After a few minutes of thought and some reflection I decided that I would not pursue Cowboy Action Shooting. Sure it sounds like fun but there are a few inconsistencies that I really can’t get around. Cowboy action shooting involves wearing period costumes and shooting at targets with single action pistols, rifles, and shotguns. This is fine; however, it is kind of restrictive. The American West represents only a tiny fraction of history. During the late 1800s there were so many other interesting things going on in the world. I love the west, and I think that the old time westerns were a unique and valuable part of our American heritage. The Single Action Shooting Society does a great job maintaining this history so I decided not to step into their realm and well piss all over their culture. This took more sole searching that you would have thought.
SASS is a great idea, and like all great ideas, it is destined to be copied. Dress up in costume, create scenarios to act out, and shoot at targets in a friendly atmosphere of competition is a excellent concept. It would be like Dungeons and Dragons where you can hack at mannequins with swords. It’s just a shame to restrict it to only goat ropers and urban cowboys. I enjoy the shooting sports, but I do not particularly like the structure of the shooting range. I enjoy informal shooting with friends (plinking) and it is competitive whether we keep score or not, but it is just a bit too informal. And as I explained in my previous post I really like the era but I do not think that Steampunk costumes would go over well with Cowboys. They have their thing and I have mine, and since there is no Steampunk shooting society I guess I only have one choice….
The official Steampunk Action Shooting Society is officially reviled, started, whatever….
Here are a few tidbits to peak your interest:
- Interactive targets are allowed and encouraged
- Exploding targets are encouraged.
- Exotic weapons allowed. (Must be period accurate)
- Score based on speed, accuracy and creativity. Holy water will kill a vampire, and silver bullets will work against werewolves etc..
- Bonus points awarded for using alternative weapons, like crossbows, throwing knives, or wooden stakes.
- Bonus scoring for a good verbal quip after making a unusually good shot. ‘Arnoldisms’ are encouraged.
More information to come.
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