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About Northern Illinois Outlaws

Who are we ?

THINKING ABOUT TRYING YOUR HAND AT COWBOY MOUNTED SHOOTING? One of the nation's fastest growing equine sports. The Northern Illinois Outlaws would like to introduce ourselves to everybody. We are a new Cowboy Mounted shooting club in the area, we are affiliated with the Cowboy Mounted Shooting association we follow all CMSA rules and guidelines. Doesn't matter if your an old pro or a greenhorn who just wants to get started. You'll find the outlaws to be the friendliest group of people you will ever meet. We believe that everyone should have fun and enjoy themselves while participating in this sport. Safety is our number one concern. You won't find a lot of "big hats and no cattle" to worry about. These outlaws are good people with common sense we are here to help you learn the sport and to have a great time! Check our schedule for upcoming events and come hang out and see what you've been missing.

History

Cowboy Mounted Shooting® is one of the nation’s fastest growing equestrian sports. Mounted contestants compete in this fast action timed event using two .45 caliber single action revolvers each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition. Courses of fire are set in a variety of patterns. The first half (5 targets) of a course of fire will vary with each go and requires the horse and rider to stop, turn, change leads and accelerate rapidly. The second half (5 targets), called the "run down", is a straight course with targets set at 36 foot intervals. Typically, a competitor crosses the timing beam at a full gallop and engages the first pattern of five targets. After a shooter fires the fifth shot, he or she returns the empty revolver to a holster and proceeds to and turns around a barrel and then races to the far end of the arena while drawing a second revolver. At the far end the horse and rider turn another barrel and then engage the five remaining targets of the run down at full speed. Scoring is based on elapsed time plus a five second penalty for each target missed or barrel knocked over. An average course of fire normally takes a contestant between 15 and 25 seconds to complete. The CMSA wants you! The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, Inc. (CMSA) is a corporation created to develop rules and guidelines for the equestrian sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting®. The CMSA also produces major championship competitions, a national newsletter and provides a central communication point for its nationwide membership.