New Mexico Big Horn Gun Club
Torrance County, NM
The Big Horn Vigilantes
The Vigilantes exist to promote the sport of Western or Cowboy Action Shooting: a safe, friendly and family-oriented sport which preserves the history and traditions of the Old West through competitive shooting. We are an affiliate of the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS), but one does not have to be a SASS member to participate.
Whether you are a beginner, an experienced shooter, or just want to find out more, come join us at a monthly shoot. Protective eye wear and ear protection are required for everyone at the shoot.
The Vigilantes shoot once a month in the spring, summer, and fall. Our shoots are normally held at Founder's Ranch (map) the first Saturday of the month, from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. A mandatory safety orientation is held at the start. Some months we visit other area clubs to join in their shoots, and occasionally we use the NMBHGC range.
Information regarding the location of the next shoot and any last-minute cancellations will be posted on the NMBHGC home page as a News item. Cancellations are only made due to weather conditions, but during spring and late fall bad weather can be a problem for us, so always check if you're unsure.
You can also contact Ron Lah for information regarding shoots, cancellations, and the cowboy shooting sport.
About Cowboy Action Shooting
Cowboy Action Shooting is the fastest growing competitive shooting sport, in which participants wear Western-style attire and use firearms typical of those used in the Old West — single action revolvers, pistol-caliber lever action rifles, and old time shotguns. Cowboy ammunition has soft lead bullets or pellets and is of low velocity.
In each round of competition, or "stage," the shooter must move through a defined Old West scenario — for example, stopping a bank robbery — engaging the targets with his handguns, levergun, and shotgun in a prescribed sequence. The targets may be varied in shape, location or sequence for each scenario, as is the physical setting for the shooter, such as the doorway of a bank or a railroad station platform.
To learn more about the sport, see www.SASSnet.com.