Story of the Dooley GangTM
People often ask how the Dooley GangTM was started and, more importantly, what does it mean to be a Dooley GangTM member. There are many stories/rumors so we decided to document the history for all to see.
What’s with the name?
The Dooley GangTM started quite by accident really. In 2004, an old 1988 Bluebird bus was purchased by T-Bone Dooley and Shotgunner to fix up for traveling to shoots. The first big trip was to End of Trail that year. A group of shooting pards climbed in the old Bluebird and took a road trip, 27 1/2 hours non- stop from Clarksville to Norco, CA. After arriving in California, other pards remarked that “the gang” had actually made it in the old bus. The name stuck and a legend was born.
The core Dooley GangTM is a group of close-knit pards that travel to shoots together spreading fun and goodwill. The original members included T-Bone & Red Dooley, Shotgunner & Bois d’Arc Jean, Ringo Fire & Buffy Logal, Mountain Pop & Mamaw Beene, Amos Moses, Slim Jim, and Nuttin’ & Honey B. Graceful.
During 2005, the gang started to travel to more and more shoots. Everywhere we went the name Dooley GangTM was referenced and, as you now know, it stuck like tar.
In 2004, we wanted to be able to pick each other out in a crowd. Mamaw Beene made matching shirts and Honey B. Graceful embroidered personalized wild rags for the group and it worked like a charm. Work schedules prevented the special- recognition clothing for EoT 2005, so we went shopping in the vendor tents when we arrived. One vendor had several sets of armbands in one color, purple. She also graciously offered to make more that evening. So the color was actually chosen by a vendor’s inventory.
In 2006, Mamaw Beene designed what we consider the perfect armband. The armband can be tied on practically any arm. (Click here for instructions for making your own Dooley GangTM armband.)
As the name and recognition grew, we had pards ask us if they could be in the Dooley GangTM too. Surprised that people were actually interested, we happily accepted them in and the Gang grew by a couple of dozen purple armbands at every shoot.
Then in mid-2006 the Dooley GangTM received its first fan letter. Unfortunately, it was unsigned so we only know them as “The Truth.”
Sharing this fan letter, we had an unbelievable number of shooters that wanted to be a part of the Dooley GangTM and our numbers skyrocketed. Ringo Fire was appointed our promotional director to keep track of all the Dooley GangTM members. Click here for our current list of members. If you don’t see your name and you have been inducted, please contact Ringo Fire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Becomea Member of the Dooley GangTM
Membership is simple. If you are one that lives by the standards list below then all you need to do is ask. Dooley GangTM members do not ask others to join for several reasons, most of which is that you should to want to be a member, not feel obligated to accept membership when asked. Any current Dooley GangTM member can induct a new member as long as they agree with and live by the Dooley GangTM Covenant.
· Wear a purple armband to every shoot you attend.
· Let shooters know about your experience with other Dooley GangTM members.
· Always live by the “Cowboy Way.”
· Live and let live.
· Have fun and remember that SASS as a game, not a sport.
· Work hard on your posse and help where you can.
· Be fair to everyone regardless of their class or level of shooting.
· Help out new shooters. They are helping to keep the game alive.
· Tell people what you know if it can help them become a better shooter.
· Vote “no” for unnecessary restrictions and rules. More rules are like more laws, they are often misinterpreted and nearly impossible to abolish.
· Try to make it to the Badlands Bar 3 annual match, Comin’ at Cha, at least once in your life.
Purple fabric, as many yards as you want
fabric out, keeping the fold.
(Photos to come.)
and now PAWN!
T-Bone Dooley, Owner
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