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  1. #121
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    The Georgia Shaker SPEC 9.

    The Georgia Shaker has the most colorful and tragic history of any rifle I know.

    This story has been told before but it is worth repeating. If I have some of the details wrong or I've overlooked something please post your remarks here.

    When Bill Calfee built Georgia Shaker for Emery Smith it was a master piece. Emery took it down to Florida and immediately set a state IR 50/50 record with it.

    But as many new owners do they think there is more to be had. Emery with help from friends took the rifle down to the "Barn" in North Carolina and proceeded to tune it.

    The tuning didn't help, as a matter of fact Emery lost all confidence in the rifle.

    Emery called Calfee and told him he thought the barrel went bad.

    Calfee replaced the barrel but that didn't help. Still didn't shoot as Emery thought it should.

    Emery enlisted the help of another well known gunsmith who looked at the gun and claimed the ignition was the problem.

    So here is where the story gets extreme. They took a Flash Turbo pin around spring (PAS) actioned rifle and converted it to a spring around pin (SAP) ignition action.

    This was no small undertaking. It was very hard to do. Not to mention so very very stupid. There is a lesson to be learned here.

    Guys will go to the end of the earth to make a benchrest rifle to shoot, and these guys did.

    But it was all in vane it just wouldn't shoot. This once highly prized, one of seven in the world, Calfee Spec rifles was ruined.

    The rifle disappeared for a long time until William Casey bought it. He had Richard Gorham use other Turbo parts to put it back to PAS ignition. But for whatever reason Casey never shot the rifle much.

    Casey has recently sent the Shaker to Jeff Patterson for a make over.

    Jeff has fit a taper lapped Shilen Octagon barrel, repainted the stock and installed bumpers. The rifle looks amazing.

    The first groups out of this rifle are just as amazing.

    I think we are about to hear a lot more about this Georgia Shaker rifle.

    Note: William Casey is the owner of Chickenfoot rifle range. When you are at Chickenfoot take a look at the Shaker it's worth a glance.

    The lesson I mentioned is simply this. When you receive a new build shoot it enough to really know it. There is a learning curve with every rifle. Find good ammo for it. Don't be too quick to start fixing things.

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    TKH

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    Mike Sherrill wins the Georgia State ARA and Chickfoot Club Tournaments

    Last year (2020) Mike Sherrill won the Georgia State ARA Tournament. Today he won it again, shooting Black Death (Calfee SPEC 5).

    Just to put a foot note on it he also won the Chickenfoot club tournament.

    These two tournaments serve as warm ups for next weekends Professional Shooting League (PSL) and ARA Indoor Nationals tournaments.

    These are two of the most important matches of the winter season.

    I would never try to predict who will win next weekend's matches but it's for sure, Mike wore them out this weekend.

    Congrats Mike, great shooting.

    Looks like that ole Calfee SPEC rifle is still giving them helllll.

    TKH (4628)

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    Mike Sherrill wins the 2021 ARA Indoor Nationals

    Today Mike Sherrill won the ARA Indoor Nationals shooting Black Death.

    Black Death (AKA) Calfee SPEC 5.

    Mike winning isn't very surprising. He does that a lot. A little more surprising is Black Death was built more than 10 years ago and still winning.

    Great shooting Mike!!!! You the man!!!

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    Congratulations on your 2022 ARA Texas State Championship.

    Larry Parsons is back at it.

    He won the club match and the 2022 ARA Texas State Championship today.

    Paladin is still killing it.

    Congratulations, Larry

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    Flash Ebert The Turbo Rimfire Action

    Larry Parsons was kind enough to send me this picture he took of Flash Ebert's grave.

    As most know Flash created what is now known as the Turbo Rimfire Action. This action, in all of it's configurations is the winningest RFBR action ever created.


    One can argue that the current Di Orio production is the best of the best and I wouldn't argue with that but the original Flash style Turbos are still winning.

    You have to look no further than Larry Parsons and Paladin.

    There have been many individual's that have made RFBR what it is today. Flash is right up there at the top of that list.

    Flash, we miss you buddy.

    TKH (4628)

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  6. #126
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonykharper View Post
    Larry Parsons is back at it.

    He won the club match and the 2022 ARA Texas State Championship today.

    Paladin is still killing it.

    Congratulations, Larry
    Just got back from Midland, the wind conditions were horrible, from 25 to 30 mph. Congratulations to Larry Parsons, Texas State Winner, but to show how bad the wind was, his high card score was 1900-5x and total score 11050-39x
    I was lucky and came in second with a total score of 10900-37x almost got him but my first card got me.
    Sunday's match was almost a repeat of Saturday.
    Evelio.

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    I had the good fortune

    Quote Originally Posted by tonykharper View Post
    Larry Parsons was kind enough to send me this picture he took of Flash Ebert's grave.

    As most know Flash created what is now known as the Turbo Rimfire Action. This action, in all of it's configurations is the winningest RFBR action ever created.


    One can argue that the current Di Orio production is the best of the best and I wouldn't argue with that but the original Flash style Turbos are still winning.

    You have to look no further than Larry Parsons and Paladin.

    There have been many individual's that have made RFBR what it is today. Flash is right up there at the top of that list.

    Flash, we miss you buddy.

    TKH (4628)

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    Of visiting Flash and he giving me a tour of his shop. Gene Beggs took me there when I was out to visit him and shoot in his tunnel.

    Pete

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    Spec 13 is in West Virginia

    Larry Got DJ`s two Calfee Rifles Spec 13 & The Black Rifle! Flash told him to do it and he did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick Willy View Post
    Larry Got DJ`s two Calfee Rifles Spec 13 & The Black Rifle! Flash told him to do it and he did!
    I spoke to Larry last night and he said he talked to DJ. DJ told him he had hardly shot Carolina Gold. Said the old black gun was so good he used it.

    I understand Carolina Gold is going straight to Jeff Patterson and Bill Calfee for a check up. It will be interesting to see what they think of this very special rifle.

    TKH (4628)

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    Parsons and Paladin in Paducah!

    If Paducah got the weather that came that came through my little part of Kentucky earlier, it had to have been tough shooting conditions.

    Five out of five wins so far this year ain't bad!

    And with Parsons acquiring ANOTHER Calfee Spec rifle, along with another Calfee that's not a Spec rifle, how far can he go?

    Take care,

    Greg



    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Calfee View Post
    Congratulations Larry "Paladin" Parsons....


    Friend Larry "Paladin" Parsons:


    Congratulations on your 6 Card Club Match win today in Paducah, Kentucky.



    To kick out a 2241.666 Agg in that cold and wind is amazing....


    And you won 4 of the 6 targets outright, to boot......



    Larry, you've competed in 5 Matches this year and won them all....and all in double tough conditions....


    If my math is correct that's 100%.....


    Attachment 4550


    Your LBK and pistol fool friend, Bill Calfee

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    Calfee SPEC 7 Paladin

    For the last year we have seen what Larry Parsons has done with Paladin. He has champagned the rifle across the country and set ARA point records with it.

    He is a threat everywhere he shoots with Paladin.

    With that said Larry, just had a new barrel put on Paladin.

    Alan Belvins did the work. Alan has worked on some of the best rifles in the country.

    Larry says he has as much confidence in the rifle now as he has ever had.

    Many believe the heart and soul of a rifle is the barrel. We will be watching closely how Paladin performs in the future.

    TKH (4628)

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