I guess these new catagories are fine for big shoots, but at regular monthlies there just aren't enough of us BP shooters to fill one catagory, let alone more. I have mixed feelings about them. I guess the fix to the REAL problem is to convert more shooters to SMOKE and BOOM :-D
Started out shooting Traditional, but just couldn't picture my 1870s Texas Ranger SASS alias namesake shooting that way. Switched to Duelist (now Senior Duelist), and hope to transition to Double Duelist this year. Spouse, Texana Trueheart, shoots Traditional.
I started shooting Traditional with C&B revolvers but smokeless in the rifle and shotgun. When I got my EMF Dakotas I switched to Duelist. I never got the hang of the "Crossdraw Dance" during reholstering so went to two strong side holsters and Double Duelist. I shot Double Duelist all last year at matches but practiced shooting Gunfighter. I shot Gunfighter at the last two shoots last year and that is how I will be shooting from now on.
I practice at home by holding both C&B's out and cocking alternately 25 times each. That keeps my thumbs strong. I try to do that every day.
Yup! You have to use a double or single fer FC catagories. I use an antique Crescent Arms mule ear. I also have a Norinco 97 that was worked over by Coyote Cap and might try it in the Duelist Class this year just fer fun. But I won't use BP in the 97, it's too darned dificult to clean with BP!
I started shooting Duelist with the left pistol in the left hand and the right in the right at my first SASS match. Since the Gunfighter category came to be, I now shoot Gunfighter most of the time. If my arthritis is giving me trouble in one wrist or the other, I shoot Duelist with the hand that is working best.
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Practice, Practice, Practice! :-D I look like a gangsta when I shoot with my left hand. Works easier for me to roll the top of the pistol to my right eye. I know its not the most effecient way to do it, but I'm not known for effeciency.
ButlerFord45 has got the secret. You can teach your left hand to do anything your right does.... it just takes some time. Dry fire practice will be a big help. Draw and bring the gun up and fire 5 or 6 times. Then holster and do it again. Do this four or five times and put it away. Do this exercise again after 30 minutes rest. The time off between exercises is important. You won't gain as much if you practice for an hour straight because, until you get used to it. you will get sloppy after a few repetitions. This will cause you to practice bad habits and make them permanent. Shooting position is also important. When shooting one handed, I keep my shoulders about 90 degrees to the target. I put the off hand (fist lightly clenched) just off the centerline of my chest. Pull back with the off hand as if drawing a bow: at the same time I push forward with the gun hand, keeping the elbow of the gun hand slightly bent. This sets up some tension in your upper body in a straight line toward the target and helps to keep the gun steady. Another technique is to tilt the gun slightly inward, about 5 degrees. This will help to lock up the wrist a little and also brings the sights a little closer to my dominant right eye. This tilt will cause the point of impact to change somewhat at ranges beyond 25 or 30 yards but at CAS (or self defense) distances with big targets it's not enough to worry about. The main thing is to get some practice. When you start to shoot matches with the non dominant hand, go slow enough to make the hits. Speed will come in its own good time.
I have shot Duelist right from the start. Now I am shooting with both hands (some call it double duelist) Also this year Im gonna shoot FC full time at my home club.
Seems like the smokey stuff should be shot single handed. Just my $0.02
CJ, I have found categories to be mighty tasty if done right in a well seasoned dutch oven. Don't knock 'em 'til you tried 'em.
Red, that's exactly why I'm wanting to do it in a double duelist fashion. With two straight draw holsters looks like I would need to turn my body (no easy task in itself) back to 0 degrees (straight ahead) to holster P1 and draw P2. If using the right hand for both guns I would have to turn back to the 45 angle to shoot so why not come all the way around to 45 the other way in one movement and go lefty? Is this why you guys do this or is it just for fun?
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