The Sweetwater Regulators is a Cowboy Action Shooting Club operating under the auspices of the National Congress of Old West Shootists (NCOWS).and is sponsored by the Conservation Club of Kenosha County (CCKC).
To be an offical member of the Sweetwater Regulators all members must fulfill the following two requirements:
1) Maintain a paid membership in the National Congress of Old West Shootists.
2) Within one year of joining the Sweetwater Regulators meet the NCOWS Regulations for Firearms, Clothing and Accouturements.
The National Congress of Old West Shootists (NCOWS) was established to promote the sport of Western Action Shooting and to preserve the heritage of the Old West, 1865 to 1899. To this end, our organizational views are:
To conduct and/or sponsor family-oriented Western Action Shoots and other activities appropriate to the Old West on national, regional and local events
To encourage a high level of historical authenticity in weapons, clothing and accouturements whie participating in NCOWS sponsored events.
To encourage in historical investigation to enhance our overall level of authenticityand increase our knowledge of the Old West.
To actively promote a positive public image of Western Action shooting in particular and of the safe and responsible use of firearms in general.
To establish a membership of like-minded individuals and charter clubs (Posses)to help the sport of Western Action shooting grow and prosper.
The National Congress of Old West shootistswas founded in Iowa in 1994 by a group of dedicated western action shooters who had a background in muzzleloading, buckskinning, historical reenactingand many other of the modern shooting sports. To this end we determined that our new organization shall bedifferent form existing organizationsin a number of ways: we would insist on historical authenticity in all of our activities, we would not require that our members assume an "alias" (although they may if they wish) and we would be a democratically-structured organization run entirely by the membership.
Participaton in NCOWS-sponsored events does require some basic minimums in terms of weapons and clothing, which all must be authentic and preferably documentable to the period of 1865 to 1899. Complete details on approved weapons, calibers, clothing and accouturements will be found in the NCOWS Tally book, free to all members.
For detailed information about NCOWS rules and regulations, see the official NCOWS website at www.ncows.org