Fanning

Discussion in 'Cowboy Action Shooting' started by Texas1911, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
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    Why isn't fanning allowed? The guys I work with that do Cowboy Action say they don't allow it.

    Doesn't seem dangerous, but I suppose there's a rule for a reason.
     


  2. Bullseye Shooter

    Bullseye Shooter Active Member

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    It works real well in the movies, but not real life. I tried it with a single action that was specifically designed for fanning (longer hammer, etc.) and it is not accurate and it's hard to control where the gun will be when it goes off. The gun was modified for use in one of those western reinactment shows and was never meant for live ammo, just blanks.
     
  3. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    Ah ok, so basically it's worthless and just a waste of ammo. It seems like it'd be fun to do at least once.
     
  4. Bullseye Shooter

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    I was watching a documentary on Hollywood movies and as the story goes, fanning started in the movies in the late 1940s to make gunfights more exciting since all the kids were watching war movies with machine guns, etc. No "Real West" pistolero ever fanned his revolver to shoot something. The earliest movie I remember watching where someone fanned a single action was in My Darling Clementine where Ward Bond guns down Walter Brennan at the end. And then there's the corral scene in Shane where he's showing Brandon DeWilde how to shoot. Of course, there may be earlier examples.
     
  5. Texas1911

    Texas1911 TGT Addict

    May 29, 2017
    Austin, TX
    I see, I've shot a SAA pattern pistol and it wasn't the most accurate gun in the world in my hands. I had a hard time with the trench sight and I'm not used to shooting revolvers in general. Recoil was non-existant, it was like shooting a .25 Auto (Cowboy reloads).

    I can see how people get into it. I also shot his .38-55 lever gun which also was pretty light recoiling. Accuracy wasn't too bad either.
     
  6. Roscoe

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    Ed McGivern a professional exhibition shooter in the early 20th century was probably the best (or at least the best known) pistol fanner ever. In his book "Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting" he had photos of several groups he had fired while fanning a Colt single action. McGivern performed his shooting in front of large crowds. Elmer Keith also wrote about pistol fanning. He claimed it wasn't an accurate way to fire a single-action revolver, but added the caveat that McGivern was an expert at fanning. I guess in a crowded room where you had no friends it was a quick way of emptying your revolver - any hit would be a good one.
     
  7. MadMo44Mag

    MadMo44Mag TGT Addict

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    I spent a weekend once with a Ruger trying to teach myself how to fan just for the cool factor.
    I have to say first it's not accurate,and very unsafe as rounds go everywhere but where you think you are aiming and secondly its hell on the hand.
    I'm sure if you had a hammer made and down loaded the ammo and spent countless hours practicing that you would get fairly good at it, but I don't see the cool factor out weighing the expense.
     
  8. Roscoe

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    That and trying to fan that Ruger hammer is like rubbing you hand against a rasp. Easy to lose a couple layers of skin.
     
  9. Oso

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    So there's your answer. In Cowboy Action Shooting (Especially operating under the Single Action Shooting Society's rules) SAFETY is rule #1. Fanning is NOT safe. Therefore it is not allowed.

    If, while competing in a CAS match under SASS rules, you drop an UNloaded gun, or, in the course of fire, an UNloaded gun "sweeps" (or points at) someone, you get a SDQ (Stage Disqualification).

    If any of the above happen with a LOADED gun, you get a MATCH DQ.

    Heck, if there is an empty hull left in a shotgun at the end of your string, or an empty shell on the carrier of your rifle, you get a 10 second penalty.

    Those are just a few examples of how seriously CAS & SASS take safety.

    I hope this helps.

    Best Wishes!
    Oso
     
  10. Fisherman777

    Fisherman777 Well-Known

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    I remember fanning my Super Blackhawk 44 mag in 1980. I have a permanent scar on the edge of my left palm from the rear sight. Not smart with a hot loaded 44 mag. LOL
     

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