What is Cow-boy Action Shooting?

The Ottawa Valley Marauders (OVM) bring Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) to the Ottawa area. CAS is the fastest growing shooting sport in the world. Since it's introduction to the Eastern Ontario Shooting Club (EOSC) CAS has been growing steadily and becoming a very popular activity of the club. CAS is not just a shooting sport but a colorful spectacle that brings you back to the days of the Old West. The Posse at the EOSC is made up of desperados such as The Cold Lake Kid, The Stranger, Porcupine Pete, Red Storm, Ruff Justice and Rooster Corrigan, to name a few. These cow-boy aliases foster an atmosphere of fun and goodwill during our friendly competitions. Gun Safety is always our number one priority in CAS.

Anyone who enjoys watching western movies and has fond memories of such TV shows such 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 century. 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 cow-boy 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 cow-boy 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 we welcome everyone to join us in Cow-boy Action Shooting (the world's fastest growing shooting sport), a shooting match even one as friendly as Cow-boy Action is not the place to learn basic firearm handling skills. So if you're new to handling firearms, you're still welcome to come on down and watch us shoot. If you don't have your guns yet, you can ask opinions from the shooters to help you decide. But we strongly suggest that before you actually shoot a match, take your guns out to the range and shoot 100 rounds or so in order to start getting comfortable with them. This is also a good opportunity to practise what you have been taught like muzzle and trigger finger control. That way, your first match will be more enjoyable!" Check the Match Dates for exact dates.

Many cow-boys join the Single Action Shooting Society but it's not mandatory in order to ride with the OVM.