Old Personal best time .564 Updated 8/5/13 real data calculations
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Fastdraw - .564 second!
Signed up for the Fastest Gun Alive - World Championship of Fastdraw. That is the first weekend in October. Would like to break into the 4s. So far fastest time is .502. That is only .003 of a second away. Might be an eternity!!
So have about 8 weeks to heal up and get my draw down into 4s. Will see. It is possible but not likely. Goal. Everyone needs goals!
August 5, 2013.
Read a SI article that the best human reaction time possible is 200 milliseconds. I have tested and the fastest I can do is 219 mls, with my average being about 225 mls. I made the shot videoed above in 564 mls. Looking at the video it appears that there was about 6 inches of rear gun movement and then about 10 inches of forward gun movement for a total gun movement of 16 inches. That would mean that I averaged about 21 mls per inch of gun movement assuming average reaction time. (Speed of bullet is include in this average.)
My new draw is fashioned after Thristy's draw. I have only rear movement of the gun of about 6 inches. I do that regularly in practice and if I can duplicate that in competition, the calculations would be 225 mls reaction time, then 6 times 21 mls for 126 mls or a total of 351 mls. That would be super fast, faster than the fastest gun in the club who shoots consistently 375 mls. I really don't think that is possible BUT I do think with this new draw I might actually slow down and shoot faster. Even if I slow to say 30 mls per inch, if I maintain my movement to 6 inches I would be 225 plus 180 for a time of 405 mls which is 100 mls faster than my best time of .504 of a second. I do think I am capable of getting into the 400mls range. The 3s are a bit much for an oldie.
Looking at photos, videos and watching all of the fastest guns, they shoot without any or little forward motion. Thirsty explains that he draws (rear motion) and when the gun clears the holster the elbow is locked prior to any forward motion. That is the time to shoot. That is also a good time for accuracy since the arm and elbow are somewhat locked or braced. We will see. Will start practicing with live ammo tomorrow.