The Kamloops Target Sports Association is hoping to hit the bull’s eye with spectators when it hosts the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) Canadian National Championship Shootout later this month.
The shootout, which will be coming to Kamloops Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, will take place at Twin Rivers Cow Town from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Jim Sloper, match director for the event, said that the event features 1880s-style firearms — the Colt Peacemaker, double-barreled shotguns with hammers on the outside and lever-action rifles — and participants will dress in period attire.
Shooters will complete in timed scenarios and incur penalties for misses.
“Each scenario is different, there’s different props,” Sloper said. “We have a jail, we have a saloon, we have a lawyer’s office, we have a horse-drawn buggy and you shoot around them or through them at these different targets.”
SASS, which is based in New Mexico, travels around the world holding shooting events like the Canadian National Championship Shootout. Participants must be SASS members.
“It’s a hoot,” Sloper said. “We got people from as far east as Ontario . . . and as far south as Arizona, Oregon and Washington.”
Spectators are encouraged to attend and admission will be free of charge. This is the first time that Kamloops will be hosting the event.
To get to Twin Rivers Cow Town, follow Hillside Drive past KRCC until the road ends. Turn right into the gated fence and “follow the cowboys” about five kilometres.
“Come out and have some fun, watch it and enjoy,” said Sloper.