Western style shooting also known as
Cowboy action shooting.
Harlow Practical Club have revived its Western Style
shooting discipline after several members were reminiscing and newer members wanted
to give this interesting shooting discipline a new look.
“Cowboy Action Shooting" is a multifaceted
amateur shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical
of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers;
lever action rifles; and side by side double barrel shotguns, pre-1899 pump, or
lever action shotguns.
The purpose of this discipline is
to provide an avenue for HPC members to experience the Old West from the period of around 1860
- 1900 while instilling the concepts of gun
safety and personal responsibility.
The HPC Western Style shooting discipline combines
the opportunity to study and chat about the Old West with the fastest
growing shooting sports discipline in the world – western action
HPC Club members Andy Haines and Graham Baré
original HPC run Western Shooting Competition.
As a Practical Club we are extremely well versed with Shotguns
and the safety required. The western style we have adopted is with the use
of 'Coach Guns' which fulfil a typical firearm, historically used in the
old wild west, shot on IPSC short courses of fire which as a practical
club we are also well versed on.
A typical Coach Gun
Shotguns should be any side-by-side shotgun typical
of the era, such as a Coach Gun, HPC Course of fire allow Shotguns with or
without extractors, automatic ejectors, external hammers, and single or
double triggers may be used. Any lever action shotgun may also be used a
typical Coach gun would have barrels of 12 to 16 inch and an overall
length not less than 24 inch.
Competition involves a number of shooting scenarios
know as “stages”. Targets are steel plates located 5-20 yards from the
shooter. Typically a stage requires thought on the best way of shooting a
given course of fire.
Using our standard practical steel plates and some
unique targets such as the duelling tree and the Texas Star we aim to make
Western shooting fast
action and family orientated with BBQ and cheering which makes Cowboy Action Shooting one of the most interesting of all
shooting sports for both spectator and contestant.
Shooters compete one at a time,
against the clock. Matches are generally scored as “total time” adding
penalties with lowest time winning. Shooters are timed using electronic
timers which record the time for each stage.
Participation in the HPC Western Style
shooting discipline Include:
- Preserving and gaining an appreciation for the heritage of the Old West in
the time period of 1860-1900
- Instilling an investigative interest in history leading
to personal research and increased knowledge of the Old West and the
- Enhancing learning by participation in history through the use of
historically accurate, firearms and accessories
- Learning and applying the fundamentals of the safe handling of
- Skill development in competition
- Providing an enjoyable and action oriented shooting sports activity that
attracts and retains HPC members and their families