Judge Roy Bean, known to folks outside the world of Cowboy Action Shooting as Harper Creigh, took a minute to sit down with NRAblog during SHOT Show 2009. He is pictured above with NRA Executive Director Kayne Robinson.
We asked him what it meant to him to be considered the father of Cowboy Action Shooting, commonly referred to as the fastest growing shooting sport in the world. "To me it's not the amount of people, it's the quality of people," he started. "Shooters are the best people in the world, and we have the best of the best."
"As for what it means, it’s the greatest feeling in the world – like winning the lottery and having your kid elected president all in the same day."
This year, we were pleased to meet up with the Judge at the Single Action Shooting Society booth on the floor of the Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show.
He has battled a severe illness this past year but said he wouldn't miss this show.
"We have over 500 clubs in every state in the U.S., and in 17 foreign countries," he told NRAblog last year.
The Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) was founded by the Judge in 1987 as an international organization dedicated to the preservation of Cowboy Action Shooting. "We always hoped we could get at least 10,000 members, and here we are 20 years later with over 80,000 members worldwide."
Stop by the SASS booth, #15949, for your chance to talk with some of the men who invented the incredibly popular, fast-growing sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. You won't regret it!