Cowboy Action Shooting is a multi-faceted shooting sport in which participants compete using firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers, pistol calibre lever action rifles, and old time shotguns. It is a timed sport in which shooters compete for prestige on a course of different "Old West" style 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.
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.
This is a family oriented sport that both young and old can participate in. It is common to see parents or grandparents coaching their kids/grandkids through a course of fire. Safety always comes first followed by a lot of fun. In larger matches there are age classes for shooters aged 10 to 80+. Cowboy action shooting is more than a shooting event, it is a social event. You will meet shooters from all over the world.
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