If there had been no outlaws, the Old West would not have been the same. The mystique of the bad guys and bandits of the Old West is what gives our history a sense of romance and draws in the thousands of people who join in re-enacting the scenes of the Wild West. Western Action Shooting participants know how important the dark side of the law was to Western history; many players choose “bad guys” for their role playing characters, bringing imagination to life in old-fashioned Western gun battles and shoot-outs. Western Action Shooting has been in existence since the 1980’s; originating in California, it has spread to become a global phenomenon. Participants clad in period costume enter the “range,” an enclosed arena designed to resemble a piece of Old West history. From shoot-outs in the bank to saloon fights, each stage presents a different challenge to the players. Contestants of all abilities take part in this unique and exciting adventure. The goal of competition is family-friendly fun. Prizes are not generally awarded; the true reward is the splayers’ sense of accomplishment.
In the Western world outlaws took advantage of wide open spaces, sparse settlements, and the limitations of local law enforcement to enrich themselves at the expense of more honest folk. In Western Action Shooting, these unsavory elements of Western society are not forgotten; many participants take a great deal of pleasure in playing the part of the “bad guys” seen in Western movies and romanticzed by Hollywood. After all, the Old West would not draw us in with the same sense of excitement and adventure without roaming bandits, train robbers, and bank robbers. Bring the family and relive a piece of our rich American heritage with Western Action Shooting.
What part do American outlaws play in Western Action Shooting? The out-laws of the Old West are essential for portraying the battle of good versus evil; these bad elements were the desperate and opportunistic characters who preyed on the honest folk.
Where did Cowboy Action Shooting originate? This fascinating competitive sport was orginally developed in California. Western Action Shooting quickly increased in popularity and spread throughout the U.S., eventually becoming a global phenomenon played by thousands world wide.
Where can I learn more about the world of outlaws? A sanctioned Western Action Shooting society near you can provide a wealth of information about the Old West – from the townsfolk to the cowboys who rode the range to the bandits who terrorized anyone who crossed them.
Who are the main participants? The characters in Western Action roleplay capture our imagination and bring our rich heritage to life. From the sheriff to the ranchers and cowboys – not to mention the outlaws of the Old West, all are represented in Western Action roleplaying.