Join the Bent Barrel Shooting Club at Parker Days Festival June 14, 15, and 16, 2013
as they prove who is the "fastest draw" in the West.
Fast Draw is a sport based on the romanticized art of the gunslingers in the American Old West, using traditional single action revolvers. Unlike Cowboy action shooting, Fast Draw is shot with special blanks or wax bullets. While some competitions are strictly against the clock, with the fastest time winning, many are set up as head to head single or double elimination matches.
In a fast draw competition, shooters must start with the gun holstered, and their hands not touching the gun. A signal, usually both audible and visible, signals the shooter to fire. A timer is started when the signal is given. The shooter fires at either a metal plate (for wax bullets) or a balloon (for blanks). The timer is rigged to stop on the sound of the wax bullet hitting the plate, or the balloon popping. Different types of match can use one or more targets, and the shooter can fire from a standing position, or while walking towards or backing away from the target(s).
Fast draw is one of the fastest sports. A world class competitor can draw and fire a shot in under half a second; the current world record for open style standing blanks is 0.208 seconds--and that includes the time to react to the signal. Given that the average human reaction time is around 0.2 to 0.25 seconds, the round is over before most people can react. The reaction times of the best fast draw shooters is 0.145 seconds, which means that the gun is cocked, drawn, aimed (from the hip), and fired in just over 0.06 seconds. To establish a World Fast Draw Association record, a second shot must be fired in the same competition that is no more than 0.03 seconds slower than the first; this is intended to prevent a shot that anticipates the start signal from setting a record. In competitions where two rounds must be fired, at separate targets, less than 0.10 seconds separate the shots.
At the Parker Days Festival over 50 shooters from all over the United States and Canada will come to compete for a part of the $10,000 prize purse.
While special training is required for the shooters of this sport, if you are interested in learning how to become a member of the Bent Barrel Shooting Club, call James Ricks at 303-929-0378.
Attendees of the Parker Days Festival can watch as the competition unfolds. The event will be staged from the baseball field at O'Brien Park.
Event hours are:
Friday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - Completion
Learn more about the sport by visiting Fast Draw.