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We welcome new shooters!

We have all been there, found something that looks really fun but where do you start? Although a few of our shooters probably rode with Billy the Kid we all started out as greenhorns at some point! Dont have the all the guns? Some of the guns? Costuming? Thats OK! Come out and give it a try.

We created a special category called Sod Busters. The purpose of this category is to give people who don't have all the equipment or costuming a chance to try Cowboy Action Shooting and discover the addiction of shooting with the cowboys.

First but not required, shoot us an email at, sending us an email however will allow us to prepare and assign you a mentor to answer questions and help you prepare for your first match. Even if you lack everything, we will loan you what you need. All we ask is that you offer to reimburse your mentor for ammunition - normal odds are good he/she will decline to accept the offer as that's the Cowboy Way, but in the current environment ammo is bit harder to come buy and a bit more expensive and anything helps.

The concept of Sod Buster is to shoot with us with whatever firearms you own, with some exceptions.

Because Sod Buster is not a sanctioned SASS competition class and the intent is to allow non-sass shooters to try the sport, the equipment allowed is more diverse.

Sod Buster isa two gun category using either a revolver and shotgun or a revolver and rifle.

1. Revolvers allowed are both single and double action in SASS-accepted calibers.

  • All revolvers will be shot using iron sights. Optical or laser sighting is not allowed

  • Double action revolvers must be fired single action - that is by manually cocking the hammer for each shot

  • Revolver calibers must be center fire of at least .32 and no larger than .45 caliber

  • Percussion caliber must be at least .36 and no larger than .45

  • .22 caliber revolvers may be used by adults if that is the only revolver owned, .22 magnum is not allowed

  • A .22 caliber revolver is required for youngsters under the age of 14

2. Pistol and rifle ammunition all must be lead. It cannot be jacketed, semi-jacketed, gas checked or copper washed. Molybdenum disulfide coated bullets or an equivalent is allowed.

  • Center fire ammunition velocity must meet two conditions, one is velocity which for a pistol is a min of 400 fps and less than 1000 fps, and for a rifle is a min vet of 400 fps and less than 14oo fps. The second is power factor  which has to be a min of 60, this is calculated by multiplying the bullet weight X fps and then divide by 1000, for example if you have a 200 gr bullet loaded at 400 fps then 200X400/1000=60. 

  • Standard Velocity .22 rim fire ammunition is recommended

3. Shotguns can be single shot, SxS, O/U, lever action, slide or pump, or autoloaders. Internal or external hammers are permissible.

  • Gauges of no less than 20 gauge and no more than 10 gauge are allowed. Under 14 years of age are required to use .410 shotguns.

  • Shotguns must have iron sights. Optical and laser sights are not allowed

  • Shotgun ammunition shall be #4 birdshot or smaller (no steel or plated shot). Magnum or high velocity shot shells are not allowed

4. Rifles are restricted to single shot, slide (pump), and lever action shooting pistol caliber ammunition as described for revolvers.

  • All rifles must be shot with iron sights

5. Holsters, belts, bandoleers

  • Any leather holster that can safely retain the revolvers through a normal range of motion is acceptable. Nylon or plastic holsters can be used in a pinch

  • Holsters may not depart more than 30 degrees from vertical worn

6. Clothing - part of the fun of Cowboy Action Shooting is getting dressed up like is the 1800's, if you don't have all the costuming listed below don't worry! Wear what you have until such time as a complete costume is available.

Mens Clothing

  • Head gear: Cowboy hats, straw hats or any head gear that looks like it came from the period 1860 to 1900 would be appropriate. Train engineer hats, wool Scotch caps, bowlers, top hats, sombreros or scarves can serve as head cover. ​

  • Shits, vests, jackets: Shirts of the time were collarless, long sleeve, with button fronts. Henley style shirts are acceptable. No short sleeves, sweat shirts, polo shirts or any shirt having a logo or other artwork. Vests and jackets reflecting western styling; should be cotton or natural fiber. Levi denim jacket is permissible.

  • Trousers: Cowboy trousers are high wast without belt loops using buttons instead of zippers and are usually worn with suspenders. Sod Busters could wear these as well as farmers bibs, Levi button fly jeans or pants of that design. It is recommended that belt loops be removed and suspenders used. If all you have is a pair of zippered blue jeans, wear them.

  • Footwear: Pull on boots of cowboy, Wellington, harness or any boot that is all leather, with leather or rubber soles. In a pinch wear what you got!

 Ladies Clothing

  • Hats: Any hat style from the 1850 to 1900 period, bonnets, scarves, straw or cowboy hats are acceptable.

  • Shirts, vests, jackets: Blouses are typically long-sleeved and high necked as are dresses and jackets. Period looking shawls or capes can be worn. Short-sleeve, round-necked blouses will work to get you started.

  • Dresses and skirts:  Clothes  are natural fibers such as cotton, linen, or wool. Feminine fashions in coats, blouses, shirts, dresses, aprons, and shawls that look "period" are acceptable.

  • Pants and "working clothes": :aides dressed as working cowgirls must follow the same guidelines above as the men in relation to the construction and style of dress.

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