Speed shooting in Cowboy Action

This is nothing new, but for those who don’t know, Cowboy Action is a competition similar to 3gun except they use old styled firearms. They use a revolver, shotgun and rifle. However they are all manually operated. Single action revolvers are used for the pistols. Side by side, pump (hammered) or lever action shotguns and lever action rifles are used.

I am a fan of well executed manipulation of a firearm, but how fast can someone be using such antiquated firearms? Pretty darned fast.

Watch Specer Hoglund hand load 4 rounds, shoot all 4 rounds out of his shotgun in 2.54 secs.

Here is one with a double barreled shotgun.

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • Mouldy Squid

    Yeah. That’s fast.

  • dan citizen

    This must be CGI.

    A person cannot rapidly and accurately fire a weapon without an angled foregrip, red dot sight, laser designator, 6 picatinny rails, co-witnessing fold down plastic iron sights, paracord wrapped window mags, ambidextrous mag release and $2000 more worth of trendy accessories.

    Seriously folks, this is what happens when people spend their time actually shooting rather than shopping for stupid googaws to weigh down their weapon.

    • seans

      And you realize that these guys are shooting way underpowered loads right. Comparing this to modern shooting isn’t even applicable.

      • iksnilol

        That one aspect of competition shooting I never liked; underpowered ammo. It makes me sick.

        • Schadavi

          Then compete using full power loads. No one will stop you.
          Target shooting is about hitting a target, not inflicting damage.

          • iksnilol

            U appreciate what you are saying, but if I am the only one doing it then I have a distinct handicap. Not due to “damage” but because of the fact that a stout load has stronger recoil. This moves the gun more than if I was using weak ammo.

      • Mikoyan

        Actually they still have to make power factor. These are hard wood grips; you can’t put grip tape on em, you can’t use speed loaders or extra mags. This is basic firearm manipulation. How about you look up the competition that has the top modern 3gunners and the top CAS and tell me they can’t be compated, take note on who wins…

        • iksnilol

          If they have a power factor then I guess it is okay.

          • Mouldy Squid

            That is only Open Division IPSC. Standard and Production can use lower powered loads, but they must both make a power factor and cannot use compensators. Open Division is a very specialized kind of shooting, using very specialized types of guns.

            IPSC might not be your thing, but many of the top shooters in the world compete in IPSC, and they get paid to do so. That would make them pros.

          • iksnilol

            I respect fellow shooters, I guess my beef is with Open Divison guys.

            This is mainly because I shoot with full power ammo together with other people who do the same.

        • John Henry Holliday

          It’s a power factor of like 60. A proper .45 Colt round from 1873 would have a PF of 250. They indeed use underpowered loads.

          Any “competition” between CAS and modern shooters is going to be biased. CAS likely learned on and still shoot modern firearms whereas modern shooters may have never handled a single action before.

          It certainly takes skill to do what they do, but let’s not pretend here. They are using underpowered loads and a modern two-handed grip. If they were using authentic ammunition and techniques, they would be incapable of the speeds they manage. I’d wager, however, that it’d be more fun to watch.

      • dan citizen

        like leo “tactical loads”? When I worked in training much of the range fodder was anemic “low recoil” crap, many departments used it for duty use as well under the excuse of reducing overpenetration, The reality was that many of the officers I worked with could not qualify with full power ammunition.

        About half the guys I know who do the cowboy matches also do 3 gun matches.

        • Steve Truffer

          The funny thing is, “Tac” loads go faster, and with the less eco-unfriendly plated shot, they penetrate MORE.

    • Robin

      > 6 picatinny rails

      My god, the Hex Rail! Why haven’t we thought of this before?

      • iksnilol

        That is like…50% more rails.

        I am going to wait for the octorail, though.

    • 1911a145acp

      I want some stupid googaws- I don’t think I have one mounted on my AR TackiKool carbine yet….. but it SOUNDS AWESOME. Can you supply a link to these googaws? 😉

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  • decix

    IF this man can reload a double barrel shotgun as fast as the doom guy, he’s probably fast enough.

    • Nicholas C

      Actually he had a litle bit of a hiccup re-holstering his revolver. So he could go faster.

      • Mouldy Squid

        The shooting time is only measured from the “beep” to the last shot. Re-holstering is not included in the stage time. They time it this way because there are a bunch of safety checks they need to do before the pistol can be holstered.

        • Cap in Hand

          You didn’t watch the video before commenting did you? The last shot was fired with the shotgun so the re holstering time IS included in the time. In CAS the safety checks i.e being “cleared” occur at a unloading table after you have left the range unlike IPSC.

  • schizuki

    There’s even younger kids in CAS who are faster. Jaw-dropping.

  • 101nomad

    Do you think that they can not shoot anything but “underpowered” loads? Go back to your Xbox.