News & Updates

The March Match results have been posted to the website. It was a perfect day for the match and everyone had a great time. We had two posses with a total of 28. Had several new shooters to our club and two first time shooters. It was great meeting with all of you and we hope you will come again. Congratulations to overall SASS winner Dealin Justice, non-SASS overall winner Buckshot Frank shooting Pike, and ladies winner, Serving Justice. Hope to see everyone next month.  

The February Superbowl Match results have been posted to the website. It was a little cold and windy for the match but everyone had a good time. Those visiting form the north did not even notice the cold. Congratulations to overall winner Cheyenne Culpepper and ladies winner, Serving Justice. We also had three brand new match shooters, two of which are now also SASS and club members. Here is a quick photo of each!

Cowboy JonAnd his grandpa: Deadly DonRon

The SASS Handbooks (Shooters Handbook, RO I, and ROII) have been updated and posted at the following location:

http://www.sassnet.com/Shooters-Handbook-001A.php

Changes were made to the handbooks based on the votes at the TG Summit in December, 2015, and discussions at the Summit and on the TG Wire. Please read, especially the highlighted sections, as some of the verbiage change was not discussed in detail at the TG Summit in December.

Sample Verbiage Change:

ROI Handbook, p. 17, #12:

""Shuffling" the feet to maintain balance or adjust shooting stance is allowed as long as the shooter does not actually change location."

ROI Handbook, p. 19, #19:

"The restrictions against breaking the downrange 180º angle apply to ALL HOLSTERS and METHODS of DRAW/REHOLSTER. This allowance applies to ALL types/styles of holsters, from canted double strong side to cross draw, to shoulder/Huckleberry rigs. The muzzle of a revolver may be oriented into the straight down 180º as it clears leather; but MUST then go immediately into the DOWNRANGE 170º (and vice versa on the return)"

ROI Handbook, p. 21, #31:

"Failure to bring enough ammo to the line to complete the stage is NOT a procedural. (scored the same as misses for any un-fired rounds). The procedural in this case would only apply to ammo (as with firearms) when not correctly staged on the line (e.g. on/in a prop), and not corrected by the shooter unassisted, on the clock. Once a shooter is committed to the stage (first round goes down range) the shooter must remain on the stage until it is completed and the shooter has moved to the unloading table to clear all firearms. Penalty for violation is a Stage Disqualification."

ROI Handbook, p. 26:

"SDQ: Failure to adhere to loading and unloading procedures.

The point at which the "failure to adhere to loading/unloading procedure” Stage Disqualification for bypassing the Unloading Table applies is as follows: Once control of the firearm(s) is relinquished, be it in a rack on the stage or at the shooter’s gun cart. (i.e. leaves the shooter’s hand(s).

Leaving the line once the stage has begun to retrieve ammo or firearms before all firearms brought to the line are verified as clear.

De-cocking a revolver, rifle or hammered shotgun without positive indication/ acknowledgement from the Timer Operator."

ROI Handbook, p. 26:

MDQ: "Willful failure to comply with a "cease fire" or "Stop" command given by, and while under the positive control of, the CRO/TO."

ROI Handbook, p. 30-33:

Chambered round – A round any part of which is IN the chamber of a firearm.

Designer Jeans -- modern jeans that have slogans or logos embroidered, silk screened and such, saying things like "PINK" or "BABY". (Jeans with fancy or flashy adornments are acceptable)

Loaded Firearm – Any firearm with any part of an unfired round in the action/chamber/magazine.

Short Sleeve Shirt – A shirt with the sleeves sewn/manufactured or otherwise fastened above the elbow. Does NOT apply to rolled up sleeves that are not secured in place.

Stage aka “the line” – synonymous with “Course of Fire” from the beep of the timer once the shooter has signified “ready” to the last shot fired. Also refers to those location(s) from which the shooter actively engages targets.

Traditional – A style or configuration of clothing and/or equipment that was commonly seen or used in the Old West from 1849 to 1900; or in the B-Western movies. Pictures, movies, and surviving equipment and clothing could be used in resolving issues.

Right out of the editing room, here is the promotional video we made of our Christmas Match. Click here: Video

We will be locating it on the home page soon but wanted to make it available to you to see as quickly as possible. We had a lot of shooters at the match and unfortunately the videographer did not get everyone. We will try to get those that were missed in the next one.  

Hope to see everyone this Sunday and have a Safe and Happy New Years!

I recently attended the Regional Territorial Govenors meeting in South Carolina representing the Miakka Misfits. The issues to be voted on and the discussion topics to be addressed at the TG Summit were discussed at our meeting. TG Shamrock Sadie was our proxy at the Summit last week in Las Vegas since I could not attend. I wish to thank Shamrock for representing the Miakka Misfits and staying in contact with me throughout the proceedings. Please click on the link below for PDF of the voting results and recap from the Summit.  -Crossfire Brown

2015 Territorial Governors Summit Results and Recap

The December Christmas Match results have been posted to the website. It was a great day for a match with a good breeze so no one was feeling any heat. Congratulations to overall winner Cheyenne Culpepper and ladies winner, Madam Moog. Everyone even got to shoot one stage with snow coming down. We have pictures and video coming.  

