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Main Match Categories

B-Western

Buckarette (13 & Under)

Buckaroo (13 & Under)

Cattle Baroness (75 +)

Cattle Barron (75 +)

Classic Cowboy

Classic Cowgirl

Cowboy

Cowgirl

Duelist

Elder Statesman (70+)

Forty-Niner (49+)

Frontier Cartridge

Frontier Cartridge Duelist

Frontier Cartridge Gunfighter

Frontiersman

Grand Dame (70+)

Grand Patron (80+)

Grand Patroness (80+)

Gunfighter

Ladies B-Western

Ladies Duelist

Ladies Forty-Niner (49+)

Ladies Frontier Cartridge

Ladies Frontier Cartridge Duelist

Ladies Frontier Cartridge Gunfighter

Ladies Frontiersman

Ladies Gunfighter

Ladies Senior (60+)

Ladies Senior Duelist (60+)

Ladies Senior Gunfighter (60+)

Ladies Silver Senior (65+)

Ladies Wrangler (36+)

Senior (60+)

Senior Duelist (60+)

Senior Gunfighter (60+)

Silver Senior  (65+)

Wrangler (36+)

Young Gun Boy  (14-16)

Young Gun Girls (14-16)


*** In the event that there are fewer then 5 participants in any of the above categories, the Cedar Valley Vigilantes Board, and the Match Director may elect to drop those categories where they determine there is not effective competition, this determination will be final and without appeal.

*** In the event that a category is dropped the shooter will be notified by email and/or telephone and be allowed to change to in any other available category, one (1) time up until they have checked in at the registration table prior to the match. 


Excerpt from SASS Handbook Rev 21.6

 

SASS recognizes shooting categories based upon age, gender, costuming, equipment, shooting style, and/or propellant. The age for a competitor is determined by their age on the first day the match starts. All SASS categories may be subdivided by gender (e.g. Lady Duelist, Lady Gunfighter, Lady 49‘er, Lady Wrangler, etc.). Competitors may compete within any category for which they qualify.  There are no men‘s categories.

The following standard should be applied for all style/costume categories when breaking them down by age: The regulations for the base category will be applied first; THEN the age limits.

 

AGE BASED

·       May use any main match revolver.

·       Revolvers may be shot in any SASS–legal shooting style, except Gunfighter. Rifles: Any SASS–legal pistol caliber rifle.

·       May use any SASS–legal shotgun. May use any SASS–legal ammunition.

·       Juniors are persons aged 16 and under. The category may be subdivided by age and gender. Suggested divisions are ―Young Guns‖ aged 14 through 16 and ―Buckaroos‖ 13 and under. Caution is urged in allowing competitors under age 14. Local laws, regulations, and insurance requirements may prevent matches from offering some age groups.

·       Parental consent and supervision is required for all competitors under twenty-one years of age.

·       Buckaroos must use revolvers, rifles, and shotguns meeting the external standards but may be chambered in .22 LR for revolvers and rifles and .410 caliber shotguns. Standard velocity ammunition for these firearms must be used. Knockdown targets are not required to fall for Buckaroo Category shooters.  A hit will be scored as long as the target is clearly hit. An alternate target MUST be provided for all aerial shotgun targets for  Buckaroo category competitors.

·       Buckaroo Category competitors choosing to use center-fire ammunition in handguns and/or rifles must meet all center-fire power factor and velocity requirements.

·       Cowboy Category shooters are competitors of any age range. Wrangler Category shooters are competitors 36 years of age or greater. Forty-Niners are competitors 49 years of age or greater.

·       Seniors are competitors 60 years of age or greater.   Senior Duelist is a recognized Duelist Category. See Duelist description for the equipment restrictions & shooting technique(s).

·       Silver Seniors are competitors 65 years of age or greater.

·       Elder Statesmen/Grand Dames are competitors 70 years of age or greater.

 

DUELIST

·       Any Main Match fixed sight model revolver.

·       Only Duelist Style or Double Duelist Style may be used.

·       Duelist Style‖ is defined as shooting a revolver cocked and fired one handed, unsupported. The revolver, hand, or shooting arm may not be touched by the off hand except when resolving a malfunctioning revolver problem or when transferring the revolver from one hand to the other.

·       “Double Duelist Style” is defined as shooting a revolver cocked and fired one handed and  unsupported, with each hand, that is, one revolver with the left hand and the other revolver

·       with the right hand. The revolver, hand, or shooting arm may not be touched by the offhand except when resolving a malfunctioning revolver problem.

