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12 Thursday, January 23, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Action Sho 00ting (]hampionship i by Patti Babcock ,aune staff The River Mountain Regulators and Saddle West Hotel and Casino co.sponsored the 5th annual Nevada State Cowboy Action Shooting Championship held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Pahrump: Step back 100 years, Just right for Bat Masterson, aka Steve Fowler, an officer forthe Denver City Police Department. His mother told him he was born 100 years too late, but he has found his time and place in Cowboy Action Shooting. The sport is a family affair for Kismet from Bakers- field, aka Rod Bond an engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad. His father, a retired CHP officer, competes as Curly Don and his son also likes to shoot. Claudia Feather, aka Claudia Ingoglia, takes her shooting seriously. She was the Top Lady World and National Champion in 1994 and the Nevada State Top Lady Champion in 1995. Shooters can find their turn- of.the-century costumes at Claudia's Wild West Mer- cantile in Phoenix, Arizona. The stage, actually eight stages, are set in January 1897. Participants and many spectators dress for the era and have monikers adapted from characters in history, fiction or family. "Pahrump is a stopping point for wagon trains and weary travelers." Shootin' irons are pre 1900's pistol caliber, lever Pump Single action revolver, _32 caliber or larger. At one stage the shooter is sitting at a table playing cards. He picks up his revolver and shoots his opponent, He moves to the bar, slaps the bartender, then grabs his rifle and shoots the people in the back of the bar. He runs out the front door and around the building where he uses his shotgun to shoot approaching lawmen. The shooter at another stage has a feed bag in his hand as he heads out to the chicken coop. He sees "bad guys" down range, drops the feed bag, hoists his shotgun and shoots three of them. He moves to the barn, lays down the shotgun, picks up the rifle and shoots six intruders by the fence who become moving targets when he hits the first one. Turning to check the cattle, the shooter sees five rustlers. He alms his pistol and shoots them. The shooter at a third stage is resting. Sitting in the bathtub, drinking whiskey, he picks up his shotgun to shoot the flies on the window shade. He steps out of the tub, picks up his rifle and shoots approaching people from the window. Finally, he takes his shotgun steps out the door and blows away another threatening group. The players, men and women primarily in their 40s, 50s and 60s, are competing in a shooting competition. They are also having fun entertaining spectators with the movie type scenarios. Cowboy Action Shooting is a worldwide sport. Ap- proximately 200 people stopped over in Pahrump to compete in a dramatized version of the action fdled past, to party and to receive awards for shooting performance ................. for the best costumes. ROUTING ROBBERS-Claudia Feather's shotgun discourages thieves. GET OUT NOW-Bat Masterson s rifle makes short work of intruders. DEAL FROM THE TOP-Belle Starr will teach this card shark a lesson. " k th u SNEAKING UP-Pecos Bob says, Ta e at yo ornery !