A taste of the Old West in Pelham at The Great Nor'easter
Known as The Great Nor’easter, the ninth annual New England Regional Cowboy Action Shooting Championships drew more than 140 contestants to the Pelham Fish and Game Club.
Multiple matches gave the opportunity for multiple shooting styles, using both pistols and shotguns to hit a variety of steel targets, while props evoked various Western scenes like the “Daring Daylights Bank Robbery” and the “Prairie Immigrant Train.”
Fremont resident Dan George, who most folks on the championship circuit know as none other than “Wild Bill Blackerby,” said he’s been a cowboy action shooter for well over a decade.
One day when stopping by a local cigar shop, George came across a Wild West gun magazine. “I didn’t realize then that this was going on in New England,” he said. “I wasn’t a shooter then, I was more of a historian and it definitely piqued my interest.”
George said his personal preference is making his own ammunition using black gunpowder, as was done in the 1870s.
Those with a passion for the pastime come from all walks of life.
Exeter resident and event organizer Steve Seguin, known in the cowboy shooting circuit as “Captain Morgan Rum,” said competitive shooters range in age from early teens through their 80s.
An avid golfer who is in her late 60s, she learned about cowboy shooting through one of her friends on the golf course.
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