e wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the epiphany one man had in 1981 while sitting on his couch indulging in a relaxing afternoon full of TV Western movies. Harper Creigh, a Marine Corps veteran who owned a Southern California architectural model-making firm, used western movies and Action and Trap shooting to escape from the business world’s stress. On this particular day, he decided to turn his love for the Wild West into something much grander, Cowboy Action Shooting™.
Harper Creigh, AKA Judge Roy Bean, SASS #1, encouraged other action shooters to dig their old “cowboy” guns out of their closets, strap on their “hog legs,” pull their hats down tight, and play their game “the old fashioned way.” To everyone’s delight, the game proved fun, took on a life of its own, and, in 1982, END of TRAIL was born!
Realizing the game would grow and needed consistency to succeed, the Judge was in part responsible for the creation of The Single Action Shooting Society in 1987.
He was the first recipient of the END of TRAIL “Top Hand” award in 1989, and he is the conscience of Cowboy Action Shooting™.
The Judge attends as many matches across the country as possible, talking and listening to SASS members and fulfilling the role of roving SASS Ambassador. When asking the Judge a question, always be prepared for a straight answer!
Judge Roy Bean is the founding father of Cowboy Action Shooting™.