Hi, my name is Ozark Belle and I’m a Cowboy Action Shooter.
Actually, Ozark Belle is my alias for the Single Action Shooting Society. SASS “is an international organization created to preserve and promote the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting™.” If you’re not familiar with Cowboy Action Shooting, it’s a bunch of folks who love the Old West and shooting sports, getting together to share a common interest—and have a whole lot of fun.
To the right are "my" cowboys--my husband "Ozark Shark," my father-in-law "Lead Dancer Darret" & our good friend "Smoky Mountain Fair."
That doesn’t mean we’re not serious about gun safety. Every shoot begins with a safety meeting and we’re all tasked with watching and helping each other make sure nothing goes wrong. I’ve been shooting nearly a year and a half and the worst thing that’s happened is a small “bite” from a piece of ricocheting lead. That’s why we wear eye protection.
A couple of weekends ago, dh (aka Ozark Shark) and I participated in a Cowboy Action Shoot that benefitted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There’s nothing quite like spending two days with nearly 175 other “cowboys”, having fun and raising money. The writers of PRP and a few other western romance authors donated books, gift cards and tchotchkes to the cause, enough to make two huge baskets. Not only did we make some new friends—we raised $42,000 for the kids! AND I won first place in my category! Cool trophy, isn’t it?
This is me on Saturday: straw hat, “leathers”—that would be my holsters and ammunition belt—a pair of six-shot revolvers (I’m shooting one), and an 1873
So that’s what I do for fun. What about you? What hobby have you taken on that might surprise someone?
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