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Cowboy Action Shooting

Abigail A. Kohn

in Shooters

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780195150513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944095 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150513.003.0012
Cowboy Action Shooting

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This chapter describes the sport of cowboy action shooting, the gun sport that most explicitly dramatizes the narrative of American Frontier history. It explains that this sport is conducted in a venue that ostensibly gave birth to images of traditional American gender roles and forms of Frontier-oriented entertainment. It argues that cowboy action shooting presents a vision of the American Frontier in which white, middle-class good guys can create small, self-contained communities based on shared values and lifestyles. It describes cowboy shoots governed by the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS).

Keywords: cowboy action shooting; gun sport; American Frontier history; gender roles; Frontier-related entertainment; SASS

Chapter.  6746 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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