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COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING™ SASS Range Operations Basic Safety Course

The Stage Marshal does not have the duty to watch every move of the shooter, but does have the duty to make sure each shooter completes the stage according to the directions and they all complete it in the same way. The Stage Marshal is there to promote consistency, prevent controversies, resolve discrepancies, and do everything possible to keep each posse on schedule. If the match is a “lost brass” match, remind each posse the schedule does not allow time for brass pickup (except brass shotgun shells).

It is recommended each Stage Marshal be a graduate of the SASS RO courses, and as such should be familiar with the rules and guidelines. Watch for illegal equipment, ammunition or any category specific requirements and enforce the current SASS rules exactly as they are written. Do not attempt to interpret, either liberally or conservatively, any of the rules. If a problem is encountered, be sure to follow the proper chain of command by bringing it to the attention of the RO and posse leader for quick resolution. If the problem is not quickly and appropriately resolved, notify the Range Master.

Do not hesitate to contact the Range Masters if there are ANY questions. Each Range Master should have a current SASS Handbook and all of the RO reference materials closely at hand just in case a resolution may require some research.


Standard Range Commands are used in almost every established shooting sport. It is the most

efficient way to understand range

run a shooting line.

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say the range commands exactly word for word, but the closer the better. For instance, of “Is the Shooter Ready” the term “Is the Cowboy Ready” is certainly acceptable. After western flavor and spirit of our game allows for colorful individuality. There is no

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co-exist! Remember, SPEAK UP! all are wearing hearing protection.

  • 1.

    “Do You Understand the Course of Fire?” is the customary initial query at the Loading Table. A negative response requires additional explanation. Answer any shooter’s questions in a clear and consistent manner. Remember, never make a shooter feel as though he/she is being rushed.

  • 2.

    “Is the Shooter Ready?” is normally the Timer Operator’s initial command and should always be said just before the “Stand By” command. If the competitor is not ready or doesn’t understand the stage, he will ask you questions. If they are ready, they’ll just nod their head, and they’re ready to hear the “Stand By” command. If they ask a question, answer it to their satisfaction. While the primary goal is to assist the shooter, questions regarding the negotiation of the stage should be kept to a minimum at the firing line. After it is apparent they understand the stage, say again, “Is the Shooter Ready?” Don’t just say “Stand By.” It’s better when shooters are comfortable and given the courtesy of a starting rhythm. We are not trying to surprise them with the start signal. Don’t rush the shooter, but sometimes it is up to the Timer Operator to keep things moving efficiently.

  • 3.

    “Stand By” should always be the last words spoken with a one- to three-second pause before the start signal unless the stage calls for the shooter to say a line or use a prop before the time

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