Trick Shooter Ed McGivern Used His Legendary Skills To Train Law Enforcement Officers
The names Elmer Keith, Jeff Cooper, and Jack O’Connor are legend in the shooting world. If you Google “famous gun writers,” they’re among the top results. If you scroll a good ways, you’ll come to a fella named Ed McGivern. The only thing he ever wrote of note is a tough-to-find book called Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting, published in 1938. However, a lot of police officers and federal agents across the US back in the 1930s knew McGivern well from the training they received from this one-time trick shooter and legendary pistol expert.
When it came to pistol shooting, especially revolvers, there were few who wielded a hand cannon with more speed and skill than McGivern. His shooting feats were nothing short of superhuman: The man clearly had eyesight and reflexes that were far keener than the average person’s. The fantastical shooting and quick-draw abilities of fictional pistoleers were present in the very real-life McGivern, though he didn’t exactly cut the typical figure of a gunslinger. At just 5-foot-6, he was a small, barrel-shaped man who was the fastest gun on the planet during the years between the two world wars.
A Traveling Trick Shooter
McGivern bolstered his income performing as a trick shooter in the 1920s and ’30s, traveling all over the United States to put on astonishing displays for giddy crowds. He routinely shot at an assortment of stationary and airborne targets, like clay pigeons and lead disks the size of a quarter. You want to really understand how good McGivern was? Go to a safe shooting area, throw a tin can in the air, and see if you can draw and hit it before it lands on the ground. Unless you’re Jerry Miculek or Julie Golob, you probably didn’t even get close.
Jerry Miculek is widely regarded as the fastest and most proficient speed shooter in the world, and he’s beaten several long-standing records set by trick shooter Ed McGivern. Photo courtesy of reddit.
McGivern could hit the can six times before it hit the dirt, on the draw. He could also throw playing cards in the air and cut them in two, edgewise, with a bullet. He could hit two aerial targets with two revolvers at the same time. Like I said, he was superhuman.
He set a revolver world record while on tour in 1932 that remains unbroken to this day and got him into the Guinness Book of World Records, until Guinness removed all shooting records a few years ago. McGivern fired two consecutive, five-shot groups from a revolver at a distance of 15 feet that “could be covered by a half-dollar piece” in a blinding 0.45 seconds (as clocked by shot timer). The diameter of a half-dollar was a hair over 1.2 inches.
But this pistol prodigy went largely unnoticed for much of his life, working primarily as a sign painter in the small Montana town where he lived for 30 years.
Unfortunately, arthritis eventually put an end to McGivern’s trick shooting career in his late 50s, so he decided to travel around and spread his knowledge instead of entertaining folks.
He worked with law enforcement personnel all over the country. He taught marksmanship to police officers and federal agents from various LE agencies, including at the FBI’s training headquarters in Quantico, translating his exhibition-shooting experience into practical skills that focused on putting a lot of rounds on a target, accurately and quickly, under varying circumstances. At the time, most law enforcement in the US were still carrying double-action revolvers, McGivern’s specialty.
He started his trick shooting career using semi-auto handguns but realized he could shoot quite a bit faster with double-action revolvers. If there’s any doubt this is generally true, check out Miculek firing 12 shots from a revolver in under three seconds back in 1999.
When it came to training law enforcement, McGivern taught them how to shoot fast and accurately at close targets, but he was a firm believer that a . 357 Magnum revolver, with proper technique, could be used to effectively engage man-sized targets with repeatable accuracy at distances of 600 yards. He preferred to use a gun outfitted with a small-diameter rear aperture sight with a gold bead front sight for this kind of shooting, though he experimented with various peep sights and telescopic scopes.
In fact, McGivern was friends with Elmer Keith and was instrumental in creating the earliest magnum revolver cartridges. While Keith was (most likely) integral to the creation of the .357 Magnum, he ultimately went on to deride it when he developed the .44 Special into what would become the .44 Remington Magnum, a superior cartridge in his mind. McGivern, on the other hand, believed the .357 Mag was the ultimate revolver cartridge and devoted a whole lot of his time and effort to pushing the round to its limits with what would have been considered a service revolver at the time, both in terms of speed and close- and long-range accuracy.
