scottz wrote:I never understood how they could throw such a fuss over the authenticity if the costume, then shoot the lightest loads they could so they wouldn't have to deal with recoil. I think it would be a lot more interesting if they required standard loads.
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The authenticity is mostly in appearance really. The guns have to match appearance and type as produced in that era. For example I shoot Uberti Clones of the 1873 SAA in Colt 45. Now I do happen to shoot black powder loads which aren't powder puff by any stretch but they do allow the same gun in 38/357 which they didn't make in that caliber. I also shoot a Rossi 1892 Clone of a Winchester which was never chambered in 45 Colt. Some guns however aren't allowed due to not matching dimensions within reason. Keep in mind some of the things they do are also due to safety as well as we are required to wear ear and eye protection as well as using electronic timers to time shooting speeds. Now it also depends on the group really as I shoot with NCOWS which is stricter on what is legal and what isn't in the way of guns and cloths. We also shoot pistol and rifle targets and a longer range with a miss counting more off of your time. Our classes are broken up into smokeless and black powder as well as one handed shooters and two handed shooters (shooting style not number of guns). SASS is more of a race horse type gun where short stroke rifles etc are common but not allowed in NCOWS. There are some other types of groups as well from Wild Bunch (1911, pump shotguns WWI period) and even Zoote Suits which is gangster with the Thompson sub and 1911 also. This hobby runs the gambit from the first settlers, Indian groups, mountain man era, civil war on. I will say it is a lot of fun regardless and I've sure enjoyed it for the last two years.
Oh and to start a NCOWS posse I believe it only takes 4 like minded people to apply for a charter.