Thanks Matt. I'm sure I've never heard Jim Martin speak that many words ever.
Yes,all of it I was competing in more than fast draw,I knew Jack Weaver before he developed his stance,in fact he taught it to me personally,when fast draw 1st started it was all done w/live ammo which is where I got started,then the other forms of fast draw developed such as wax & blank shooting so I started doing that too as well as competing in what was then referred to as "combat shooting",some of it I was very good @ & some of it not as good but I've always been very competitive & I can honestly say this,"I've lost far more contests than I've won".Mentally I'm just as competitive as I've always been but my body can't keep w/my brain,there's an old saying about fast shooters,"the older I get the faster I was".Thanks Matt, that was a terrific video of Jim and his fast draw and gun handling skills.
Hey Jim, do these videos bring back memories of the old days at Baja and Big Bear? It's nice to be able to think back at those early combat ....... er, excuse me, not combat but "practical shooting". God I hate political correctness. You had to be at some of those matches weren't you Jim?
Remember back in the late sixties when Jack Weaver (deputy weaver I should say) would use his own "Weaver" stance: for accuracy and old Thell Reed would still beat him with one hand?
If I remember right, didn't they have some of those combat matches at the Apple Valley Gun Club as well, or was that later on in the seventies?
Big Bear was where it all started though. Jeff Cooper, Thell Reed, Jack Weaver and many other were instrumental in building combat shooting in those days.
Were you involved in any of that Jim, or just fast draw?