·       At no time shall the competitor have two loaded revolvers in hand at once. May use any SASS–legal main match shotgun and any main match rifle. May use any SASS–legal ammunition.

 

GUNFIGHTER

·       Any Main Match fixed sight model revolver.

·       Only Gunfighter Style or Double Duelist Style may be used.

·       Gunfighter Style‖ is defined as shooting with a revolver in each hand. Revolvers must be cocked and fired one handed, unsupported, one right-handed and the other left-handed. There is no set pattern as to how the revolvers are to be fired, but alternating revolvers is clearly the most efficient.

·       The Gunfighter, Frontier Cartridge Gunfighter, and B-Western Categories are the only

·       categories that allow two loaded revolvers ―in hand‖ at the same time.

·       A competitor shooting Gunfighter Style in either Gunfighter or B-Western categories is  EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED from utilizing a simultaneous "double cross draw" method of drawing or holstering revolvers. If Gunfighter-STYLE is used (both loaded revolvers out at the same time), the shooter MUST shoot the left-side revolver with the left hand and the right-side revolver with the right hand, regardless of how they are drawn from leather. Failure to comply will result in the progressive penalty for "failure to adhere to the guidelines of the category...".

·       Cross draw IS ALLOWED by any competitor shooting "DOUBLE-DUELIST STYLE" in any category

·       When a stage calls for 10 revolver rounds in a single sequence or the use of only one revolver for the stage, the Gunfighter may draw both revolvers and engage the targets. The Gunfighter shall shoot the targets in exactly the same sequence as prescribed in the stage scenario. A Gunfighter may utilize any sequence that might be available for user by any other shooting category. Stage instructions that specify separate revolvers such as "first pistol/second pistol"; "left revolver/right revolver"; or "with each handgun" are considered as "1st five shots/2nd five shots" when shooting GUNFIGHTER-STYLE.

·       Both revolvers may be cocked at the same time, but must be shot one at a time to facilitate scoring. A Gunfighter may not holster revolvers with the intent to engage another revolver sequence. Once cocked, all rounds must be expended prior to holstering unless the revolvers were  drawn  at  the  wrong  time  or  a  revolver/ammunition  malfunction  has  occurred.

·       Inadvertently leaving unfired rounds in a revolver is a miss unless the round is under the  hammer, then it is a Stage Disqualification.

·       Stage design may allow a competitor shooting Gunfighter Style to stage or restage revolvers between target sequences. If the stage scenario requires the use of another firearm between the revolver sequences or the shooter‘s hands are otherwise constrained (e.g., rolling the dice between revolver sequences), the revolvers must be drawn and shot one at a time unless they can be safely staged rather than holstered.  In this case, both revolvers may be employed at the same time for the first five rounds, safely restaged, and then employed at the same time again for the second five rounds.

·       May use any SASS–legal main match shotgun and any legal main match rifle. May use any SASS–legal ammunition.

·       Two holsters are required, one on each side.

 BLACKPOWDER CATEGORIES

It is expected the blackpowder competitor shall contend with smoke obscured targets. To ensure this, all shotgun, revolver, and rifle powder charges must produce smoke at least equivalent to a baseline load of 15 grains by volume (1 cc) of ffg blackpowder.

 FRONTIER CARTRIDGE

·       Any Main Match fixed sight model revolver.

·       Revolvers may be shot two handed or one handed (duelist style). Must use blackpowder in all loads (rifle, revolver, and shotgun).

·       Must use a side-by-side, single shot or lever action shotgun in the main match stages. Any SASS–legal pistol caliber rifle is acceptable.

·       Frontier Cartridge Duelist is also recognized with all requirements being the same except the Duelist and Double Duelist shooting styles are used. See Duelist description for the required shooting technique(s).

 FRONTIER CARTRIDGE GUNFIGHTER

·       Any Main Match fixed sight model revolver.

·       Only Gunfighter-style or Double Duelist-style may be used. Must use blackpowder in all loads (rifle, revolver, and shotgun).

·       Must use a side-by-side, single shot, or lever-action shotgun in all main match stages. Any SASS-legal pistol caliber rifle is acceptable.

·       See GUNFIGHTER category description for the required shooting technique(s) and holster restrictions.

