Way of the Sixgun: An American Martial Art

With culture around us apparently in decline, it’s worth celebrating uniquely American traditions, especially growing ones. And few activities could be more American than the marksmanship sport of Old West-style shooting.

The increasingly popular shooting matches of the National Congress of Old West Shooters and the Single Action Shooting Society are perhaps more than a healthy sport. Old West-style shooting could be considered the quintessential “American Martial Art.”
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3 Responses to Way of the Sixgun: An American Martial Art

  1. Sanders says:

    My first handgun was a Ruger Super Blackhawk in 44 mag with a 7-1/2″ barrel. I got it at 14 after working and saving for it all summer. My dad went to a pawn shop with me and filled out the paperwork. The pawn shop owner, with a wink and a nod, threw in a box of .44 Specials and told me to pick out a holster from his big box of used holsters. I shot and shot that pistol with both .44 Specials and (professionally) remanufactured .44 Mag, then started reloading my own. I’m not sure how I am today, but one of my usual practice targets was a paper plate set up at 200 yards, which I could hit 5 out of six shots. My eyesight isn’t what it used to be, but I sure enjoyed long range shooting. Never got into the fast draw stuff and the Cowboy Action Shooting games were too expensive for my blood, as I’d rather spend money on ammo than costumes.

    I’m on my second Super Blackhawk in the same configuration. That first one was worn out and I traded it to a buddy for some SCUBA equipment. Interestingly, I got the second one at the same pawn shop as I got the first one. It just worked out that they had a used one for a good price and I had money in my pocket that day…

  2. anonymous says:

    I thought this was going to be more of a deliberate shooting technique article. Ye Olde School techniques, like holding a handgun with one hand while tucking offhand in rear pocket to steady the torso, that type of thing.

    Sanders, 5 out of six rounds at 200 yards – thats good shooting man !

  3. Stretch says:

    “Fill your hands, you son-of-a-bitch!”
    Watched a lot of TV cowboys in my younger days.
    Use to walk down Matt Dillon every Sunday night. Outdrew him … once.
    Yup, agree with the article. The Sixgun speaks to many of us.

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