MOORE OUTDOORS BY LARRY S. MOORE
January 29, 2014
Have you heard? Did you hear it down at the saloon? That rough bunch from over near Dusty Gulch is heading to town. That’s right big Ruger Ray along with the notorious Loco Leadslinger and always shifty John Henry Loveless are riding into town. Ruger Ray’s woman, the quick gun with a dead-eye Fancy Free Spirit is supposed to be riding with them again.
The bunch has been holed up all winter. They are getting itchy and need to ride. They’ll be packing some fancy shooting irons and dressed for a party right here in our town. So you better show up for a mighty entertaining night.
That’s right on Feb. 4 the Greene County Cowboys are set to take over the Greene County Parks and Trails Sportsmen Seminar. The seminar is held at the Greene County Media Room at 551 Ledbetter Road Ledbetter beginning at 7PM. Ruger Ray and the bunch will be talking about the fast growing shooting sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. If you’ve seen it on television, this is your chance to meet the local shooters and learn firsthand what makes this sport special.
Ruger Ray explains the plans for the evening, “We are going to give a brief history of the Single Action Shooting Society or as it is commonly called Cowboy Action Shooting. We have over 100,000 members participating in the sport today. I’ll show the type of firearms we use in the events. There will be some historical late 1800’s firearms there, as well as, the modern replica firearms we use. I’ll explain how the cowboy action shooting events are organized and function.
We will talk briefly about the point scoring system and emphasize the safety aspects of the sport. The others will jump in with additional information plus explain how they got into the sport. People who participate come from all walks of life and have different aspects that attracted them to cowboy action shooting.”
Don’t be misled when Ruger Ray calls it “Cowboy Action Shooting” as there is plenty of opportunity for the cowgirls to compete. Fancy Free Spirit will show the ladies how it is done both in dress and in the competition. Fancy is the Ohio State Champion for the last two years in her class. The little cowpokes are not ignored either. There are separate categories for the younger shooters who use smaller caliber .22 rim fire and .410 gauge shotguns. The ladies and the youngsters are encouraged to attend the seminar too.
The local cowboys shoot at the Greene County Fish and Game Association on Union Road just south of Xenia. There are fifteen ranges holding cowboy action shooting events around Ohio. There are eight different ranges, or camps as they are more appropriately termed, within a two-hour drive time of Xenia. Participants can shoot someplace every weekend throughout the spring and summer.
Many of us grew up with the Saturday morning westerns on television and remember when cowboys ruled the big screen. There is likely a little cowboy or cowgirl in all of us. I still have my Hop-Along Cassidy hot chocolate mug. I love the cowboy movies, or as some refer to them as “Horse Operas.”
The cowboy action shooting brings the best of this time to life on the range. So join Ruger Ray, Fancy Free Spirit, Loco Leadslinger and John Henry Loveless at the Sportsmen Seminar. I’ll be there with my camera to record the event. It promises to be a fun filled evening. I’m ready and hope to see you too!