Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association


Do I have to buy lots of equipment?

Is there a specific pattern?

Not in the beginning.  Mounted Shooters love teaching others about the sport and most are glad to share their equipment with beginners.  We encourage beginners to try different equipment before investing, because it is hard to know what you like until you try it.  Eventually you would need to invest in guns, holsters and horse tack designed for speed.

The patterns are established and approved by CMSA.  A competition may consist of 3 to 6 patterns a day. Each pattern consists of 10 balloons. The rider shoots all 5 balloons of one color first. Then, the rider holsters the first gun and draws a second gun to shoot 5 balloons of another color, which are usually 5 in a row straight towards the finish line. This is called 'the Rundown'.

Riders of all ages and abilities can participate in mounted shooting.   Matches are divided into divisions and levels.  Divisions are as follows: Men's, Lady's, Senior Men's, Senior Lady's and Wranglers. Divisions are separated into levels 1 though 6, level 1 being beginners and level 6 being the masters.  Men's and Lady's are ages 12-49 years, Seniors are 50 year and older, Wranglers are 11 years and younger.

Yes. It is required that you dress western. You may either dress in traditional western style or you can dress in the old time style of the late 1800's. Traditional style includes a long sleeve western shirt, 5 pocket blue jeans covered by chinks or chaps, western boots, and a cowboy hat. If you prefer 'rolling back the clock ' to the late 1800's try to look as authentic to the period as possible, by wearing shirts without collars, and high-waisted pants with buttons, not zippers, and an old style cowboy hat, for example.

Who can participate

in mounted shooting?

What type of horses compete

in mounted shooting?

Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association® is the Fastest Growing Equestrian Sport in the Nation. 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. The Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association "C.M.S.A." has a variety of levels of competition for everyone, ranging from novice levels to the seasoned professional.

What type of Ammunition is used?

Only fixed sight single action revolvers of .45 Colt caliber, designed prior to 1898, or reproductions thereof, shall be allowed in CMSA competitions. . Single action revolvers must be cocked each time before firing by drawing the hammer back.  Examples are: Colt Single Action Army or Bisley Model, Smith & Wesson Schofield, Russian, or Remington Models 1875 & 1890, their reproductions and Ruger Vaqueros, Bisleys or Montados.

What type of Guns are used?

What is CMSA?

Dress Code

Cowboy mounted shooting is open to all breeds of horses and no registration is required.  Temperament is far more important than the breeding, sound, sane and well trained will take you a long way in this sport.  However, Quarter Horses do dominate this sport at the upper levels due to the speed and  agility required.

The cartridges fired are called .45 caliber Long Colts. The brass cartridge is loaded with black powder (like that used in the 1800's). This load will break a balloon up to about 15 feet. Live rounds are strictly prohibited at competitions.