In the year 1993 Geoff Herbst going by the
alias of Cutter organized a two day CAS match. The two-days were
held twice a year at the Warsaw Rifle and Pistol club just west of
Staring 1996 matches were changed to a one day
monthly format. Something about grown men reliving their youth and
replacing the pretend finger guns with real guns was drawing up to
40 participates. There were four permanent bays with western store
fronts and a fifth temporary bay and the end of the long range
Cutter, Carver, Cowboy, Midnite Desperado,
Montana Longhair, Thorny Rose and Willy Brown were the core group
that kept the matches running.
On December 8th of 1996 Cutter came
in from work, sat down and died of a heart attack. While waiting in
the receiving line at Cutter’s funeral, cowpokes discuss what was to
become of the CAS matches? It was agreed that the matches would
continue and that Midnite Desperado and Thorny Rose had
“volunteered” to be the organizers.
In 1997 the group affiliated with SASS and in
honor of its Founder Cutter (Geoff Herbst) became known as Cutter’s
The Warsaw Rifle and Pistol club were great
hosts but the four permanent bays had a small problem. Any shots
over the berm would send lead over a busy road and into the
neighboring gravel pit; the result would be a MDQ. Along with no
space for additional stages and the limited parking was also a
Towards the end 2005 the original members
Midnite Desperado, Thorny Rose, Montana Longhair along with Lil Sis,
C.C. Top, and Dru Red Blood started the plan of relocating to
Paradise Pass. The winter’s single digit temperatures were braved
by a passel of volunteers and a town was built.
7 stages (Sponsorship from local business),
Gunsmith, Cantina, Undertaker, Saloon, Butcher Shop, Fort Squeak and
the Blacksmith Shop. 5 of the stages are actual buildings, 1 stage
is the typical front wall only and the Fort has four fortified
walls, second floor sentry post and cannon. And there’s the heated
Club house for registration, awards presentation with kitchen and in
the near future indoor Ladies facilities with shower and of course
the essential outhouse with all the modern features available in
1880s. March of 2006 the first match was held by Cutter’s Raiders
in the Town of Paradise Pass.
Summer of 2005 the Deer Creek Conservation Club
in Jonesboro, Indiana asked for a year’s break from hosting the
Indiana Hoosier Ambush state match, SASS approved Cutter’s Raiders
application to host.
3 more stages were quickly built. Sheriff’s
Office, Mad Montana’s mine and the Open Range. Cutter's
Raiders hosted 150 shooters at the first Indiana State Hoosier
Ambush at Paradise Pass.
Since then Stage 6 was rebuilt as the General
Store & Barber Shop and Fort Squeak replaced the Open Range.
50 to 60 Shooters a month came out to keep the steel targets in
January 24, 2013 the Mayor of Paradise Pass
announced the dissolution of Cutter' Raiders.
It was a good 20 year run.
Thank you Midnite Desperado and Thorny Rose for
your dedication, patience, planning, organizing, computerizing and
putting up with a bunch of adults pretending to be Cowpokes.