Cowboy Mounted Shooting for Kids?

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Fun—and Safe—Opportunities for Young Wranglers


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

“11-year-old Andrea Griffin on course.” Photo credit WWMS

But what about the youth? Can the kids ride and shoot? Yes… and no. There are 2 wrangler divisions: Limited Wranglers – up through age 9; and the Open Wranglers, ages 10 & 11. The riders in the wrangler class have the same pattern that the grown-ups do, but they shoot cap pistols, engaging each target as if they were shooting real blanks. Then, after the main match, the wranglers shoot like adults (.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!

Upcoming events are as follows: July 31 – Aug 3, CMSA Western US Nationals, Las Vegas, NV; August 10-11, Sharp Shooter Series Shoots 3 & 4, CAP Farms, Sultan, WA; August 23-25, The Washington State Finals, Chelan County Expo Center in Cashmere, WA; September 7-8, Sharp shooter Series Shoots 5 & 6, Sedro Woolley Riding Club, Sedro Woolley, WA; October 16-19 CMSA World Championships, Amarillo, TX. For more information about the sport of mounted shooting visit, Email Mark or Karen Plumlee –  [email protected] or call 425 985-8321.


Published August 2013 Issue

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