Working Cowboy Category
We've had several folks inquire about this shooting category and in checking around, we've found that several clubs in this region are beginning to offer it. So, we will also - beginning with our July match.
What is it? Well, I remember a movie - Tom Selleck I believe - where the cowboy has ridden into town, left his horse and saddle at the local stable and is now walking towards the hotel. He has a pistol on his hip, a rifle in one hand and his saddle bags over his shoulder. This was the image that came to mind when the Working Cowboy class was explained to me. In the Old West, a real cowboy commonly owned one pistol and if he owned a long gun, it was more likely a rifle.
SASS makes no claim to being "authentic old west" in the way NCOWS does. But the Working Cowboy class comes closer to how the Old West was. NCOWS has this class and they even go so far as to require the shooter to carry his rifle and ammo - no guncart. (Think of the movie scene above.) We won't be THAT authentic! But SASS allows local clubs to try new classes and, if they become popular, SASS may adopt them nationally - like they did with Classic Cowboy and B Western.
Here are the rules in a nutshell -
1. Ignore the shotgun - no shotgun will be used.
2. One pistol & rifle only - reload as necessary
3. The shooter will shoot the same stages in the same order as other classes - EXCEPT the shooter will ignore the shotgun parts and reload the single pistol for the "2nd pistol" in the stage scenario. The pistol may not be reloaded until immediately before firing - NO holstering a RELOADED pistol.
4. Have fun!
We'll do it this way for the rest of the season and make any adjustments next season based on shooter comments and feedback. Also, since this class is not shooting the same targets as the other classes, Saguaro Kid tells me he will keep the Working Cowboy class separate from the other scores - only seems fair. But we won't be sub-dividing this class into age/gender groups, just one class for this year.
Also, there is less gear to haul to the range, fewer guns to clean and cheaper with no shot shells to buy.