Time has proved that McGivern may have ultimately been correct in his assessment of the .357 Magnum. Despite Keith’s proselytizing, the .44 Mag was always considered too overpowered for law enforcement use, while many departments and agencies adopted .357 wheelguns as replacements for or as an alternate option to .38 Special revolvers.
Today, despite a foray into use of the more powerful .40 S&W for semi-autos, the 9 mm chambering, with modern ammunition, reigns supreme in the LE and military worlds—and the characteristics of a 9 mm +P cartridge are more similar to a .357 load than they are to a .44 Mag. Perhaps McGivern was more on the money because he focused on volume of fire and LE applications, whereas Keith was more hunting focused.
Ed McGivern stands with officers of the Lewistown Police Department. Following his exploits as a trick shooter, McGivern trained the police department, the Fergus County Sheriff’s officers, the Montana Highway Patrol, and later the FBI, on firearms techniques. He did this free of charge. Screenshot from mtmemory.org.
Here’s a quick list of some of McGivern’s most famous shots with a double-action revolver. Think you could pull off any of them?
- Hang a target, like a clay pigeon or lead quarter, from a string. Cut the string with the first shot, and hit the falling target with a second before it hits the ground.
- String up three clays, one stationary, and set the other two swinging back and forth so they cross in front of the stationary target. Break all three clays with a single shot.
- Drop a coin from shoulder height, and with the same hand, draw and fire as many shots as possible before the coin lands. (McGivern could fire two to three shots.)
- Lay 10 revolvers on a bench with five rounds loaded in each. Proceed to shoot them in succession in double action for a total of 50 rounds in less than 21 seconds, with no misses on the target. McGivern could also do this with 20 guns, 100 shots, and 47 seconds.
- McGivern did this reaction-time display with real guns and blanks, but if you want to try it, definitely use airsoft guns, safety glasses, and protective clothing. Face an opponent who is holding an aimed, cocked airsoft revolver at about 5 yards. Draw and fire from a regulation holster before your opponent can pull the trigger.
- Balance two clays on top of each other with their edges facing the shooter. Break the bottom clay with the first shot, and break the top one with the second before it hits the bench.
- Throw a target in the air, have a friend toss you a pistol, and hit the target before it hits the ground.
- Shoot a 5-inch bull’s-eye pasted on a 24-inch square of plywood that’s tossed in the air at distances of 25 to 50 yards.
- Draw, fire, and score a lethal hit on a man-sized target 15 to 18 feet away in 0.4 seconds or less. McGivern set a one-time record with this often repeated mainstay.
McGivern died on Dec. 12, 1957, at the age of 83 in Butte, Montana.
Jerry Miculek is one of the most remarkable competition shooters of our day, and it’s a privilege to see him shoot in person, as I imagine it must have been to see McGivern put on one of his trick-shooting displays.
Miculek has broken several of McGivern’s long-standing records, but there’s one he can’t beat. When Miculek tried to top the record of 10 shots in 0.45 seconds, he couldn’t score a better time than 0.57 seconds. McGivern set that record back in 1932 when he was 57 years old — and if Miculek can’t beat it, I don’t know who can.
Tom Knapp, Crowd-Pleasing Trick Shooter, Dies at 62
Tom Knapp, an exhibition shotgun virtuoso who broke world records by picking off flocks of airborne clay targets with the flair of a western movie hero and dazzled crowds with his effortless precision shattering of golf balls, radishes, aspirin and other flying targets, died on April 26 in Rochester, Minn. He was 62.
The cause was pulmonary fibrosis, his wife, Colleen, said.
