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2012 AZSA World Championship Review

~September 16th, 2012

They converged on the high plains of Colorado, square jawed men in suits and fedoras along with an array of flappers and molls. Both the men and ladies were packing iconic weapons of the gangster era, including the legendary Thompsons, 1911 pistols, revolvers, and shotguns. In the blink of an eye it was a scene from the early 1930s. The law and the lawless again appeared at the designated time and place to keep an appointment with destiny. Names like Capone, Dillinger, Hustler, Dutch, Frank Hamer, G-Man, and many others, did battle, not against each other, but rather in a contest of fun and skill. Ladies also participated in the six side matches of skill highlighting different types of period firearms and eight main match stages, called “capers”. These capers, which could be from a script of a Hollywood gangster film or a Dashiell Hammett novel, challenged the shooters’ skills and instincts. Shooters were pitted against an array of targets suited for their rifles, handguns, and shotguns.

For two and a half days the Colorado Rifle Club and the American Zoot Shooters Association’s 1st Precinct hosted the 2012 AZSA World Championships. During the first day of the match, a number of side matches took place including long range rifle and some close range pistol and revolver matches. The second day was the venue for four main match capers and some special speed matches for rifle (Thompsons or similar pistol caliber carbines), pistol or revolver, and shotgun.

The third day consisted of the remaining four capers and the awarding of prizes. There was a long list of outstanding sponsors; including Auto-Ordnance, Aimpoint, Bushnell, Cylinder & Slide, Mernickle Holsters, D Bar J Hat Company, Rim Rock Bullets, Chey-Cast Bullets, Surefire, Tuffy Security Products, Run-N-Iron Customizing, FMG Publications, Aspen Filly’s Merchandise and Slickbald Customs.

While the altitude and heat were challenging for us out of town folks, the camaraderie and fellowship of the zoot shooters was amazing. About 40 shooters participated in the match. One Zoot Shooter (“Dutch”) traveled from The Netherlands to participate, others came from around the U.S., Washington State, Nebraska, and Kansas were also represented. There was plenty of help and assistance, as well as great conversation. The refreshments and lunch vendor was a local 4-H shooting club, their support was excellent. As a side note, a new and very nice looking AZSA t-shirt was on sale at the match and will be available on the website soon.

The main match winners included John Dillinger, The Swede, G-Man, The Kid, and John Smith. Queenie and G-Moll were top ladies. There were numerous winners in the different categories of the side matches. Congratulations to all the winners and participants. Please check out the photo gallery for pictures of the event; and see the AZSA Facebook page for some great videos posted by Ike Hildum.

Of course, there are not enough words to thank the organizers of this event. Their detailed planning and hard work was reflected in how smooth everything went, from registration to the end of the match. The host club, The 1st Precinct, did an exemplary job in supporting the match. The growing community of Zoot Shooters has a great deal of talent and experience which translates into great events and a great time.

The Enforcer
AZSA member #55

Check out his blogs at Old School Guns

Copyright 2012 AZSA.


One Response to “2012 AZSA World Championship Review”

  1. the Deacon says:

    Thanks for the great write up, we are planning on being there next year for vacation!

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