About the Sport

What is Cowboy Action Shooting?

Cowboy Action Shooting is the fastest growing shooting sport in the U.S today. The Single Action Shooting Society (SASS), the National organization, has over 56,00 members.

The Boot Hill Gang hosts monthly Cowboy Action Shoots. SASS rules apply. Competitors must dress in Cowboy era style. Original or reproduction firearms of the cowboy era are required. Each shoot consists of five stages featuring cowboy props and story line. The following guidelines are from The Single Action Shooting Society (SASS)

Old West Firearms
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 the prestige on a course of different shooting stages.

Old West Alias and Costumes
One of the unique aspects of SASS approved 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 members individual area of interest, SASS events provide regular opportunities for fellowship and fun with like-minded folks and families.

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 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 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.


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