Cowboy Mounted Shooting

What is cowboy mounted shooting?


Cowboy mounted shooting is the fastest growing equine sport in the nation with over 15,000 members. Competitions are held in nearly every state and range from local levels to several national competitions each year. This high action event creates great excitement for competitors and spectators. In Cowboy Mounted Shooting contestants compete in a fast action, timed, event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers, each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared black powder ammunition. Mounted Shooters use .45 caliber single action revolvers like those used in the late 1800's. Single action revolvers must be cocked each time before firing by drawing the hammer back. 


Safety in horse training and firearm handling are emphasized at all times. We offer clinics to assist new shooters in starting their horses and learn the basics of safe firearm handling. Safety officers, known as range masters, are in the arena at all times during competitions to ensure safe riding and shooting is exercised. 

There are 60+ possible patterns designed for competition. Each competitor will ride predetermined patterns that are drawn out of a hat on the day of the competition. A competition may consist of 3 or 4 patterns a day. Each pattern consists of 10 balloons. To give you an idea of riding a pattern, let's say that there are 5 white balloons and 5 red balloons. The 5 white balloons may be grouped together in one place or spread out over the entire arena. The rider shoots all 5 white balloons first. Then, the rider holsters the first gun while riding to the far end of the arena, draws the second gun, and shoots the 5 red balloons, which are usually 5 in a row straight towards the finish line called 'the Rundown'.