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 2020. 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:
Welcome back cowboys and cowgirls! It’s been a long wait but we finally had a match at Rio. It was a great turnout and we thank everyone for following the new social distancing requirements of the shooting range. Being limited to10 on a posse made for hard working posse members. I sure many of you went home more tired than after a normal match. There were plenty of rusty shooters on the line after so many major matches and monthly matches were cancelled. Sadly, The Legends and EOT were two that were cancelled.
The Rio Salado Cowboys will continue to hold monthly matches over the summer. Keep watching the main page for updates on the covid requirements. SASS was nice and created a set of covid-19 guidelines that they emailed to all members. Please read them. If you did not receive then, they are on the SASS Wire or I can send them to you.
The June practice will only be used for new shooters this month. We will be conducting a New Shooter Orientation as well. This will allow us to keep our maximum shooters in the bay at 10.
If you would like to attend, please contact me ahead of time.
Let’s talk about a shooting situation that I know has happened to plenty of shooters and how to handle it: Suppose you come off the loading table and after setting your guns, you look down and you have no shotgun shells! Or your missing reload ammo for your guns! You can handle this several ways and it will depend on the match as to which one you do.
You can ground your pistols, go back to your cart and get your ammo and come back.
If there are time constraints, the TO may send you back to the loading table, you ground your pistols and go back to your cart. This allows the next shooter to go to the line to keep the posse moving.
You also could borrow ammo from another shooter or a friendly TO.
There is a misconception that it is illegal to leave the line. Not so! Only illegal if you do it with loaded guns, same as at the loading table. The illegal part begins when the first shot goes down range. Then you must finish the stage with what you have. Any ammo acquired (and actually used on the stage) after the first shot, becomes “illegally acquired ammo”.
It is however recommended that if you need ammo for the stage, please go back to the loading table. That allows the posse to keep moving and for you to take your time being safe and to properly compose yourself to shoot the stage. If you would like to read more on this subject, please go to the SASS Wire, search for “WTC leaving the line” from May 24.
Be safe and shoot straight!