Gunsmoke 2015 brings a unique world of shooting back to life.
The Single Action Shooting Society’s Midwest Regional Championships were held this month, as more than 300 shooters from all across the United States – and abroad – converged on Gunsmoke 2015.
This the twelfth year of the event, which involves recreating the Old West, right down to the costumes that competitors wear. A party atmosphere accompanies the shooting matches, with lots of cowboys and cowgirls enjoying the social aspect of the event.
“The time competition is just a small part of it,” said Kaycee McCaylum, who is a member of the Cedar Valley Vigilantes, co-hosts of the event with the Single Action Shooting Society.
One of the competitors hailed all the way from Perth in Western Australia. “This is the best shooting [event] in America, and at the end, I get to play cowboy with all these people,” said K.C. Woody, of the championships. “It’s all for the skill and the knowledge of the game. These are the best people I’ve ever met.”
Joyce Helens competes every year against her husband. “This is my secret life. It’s so much different than my day job,” said Helens, who works at a technical and community college.