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Western Action Shooting, Re-enactment, and promotion of the historical Old West heritage of the United States.


The Kansas Vigilance Committee has jurisdiction over the entire State of Kansas, but we do have some renegade Missourians running with us, and we intend to make the occasional raid across the border. Most of the members are around the Kansas City area, but we have people scattered across the state.

Membership in the KVC is open to anyone, and there are no dues. Cowboys being notoriously free with their money, it seems more productive to ask for donations! The KVC has only one elected officer, referred to as the Trail Boss, who also serves as the NCOWS Representative. The current Trail Boss is: Mike Tatham, 8921 E. 59th St., Raytown MO 64133, 816-356-6844,

You can probably see from the above information that the Kansas Vigilance Committee is a pretty informal organization. We don't hold a regular or monthly "stand-up" shoot, as there is plenty of that available. We prefer to meet at irregular intervals at different places to camp in the cowboy manner, and engage in shooting matches that require sharp thinking as well as sharp shooting. Our gatherings so far have featured "woods walk"-type scenarios that require a knowledge of wilderness survival, a keen eye to search out hidden targets in the woods, and a strategy to engage multiple adversaries without getting yourself "killed."

KVC 2019 Calendar of Events

This year's schedule is similar to 2018. It was decided at the November 3rd planning meeting to make an adjustment to shooter fees. We are leaving the fee at $15.00/shooter for non-NCOWS members. NCOWS members will pay $10.00/shooter.

Our shoots are on the fourth Saturdays; safety meeting at 9:30 followed by shooting at 10:00. One exception is the Jerry Barnes Memorial shoot, which will be held the first full weekend in May.

We will send out reminders before each shoot along with details including guns needed and round count.

January 26th: to be held at Duck Creek Dave's (NE of Emporia). Come experience KVC's new Texas Star!!!!! Match Director is Dave Sielert 620-341-1856.

February 23th @ 2:00 PM: Movie Fest at the Brannon's, begins at 2:00. Bring a favorite western and a snack to share. Monica will be serving an evening meal. Monica Brannon 913-232-2736.

March 22-24th, annual NCOWS convention/Old West Trade Show in Davenport, Iowa at the Radisson Quad City Plaza. If you haven't made your reservations, we would encourage you to do so. The information is on page 30 of The Shootist magazine/Winter Issue 2019.

April 27th: to be held at Garnett. Match Director Gerod Wight 785-448-4665.

May 3rd-5th (Fri-Sun): Jerry Barnes Memorial. Shoot to be held at Garnett. Match Directors are John Torrence 620-256-5866 (h) or 785-817-4824 (c) and Mike Tatham 816-518-6476 (c). Friday afternoon side match: "The Texas Star Challenge". Main match on Saturday: "The Adventures of 9 Finger Tom". Sunday morning: Double Action Championship. Travelers may want to make reservations at the Garnett Inn & RV Park 785-448-6800.

June 6th-8th: NCOWS National Shoot, presently scheduled to be held at West Side Sportsman’s Club, Evansville, Indiana.

June 22nd: .22 Match at Duck Creek Dave's (NE of Emporia). Match Director Dave Sielert 620-341-1856.

July 27th: to be held at Dan Carder's, near Polo, MO.

August 24th: Gamblers Shoot to be held at Garnett. Match Directors are Michele Torrence 620-256-5866 (h)/785-817-4823 (c) and Ann Estrada 913-709-9603.

September 28th: Buffalo Shoot near Lebo, KS. Big Bore Match: 30 rounds for score, no sight-ins. Rim-fire Match (.22): 20 rounds for score, no sight-ins. This match will require pre-registration and deposit; more information later. Non-campers may want to make reservations at The Wyatt Earp Inn (less than 10 miles from the range) 620-256-6351. Match Director John Torrence 620-256-5866 (h) or 785-817-4824 (c).

October 26th: Shoot to be held at Garnett. Details later.

November 2nd: annual business meeting at the Brannon's to begin at 5;00; pizza, followed by meeting. Monica Brannon 913-232-2736.

November 23rd: Shoot to be held at Garnett. Anyone wishing to volunteer to host this shoot please contact John Torrence 620-256-5866 (h) or 785-817-4824 (c).

December 8: annual pre-Christmas dinner at 2:00, location to be announced.

Additional Tidbits:
Tent campers are welcome at the shoots.
The May and September shoots have higher shooter fees than the other months. Details will be announced closer to each shoot.
We are excited to have added a Texas Star to our collection of targets.

Click here for map/satellite image & to get directions to KVC's Garnett range from your home.

To get more info on these, or any other KVC activities, Contact Trap or Grizzle Bear.

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