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post #1 of 7 Old 03-15-2019, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Considering getting into mounted shooting...what do I need to know?

Hey y’all!seems like I haven’t been very active on here but I appreciate reading all the posts and the HF email that comes around once a month.Anyway enough of the chitchat. I’m seriously thinking about getting into competition of some sort, starting slowly and just doing it for pleasure, and experience for me and my horse.Something that competes on the weekends, as I work 2 jobs, I’m only 18. My mare isn’t the easiest horse out there, but i think it would be good for us to step out of our comfort zone occasionally and maybe start training for something.and mounted shooting has been stuck in my mind lately...cause what back country girl doesn’t like guns and horses??But before I commit to something I know I want my parents approval, I’ll need to make sure I’m okay financially for me and my horse,prepared for unexpected expenses, and then some.I also would love to kno the ins and outs of this game.(FYI I did look up CMSA{?} regulations and that was helpful, any other shooting clubs out there besides them?seems to be the only one in my state unless I’m googling wrong?gotta love the www!)And what does my horse need to kno? Any pointers if I would in fact decide to give this a shot?what would I need to kno and what does my girl need to know?Thanks in advance for any replies- I’m excited to hear your advice!
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Many clubs have new shooter clinics. Contact your local club (facebook is a good way to contact them) or contact the CMSA to find clubs. I have a friend that shoots. They have had to change horses a few times - her hubbies gelding just could not get used to the gunfire and dumped him hard a few times (even after spending 3 months with a mounted shooting trainer) They had another horse tear a susp ligament due to all of the hard turns. Make sure your horse is fit and that you know how to ride with your seat and not with your hands.

Practice patterns and riding one handed.

One thing I will say and that my friend has commented on many times. This is a very expensive sport. The guns are specialized, the holsters are specialized, the ammo is costly and the fees to shoot are expensive. It is nothing for them to spend a few hundred a weekend when they shoot.

I have ridden the patterns with her and practiced holding the guns and riding - but I hate loud noises so I have never shot from a horse.

Good Luck!
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I am not familiar with the sport but I do reload a LOT of 45 Colt so I went and looked it up: https://www.cmsaevents.com/about/#panel-guns

It looks like you need a single action 45 Colt handgun with fixed sights and black powder blanks. Usually blanks have bored out primer holes to about 1/8" diameter so the primers don't back out and tie up the gun when you shoot. I also looked up the prices of manufactured 45 Colt blanks, WOW! all I can say about that is that it would be MUCH MUCH cheaper to reload your own blanks: Mounted Shooting Supplies | Mounted Shooting Blanks & Supplies


Blanks take a special crimp die but other than that and reaming out the primer holes there isn't a whole lot to reloading them especially if you are doing it with black powder. For a gun find one of the cheap single actions like an Uberti or a Heritage Rough rider etc. they won't set you back as much as a Ruger Vaquero and no where near what a Colt SAA would cost you. Looks like it will run you $450 - $600 depending on which one you get: https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/...&searchPrice=0

Since you would just be shooting blanks there should be no reason you would need something like a Ruger Blackhawk with fixed sights vs the standard adjustable ones they come with.

If you have friends that reload or you do so yourself already it looks like you would save a ton of money making the blanks yourself. I know I can load up 200+ 45 Colt rounds at a time with cast bullets for a few pennies a round, blanks should be even cheaper and at $45 USD a box for the manufactured ones you would be saving $40 or more on every hundred rounds you shot at that price.

Looks like there are clothing requirements too. I can see how that sport would get spendy real quick.
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@AndyTheCornbread my friend that competes is married to a gunsmith and for some of the competitions you are required to buy your Ammo from the hosting club - you cannot supply your own. I think it is for safety reasons but I could be wrong. They do load their own blanks for practice at home
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@AndyTheCornbread my friend that competes is married to a gunsmith and for some of the competitions you are required to buy your Ammo from the hosting club - you cannot supply your own. I think it is for safety reasons but I could be wrong. They do load their own blanks for practice at home

That makes sense. I bet it is a safety and liability issue as well as a fairness of competition thing so people don't make bug shot loads or something like that so they can break the balloons better. Bug shot loads are where you take something like corn husk media or dried quinoa is what I use and put it over top of the powder. I use it to shoot wasps off the side of my shop but it would allow you to break balloons a lot further out than just the black powder itself but because it does have projectiles in it, it wouldn't be nearly as safe as a blank for mounted shooting competitions. By requiring they buy from the club it probably guarantees that nobody is doing anything hinky to to get an advantage and it would make sure that all rounds are loaded to a certain spec for safety reasons.

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There are a few different organizations, and rules differ with each one. Every one I've seen supplies the ammunition at the event for safety and fairness; you cannot shoot your own. Your weapon is checked and you load under supervision before your run, and they check the weapon is empty as you leave the arena.



It looks like a lot of fun. Unfortunately, nobody anywhere near us has events or clinics, but I'm hoping at some point that changes. A calm, bombproof, athletic, responsive horse with some common sense about taking care of himself on patterns and differing grounds is essential. If I were buying a shooting horse, I'd want something with reining/cutting lines for athleticism in an arena and a calm, easy going temperament. My Doc Bar/Colonel Freckles mare would have been perfect.
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Thanks a lot for the replies! I’ve been staying so busy I haven’t been on at all lately to answer y’all. I appreciate it and found your replies very interesting and informing! I would definitely need to save up more $$ and put more money into a calmer horse, altho I believe my mare could handle it eventually. Right now you could say it’s more of a pipe dream, maybe it’ll happen in a few years or so.definitely something I’d be interested in doing. Guns, horses,and speed, right down this country girls alley😄
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