Mr. Knapp, who was familiar to viewers of “Sharpshooters” on the History Channel and “Shooting Stars” on Discovery, mastered many kinds of long guns but was known mainly for his bravura with a pump-action 12-gauge shotgun.
A highlight videotape from 2007 (seen by more than three million viewers on YouTube) shows him firing his pump-action weapon from the hip, from behind his back and from over his head, each time hitting his airborne targets. In one scene, he hurls his shotgun into the air, flings a clay target skyward behind him, pivots, catches his gun and fires, leaving an orange puff of dust where the plummeting target had been.
From 1993 to 2004, Mr. Knapp made and broke his own records for the number of hand-thrown clay targets struck in a single round and for speed in doing so. His last record — 10 airborne targets hit (or “dusted,” in shooting-speak) in 2.2 seconds, each struck with a separate round — was set at an exhibition in Murfreesboro, Tenn. , on Oct. 10, 2004.
Mr. Knapp, whose exhibitions were sponsored by firearms manufacturers, was widely considered one of the most accomplished heirs to an American tradition defined in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows by Annie Oakley and A. H. Bogardus. Mr. Knapp said he had been inspired by trick shooters of the next generation, most notably Herb Parsons, a showman who toured the country from the 1930s through the ’50s and often worked in Hollywood as a trick-shot stand-in for stars like Jimmy Stewart in “Winchester ’73” (1950), which involves a shooting contest.
“Parsons was probably the greatest of the modern era — and in my book, after him, Tom Knapp comes a very close second,” said Warren Newman, curator at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo., a site of trick-shooting exhibitions. “What these two fellows did was always so much more than just shooting.”
He added: “What they did was amaze people, put on a real show. They were outstanding professionals.”
Thomas Knapp was born on Sept. 30, 1950, in Maple Plain, Minn., the youngest of five children of Howard and Virginia Knapp. His father gave him his first gun, a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun, when he was 9. At 10, he saw a televised performance by Mr. Parsons, who was famous for snap-shooting tricks like tossing three marbles into the air and shattering them with three shots. It set the direction of his life.
“From that day on,” he told Field and Stream magazine in 2007, “I dreamed about making a living with a shotgun.”
Serving as sponsors, gun and ammunition manufacturers like Winchester Olin, Federal Cartridge, Benelli USA and CZ-USA made it possible in the early ’90s for Mr. Knapp to leave his job with the Hennepin County, Minn., parks department after 25 years and tour full time.
Besides his wife, his survivors include two stepchildren, Christopher and Alison; four stepgrandchildren; and a brother, John.
Colleen Knapp said that before becoming ill, her husband performed steadily for almost 20 years, appearing for audiences in the United States and Europe. He inserted safety messages in the patter between tricks, she said, especially if children were in the audience.
“Do not try this; I am a trained professional,” Mr. Knapp said at one exhibition; he then tossed tomatoes and lettuce and blasted them out of the air. Next came a parade of targets of diminishing size — radishes, marbles, chalk cubes — ending with one of his trademark stunt targets, an aspirin.
“I been thinking about this aspirin here for a little while,” he said, holding it up between thumb and forefinger and shaking his head with practiced humbleness. “No guarantees,” he said, flinging it toward the sun.
He missed on the first shot. The second shot left a tiny cloud in the air, like dandelion fluff.
Famous trick shooters wowed crowds for decades
It was a good thing one of the most famous husband-and-wife teams of the last century got along well, because they had almost unlimited access to firearms and were dead-eye shots with all of them.
Ad and Plinky Toepperwein (pronounced “Tepperwine”) were record-setting shooting stars, amazing audiences with their accuracy at target shooting and aerial shooting. Equals in their act and skills, they were touring trick shooters for 40 years, holding targets for each other. She could pick off shells balanced on his fingertips. He could hit glass balls held in the palm of her hand. In all their years of performing, the Toepperweins never had an accident.
