Photo of the Day: Fastest Draw Wins

Frank Lawton of Deadwood, South Dakota fires his single action revolver after cocking the gun with his left hand during … Continued

Frank Lawton of Deadwood, South Dakota fires his single action revolver after cocking the gun with his left hand during the Canadian Open Fast Draw Championships in Aldergrove, British Columbia

The present-day Fast Draw competition was born from the Hollywood myth of the western gunfighter, and the idea is to draw a single action revolver from a holster, and cock, fire and hit a designated target in the shortest possible time. No live ammunition is ever used, only blank cartridges or wax bullets. The targets are either a metal silhouette used with wax bullets or balloons that burst from the muzzle blast from the blank cartridges.

Andy Clark is a freelance photographer based in British Columbia, who frequently shoots for Reuters. See more of his work here.

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