Event Information

Cowboy Action Shooting


  • Cowboy Shooting Event:
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • Schedule:
  • Registration/Check-in:
    8:00 am - 8:30 am
  • Safety Briefing/Match: 9:00 am
  • Awards: Approximately 45 minutes after the conclusion of shooting

Other Info

 2018 Entry Form

 2018 Sport Information

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Billings Rod & Gun Club
2931 Rod & Gun Club Rd.
Billings, MT 59106
(2.5 miles West of Airport on Hwy 3)

Entry Fees

First Shooting Event: $20/participant
Additional Events:
(Shooting Only)

*The second event ($5 fee) is only available to individuals who register their first shooting event by July 20.

*$5 Targeting fee payable at gun club at check-in. DO NOT INCLUDE TARGET FEES WITH STATE GAMES ENTRY FEES.

 Online Entry Deadline: July 26

Onsite registration only after July 26.

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2931 Rod & Gun Club Rd.
Billings, MT 59106
(2.5 miles West of Airport on Hwy 3)

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Cowboy Action Shooting Commissioner Stan Bayley has competed in Big Sky State Games shooting sports for 16 years, and Cowboy Action Shooting for 5 years. He believes Cowboy Action Shooting is a sport the whole family can compete in together, and provides an excellent opportunity to gain new skills with revolvers, rifle, and shotgun in a competitive, but friendly, environment. Stan enjoys the connection to the "old west," of which Montana was an integral part. In addition to Cowboy Action Shooting, Stan regularly competes in high power rifle and long range buffalo rifle matches.

Second year Cowboy Action Shooting Commissioner Mike Radecki has been involved in this sport for four years. He quickly became involved with the local Single Action Shooting Sports (SASS) affiliate, the Montana Territory Peacemakers, and has worked to foster a relationship between this club and local 4-H shooting sports members. According to Mike, "Cowboy Action Shooting gives us an opportunity to keep the Old West alive through the use of period correct firearms, storytelling, and clothing. Besides, not many sports offer the opportunity to use your pistols, rifles, and shotguns at the same event!"

State Games of America Qualifier

All 2017 and 2018 Big Sky State Games medalists, and some 2019 medalists are eligible to compete in the
2019 State Games of America in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Current sports are:

Archery, Basketball, Biathlon, Billiards, Bowling, Cycling (Mountain Bike), Disc Golf, Equestrian, Fencing, Figure Skating, Golf, Ice Hockey, Karate, Lacrosse, Pickleball, Racquetball, Road Race, Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do/Judo, Tennis, Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Weightlifting, and Wrestling.

Please see the State Games of America website for more information.

Targeting Fees

*There is a $5.00 targeting fee per person. Targeting fee is payable at the gun club at check-in. DO NOT INCLUDE TARGET FEES WITH STATE GAMES ENTRY FEES!


Medals will be awarded to top male and female shooters in the following categories.

  • Buckaroos/Buckarettes (Age 13 & Under)
  • Young Guns (Age 14-16)
  • Cowboy/Cowgirl (Any Age)
  • 49'er (Age 49 & Older)
  • Senior (Age 60 & Older)
  • Silver Senior (Age 65 & Older)
  • Elder Statesman/Grand Dame (Age 70 & Older)
  • Duelist (Any Age)
  • Frontier Cartridge (Any age)
  • Sod Buster (Any age)

Match Rules

  • SASS and local rules apply.
  • SASS rules and information can be found at www.sassnet.com
  • Ammunition must conform to SASS requirements. The maximum velocities are 1000 fps for revolvers and 1400 fps for rifles. Ammunition that exceeds these velocities is considered illegal. Shooter's whose ammunition is suspected of exceeding these levels will be required to cease shooting and must procure and use conforming ammunition if they wish to continue the match. Only lead bullets with no gas checks may be used.
  • Montana Territory Peacemakers is the hosting cowboy action shooting club.
  • Local rules and safety information can be found on the Montana Territory Peacemakers website.
  • Registration is limited to the first 51 shooters of which no more than 6 may be of the Sod Buster category.
  • On-site registration the day of the match up to the maximum allowed number of shooters.
  • Sod Buster category information/requirements can be found under the "New Shooter" tab on the Montana Territory Peacemakers website.
  • Shooters must indicate Alternate Shooting Category at check in.
  • In the Frontier Cartridge category, shooters may shoot "Gunfighter", "Duelist", or "Traditional" style. Pistols may be either cartridge or cap and ball.
  • The Commissioners may combine categories at their discretion.

NOTE: Parental/adult consent and suprevision is required for all competitors under 18 years of age.


  • Participants are required to attend the safety meeting prior to the match.
  • This is a six (6) stage match. Round count for the match will be 60 rifle, 60 pistol, and 25+ shotgun, except for the Sod Buster classes, which will only require 30 pistol rounds. Rifle and shotgun rounds remain the same for the Sod Buster classes, depending upon which is used.
  • Participants must adhere to SASS-CAS dress code guidelines at the range with the exception of the Sod Buster category. Information on Sod Buster requirements can be found at the "New Shooter" tab on the Montana Territory Peacemakers website.
  • Eye and ear protection is required for all participants and spectators during the event.
  • Time + miss + penalties = total time/score. The match is scored as total time.