Cowboy Action Shooting

Unfortunately, Chabot Gun Club’s lease was not renewed by the East Bay Regional Park District and the marksmanship range is now permanently closed. We thank all of our tens of thousands of patrons for your support for more than fifty years at this important facility. There are no plans to open up at another location at this time, although we still are open to suggestions.

Chabot Gun Club Old West Shoot Information

When: 3rd Sunday Odd Months
Where: Ranges 4 & 5
Activity Managers:  Jim & Steve Moore, Frank Tabor

old west shooting

Special Instructions: All firearms must be vintage 1896 or before.  No auto loaders! Pistol, rifles, and shotguns (double barrel side by side), or Winchester model 97 pumps are required.   Most stages are shot with all three firearms.  2 or more pistols are desirable.  Period dress is not required but is an asset.  Minimum dress: Levi’s, cowboy hat and boots!

Schedule 2016

January 17       March 20       May 15       July 17       September 18       November 20

Cowboy Shooting
Open to the public, new shooters receive orientation.

Early morning mist and mister.

Old West 3

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Old West 4


  1. Safety glasses and hearing protection are mandatory when on the range during matches.
  2. NO consumption of alcohol on-site. Violation will result in disqualification from the match.
    NOTE:  You should not shoot if you are taking any (prescription or over-the-counter) medication that may impair your balance, coordination or ability to handle firearms safely at all times.
  3. All weapons to be empty with actions open in gun carts and while being carried. All loading to take place on the loading bench just prior to shooting the stage or on the clock. Leave all loaded guns (supervised) on loading bench if you have to walk away.
  4. All long guns must have their BARRELS POINTED UP when being carried or moved, unless they are pointed directly at a side berm while loading or clearing.
  5. No holstered weapons in the public area of the range. No holstered weapons in the public area of the range (near the vending machines and main range tower).
  6. All weapons to be put away by 5:00 p.m. No firearms should be out after 5:00 p.m.
  7. Everybody is a range officer. Bring infractions to the attention of the shooter and/or an RO/Posse Leader or Match Director.
  8. The R/O (person with the clock in their hand) on the stage at the time of the incident or violation has the final word on any penalties, shooting infractions or stage/match disqualifications.
  9. Unsafe firearm handling or poor sportsmanship will result in disqualification from the stage or match (per SASS rules). Unsafe firearm handling includes (but is not limited to):
    a. Carrying a loaded firearm while not at a stage.
    b. Dropping, or throwing, a firearm, intentionally or unintentionally.
    c. Breaking the “180” degree rule when laying a firearm on any table.
    d. Accidental discharge within ten feet of the firing line.
    e. Accidental or intentional discharge at the loading or unloading bench.
    f. Sweeping bystanders/spectators with your (loaded or unloaded) firearm.
  10. Misses and procedural violations are assessed at 10 seconds each. Each failure to engage is a miss. One Procedural should be assessed for each incorrect shooting string (shooting a string in the wrong order is a Single procedural per shooting string, not per target) in addition to any number of applicable safety procedures and actual misses incurred on the stage.

Official score sheets are kept in the Posse Book provided to your designated Posse Leader. RANGE WAR! does not use “rank points” for match scoring…overall times are used for ranking each shooter category as well as the over-all match winner.

Generally, SASS safety and sportsmanship rules apply, although you are allowed to stoke shotguns at designated stages. A more detailed list of safety rules is included in each shooter packet.

The following special rules for RANGE WAR! scoring apply at all stages:

Each miss is a 10 second penalty.
Unintentional failure to shoot at a target is a miss.


Not following procedurals (such as engaging targets out of order, starting before the buzzer sounds) and minor safety violations (such as moving on a stage with a cocked gun) will incur a 10 second penalty at the discretion of the R/O (the man with the clock in his hand…or lady if that is the case, at the time the violation occurred).


A Stage Disqualification (per SASS rules will result in a time of 10 seconds added to the slowest total time recorded in your posse for that stage (including their misses and procedurals). And (let’s pray this doesn’t happen) A Match Disqualification (per SASS rules) will result in a last place ranking with “D/Q” in all stages, regardless of scores on previous stages.


If you have a disagreement with a decision made by the stage R/O (the person with the clock in their hand), when they are not busy or after your entire posse has completed the stage, please address them with your problem. Listen to their response, but do not argue. If you still disagree, after the match, get them together with the Match Director in the Gouge Eye Saloon, buy a round of drinks for everyone in the bar and make your case. You’ll still lose, ‘cause the R/O’s decision will stand, but everyone will overlook your bad manners if you’re buyin’ drinks!


It is the shooter’s responsibility to ensure their guns are positioned and loaded properly and they understand the designated course of fire. Once the first round is fired, you are on the clock. If you encounter a difficulty before the first round is fired, you may request a restart.

Prior to beginning a course of fire, the R/O will state:

“Does the shooter understand the course of fire?” (Answer, “Yes” or “No”).

“Is the shooter ready?” (Answer, “Yes or “No).

If the shooter replies, “Yes” to both, the R/O will indicate s/he is ready to start by saying, “Go ahead” or Proceed and the shooter will say the designated line (or something similar) for the stage. Once the line is completed, the R/O will start the timer.

The shooter should not pick up a gun, draw, pull the rope, remove the towel, flip the card or break from port arms (depending on the designated starting position) until after the buzzer has begun to sound.

Regarding Belly Guns …break top or swing up type. NO DERRINGERS. If you don’t have a belly gun, there should be a loaner available at the stage. Otherwise, hit up your posse, ask nicely, there should be at least one belly gun in each posse.

Chabot Gun Club Management reserves the right to refuse admission, control occupancy or remove anyone whose conduct is deemed by management to be disorderly or who fails to comply with any safety regulation.