can wear and still compete.
That part of the contest is more interesting to me because watching the shooting itself is pretty boring, a lot like watching people fish, or play golf. To me the best part is looking at the costumes and the extremes some folks will go to to make their western attire as authentic as possible, sometimes even hand sewing things so the stitches don't look like they were made by a machine. And of course no guns are allowed in the contest that weren't available by the mid-1800s, with the Colt style single-action revolver being by far the most popular.
I'm also looking forward to the mounted cowboy and cowgirl shooters that ride around the arena at full gallop shooting at balloons, this competition is more interesting to watch and a lot more photogenic. But I don't have a program so I don't know when any of these events take place I just have to drive over to where it's all happening and hope I accidentally run into something interesting.
this cowboy has a Coyotes tail hanging from his gun belt..... At least I hope it's hanging from his gun belt
This grizzled shooter is showing the safety glasses everyone is required to wear in the shooting area. They also require hearing protection but most of us lost the best parts of our hearing years ago.
I was told this lady always shoots barefooted, nobody knows why... she just does. You would think stepping on a blazing hot just fired empty case would break her of that habit but apparently not. Back when I was shooting a lot I had a 1911 .45 that would eject an empty case down the front of my shirt every now and then which will definitely get your attention and is why I know how hot they are.
Due to exceedingly poor timing on my part I only got the backside of this rapidly departing shooter who's dressed in a World War I era Army uniform.