Single Action Shooting Society is an international
organization created to preserve and promote
the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting™.
regional matches conducted by affiliated clubs,
stages END of TRAIL The World Championship of Cowboy
Action Shooting, promulgates rules and procedures
to ensure safety and consistency in Cowboy Action
Shooting matches, and seeks to protect its members'
2nd Amendment rights. SASS members share a common
interest in preserving the history of the Old West
and competitive shooting.
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Old West Aliases
One of the unique aspects of SASS approved Cowboy
Action Shooting™ is the requirement placed
on costuming. Each participant is required
to adopt 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 a SASS member's individual
area of interest, SASS events provide regular
opportunities for fellowship and fun with like-minded
folks and families.
Choosing an Alias
Every SASS member is required to select a shooting
alias representative of a character or profession
from the Old West or the western film genre.
Your alias may not in anyway duplicate or easily
be confused with any other member's alias.
The following guideline should help you in
choosing an alias:
Your alias must be printable before a wide
audience. No duplications are permitted.
If it sounds the same, it is the same.
Adding "too," "II,"
etc., is not acceptable. "Ranger"
could become "Texas Ranger"
but not "The Ranger." "John
Henry Chisum" could be modified to
"Jack Chisum" but not "John
H. Chisum" or "Jon Henry Chisum."
Historical names may not be modified to
make them different. "Wyatt Earp"
and "Marshal Wyatt Earp" are
considered the same.
The SASS Alias Registry changes daily. Feel free
to search the current alias list then telephone or fax the SASS office to confirm
the availability of your alias choice. Be creative
and good luck!
Old West Firearms
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
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.
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."