He could hit his targets while lying on his back or standing on his head. She could put 500 bullets into a bull’s-eye five inches in diameter. Anything an assistant could toss, they could shoot – tomato cans, playing cards, potatoes, eggs, marbles, washers with tissue paper in the center, two-inch-square wood blocks, pennies and peso coins. One of Ad’s favorite tricks was to ask the biggest man in a crowd to toss the objects for him. Sometimes the items were flung so hard and high, the audience would lose track of them, but Ad would bring them down, never losing sight of his targets.
The Toepperweins shared keen vision and steady hands, but they had even more in common. Both were of German heritage. Both went by nicknames that blurred their origins a bit: His proper name was Adolph, and hers was Elisabeth (often spelled American-style, “Elizabeth”). Neither was content to stick with their original lot in life, and they relished the travel that would take them all over the United States and to Canada and Mexico.
The son of a gunsmith, Ad was born in 1869 in Boerne and was brought up in Leon Springs. He learned to shoot with a crossbow and all kinds of guns before he turned 10. At age 13, his father died, and the boy was sent to work in a San Antonio workshop that made pottery. That year, Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show stopped here, and young Ad got a chance to see its “fancy shooter,” W.F. “Doc” Carver, in action. Imposingly tall with his hair worn in shoulder-length ringlets, Carver cut an impressive figure as he shot coins and feather-filled glass balls on horseback or on foot. A dentist turned marksman, Carver had worked his way to the forefront of shooting sports through a series of much-publicized series of matches with well-known shooters. Carver was not just another act; he was Cody’s partner. Within a few years, young Ad Toepperwein had taught himself to do everything he had seen Carver do.
Ad got a job as a cartoonist at the San Antonio Express and used his press connections to interest Opera House Manager George H. Walker in putting his own trick-shooting act on the stage. Walker took 20-year-old Ad to New York, invited reporters and a vaudeville booker to watch the “tall Texan” hit every object in a Coney Island shooting gallery. The prizes were cigars; Ad didn’t smoke and gave them to the reporters. The next day, the New York World said that other shooting galleries closed to prevent a repeat. The Texas triggerman’s career was launched; Ad got an offer from the B.F. Keith vaudeville circuit and spent two years on the variety stage followed by several more with a Mexican circus.
In 1901, he joined the Winchester Repeating Arms Co., manufacturer of firearms and ammunition, first as a supervisor of its trade-fair exhibits. Disappointed at being relegated to talking about guns, rather than shooting them, Ad nonetheless determined to learn everything he could about the company. While visiting one of its factories in New Haven, Connecticut, he asked to be introduced to the operator of a cartridge-making machine. She was 18-year-old Elisabeth Servaty, born in New Haven and completely unfamiliar with the use of the ammunition she had been helping to make.
Within a year, the couple was wed and started married life living with his mother and sister Clara. By then, Ad has his dream job as an exhibition shooter for Winchester, touring the country to promote its products through fantastic feats that drew crowds and press coverage. “In those days, hunting and recreational shooting were everyday activities,” says John Stein, curator at the Buckhorn Museum, which has a collection of Toepperwein artifacts. “There were no TVs, cell phones or computers. Outdoors was where life was spent, and trap and sporting-clay shooting were big.”
Meanwhile, Elisabeth was left without much to do while Ad was on the road for months at a time. So he taught her to shoot, first with paper targets, then cans. Ad gave her the nickname “Plinky” when she hit a can and exclaimed, “I plinked it!” They discovered she had a natural ability for the sport, and in three weeks, to the consternation of her in-laws, she was shooting things balanced on Ad’s hands or dangling from his lips. Like her husband, she learned to be equally proficient with a shotgun, rifle or handgun.
They decided she would go along when Ad went on tour, performing privately at gun clubs or shooting ranges or featured in his public appearances. Winchester didn’t pay Plinky’s expenses at first, so the young couple barely broke even, paying her way out of Ad’s wages. Their only child, Lawrence Clark, was born Feb. 12, 1904, and a few months later, his parents were off to St. Louis for a six-months engagement at the World’s Fair. There, they made their debut as a performing couple; from then on, they always traveled together, and Plinky, too, would become a Winchester employee. Billed as the “Famous Topperweins” or the “Wonderful Topperweins” – the E in their surname was dropped to seem more “American” – they were also known as “the Tops,” and they set out to earn that distinction.
