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COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING™ SASS Range Operations Basic Safety Course

ceasefire condition is resolved, an “All Clear” command is given, the Red Flags withdrawn, and normal range operations resumed. Any shooter stopped while shooting a stage is given a reshoot.


Stage Conventions or standard range behaviors are a list of practices every shooter is expected to know and follow on every stage. These stage defaults should be followed in all SASS Matches unless otherwise directed in stage descriptions.

  • 1.

    All knockdown shotgun targets may be reengaged until down.

  • 2.

    All knockdown targets (shotgun, rifle, or revolver) must go down to count. Any knockdown target still standing once the shooter has engaged the next sequence of the stage will be counted as a miss.

  • 3.

    All staged guns shall have their barrels pointed safely down range. All long guns initially staged on a horizontal flat surface shall be staged lying flat where at least the rear of the trigger guard is on the staging area. All handguns initially staged on a horizontal flat surface must be staged with the entire handgun lying flat on the staging surface.

  • 4.

    Staged shotguns will be open and empty.

  • 5.

    Shooters may not start a stage with ammunition in hand.

  • 6.

    Long guns will be discarded open and empty with their barrels pointed safely down range.

  • 7.

    Revolvers are returned to leather after the shooting string.

  • 8.

    Revolvers are drawn and used in accordance with the shooter’s category.

  • 9.

    Safe gun handling is the shooter’s responsibility. The 170-degree safety rule is in effect.

  • 10.

    If no starting position is given the shooter shall stand fully erect with revolvers holstered, hands at the side not touching any firearm.

  • 11.

    Cowboy port arms is defined as standing fully erect with the butt of the long gun at or below the waist of the shooter, the muzzle at or above the shoulder, and the long gun held with both hands.

  • 12.

    Interpersonal conflicts WILL NOT be tolerated.

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