·       NOTE: Frontier Cartridge competitors may use any SASS–legal firearms and propellants in team and side matches.

 FRONTIERSMAN

·       Any Main Match percussion revolver with non-adjustable sights (Note exceptions listed re: dovetailed sights). (Exception: The 1873 Uberti percussion revolver is not allowed.)

·       Revolvers must be shot duelist or double duelist style.  See Duelist description for required shooting technique.

·       Must use blackpowder in all loads (rifle, revolver, and shotgun).

·       Must use a side-by-side, single shot, or lever action shotgun in the main match stages. Any SASS–legal pistol caliber rifle is acceptable.


CLASSIC  COWBOY/COWGIRL

·       Any Main Match fixed sight model revolver.

·       Revolvers must be shot duelist or double duelist style. See Duelist description for required shooting technique.

·       Rifles: Any 1873 or earlier manufacture SASS–legal rifle or a replica thereof (e.g., 1866 Winchester, 1860 Henry, 1873 Winchester).

·       Revolver and rifle calibers: .40 caliber or larger, rimmed cartridges. Examples include, but are not limited to, .38-40, .44 Special, .44 Russian, .44 Mag., .44-40, .45 Schofield, .45 Colt or .36 caliber or larger cap and ball.

·       May use any SASS–legal ammunition as long as it adheres to the above caliber restrictions. Shotguns:  SASS–legal  external  hammer  double  barrel,  single  shot,  or  lever  actions. External-hammer double barrel shotguns must have manually functioning hammers.   Faux hammers and hammers that are cocked internally are illegal.

·       Costuming: Must choose at least five of the requirements listed below. All clothing items must be worn appropriately during all shooting events and awards ceremonies.

·       Chaps, Western spurs with spur straps, cuffs, tie or scarf worn loosely around the neck or with scarf slide, vest, pocket watch with full length chain, jacket, sleeve garters, knife (screw knives do NOT qualify), botas, leggings, braces; no straw or palm hats allowed.

·       In addition to the above items, ladies may choose from the items listed below in order to compete within this category:

·       Period watch, split riding skirt, bustle, hoops, corset, Victorian style hat (straw allowed), period jewelry, period hair ornaments (e.g., feathers), snood, reticule (period handbag), period lace up shoes, camisole, bloomers, fishnet stockings, feather boa, cape.

·       No Buscadero or drop holster rigs allowed (i.e., part of the grip must be above the belt on which the holster hangs).

·       Boots are required and must be of traditional design with non-grip enhancing (i.e. ―NO Lug‖) soles.  Moccasins are not allowed.

·       Hats must be worn for the entire match.


“B” WESTERN

·       Any main match revolver.

·       Revolvers may be shot in any SASS–legal shooting style, at the shooters‘ discretion.

·       Rifles: Any SASS–legal rifle of 1880 or later design or a replica thereof (e.g., Burgess, Lightning Rifle, 1892, 1894 Winchester or Marlin).

·       May use any SASS–legal shotgun. May use any SASS–legal ammunition.

·       Leather: Buscadero holster rigs or drop holster rigs. (All of the revolver(s) must be carried below the top of the gun belt.) All belt and holster rigs must be embellished (fancy stitching, conchos, spots, or tooling). No shoulder rigs allowed.

·       Costuming: Shirts must be  of the ―B‖  Western  style  with snap  buttons or  any of  the following: ―Smiley Pockets,‖ embroidery, appliqués, fringe, or different colored yokes. Shield shirts are also allowed if the shield/bib has piping or embroidery.

·       Pants must be jeans, ranch pants, or pants with flap over the rear pocket, keystone belt loops, and/or piping or fringe.

·       Pants must be worn with a belt. Ladies may wear dresses, skirts, or split riding skirts. Suspenders are not allowed.  Felt hats only, no straw, or palm leaf hats. Hats must be worn.

·       Boots are required and must be of traditional design and embellished with fancy stitching, multi-color fancy design, conchos or spots. Soles must be non-grip enhancing (i.e., ―NO Lug‖) soles. Lace up boots and moccasins are not allowed.

·       Western Spurs with spur straps are required for men.

·       You must choose at least one or more of the following optional items: gloves or gauntlets, scarves with slides or tied around the neck or bolo tie, coat, vest, chaps or cuffs.

·       All costumes are expected to be fancy and flashy. The ―B‖ Western costuming must be worn during the entire match and awards ceremony with exception of evening formal occasions.