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by on June 28, 2021

CC top and his range Paradise Pass hosted End of Trail, the SASS 2021 World Championship and did not dissapoint. From ASN and the entire Cracker Crew Thank You. He slowed down long enough to play along with the shooter spotlight. Check it out! 


C C Top


Where do you live? (what state or country)

Etna Green, Indiana


When did you start shooting CAS and how did you or who got you into the sport?

I started in 2001 when a shooter named Carver met me and invited me to a match. I went to the match and met Montana Longhair and the rest was history.


Who was your mentor, either known to them or not?

Montana Longhair and Doc Molar

How much do you practice, how many rounds a month do you send down range?

I wish I had time for practice and since Paradise Pass is in my back yard ( no really it is my back yard, lol) you would think I can practice a lot, but with all that goes on here and in our Gun Shop I have zero time for practice. I decided in 2005 when we started Paradise Pass that I would rather be an exceptional range owner instead of a world class shooter. I knew I could do one really well or both half way and I never want to do things half way.


Have you won any state, regional, national or world championships?

I have won a few state championships in Indiana starting in 2006 I think, but to be 100% honest I know I have won a few times but have no idea how many times. I have won Trail Head and Iowa state in category and placed well in many other shoots around the USA.


Tell us about your most memorable match:

Last week when End of Trail was here at Paradise Pass. I didn't shoot well, but that is totally unimportant. It looks like everyone enjoyed it and our range and that to me is what is important.

What is your favorite aspect of CAS?

Hands down the people !!!


Is there a story behind your alias, and what is that story?

I used to be CC Filson, in the beginning because I was a CC Filson clothing dealer and their cloths were from the 1800's. My real first two initials is C C . But the Filso company sold out and the quality went way down hill so I didn't want to be named after them anymore. A friend suggested CC Top since I like old rock and ZZ Top so it was an easy switch.


Do you have a travel/shootin buddy? (you know that friend that makes this game what it is)

CC Top and Deuce Stevens

Deuce Stevens He is also my business partner with We the People Munitions Co. and we are together 7 days a week. Also Montana Longhair who is one of my best and oldest friends. Plus the entire Paradise Pass Crew and another 100 + shooters that I truly love.


Where is your favorite place to shoot? (range or match past or present)

I absolutely love shooting anywhere but if I had to pick one, it would be the Iowa State shoot that JB Kid puts on. Amazing range, excellent stages and just a feeling of family when you roll in.


Have you tried other categories? What categories have you shot and how did that go?

I started day one shooting duelist and did FC Duelist for a year or so but I love duelist and have had no desire to try anything else.


What is you posse job of choice?

T.O. I love helping shooters if they need it and frankly timing calms me down during the match.


What is the time of your fastest clean stage?

16 something


What was the best advice you got from a fellow shooter, and who was it?

Enjoy it or don't do it. Montana Longhair


What advice can you give to some of the shooters reading this?

Shoot while you're here, but focus on the people, that's where the real memories are.


What keeps you playing this game?

The People, the friendships and the laughter is amazing. I stood off in the shadows many times during EOT here last week and just enjoyed watching everyone enjoying each other and spending time together.


What is your favorite thing to do when you are not on the range or shooting?

Travelling with my dogs in the RV. Hunting, spending time with family and friends.


Anything else you would like to add:

Thanks for asking me to take part. Also thank you to all who attended End of Trail this year !!

Like (16)
The Outlaw Travis James
He was an execellent host last week and I could not find any fault with the match, facilities, or the admin. Great job CC.
June 28, 2021
Razorback Red
CC is the rare man who “gets it” and values people, honor, and honesty. He is one of the great examples that make cowboy action the great sport that is is. Great interview and great job at Paradise Pass.
June 30, 2021