Town Folk Alley
Town Folk Alley or TFA as we call it in the club is our version of an "open house".
Once a month or so we gather together to share our hobby with the general public. Club members dressed in period correct clothing (part of the fun) set up the shooting gallery and let guests try their hand at coyboy fast draw.
We provide everything you need, the hardware, the ammo, a bit of safety training and even a few pointers before you step up to the line to see if you can hold your own.
So don't be shy - come on out and giv'er a try.
Even younger shooters love the sport
Our current youngest member "Texas Slinger" aka Cooper, came out for our first TFA. He is already a contender.
A sport for everyone...
Whiskey Delta from the "Big Thicket Bushwackers" club and who just happens to be the current men's Texas State champion helps a guest give it a go.
The next batch of shooters
Waiting their turn the next batch of shooters talk with CFDA shooters and get pointers before they shoot.
it's also a spectator sport!
Watching is half the fun... Guests waiting their turn to give it ago are entertained just watching others shoot.
"Red Rock" Lending a hand...
Red Rock helping a guest see how fast she really was...
Some of the Big Thicket Bushwackers
Another South Texas CFDA club "The Big Thicket Bushwackers" came out to our 1st Town Folk Alley to help show our guests what CFDA is all about. A huge thank you goes out to them! But then again... that's what this sport is about. Good folk helping when needed, it's what we do.
What to expect
The typical round of shooting goes down in the following manner:
The announcer will call your alias (name) and what lane you are shooting on.
After checking with the hand judges and confirming the shooters are ready to compete - the range master will tell the shooters to "load and make ready". When the shooters are ready, the range master will tell the anouncer "the line is ready".
Then the shooters will hear the following commands:
"shooters on the line"
followed by a brief pause and
2-5 seconds after that, the target light will come on and then it is all up to you...
A hit on the target will register a time to the thousandth of a second!
A miss results in a "no time"... We never call it a miss, 'cuz ... well that would just be rude.
In it's simpilest form, the fastest score wins. However it is not necessairly as easy as that to win a match..
A match consists of two shooters competing head to head. The first shooter to win three rounds wins the match.
However, the pressure and eagerness to be fast often cause a shooter to miss and that can lead to multiple rounds in a single matach. Some matches consist of 3 rounds some matches can go as many as 10 rounds. The more rounds, the more pressure seems to build, the more a "No Time" (NT) seems to factor in.
Round 1 - If shooter "X" shoots a .654 and shooter "Y" shoots a .716... the round goes to shooter "X".
Shooter X =1, Shooter Y=0
Round 2 - If shooter "X" shoots a .553 and shooter "Y" shoots a .527... that round goes to shooter "Y"
Shooter X=1, Shooter Y=1.
Thus it is tied 1 to 1.
Round 3 - Shooter "X" shoots a "NT" and shooter "Y" shoots a .825... That round goes to shooter "Y"
Shooter Y=1, Shooter Y=2
Now it is 1 to 2.
Round 4 - Shooter "X" shoots a "NT" and shooter "Y" shoots a "NT"... Neither shooter wins that round.
It remains 1 to 2.
Round 5 - Shooter "X" shoots a .375 and a shooter "Y" shoots a "NT"... This round goes to shooter "X".
Shooter X=2, Shooter Y=2.
It is now 2 to 2.
Round 6 - Shooter "X" shoots a "NT" and shooter "Y" shoots a 2.728... This round goes to shooter "Y".
Thus shooter "Y" wins the match.
The stratagy and FUN part is that even with a hit well over 2 seconds, and it being the slowest shot of the match, by taking their time shooter "Y" won the round...