Access to the Rod And Gun Club: There's a big job at the top of the hill at Zimmerman Trail and Zimmerman Trail will be closed for several weeks. If you usually come up that way, probably you'd better go to 27th St and come up by the airport, then head west.

If you come down from Great Falls-a-way, there's now a bypass on MT3 and you can come that way. Zimmerman itself remains closed.

Remaining Matches:  Oct 27 Zombie match - scary costumes welcome. Be sure it's safe, though.
This will be a six-stage match with one posse and one berm. 60 rifle, 60 pistol, 30+ shotgun (do you feel lucky? do you?)

Matches:     Sep 22  Aug 25  Jul 28  Jun 23  May 26  May 5 Class  Apr 28

Sep 22-23 Kind of a mixed thing, some people shot on Saturday, some on Sunday, some shot both days.
Results: Saturday   Sunday   Sunday Side Dishes

Saturday's Action Shots


The Saturday Posse


The Sunday Posse

 
Angel responds to the peanut gallery, probably Muggins. Now we can get some work done!

 
Left: Montana Redeye, gunfighter, having what I call a good day. Right: Solo Browncoat and Sharpie on deck.

 
Delilah Bored and her Henry. Right: if you use both eyes, you'll recognize Two-Eye Ted.


Shotgun Kegger headed down range. Bugler in a classic pose with Noah Regrets on timer.

 The gallery: Noah Regrets, Joe Cross, Missour River Kid, Galloping Swede, some of Big Sky Ranger.

August 25 Match:  Main Match Results  Side Match Results
We had great weather -- kind of cool for August. Two posses enjoyed stages by Grizzly Bill and about half shot the side match, a rare opportunity to full-load Winchester 97 shotguns. Generous owners shared their shotguns for interested shooters who only had double-barreled guns.
Posses:
Homestake's Hooligans:

Bugler's Brigands:

 

Left: Joe Cross with Latigo    Right: Two new shooters, Double Drop Fred and Doc River.


   

Left: Big Jack Blackburn and Double Drop Fred   Right: Two Gun Montana

     

Left: Double Drop Fred is apparently a smoker.   Right: Doc River with Latigo

  

Left: Muggins Taylor takes Honey Jack through a stage.   Right: Chama Bill with Delilah Bored

  

Left: Grizzly Bill, Latigo on timer   Right: Big Sky Ranger and Grizzly Bill waiting their turns.

  

Left: Huckleberry Jack shooting with Homestake   Right: Sharpie shooting with Noah Regrets

   

Left: Homestake shooting with Two Eyed Ted   Right: Popple Cop with Two Eyed Ted

   

Left: Angel shooting the side match with Homestake.  Right: Swift Lefty, our favority Buckaroo, with Two Eye Ted

 

BIG SKY STATE GAMES JULY 28  RESULTS HERE Rogues' Gallery of Prizes Here  Action photos here!  More photos coming soon!

Today, July 28th, the Montana Territory Peacemakers hosted the Big Sky States Games Cowboy Action match.

We had 44 shooters for today's match separated into three posse's.  Posse Marshalls and scorekeepers were H M "Muggins" Taylor and Galloping Swede, Posse 1; Lascivious Latigo and Karilynn, Posse 2 and Homestake Drifter and Fair Weather Annie assisted by Disastrous Olive, Posse 3.

The match was based on the movie "Who Shot Liberty Valance".  Lines to be said to start the timer on each stage were as follows:

Stage 1 - "Shotgun, shuck your shells"   Stage 2 - "I'll see you in jail for this"

Stage 3 - "Lookee at the new waitress/waiter"   Stage 4 - "You, Valance, you pick it up"

Stage 5 - "Dead"   Stage 6 - "Print the legend"

Lunch was provided by the Cajun Phatty's Food Truck.  Selections were baskets of chicken, catfish, Allegator or shrimp with a biscuit and fries.  All who partook of lunch were complimentary of the selections and quick service of a hot meal.  Thank you food truck owner, Ashley.

Overall match winners were husband and wife, Chama Bill and Mudhen Millie.  Congratulations!  Clean match, no misses/no procedurals, were Angel and Mudhen Millie.
Photographs from Big Sky Ranger, Yellowstone Nerd and Honey Jack. Your name could go here too!


