Rules

Introduction

The Saskatchewan Association of Wild West Shooters is a province wide shooting association dedicated to the promotion of  Wild West Cowboy Action style shooting sport.

Wild West shooting is a competitive sport involving the use of original or accurate reproduction firearms of a type manufactured at or before 1899.

Including , but not limited to, Single Action Revolvers, Pump or Lever action rifles in pistol calibers,

Single shot,  Side by Side , Lever or exposed hammer Pump Shotguns.

Which contestants shoot in a variety of western styles in several of one to five gun stages called courses of fire in which they engage reactive and steel targets. Scoring is based on accuracy and speed.

 

This guide offers the Specific rules, regulations, and general guidelines adopted by the Saskatchewan Association of Wild West Shooters to standardize the rules for Wild West shooting in Saskatchewan.

 

S.A.W.W.S. STRESSES THE NECESSITY OF SAFE AND RESPONSIBLE USE OF FIREARMS .

 ALL COMPETITORS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND PRE EVENT SAFETY MEETINGS.

S.A.S.S. Handbooks - Know the Rules

 

SPIRIT OF THE GAME

The sport of Wild West shooting requires an attitude of SPORTSMANLIKE BEHAVIOR and ENJOYMENT IN PARTICIPATION of all aspects of the events.

 

General Rules All Cowboy Action Shooters Should Know

1.    EYE AND EAR PROTECTION IS MANDATORY for all competitors and observers watching the event within a specified distance as deemed by the MATCH DIRECTOR.

2.    When carrying a firearm anywhere on the range the action shall be open and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

3.    All firearms while stored prior to a competitor being called to shoot will have the action left open.

4.    There is no DRY FIRING  allowed  in the SAFE AREA.                                              

5.    Any competitor wanting to check/ show their firearm must do it in the SAFE AREA.

6.    If a competitor is not wearing a holster  the revolver must be carried with the loading gate open and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

7.    Only competitors are allowed to wear firearms at the match.

8.    When drawing a revolver from a holster the gun WILL NOT BE COCKED UNTIL THE MUZZLE IS AT LEAST A 45 DEGREE ANGLE DOWN RANGE.

9.    During competition only,  rifles may be staged with the magazine loaded and action closed on an empty chamber and the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.

10.    Shotguns are always staged unloaded and with the action open.

11.    The muzzle of a weapon will never be placed on the ground or a competitor's foot as this is unsafe behavior and also breaks the 170 degree safety rule.

12.    The competitor with a firearm in hand and a loaded chamber under a cocked hammer is never allowed to move until the round is fired.

13.    Our matches are not fast draw competitions.

14.    Competitors wearing cross draw or shoulder holsters must turn their bodies when drawing their firearm in order not to break the 170 degree safety rule.

15.    Match directors may place props or set up courses of fire where a competitor has to negotiate them. Competitors physically unable to comply with these maneuvers will be given consideration to still be able to shoot the             stage.

16.    Props may be declared by the match director as shootable or expendable.

17.    Alcohol or intoxicants are not allowed at shooting events. Anyone wishing to compete in an event who is considered to be intoxicated will be refused for safety reasons.

18.    SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS. With firearms, NEVER ASSUME THEY ARE UNLOADED. CHECK YOUR OWN GUNS. Assuming won't just make an ass of you and me, IT COULD KILL YOU.

19.    Treat others with consideration and respect. Everyone is at these events to enjoy themselves.

20.    Competitors are expected to appear at shooting events, awards, photo opportunities and social events in attire consistent to the class in which you choose to shoot.

 

This listing does not cover all the rules of Cowboy Action Shooting as determined by the Saskatchewan Association of Wild West Shooters

They are intended to serve as basic guidelines for people wishing to compete in the sport of C.A.S.

 

Ammunition

All ammunition used at S.A.W.W.S. shooting and demonstration events will be cast lead or lead shot.

Jacketed or Gas check bullets are not allowed. Lead bullets will fragment on the targets and not bounce back into the shooter or observers.  Lead bullets of these stated velocities will not damage the targets

Pistol ammo must not be lower than 600 fps and not over 1000 fps in velocity.

Rifle ammo must not exceed 1400 fps in velocity.

Pocket pistols, derringers and long range rifles are exempt from velocity requirements but may be required to be fired at paper targets for safety reasons.

Shotguns must use lead shot only and be #4 to #8 shot size inclusive.

Competitors will be required to provide five rounds of ammunition to match officials for inspection and chronograph testing upon request.

Competitors may be held responsible for damage caused to a target or injury to personnel due to "bounce back" because of inappropriate ammunition. This major safety violation is grounds for instant disqualification and ejection from the match.

Pistol and rifle ammunition may not be jacketed, semi jacketed, plated, gas checked or copper washed. It must be all lead. Molydisulfide coated bullets or equivalent are acceptable.

Pistol and rifle ammunition must be of "single projectile" design.  Multiple projectile bullets are not allowed.

Ammunition with bullets recessed below the case mouth is not allowed.

