The Junior Category is divided into two separate Categories:
Buckaroos: For Juniors who are 13 years or younger. In this category shooters may use .22 caliber six shooters and rifles, and may use .410 shotguns. All guns, however, must be of old west type (meet external period standards of SASS). Knock-down targets are not required to fall in Buckaroos.
Young Guns: For Juniors who are 14 to 16 years of age and shoot the same guns as in adult categories.
Note: Parental consent and supervision is required for all competitors under twenty-one years of age.
Cowboy / Cowgirl
These categories are fer folk who ain't particular who they shoot with! Any age will do, from young whipper-snappers to them old codgers. And any legal main match revolvers, rifles or shotguns may be used, and shot any way but gunfighter. But to shoot in the Cowgirl category you must be pulchritudinous (that's purty, for you boys what ain't got no schooling).
Wrangler / Lady Wrangler
These categories are fer them in their tender years (mid-life crisis folk) who are 36 years or better (or worse) in age. Yep, you may shoot with them old codgers, but there ain't a'going to be any young whipper-snappers in these here categories! Shooting requirements are any legal main match revolvers, rifles or shotguns, and may be shot any way but gunfighter.
Forty-Niners / Lady Forty-Niners
This category is fer them cowpokes who are finding a little color ... in their hair ... instead of their gold pans. Not yet seniors, but hell and gone from juniors, these hombres are on that slippery slope toward the Seniors Category! . Must be at least 49 years young. All Forty-Niners may shoot with any legal main match revolvers, rifles or shotguns, and shoot any way but gunfighter.
Senior / Senior Lady
This here category is for them old codgers! You have to be 60 years old, but you generally get to do whatever you please. Yep, we just let them old goats have their own way. All Seniors may shoot with any legal main match revolvers, rifles or shotguns, and shoot any way but gunfighter.
Silver Senior / Silver Senior Lady
This here is a category to help our older seniors, who are at least 65 years young, adjust to the category that awaits them (Elder Statesman/Grand Dames), without having a coronary! You can often recognize that Silver Senior by their sagging pants and laissez faire attitude! All Silver Seniors may shoot with any legal main match revolvers, rifles or shotguns, and shoot any way but gunfighter.
Elder Statesman / Grand Dame
This here category is for them really old codgers! You have to be 70 years old, and you definitely get to do whatever you please. We not only let these old goats do their own thing, the rest of us cowpokes stay the heck out of their way, while they are a'doing it! These Cowpokes may shoot with any legal main match revolvers, rifles or shotguns, and shoot any way but gunfighter.
Duelist / Lady Duelist
The Duelist shoots with only one hand (leaving the other hand free to scratch, wave at the gals, or do whatever). But in this category, the Duelist must shoot with "fixed sight" legal main match revolvers and legal main match rifles and shotguns.
Note: This category may be further divided into Senior Duelist and Silver Senior Duelist
Frontier Cartridge / Black Powder
This here is a category for them cowpokes that have turned to the "Darkside." Yep, it's just plain dirty and nasty to shoot that stuff, but it sure is fun; especially when the wind ain't real lively and the whole posse ends up in a big cloud of smoke. You must shoot black powder and shoot one handed or two. Pistols must be main match legal "fixed sight" and be percussion or cartridge type prior to 1896, shotguns must be side by side or lever action, and any SASS legal pistol caliber rifle may be used. Oh yea, you have to shoot that dirty stuff in yer pistols, rifle and shotgun!
Note: Frontier Cartridge Duelist is also a recognized category.
Frontiersman / Frontierswoman
In this here category, not only have these folk turned to the "Darkside", but they do it with cap and ball revolvers, and shoot Duelist or Double Duelist style. Pistols must be main match legal "fixed sight" and be percussion type, shotguns must be side by side or lever action, and any SASS legal pistol caliber rifle may be used. Oh yea, you have to shoot that dirty stuff in yer pistols, rifle and shotgun!
Classic Cowboy / Classic Cowgirl
A category fer them cowpokes that want to be high stepp'n in their dress, shoot with only one hand (Duelist) with fixed sight shooters of .40 caliber or larger (.36 caliber or larger cap and ball), use only mule ear double barrel or lever action shotguns, and a rifle of 1873 manufacture or earlier ('73 Winchester, Henry, Yellow Boy, etc.) Oh yeah, you can't wear no Buscadero (drop Loop) holsters or straw hats, and men's clothing must include five of the following items: chaps, spurs, cuffs, scarf with slide or scarf tied loosely around neck, tie, vest, pocket watch with full length chain, jacket, sleeve garters, knife, botas, leggings, or braces. Gals (in addition to the men's stuff) may also choose from period watch, split riding skirt, bustle, hoops, corset, Victorian style hat including straw hats, period jewelry, period hair ornaments (like feathers), snood, reticule (period handbag), period lace up shoes, camisole, bloomers, fishnet stockings, feather boa, or cape. And remember, I said "Gals" fer that last group. I don't want to see no ugly cowboys wearing any of that stuff!
Gunfighter / Lady Gunfighter
This category is fer them dang Show-Offs what want to shoot with a pistol in each hand, at the same time. (Yep, they just get to miss faster, that's all) You need any main match legal "fixed sight" pistols and the ability to shoot with one pistol in each hand at the same time, unless stage design does not allow, in which case you must shoot double duelist (left pistol with left hand, right pistol with right hand). You must also do this without shooting yerself or the rest of us cowpokes. Any main match legal rifle and shotgun may be used. Two standard holsters are required (buscadero allowed), but no cross draw rigs or butt forward rigs allowed.
"B" Western / Lady "B" Western
This is a category for them "Dudes" that want to look like Roy Rogers or Dale Evans. It don't matter how good you shoot, "as long as you look good shooting!" Shoot any match legal pistols or shotgun, a rifle of 1884 design or later, and use buscadero (drop loop) holsters (no cross draw). Shoot any style, including duelist or gunfighter, or a mix of styles, wear shirts with snap buttons and embroidery (piping & fringe encouraged), pants (jeans, ranch pants or pants with flap over rear pocket) with belt loops (no suspenders), hats that are felt (no straw), ladies may wear skirts or split riding skirts, boots with fancy stitching or different colors, western spurs with rowels required for men, and at least one of the following (gloves, gauntlets, scarves with slides, coat, vest, chaps or cuffs). You are suppose to look "flashy!" Pardner, if'n you want to shoot this category, you are a'going to have to start getting dressed the day before! But "fer sure and fer certain" you will be the best look'n cowpoke there!"