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The sport of Cowboy Action Shooting is fun, as hundreds of competitors worldwide will attest, but before any excitement can be enjoyed, the emphasis must be on safety first.


Clyde Wasson, left, coaches Cody and Greg Kirkham at a shooting range near Camp Verde.So says shooting instructor Clyde Wasson of Camp Verde, who counts the world champion Kirkham family — Jessica, Cody and father Greg — among his roster of more than 30 students.


“The very first thing about Cowboy Action Shooting, or any shooting, should be safety,” Wasson said. “Cowboy Action Shooting has a tremendously positive record for gun safety.


“If you’re not safe you’re not going to have any fun.”


Wasson said he has been a competitor in Cowboy Action Shooting for more than 10 years. He and his wife attended more than 90 Cowboy Action Shooting matches each year for the first three years he competed, traveling from match to match in the comfort of their motor home.


Wasson started coaching after his seventh year of competition, when he decided he might be able to help other shooters hone their skills.


“I realized my own personal accomplishments were that I was placing very well in matches,” Wasson said, “and that I have some knowledge and information that would be beneficial to other shooters that also wanted to be competitive.”


For the full story, please see the Friday, Aug. 9 issue of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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