Australian David McCarthy became the first international competitor to win the title at this year’s Cowboy Action Championship in Raton, New Mexico. McCarthy is pictured above with Australian teammates Mick Hutton and Robert Tobler.
McCarthy received his first rifle, a Daisy BB lever action, when he was just two years old. He became a member of the Sporting Shooters’ Association of Australia by age eleven and competed in his first Lever Action National Championships in 1994. Just 13 years old, he won all five junior events.
Over the next 15 years, McCarthy shot in many competitions, including the Muzzleloading National Championships, Lever Action National Championships, Field Rifle & 3-Positional Championships, and the U.S. National Matches at Camp Perry. Winning many medals and setting national records along the way, McCarthy has also won the Lever Action Nationals numerous times, and became the first person to win back-to-back championships.
McCarthy began shooting Cowboy Lever Action Silhouette competitions in 2008 when Australia held their first national championships; 2009 was David’s first year shooting in the Cowboy Action Championship. With his history in lever action, winning the title can hardly be considered “beginner’s luck” and you can expect to see a lot more of him in the future.
Cowboy Action is a relatively new competition in competitive shooting. It is similar to the Rifle Metallic Silhouette matches, where rifles are used to knock down metal targets at a variety of distances. Unlike the Rifle Metallic Silhouette matches, however, Cowboy Lever Action can be contested on the 100 and 200 meter Handgun Metallic Silhouette ranges, making Rifle Silhouette available to a larger number of shooters who don't have access to the 500 meter range required for the Centerfire Rifle Silhouette match.