Today was the first Cowboy action shoot since the Province imposed lockdowns back in April, effectively closing most gun clubs and many outdoor activities. As we are now allowed limited activities, the Decew Gun Club scheduled a Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) match today, July 25, 2021. The match was limited to 15 participants and two of us from the Dunnville club were able to attend.
Last September, I had the opportunity to shoot CAS at Decew GC for the first time so I was excited to return.
My goal today was to improve on my times from last year while concentrating on accuracy over speed. I accomplished that with all 4 stages shot “clean” except for one procedural penalty on Stage 2 when I shot a target out of sequence. The procedural penalty hurts as it comes with a 10 second penalty. But considering that I incurred no other penalties for missed targets, I felt pretty good. At the end of the day, even with the procedural penalty I had taken 53 seconds off my time from my first match last year.
As always, I want to do better, but today showed definite progress.
The Posse at Decew are a well organized and welcoming bunch. If you want to know more about Cowboy Action Shooting, check out these websites:
In the fall of 2020, I was introduced to Cowboy Action Shooting by a friend who invited me to attend a match at Decew Gun Club. I believed that I was going to just observe the match and learn about the sport. Well, the posse welcomed me with open arms and soon I found myself all geared up and ready to shoot! I shot the whole match and I was hooked!
Any cowboy shooter worth his or her salt has their own cart to haul all their stuff to matches. I had seen a few carts at the match at Decew and researched on the interwebs to learn more. I came up with a design I liked and in December I set out to build my cart.
The cart is constructed mostly of select pine with a piece of oak plywood for the floor. The cart will hold 2 SASS approved shotguns as well as 2 rifles. The storage box is a separate unit and will hold enough ammo for a match as well as my revolvers and their holsters.
The cart itself knocks down into two pieces for easier transport by simply unscrewing the bolts that connect the uprights to the base (by the wheels).
I had fun building it and I learned a few things along the way. If you would like to read a detailed description of the construction of my cart, you can download this PDF file.