a new and exciting way to make shooters spend money.

I just had an idea for a new shooting sport:

Pirate Action Shooting.

Allowable weapons are flintlock pistols, blunderbuss, and musket.  A cutlass is required, too…for failure drills.

Imagine the awesome stages you could design for PAS…


33 thoughts on “a new and exciting way to make shooters spend money.

  1. perlhaqr says:

    As a former member of an SCA pirate crew, I had this thought after I saw the guys doing the Prohibition Era IDPA. But I figured the rental prices on the square rigged ship would be prohibitive. 😉 And the insurance costs to shoot guns on them… well, we’re talking Hollywood movie budget, now.

  2. julie says:

    count me in ….

  3. Jay G. says:

    Just judging from Caleb alone, the action-shooting crowd doesn’t have the attention span to man front stuffers.

    The match would go something like this:

    [buzzer sounds]

    {BOOM} (muzzleloader)

    {BOOM} (blunderbuss)

    {BOOM}{BOOM} (pistols)

    [insert three minute pause]

    “Aw, fuck it, this is taking too long. Let’s go shoot our Glocks on the pistol range”…

  4. Breda says:

    I will start whittling my peg!

    • perlhaqr says:


    • Bob says:

      There’s a dead sperm whale on the beach, want the jaw bone?

      • Rick R. says:

        Except that it’s a federal offense to possess any part of a whale, except under specific circumstances (grandfathered stuff, designated scientific organizations, etc.)

        Whether you agree or not, the fact is they stuck that into teh laws becuase there are actually people who would poach an endangered and legally protected marine mammal, and then claim the bones/teeth/whatever were actually from a naturally beached animal.

        • Nomen Nescio says:

          besides, freshly dead whales… um… well, all that blubber becomes rancid fat pretty quickly. and it soaks into the skeleton, through and through.

          somewhere on the ‘net (i really need to google this up) there’s a story about a beached whale that got buried, using bulldozers and backhoes, sometime in the late 1970’s if i remember right, to spare the nearest community the stench.

          twenty years later, some marine biologists decided they wanted a whale skeleton, and came to dig it up. only to find the carcass was still not all the way defleshed… and the very bones reeked to high heavens. the locals weren’t happy about the stench being merely delayed two decades, either.

  5. Jeffro says:

    If yer fails this stage, ye walk the plank, matey.

  6. SigBoy40 says:

    Arrr, Wers me booty?

  7. Turk Turon says:

    I’m in!

    (But Breda wins!)

  8. Robert says:

    Hey, Talk Like A Pirate Day isn’t until the 19th.

    Anyway, the weapons could even include wheel-locks and snaphaunces, depending on the eras covered.

  9. Isaiah Kellogg says:

    Of course, you would use plywood cutouts of ninjas for the targets. Don’t hit the Wench cutouts. When all six or seven of your firearms are empty, you have to swing across a gap from the shooting platform (your “ship”) to the target platform (the ninja “ship”) on a rope, then chop the rest of the targets down with your cutlass.

    All while screaming “AAAAARRRRRRRR!!!!!”

    Bonus points if you save two pistols, and pull them out at the last minute before you jump across the gap between ships, and fire both pistols whilst jumping through the air saying “AAAAARRRRRR!!!!”

  10. You ought to trademark that idea (or sumthin’).

  11. scotaku says:

    If I’m a Software Pirate, can I bring multiple, unlicensed versions of my armaments to the event?

    Are the plywood cutouts of Code Ninjas?

    And am I disqualified from knowing how to deal with a “wench”?

  12. Aaron says:

    As soon as I read that I starting coming up with a stage where you swing into your position with a brace of pistols, shoot the six closest targets, draw your cutlass and take out two pop-ups, then throw a grenade at the fo’clse.

    That would be fun…

  13. jbrock says:

    Not exclusively piratical, and devoid of firearms content as far as I can tell, but worth a look anyway: The Historical Maritime Combat Association. Ratcheer:


  14. Brian Dale says:


    “Hey, Talk Like A Pirate Day isn’t until the 19th.” –Robert

    Hey, I was born on the 19th; I’m allowed to talk like a pirate all year long (Oh Noes…)

    Marko, you’d look good with lengths of burning cannon fuse attached to that neatly trimmed goatee.


  15. MeatAxe says:

    My mainsail is scandalised at the very thought.

    Just kidding. Great idea.

  16. scaramouche says:

    Shiver me timbers. Might be fun.

  17. Turk Turon says:

    Instead of a parrot, could I substitute a macaw? The macaw fits into an IDPA box.

  18. Old NFO says:

    You could always go to Somalia and do it for real…

  19. Brigid says:

    arghhh. (cough cough, damn blackpowder).

  20. ASM826 says:

    Double bonus points for showing up with 2 dozen cannons loaded with grapeshot and firing them at the IDPA targets on the other ship just before you swing over with your pistols and cutlass to shoot and slice any target that don’t already have two “A” hits.

    • Strings says:

      Actually, might be a fun “exhibition” stage at an actual shoot. Wouldn’t be all THAT hard: a few pistols, musket, blunderbuss. Have a “team” of people setting it up, then allow people to take a run through it…

      Of course, it would take weapons from several people to set up. But still…

  21. Rick R. says:

    LOVE IT!

  22. Old NFO says:

    Go look up REDfour, Terra-Marine and MAST… They are all running security teams over there on the ships now 🙂

    I know where we can get some Cutlasses! And yeah, that would be a heckofa stage for an IDPA shoot!

  23. Dave says:

    I own a surplus Mosin Nagant carbine, and one of those Nagant revolvers.
    As a gag gift, my brother bought me one of those old Soviet era military hats. You know the kind. When you put it on you look like you should be holding a gigantic pair of binoculars.
    In any case I joked that with that hat and those two guns I shoot start up a cossack action shooting league.

  24. Dave says:

    should. lol.

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