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All Ages are Welcome in this Family Sport


van-winters mounted shooting
Van Winters, courtesy of WWMS.

Adult mounted shooters compete in this fast action, timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers. Each gun is loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition that will break a balloon up to about 15 feet, making the event safe for spectators. Each contestant engages a timed course of 10 balloons and there are approximately 60 different courses.

What about kids? Do they ride and shoot? Yes… and no. There are two wrangler divisions: Limited Wranglers – through age 9 and Open Wranglers—ages 10 and 11. Kids in the wrangler classes ride the same pattern as the grown-ups, but they shoot cap pistols, engaging each target as if they were shooting real blanks. Then, after the main match, the young wranglers shoot the Real McCoy (.45’s with blanks), 5 balloons from the ground while standing stationary with mom or dad at their side. Our wranglers learn firearm education and safety from a young age!

Additional information about cowboy mounted shooting is available at the CMSA (Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association) website: Local and regional information is available on the Western Washington Mounted Shooting (WWMS) Club website: or on Facebook: WESTERN WASHINGTON MOUNTED SHOOTERS (all caps).

Upcoming Events

June 25-26: High Lonesome 45’s day – Asotin County Fairgrounds, Asotin, WA.


Published in June 2016 Issue

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