By Lars Dalseide | October 25 2012 17:49

Ever think of Cowboy Action Shooting? This is where it all started

NRA Senior Curator Philip Schreier at SASS Headquarters in Edgewood, New Mexico Although most episodes of Curator's Corner are shot right here at NRA Headquarters, there are times when we're whisked away to exotic locations for a look at an equally exotic firearm or two. Last week's show, for example, we got a look at Patrick Hernandez's War Surplus rifles while in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the National Police Shooting Championships. Well they didn't stop there.

For just down the road a piece (about thirty miles west to be exact) is the town of Edgewood, and in Edgewood is the World Headquarters for SASS — the Single Action Shooting Society. Which, for those of you wondering, explains the period garb worn by Senior Curator Phil Schreier there on the right.

What's the attraction? Well the NRA Firearms Museum of the West of course.

Officially welcomed to the Founder's Ranch in June of this year, the museum is only open a few times during the year. Luckily this was one. Now for a little history.

The Single Action Shooting Society is an international organization created to preserve and promote the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting™. While the courses of fire may resemble those shot by a number of different governing bodies (like the NRA), there are two distinct difference. To participate, you must dress in authentic late 19th century attire and you're going to need an Old West name.

This year's Champions, for example, go by the names of Badlands Bud and Holly (Holy) Terror.

Outside the National Firearms Museum's Firearms Museum of the west

So for tonight's episode of Curator's Corner, they take you through the operation there at Founder's Ranch. Guided by NRA Assistant Curator Matt Sharpe, you'll meet the people, see the sights and hear about the displays.

If nothing else, maybe it'll provide a touch of inspiration to go out there, get yourself an Old West name, find the period garb and join up in the Cowboy Action craze.

Hollywood Guns display at NRA Museum West in Edgewood, New Mexico

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