Gadsden County hosting statewide shooting competition

Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 13:45:03-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Gadsden County is hosting a state shooting competition featuring Old West-style guns.

Thursday through the weekend, 200 shooters are in Midway for the Florida State Single Action Shooting Society Championship.

It's the first year the event has been held in North Florida, thanks to Talon Range having the space to accommodate the huge crowd.

All competitions are based on the sport of Cowboy Action Shooting. Contestants use Old West-style guns, such as single action revolvers and old-time shotguns.

"Each stage is unique to itself. The typical stage, you're going to be shooting ten rifles, ten pistol rounds, and four to six shotgun rounds," said Tom Wildenauer, Single Action Shooting Society member. "Some people here are going to shoot some of these stages in the neighborhood of 12 to 15 seconds."

National and world champion shooters are participating in several categories, which depend on age or type of gun.

Shooters dress the part, wearing pre-1900's costumes to match their old western guns.