This article was on the mentor.patch.com. Thought everyone would enjoy reading about the contest the Buckeye Rangers held. The contest was held September 3 & 4, 2011. The article was written by Jason Lea. There are also many photos to check out! Enjoy!
Some of the quickest hands in Ohio and surrounding states will gather at Gunny’s Hall for the 2011 Northcoast National Gunslingers Championship.
Here’s the scenario:
You have a six-shooter, rifle, shotgun and a losing poker hand. Nine guys are coming at you from different directions-from the saloon door, from behind the bar and from the balcony.
And the question isn’t “Can you hit them all in nine shots?” It’s “how quickly can you do it?”
Ron Paul Duning – the organizer and a participant in the Northcoast National Gunslinger Championship this weekend in Mentor – knows exactly how long it would take him.
“My fastest time was 6.2 seconds,” he said.
Sure, the quick-draw pro was shooting at balloons instead of actual assailants, but that doesn’t make hie time less impressive.
And Rolling Thunder, which is what the gunslingers call the saloon scene shootout, is just on of the many competitions shooters will compete at this weekend at Gunny’s Hall Marine Corps League, 8720 Twinbrook Drive.
The gunslingers will also test their speed in single gun, double gun and showdown competitions from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.
The event is sponsored by the Buckeye Rangers.
Fast hands from all over Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania and even farther make the annual pilgrimage to compete.
Many of the competitors can pull a gun from their holster and fire, hitting their target, in quicker than a third of a second.
Also, most of the gunslingers know each other from years of competing, so the championship also functions as a reunion.
“It’s an intense competition, but it’s a friendly competition,” Duning said.
Spectators are welcome to check out the contests and there is no charge to watch.