SASS SHOOTING CATEGORIES



FRONTIER REGULATORS


The Frontier Regulators is currently a small club of shooters. Even though we are aware of the SASS Shooting Categoies, we just shoot as a group and do not have separate categories. Any shooter may shoot any of the recognized categories, but we all compete as Total Time. We do not use the Rank Scoring System.



SASS SHOOTING CATEGORIES as of: January 2011


SASS recognizes shooting categories based upon age, gender, costuming, equipment, shooting style and/or propellant. The age for a competitor is determined by their age on the first day the match starts. All SASS categories may be subdivided by gender, e.g. Lady Duelist, Lady Gunfighter, Lady 49’er, Lady Wrangler, etc. Competitors may compete within any category for which they qualify. There are no men’s categories.


AGE BASED


• Any Main Match revolver.
• Revolvers may be shot any style except Gunfighter.
• May use any SASS–legal main match shotgun and any main match rifle.
• May use any SASS–legal ammunition.
• Juniors are persons aged 16 and under. The category may be subdivided by age and gender.

Suggested divisions are “Young Guns” aged 14 through 16 and “Buckaroos” 13 and under. Caution is urged in allowing competitors under age 14. Local laws, regulations, and SASS recognizes shooting categories based upon age, gender, costuming, equipment, shooting style and/or propellant. The age for a competitor is determined by their age on the first day the match starts.


All SASS categories may be subdivided by gender, e.g. Lady Duelist, Lady Gunfighter, Lady 49’er, Lady Wrangler, etc. Competitors may compete within any category for which they qualify. There are no men’s categories.


• Any Main Match revolver. • Revolvers may be shot any style except Gunfighter. • May use any SASS–legal main match shotgun and any main match rifle. • May use any SASS–legal ammunition.
• Juniors are persons aged 16 and under. The category may be subdivided by age and gender. Suggested divisions are “Young Guns” aged 14 through 16 and “Buckaroos” 13 and under. Caution is urged in allowing competitors under age 14. Local laws, regulations, and insurance requirements may prevent matches from offering some age groups. • Parental consent and supervision is required for all competitors under twenty-one years of age. • “Buckaroos” must use revolvers, rifles, and shotguns meeting the external standards but may be chambered in .22 LR for revolvers and rifles and .410 caliber for shotguns. Standard velocity ammunition for these firearms must be used. Knockdown targets are not required to fall for Buckaroo Category shooters. A hit will be scored as long as the target is clearly hit. An alternate target MUST be provided for all aerial shotgun targets for Buckaroo category shooters. • Buckaroo Category shooters choosing to use center-fire ammunition in handguns and/or rifles must meet all center-fire power factor and velocity requirements. • The women’s category may be subdivided according to the use shooting style, e.g., Lady Duelist and Lady Gunfighter. • Cowboy Category shooters are competitors of any age range. • Wrangler Category shooters are competitors 36 years of age or greater. • Forty-Niners are competitors 49 years of age or greater. • Seniors are competitors 60 years of age or greater. Senior Duelist is also a recognized Senior Category. Senior Duelist category shooters may use any SASS–legal firearm or ammunition but must shoot Duelist or Double-Duelist Style only, • Silver Seniors are competitors 65 years of age or greater. • Elder Statesmen/Grand Dames are competitors 70 years of age or greater.

DUELIST

• Any Main Match fixed sight model revolver. • Only Duelist Style or Double Duelist Style may be used. • “Duelist Style” is defined as shooting a revolver cocked and fired one handed, unsupported. The revolver, hand, or shooting arm may not be touched by the off hand except when resolving a malfunctioning revolver problem or when transferring the revolver from one hand to the other. • “Double Duelist Style” is defined as shooting a revolver cocked and fired one handed and unsupported, with each hand, that is, left gun with the left hand and right gun with the right hand. The revolver, hand or shooting arm may not be touched by the offhand except when resolving a malfunctioning revolver problem. • At no time shall the competitor have two loaded revolvers in hand at once. • May use any SASS–legal main match shotgun and any main match rifle. • May use any SASS–legal ammunition.

