Trailrider's Guide to Cowboy Action Shooting



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The Chapters

Introduction

(1). What Cowboy Action Shooting Is All About
* Not Fast Draw or Quick Draw
* Shooting game using single action revolvers, lever action rifles, and double or hammer pump shotguns.
* Timed stages with penalties for missed targets
* Ammo requirements
* SAFETY emphasized!

(2). Choosing Your Battery - I - Cartridge and Shotshell Selection - Pros & Cons of each
* Regulation Rifle & Pistol Cartridges
* Shotshells
* Long Range "Buffalo" Cartridges used in side matches
* Cartridges for Derringers & Pocket Pistols

(3). Choosing Your Battery - II - The Guns
* Antiques - why and why NOT!
* Revolvers - discussion of the several types available, pros & cons of each & the SAFE way to load and unload the three basic types - Colt, Ruger & Smith & Wesson #3
* Barrel length choices
* Costs
* Gun Fit, Shooting Styles and Safety

(4). Choosing Your Battery - III - Rifles & Shotguns
* Rifles - Discussion of various types & brands - Pros & Cons
* Shotguns - Discussion of types & brands - Double, pump and lever actions
* Long Range rifles, sights & shooting techniques
* Derringers & Pocket Pistols
* Horseback Events - discussion of Cowboy Mounted Shooting - a separate, but allied sport.

(5). "I See By Your Outfit..." - Choosing Your Character and Dressing the Part
* Ladies & Gentlemen's basic fashions & how to assemble an economical wardrobe.
* Holster and Belt styles
* The SAFE and correct way to draw from crossdraw holsters

(6). Handloading
* SAFETY Tips
* Metallic Cartridge loading equipment types & Brands - Single stage vs Progressive Presses
* Shotshell loading equipment
* Using manuals, effects of temperature on ammo performance & safety
* Chronographs - use, brands, costs
* Gun blowups! Discussion of incidents and possible causes as it concerns handloading; techniques to minimize the likelihood.
* Trailrider's Favorite Loads

(7). Accuracy
* Requirements for Cowboy Action Shooting
* Sighting In - techniques for rifle & revolvers
* Sight adjustment - including calculations & tables
* Conclusion


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