What is SASS®


The Single Action Shooting Society is an international organization created to preserve and promote the fast growing sport of Cowboy Action Shooting™. SASS endorses regional matches conducted by affiliated clubs and annually produces END of TRAIL, the World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting™ & Wild West Jubilee.

 Cowboy Action Shooting™ is a multifaceted shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical ofthose used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers, lever action rifles, and side by side double barreled, pre-1899 pump, or lever action shotguns. The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, "Old West" style. 

 Contestants shoot in several one- to four-gun stages ( courses of fire ) in which they engage reactive steel and cardboard silhouette targets. Scoring is based on accuracy and speed.

 The truly unique aspect of Cowboy Action Shooting™ is the requirement placed on authentic period or western screen dress. Each participant is required to adopt a shooting alias appropriate to a character or profession ofthe late 19th century, or a Hollywood western star, and develop a costume accordingly.

 Your SASS shooting alias is exclusively yours. In the tradition of the Old West cattle brand registries, SASS prohibits one shooter duplicating another's alias. There is on I y one Tex, one Kid Curry, and one Loophole Pettifogger.

 SASS affiliated clubs are required to espect the sanctity of SASS members' aliases and shooter numbers, using them in their articles for publication in "The Cowboy Chronicle" and giving ther preference over locaI club members who are not SASS members, and are using a duplicate alias. 

 American history buffs and serious shooters alike agree the use of vintage firearms, authentic costuming, unique targets, and fast action make Cowboy Action Shooting™ one of the most interesting of all shooting sports for both spectator and contestant.
This handbook includes the specific rules, regulations, and general guidelines adopted by the Single Action Shooting Society. It is the intention and hope of SASS these equirements will serve to preserve and protect Cowboy Action Shooting™  from the gimmickry and technical gamesmanship that have had such a negative effect on other shooting disciplines. The founders of SASS believe END of TRAIL and club and annual matches are ag much an opportunity for fun and fellowship as they are shooting competitions.