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This Cowboy-Themed Shooting Competition Tests Your Fast-Draw Skills

It’s time to get your ten-gallon hat, spurs, and belly up to the saloon because the Cowboy Fast Draw World Championship is here.

This event takes place each year in Fallon, Nevada where 300 of the rootinest tootinest cowboys will have a chance to show off their fast draw skills. Each participant is encouraged to dress in their cowboy finery while shooting wax bullets from old Wild West style guns, like the .45 Colt. The event is put on by the Cowboy Fast Draw Association. The organization aims to make old west gun history and this style of shooting new again. 

A Cowboy Way of Life

The motto that all members of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association live by is “the cowboy way in action and deed.” Going further the group fosters a sense of old school camaraderie, morality, and friendship through some friendly competition. 

They set world records with single action fast draw shooting each year at the competition. There are both male and female winners at the event. There are very specific rules concerning the wax bullets, the holsters, and even the clothing they are supposed to wear. It’s late 1800s period style western fashion with an emphasis on not wearing modern attire such as tennis shoes, ball caps, or short sleeved shirts. Part of the fun is looking the part in the style of Billy the Kid, Davy Crockett, and Buffalo Wild Bill Cody. 

Join in on the Fun 

You can join in on the fun by becoming a member and finding a club near you on the website. You can choose either a one year, three year, or lifetime membership at different price tiers. It includes a membership card, a subscription to the Gunslinger Gazette, and a rule book of gunslinger guidelines. Plus, they like to say that with membership, you get a whole bunch of new friends! It’s definitely a fun and festive group to join with events that take place all over the United States each year. 

Clubs in Most States

There are Cowboy Fast Draw clubs all over the United States in most areas. They are also working hard to introduce clubs in states like Idaho, Nebraska, and Montana. There are also two international clubs overseas in France and Switzerland. More than likely, there is a club near you with 70 such organizations spread out all over America. The website has the name and contact information of each club on their CFDA affiliated clubs page.

Safety First, But Fun and Competition a Close Second

The group does advocate for safety first in anything they do, but it’s followed by so much fun second, and competition third. Above all it’s just a great group that shines a light on the sport of fast draw.

Now that you’re up to speed, here’s some footage from the 2013 championship.


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