Relive the Spirit of the Old West
Cowboy Action Shooting is a multi-faceted shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers, pistol caliber lever action rifles, and old time shotguns.
The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, "Old West" style.
It is a timed sport in which shooters compete for prestige on a course of different shooting stages.
Each scenario, as they are called, features an array of situations, many based on famous incidents or movies scenes, in which the shooters must test their mettle against steel targets.
Cowboy Aliases and Costumes
One of the unique aspects of Cowboy Action Shooting is the requirement placed on costuming.
Each participant is required to adopt a shooting alias appropriate to a character or profession of the late 19th century, a Hollywood western star, or an appropriate character from fiction.
Their costume is then developed accordingly.
Many event participants gain more enjoyment from the costuming aspect of our sport than from the shooting competition, itself.
Regardless of a SASS member's individual area of interest, SASS events provide regular opportunities for fellowship and fun with like-minded folks and families.
Choosing an Alias
Every Cowboy participant is required to select a shooting alias representative of a character or profession from the Old West or the western film genre.
Your alias may not in anyway duplicate or easily be confused with any other member's alias.
The following guideline should help you in choosing an alias:
Your alias must be printable before a wide audience.
No duplications are permitted.
If it sounds the same, it is the same. Adding "too," "II," etc., is not acceptable.
"Ranger" could become "Texas Ranger" but not "The Ranger."
"John Henry Chisum" could be modified to "Jack Chisum" but not "John H. Chisum" or "Jon Henry Chisum."
Historical names may not be modified to make them different.
"Wyatt Earp" and "Marshal Wyatt Earp" are considered the same.
Be creative and good luck!
The Spirit of the Game
As the game of Cowboy Action Shooting has evolved, our members have developed and adopted an attitude towards their participation called "The Spirit of the Game."
It is a code by which we live.
Competing in "The Spirit of the Game" means you fully participate in what the competition asks.
You try your best to dress the part, use the appropriate competition tools, and respect the traditions of the Old West.
Some folks would call it nothing more than good sportsmanship.
We call it "Spirit of the Game."
Western/Period dress required!! Cowboy hat, long sleeve shirt and boots are preferred.
No ball caps, sneakers, camouflage or T-shirts please!!!
Equipment: Single Action Revolvers, Lever Action Rifles in Pistol Caliber side-by-side, Pre-1899 Pump or Lever Action Shotguns.
Ammunition for Pistol and Rifle: Lead bullets only, .32 cal or larger.
Pistols under 1000 fps. Rifles under 1400 fps.
Shotguns: Lead shot only; #4 or smaller.
No jacketed ammo of any kind is allowed.
A variety of shoots are shot using props like windows, saddles and pop-up and steel-type targets.
This is a very popular and interesting modified Rattle Battle.
If you have not observed this type of shooting, come out and watch the matches.
For More Information: Contact: Mike Fairchild (Captain MAF / SASS #24719)
Phone: (845) 226-8611
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