GUNFIGHTER

• Any Main Match fixed sight model revolver. • Only Gunfighter Style or Double Duelist Style may be used. • “Gunfighter Style” is defined as shooting with a revolver in each hand. Revolvers must be cocked and fired one handed, unsupported, one right handed and the other left handed. There is no set pattern as to how the revolvers are to be fired, but alternating revolvers is clearly the most efficient. • The Gunfighter and B-Western Categories are the only categories that allow two loaded revolvers out of leather at the same time. • When a stage calls for 10 revolver rounds in a single sequence or the use of only one revolver for the stage, the Gunfighter may draw both revolvers and engage the targets. The Gunfighter shall shoot the targets in exactly the same sequence as prescribed in the stage scenario. • Both revolvers may be cocked at the same time, but must be shot one at a time to facilitate scoring. A Gunfighter may not holster revolvers with the intent to engage another revolver sequence. Once cocked, all rounds must be expended prior to holstering unless the revolvers were drawn at the wrong time or a revolver/ammunition malfunction has occurred. Inadvertently leaving unfired rounds in a revolver is a miss unless the round is under the hammer, then it is a Stage Disqualification. • Stage design may allow a competitor shooting Gunfighter Style to stage or restage revolvers between target sequences. If the stage scenario requires the use of another firearm between the revolver sequences or the shooter’s hands are otherwise constrained (e.g., rolling the dice between revolver sequences), the revolvers must be drawn and shot one at a time unless they can be safely staged rather than holstered. In this case, both revolvers may be employed at the same time for the first five rounds, safely restaged, and then employed at the same time again for the second five rounds. • May use any SASS–legal main match shotgun and any legal main match rifle. • May use any SASS–legal ammunition. • Two standard holsters are required, one on each side. No cross-draw or “butt forward” configurations are allowed.

BLACKPOWDER CATEGORIES

It is expected the blackpowder competitor shall contend with smoke obscured targets. To insure this, all shotgun, revolver, and rifle powder charges must produce smoke at least equivalent to a base line load of 15 grains by volume (1 cc) of ffg blackpowder.

FRONTIER CARTRIDGE

• Any Main Match fixed sight model revolver. • Revolvers may be shot two handed or one handed (duelist style). • Must use blackpowder in all loads (rifle, revolver, and shotgun). • Must use a side-by-side or lever action shotgun in the main match stages. • Any SASS–legal pistol caliber rifle is acceptable. • Frontier Cartridge Duelist is also recognized with all requirements being the same • Chaps, spurs, cuffs, tie or scarf worn loosely around the neck or with scarf slide, vest, pocket watch with full length chain, jacket, sleeve garters, knife, botas, leggings, braces; no straw or palm hats allowed. • In addition to the above items, ladies may choose from the items listed below in order to compete within this category: • Period watch, split riding skirt, bustle, hoops, corset, Victorian style hat (straw allowed), period jewelry, period hair ornaments (e.g., feathers), snood, reticule (period handbag), period lace up shoes, camisole, bloomers, fishnet stockings, feather boa, cape. • No Buscadero or drop holster rigs allowed (i.e., part of the grip must be above the belt on which the holster hangs). • Boots are required and must be of traditional design with non-grip enhancing (i.e. “NO Lug”) soles. Mocassins are not allowed. • Hats must be worn for the entire match.

“B” WESTERN

• Any main match revolver. • Revolvers may be shot in any SASS–legal shooting style, at the shooters discretion. • Rifles: Any SASS–legal rifle of 1880 or later design or a replica thereof (i.e. Burgess, Lightning Rifle, 1892, 1894 Winchester or Marlin). • May use any SASS–legal shotgun. • May use any SASS–legal ammunition. • Leather: Buscadero holster rigs or drop holster rigs. (All of the revolver(s) must be carried below the top of the gun belt.) All belt and holster rigs must be embellished (fancy stitching, conchos, spots, or tooling). All holsters must be of the “Double Strong-Side” type. No crossdraw, shoulder rigs, or butt forward configurations allowed. • Costuming: Shirts must be of the “B” Western style with snap buttons or any of the following: “Smiley Pockets,” embroidery, appliqués, fringe, or different colored yokes. Shield shirts are also allowed if it has piping or embroidery. • Pants must be jeans, ranch pants, or pants with flap over the rear pocket, keystone belt loops, and/or piping or fringe. • Pants must be worn with a belt. Suspenders are not allowed. Felt hats only, no straw hats. Hats must be worn. • Boots are required and must be of traditional design with fancy stitching or mu