I have always been interested in anything pertaining to the Old West. I grew up in deep East Texas during the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and loved to ride in my grandfather’s bunk board wagon that he still used to go to town in to buy feed and groceries. I loved to watch Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, Wagon Train, Raw Hide, The Rifleman and Bonanza and still read any books I can find about the west. When reading the books or watching the movies, I can put myself there and feel what they must have felt. I love Louis L’Amour. I never dreamed that I would someday be out playing with guns almost every weekend.
About four and a half years ago when my husband Victor, aka Minnetex Slim, and I were in Kactus Korral looking at the guns and old clothes, a man told us about Cowboy Action Shooting. I got real excited and told Victor that I wanted to do this. He looked at me and said that you do not even know how to shoot. I told him that I could learn. We went to our first shoot in December of 2004 at the old range. We both then knew that we wanted to join in the fun.
We sold some other guns that we had so that we could buy the ones we needed. My first shoot I was so nervous that I forgot that I had a second trigger on my shotgun. The timer leaned over and told me to pull the second trigger. Another time I forgot to get me any shotgun shells and when I started to load it I realized that I did not have shells. I was going to take the misses but about four or five guys handed me shells.
We encourage people of all ages to come out and join us. We have young boys and girls as young as 8 years old to mature people in their 70’s having a great time and helping to preserve the old west. If you do not have the guns, belt and holsters, there is usually someone that has extra guns, and holsters that you can borrow. Don’t let not having everything you need to get started stop you.
My pledge to you is to help keep the old west cowboy and cowgirl alive here and other places across this great nation. I encourage each of you to support the other clubs that are near you. I also encourage everyone to give me any suggestions you might have to help make this an even better club. We have met some of the nicest people in this great sport.
We need to band together to keep our Second Amendment. If you are not a member of the NRA and TSRA, I really encourage you to do so.