Young Lawrence usually stayed behind with his paternal grandmother and aunt, Clara Toepperwein, while his parents traveled. “Their schedule was grueling,” says Stein. “Every other day, a train trip to the next city, sometimes even the same day.” They slept on trains or in private homes or modest hotels. (In one of the latter, they shot a rat in their room and made the local paper for it.) They worked outside in rain, wind, cold or extreme heat. Not content to perform the same act over and over, the Toepperweins sought new challenges.
Perhaps the most impressive accomplishment of Ad’s career came in the fall of 1907, when he devised an endurance feat for himself that has never been equaled. Purchasing all the ammunition he could lay his hands on, he set out to shoot all day for 10 days straight at the San Antonio International Exposition. With assistants loading the rifle for him, he shot at hand-thrown wood blocks for seven and a half hours each day, becoming increasingly sore, stiff and disoriented. Still, the hits kept on coming: Ad shot a total 72,500 times, missing only nine times. (He wanted to shoot 75,000 times but ran out of ammunition.)
Plinky became the first woman in this country to qualify as a national marksman, using a military rifle, says the Handbook of Texas. She was also “the first woman to break 100 straight targets at trapshooting (a variant of practice shooting for bird hunters), a feat she repeated more than 200 times.” She won women’s world championships, was the only female member of a national championship team and set individual records for both men and women, some of which still stand.
“The Tops” played fairs, conventions and schools. Their audiences ranged from the entire populations of small towns to the power elite. Ad told the Express, April 15, 1929, that he once made famously taciturn President Calvin Coolidge laugh. “Placing his rifle on the ground, Tep (as he was called where people knew how to pronounce his name) threw a couple of eggs into the air, took a run, turned a somersault, picked up his rifle and broke the eggs before they hit the ground.” At that, Coolidge “threw up his arms, clapped his hands and roared with laughter.”
The couple toured throughout extended summers, worked other dates as required and gave exhibitions at San Antonio gun clubs and ranges. During the early 1920s, Ad joined his brother Fred in a downtown hardware store, where he was in charge of the firearms department. The couple won local shooting contests with almost monotonous regularity and used their precision-sports training to become good bowlers. They set up a “hunting shack,” called Casa Lometa, in Leon Springs, as a retreat between tours and as a gathering place for shooters.
It was said of the couple that they occasionally missed on purpose, to heighten suspense, just as Houdini prolonged his escape struggles. “Ad would stop and kiss Plinky every time he missed,” says Marty Froebel, who saw the couple at a Boy Scout camp demonstration. “He was quite a showman.”
Plinky, who called her husband “Daddy,” would occasionally ask to cut a particular trick of hers from their act. He didn’t ask why, and she didn’t say. Winchester brochures and Ad’s reminiscences agree that the couple was equally talented; that he was better at some tricks, while she excelled at others.
Meanwhile, their son grew up, attending the ancestor schools of Central Catholic High School and St. Mary’s University. Lawrence, too, went to work at the Express, where he drew cartoons, did police reporting and wrote magazine features. He also published detective stories in pulp magazines. According to his Express obituary, Oct. 21, 1940, he worked at the paper for 17 years until a year before he died, Oct. 20, 1940, in his parents’ home, where he and his wife were living. According to his death certificate, Lawrence, a court reporter, succumbed at age 36 to “cirrhosis of the liver (alcoholic), edema of the brain and Bright’s disease (kidney failure).” His parents were performing in St. Louis at the time; Aunt Clara reported information for the certificate and planned the funeral, which was postponed so they could attend.
