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14 Thursday, September 11, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Kenneth Sumpter (akaJack Malone, gunfighter) looks like he just stepped out of the 19th century. Hat, vest, chaps, boots and spurs are modeled on the 18th Century style of Jack Malone. The costume adds to the fun and feel of stepping back in time when life was simpler, the pace less hectic and a man was only as good as his word. Like the cosaune, Sumpter's firearms: revolvers, lever action dries and double barreled side by side, pre-1899 pump or lever a_ion shotguns lXeserve the flavor of the 1800s. The fuearms are maintained in top condition and used in single action shooting competitions. In fact, Sumpter is far from unique. He has joined thousands of others who are making Cowboy Action Shooting one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. The Single Action Shooting Society (SASS), founded in 1987, has grown from 2,000 members in 1992 to over 7,000 in 1996 with over 100 affiliated clubs. What makes a fifty-something man want to dress up in an 1800s costume and shoot antique (or antique replica) firearms? Sumpter grins boyishly and says, "You never get too old to play cowboy." Sumpter says, "I've been around guns all my life. I like shooting, and when I couldn't bowl anymore (due to a back injury) I I I II IIH IIHI Bishop Veterinary Hospital  Tonopah Clinic Dr. Linda will be in Tonopah September 17 1 Front downstairs office-42 Belmont St. II I Appointments/Info, Call 482-6458 after 5 p.m. II I Dr. Linda will be in everv oth0r Wednesdav I| [ $ a.m.- I p.m.: Dogs, cats and other small animals, 1| I including spays, neutering, dentistry, minor surgery, etc. II 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.: Horses, cows, etc. 1| I NIGHT CLINIC 1 [ kl IrTonopah 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m.  1 I Round Mountain: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. tl J, "-', .. Sawn. eates as Tonopah Clinic _ I__ J I could still pick up a rifle, so I decided shooting would he my sport." Always fascinated by the romance of the wild west, Cowboy Action Shooting attracted his interest. He and his wife, Penny (aka Six Gun Penny), attended the Nevada State Cowboy Action Shooting Championship in Pahr- ump in mid-January. Already acquainted with the shooting sport and atwacted by the old west flavor and the friendly people, the Pahrump event fueled Sumpter's interest. Long time members of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the couple joined SASS. The closest SASS affiliate club was in Las Vegas. Sumpter decided there were enough like-minded folks in Pahrump to form alocal club. Hecontacted SASS and obtained the information needed to establish the Pahrump Cowboy Shooters Association. Sumpter is founder and president. Ralph Henderson (aka Rusty Pots) serves as vice president. JeffGiese(aka Sling Shot Pete) is treasurer. Six Gun Penny is secretary, and Margo Molampy (aka Big Nose Kate) is club historian. The new club currently numbers about ten members and is on the grow. 'q'he big thing is just getting the word out so people know about the club," Sumpter says. He'll be doing just that during Harvest Festival when he will ride his appaloosa horse, Jake, in the parade. Friend, neighbor and fellow club member John Molampy (aka Bisbee Kid) will carry a club banner. The rest of the time the two will be at The Pahrump Cowboy Shooters booth to encourage others to join them in their favorite sport. A shooters club needs aplace to shoot. Several times Sumpter tlxmght he had found a #ace, then it would fall through. Finally, he contacted the Bureau of Land Management, and was successful in obtaining a shooting range. The range is off Highway 95, five miles north of Highway 160. A banner and a sign will be posted on the gate when the club has its first meet the last weekend of October. The targets used in Cowboy Action Shooting are unique. Each target is actually a stage set with a story. For example, the scene might be villains attacking a homestead trying to steal the cattle and chickens and rob the homesteader/cowboy. The shooter will use all three types of firearms: pistols, rifle and shotgun to dispatch the bad guys. Theclock starts when the shooterpicks up the weapon which he usually has to load. The shooter with the best time wins. APPOINTMENTS WEEKL Jan McDonald, M.D. Dermatology Clinic of Nevada, Ltd. Harvard Medical School & Mayo Clinic Trained at Summit Family Health Care 1151 S. Hwy 160 Pahrump Station Call: 727-5509 Pahrump Medical Center 1501 E. Calvada Call: 727-6060 For Insurance/Billing Questions Call 1-800- 752-4338 Diseases of Skin Discoloration Diseases of Hair Psoriasis Skin Cancer Cosmetic Laser Acne Surgery Spider Veins Chemical Peels Wrinkles , Hair Restoration Skin Surgery Nail Disorders Moles Eczema Shooting scenarios are limited only by the imaginations of the club members. Well, maybe also by the availability of materials and craftspeople to assemble them. This is a big challenge fora new club. The club welcomes all volunteer materials and help. Sponsors, too, are needed to provide prizes and trophies. Gift certificates, belt buckles, dinners and other prize donations will be gratefully accepted. The club will have fund raiser breakfasts at their day meets. Other meals will be available for weekend events. The club is already looking ahead to sponsoring an annual meet that will bring shooters from other areas to Pahrump. Why do club members adopt aliases? It's fun to become a character from the old west. It's also a great way to put all participants on equal footing. Cowboy Action Shooters are doctors, mechanics, stock brokers, janitors, people coverit a broad spectrum of occupations and lifestyles. No one knows or cares. They are known by their alias and often never even know competitor's real names, much less their occupations. Costumes? Again, it' s fun, and a good way to depict your character. Some members enjoy the costume contests more than the shooting. In fact, some members aren't shooters, but love the play acting. Aren't the firearms dangerous? Yes, all firearms are. Safety training is mandatory and adherence to all safety rules is strictly enforced. The f'uearms prior to 1850 are cap and ball also known as black powder. This is what Clint Eastwood used in "The Outlaw Josie Wales." Brass firearms date from 1850 to 1899. All firearms must be original or replicas of firearms dating prior to 1900. Who can join? Everyone who has an interest in preserv- ing and promoting the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting and who enjoys the romance of the old west. This is a family sport. It' s a sport that can be started young, and remember, "You are never too old to play cowboy." For more information contact Ken Sumpter at 727-0360 evenings and weekends, or visit him at the Pahrump Cowboy Shooters Harvest Festival booth. Ron Adams /I