Just finished my second reading of -------

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    Just finished my second reading of -------

    "Ed McGivern's fast and fancy revolver shooting". Mine is the 85 anniversary edition, 478 pages, hard bound with jacket cover [ getting to be a collector item like the rest of the works from the old masters ]

    Ed still holds many speed shooting records for time and accuracy achieved. Like 4/10's of a second putting 5 shots inside a playing card from 15 feet. His aerial shooting prowess records with a revo [ or two ] haven't been broken since the 30's. His timing equipment, though crude for the day, was some of the first science introduced to document his phenomenal speed with pin point accuracy attached.

    Anyone heard of Ed or read his works?

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    His hat was a tall as he was.....................great shooter.
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    I have had that book for a long time. It is not an anniversary edition. Great book.
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    I have read a lot about him, but not read anything by him. He was beyond amazing. The NRA Museum has a display of his guns and some of the actual targets he shot out of the air.
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    Fire & DAMNATION, AzQ! You and I just finished our 2nd (or third?) cover-to-cover reading of...the SAME BOOK! Problem with McGivern's "Fast and Fancy" is that when loaned-out, even to honest & trusted friends, it NEVER comes home. Folks keep it just to prove that the recorded claims are credibly VALIDATED (unlike internet house-crap) in PRINT.

    And jmf552, The Smithsonian Institute has, in its collections, casts of Col. Ed McGivern's...hands!
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    Anyone heard of Ed or read his works?

    You know I have.
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    ghost tracker,

    I attempt to reread the old masters works I have in the library every few years simply because I pick up more tid bits of wisdom every time I delve into their works. Refreshing the memory, as it were.
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    I ponder the accuracy of the timing technology of the period compared to the more sophisticated technology of today. His writing style is quaint which others of my acquaintance have noted and eluded to also.

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    I remember seeing black&white videos of him shooting with that 10+ gallon hat and he reminded me of a short HOSS CARTWRIGHT from Bonanzia. What are his times compared to JERRY M.

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    Yes. It's a great read. I've gone through it a few times and after seeing this post I went and dug my copy out of the closet and placed it on the night stand for another look.

    After I read a book like this once I generally just go through different chapters when the mood strikes.

    I'm an electrical guy by education and vocation and would be very interested to go through the timing apparatus they used.

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    Oh man, that's a title I've not heard in awhile! I guess I found my copy about 30 years ago or so, great info contained within, if you can stay awake, God that is a dry read! James Lee Burke he wasn't.

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    A great read, penned by a great man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis40x View Post
    I ponder the accuracy of the timing technology of the period compared to the more sophisticated technology of today. His writing style is quaint which others of my acquaintance have noted and eluded to also.
    The way the timing equipment worked was different. He'd fire 6, the timer starting on that first shot, then the time for the next 5 was recorded. When the trigger was pulled fully to release the hammer, the trigger hit a device that measured time intervals. Stop watches/timers were as accurate then as today.
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    great info contained within, if you can stay awake, God that is a dry read!

    His gift to us was shooting wisdom, not writing. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzQkr View Post
    great info contained within, if you can stay awake, God that is a dry read!

    His gift to us was shooting wisdom, not writing. lol
    Thankfully!

    He was a man I would truly have loved to meet.
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