With the start of World War II, the Toepperweins embarked on a tour of military installations. Their last tour together in 1943 was “exhausting but pleasurable,” Plinky told the Light, as quoted in her obituary there, Jan. 28, 1945. She died at home, Jan. 27, 1945, three months after suffering a heart attack. During her lifetime, her husband jokingly referred to her as “my current wife.” He never had another.
The couple made Ripley’s Believe It or Not several times but never made much money, says Stein. “They earned a modest salary,” he says. “Very humble beginnings and end.”
Ad kept touring for Winchester until 1951, when he stepped back to become an “advisor” for the company. He gave free lessons at the Leon Springs lodge, appeared at shooting contests and helped train a new pair of married marksmen, Dot and Ernie Lind. After a lifetime of shooting without protective shooting earmuffs, Ad gradually lost most of his hearing. Glaucoma and cataracts took his vision, but he still walked three miles a day to keep fit until shortly before he died at 93, March 4, 1962, of heart disease.
Since 1963, an annual Toepperwein Memorial Skeet Shoot has been held in the couple’s honor at the San Antonio Gun Club.
Paula Allen writes a Sunday history column in the Express-News.
Trick shot artist aims to entertain – News – Holland Sentinel
Dan Pfanz likes guns. He is particularly savvy with pump-style shotguns.He can throw aspirins in the air and shoot them before it hits the ground. He can flip two clay targets off the toe of his boot and hit them in midair. He can neatly clip two small targets from where they hang on a pole 10 feet in the air and smash them with a shotgun blast before they strike the dirt.
Dan Pfanz likes guns.
He is particularly savvy with pump-style shotguns. He can throw aspirins in the air and shoot them before they hit the ground. He can flip two clay targets off the toe of his boot and hit them in midair. He can neatly clip two small targets from where they hang on a pole 10 feet in the air and smash them with a shotgun blast before they strike the dirt.
Pfanz is what he calls an “exhibition shooter.” He shoots only pump guns and only for donations.
He’s performed exhibitions at sports clubs across central Illinois, including the River Valley Sportsman’s Club in Germantown Hills, Little John Conservation Club in Victoria and the Oak Ridge Sportsman’s Club in Mackinaw.
Pfanz says that he most enjoys performing his gun tricks for children.
“I enjoy shooting for kids the most,” he says. “They just have fun.”
Pfanz recently did a show for a Cub Scouts day camp while at the Little John Conservation Club.
The most popular demonstration he does for children, Pfanz says, starts with a box full of helium balloons. After he shoots the lock off the box, the balloons go up in air, and “I let them get way up there before I start shooting them one by one,” he says. “They start getting nervous and think I waited too long. Then I bring them down.”
In another show he does for the children, Pfanz says, he shoots a balloon full of little pieces of paper that drift down and give directions to stashes of candy that have been planted around the area.
For the adults, the majority of Pfanz’s tricks involve him throwing objects, like a handful of aspirin or some golf balls, into the air and picking them off with explosive little poofs. When told that he has pretty good eyesight for an old guy (he’s 62), he laughs and says he doesn’t even need glasses.
“The off-the-foot shot and the pole shot are my two most difficult shots,” Pfanz says.
He also does a trick called the mongoose, in which he has a coil thrower trapped inside a spring-loaded box. When Pfanz shoots it open, up flip different items, which he shoots out of the air.
He also performs a maneuver called the “juicemaker,” which he starts out by shooting a grapefruit before moving onto an orange, an apple, a tomato, a lemon and finally a grape. He tops it all off with an explosion of whipped cream that rains down on the pulverized fruit.
Pfanz sometimes hits the targets holding his gun upside down and sometimes shoots his own hulls as they come spitting out of his gun. He has plenty more tricks, all surprisingly quick and certainly impressive. Sometimes he misses — but not often.
Pfanz has eight guns: a Browning, a Remington, a Mossburg, a Savage and others. Pfanz won’t say what his favorite gun is, he says, because “I don’t want to advertise for any particular brand. Besides, I like ‘em all.”
