2004, SASS purchased a rustic 480-acre ranch
in the rolling hills 20 miles east of Albuquerque,
New Mexico where it is building the world’s
premiere Cowboy Action Shooting facility. Christened
Founders Ranch in honor of those who founded
SASS, the ranch is a one by three-quarter mile
rectangle surrounded by a seven-foot game fence
containing a small herd of American buffalo
and several longhorn cattle. Located six miles
off Interstate 40 at the top of the grade east
of Albuquerque, Founders Ranch has its own
roads, a good well, and ample electricity.
The property also contains a three-bedroom
ranch house and a 1500 square foot steel barn.
The facility includes a state-of-the-art twenty
bay shooting range, camping pads for up to
600 recreational vehicles, parking for up to
4000 cars, as well as a weather proof road
network. The center piece of the shooting facility
is a functional Western Town replica opposite
the shooting range used by SASS and its sponsors
and vendors. An equestrian center is located
at the northern most portion of the ranch which
includes a 150 by 300 foot arena.
The SASS Web Site at www.sassnet.com receives
on average 1.5 million visits per month and
continues to grow. The Cowboy Chronicle now
prints over 30,000 copies and supports advertising
from more than 150 advertisers.
Men, women, and children have all shared the
benefits of the unique shooting design that
focuses more on our American history, camaraderie
and the safe recreational use of firearms instead
of pure competition.
SASS has made an effort to bring support from
not only those in the shooting industry, but
from the non-shooting arenas as well. SASS
continues to produce END of TRAIL, The World
Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting and
it is still our flagship event, taking place
every June at Founders Ranch, New Mexico.
END of TRAIL, the granddaddy of all Cowboy
Action Shooting events regularly hosts over
1600 competitors and conventioneers with more
than $250,000 in sponsorship support. On average
some 25,000 spectators and participants attend
the annual event.
END of TRAIL, however, is not the only major
Cowboy Action Shooting event. SASS has more
than 500 affiliated clubs, the majority of
whom present annual multi-day events, some
having escalated to proportions once never
SASS has come a long way since its origins back
in 1981. It has become a direct reflection
of the membership who join with heart and vigor
expanding and keeping alive the Spirit of the
SASS must give credit to many individuals and
groups who have contributed to the growth and
direction of Cowboy Action Shooting. The bottom
line however is SASS members are what make
the organization and The Wild Bunch is determined
to lead, and at the same time, follow the direction
our great sport is taking us.