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Cowboy action shooter is champ
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Matt Carlson aims at a target during a Cowboy Action Shooting competition.
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Matt Carlson aims at a target during a Cowboy Action Shooting competition.

Diane DeHamer
Feature Writer

Matt Carlson - alias Robin DaValt - of Chino Valley won the overall national championship in SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) in 2013.

SASS was created to promote the sport of cowboy action shooting and preserve the history of the Old West and competitive shooting.

"I was brought up around guns my whole life, and in high school was in a competition skeet shooting league with my mom and dad," Matt said. "For a few years I was out of any competition shooting. In 2008 my mom moved here after my dad passed away, and she got me interested in Cowboy Action Shooting, which she also enjoys doing."

After joining SASS, Matt was told that everyone in the club picks an alias.

"A friend of mine helped me think of my alias. I wanted Robin Banks, but someone already had that name, and since I wanted to be robbing something, I came up with Robin DaValt," Matt said, grinning.

In 2013 Matt entered the winter range Cowboy Action Shooting competition at Ben Avery Shooting Facility. It takes place in Phoenix each February.

"In the competition we have to use four different types of guns. I use two 357 Ruger Black Hawk pistols, an 1873 Winchester lever action rifle (replica), and an 1897 pump 12 gauge shot gun, and we shoot at steel targets anywhere from 10 to 20 yards away," Matt explained.

The winter range competitions are a very big thing and people come to compete from almost every state and also from around the world.

"Approximately 800 people from all over were in the competition with me. We competed over a three-day period, then I won in my category, 'Cowboy' in the 17 to 35 age group. From there I won the 'Overall' category. Of course I was very excited and happy when I received a nice trophy and belt buckle," Matt said.

Matt definitely is not stopping at winning the national championship and has plans to go even further.

"I would like to strive to win the world championship, which takes place in New Mexico in June," he said.

Anyone interested in action shooting can go to sassnet.com.

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