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Single Action Shooting (SAS) is a multi-faceted shooting discipline sometimes referred to as a concept shooting discipline because of the mix of re-enactment through dress and the use of antique or historical firearms commonly in use in the pioneering and settlement period of the ‘Old West’ in the USA.
The discipline allows use of single action revolvers, lever action rifles and double barrel, lever action or pump shotguns common to the period ending 1896. The skills associated with using these antique or reproduction firearms present a challenge to both pistol and long arm shooters.
The single action revolvers, whether they be Colt, Smith & Wesson, Remington or other less--known makes that existed during the period, fortunately have been reproduced by modern manufacturers such as Ruger, Uberti and Western Arms. The use of modern metal technology and machining processes allows the reproduction revolvers to withstand the rigors of competition; however, there are purists who will only use the original firearms.
The majority of calibres are either obsolete or nearly obsolete, having existed for more than 130 years; however, there is still a strong attraction to the .44-40, .45 Long Colt, .45 Schofield and similar cartridges. In fact, in certain categories of competition only these original calibres may be used.
The .357 and .38 Special calibres are popular with many shooters and in fact the early forms of these calibres were in use in the time period, although to a lesser extent.
The early cap and ball revolvers in calibres .36 Navy and .44 calibre are popular in the Frontiersman category, where only black powder may be used.
The competition itself is conducted using the international rules, as promulgated by the world governing body - Single Action Shooting Society.
Matches comprise a number of ‘Courses of Fire’ or ‘Stages’, each being a separate competition within itself. Scoring is generally the rank scoring system based on elapsed time plus penalties for missed targets. The aggregate rank points over the match determines the winners in each category.
Matches are conducted at club, state, national and international level and are generally set between four and 12 stages in main competition, with side events inclusive of long range rifle, team and individual challenge events.
If you have an interest in antique firearms and the skills associated
The firearms used today are single action revolvers, lever action rifles and side-by-side shotguns without automatic ejectors. Essentially, the firearms and calibres used in competition are those comonly in use in the 19th century up until 1896.
Targets used in SAS matches are generally reactive plates specifically designed for this type of competition. They can be square, round or card-suite shapes and are often based on a 400mm x 400mm size. Multiple targets are used on each match stage. Additionally, clay targets may be used in some matches.
Targets are set in accordancce with stage description and must be engaged in exactly the same sequence from static positions, regardless of which category a participant competes in. Sequences are clearly described in the shooter's program.
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