WHAT IS FASTDRAW?
The sport of Fastdraw was born from the Hollywood myth of the Western Gunfight. During the 1950's and early 1960's the TV Western reigned over the airways. Shows such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Have Gun Will Travel, The Rifleman etc. were the top rated series and had huge audiences. Studios all promoted their stars as the fastest guns in the Hollywood. Hugh O'Brien, who portrayed Wyatt Earp, was the first to make this claim; he hired a coach and challenged other Hollywood stars. Soon the art of Fastdraw became a hobby to many celebrities, Clint Eastwood, Glenn Ford, James Drury, Sammy Davis Jr. Jerry Lewis, just to name a few.
Dee Woolem, a trick-shooting stuntman, is considered the "Father of Fastdraw". While working at Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California, as a "train robber" he developed the first Fastdraw timer. He held the first organized Fastdraw contest in 1954. From the small beginning Fastdraw Clubs began to spring up across North America. With National and World Championships being held in places like Tombstone, Arizona, Deadwood, South Dakota and here and now Bearspaw, Alberta.
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The Bearspaw Fast Draw Club was formed in 1999, by Alanna Blinn who was 15 years old at the time. Alanna is not only the president, but one of the top professional women shooter in the sport of Fastdraw. The picture at the left shows Alanna and her father, Darryl, the coordinator of the Bearspaw Fastdraw Club.
Many of the members of our organization compete professionally in this widely recognized sport, travelling on the World Fast Draw Association Top Gun Tour competing all over North America.
We are proud to say that a few of our members, including Alanna Blinn and Howard Darby, have set numerous world records in several different events in the sport of Fastdraw.
In 2001 & 2002 the Bearspaw Fast Draw Club hosted the World Blank Elimination Championships, one of the major stops on the Top Gun Tour. The picture below shows the trophy winners from the 2001 contest.
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