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COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING™ SASS Range Operations Basic Safety Course

match! Heated words between folks wearing firearms are not acceptable. Bring this type of behavior immediately to the attention of the Range Master or Match Director.

  • 9.

    Always read the rulebook from the contestant’s viewpoint.

  • 10.

    Always give the contestant the benefit of doubt.


All match positions described below are Range Officers. The Timer Operator is the Chief Range Officer during shooting stage operations.

  • 1.

    Match Director is in charge of the overall match and is required to ensure qualified officials are in place in all tournament areas.

  • 2.

    Range Master is in charge of and oversees all stages and ensures qualified officials are in place on all stages. He reviews all stages and ensures they are designed and constructed to operate in a safe manner for both competitors and officials.

  • 3.

    Posse Marshal

Posse Marshals cannot perform all of the Range Officer functions themselves, but must ensure Range Officer assignments are made and the rules and regulations are being followed. It is recommended all posse leaders be trained in this Basic Range Operations Course.

    • A)

      Is in charge of a posse and is required to ensure all positions are manned to safely and efficiently run the posse through each course of fire.

    • B)

      Will understand all stages, conduct a walk-through, and answer all questions before beginning each stage.

    • C)

      Will appoint at least one deputy if one is not assigned.

  • 4.


    • A)

      Acts on behalf of the Posse Marshal when the Marshal is shooting or otherwise unavailable.

    • B)

      The Marshal and Deputy should be separated in the shooting order.

  • 5.

    Timer Operator

    • A)

      Is the Chief Range Officer for the stage and is in charge of the firing line, as long as he/she is running the timer.

    • B)

      Is responsible for assigning and identifying three Spotters. It is a good idea to have bandanas or batons for the spotters to hold. This helps identify the spotters and keeps them on the line until they hand off the baton or bandana to the next spotter.

    • C)

      The Timer Operator does not have the authority to overrule the spotters but can question spotters as to location of misses. The Timer Operator does have the best advantage to see the direction the muzzle is pointed, which is helpful in edge hits.

    • D)

      The Timer Operator should be aware of the skill level of the competitors and very attentive to newer shooters, helping and coaching them through the course of fire, as needed, and always ready to control the newer shooter.

    • E)

      Give seasoned shooters a little more room since they tend to move very fast. Don’t let them run over you because you’re crowding them.

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