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|About||BAR-20 Cowboy Action Shooting Club at Eatonbrook Rod and Gun Club.|
What Is Cowboy Shooting?
Cowboy shooting is a gathering of people who want to have fun shooting the old style firearms used by the cowboys both real and film heroes. We shoot lead bullets at metal targets using shotgun, rifle, and pistol.
Are There Age Restrictions?
In New York we are governed by the laws of the state. Fortunately those rules have changed lately to allow youth shooters age 12 and up to participate with parental permission. We frequently have shooters into their 80′s competing. Again, safety is paramount and all must obey safe gun handling procedures. If you have a physical disability we can find a way to accommodate your needs.
What type of firearms do you use?
Generally anything from the period pre 1900. Lever guns need to have exposed hammers, shotguns are either side by side without ejectors, or a pump Winchester model ’97. Pistols are single action clones. Usually rifles and pistols are in the same caliber.
What Calibers Do You Use?
A variety of calibers can be found at any shoot but all are limited to pistol calibers. Pistol ammunition is limited to under 1000 fps and rifle to under 1500 fps. This means no magnum loads. Common calibers are .38 special (.357 loaded to 38 data), 44 and 45 long colt. Sometimes you will find a .32 or the original black powder loads.
Youth shooters are allowed to use 22 rifles on the pistol and rifle targets as well as .410 shotguns. Bullets are all lead, of the Round Nose, Flat Point (RNFP) or (RNTC) variety.
Is Period Clothing Required?
Wouldn’t be cowboy shooting if we all came in ball caps, shorts and sneakers. However we realize the cost of outfitting can be prohibitive and will allow you to begin shooting without all the trappings. Jeans and a long sleeve shirt would be a good start. Many of us have found banded collar shirts and vests at local Salvation Army stores or Walmart or Kmart. Eventually hats, boots, scarves, spurs, chaps can all be added. Some categories require a certain l