'Dress up like a cowboy and come out and shoot guns'

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SHEDD, Ore. - It's like something out of an old Western movie.

One Sunday a month, the Oregon Old West Shooting Society gives gunslingers a chance head to the range for an old fashioned shoot-out.

"To dress up like a cowboy and come out and shoot guns," Tuffy Tumbleweed said, "hello, does it get any better than that?"

Using authentic western names like Tuffy Tumbleweed and Deaf Eagle, it's as much fun as it is a competition.

Shooters come from all over the state.

"People come here from Bend, from the Coast, from Portland, all over the place to shoot," said shooter Tumbleweed.

And they come from all walks of life too.

"Some guys, you know, are doctors, some guys are police officers," said shooter Eagle. "We just change hats per se, we just become a cowboy and have fun doing stuff."

They dress up in western costumes, spurs and all.

"I make some of mine," said Tumbleweed. "Some of them you purchase on the Internet and some, friends pass along to you."

And always have their guns in tow, whether replicas or not.

"They're all replicas except for this one, this one is an original Winchester model '97," said one shooter.

For these folks, it gives them a chance to see what it would be like to be a real cowboy in the Wild West. 

"It's like getting inside of a video game, except we're not playing with paddles and everything, we get to use the real guns and everything," said shooter Judge McKenzie.

Shooter Ante Ty agrees. "It's just an escape from reality."

Shooters are tested on their skills and their speed, but it's all just a friendly competition.

"We have categories for black powder shooters, we have gunslingers that shoot two pistols," said Eagle. "I shoot two hands so I'm a cowboy."

And when you shoot the gun, there's always excitement.

"The flame comes out of your gun and it's really smoky and it's just a lot of fun," said Tumbleweed.

But for most of these shooters, this event is just a way to be someone else for a little while.

"You don't have to be who you are every day of the week, I can be Tuffy Tumbleweed and I don't have to worry about anything else."

The Oregon Old West Shooting Society was established more than 20 years ago and was the first club of it's kind in Oregon.

There similar clubs in almost all 50 states and in Europe.