Posse 1

Posse 2

Posse 3


Cowbel John, Bugler and Donk honor the flag at the end of the match

BSSG Awards by Category

 
Left: Match Winners Mudhen Millie and Chama Bill Right: Clean Match Winners Mudhen Millie and Angel
 
Left: Grand Dame Gold Gabby G Right: Elder Statesmen Bronze Grizzly Bill, Gold Joe Cross, Silver Missouri River Kid
 
Frontier Cartridge Left:  Bronze Charlie T Waite, Silver Backstrap Bill, Gold Yakima Red Right: Gold Lillly Blossom
 
Left: Cowboy Bronze Big Sky Ranger, Gold Donk, Silver Otis  Right: Duelist Gold Noah Regrets, Silver Bugler,  Bronze CC Gunner
 
 Left Silver Senior: Gold Angel, Silver Delilah Bored Right: Senior Bronze No Doc Holliday, Silver Dusty Barrels, Gold Santa Fe Kid
  
Left: Cowgirl Gold Buckskin Lilly, Silver Calamity Cole, Bronze Feisty Cowgirl Right: Buckaroo Gold Swift Lefty (with grandpa Homestake)
 
Left: Forty Niners Gold Lascivious Latigo Silver Rusty Scalpel Bronze Huckleberry Jack Right: Sodbuster Gold Liberty Laurel

Lady Forty-Niner: Gold Honey Jack

Action Pictures
                                     

 

July 8 Combined Cowboy/Wild Bunch Match Results


The Posse
 
Above: Bugler  Below: Sheriff Wild Eyes

Our last combined Wild Bunch/Cowboy Action match went off really well today. We had five shooting Wild Bunch and four shooting Cowboy Action. The day started out pretty comfortable but did get warm about mid stage four. I chose not to shoot today after shooting five clean stages in Powell yesterday but did registration, gave moral support, assistance as a counter, picking brass and of course kept score.

Homestake did an awesome job writing the five stages. The Wild Bunch shot 20 pistol, 10 rifle and 6 shotgun on each stage with Cowboy Action shooting 10 pistol, 10 rifle and 6+ shotgun.

Here is a summary:

Stage 1 - Cowboys shooting at town business signs were taunted with "Good guys shoot straight".

Stage 2 - Bank robbers rebuked by the the bank owner "This bank is owned by Bletchly Gooberpad, a Baptist and a Free Mason".

Stage 3 - Sheriff peers into the local saloon, shakes his head and remarks "So many people with so little purpose".

Stage 4 - Aware of the sheriff's sensitivity, you loudly pontificate "I feel safer in a bull pasture than surrounded by a pack of politicians".

Stage 5 - After several hours imbibing, vision blurry, head hurting you turn to leave seeing nothing but "Green snakes and pink elephants".

A few later adjourned to Fudruckers in the Heights to have a bite to eat and review the match. What a way to end a great day of shooting and camaraderie.

 

June 24 Match: Results


A small but enthused crew

Side match: Team A was Powder River Joe, Latigo, and Shotgun (who happen to be at the left)
Team B was Bugler, Big Jake, and Rusty Scalpel. The nurse and the surgeon contributed to the win, carving the 2x4!
 


June 23 Match: Results


A beautiful day shooting by the shores of Lake Puddledeep. After the invocation specifically asked for a little help,
the weather gave us a gap between the rain before the match and the rain after the match.

   

Angel makes her triumphant return after injury.  Bluewater Ringer back from Arizona.  Shotgun Kegger.

   

New shooter Scalpel - saved Tuco in one stage!  Delilah Bored

 June 10 Cowboy/Wild Bunch Match Results

Posse left to right: Honey Jack, Huckleberry Jack, Solo Browncoat, Homestake Drifter, Sharpie, Latigo and Joe Cross
Our own Pretty-Sharp Seven. Now where's that town with the bandits?

 
 
   

Five stages based on a Bad Day At Bannock were shot today.  Weather started out sunny but cool and ended cool with a sign of showers that didn't materialize.

Characters included in this match are the Banker, Grizzly Bill and the Dummer Gang, Stage 1; Summer Dummer, Stage 2; jail break by the Dummer Gang, Stage 3; the Stoop brothers - cousins of the Dummer Gang, Stage 4 and finally closing the bank and pursuing the Stoop gang you approach their camp to hear them complaining about their take which the smart teller gave them in place of the gold pieces.

Lines used to start each stage were: (1) Happy as a woodpecker with a headache!, (2) Summer Dummer, (3) Piece is cake!, (4) That sure stuck pig meat in the cow pie! and (4) Washers. Washers. We shot our way out of that town for a dollar's worth of steel holes!  This line was in the original Wild Bunch movie.

Even though it was a small posse with Angel and Kari Lynn scoring, counting misses, picking brass and setting targets everyone assisted and had a great time.  Joe Cross even had the best remark of the day for those picking brass "We look like a bunch of birds looking for worms!"

