As your Rio Salado Club Territorial Governor, I am here to gather comments, criticisms, needs and your proposed rule changes and communicate them to SASS Headquarters. I will also keep the Club updated on rule changes from SASS. Your RSCASS staff will continue to encourage the growth of Cowboy Action Shooting and our great Club through monthly practices and New Shooter Orientations.
As members, you also represent SASS and our Club. So please encourage your shooting friends to give Cowboy Shooting a try. All the info required to start is on our website. I encourage every club member to read the new Shooters Handbook, which was updated in January 2019. It contains past rule changes and a new format which is easier to follow. You will find rule clarifications by the ROC at http://www.oowss.com/ROCornerIndex.htm.
If you have any questions on rules in the SASS Shooters Handbook, please ask me. If I don’t have the immediate answer, I can find it for you.
Territorial Governor Update:
Happy New Year to all our cowboys and cowgirls! There are a lot of fun matches planned around the valley for the winter months as we get ready for Winter Range.
Jan 2020 brings us a new updated version of the Shooters Handbook. Please download it from SASS.net and give it a good read. Let’s all be familiar with the rules of the game we love to play.
One item in particular which we have discussed a lot recently is moving from the loading table with a cocked rifle. The new rule is officially in place and there has been much discussion at matches as to how to implement it.
The ROC has just issued an official clarification. It is listed in detail on the SASS forum so I will just be brief on one item in particular: If the shooter stages their rifle with action closed and a cocked hammer, it is a SDQ if it leaves the shooter’s hands (regardless if there is a round in the chamber). If it is also shown to have a round in the chamber when the shooter points the rifle down range and pulls the trigger, it will be a second SDQ, which equals a MDQ!
This rule adds an additional task for the Timer Operator, since they should try to observe the rifle hammer before the shooter stages the rifle and takes their hands off it. Some TOs will observe, some won’t, so it is critically important for you as a shooter to check your hammer at the loading table to avoid a possible SDQ or MDQ. Please read the full clarification on the SASS forum.
Be safe and shoot straight. See you at the next match!