The Verdant Mountain Vigilantes
and the Single Action Shooting Society
(SASS) are proud to welcome you to the
2016 SASS Vermont State Cowboy Action Shooting Championship
"Green Mountain Mayhem"
to be held on August 12-14, 2016 at the Caledonia Forest and Stream Club, St. Johnsbury, VT. Entry will be first come, first served with a limit of 130 shooters. You must be a current SASS member.
We are pleased to welcome as our Match Sponsor:
Registration Form and
Camping Form (coming soon).
The sport is an attempt to re-live the time of the "Old West", whether real or fantasy. The shooting competition utilizes reactive steel targets and live ammunition. Shooters negotiate scenarios based on real or imagined incidents from the history of the 19th century West or the silver screen of the Saturday matinee.
Props, aliases, and period clothing are all utilized to help establish the feel of the American West of over 100 years ago.You'll often see such props as a saloon, fences, wagons or jail cell used in a scenario. Each shooter is expected to adopt a particular "alias", such as Three Barrel Chris, Doc McCoy, Emma Goodcook, Bear Camp, Ike Shotgun McCoy, Blackhands, Ranger Sgt. Jake McCandless, Chelsea Kid, Island Pond Paul and others. They then dress in clothing appropriate for the persona they have chosen -- whether it be a cowboy, schoolmarm, blacksmith, gambler, saloon girl, banker, Indian, or lawman. You won't find baseball caps, sneakers or T-shirts at a CAS event! Minimum dress requirements are a cowboy hat and boots, a long-sleeved shirt and jeans.
Unlike many modern "high tech" shooting matches, CAS takes pride in the use of weapons available between the Civil War and 1899. The technology of this sport is limited to what can be found in original or reproduction firearms of the period.
Equipment needed includes single action revolver(s), a lever action rifle in pistol caliber, and a side-by-side, pre-1899 pump or lever action shotgun. Ammo must be lead bullets only (pistol under 1000 fps, rifle under 1400 fps); shotgun ammo must be lead shot, #4 or smaller. Shooters are grouped in classes based on the type of pistol they shoot (fixed vs. adjustable sights), the way the pistol is held when shooting (one or two-handed), the ammo used (smokeless vs. black powder), their age, and/or their costuming.
The emphasis is on FUN rather than all out "win at any cost" competition. This is an opportunity to make friends and to share an appreciation for the lore and legend of the most well known and unique period in American history, its equipment, dress and lifestyle.
For further information on the shoot, please contact:
' (Match Director) at 802-363-7162 or
' (Registrar) at 802-223-7746.
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