 

Monthly CAS Match May 26 Results


We shot as two posses but we posed as one. Posse poses possess power!
What a fantastic match.  We had 27 shooters today.  Welcome new shooters Solo Browncoat, Calamity Cole and Bellabord.   Stages were provided by Bugler based on Clint Eastwood movies: The Outlaw Josey Wales, Two Mules For Sister Sara, For A Few Dollars More, The Good The Bad and Ugly, and a no name Stage 5.  Providing a challenge were shotgun poppers with flying clays and the Texas Star shot with the shotgun.  There were also new sequences different than regular and Nevada sweeps I.e. Cactus sweep over seven targets. Clock sweep over five targets and an X sweep over five targets.
 
Left: Trying to catch the poppers on camera is almost as hard as catching them with shotguns. Right: Calamity Cole at her first match
 
Left: Sharpie on rifle, Latigo on timer. Right: there's at least some history that Scots in the American West wore kilts sometimes. Either that, or Donk has enrolled at a remarkably progressive Catholic school.
 
Left: Noah Regrets and Buckskin Lily  Right: Grizzlly Bill celebrates Mustang Maddies recital with his own Concerto .44
 
Swift Lefty waits his turn. Right: Packratt has the beard of the week.
 
Left: Bellabored at her first match.  Right: Mudhen Millie. Not her first match!

 

New Shooters class May 5 results

Thirteen students (including the Buckaroo With No Name) participated in the 2018 Introduction to Cowboy Action Shooting Class on May 5, 2018.  Ten of them shot the "Claim Jumpers!" stage.  (Sheriff Wild Eyes and Gypsee already have a match under their belts and we had no .22s or .410 for the Buckaroo With No Name so they did not shoot).

 

John Wesley Hart and The Kaos Kid with Backstrap Bill

   

Deadman Duke with Lily Blossom; Roadklill with Backstrap

 

Bellabored and Sioux Charley

 

Solo Brown Coat and Elmer

 

Fourbits and Righty Bob

 

April Match Main Scores  Side Scores

Mother Nature graced us with a beautiful day for shooting. 18 signed up to shoot the match with Huckleberry Jacks wife assisting by taking pictures and picking brass. Karilynn manned the scoring tablet with both Angel and Lilly Blossom, due to healing from medical issues, assisting as brass pickers and counters.

 

What a day the posse had! The loading table greeted some new friends. On the right, Powder River Joe.

Five stages written by Grizzly Bill with Galloping Swede as Match Director were enjoyed by all. They were based on real life of Little Britches and Cattle Annie, teenage female outlaws who were part of the Bill Doolin Gang. They were excellent horsewomen and markswomen who dressed in men's clothing. They sold whiskey to the Osage and Pawnee as well as engaging in horse theft operating together or alone. They thwarted the law for only two years but proved a challenge to law enforcement and the judicial system. Both were eventually imprisoned at Framington Massachusetts.

 

 

 

I dunno what Homestake had on the line but I guess he never landed it!

So he got more direct with it:

The side match was entitled "25 seconds or less". 13 shooters took up the gauntlet with Eastwood leading the pack with a total time of 21.07.

"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" went to the unloading table immediately afterward. Here's our posse at Montana Rib and Chop House.

March 24th .22 match Results


Couple of latecomers joined after the posse pick - Diamond Pete and Needamore Ammo.
Good to see Pack Ratt!



Diamond Pete meets the Double-Barreled .410


Homestake got a picture of NeedamoreAmmo


Homestake found us a picture of Needamore Ammo

Cowboy Christmas Party


We were greeted by Mustang Maddie and her cello. Which is handy when you're traveling because there's always room for cello


Guests impatient to begin the feast!


Hobnobbery among our friends; a good turnout.
Below: Swift Lefty and Dewdrop did all the work for the White Elephant Exchange and Theft Operation


 

About the Peacemakers

The Montana Territory Peacemakers is a Cowboy Action Shooting� club. We shoot pistols, rifles and shotguns of styles used during the period of the Wild West, roughly 1865-1900. We also wear costumes of the period. We use steel targets and we work to make our shooting safe and fun.

We shoot on the fourth Saturday of each month from April through September and we have some occasional shoots during the winter. Shooting is always a weather-dependent event up here, so keep an eye on the site to see if we're going to have to reschedule a monthly meet.

We also host the Yellowstone Valley Buffalo Stampede, our club annual match, during the fourth week of June each year.

The Rod and Gun Club welcomes visitors to our events, so the gate will be raised when we're shooting and we hope you'll come by for a look -- and maybe to try a stage with us. If you stop for a look and want a little more, we can almost always equip you for a stage to get a feel for our sport. You'll need eye and ear protection on the range, of course, and we'll provide it if you need some. Disposable ear plugs are free but we do ask you to pay $3 for the eye protection. Kind of like 3-D at the movie theater, except we're already in 3-D and you can bring the glasses back next time.

Our email is mtpeacmakers at gmail dot com.