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​What is Cowboy Fast Draw?

Cowboy Fast Draw is one of the fastest growing cowboy shooting sports in the world. Participants dress in the 1800's period clothing and shoot .45 caliber western style single action pistols.   Shooters will come up with an alias.  We use shotgun primers with wax bullets.    The shooters shoot at a 17" disc from 15 ft away.  When the light in the center of the target comes on, the shooter draws his/her pistol from his/her holster, aims and hits the target while being timed to the thousandths of a second. For more information on the rules, regulations or to join   Cowboy Fast Draw (CFDA) please visit their website.  

Cowboy Fast Draw Motto is:
  • Safety First
  • Fun Second
  • Competition Third
We shoot at the Rio Salado Sportsman's Club in Mesa.
See Contact Us for a map and directions.


                           News and Upcoming Shoots​​​


  • Wednesday Practice, July 24 has been canceled.  

  • Friday, August 9 Set Up at 5:00 PM.  

  • Saturday, August 10th Shoot.  We will finish set up at 6:30 AM. Sign in at 7:00 AM and Shooter's meeting at 7:30 AM.  Begin shooting after.

  • The RSV June points are posted.


Reminder:  It is time to renew your membership for the Rio Salado Vaqueros.  The dues are $24.00 and if writing a check, please make payable to Rio Salado Vaqueros.  Any questions, please email


Winners of the 2023 Rio Salado Points Competition



Yowee, First Place Women

Gutshot Garth, First Place Men


Hot Flash, Second Place Women

Wyoming Ranger, Second Place Men


AZ Mama Bear, Third Place Women


Dry Gulcher, Fourth Place Men


Gutshot Garth,  Thank You Certificate


QC Carver, Third Place Men


Rattlin' Rob, Fifth Place Men


Three Finger Jack, Thank You Certificate

The Rio Salado Vaqueros

For more information, email Bart Carr (Muletrain) at
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