Grab Your Members Only Jackets and Ray-Bans, Retro Wave Shooting Has an Official Match Date and Location

Luis Valdes – TTAG

We noted in an earlier post that nostalgia is creating a new type of shooting sport.

In years past, Cowboy Action Shooting became very popular and was actually the largest form of shooting sports outside of the traditional games like trap and skeet. The Baby Boomer generation grew up on westerns starring John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, Gary Cooper, Roy Rogers and Audie Murphy. That drove a desire for all things cowboy.

Courtesy A. Valdes

Well, Gen X-ers and Millennials are starting to influence the market, too. As someone on the border between being between GenX-er and a Millennial (early ’80s brat), I can honestly say that right now, there is a rising interest in my age group of shooters who that want to emulate and re-create a lot of what they experienced in their youth.

The trend has progressed enough now that Retro Wave Shooting now has a location and date for its first match (click here to see match rules).

What exactly is Retro Wave Shooting? It is a new shooting league set in the era of fast cars, colorful threads, and jamming synthwave music. It is a way to pay homage to the action movies, TV shows and real life events of years past.

The idea is to relive the 70s/80s/90s in a fun, safe, and inclusive way. Unlike Cowboy Action Shooting, costumes aren’t required. All that’s needed is the right mindset, safe firearms handling, and a smile on your face.

Personally, I’m going to compete in the Poly-Blend Division to honor my father who was a cop back in 1980s Miami.

My father during those days in Miami (Luis Valdes for TTAG)

Except I’ll use my Smith & Wesson Model 64 .38 Special 4″ service revolver and my Ruger Mini-14 GB stainless rifle instead of the Beretta and Remington 870 he carried back then.

Courtesy A. Valdes

There are other divisions that let you shoot just about anything you want. The Ballistic Nylon Division is a catch-all for folks who just really want to have a blast. The rules for that division state the following;

Rimfire ammunition not allowed

Any safe, functional period-correct weapons and accessories are allowed, including select-fire, autoloading shotguns, and period-correct magazines, sights, optics, and bi-pods.

BN competitors must retain a fixed-blade knife with at least a 6” blade during all courses of fire or face continual stinging ridicule.

A location and have have been selected. Where? Talon Range in Midway, Florida on September 28 & 29, 2019.

Courtesy John David of Talon Range

Talon is a fantastic outdoor shooting range with seven individual handgun ranges, 12 ranges for pistols or rifles, 6 competition ranges, 100-yard rifle range, 400-yard rifle range, three steel reactive ranges, archery, a 10-station sporting clays course, and trap/skeet/5-stand ranges. In fact, you can check out some of the range and do a virtual tour of the shooting bays on Google Maps.

They currently host Cowboy Action Shooting, IDPA, USPSA, GSSF, 3-gun, rimfire/centerfire steel matches, and bowling pin matches, so Retro Wave will be right at home. The owners and staff are very supportive of the Second Amendment and personally speak in support of pro gun issues at the Florida Capitol and North Florida area Town Halls.

So grab your white linen suit, chromed-out S&W 586, and Ray-Bans because it looks like the big shooting event will be held in the Sunshine State.

Courtesy of crzapy –

They even have a Facebook Event sign up page.


  1. avatar Ing says:

    “…must retain a fixed-blade knife with at least a 6” blade during all courses of fire or face continual stinging ridicule.”

    This event sounds like a hoot. Too bad I’m as far away from Florida as you can get without leaving the US…

      1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:


    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Me too.

  2. avatar Michael says:

    …only one? -30-

  3. avatar Geoff "they *finally* brought the EDIT button back..." PR says:

    Dang, now I really regret selling my stainless Mini-14 ranch with the same exact folder as the one on your GB…

    Hey, Luis – Does your ’14 dent your brass on the neck when it ejects?

  4. avatar AlanInFL says:

    Hmm, I guess I need to bring out my Bushy XM heavy barrel carbine out and a Gen 2 Glock 23.

  5. avatar enuf says:

    The guns and challenging marksmanship are fun but the playing dress-up never did appeal to me.

    1. avatar Bob says:

      I guess you didn’t read. The article states that shooting in costume isn’t a requirement.

  6. avatar Craig in IA says:

    Florida? Going to be a lot of portly guys trying to dress like Sonny Crockett. (Kind of like they did back around 1985…) Maybe this will help Brownell’s sell off some of that “retro AR” stuff they have in the retail store now. LOTS!

    What I really like is keeping things simple so there’s no race to outspend the next person on the equipment. (Clothing might be another matter.) Of course, as old as some of us are we really don’t have to go out and buy anything new, either.

