What is Cowboy Action Shooting?
Choosing a shooting Category
Guns / Gear / Ammo
Cowboy Alias (your new name)
What to Expect at a CAS Match
B. Once signed in, get your gear on and ready up. IMPORTANT: When you take your guns to a match make sure they are unloaded at home BEFORE you pack them so when you take them out at the match, all you do is put your pistols directly into your holsters without any dry firing, pointing, or unsafe handling. Always keep the muzzle of your guns pointed up or down. If you have a cart, remove the long guns from the case and OPEN the action keeping the barrel pointed up while doing it and place it muzzle up in your cart. Check that you have a sufficient amount of ammo in your cart. Be sure that you have ear plugs (if you do not we can provide them for you), and put on your shooting glasses.
C. Shooters Safety Meeting is just before they posse up and start shooting and you must attend. Let the Match Director and your Posse leader know that it is your first or second shoot, as most clubs will want to check your ability and knowledge of the safety rules.
D. POSSE UP: You are a part of a shooting group at one of the stages of fire, called a Posse. ALL posse members have a job to do and help the posse shoot the stage. A Posse has a Range Officer, Scorer, 3 spotters, a safety person at the loading and unloading tables. Other Possie chores include picking up brass and resetting the steel knockdowns. There are typically 3 or 4 shooters at the loading table getting ready. That’s a minimum of 11 shooters working together on a posse. You, as a new shooter, will be most helpful when not shooting to be helping pick up brass and resetting the shotgun poppers/knockdowns. Spotting is also a great way to help out and will effectively help you to become more familiar with the stage shooting sequence before you are up!
E. A posse member will read the stage description that tells you how many pistol, rifle and shotgun rounds the stage needs to shoot it. They will read the shooting order for your guns and the order that you will shoot the targets. This is where misses and procedural penalties come in if you shoot targets out of order or use the wrong firearm. Don’t worry it’s easy, just be safe!
F. In some clubs and in most all state matches, the scorer will read off the shooting order. Remain helping the posse but be ready when they say say that you're on deck. At that time, get your ammo and guns safely to the loading table. When no shooting order is assigned and you see the loading table near empty, grab your guns and head to the table so as to keep the process moving along. Never rush or shoot in a hurry, but do note that there will often be other possies behind you ready to move to your stage, so consistent and efficient flow is essential.
G. Load your pistols with only 5 rounds (NEVER 6) with the hammer down on an empty chamber and do not holster them, but leave them on the table MUZZEL POINTED DOWN RANGE. CLOSE the action of your rifle and with your thumb, lower the hammer. With the muzzle pointed down range, load the required amount of rounds in your rifle tube (typically 10). DO NOT LEVER A ROUND. Place your shotgun open and empty on the table and DO NOT LOAD YOUR SHOTGUN.
H. RO will call you to the firing line when you’re up. Only at this time will you safely place your pistols in the holsters. Do not cock them, and keep your hands off of the hammers and triggers. When called, you then will pick up your rifle and shotgun with the muzzles up and carry them to the line. You will stage your guns and yourself in the start area. RO will ask ARE YOU READY or SHOOTER READY? When you are, you will reply YES, or READY, or SHOOTER READY, or whatever the "line" may be for the given stage. The RO will say STAND BY…. and you begin shooting your stage when you hear the BEEP!
In the Age Group Categories, you may use single-action type pistols with adjustable sights (like the Ruger Blackhawk) and/or any fixed-sight single-action pistol using a two-handed hold to shoot, and any SASS approved rifle and shotgun.
Some other categories include:
Gunfighter: Fixed sighted pistols both drawn at the same time and fired alternately and any SASS approved rifle and shotgun. Costume can be any cowboy clothes desired. This category may also shoot Double Duelist.
Classic Cowboy: Fixed sighted pistols shot duelist style (single hand unsupported). The rifle must be an 1860, 1866 or 1873 actual or replica. Shotgun must be an exposed hammered side-by-side (SXS) or the 1887 Lever shotgun (actual or replica). Pistols and rifle must be .40 cal., .44 cal., or .45 cal. The Classic Cowboy has a list of clothing and accouterments he must wear (see SASS Handbook under SASS Rules).
Frontier Cartridge: Fixed sighted pistols shot with two handed hold, and any SASS approved rifle and shotgun. All loaded with BP or a Sub. Rifle and pistols MUST have a minimum of 1 cc of powder in each cartridge. Costume can be any cowboy clothes desired.
Frontiersman: Fixed sighted Cap & Ball pistols shot Duelist style. Any SASS approved rifle and a SXS shotgun is mandatory. Costume can be any cowboy clothes desired.