Blackpowder means blackpowder or a blackpowder substitute such as Pyrodex, 777, or comparable propellant intended for muzzle loading firearms. Propellants containing nitrocellulose are prohibited as blackpowder substitutes. Any combination of smokeless and blackpowder (called duplex loads) is prohibited.

Shotgun shot size must be #4 to #8 inclusive lead birdshot. No steel, plated or copper shot allowed.

Shotgun shells shall not be sized down by the use of any die not manufactured for the specific gauge.

Shotgun shells shall not be scored or ringed so as to cause the shot shell case,, wad and shot column to be shot from the firearm as one projectile.

Pump and lever action shotguns are allowed to load no more than two rounds at a time in the main match stages.

All centerfire or rimfire ammunition must be designed to package the bullet, gunpowder and primer into a single metallic case precisely made to fit the firing chamber of the firearm. The primer must be of the type that uses only a small charge of impact sensitive chemical that may be located at the center of the case head or at its rim. Electrically fired ammunition is not allowed.

 

Shooter Categories

The TYPE OF FIREARM you choose dictates what class you will compete in but not your shooting style.

In the interest of promoting Cowboy Action Shooting as a sport open to all people who wish to compete, the Saskatchewan Association of Wild West Shooters has included an OPEN CLASS SHOOTER category. Open Class is intended for anyone not able to or not wishing to compete in Black powder, Traditional or Modern class events and will be explained below.

OPEN CLASS

 Open Class category is intended to allow all new and existing members to compete in shooting events. This falls under the "shoot what you got and wear what you want, just get out and shoot" attitude that the Saskatchewan Association of Wild West Shooters has maintained at all of our shooting events. We expect that as you come to enjoy the competition sport of Cowboy Action Shooting you will want to get into "The Spirit Of The Game" and enjoy all aspects of the sport and social events. You do not need to go out and spend a lot of money getting started in C.A.S. The Saskatchewan Association of Wild West Shooters organizes our competitions so that anyone wishing to "Try Out The Sport" may simply show up at a competition and have a Qualified Instructor / Range Officer assist them with safety and firearms instructions. To try out the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting all you are required to bring to a competition is the interest.

 You may shoot in a T shirt and jeans, You may use your double action revolver ( but you must fire it in single action style), You may wear a ball cap instead of a Stetson, You may shoot in running shoes instead of cowboy boots. Just make sure that your attire provides adequate protection for range safety requirements or you will be refused range access for safety reasons.

 We will not turn you away from a S.A.W.W.S. shooting event because you are not in western attire or wish to compete with the firearms that do not comply with the Traditional or Modern class of firearms rules.

 OPEN CLASS shooters will be classed as ANYONE who does not fit into the standard shooting categories due to firearm or costume requirements. You will be required to follow all safety rules and will be required to follow the Match Director / Range Officers instructions for firearm usage including but not limited to; Load only one round at a time on swing out cylinders, cock and fire double action revolvers for each shot, etc.  As this is a Cowboy Action Shooting association, Please do not ask to shoot your colt 1911 auto or your ar 15. Etc. The refusal or allowing of firearms used in competition shall be at the match director's discretion and not open to discussion.

 OPEN CLASS rules only pertain to the Saskatchewan Association of Wild West Shooters sanctioned shooting events. You may not be allowed to compete at out of province events and would definitely not be allowed to compete at any S.A.S.S.tm. sanctioned shooting events. Open class is designed for people getting started in C.A.S. or People who have no wish to compete in  interprovincial, or international shooting events but simply enjoy the fun and friendship of C.A.S.

In the 'SPIRIT OF THE GAME" SAWWS requests that "OPEN CLASS" will only be open to new shooters with one year or less of participation in SAWWS sanctioned activities and events.

Open Class shooters will be allowed to shoot at club level and non-S.A.S.S. sanctioned events only.

 

Traditional

Traditional class shall be defined as;

Any S.A.W.W.S. legal main match revolver with non adjustable traditional sights.

May use any S.A.W.W.S. legal main match shotgun and main match rifle.

May use any S.A.W.W.S. legal ammunition.

 

Modern

Modern class shall be defined as;

Any S.A.W.W.S. legal main match revolver with adjustable modern sights.

Two Traditional revolvers may not be used in the Modern class. For two revolver stages it is permissible for one revolver to be of traditional style. For one revolver stages a Modern style revolver must be used.

May use any S.A.W.W.S. legal main match shotgun and main match rifle.

May use any S.A.W.W.S. legal ammunition.

 

Black Powder

Black powder cartridge class shall be defined as;

Any S.A.W.W.S. legal main match revolver with non adjustable traditional sights.

Must use black powder in all pistol,, rifle and shotgun loads.

Must use a side by side or lever action shotgun in all main match stages.

Any S.A.W.W.S. legal Pistol caliber rifle is allowed.

Black powder percussion class shall be defined as;

Any S.A.W.W.S. legal main match Percussion revolver with non adjustable traditional sights.

Revolvers must be shot Duelist style . See descriptions of shooting styles for required shooting technique.

Must use black powder in all pistol, rifle and shotgun loads.

Must use a side by side  or lever action shotgun in all main match stages.

Any S.A.W.W.S. legal Pistol caliber rifle is allowed.

 

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