Interesting article about a man who retired from Massachusetts to Arizona and took up what, for Massachusetts, would be an unusual hobby: Cowboy Action Shooting.
He and wife Debbie, aka Ruby Tucson, have gone to several shooting events, including one held in October in Tombstone.
At these events, says Gretsky, “only the top 1 or 2 percent are national competitors. The rest of us are just there to have fun.”
Even so, Gretsky has wound up with an arsenal that includes two six-guns, one shotgun and a rifle â€” something he says would have been tough to do back East.
“In Massachusetts there are very strict gun laws,” says Gretsky, who stresses that he’s “not a gun nut.”
Not long after moving to Tucson, Gretsky went to a local firing range. “It was the first time I’d held a gun since I’d used a .22 in Boy Scouts,” he says.
But he soon found out just going to the range “was kinda boring.” Then someone told him about cowboy action shooting.
He’s not a gun nut, but he acknowledges his completely leigitimate pastime would have been difficult to do back in Massachusetts.Â Cowboy Action is a quickly growing segment of the shooting sports with an apparently wide appeal.Â I think it will probably get wider as the baby boom generation, who were raised on westerns, start to retire, and head to places with sunshine and “easy access” to such lethal killing machines as a Ruger Single Six, which I’m not sure are on the Massachusetts “approved” list.Â Even if it was, you have to convince your local police chief that you have a good reason to keeping one, which he’s completely free to disagree with and tell you “no constitutional rights for you.”
Cowboy shooters are people we need to be reaching out to.Â I think their numbers are going to keep getting bigger.