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 & Shooting Resources

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

  • Freedom Flight – The Origins of Mental Power by Lanny R. Bassham, 2008

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

  • 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

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

  • 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

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right.”Henry Ford