Roxbury teen on target at shooting championship
Ballston Spa — Roxbury resident Tristan Mulder, whose alias is Teton Fox, just returned home from Heluva Rukus where over 250 shooters from all over the east coast came to compete at the New York State Cowboy Action Shooting Championships held in Ballston Spa on September 18-20.
Mulder took second place in the boys’ Young Gun category, which is for boys ages 14 to 16. He also took first place for best-dressed Young Gun male for the costume contest. Tristan is a member of the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS). He was at the event with his dad, Brian Mulder (aka) The Catskill Shootist and his step-mom Penny Mulder (aka) IndyPenny. Tristan started shooting this summer with his dad and this was his first major match. He shoots locally with the Crumhorn Mountain Cowboys at their monthly club match on the first Sunday of the month in Maryland.
Cowboy Action Shooting is a multifaceted shooting sport in which contestants compete with firearms typical of those used in the taming of the Old West: single action revolvers, lever action rifles, and side-by-side double barreled, or pre 1899 pump, or lever action shotguns. The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, “Old West” style. Contestants will usually shoot all four guns ( two revolvers - lever action rifle - shotgun ) in five or six stages (courses of fire) in which they engage reactive or stationary steel targets. Scoring is based on speed and accuracy.
The Heluva Rukus was two days of shooting with six stages on Saturday and four on Sunday and Friday consisting of side matches and warm up matches. The unique aspect of Cowboy Action Shooting is the requirement placed on authentic period or Hollywood western dress. Each participant is required to adopt a shooting alias appropriate to a character or profession of the late 19th century, or a Hollywood western star, and develop a costume accordingly. Most, if not all clubs, have a minimum dress requirement. Denim jeans, long sleeve cotton work shirt, cowboy hat and leather shoes or boots. More information about Cowboy Action Shooting is available at www.sassnet.com.