The 5th Annual Fastest Gun Alive – World Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw is being held again in Northern Nevada the first weekend in October. The Cowboy Fast Draw Association (CFDA) is holding its World Championship October 4th-7th at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, NV.
Major contributors and sponsors for this championship event are Ruger Firearms, F.lli Pietta Firearms of Italy, Beretta USA, Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority, Ruger Firearms, Starline Brass, Hodgdon Powder, and Mernickle Holsters.
The History Channel filmed this event in the past and has aired the shows many times. The championship was covered in 2011 by Shooting U.S.A. a popular long-running series on the Outdoor Channel. This show captured the youngest person to ever win the Overall Men’s World Championship, 14 year-old Todd Vonfeldt Jr. a.k.a. Oregon Ranger from Portland, OR. He is returning to defend his title at this year’s event. Gil Guerra Jr., a.k.a. Master Gunfighter, of Southern California who appears as “Cisko” regularly on the Outdoor Channel’s Impossible Shots, will also compete this year to try to win back the Title he held in 2009, as the Fastest Gun Alive. Dinah Eilrich, a.k.a. Alotta Lead of Fernley, NV will be on hand to defend her Ladies Fastest Gun Alive – World Championship Title that she has won the last 3 out of 4 years.
Almost 200 Competitors from over 20 States, Canada and Australia competed in last year’s World Championship. This event has turned into a major tourist attraction for Fallon.
Cowboy Fast Draw is a western themed shooting sport which features wax bullet ammunition allowing competitions to be held almost anywhere. Safety is always the highest concern with full firearm safety rules always in effect. Guns and holsters are from the old west time period and the competitors always dress in period clothing and theme as well. It is a very colorful sport with shooters adopting an alias in the spirit of the old west.
The competition is a man vs. man elimination format with matches drawn by luck of the draw round by round. But it should be noted that about 1/3 of the shooters are women who compete in their own division. Guns are never pointed at anyone; instead both shooters stand side by side with each having a 24” metal disc target 21’ downrange. A digital timer signals a start light on each target simultaneously and both shooters react to the light, draw, fire and hopefully hit the target. The shooter that hits the target first wins the shot, with both times being recorded to the thousandth of a second; the winner is indicated by a blinking light. White grease is applied to targets which shows shooters and spectators where the targets are hit. It is very visual and exciting to watch, as sometimes a match can be decided by a thousandth of a second. It takes 3 winning shots for a competitor to win a bout the loser receives an “X” and when 4 – X’s are received they’re out of the running for the coveted title, “The Fastest Gun Alive”. New to the sport is audience displays which show all of the times being fired immediately, which makes the event even more exciting to watch.
On Thursday October 4th at 10 a.m., a celebrity charity shoot will be held at the location featuring elected and appointed officials, law enforcement and members of the Northern Nevada media. Proceeds will benefit the (Fallon) Mayor’s Youth Fund. In other associated fund raisers proceeds benefit The CFDA Shoot for the Stars Scholarship Program, which helps many young members of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association to further their education.
The main event preliminary elimination rounds will be held will be held Friday & Saturday October 5th & 6th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.. Sunday will feature the Championship Finals with Category World Championships being decided starting at 10:00 a.m. and the Overall Top 7 Men and Top 7 Women shooting for the title of “The Fastest Gun Alive” starting at High Noon.
For more information on the sport, including informational videos or to find a local club near you go to: www.cowboyfastdraw.com.
You can also contact: Quick Cal, Director of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association at: [email protected] or call 775-575-1802.
October 5, 2013 - October 7, 2013
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Celecrity shoot to be held on Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Churchill County Fairgrounds