Our 2015 buckle winners were awarded their Gist Buckles today. Congratulations to: 

Forty Niner              Jeff Shelleen 

Classic Cowboy        Crossfire Brown 

Cattle Baron            Smiley Jim Rich 

Gunfighter               Valrico Kid 

Lady Wrangler         Serving Justice 

Senior Duelist          Lost River Bill 

Hope to see everyone next month.  

This Sunday's match starts the 2016 Buckle Series. The winner in each category must compete in eight matches during the next twelve months. Only your best eight times are counted so the more times you shoot the better your overall time will be as the worst times are thrown out.

See you Sunday and good luck winning a beautiful Gist Buckle. The 2015 winners will be awarded their buckles at the December match. 

Today's match ended the current Buckle Series. The pictured Gist buckle is now going into production to be awarded to each winner below at our December match.   

The 2015-16 Buckle Series begins next month with our November match. Those who have had the fastest times in each category AND have competed in two/thirds of the matches this past 12 months are:

Forty Niner              Jeff Shelleen

Classic Cowboy        Crossfire Brown

Cattle Baron            Smiley Jim Rich

Gunfighter               Valrico Kid

Lady Wrangler         Serving Justice

Senior Duelist          Lost River Bill

Congratulations and good luck to everyone this coming year!!

The Miakka Misfits will be having RO1 and RO2 classes on Sunday, October 11th starting at 9:00 AM. The location will be one of two locations off of Highway 64, Bradenton. Which location will be determined in the next few days.

Cassalong Hopity from Tallahassee will be the instructor.

Cost to attendees is $10 for RO1 and $25 for RO2. Classes can be audited by those wanting a refresher (rule changes/updates) for $5. We are trying to have 6 pards in each class.

If you want to become an RO or simply improve your knowledge of the rules, this is your chance.

Please contract me to hold you a spot or for any questions.  My email is  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks!

Crossfire Brown

The September Match results have been posted to the website. Although hot, it was a great day for a match with a bit of a breeze to help with the heat.  Congratulations to overall winner Jeff Shelleen. Many came close but there were no clean matches today. Everyone got to shoot in the new town which was a lot of fun.Â

We hope to see everyone at next month's match which sees the return of cowboy clothes so put away the casual clothes until next year. Also the October Match is the final match of the 2015 Buckle Series. There are still a couple of undecided categories as to a winner! Buckles will be ordered right after the match to be given out at the December match.       

Anyone interested in going to the SASS Southeast Regional Championship in November click here.

The Miakka Bay 1 renovation is well under way; it should be mostly complete (usable, at least) for this weekend's  match. Instead of simply fixing the existing facade, we decided to go all out and build a real town. The new town has three buildings, each with three walls (the downrange wall is open with a full length shooting table), a floor, and roof; all connected by a boardwalk. This should provide for a lot of fun scenarios moving in and out of the different buildings! It will also provide some shade during the hot months, which is most of them.

Here is a picture of the construction as it stood yesterday. Weather permitting, the floor should go in on the middle building today and the roofs will be put up tomorrow. Hope to see you this Sunday!

Link to the.NEWS ARTICLE.

NW Marion gunsmith burned, home destroyed after workshop blast

By:Austin L. Miller.

Staff writer

Published: Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 4:39 p.m. Last Modified: Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 4:39 p.m.

A northwest Marion County gunsmith was badly burned and his home destroyed by fire following an explosion in his garage workshop early Thursday afternoon.

Roderick Dahl, of 19745 NW 123rd Court, was taken by ambulance to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Allyson Cleveland, who lives in a separate home on the property, said Dahl told her he was welding something when the tank blew up.

Cleveland, who works at night in a pet emergency unit at the University of Florida, was awakened by a loud boom, she said. It wasn't unusual to hear a blast because Dahl, a federally licensed firearms dealer and gunsmith, would sometimes discharge weapons.

Within seconds of hearing the boom, Cleveland went outside. At first, she said, she did not see Dahl. Then she saw him running from the garage.

He had no shirt on. She said he was burned on the tip of his nose, his elbows and his back. Cleveland said Dahl told her to get away and shooed the four dogs away from the area.

She went inside her home to call 911, Cleveland said. By then the garage was up in flames, and she could hear popping sounds as ammunition exploded.

Cleveland, who was holding the leash of a black shepherd-mix named Blackie, said there were three horses and four dogs on the property. None were injured.

She said three of the dogs took off in different directions and were missing: Rufus, a rottweiler mix; Jet, a boxer; and Rocky, a pit-bull mix.

Marion County Fire Rescue spokesman James Lucas said the county got the call at 1:34 p.m. The first unit arrived at 1:51 p.m.

The main house — a three-bedroom wood-frame home with a metal roof — was "90 percent involved" when firefighters got there, he said. The fire was under control at 2:10 p.m.

The garage and main house were a total loss.

The State Fire Marshal's Office and Marion County Sheriff's Office are jointly investigating the fire. As of late Thursday afternoon, MCSO officials said it appears to be an accident.

Officials from both agencies plan to visit the victim at Shands to try and talk with him.