What is Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS)?

Cowboy Action Shooting is a multi-faceted shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers, pistol caliber lever action rifles, and old time shotguns.
The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, “Old West” style. It is a timed sport in which shooters compete for prestige on a course of different shooting stages.

Each scenario, as they are called, features an array of situations, many based on famous incidents or movies scenes, in which the shooters must test their mettle against steel targets.

Aliases and Costumes

One of the unique aspects of Cowboy Action Shooting is the use of aliases and costuming. Each participant adopts a shooting alias appropriate to a character or profession of the late 19th century, a Hollywood western star, or an appropriate character from fiction.

Their costume is then developed accordingly. Many event participants gain more enjoyment from the costuming aspect of our sport than from the shooting competition, itself. Regardless of an individual’s area of interest, CAS events provide regular opportunities for fellowship and fun with like-minded folks and families.

Spirit of the Game

As the game of Cowboy Action Shooting™ has evolved, our members have developed and adopted an attitude towards their participation called “The Spirit of the Game.” It is a code by which we live.

Competing in “The Spirit of the Game” means you fully participate in what the competition asks. You try your best to dress the part, use the appropriate competition tools, and respect the traditions of the Old West.

Some folks would call it nothing more than good sportsmanship. We call it “Spirit of the Game.”

Become a SASS member

Visit the SASS main website for more information on becoming a SASS member, choosing an alias, and your category. Shooters handbooks and rule books are also available on the SASS website.

If it ain't fun, it ain't worth doin'!