WELCOME TO NCOWS
The National Congress of Old West Shootists (NCOWS) was founded in 1994 to promote "safe Western Action Shooting including the re-enactment and promotion of the historical Old West heritage of the United States in all its ethnic, social and occupational diversity" during the period 1865 to 1899.
NCOWS members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and occupations to experience the Old West. Among the common activities NCOWS members enjoy are Western Action Shoots which is timed shooting sport in which shooters compete on a series of different shooting stages. The shooters are attired in Old West style clothing, and use firearms typical of the guns used in the Old West.
NCOWS members also spend time researching, collecting, and exchanging information on the firearms, fashions, history and other facets of the Old West. There are NCOWS members that enjoy participating in reenactments of the period that are good family entertainment that is rooted in the history of the West. And there are even NCOWS members that like to experience the Old West on the back of a horse.
Our Home Page bids you Welcome to our site and also is where you can find the most recent News about NCOWS. The About Section has information on NCOWS' Goals, History, Shooting Competitions, NCOWS Membership, and our Annual Convention. It also has info on Joining NCOWS, and a Change of Address form for members who have recently moved. And details about The Shootist magazine.
We have a Calendar of Scheduled NCOWS Events. The Posses page has a list and information on the posses that make up NCOWS. The Resources page contains Shoot Registration Forms, the NCOWS Tally Book download-able as a PDF or rebook, Reference materials, Links, and tells how you can get a NCOWS.org email address. The Media Section has Photos of NCOWS posses, shoot, and reenactment photos, and Videos from NCOWS activities. The Governance page introduces the NCOWS governing body, the Territorial Congress, and the Congrssional Library with the Articles of Incorporation, our By-Laws and Appendices, the Rules of our competitions, the lists of Approved and Unapproved arms and accoutrements, the NCOWS Tally Book downloadable as a PDF or ebook, and Territorial Congress Minutes.
So, make yourself at home here. We're glad you stopped by.