Western Iowa Border Agents

3 Aug

When I visited the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo the end of May this year, I saw some men dressed in cowboy gear, period clothing of the real Wild West, and not the movie glamorized version of it. Jon Simonsen explained to me he and some friends were participating in the town’s rodeo parade by re-creating a jail break during the parade. And they did. Jon and others are members of the Western Iowa Border Agents club and participate in what is called Western Action shoot outs. They are committed to historical authenticity for the period of 1865-1899 and periodically perform re-enactments and hold cowboy shoots where their fire live ammo at a range with a variety of safety procedures in place. But to participate, the members must dress the part, and the fire arms must be authentic or authentic replicas of period weapons.

Literature from the group states: “Our authenticity is what make us unique from other shooting organizations. Or, as we say, we’re ‘period-correct.’ Our dress, including everything from our hats down to our boots, is what you would find in the Old West during the post-Civil War era, from 1865-1899. That includes out guns too. You will find both smokeless and black powder shootists who are not so fast.” The group has a good time enjoying a sport together and leaving the stress of every day lives at the gate as they enter a different world. Photographs from the recent cowboy shoot for the Western Iowa Border Agents are here.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

2 Responses to “Western Iowa Border Agents”

  1. Michele Linck August 20, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    Jerry, this is an awesome story. Who knew that such a club even existed. Very interesting and fun shooting. Thanks for sharing it.

    • jerrymennenga August 20, 2012 at 10:39 pm #

      Thanks. I was surprised myself. A nice bunch of guys.


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