The day started for us at HomePlace at 06:00 AM. It was time for 'final assembly'. The sign was placed by the road to make finding us easier. Considering I still pass the entrance at night on occasion that's important.
Hangman set up his kitchen and got the fire started so he would have coals for his dutch ovens. Matt rolled in a bit before 07:00 and started with last minute arrangements, including getting the track back on the bulldozer AGAIN and moving it out of the right of way.
The first arrivals rolled in a few minutes before 09:00. They were met at the parking area by our gas powered stage coach, aka 1953 Dodge M-37. From there they were taken to registration where by Helene.
From registration folks headed either to the Ace In The Hole (non-alcoholic) Saloon or to Hangman's cook fire for breakfast.
Not surprisingly when I started setting up the firearms display folks started drifting over.
Over the next hour I covered the firearms development from 1400 give or take to 1899. Then it was time to move to the range.
We started with checking everyone out on a double barrel 12 gauge shotgun, a Winchester 1894 lever action lever action carbine in .45 Colt and a single action revolver in .45 ACP. Fur Cat is helping with scale.
My intention was to break for lunch as soon as everyone had qualified, but at least half of them came back with more ammo for a second round.
Before the main event folks had a chance to try out other firearms from the line up. A replica English Matchlock was one of the most popular.
Our good friend Susan brought a Savage .22/.410 combo gun that had belonged to her Step Dad. I have always wanted one of these. Several of us, myself included, had a ball shooting this one.
Folks could have spent quite a while trying out old west rifles, shotguns and handguns but it was pumpkin time!
The hulking orange orbs formed a skirmish line. We stood our ground.
I'm pretty sure we made the first move.