Bandera Gun Club, Inc. -Fun shoot fun-
By Jim Harris, Assistant Curator, NSSA/NSCA Museum
It's been a while since I have had a chance to participate in the Wednesday Fun Shoot at the gun club.
I did make it in time for the .410 this past week. Therefore I will summarize what has been happening so far and try to keep up in the future.
First: Someone (who shall remain nameless) attached the field 2 logo - that's the Texas A&M field - upside down. No one noticed it for a couple of months. If they did they must have been UT fans. At our last shoot someone corrected that error.
Second: Some sneaky person who had access to a camera put up a picture on the clubhouse wall of the winners of the Cowboy Capital shoot. In the photo the painted-on UT emblem (Bevo) on field was upside down. JM almost broke down the door to the clubhouse getting outside to see if someone had actually re-painted the house.
The battle continues.
Meanwhile the .410 event was won by Joe Swinger from Boerne, who is now just nine behind JM in the all-time champion column with 47 total wins compared to JM's 56. Runner-up was Scott Barton and Harold Weiss took third. David Stoddard, who just started shooting and is a sub-junior, gave them all fits. He tied Swinger with a 44/50 score, but he was shooting a 20 gauge so he was not eligible to win the championship. He did borrow a .410 for the shoot-off and stayed in until the very end.
Look out! Here comes another one.
So far this year the champions have included Mike Oliver from San Antonio who won the first shoot of the year. He was followed by Don Snyder - San Antonio, Joe Swinger - Boerne, Randy Bates, San Antonio, Robert Kline - Bandera, Billy Williams - Montana, and James Fierros - Devine. JM managed to chalk up a runner-up next to Robert Kline in April and has come close a couple of times since, but no cigar.
Anyway, I keep all the cigars for myself.
The next registered shoot in Bandera is the Bud Bell Memorial, May 17-20.
The shoot is almost full at this time but there is a waiting list. There will be no Bandera shoot in June.
That is the time of the Texas State Championships which will be held this year in San Antonio at the National Shooting Complex.
Meanwhile, drag out the old shotgun, come on out to Bandera and "git-er-done @ 3-4-5."