(from the SASS Bulletin)
The Single Action Shooting Society is about fun.
A western Cowboy Action Shooting fantasy — that’s what SASS is! Shoot with real blazin’ guns and bullet of the Old West era… Cowboy Action Shooting at its finest. It is the western of your imagination. It recreates the times books, films, and television shows such as The Big Sky, Stagecoach, High Noon, Hondo, Wanted Dead or Alive, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and Have Gun Will Travel planted in your mind.
If you ever wished you could be on the Silver Screen with Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, John Wayne, Hoppy, or The Lone Ranger and Tonto, then Cowboy Action Shooting is for you! If you ever sat in a darkened theatre on a Saturday afternoon imagining yourself, Colts in hand, standing with Gary Cooper in High Noon, or using your rifle to protect John Wayne’s life in The Cowboys or The Shootist, then SASS is for you. If you were certain you and a few friends armed with your trusty Winchester ’97′s could have saved Pike, Dutch, and the Gorch Brothers in The Wild Bunch, then Cowboy Action Shooting and being a member of SASS is for you.
Cowboy Action Shooting is wearing tall, high heeled boots with spurs and jingle bobs, leather chaps, a big Montana sombrero, a belt of shiny cartridges holding a pair of well oiled single action revolvers, and a bandolier of shells over one shoulder. You can walk down the streets of Tombstone with the Earps and Doc Holiday or stop a stampede or maybe a bank robbery. You can be a marshal, an army scout, or a cavalry officer. Your imagination is your only limit.
Cowgirls can dress like Scarlet O’Hara in a flowing gown, or wear a pair of tight leather britches like Raquel Welch in Hannie Calder… You can be Calamity Jane or Poker Alice or Belle Starr. For a short time you can return to yesteryear when men were polite, tipped their hats and said “ma’am” and thank you and let me carry that package for you.
For the whole family it can be an afternoon or a weekend with the finest, most polite, and the most safety-conscious people you’ll ever meet. You will be with people willing to go out of their way in order to help you… They will be truly glad you are participating with them.
Twenty percent of SASS members are women and ten percent are juniors under seventeen. It’s a true sport, but without the win-at-all-costs competition that many of our sports have become.
Cowboy Action Shooting is the fastest growing shooting sport in the world. The Wild Bunch and thousands of Single Action Shooting Society members would like you to try our sport. I believe you and your family will be glad you did!
Essentially, Cowboy Action is a three gun, target shooting sport with an Old West theme.
All cowboys/cowgirls compete with single-action firearms typical of the period between 1865 and 1900; examples include Colt “clone” revolvers, lever-action rifles, and “coach gun” shotguns, or single-shot “pump” shotguns. The object of the game is to hit as many of the prescribed targets as you can, in the correct sequence, in the fastest time possible.
Other parts of our “game” include dressing up in period attire (either traditional Victorian or B-Western Silver Screen style), and choosing an “alias.” Aliases are unique, and registration with SASS ensures no other shooter will be able to duplicate your name.
Before you leap headlong into the game, come see us! The Pataha Rustlers encourage spectators, and many of us are more than happy to answer whatever questions you may have.