Basic Shooting Tips

  • Safety: Every participant in a SASS® match is a safety officer. Know the safety rules and always practice safe gun handling.

  • Have fun!

  • Improve your speed: If you want to improve your speed, watch the faster shooters and ask them questions. They don’t mind helping….even the folks in your category will help….that’s the cowgirl way!

  • Practice: To get faster, you have to live fire and dry fire practice. Be willing to learn new techniques.

  • Transitions: Keep both hands busy (i.e. If putting your rifle down with one hand, then the other hand should be pulling a pistol).

  • Exercise and hydrate.

The Mental Game

Below are some good books to help with the mental aspect …

  • Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game by Joseph Parent, 2002

  • Mental Mechanics of Shooting, How to Stay Calm at the Center by Vishnu Karmakar, 2001

  • With Winning in Mind: The Mental Management System by Lanny R. Bassham, 1996

  • Finding Your Zone: Ten Core Lessons for Achieving Peak Performance in Sports and Life by Michael Lardon, 2008

Other Books

  • Babes with Bullets: Women Having Fun with Guns by Debbie Ferns, 2005


“You can’t get to a place that you don’t believe exists.” — Unknown

“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.” — Oscar Wilde

“It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” — Paul “Bear” Bryant

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential … these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” — Confucius