Mattaponi Sundowners: Saturday Match

Howdy, it’s me again,

The Mattaponi Sundowners will be hosting a Cowboy Action match this coming Saturday March 23 at the West Point Gun Club.
Gates will open at 8:00, the safety meeting will be at 9:45, and we start shooting at 10:00
Stages by yours truly are attached.
The forecast is 70% for wet weather.  Sometimes, we load and shoot under tents and sometimes we have to cancel.  We’ll keep an eye on the forecast.
-Swifty McDraw

Mattaponi Sundowners: Weekend Results

Howdy Cowboys and Cowgirls,

Thanks to all for making Gathering on the Mattaponi XVII a success.  Each and every shooter helped us meet our objectives for all of our matches: “Have a safe shoot and have fun“.
In addition to those mentioned yesterday, we thank the setup crew of members (plus a couple of campers) for setting up 3 bays full of props and steel on Friday.  We also thank everyone who helped tear it down today and store it away.
We had 18 clean shooters on day 1, but only 5 were left when the dust settled.  Congrats to Doc Pill Filler, Lefty Spurmaker, Ledford LeRoy, Wildcat Will, and Major Gunz for shooting clean.  Wildcat Will was a little smoky (not ‘clean‘), but a nice breeze took care of that.
There are 5 attachments: 1) clean shooters; 2) results by category; 3) overall “winners list”; 4) overall “winners details”; and 5) Wild Bunch scores.
Congratulations to Cody Maverick for the Wild Bunch side match win and to all of our main match Category winners.
Drum roll please … the Top Overall Cowgirl was J.C. Phoenix and the Top Overall Cowboy and main match winner was Gun-em-Down, who squeaked past Dakota Rambler by 1.52 seconds!  Congratulations! 
Thanks for coming, whether for one day or two.  Hope to see you all at Gathering on the Mattaponi XVIII.
-Swifty McDraw

Mattaponi Sundowners: Saturday Results

Howdy Folks,

The first day of Gathering on the Mattaponi is behind us.  I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.  If you did, be sure to thank Prairie City Slim for writing good stages and Potter County Kid for worrying about (and taking care of) every little thing.  For the Wild Bunch folks, be sure to thank Cody Maverick for organizing the match and writing the stages.
For tomorrow, one or two shooters will be on a different posse to help balance things out.  If you’re one of them, I’ll let you know in the morning.  Otherwise, plan on starting on the same posse and in the same bay that you did today.  Be there in time for the first shot going downrange at 12:30.
Back by popular demand, I have attached the scores for the first 6 stages.  For a bit of trivia or curiosity, I also attached an interesting report available in the scoring system that gives the time durations for each posse and for each stage.  It’s the type of thing that Stage Writers and Match Directors might be interested in.
-Swifty McDraw

West Point Gun Club range closure notification

Hi All,

Very sorry for such a late notification.

West Point Gun Club is hosting the Mattaponi Sundowners annual 2-Day Cowboy Action Match called The Gathering on the Mattaponi. The range will be closed to general use this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the event.

If you would like to come and see what Cowboy Action Shooting is all about, this would be a good time to stop by and check it out.

Sorry for the lateness of this notification and for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you,


Clark Faulconer

Vice President and Membership director

West Point Gun Club

WPGC Double Action Match

WPGC will hold the monthly match tomorrow. Gares open at 8:30 and the match will start at 10:00. We will have great weather and fun. See you tomorrow.

Mattaponi Sundowners: Wild Bunch


The Gathering on the Mattaponi schedule for Saturday includes a Wild Bunch side match after lunch.  Modern and Traditional categories will be available.  Awards will be presented on Sunday after the main match.
If you plan to participate, please review the rules before the match.  The recently-revised 2024 Wild Bunch Shooter’s Handbook is posted here:
Note that, in the Modern or Traditional category, you “May use any SASS legal main match shotgun and any legal main match rifle.”  The Shooter’s Handbook will answer any questions you may have regarding the 1911 model and configuration for each category.
Wild Bunch stages by Cody Maverick are attached.
-Swifty McDraw

WPGC Double Action: Thursday, March 14, 2024

Check out the weather forecast for Thursday: sunny, 44 at 9, 73 at 1. It’s the day we have been waiting for. 
Gates will open at 8:30 and the match will begin at 10:00
Format is the same as previous.
Main frame revolver 144
J-frame 25
1911 24
Please respond to IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND. 
MATCH will be cancelled if we don’t have enough participation. 
I will send a confirmation email on Wednesday between 5 and 7 p.m. to confirm or cancel the match. 
Thanks, Leo (Shinbone)

Mattaponi Sundowners: Gathering Update

Howdy Cowboys and Cowgirls,

Gathering on the Mattaponi is coming up in 11 days.  Here’s who’s coming:
By my count, that’s 53 who registered before the deadline.  Flatboat Bob and Missouri Marshal won’t be shooting Saturday, giving us 51.  We expect to have 48 shooters on Sunday.  We’ll have 3 posses.
Name tags and awards have been ordered, posse assignments are nearing completion, and stage books have been printed.  It’s not too late to sign up, but contact Gary (Potter County Kid) as soon as possible to let him know your plans.
The weekend schedule is attached.  Please check in with me or Gary as soon as you arrive.
See you on March 16th and 17th.
-Swifty McDraw