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Welcome to Curt Moore Shootfire Ranch! Here you will find everything you need to know about Cowboy Mounted Shooting. We offer training and clinics and Horses for Sale and information on upcoming shoots. Also information on the results of events Curt Moore and the Shootfire Ranch Team compete in.
Basics of Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Mounted Shooters use .45 caliber single action revolvers like those used in the late 1800′s. Single action revolvers must be cocked each time before firing by drawing the hammer back. A double action revolver can be fired by simply pulling the trigger, without cocking the hammer. Despite the use of double action revolvers in the Old West, mounted shooting limits our competitions to single action revolvers.
The riders are scored on time and accuracy. There is a 5 second penalty for each missed target, a 5 second penalty for dropping a gun, a 10 second penalty for not running the course correctly and a 60 second penalty for falling off your horse. Speed is important, however, A typical pattern can be run in 15-35 seconds, so penalties can really hurt. There are 50+ possible patterns. The patterns everyone will ride can be pre-determined or can be drawn out of a hat on the day of the competition. A competition may consist of 3 to 6 patterns a day. Each pattern consists of 10 balloons.
To give you an idea of riding a pattern, let’s say that there are 5 white balloons and 5 red balloons. The 5 white balloons may be grouped together in one place or spread out over the entire arena. The rider shoots all 5 white balloons first. Then, the rider holsters the first gun while riding to the far end of the arena, draws the second gun, and shoots the 5 red balloons, which are usually 5 in a row straight towards the finish line. This is called ‘the Rundown’