Among the participants of CAS (Cowboy Action Shooting), black-powder shooters are an elite group. You can call us darksiders, soot lords, charcoal burners or soot shooters. But you have to admit, with our booming, flame-belching shooting irons, and with the clouds of sulfurous smoke we spew that leaves spectators wheezing and coughing, we sure do stand out from the run-of-the-mill CAS shooter on the firing line. But, saying “elite” is just a nice way of saying “small.”
Back in the mid-2000s, I compiled statistics on how many shooters registered for each category at End of Trail for a few years, and at several of the big SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) regional matches. Using that totally unscientific information, I estimated that black-powder shooters made up about 7-percent of all CAS shooters. There are about 90,000 badge numbers issued by the SASS. For the sake of argument, let’s assume they are all active. That means that only about 6,500 CAS shooters compete with black powder. Add to that perhaps 3,000 BPCR (Black Powder Cartridge Rifle) shooters, and we still have less than 10,000 Western-era black-powder competitors.

I’m telling you this so you will understand how grateful I am we actually have black-powder manufactured in the United States and how pleased I am when Goex makes a product specifically designed to meet the needs of CAS and BPCR shooters. After all, we are a small, niche market, and developing products for us represents a financial risk. In the last few years Goex has offered a couple of new powders targeted to our market. Goex Cartridge was aimed squarely at BPCR shooters, and it got good reviews. I know several shooters who bought multiple 25-pound cases of it and are glad they did. Goex Express was targeted at shooters looking for more velocity than standard Goex. Neither of those new lines generated enough in the way of sales to keep them in production…

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