VIDEO: Meet Bob Munden, the "Fastest Man with a Gun Who Ever Lived."
December 14, 2020
In Clint Eastwood's masterpiece Unforgiven, the villainous sheriff Little Bill has some advice for a dime novelist interested in shootists:
"Faster? Faster was his mistake. If he hadn't been in such a g*d-d***ed hurry, he wouldn't have shot himself in the toe with that first shot, he would have killed ol' Bob. Look, son, being a good shot, being quick with a pistol, that don't do no harm, but it don't mean much next to being cool headed. A man who will keep his head and not get rattled under fire, like as not, he'll kill you."Little Bill doesn't' put much stock in quick shooting, preferring to draw slowly, aim, line the target up in his sights, and then fire when he knows he's going to hit what he's aiming at. That, he tells the writer, is what it takes to be a good shot in the Old West.
Well, Little Bill never met Bob Munden, the man who the Guinness Book of World Records calls the "Fastest Man with a Gun Who Ever Lived." That means he's better than Wild Bill, Wyatt Earp, John Wesley Harden (about whom his contemporaries said he "could get out a six-shooter and use it quicker than a frog could eat a fly"), and, well everyone else alive or dead. It's a hard claim to back up, except that when you see Mr. Munden shoot you kinda think it may be true.
Unfortunately, Mr. Munden passed away in 2012, but no one has been able to beat his records yet. It's tempting to say that he was born in the wrong century, but maybe it's for the best - if he had been the sheriff of Dodge City or Abilene, or Virginia City for that matter, he might have had to use his skills to put holes through some badmen. As it is, Mr. Munden used his skills to entertain, which in the balance is probably preferable, or at least less likely to keep him up at night.