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Table of Contents

  1. Who is SASS?
  2. What is Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS)?
  3. When can I watch a (CAS) match?
  4. Where can I find more information about (CAS)?
  5. What guns do I need to get started?
  6. New Shooter Info Packet

Who is SASS?

SASS stands for Single Action Shooting Society.  It is an international organization created to preserve and promote the fast growing sport of Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS).  SASS endorses regional matches conducted by affiliated clubs and annually produces END of TRAIL, the World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting & Wild West Jubilee.

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What is Cowboy Action Shooting?

Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) is a multifaceted shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers, lever action rifles, and side by side double barreled, pre-1899 pump, or lever action shotguns.  The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, "Old West" style.

Contestants shoot in several one-to four-gun stages (courses of fire) in which they engage reactive steel and cardboard silhouette targets.  Scoring is based on accuracy and speed.

The truly unique aspect of Cowboy Action Shooting 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 a Hollywood western star, and develop a costume accordingly.


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When can I watch a (CAS) match?

We shoot every 3rd Sunday and 4th Saturday starting at 9:30am.  We hold our matches on the North Range of the Albany Rifle and Pistol Club.  (ARPC)

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Where can I find more information about (CAS)?

Go directly to their web site.  Single Action Shooting Society

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What guns do I need to get started?


  • 2 REVOLVERS --
    • Any safe single action revolver, .32 cal. or larger.
    • No target stocks or rubber grips allowed.
    • LEAD bullets @ 1000 fps. or less.
  • RIFLE (Short Range Rifle or Carbine) --
    • Any lever action rifle firing a pistol-type cartridge, .25 cal. or larger.
    • LEAD bullets @ 1400 fps. or less.
    • Micrometer-type receiver sights not allowed -- old style tang sights are OK.
  • SHOTGUN --
    • Any SxS double-barreled or single-shot shotgun without automatic ejectors; a lever action shotgun (i.e.: Winchester '87); a pump shotgun with an exposed hammer (i.e.: Winchester'97).
    • LEAD shot only; #4 or smaller; 10 to 20 gauge.
  • OPTIONAL -- (for side matches)
    • Long range lever rifle --- LEAD bullets only @ 2000 fps. or less
    • Long range single shot -- LEAD bullets only & straight-wall cases only
  • AMMUNITION -- (average number of rounds for monthly matches - bring more just in case!)
    • 50 rounds short range rifle
    • 50 rounds pistol
    • 25 rounds shotgun
    • 10+ rounds long range rifle
    • "Old West" style or "B" movie clothing is mandatory.
    • You also need to shoot under an "alias" of your choice.
    • Ball caps; nylon tennis or running shoes; nylon, plastic, Velcro, etc. accoutrements (including belts, holsters, slings, ammo belts, etc.)
    • If it was in use before 1900 you can probably use it; if it came in to use after 1900, you probably cannot.



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