Ed McGivern needs no introduction to gun enthusiasts and serious marksmen. For more than 50 years he was revered as one of the top authorities in the field of small firearms. A world champion marksman who made The Guinness Book of World Records, he trained scores of law enforcement officers and developed a system of teaching that is as effective today as it was when his book, 'Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting,' was originally published. It resulted from years of research and experimentation conducted by McGivern, who utilized electric timers and other devices to determine the angles and techniques that would produce the fastest, most accurate revolver shooting. Packed with handgun lore and original photographs from the first edition, his much-sought-after book contains a wealth of facts and tips for marksmen everywhere.
World Record Still Stands
McGivern's Guinness world record for "The greatest rapid-fire feat," set on August 20, 1932 at the Lead Club Range in South Dakota, still stands. This feat consisted of "firing two times from 15 feet five shots which could be covered by a silver half-dollar piece in .45 of a second."
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Competition shooter Jerry Miculek has attempted, and broken, some of McGivern's long standing records, such as the record for 60 shots fired from 10 revolvers.
Miculek is one of the world's fastest revolver shooters, holding a number of records, such as 8 shots (from an 8 shot revolver) in 1 second, but his attempt to beat McGivern's 5 shot record resulted in a time of only 0.57 of a second to McGivern's 0.45 of a second.
A testament to McGivern's ability was the fact that his 5 shot record was set in 1932, when McGivern was 58 years of age. Soon after that, arthritis ended McGivern's competitive shooting career.
Long range shooting
McGivern, along with his friend Elmer Keith, were instrumental in pushing the envelope in the early days of magnum revolvers. While Keith was primarily interested in hunting, McGivern was more interested in police use of the revolver. McGivern demonstrated that with proper sights and use, the .357 Magnum could be used on man-sized targets at ranges of up to 600 yards.
McGivern experimented with different types of iron sights, including peep sights, and telescopic sights. His preferred type of iron sight for this use was a small diameter rear aperture and a post with a gold bead for the front. --
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