CAS City – World of Cowboy Action Shooting
CAScity.com is the longest living promotional site for cowboy action shooting, online since 1995.
Howard, KS – -(AmmoLand.com)- AmmoLand.com’s featured Gun Blog of the Month of March 2010, is Marshal Halloway of CAScity.com .
Marshal Halloway wears many hats including one as the owner and editor of CAScity.com, the longest living promotional site for cowboy action shooting. Online since 1995!!
Marshal's real name is Kjell Heilevang, but is better known as Marshal H. after his many years of promoting cowboy action shooting in the US and in Europe.
He has been an active sports shooter since he was 18 with background in bullseye pistol shooting , Long Range rifle, IPSC and Cowboy Action Shooting. He has also been involved in running local and national shooting organization. He has worked as a safety and firearms instructor for sports shooters and hunters.
His website CAScity.com is the gold standard in cowboy action shooting websites and sets the bar for shooting sports fan sites on the world wide web.
CASCity.com Blog Interview:
Q: What is your Blog's Official Name?
A: CAS city – The World of Cowboy & Western Action Shooting
Q: What is your Name?
A: Marshal Halloway aka Kjell Heilevang
Q: Where are you located?
A: Howard, KS
Q: What is the point of view or purpose of CAScity?
A: CAS city's goal is to promote Cowboy Action Shooting and their organizations like SASS, NCOWS, Western 3Gun, their clubs and non affiliated clubs.
Q: How long has your CAScity been active?
A: Since 1995
Q: Technically CAScity is more than a blog what else it there to see and do on your website?
A: The CAScity forum and the integrated classified section are features in addition to our news and blog section which also promotes the television show Cowboys on Outdoor Channel.
Q: You can not possibly do everything on CAScity, who else helps you out?
A: The CAScity blog and news section is primarily maintained by me. The forum section is moderated by 20 volunteers among cowboy action shooters, many of them have been moderators for over 10 years.
Q: What do you do for a living or is your CAScity a full time job?
A: CAScity is part of Down Range Media owned by me and my wife, Teresa. Maintaining CAScity is part of my full time job as a consultant, producer and editor for Outdoor Channel with emphasis on shooting sports and personal defense. This is done in partnership with Michael Bane, producer of Shooting Gallery, Cowboys and The Best Defense.
Q: Do you have any other digital sites?
A: I maintain and have the editorial responsibility of DownRange.TV owned by Outdoor Channel. Michael Bane and I established DRTV in 2007. It is a multimedia web site with the primary goal of promoting Outdoor Channel's original production on Wednesday night, programs like the ones mentioned above and S.W.A.T. Magazine TV.
Q: For those that have no idea, what is Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS)?
A: Cowboy Action Shooting is a highly multifaceted shooting sports where participants compete with original of replica firearms from the 19th century, primarily from 1860 to the turn of the century. The sport was formally established in the late 1970s by former IPSC shooters, later organized by Single Action Shooting Society. In later years, organizations like National Congress of Old West Shootists and Western 3Gun came on board and combined they administer around 100,000 shooters worldwide.
Q: Marshal, some of our readers may not believe this but you have a lot more interests than CAS, what else gets you fired up you these days?
A: I am blessed to have a job which also integrates my hobbies. Hey, some even claim I shouldn't call it a job…. LOL
All in all, as an editor involved in many levels of content production (text, stills, video, podcasts), travelling to events around the country, there is little time for much beside work. 2/3 of my time is devoted to DownRange.TV and projects together with my partner and good friend, Michael Bane.
I am also fortunate to have a wife who shares my interests and we just returned from Arizona where we both participated in the National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting.
Q: What is one thing that you want your readers to know about you?
A: I have always been engaged and devoted to get more people involved in shooting sports not just cowboy action shooting. My priority is more related to demystifying the sport and make people understand that shooting sports are comprised of 99% “regular” people and 1% top shooters. We have given the 1% well deserved and good coverage in a variety of media, but I do believe it is important from a recruiting standpoint to show all levels including the recreational shooters.
Q: What was the best thing you did on CAScity that go the most reaction from your readers?
A: I cannot pinpoint anything in particular, but what needs to be mentioned is the fact that we have been able to run the site for as long as we have and where people can find a starting point to join the sport , meet new friend and interact with each other. I think our consistency in running the site and the moderators excellent work in keeping the forum a friendly place for everyone is the major factor for a good feedback and loyalty.
Q: What was the worst thing you did on CAScity that go the most reaction from your readers?
A: Worst thing…. the fact that I have not had time to resume the production of Cowboy Action Radio, the podcast related to the sport. I cannot promise if or when at this time, but I would like to get it started as soon as time allows.
Q: What is your favorite firearm and why?
A: The most difficult question of all…. I would say it is a shared first place between the Colt Single Action Army and 1911.
Q: What things would you like to do or expand in CAScity to in the future?
A: Our biggest challenge is to recruit new shooters and especially the younger generation. We are currently working with SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) to establish projects which hopefully will increase membership. CAScity, DownRange.TV and the show Cowboys will all be a part of this.
Q: Obviously since we are featuring you that means CAScity is Pro gun? What do you think the outlook is for the future of gun rights in America?
A: I am a Second Amendment Absolutist and as concerned about our gun rights as my fellow NRA members. I believe our major focus is “Not to take what we have for granted”. I hope McDonald v. Chicago can establish once and for all that the Second Amendment is an individual right no matter where you live in the US.
Q: What would you like to say to those that are anti gun or maybe just unsure of the purpose of guns in our society today?
A: Step away from the fixed mindset for a moment and spend some time with gun owners in their own environment. I have personally witnessed anti gun people change their mind after being invited to a gun club and spent some time with gun owners at a shooting range. Let me add that Cowboy Action Shooting is a perfect door opener for people who for various reasons cannot understand the so called gun culture and I personally know fellow shooters who has gone from being totally anti gun to become active shooters and NRA members.