What's Cowboy Action Shooting?

The Ottawa Valley Marauders (OVM) are bringing Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) to the Ottawa area. CAS is the fastest growing shooting sport in the world. Since its introduction to the Eastern Ontario Handgun Club (EOHC), CAS has been steadily growing and becoming more popular. CAS is not just a shooting event but a colourful spectacle that brings you back to the days of the Old West. The posse at the EOHC is made up of desperados such as the OK Valley Kid, Stranger, Bear Child Potts, Carp River Drifter and Orleans Outlaw. These colourful aliases foster an atmosphere of fun and good will during friendly competition carried out in a relaxed manner, safety being the prime concern.

Anyone who enjoys watching western movies and has fond memories of such TV shows as Gunsmoke and Have Gun Will Travel will enjoy CAS. Companies such as Colt and Winchester have begun to reintroduce the firearms that made them famous at the end of the 19th centry. Many firms such as Ruger, Uberti and Beretta produce exact replicas of the old Colts and Winchesters that are more economically priced. This has made acquiring a CAS legal gun much easier for those who wish to get involved.

The main focus of CAS is to have fun. All shooters are welcome regardless of how good or bad a shot you are. Costuming is very important in CAS and many cowboy shooters spend a great deal of time and effort perfecting their Old West persona. This means no T-shirts, running shoes or baseball caps. Western style wear to include cowboy hat and boots are in order. Your persona can be based upon any historical or fictional character of the American or Canadian Old West. This includes gunfighters, marshals, preachers, sheriffs, turn of the century Mounties, civil war soldiers, villains, saloon girls (or "soiled doves" as we like to call them) and Native North Americans to name just a few. And ladies are always welcome to come out and join the fun whether they shoot or not.

Although many cowboys join the Single Action Shooting Society, it is not a requirement to shoot with the Ottawa Valley Marauders.

Check it out. Come on down and shoot with us at one of our matches during the shooting season (April to November). Check the Match Dates for exact dates.

Letter of Invitation for Quebec residents: PDF