How to Create a Unique Cowboy Action Shooting Alias or Character Name
Have you come up with your very own Cowboy Action Shooting alias? One of the most fun things about Cowboy Action Shooting is that it allows its members to assume the character of an Old West personality, and even choose an appropriate alias. It comes as no surprise to hear attention-getting names like Firewater McGrath, Katrina Tumbleweed or Straightshootin’ Sam Barttleson. It’s like playing a grownup version of Cowboys and Indians, except that everything is real, from the Stetson hat down to the snakeskin boots.
The Single Action Shooting Society requires all members of affiliated Cowboy Action Shooting organizations to pick an alias that represents a character or profession from the wild days of the Old West or a classic western film. The alias should be unique and not duplicate any other member’s alias. The SASS generally has the final authority whether an alias can be used or not.
You can use any alias you desire, as long as it’s not morally or legally objectionable and no one else is using it.
Choosing unique, striking, memorable, or simply funny alias is an interesting activity all new members must go through. While coming up with a great-sounding alias is second nature to some people, it could be a real challenge to some. Some will come up with a fantastic name only to find, to their disappointment, that another member has already beat them to it.
Methods of Generating a Cowboy Action Shooting Alias
There are several ways to come up with a Cowboy Action Shooting alias. Look at your character’s profession. If your character is in the medical profession, Doc or Sawbones is a good place to start. Your character’s general disposition, such as Speedy, Grumpy, Smiley, Lefty or Cool are examples of name modifiers you can use.
Physical features are another point of reference, such as Tubs, Stringbeans, Four-Fingered, or One-Eyed. While names during the time of the Old West weren’t always politically correct, the name you choose shouldn’t be offensive or obscene by any means.
Some members make a play on Spanish terms and turn them into an alias. “Que bonita!” (How pretty!) can become Kay Bonita. Many members would like to be nicknamed “El Guapo” or “El Guapa”. You can open a lot of possibilities if you look up Spanish phrases.
Several decades ago, a clever way of selecting a Cowboy Action Shooting alias was using the “two towns” method, adopting a name which involved the names of two state towns. Erstwhile singer Marion Slaughter was able to make many records by changing his name to Vernon Dalhart, a combination of two Texas towns, Vernon and Dalhart. Conway Twitty derived his name from two towns in Arkansas.
Josephine Sweetwater, Tom Bean Woodcreek, and Honey Grove Hitchcock are examples of names created from combining two Texas towns. The possibilities are endless. Try doing the same with the name of your home state and you can come up with a number of original and memorable Cowboy Action Shooting aliases that are less likely used by someone else.
The physical characteristic + name is a favorite way of coming up with a unique alias, such as Big Jim, Curly Bill, and Handsome Bob. You can also use the “double first name” method, as in the case of James Alfred “J.A.” McFaddin and John Wesley Hardin. And, of course, there’s the city (or state) + nickname + last name formula, like Texas Jack Vermillion and Arkansas Tom Jones. The names you can create are only limited by your imagination.
Don’t Forget to Register Your Cowboy Action Shooting Alias – It’s Easy
Membership in any SASS-affiliated shooting sports organization requires the registration of a unique Cowboy Action Shooting alias under which you compete in events. The SASS Shooters Handbook doesn’t allow the use of an alias that duplicates or can be confused with another registered member’s alias.
The SASS strongly recommends the use of an alias specially when participating in shooting competitions, as it adds to the fun and spirit of Cowboy Action Shooting. Your alias, once registered, is yours alone as long as you stay a member. Remember that if an alias sounds the same as another, it is basically the same; a play on its spelling won’t make it any different. Likewise, aliases that don’t fit your character or sounds vulgar won’t be allowed.
Here’s a useful tip. When you’re ready to join an SASS shooting sport organization and want to register your alias, you can easily do it over the phone. They can check up for any name duplication, and you can have your membership number and alias while you’re still on the phone!
Choosing your own unique alias can be a challenging yet enjoyable activity. It gives you an opportunity to be whoever you want to be within reason. Your cowboy attire can be tailored around your chosen character and name, which only adds to the fun of this shooting sport. Choose your Cowboy Action Shooting alias wisely and don’t forget to register it with the SASS.