History of Cowtown by historyman

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									History of Cowtown
Cowtown was built in the seventies by Ron Nix, a Hollywood stuntman who moved to Arizona
with his wife and a dream to create a real old west atmosphere, somthin’ like Old Tucson I
guess.

Anyway, he brought a lot with him - teaching stuntmen, havin’ rodeo, letting his students
perform in the public eye, encouraging’ Civil War reenactment and completin’ a town which
served as the basic set for a lot of movies. The reenactments sort of opened the door for
cowboy action shootin’ which is where our club comes in.

Back in those days a bunch of guys and gals got together in the desert every Sunday morning
for shootin’ and experimented with targets, scenarios and all of that stuff and had a hoot doin’ it.
Finally, they came up with the idea of formin’ a club and, although not the first of the cowboy
shootin’ groups, in 1982 they became the first organized Cowboy Action Club and established
and incorporated safety guidelines which SASS, who actually came into being somewhat later,
has put into place for world wide expansion of the sport.

Through the efforts of Jim Martin and Bill Waller, a couple of the members, who
were friends of Ron Nix, the Cowtown Shooters were invited to become part of the town and
added greatly to it’s ambiance strollin’ around in their period clothing, shootin’ irons and general
camaraderie. And then in 1981 the Club held the First Actual Arizona State Championship of
Cowboy Shooting. Cowtown prospered for a while, but Nix’s dream never reached full fruition
and the town changed hands many times.

Today it, along with the surrounding area serves as “Firebase Phoenix”, a privately owned
educational program in modern weapons and their proper use and has been used to train
snipers for the armed forces. The shooters group, similarly, has experienced many changes.
However, due to the dedication of a few of the originators, this club still lives on.

The original name is gone and the club now bears the name of the Cowtown Cowboy
Shooters who shoot at the place which the name appears on the Fort Gate – FORT SNOW of
the ARIZONA TERRITORY. The area was officially named a few years ago by the group in full
army uniform and ceremony after Don Snow.

Don was one of the originators who became ill with eventual inability to work at “a job”. Thus,
from 1993 until his death in December of 2000, he made Cowtown literally his life and it is for
his often heroic efforts that the original concept still exists. His motto was: “If it ain’t fun, it ain’t
worth doin’.”

He never lost sight of keeping safety always first, but still maintaining the fun and seeing the
smiles on peoples’ faces knowing they had a good time. He knew that many would come here
and move on, but believed that this was good because they had developed. However, he
believed that Cowtown would draw them back because of the wonderful posses which welcome
new shooters and help them to become part of the cowboy family and really enjoy the sport.

								
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