Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club
Post Office Box 923
Blue Hill, ME 04614

Cowboy Action Shooting:

Blue Hill is fortunate to enjoy a long and storied history of Cowboy Action Shooting. Started by a couple of questionable hombres more than a decade ago, the Blue Hill Regulators have helped Blue Hill Rifle & Pistol Club become one of the premier CAS venues in Maine.

CAS celebrates the Golden Age of the American Old West, encompassing the years 1850 until 1899. Competitors of all ages adopt an alias and persona of a Western character (real or imagined), don period correct costumes and use period correct firearms (or reproductions) to engage metal targets in various shooting scenarios called “Stages”. Typically a match consists of 6 Stages, each requiring ten revolver rounds, nine or ten rifle rounds and two to six shotgun rounds. Both time and misses are recorded to determine score.

Safety - Safety is paramount at Blue Hill. Rules adopted from the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) are strictly enforced. Ear and eye protection are REQUIRED for all participants and spectator during ALL live fire!

Alias - Participants select an alias out of the Old West or having an Old West flare. Occupations, interests, hobbies, or admired legends in folklore are all fodder for a good alias. This is an opportunity to be as creative as you wish to be! Let your imagination be your guide.

Costumes - Part of the fun and Spirit of the Game is the costuming. An ‘Old West’ costume is required to participate. But the only requirement is that the costuming be historically accurate for the mid-to-late 19 century, or at least be suggestive of the Old West. Costuming is an area where the participant adds to the persona of the character they have created. From relatively simple to outrageously extravagant and accurate, as long as it’s ‘Old West‘, the sky is the limit!

Some shooters find the costuming just as much fun as the shooting aspect. There are many Old West Emporiums that specialize in period correct garments. Or you can assemble your costumes using historical looking items from today. The point is to assemble the outfits, then make them your own!

Firearms - CAS requires competitors to use four firearms typical of the mid-to-late 1800’s: two single action revolvers, a rifle chambered in a center fire revolver caliber, and a shotgun.

Pistols - Chambered in any centerfire pistol caliber.

Rifle - Lever action or Colt style pump, chambered in any centerfire revolver caliber (usually the same caliber as the pistols).

Shotgun - 12 ga. or 20 ga.- Double Barreled Side by Side, 1897 pump action or 1887 lever action.

Spirit of the Game - Perhaps the most important aspect of the sport is that we are all here to have fun! We celebrate a time when a person’s word was their bond, a handshake meant something, and honor and sportsmanship stood out. A time when good guys and gals rode high in the saddle.

Participation is open to everyone. Shooters as young as 12 -13 have competed right along side some rather ‘seasoned’ shooters. We also try to accommodate shooters with special needs.

Whether it’s help with choosing the right firearms, assembling a costume, picking an alias or making whatever arrangements are required to assist those with special needs, CAS shooters stand ready to help anyone interested in joining in on the fun. Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be grown up to relive the Westerns of your youth! Being an adult is NOT a requirement… but having FUN is!

Match Times - Shooter Registration begins at 8:00 am in the clubhouse the morning of the shoot. The Safety Meeting (required for all shooters) begins at 8:30. The Match begins at 9:00.

We usually shoot 4 Stages, break for lunch, then shoot the last 2 Stages. Exact lunch beak time depends on the number of shooters.

We are always looking for help with various Match Duties, so even if you won’t be shooting, come on out and lend a hand.

Set-up and Take-down - It takes hours of effort, from a bunch of dedicated individuals, to set up for a match. We set up all targets and props the Friday morning before each Match date. Help is always needed and appreciated. Many hands make light work! Take down is done immediately after the last Stage has been shot. With everyone lending a hand, we make fast work of it. While the shooters help with taking down the targets and props, the scores are being tallied.

Then it’s time to gather in the clubhouse to relax, celebrate, commiserate and enjoy a drawing for door prizes. Winners in each class are announced and certificates are issued to all the top shooters in each category.

For more information contact the Regulators directly at


The Blue Hill Rifle and Pistol Club / Post Office Box 923

Blue Hill, Maine 04614-0923 USA