Wellington's first Chisholm Trail Wild West Days is sure to be a rootin-tootin' good time with a Celebrity Fast Draw Contest and Fast Draw Competition.
The events take place at Wellington High School.
Jim Tinsley, Missouri Raiders Fast Draw Club President and Vice Chairman of World Fast Draw Area 9, said they will start shooting at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 26. This will be practice for the celebrity contest and for anyone else that wants to try to shoot Fast Draw.
The Celebrity Fast Draw Contest will follow at 6 p.m. The Fast Draw Competition will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27. To watch the competition, spectators will need the Chisholm Trail Wild West Days button, which can be purchased for $3.
The Fast Draw contest and competition, sponsored by the Missouri Raiders Fast Draw Club and the Chisholm Trail Wild West Days, is a World Fast Draw Sanctioned contest. Contestants must be members of the World Fast Draw Association. Tinsley said he's hoping for 15 to 20 competitors.
Tinsley explained the competition is measured in mere thousandths of a second.
"There is a light in the middle of the target. When the shooter sees the light come on, he or she draws a single action pistol from their holster, cocks it and fires at the target," said Tinsley. "If the target is hit, the light goes out and a time is recorded for that shot."
He said if the shot misses the target, the shooter gets a 1.000. If the target is hit, they get scored based on their time. For example, a time of one-third of a second would get a score of .333. At the end of the day, the shooter with the lowest score wins.
Tinsley said the timer has a 2- to 5-second delay after the timer operator releases the button. Therefore, no one knows when the light is going to come on.
"So the time that is given to the shooter is their reaction time to the light, the time it takes to cock, draw and fire, and for the wax bullet to get to the target. Some of us can shoot in the one-fourth second range. So if you blinked, you missed it," he said.
Winners will receive trophies and prize money. Chisholm Trail Wild West Days donated $500 to be added to the prize money.
Tinsley said the best thing about Fast Draw competitions are the people who shoot in them.
"I have shot in three other shooting sports and have never felt the support and love from the people that I have from the people that shoot in Fast Draw. Fast Draw is the only shooting sport that I currently shoot in," he said.
"My wife Margie and I shoot all over the U.S. and Canada," said Tinsley. "We are looking forward to shooting in Wellington and meeting new people and hopefully get some new shooters for the sport in that area.
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