Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Quick Cal and The Cowboy Fast Draw

We did a previous post on the Cowboy Fast Draw World Championships in Deadwood. We showed pictures from the competition, and some of the individual matches. Quick Cal, the over-all world champion, (by .002 seconds) , was kind enough to show us the steps involved in his quick draw.

This picture shows "Quick Cal's" engraved gun in his fast draw holster. Note the deflector plate at the bottom of the holster. His is an add on but a lot of them are now built into the holster and/or covered with leather. One lady shot in the holster (boot) on a draw and did some damage to the side of her leg. She now has a deflector! Even though they are wax bullets, at 800 fps they can really hurt even with heavy pants on.

Here's the grip at the start of the draw. The hand can be touching the gun with the thumb on the hammer but the trigger finger must be straight and outside the holster and trigger guard.

The gun not quite out of the holster but note that the hammer is fully cocked and the thumb is slipping off the rear of the hammer while the trigger finger is starting into the guard. You can see how if the timing isn't right the gun can go off at the wrong time. A shot in the boot is automatic loss of round.

The grip established with the gun coming up and the finger is on the trigger.

This is the money shot, so to speak. The gun is level on target with the trigger being pulled and the hammer starting down.

Many thanks to Cal (Quick Cal) Eilrich for his help in getting the draw pictures. Cal is one of the true champions in both fast draw and SASS shooting.

It is impressive to know that Cal does that whole sequence and hits the target in under 4/10 of a second. WOW!

Photos an story credits to DAMIPHINO!


At Thursday, July 13, 2006 2:39:00 AM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Wow!, indeed!
Man, that's fast!!

At Saturday, July 22, 2006 9:51:00 PM, Blogger Jerry The Geek said...

It might be of some tangental interest to note that I squadded with Cal Elrich in the 1999 USPSA Area 1 Championship in Reno, Nevada. (June 18, 1999 according to my records.) He was shooting a 1911 with a compensator in Open Division, with iron sights and 10-round magazines.

When he walked, the sound was CLANG! CLANG! and everybody looked to see if there was a pepper popper target being engaged, but no ....

Other members of that squad: Michael Bane, Carl Carbon, Ralph Arredondo, Max Maximenko, Matt McLearn, Charles Pielsner and Todd Jarrett.

At Tuesday, July 25, 2006 9:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This brought back great memories. In '91 my wife and I ran the floorshow at one of the casinos and one of our bar managers was one of the fastest draws in the world (at that time)[IIRC his record with a western holster was a .411] We worked up a trick shot show in the bar for the tourists. One of the most popular bits had me standing on a chair with two baloons betwixt my knees, holding a calvary saber. He would split the wad on the saber, killing the two baloons. My wife always had a weird smile on her face when she watched that trick. I was afraid to ask why.


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