Thursday, August 20, 2009

Magdalena Trail Drivers Host Shooting Event, Competitions

Mountain Mail reports
MAGDALENA – Cowboys and Cowgirls, get your six guns, lever guns and scatter guns all oiled up and ready to go because the Magdalena Trail Drivers will host the second of their Saturday-Sunday shoots this weekend, August 22 and 23. 
This is the best Cowboy Action Shooting in the area and if you’re hankering to go after the bad guys it is sure to be one of your best weekends this summer.
Dry camping starts Friday evening and the first shoots begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, including both a Long Range Competition and a Wild Bunch Match, based on the classic movie, The Wild Bunch.  Competitors are invited to contact “Dirt Dan” at for information on these side matches.
Set-up for the first five stage Cowboy Action Shooting match begins at 11 a.m. Saturday with the lead going down range at noon. There will be another five stage Cowboy Action Shooting match Sunday with set-up at 8 a.m. and competition beginning at 9 a.m. The Saturday match and the Sunday match are two separate shoots and any and all are welcome to join the fun with the Magdalena Trail Drivers for one or both days.
Cowboy Action Shooting with the Magdalena Trail Drivers is a multifaceted amateur shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers; lever action rifles; and side by side double barreled, and pre-1899 pump, or lever action shotguns. The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, Old West style.
Contestants shoot in several one-to-four gun stages in which they engage steel targets. Scoring is based on accuracy and speed.
The truly unique aspect of Cowboy Action Shooting is the requirement placed on authentic period or western screen dress. Each participant is required to adopt a shooting alias appropriate to a character or profession of the late 19th century, or a Hollywood western star, and develop a costume accordingly.
It’s the closest you’ll get to the Old West short of a time machine!  For Friday evening dry camping on the range or for information about the Magdalena Trail Drivers, contact Club President Grizzly Adams at or find them on the web at

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