Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1.  What is Cowboy Action Shooting™?

Cowboy Action Shooting ™is a multifaceted  amateur shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West.

2.  What is SASS?

SASS is the Single Action Shooting Society is an international organization created to preserve and promote the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. SASS endorses regional matches conducted by affiliated clubs, stages End of Trail, The World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting™, promulgates rules and procedures to ensure safety and consistency in Cowboy Action Shooting matches and seeks to protect its members’ 2nd Amendment right. SASS members share a common interest in preserving the history of the Old West and competitive shooting. 

3.  What firearms are used?

Single action revolvers, lever action rifles, side-by-side double barreled, pre-1899 pump, or lever action shotgun.

4.  How does the competition work?

The contestants shoot in several one-to-four gun stages (courses of fire) in which they engage steel and/or cardboard targets.

5.  How is the shooting scored?

Scoring is based on accuracy and speed.

6.  How does Cowboy shooting vary from modem shooting sports?

The truly unique aspect of CAS is the requirement placed on authentic period or western screen dress. Each participant is required to adopt a shooting alias appropriate to a character or profession of the late 19th century, or Hollywood western star, and develop a costume accordingly.

7.  How does your SASS alias work?

Your SASS alias is your exclusively. There are now over 100,000 members each with his or her own name. No one else can use your name. SASS affiliated clubs are required to respect the sanctity if SASS members’ alias.

8.  What does SASS and your local CAS club believe?

American history buffs and serious shooters alike agree that use of vintage firearms, authentic costuming,  unique targets, and fast action make Cowboy Action Shooting™ one of the most interesting of all shooting sports for both spectator and contestant. The founders of SASS believe End of Trail and club and annual matches are as much an opportunity for fun and fellowship as they are shooting competitions.

9.  What basic equipment is needed?

You will need at least one lever action rifle in a pistol caliber, an 1897 Winchester pump shotgun or clone, or an 1887 Winchester lever action shotgun or clone, or a side-by-side double barreled shotgun, two single action revolvers, two holsters, for your revolvers and a shotgun belt or slide to hold your shotgun shells and a gun cart or other means to carry your guns and ammo.

10.  How much ammo do I need for a match?

We normally shoot 10 rifle rounds, 10 pistol rounds and 2-6 shotgun rounds per stage. An average match will have between 4 and 6 stages. Some of the regional or annual matches may have up to 10-12 stages. You want to make sure you have plenty of ammo with you as you may find that fun side matches pop up thus giving you an opportunity to shoot even more.

11.  If I am a new shooter, how do I begin?

The Friday before our monthly match (our matches are held the 2nd Saturday of each month) the club members gather to set up range for the Saturday match. It is at this time that we set aside an hour or two for new shooters orientation. You should contact a member of the club and inform them of your wishes. Someone or a group of club shooters will conduct that orientation. There is a $5 fee for the orientation to cover the cost of ammo. Fee payable at the orientation!

(Eye and Ear protection is required for orientations)