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Old 03-22-2007, 12:14 PM   #11
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I have thought of doing CASS. I bought a Uberti clone of the Colt Lightning in .45C, a Norinco M-1897 clone. Also a Khan SxS 12 ga.. I now have just added a Uberti Bisley clone in .45C with a 5.5" barrel. I must qualify for clone wars. Sheesh. My hang-up is that I feel less like wearing a cowboy outfit than I do about shooting their styles. Is there any branch or off-branch of that discipline that does the shooting without the costumes? Regards; Alan
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Old 03-22-2007, 12:48 PM   #12
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Mr. Alan,



I have a consecutive set of the Great Western II clones in 45 Colt my buddy who owns a gun store was able to order from the factory for me. I have no problems with clones at all, as I tend not to feel so bad when I shoot them a lot. He had gotten me a really nice 2nd gen SAA that was actually a collectable, and I felt guilty every time a round went down range. I also have the Norinco 1997 clone, along with a very nice 1892 copy in 45 Colt.



I had seriously contemplated getting into CAS once I was able to retire and had the time to devote to reloading, shooting and competing. But it does not look like that is going to work out for me as I approach retirement now. As far as the clothing, while it is possible there may be a "renegade" type group, I think that is one of the attractions to the sport - dressing in the clothing as well.



My buddy who owns the gun store I use had been actively involved in the sport for several years now, as has his lovely wife (who is one amazing shot, especially from horseback). I will check with him the next time I am in his store to see if he knows of any groups who don't require the clothing, but again I think that is just part of their sport really.



On the plus side, while there are some truly amazing shooters involved, from everything I have been told about CAS, they are not nearly as competitive as they are "hey folks come on out, bring the family, and lets have a great time". Members will often willing share weapons during shoots, offer extra rounds, leathergoods - anything that will assist another shooter who appears to be struggling.



From what I have been told, there is a lot of very positive aspects to the sports. Shucks I am already wearing the cowboy hat and boots anyway, so the clothing would not have been a major issue for me - I guess I would have just seen it as another aspect to add to the enjoyment.



But if my buddy does know of some group without that requirement, I will be happy to let you know.



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Old 08-14-2007, 02:33 PM   #13
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Most folks hereabouts are already sporting boots and hats, much as Mr. twoguns has written above. Some clubs aren't that particular about clothing, erm "period appropriate attire." Others are. Some clubs have added a working cowboy rig that just calls for a single revolver and a rifle/and/or shotgun, more similar to what regular folks would have had anyway, and more accessible for the entry level CAShooter. Of course, lots of folks already have lots of CAS-type firearms already, perhaps lacking only the leather.
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Old 08-28-2007, 09:30 AM   #14
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Hello, I think this is my first post to the forum. I usually lurk in the Hi Power sections.



I just shot my first ever Cowboy match at "Hell on Wheels" in Cheyenne last month. It was the most fun I've had on a range in a long time.



I'm a firearms instructor at my agency so I liken the Cowboy match to shooting a "high speed-low drag / spray and pray / lead in the air hope in the heart / you're swat or you're not" ::) tactical program using guns that are just fun to shoot in an atmosphere that is laid back, friendly and family oriented. And since there is a limitiation on the number of rounds for each stage, and they seem to match the number of targets, accuracy is emphasized.



How cool is that?



It does require some guns but one of the shooters on my Posse told how he got started. He said that the first 2 years he participated he would show up at the range, in costume eventually, pay his entry fee and other shooters would loan him the equipment and leather to play.



As another example, I was using my wife's brand new Vaquero and it was locking up constantly. One of the guys on the Posse loaned me his spare to finish the match. This seems to be a common occurance.



As far as costumes go check out your local match and see whats required. If you don't like Cowboy boots get a pair of Roper-style lace-ups. (they're much more comfortable anyway) Wear your blue jeans and a long sleeve button front shirt. I gotta say, though, the period pants, with suspenders, were very comfortable.



Like the gentlemen said when I bought my membership to SASS "there are 3 requirements for a Cowboy shoot; be safe, have fun, and be safe." That certainly is better than some shoots I've been to.



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Howdy Mr. Lonnie,



Welcome to the site as far as posting sir. Please don't be bashful as we feel every member has experiences they can share with others here. Also since you are an instructor for your agency (I am as well) you do have some experiences and observations you could share to help out other members.



But thanks for sharing your experiences with the CAS style of shooting. I have never been able to attend a match, but you have confirmed what my buddy who owns my gun store had already explained. It was simply a lot of fun, and a different mindset from many other types of competitive shooting.



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Old 09-09-2007, 07:35 PM   #16
 
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Hello the Forum,

Gotta say CAS is the most fun I've had at the range. If you think you might like to see what its all about, just show up at a match. you'll most likely be roped into shooting instead of just watching. CAS shooters just seem to love loaning out equipment to get new shooters involved in the sport. Don't worry about a costume, the fashion police only exist on the web. They're more interested in getting you shooting than what you're wearing. My first several matches I borrowed everything, til I could get my equipment.
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Howdy Mr. Raisin River Ron,



First welcome to the site sir. Second, thanks for sharing your positive experiences with CAS. We look forward to you posting more comments on various topics. Enjoy your time here, as we do have a ton of members who enjoy discussing various weapons and topics.



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Old 09-10-2007, 03:04 PM   #18
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I don't have the time to participate in Cowboy shooting, and with two kids in college I don't have the money to gear up. Maybe in another 4 or 5 years. But I like the firearms - I have 2 USFA Single Action Army's and a Model 94 Winchester. In order to read about them and the ammo they eat I cruise the Cowboy Action forums and they're a hoot to peruse. Lots of good humor and info.



Sixgunner.com was another good soure for these old calibers but they went off line a couple months ago.
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Thanks for the welcome twoguns. I shoot mostly handguns, bullseye, bowling pins, hunting and CAS of course. CAS is really more fun than anything I've I shot, other than hunting. But you get a lot more shooting in at a CAS match, than hunting.

I miss sixgunner.com myself.

Sounds like you're almost there nbender, borrowing a shotgun is never a problem. My Norico '97 broke on me in the middle of a stage, the shooter in front of me was just leaving the unloading bench and traded shotguns so I could finish the stage. If you don't have leather, just stage your pistols on a bench or hay bale.

Just go to sassnet.com and go to the club link. send a e-mail to the contact person at your local club, and I'm sure you'll have a warm welcome when you show up.
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