The Birth of a shooting club.
Name: Indian Territory Single Action Shooting Society
Date Of Birth: September 13, 1992
Responsible Party: Jim “Shawnee” Horn & Butch “Bodie” Brandt
Place: Strang, Oklahoma
Size: 35 shooters
This all began in July, 1989 when the Horns (Jim “Shawnee” and Lucinda “Windblown”) went on vacation to NRA Whittington Center in Raton, New Mexico. The Old West Shooting Association (OWSA) was having their annual shoot. Shawnee loving anything that involves guns had to investigate what all the shooting was about. He came upon a group of people dressed the “Cowboy way” where Shawnee meets Bill and Dorothy Hahn along with other members of OWSA. Upon inquiring about what the shooting is about Shawnee is invited to try it out, a gun is put in the hands of Shawnee and fun he did have and from that moment on as the saying goes “The rest is History.”
Shawnee was so taken and excited about th thought that a club could be formed in Oklahoma. With the prospect of a club in mind Shawnee and Windblown got busy making props ( steel targets, jail house, saloon, bank, donkeys, cactus, etc.) of course along with the sawing and hammering Shawnee has his mind on other things such as a name for the club. After a few days Shawnee came up with Indian Territory Single Action Shooting Society. Some of the props that are used today came from talented Bill Hahn of OWSA. Our mascot the “Vulture” was one of Hahn’s designs and Shawnee and Windblown were given permission to adopt. Hahn made so many new props each year for OWSA that soon they were overrun. Hahn spoke with Shawnee and offered him the props for ITSASS, if not taken by ITSASS the props would become a bon fire. So with trailers in tow some ITSASS members made the trip to Raton NM. to haul back their treasures.
In the mean time vacations are still being taken by Shawnee and Windblown, where else but to Raton NM. for more shoots and ideas. Shawnee had hopes of getting a club going by now, which is July 1992, but it was not coming together as he had hoped. Well on this trip to the OWSA annual shoot Shawnee meets Butch “Bodie” Brandt and finds out that Bodie originally from California had moved to Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Soon after returning from Raton, NM. Shawnee called Bodie to discuss the possibility of a club in Oklahoma. The two met but Bodie was not too keen on starting a club because of the work involved to get going. Shawnee shows Bodie what props & targets have been made, Also tells Bodie of a name he has come up with “Indian Territory Single Action Shooting Society” Bodie seems to like it and finally Shawnee and Bodie are agreeable on the name, also known as ITSASS, Oklahoma’s original old west shooting club. The next step was to find a place to shoot and then to advertise soon as a date was settled on for a shoot.
The first shoot was held at a gravel pit in Strang, Oklahoma on September 13, 1992. The first shoot turn out was great, 35 shooters from Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma. The gravel pit soon proved to be too small to hold the shoots and so a search began for a place. Bodie found a place in Sapulpa, The Pistol Silhouette Club. This place was bigger but if it rained or snowed it was a really tough place to get in and out of.
Shawnee would like to thank all ITSASS members who have helped with construction, repairs and donation of their equipment, tools and supplies also those who have taken on the task of officers, committees and all helpers. Won’t mention names as I’m sure I would forget someone and wouldn’t want to hurt any one.
Your help has made this club a success and a great family place.
Thank you all
Jim “Shawnee” Horn