Ed McGivern - Ed McGivern's Book of Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting

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Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting: Ed McGivern

May 9, 2005 (Updated May 9, 2005)
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Pros:Reprint of an essential book for students of the fine art of revolver shooting

Cons:Writing style a bit weak

The Bottom Line: Ed McGivern was probably the greatest pistol shot of all time. Read along and learn as he shares his secrets of rapid fire, accurate engagement of targets of all types


Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting: Ed McGivern

The revolver, once considered passť with the advent of the high capacity autoloader, has enjoyed a renaissance with the passage of concealed weapons laws allowing personal carry of handguns. Quite simply, the pocket revolver is light and compact enough to carry wearing normal clothing whereas many of the gee-whiz latest technology automatics are just not practical when it comes to concealment.

Ed McGivern’s Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting thus has new relevance for the 21st century, despite dating back to 1938, for those wishing to develop proficiency with the double action revolver.

Ed McGivern was a phenomenon, probably the best all around revolver man who ever lived. McGivern believed in “practical” shooting; not one for punching holes in paper from a known distance, however he could do that also. He recommends developing accuracy and speed using that approach before one takes on some of the more interesting and challenging feats described in Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting.

What kind of feats, you ask? Shooting the spots out of playing cards or even splitting the playing card edge on; hitting 2 inch blocks of pine thrown in the air; How about splitting that playing card as it flies through the air - left handed? Putting six shots into a tin can as it flies through the air with either hand. Driving a tack or nail with a revolver. Using two guns on aerial targets. Shooting close groups on aerial targets – that’s right – shooting a group that most would be proud of on a stationary target while that target is flying through the air. McGivern could hit a dime on the fly with either hand. He claims, “so can you.”

Obviously, much preparation must be expected for anyone wishing to duplicate McGivern’s feats. Chapters on sighting, swinging, lead, trigger control, mental attitude, and much more are gone into with extensive detail. McGivern estimated he went through 200,000 rounds of factory ammunition developing his skill. I estimate that’s about $40-50,000 worth of ammunition at today’s prices. Once you’ve developed the skill to do the feats I’ve listed above, then you can work on doing them from a quick draw, from the hip. Yep, McGivern did that, too.

The writing style is a bit flowery and dated for us nowadays but the information is vital for those who wish to learn the fine art of practical revolver shooting. McGivern was no writer, his sentences run-on and he repeats himself from time to time but he sure could put the shooting into practice. Shooters are lucky that such a fine shot took the time to write down his methods.

The book is 6” x 9” hardback and runs 496 pages. Since the writing is not of the very best quality but the information is, I give Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting four stars as an essential book for shooting fanciers.

Also recommended are Sixguns, by Keith

Triggernometry, A Gallery of Gunfighters

Happy reading!


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