Cowboy Action

club member participating in cowboy action shooting demonstration

Cowboy Action Shooting

Cowboy Action Shooting

At COSC, we have a modest group of dedicated shooters that prefer to shoot old style western shooting. We invite all members, especially new members, to join in the fun. Free demonstrations are available to anyone who wishes to try this shooting sport. So come on out and have some fun.

Our 2022 dates:

2022 Cowboy Action Shooting season will start on April 9.  Shoots will be held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month April through October.
Shooting dates for 2022 are:
April 9th and 23rd
May 14th and 28th
June 11th and 25th
July 9th and 23rd
August 13th and 27th
Sept 10 & 24th
Oct 8th and 22nd
Set-up is 8:00 a.m. and shooting starts at 9:00 a.m. Shooting is usually finished between 11:00 am – Noon.
Cowboy Action Shooting is open to the public as well as club members. There is a $5 charge for each contestant.

It consists of shooting with lever action rifles, single action handguns, and either side by side double barrel shotguns (without ejectors), or Winchester model 1897 pump action shotguns.  We will mainly be shooting at steel targets, though we may occasionally shoot paper targets.  Centerfire and rimfire rifles and pistols are acceptable.  If you are short on having the proper equipment to start with, some members will be glad to loan you the proper equipment during the shoot.

If you have any questions, please call or text Ken Ecker 517-983-9195 or Mike Rhoads 517-643-5989.

Cowboy Action Shooting is a 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 Old West style. It is a timed sport in which shooters compete on a course of different shooting stages. Each stage, or scenario, features an array of situations, often based on famous incidents or movie scenes, in which the shooters test their skills against steel targets.

Shooters use two single action revolvers chambered for a period-appropriate caliber. .38 Special and .45 Colt are popular calibers, and guns in those and many other calibers are available from a number of manufacturers.

Rifles used in Cowboy Action must be lever action, chambered for a handgun caliber (usually the same cartridge as used in the revolvers) and have a capacity of at least 10 rounds.

Cowboy action shotguns can be double-barreled models with exposed and concealed hammers, or Winchester model 1895 pump-action shotguns or Winchester 1887 and 1900 lever-action shotguns. The double-barrels are the easiest to use and, with practice, can be fired quickly.

Period dress, including cowboy hats and boots, is strongly encouraged and adds greatly to the fun.

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