|From the official web site: "The World Fast Draw Association is the largest sanctioning body in the sport of Fast Draw. Although there are a number of smaller regional associations, the WFDA is the only universally recognized organization. It is a nonprofit group dedicated to governing, preserving and promoting the sport of Fast Draw."|
Drawing one's shootin' iron is easy. Doing it quickly is quite a bit
harder. Drawing quickly and shooting a target is much more difficult.
Fortunately, all it takes is some aptitude, some instruction, and a
hell of a lot of practice. Live ammunition (lead bullets
and gunpowder) is not used in Fast Draw: blanks and wax bullets are.
Wax bullets are propelled by a shotgun cartridge primer that have been placed on a .45 caliber casing. This is enough to propell the wax bullet to the target at high velocity. Wax bullets are therefore still dangerous! The .45 casing must be drilled out so that the shotgun primer will fit; usually the hole is just large enough so that the primer can be inserted with one's fingers.
The blanks are .45 cartidges fitted with a primer, filled with a little packed three-f black powder, and then a loosly filled to the top with one-f black powder. A patch is placed over the powder, and then nail polish is brushed lightly over the patch to seal the blank. Blanks are very dangerous: they can kill!
In my opinion, anyone attempting the Fast Draw with live ammunition is a bloody fool, and that person should probably not own hand guns.
The first step in participating in the sport of Fast Draw is to acquire
a sootin' iron. The pistol must be single action: that is, one must pull
back the hammer before pulling the trigger. Nearly any single action pistol
will do for the beginner, though there are several modifications that the
shooter will probably wish to do:
It appears that the most popular gun is the 'old model' Ruger Blackhawk. Another popular gun for Fast Draw is the Ruger Vaquero, that has had some or all of these modifications. One can therefore spend about US$1,200 to buy the pistol and have the modifications performed.
|The second step is to acquire a rig with a fast holster. Fast Draw holsters are different than the "normal" holsters, such as Cowboy Action Shooting holsters. A Fast Draw holster will stand away from one's body an inch or two or three, and it will probably be slanted backwards a bit. There are rules that regulate how many degrees the holster may slant backwards. The "normal" holster lays flat on one's leg, generally half way between the side of the leg and the thigh--- one does not want this kind of holster for Fast Draw. You will want the holster placed on your side, near the hip bone, or an inch or two forward of that: wherever your arm is fastest. You must practice using different locations of the holster. Keep in mind that there are regulations that limit where you may place the holster on your body.|