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Old West action shooting can be a disturbingly addicting hobby, one which draws in all sorts of folks who take a step through time to get a small taste of what it was like in the 19th century.

Jessica and Cody Kirkham take aim Thursday, March 8, at a shooting range off of Dry Creek Road while practicing their cowboy shooting skills. The Big Park Community School students both competed in the 2012 Winter Range Single Action Shooting Society’s National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting in Anthem last month.Men and women alike walked around in leather and wool, wearing cowboy hats with six-shooters tied to their hip.

The Wild West in those days was filled with unruly citizens, barkeeps, range-riders, odd sticks, four-flushers and others on the shoot but these days, people just like to pretend.

Jessica Kirkham, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Big Park Community School, and her younger brother, 11-year-old Cody Kirkham, have found something to do together other than chasing each other around the house wielding household knick-knacks.

For the full story, pick up a copy of the Wednesday, March 14, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra or the Wednessay, March 21, edition of The Camp Verde Journal.


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