Alamo Fast Draw Transcript Episode 43 10:04- 17:21 Do You Have a Question?
Do you have a question for anybody over here? We’ve got pretty talented and knowledgeable people on the line right now.
PJ Colt: Well,______________________________. (Can’t make out the dialogue at all.)
Alamo Fast Draw: Okay. I’m gonna field that off to somebody else ‘cuz there’s people here that do competitions more than me. I’m gonna start from the bottom to the top and I’m gonna start with Ron Paul. Would you like to try to answer that?
Okay… It sounds fascinating what they’re doing over there. As far as competitions over here basically we try to put a lot them in like festivals or fairs. For example, Andy Oakley days or we try to create a couple ourselves. Last year we had several fests. We don’t hold them only for precisely competition, but also for but also for side effect; to make it more interesting.
We would do shooting guns and rifles and some of the side matches. So a competition basically is a bunch of people getting together to have a good time who have the same interests. All trying to do the fastest speeds and consistent index points.
A lot of times we shoot blanks and a lot of the time we shoot blanks. Some other times, we’d shoot wads. This was in the old FDA which is predominantly the eastern part of the states.
Ledslinger: U, huh.
Of course we’re in the east and of course Greg is out west who is our Vice Chairman . He’s trying to promote it out there along with other forms of Fast Draw. I hope that answers it.
In your competitions, what kind of shell do you shoot? _______________________.
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Okay, most of our… if I understand the question right. The majority of our guns out there are luther. Point blanks. They’re copper, highly modified to accept a wax bullet and a light barrel, aluminum barrel with a steel sleeve or titanium cylinder, black hammer, a lot of people fan. We also have people plumbing. And then there’s different styles which are bam glam, slapping, up fanning… And there are various different styles that are allowed in the competition. The guns have to meet a certain criteria that’s based on the competition.
Well, in the United States there’s three different active associations shooting Fast Draw and they’re all single action guns, but they have slightly different cultures. For example, Ron and I, we shoot traditional fast draw and with traditional fast draw we’re talking about we can use steel line holsters. We can use fanning guns. We can use modified guns and these guns are more like race cars. They would take a lot more abuse than your PIETTA. We hit very very hard and come fast with that.
So, traditional Fast Draw is covered by the Ohio Fast Draw Association which is the oldest traditional court was incorporated in Ohio in 1960. The World Fast Draw Association actually came about around 1974. It was a merger of two other associations. The Western States and the Midwestern Fast Draw Association. And the World Fast Draw Association is predominantly in the Western States or west of the Mississippi. Ohio Fast Draw has traditionally been east of the Mississippi, but we shoot in a very similar style. Then the third association is the Cow Boy Association. It has its roots in traditional Fast Draw, but they use stock action guns.
There is live ammo behind them. It wouldn’t be safe to fire live ammo style in traditional fast draw because we lighten the barrels and things. They also wouldn’t allow steel reinforcements in their bolsters and part of that organization is emphasizing a little more on what it looks like from looking at pictures of fast draws in Scotland, the western wear is more appropriate to 1800 style. There’s not much that we use of that in traditional Fast Draw though, there’s certainly plenty of us in traditional fast draw that have their own gun fighter personas per se.
But, we tend to get ideas from Western Movies. From the John Wayne type clothes, from the Classic Gun Fighter Movies. But still fill our holsters with single action guns. Now Fast Draw in the United States it has diminished from its hay day say in the sixties and the seventies. It seems to be making resurgence and we tend to have our contests as much as possible in a festival type atmosphere like Ron Paul was saying. He mentioned Andy Oakley Day and I was able to go to that in Ohio last year. It’s a whole celebration of Western history.
We also did something like that out here in California which was the Henry Miller Wild West Weekend which was a town in central valley out here in California that has roots. It was a ranching and agricultural community here in California and it had Western roots and so we celebrated that last year for the fist time and we’ll be doing that again. So, we’re trying to put as much as possible our events attached to other events that just spell for us Western Culture.
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