You are a nice guy, and I hope you do not get disappointed by the "Mouse-Phart Load Cult" you are liable to find in the CAS World. MOst people go into Competition to WIN, and the ony way to do that, in to-days shooting world, is to Cheat by being NON
REALISTIC. Which is why, back in 2001 I began the Authentic Cowboy Club just west of Phoenis. Most of the members came from the Goodyear/Avondale area, and we were a very select bunch of Enthusiasts, and I guess I held them together, because I was VERY INTENSE of being as REALISTIC as was possible, as well as being safe. We rarely had more than ten shooters, and we all wanted to be fair, so when we had a guy who had some limited Pysical Handicaps, we all got togeher and had a discussion, and gave him extra allowances because of his Bad Leg. The poor guy couldn't run at all, but he was ENTHUSIASTIC about the way we ran things. A nice guy to boot, and we all liked him, so we made special allowances time wise in certain stages, and we all thougt it was FAIR! WE were all in the age bracket 50 to 70. I was 70 at this time, and the leg wound I got in Cyprus, sure didn't help MY mobility none!! I was still shoeing the odd horse here and there, though I WAS having to take medications for the encroaching Arthritis!
It folded in 2002, when I moved, got divorced, and left the area, sadly leaving a lot of my stuff in the tender care of my soon to be Ex-Wife! (Nuff Said!) Some Rich GUY in Scottsdale started a rather Dollar Heavy club, and adopted the SASS rules. I got in touch with a couple of the guys, and they had tried the POSH Club, but didn't seem to,"Fit In!"
IF your new club ARE, "Mouse-Pharters," I hope that you will be able to persuade them that a .45 Round with 2.5 grains of Bullseye behind the slug, would NOT put a REAL BAD GUY ON HIS ASS! And that if they are being very particular about the period correctness of the weapons allowed, then they also ought to be particular about the potency of the ammunition fired from the period correct firearms!
I truly hope that you will enjoy the company of this club, and that some of them,(If the Mouse-Pharters predominate?) WILL at least listen to what you have to say about a return to Realism.. If they are picky enough to outlaw certain Guns, then they ought also be picky about the Lethality of the Ammunition. The Very Best of Luck with the New Venture, Bruce, and let us know how you get on!