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San Juan Shootists fast draw club to host fund-raiser

It’s the late 1800s in an Old West town.

You’re called out into the street to draw against the bad guy.

How would you have done?

Want to find out?

The San Juan Shootists local cowboy fast draw club will host a fund-raiser for our local dialysis patient transport service on Saturday, July 30.

Our event will be held at Eagle Mountain Mercantile located at 56 Talisman Drive across from the McDonald’s in Pagosa Springs. It will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. Our event is in conjunction with Eagle Mountain Mercantile’s open house.

The public is invited to come out and try Cowboy Fast Draw. For a donation of $5 you will be able to strap on a .45 caliber single action six gun just like the cowboys and gunfighters used in the Old West and fire 10 shots at a target down range. The club will provide all of the equipment. Club members will be present to instruct you on how to safely handle and draw the gun. Minimum age is 16 years old. There will also be fast draw demonstrations performed by our local club members. All proceeds will be donated to the transport service.

The dialysis patient transport service provides transportation to and from Durango for patients who cannot provide transportation for themselves. The service is sponsored by Ron and Cindy Gustafson of Pagosa Springs. All of the drivers are volunteers. Ron and Cindy and some of the volunteers will be present during the day.

If you love movies like “Tombstone,” “3:10 to Yuma” and “Lonesome Dove,” and movie heroes like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Randolph Scott are a big part of your entertainment interests, then you may be ready for cowboy fast draw.

Cowboy fast draw is the thrill of competing with an opponent while engaging a target down range. The guns are Colt Peacemaker style single action revolvers in .45 caliber. Ammunition is a wax bullet in a blank shell case with no powder. Holsters and gun belts are of the traditional late 1800s style. A light in the target comes on; the gun is drawn from the holster, cocked and fired at the target. Whoever hits the target fastest wins the shot.

Please come out and have a great time with the San Juan Shootists local Cowboy Fast Draw club and Eagle Mountain Mercantile while helping to support a deserving local organization.

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