    1. avatar Dave Lewis says:

      I’ve got the guns (Smith 686, Mossberg 500 and Ruger Mini) but any clothing I might have from that era have mysteriously shrunk. Something about the air in closets and attics!

    2. avatar Dr. Blue says:

      You IA guys don’t get out of the cornfields much.

  7. avatar M1Lou says:

    Now this sounds like fun. I have an M16A1 clone I am building, but I also have a Galil I put together that could be used. For handgun I would go with my CZ-75 non B or my 1980s made FN Hi-Power. I need a period correct shotgun now and I would be set. I see you can choose either shotgun or rifle, but both are encouraged. I might have to look into this. Direct flights from where I live are available fairly cheap.

    For inspiration, some guns from Miami Vice:

  8. avatar Hoyden says:

    Bren 10 or GTFO

    1. avatar Madcap_Magician says:

      Bren 10 would be a no-go because period correct would have no magazines!

  9. avatar Nanashi says:

    “period-correct magazines”

    So much for ARs in that category. Does anyone even make black follower mags anymore?

    1. avatar Bob says:

      I think period correct simply means metal AR mags and not Gen 3 Pmags.

  10. avatar Deliverance says:

    I’ll get a MAC clone and join in!

  11. avatar strych9 says:

    And the entrance fee is exactly how much nose candy?

    1. avatar Deliverance says:

      Now we’re talkin!

  12. avatar 22winmag says:

    Will an air-conditioned break room be provided?

    If so, will episodes of the A-team, Hunter, and Miami Vice be playing on a big ol’ CRT television?

    Hell, the break room might be a bigger draw than the shoots.

    1. avatar Deliverance says:

      An air conditioned break room- that you can smoke in.

      1. avatar 22winmag says:


        Except for the Permit Nazis and OSHA thugs kicking down the door, guns drawn, to protect you from the secondhand smoke.

        1. avatar MyName says:

          I think second hand smoke has gotten a bad rap. When I was younger, second hand smokes a aphrodisiac.

        2. avatar MyName says:

          Dammit, edit button still not working for me. *was a*

        3. avatar 22winmag says:

          *was AN aphrodisiac*

          I was a professional proofreader way back when. Good comment though. They can have my childhood memories of smoke-filled diners when they pry them from my cold, dead brain.

        4. avatar MyName says:

          Yeah, I noticed that right after I posted but didn’t want to edit my edit.

  13. avatar Wood says:

    I love wayfarers but they’re no-go for eye-pro! I grew up in the Keys, yeah I had a members only jacket in the 80s. High top silver and black Nike’s. Fat laces. T shirts that said “F the whales, save the bales.” Fish 8 days a week. Who knew the state of fishing today would be so poor? Could you climb a gumbo limbo tree? Damn right I could.

  14. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    Totally WOULD. My Smith 66 would be a hoot coming out of the safe as would my Ithaca 37. I’d end up having to get one of the Uzi Carbines going as well although for something like this I wish I had a MAC.

  15. avatar Cuteandfuzzybunnies says:

    This sounds totally bitchin!

  16. avatar Karl says:

    … I love it when a plan comes together.

  17. avatar jross says:

    Awww hell yeah let’s go get those Branch Davidians!

  18. avatar Matt o says:

    Tough choice between my BHP & FAL or sw19 & 870. This sounds like fun

  19. avatar Geoff says:

    Well, I’m in South Carolina, so Florida not that far. Fixed blade knife? Do they mean like a Bowie or hunting knife? The only firearms that I could use for the BN division that I have are a 1952 Yugo 8mm. Mauser, a 1942 Savage Enfield No.4 MKI*, a couple 91/30 Mosins and a 1955 M1 Garand. All original. (A restored to period correct Enfield 1918 SMLE MKIII* but can only shoot original ammo. Fails NO GO, passes FIELD)
    I do have a 20 Gauge pump but I would have to remove the Red Dot.
    Rifle over .354 Caliber? Kind of limits it, doesn’t it?
    I’ll look into and see if maybe I want to go.

  20. avatar Geoff says:

    Some of those rules are rather vague. What do they mean, Rifle: 9X19 or more powerful? Caliber or foot-pounds? I went and read all the rules and honestly I’m confused about them. Chances are I won’t go since I have no idea what I’ll be doing in September.

  21. avatar Hranicka Propast says:

    Brooks Brothers suit, Model 29 in .44, Gargoyles and attitude. I’d be all over it.
    “Go ahead….”

  22. avatar Who? says:

    CZ-97 or older EAA witness in .45 acp ok?

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