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The Single Action discipline is held every second Sunday afternoon after the handgun event apart from a short break over the Christmas holidays.
Single action shooting is based on the use of original and reproduction firearms of the period of the American "old west". We also do our best to dress in clothes, depicting this famous period of history. We participate under the international rules of the "Single Action Shooting Society", which now boast in excess of some sixty thousand members worldwide.

Here in Australia SASS is promoted and proudly supported by SSAA Single Action Shooting Australia. SASS has a motto and that motto is the "Spirit of the Game", in Aussie terms this simply means good sportsmanship. We are a family sport and regardless of age or gender we do our best to make our game enjoyable for all those participating. We have many family groups competing with juniors from 12 through to some folks well into their 70's and they all have one thing in common - they all have an interest in the pioneering days of the 'Old West'. This common interest manifests itself not only in the mastering of skills associated with the use of antique firearms or reproductions of these firearms, but in keen competiton underpined with a sportsmanship sometimes lost in today's sporting activities.

With many Clubs Australia wide having a good following in single action shooting, our National Championships are held annually at the Millmerran complex owned by the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia. This event has continued to grow and now has many international competitors attending on a regular basis.

Targets used in SAS matches are generally reactive plates specifically designed for this type of competition. They can be square, round or card-suite shapes and are often based on a 400mm x 400mm size. Multiple targets are used on each match stage. Additionally, clay targets may be used in some matches.
Targets are set in accordancce with stage description and must be engaged in exactly the same sequence from static positions, regardless of which category a participant competes in. Sequences are clearly described in the shooter's program.

The firearms used today are single action revolvers, lever action rifles and side-by-side shotguns without automatic ejectors. Essentially, the firearms and calibres used in competition are those comonly in use in the 19th century up until 1896.

Matches may be as few as four stages; however, most major matches above club level are ten to 12 stages or 'courses of fire', each being an individual match in itself.
Generally, as interpretive living historians, or re-enactors, competitors aim to preserve the 'spirit of the game' by fully participating in what the competition asks. They endevor to dress the part, use the appropriate competition tools and respect the traditions of the 'Old West'. Some 100 to 150 years later.




End of Trail for Aussie Shooters

By SSAA SAS National Chairman - Damion Faith