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I'm not a real Cowboy, but I play one in the movies.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Creeping Cowboy Cred

Open Letter to the Cactus League
(Actually an Email to the 4th Sunday Match Poobah)

As long as I'm designing summer-roundcount multi-gun stages, why not try to attract some Cowboy Action Shooters? A few bloggers I know [Mad Ogre 7-14-06 for one...scroll down] lament the fact that they'd like to try the sport but are put off by the Cowboy Fashion Nazis and would just like to concentrate on the guns. I'll bet even some hardened Cowboys would like to get in some practice wearing shorts and sneakers in the Valley of the Sun...NO DRESS CODE! HintHint: Rio Salado Cowboys shoot on 1st Saturdays. Cowtown shoots 1st Sundays. Ben Avery ACSA = 2nd Saturdays.

Gee, I hope they'll forgive the CFN crack.
Mixing cowboy gunners with Cactus range officers is going to involve some compromise, mostly upon the cowboys' part. Some rule modifications [I'm suggesting]:

Since we still don't have a 3-Gun Division, we can add to rifle and shotgun divisions, if the computer can handle it. I can't see somebody shooting all four stages pistol-only (even though sixgunners carry two pistols), but we can write the stage descriptions to accomodate it if you think we should...they can still register as Revolver. Even if we can't add a Cowboy Rifle and Cowboy Shotgun Division, if the shooters register with their SASS nicknames, it will be blatantly obvious on the [website] scoresheet.
All [Cowboy] guns must conform to Single-Action Shooting Society specifications, but there are no bullet [except for existing ban on steel-core or AP] or ammo power limitations! (Cowboys normally don't shoot cardboard, and our steel gets hit by .38 Super FMJ all day long.)
Starting position for shooters who show up with crossdraw holsters will be "loaded handgun on table, pointed downrange."
No reholstering during the stage; before switching to another gun, the empty gun must be grounded on the table, pointed downrange.
Cowboy guns require one hit to neutralize. [There were no Emergency Rooms in the 1880s.]
Six-guns can be loaded to the maximum safe level; transfer bar safety guns can hold six, while replica guns without modern safeties must be loaded with the hammer down on an empty chamber. We'll program in a maximum of 11 pistol targets (modern guns can handle one miss, reproduction gunners suck it in unless they can reload and shoot within 10 seconds, the penalty for a FTE and FTN). Revolvers must be shot dry before grounding, although a live round may be unloaded if the stage is finished with the sixgun in hand. RO must supervise shell ejection to ensure sixgun is empty and safe. [Hadn't mentioned this to Terry, but why stop at 11? Let's let the buckaroos reload on the clock!]
No rifle caliber restrictions! Most cowboy gunners have the requisite pistol-caliber long guns, but this gives them--and newbies--a chance to trot out the old .30-30 lever-action deer gun.)
*If we want to allow black-powder revolvers*, we can designate an RO to supervise the powder and ball loading in the Safe Area for the on-deck BPgunner; the uncapped sixguns are then holstered and stay holstered until it's time to shoot. Capping must done in the shooter's box under RO supervision.
Well, what do you think? I don't think we're gonna lose (m)any USPSA shooters to the Cowboys over this, but we just might bring in some sixgunners looking for a practice format, even on a non-member basis. Of course, we should change the web site to reflect this. [...] [If not] thank heavens for word of mouth. A little updating could get Google and other search engines working for us. Also we should publish the rules modifications, once y'all finalize them...and my blog does have a good size metro-PHX-area readership. [Okay...maybe a dozen far.]
If you give the okay, I'll even be the guinea pig next 4th Sunday. Hope to hear from you soon.
[Cowboy Blob]
The Stage Slave
Okay, Readers, especially you Cowboys...any ideas?
Here's another view, though I don't think it'd work well with the Cactus League, but the IDPA guys might welcome it.

Update: At top is some draft promotional material. Bumped to the top for now.


  • At 9:19 AM, Blogger Dr. StrangeGun said…

    "Even if someone makes an AP .45-70, they couldn't shoot it in a tubular magazine gun! "

    Sure they could. There's plenty of room in a .45-70 projectile to include a pointed/conical steel penetrator in a lead/copper jacket with a silicone tip like the LeverEvolution rounds have :)

  • At 10:12 AM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    Yeah X3, but it's not something someone would grab and shoot in a practice match. But I'll fix it.

  • At 5:14 PM, Blogger blogagog said…

    That shotgun you are holding is in bad need of a scope. As God is my witness, I have never seen a person hit something from 300 yards with a shotgun without a scope.

  • At 6:25 PM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    What's 300 yards? We don't even have rifle targets that far.

  • At 12:08 PM, Blogger NotClauswitz said…

    Doesn't shotgunning at 300-yards involve placing the butt on the ground and using some kind of angle indicator?

  • At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    .45-70 was used in competition out to 1000 yards. Hence the nick name "Creedmore" on the old High Walls.
    This isn't something that I would want to try, but it can be done.

  • At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    BTW, Creedmore, NJ is where they were doing those long range rifle competitions in the late 1800's.

  • At 5:48 PM, Blogger Cowboy Blob said…

    I know the .45-70 will go a long way, I'm just confidence its big blunt lead bullet won't poke through our rifle steel targets.

    Gun Game wise, people will shy away from it, going with the hi-cap pistol-caliber guns. But, Hey, it's a fun practice match and someone's likely to try it.

  • At 12:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My minor nit is the Creedmoor range was in New York (Long Island).

    At 1000 yards, the .45/70 would penetrate 7 or 8 one inch pine boards.

    The requirement for that kind of shooting (by unit volley) was kind of done away with by the Machinegun.

    Search online for Lt. Parker's books on the Gatlings at Santiago.

    (note: his Gatlings shot the .30/40 round also used in the Krag Jorgenson. National Guard units often had the old .45/70 Trapdoor Springfields.


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