Playin’ Cowgirl

GoodStageI find it hard to believe it’s been almost three years since dh and I decided to join the fun of Cowboy Action Shooting as part of the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS). It is an organization full of folks who love the Old West and want to relive just a little of it while making and enjoying new friends…

And shooting at steel targets and “making smoke” (that would be the cowboys and cowgirls who shoot black powder, like my dh to the right Dan-Black Smoke 2015-10-03there). We call that goin’ to the dark side. lol

We spent a few hours this weekend enjoying the sport in gorgeous February weather. I had so much fun, I had to share some pictures.

When we shoot, we divide into “posses” of 15-25 shooAtTheLoadingTableters. That way we have someone shooting, folks getting ready to shoot (at the loading table, like the pic at left; I’m the one of the left), folks unloading and clearing guns, folks spotting—counting misses and procedural errors and helping keep the sport safe, another picking up spent casing and someone else keeping score. Then we trade off until everyone has their turn at the firing line.

The stages each have a scenario, or shooting sequence, and they’re neverRemi the same. Boothill Slim wrote the stages for Saturday and, boy, did he keep us all concentrating!

And Remi here (to the right) is going to show up in an upcoming story. [He just laughed when I told him he’d be a hero, but that it was going to take some doing to bring him in line!]

Most of all, Cowboy Action Shooting is about the friends and sharing time doing something we all enjoy. These cowboys and cowgirls are some of my besties.

PosseIf there’s a SASS club in your area, ( go check them out. You don’t have to shoot, just put on some eye protection and ear protection and stand clear of the mayhem. You just might get hooked like I did.



Happy shooting—and reading!
Ozark Belle, aka Tracy

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18 thoughts on “Playin’ Cowgirl”

    • Janine, did you hunt for a nearby CAS club? That’s who we were shooting with–our local club. If you want to email me offline ( I’ll help you look.

  1. I love this! We have a cowboy action shoot here at the local range. We love watching it. We participated once – what an experience!

  2. Tracy, this is a very interesting blog and shows what makes you such a great writer. I believe outside interests certainly makes the experience as a writer more fun. I can hardly handle a .22, so I can just imagine big guns like you all use. I’ve been to one of the gunfights reenactments from the Civil War era at Andersonville, GA (where Andersonville Prison was and the cemetery still remains). It was eyeopening to say the least. The smell of the gunpowder nearly chocked me and the ground literally shakes under your feet. It was a great experience. Tracy, continue having fun and add a little for me because I can’t shoot anything but my mouth off … oh yeah, and maybe a rubber band. Big Texas hugs, Phyliss

  3. Hi Tracy, how awesome, ad what an enjoyable, realistic experience! I’ll have to see if there’s a SASS around here. Although it was more re-enactment than competition, I sure enjoyed the recent shoot-out skits at Wild West Days in Temecula CA. What great fodder for your stories, and real-life experiences, too. Great post.

    • Whitney,
      There are many places to purchase period like clothes. Workin’ Ranch, Recollections, Wild West Mercantile… What I’m wearing was made by a friend who’s handy with a sewing machine. ?

  4. This sounds like so much fun Tracy! I looked on the website and found one close to me, so I am going to surprise my husband (who is crazy about the old west– just not the reading of it LOL) at the end of the month. Thanks so much for such a fun post!

  5. I love the smell of the range after a black powder shoot. My husband and son each have a black powder rifle. My husband’s is a modern hunting rifle. Our son’s is a reproduction flintlock. Our grandson just got a black powder pistol. We will be going to a Civil War military encampment next weekend. In May they will have a battle reenactment. Rifles, pistols, and cannons – lots of noise, smoke, and black powder.
    I checked last time you posted about SASS and there is a chapter in our area. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough time to fit in another major involvement like this. It would be fun to go and watch one of their meets.

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