We know that the idea of running out to buy leather holsters, two six shooters, a pistol caliber rifle, and a shotgun is somewhat intimidating, and sometimes can keep some people from trying it out. We want to make sure than everyone has the opportunity to try out a fantastic shooting sport if they choose to. We are going to give you many ways to give this sport a try.
First, if you think you might be interested, come out an watch us. One thing you will notice is everyone is smiling and laughing (how can you not have fun when an adult is dressed like a western hero?). One thing you will notice is that at every match, if someone is watching, often one of the cowboys will strap their own guns and leather on you so you can shoot a stage just for fun. Most of us bring extra ammo just for that purpose.
Even if you don’t have all the guns, come out anyway, and we will make sure you can take part. Most people will be willing to loan you the guns you need to fill your belts, but even if they don’t, or if you are not comfortable borrowing someone else’s hardware, we will let you shoot the stages anyway, and you can just take misses for the guns you don’t have. This is all about having fun and learning the sport anyway, and we are not trying to win a Cadillac, so just come out and have fun with what you have.
One other change we are additing is a new category for newcomers that don’t have the guns yet. Most of us have access to some old single action .22s in our gun safe, so bring them out. Normally, .22s are only legal for Buckaroos/Buckarettes, but for those that just want to try it out before they spend big money on guns, we are adding a new Heartland Only category called Sheepherders. This is not a SASS-legal category for adults, and will be scored separately from the main match, but it will give you a chance to try it out and see if this is the sport for you.
As far as the clothing required, all you need is a pair of jeans, long sleeve shirt, boots, and a cowboy hat. We will be pretty flexible when you are getting started, but no shorts, t-shirts, or ballcaps, please.
We look forward to you shooting with us in the coming years.