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Safety Education May 2021

At Canyon Oaks Sportsman's Club, gun education and safety is paramount—that’s why we offer a variety of programs and services to promote the safe handling, use and storage of guns.

Whether you’re a parent in search of information about gun safety in the home, a first-time firearm owner, or an old pro looking to brush up on your gun handling skills, COSC is here to keep you and your family safe. Explore COSC's fundamental rules of firearm safety, as well as information how to safely store a firearm and good cleaning practices.
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COSC Monthly Activities

Canyon Oaks Sportsman's Club

Activities & Events Calendar

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.22 Fun Match

The .22 Fun Match is a great event for shooters who want to have an enjoyable time sharpening their competitive skills. It is also the perfect training ground for anyone interested in getting into Cowboy Action Shooting. The Canyon Oaks Sportsman’s Club .22 Fun Match is held the second Saturday of each month. This event is restricted to .22 caliber firearms and is open to ages 12 years and up.
22 Fun Match

Firearms and Ammunition

Just as in Cowboy Action events, .22 Fun Match shooters utilize multiple firearms. Each shooter uses two .22 caliber revolvers or one semi-automatic pistol, and one .22 caliber rifle (lever action, pump, or semi-auto). Only .22 caliber lead bullets are used in this match. All other forms of .22 caliber bullets are prohibited.
22 Fun Match

Competition and Scoring

Similar to Cowboy Action events, .22 Fun Match competitors shoot a number of separate shooting scenarios known as "stages." Stages are always different, each typically requiring ten revolver or semi-automatic pistol rounds, and ten rifle rounds. Shooters compete one at a time against the clock. Most matches are scored simply by "total time." Misses, safety, and procedural violations add seconds to the competitor's time. The shooter with the lowest cumulative time is the first-place winner. Approximately 120 rounds are shot across six stages.
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Cowboy Action Shooting

COSC Cowboy Action Shooting

Canyon Oaks Shootists

Canyon Oaks Shootists carry on the tradition of the Old West with Cowboy Action shooting matches held the second Sunday morning of each month. We welcome shooters interested in learning the sport as well as seasoned shooters. Cowboy Action Shooting is a competitive shooting sport that originated in California in 1981. It quickly became the fastest growing outdoor shooting sport in the United States and is now practiced worldwide. Attracting competitors from around the world, Cowboy Action shooting tests shooter accuracy while creating a spirit and atmosphere that brings back the days of the Old West in a celebration of the cowboy lifestyle. Canyon Oaks Shootists are affiliated with the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) and follow their rules and protocols.

Single Action Shooting Society

The Single Action Shooting Society is the governing organization of Cowboy Action Shooting, worldwide. Today, with over 97,000 members, SASS is represented in all fifty states and 18 foreign countries. The organization endorses regional matches conducted by its more than 700 SASS affiliated clubs and promulgates rules and procedures to ensure safety and consistency in Cowboy Action Shooting matches.
COSC Cowboy Action Shooting

Old West Firearms

Each competitor uses the following firearms typically found in the mid-to-late 19th century:
One lever-action rifle chambered in a pistol caliber, or a Colt Lightning slide-action rifle chambered in a pistol caliber.
Two single-action revolvers (the hammer must be manually cocked before a shot can be fired).
One side-by-side double-barreled shotgun (also referred to as a Coach Gun) with or without external hammers, or a pump-action shotgun with external hammers similar to the Winchester 1897.
Authentic or replica weapons can be used.

Costuming

Participants dress in appropriate Old West or Victorian era attire as well as use gear and accessories as mandated by SASS rules. Safety glasses and hearing protection must be worn when shooting.
COSC Cowboy Action Shooting
Clothing may be historically accurate for the late 19th century or fashioned from Hollywood screen western concepts. For instance, costuming can be based on characters in television series such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, or Lonesome Dove. It can also be based on characters appearing in motion pictures like Tombstone or Unforgiven. B-Western costuming is also an option with outfits reminiscent of Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, or the Cisco Kid.
COSC Cowboy Action Shooting

Competition and Scoring

Competition involves a number of separate shooting scenarios known as "stages." Stages are always different, each typically requiring ten revolver rounds, nine or ten rifle rounds, and two to eight shotgun rounds. Shooters compete one at a time against the clock. Most matches are scored simply by "total time." Misses, safety, and procedural violations add seconds to the competitor's time. The shooter with the lowest cumulative time is the first-place winner. Targets consist of steel plates that ring when hit. Reactive targets such as steel knockdown plates and clay bird throwers are also used.

Defenders Match

COSC Defenders Match

Competition and Scoring

The Defenders Match is an action packed pistol competition designed to develop and perfect self-defense shooting skills. The competition varies in course and procedure from month to month, but each match will focus on at least one of the following:
Shooting Accuracy
Shooting Speed
Tactical Reloads
Emergency Reloads
Handling Malfunctions
Variable Distances from 3 to 50 yards
Shooting on the move
Shooting from cover or concealment
Shooting from confined spaces or through door cracks and windows
Knowing what is in line with your target and beyond
Distinguishing "Good Guy" and "Bad Guy" Targets
Timed and Untimed Competitions
Strong Arm Only and Weak Arm Only shooting
COSC Defenders Match
Since the Defenders Match competition varies in procedure and course from month to month, match scoring procedures also vary to align with the nature of each competition.

Firearms and Gear

The Defenders Match is a pistol only competition. Shooters are required to provide their own guns and gear.
Pistols, any caliber, any sights
Firearm Holster
Ammo
Ammo Holster
Ear and Eye Protection

Awards

A special challenge coin is given to the 1st place winners every month.