By Olivia Blanchard | June 23 2010 16:10
Little Sacagewea takes a shotWhether you’re a firearms enthusiast or simply interested in Old West history and culture, END of TRAIL, The World Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting and Wild West Jubilee, is for you.

Held by the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS), which was founded by Judge Roy Bean in 1987 and is dedicated to preserving Cowboy Action Shooting, the Championship takes place June 21 to 27 in Founders Ranch, NM. Spectators are invited to attend this weekend's events

Cowboy Action Shooting is the fastest growing shooting sport in the world, combining old-style shooting techniques and costumes with modern firearms fun. Participants adopt a historical “alias” representing an Old West character—and dress accordingly—all while staying true to “the spirit of the game.” Deputy Executive Director of NRA General Operations Andrea Cerwinske, pictured at right, competes under the alias Little Sacajawea.

According to the Single Action Shooting Society’s Shooter’s Handbook, “Cowboy Action Shooting™ is a combination of historical reenactment and Saturday morning at the matinee.”

SASS believes that the costume and alias aspect of their competitions “adds so much to the uniqueness of our game and helps create a festive, informal atmosphere that supports the friendly, fraternal feeling we encourage in our competitors.”

END of TRAIL's Main Match takes place Thursday, June 24 through Saturday, June 26. It’s a four gun event, meaning competitors are required to use two six-guns, a shotgun, and a rifle in each match. This weekend, spectators are invited to attend.

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