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 Getting Started...

Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) is a competitive shooting sport that originated in California in the early 1980s.

If you don't have all the guns, don't worry, come on out. Cowboys are a friendly bunch and someone will probably loan you what you need. Just make an attempt to "dress cowboy" and plan to have a good time. 


Come for the shooting, stay for the people.

Introduction to Cowboy Action Shooting

Getting Started In Cowboy Action Shooting



GUNS–CAS requires competitors to use firearms typical of the mid- to late 19th century. Handguns must be “single-action”, meaning that the hammer must be manually cocked before each shot can be fired, and double-barreled shotguns may not have automatic ejectors.

  • 2 single action revolvers

  • Lever action rifle chambered in a pistol caliber
    (.32 cal-.45 cal)

  • Period shotgun such as a side-by-side double-barrel (with or without external hammers), a Winchester 1887 lever-action, or 1897 pump.

CLOTHING–Pima Cowboys is a Cowboy Action Shooting group. Participants are expected to dress accordingly. We make allowances for new shooters who are in the process of putting together a costume, but please don’t show up in shorts and a baseball cap. We follow the basic rules that the Single Action Shooting Society has set forth in the handbook for clothing requirements.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT–All participants and visitors are required to wear eye and ear protection.

STAGESA typical CAS match involves 6 shooting scenarios known as “stages.” Stages are always different, each typically requiring ten pistol rounds (from two pistols) , ten rifle rounds, and two to eight shotgun rounds. Rifle and pistol targets are steel plates in various sizes and shapes set up at ranges from 5 to 15 yards that ring/clang/ding when hit by a bullet. For shotgun targets we use spring and knockdown targets.

Stages are shot using a timer to time the shooter with each miss adding a 5-second penalty. The shooter with the fastest time (actual time plus misses/penalties) is ranked as 1st on the stage. This is known as “total time scoring”. The person with the lowest total time is the winner of the match. No misses on any stage, regardless of time results in a clean match.

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