I was browsing through old scores from the US Steel Championships in Titusville, and thinking about how fast the winners are when I came upon this line item of scores. Steel Challenge recognizes a separate division for Single Action Revolvers – in the ultimate game of speed and accuracy you’re allowed to shoot your single action smokewagon. Pretty cool, right? While no one shot it at the 2010 Nationals, there were two shooters in that division at the 2009 Steel Nats. Here’s the winner’s time:
|1. Clyde Harrison||148.64||19.09||14.73||18.08||16.42||20.51||15.60||20.58||23.63|
Those stage breakdowns are in order for 5 to Go, Smoke and Hope, Accelerator, Showdown, Speed Option, Roundabout, The Pendulum, and of course Outer Limits. Now, here’s what is totally insane about those scores. 148.64 is fast. How fast? Fast enough that using a Single Action revolver, he would have been the 13th place finisher in Production division with that time. That’s crazy fast. His average time on Smoke and Hope was 3.68 seconds per run, which is my average time using a centerfire semi-automatic pistol.
Now, Clyde Harrison is an excellent cowboy shooter, so it makes sense that he’d be good. But don’t ever let anyone tell you that an SAA revolver is at a disadvantage for speed (except for on reloads, of course) because you can run that gun at incredible speeds…if you’re willing to put the time and effort in to shooting it well.