Pfanz, who currently works as a security guard at the Mason County Courthouse, is a retired Caterpillar Inc. worker and was a member of the Forman Fire Department for 20 years. He says he got started with exhibition shooting about five years ago after watching a showman in Springfield doing tricks with handguns.
“I thought, heck, I can do that,” Pfanz remembers. He doesn’t, however, copy other people’s tricks, he says, and he works hard at staying original.
“I’m ahead of my time,” he says with humor, pointing an extension tube he placed on his Browning before the company came out with such a model. Modified, the gun can hold seven rounds instead of the regular five, and he uses for his seven-ingredient juicemaker trick. He says it’s the only gun of his that he’s tinkered with.
Pfanz often includes his family in his gun-toting escapades. His nephew, Darrin, regularly helps him with his exhibitions, setting the props up and helping with the production. “He’s my right-hand man,” Pfanz said.
Pfanz’s grandsons, Alec and D.J., also have been known to tag along to his shows and are even learning some tricks with a rifle themselves.
“It’s pretty cool,” says 9-year-old Alec of his grandfather’s gun skills. “I like the aspirin pull the best. I don’t know anybody else that can do that.”
Not surprisingly, Pfanz is an ardent supporter of the right to bear arms. “When I put a show on, my biggest speech is about the NRA and the Illinois State Rifle Association,” he says. “If you’re not a member, join. They’re the two organizations that sportsmen have working for them for their Second Amendment rights.”
He also urges the participation of youngsters in the sport of shooting and contends that “to get involved in shooting sports, gun safety is always promoted first.”
In addition to exhibition shooting, Pfanz is an avid hunter — an activity with which, like the gun shows, his family is included.
“We go out with the beagle hounds and a camper trailer,” he says. “We hunt rabbits, squirrels and doves. Boy, do we have fun.”
“The Pfanz Hunting Team,” as he calls it, ventures out as much as possible between September and January and consists of Pfanz; his brother Ron, his nephew Darrin, Darrin’s son Justin, and Alec and D.J. — and Pfanz’s two hunting beagles, Pounder and BoJack. A third beagle, Pete, was recently given to D.J. and Alec because, Pfanz said, “he kept running the rabbits the wrong way.”
Regardless of his lackluster hunting skills, Pete will most likely go on this year’s hunting trips, Pfanz says, because he knows his grandsons won’t want to leave the dog behind. “And he’ll still run the rabbits the wrong way,” Pfanz says shaking his head. Then he smiles. “But those boys are good for that dog. They’re good with animals — just like that chicken.”
The story behind “that chicken” — a story that Pfanz is quite fond of — involves a large black crested chicken who overcame the odds last January, somehow making it through several bitterly cold days and nights without shelter.
“There was a raccoon one night in the chicken coop,” says 12-year-old D.J., “and the next morning I couldn’t find my favorite chicken. We thought the raccoon ate it.”
Three days later, D.J. said, they noticed an animal control agent across the street. When they asked him what he had, the man replied, “a black chicken.” It was theirs.
D.J. was glad to have her back, he said.
“Ever since we got her, she let me pick her up,” D.J. says as he gently places the chicken back in the grass. “She still lets me.”
“That chicken was cold for a few days,” says Dan’s wife, Caroline. “I don’t know how it survived out there.”
Caroline says she was never around guns before she met her husband. After that, things changed quickly.
“Since I’ve been with him, it’s been guns and beagles,” Caroline says good-naturedly. “We got married 17 years ago, and ever since then, if it doesn’t shoot or bark, forget it!”
Joking aside, Caroline says that she appreciates her husband’s skills.
“I fully support him,” she says of his shooting. “I think he’s very talented. I’m very proud of what he does.”
Caroline says that one secret of their marriage is that Pfanz likes to stay busy.
“His mind is always working on another adventure. He always has to be doing something,” she says. “He’s never under my feet, which is good.”
Pekin Daily Times
Tom Knapp, international trick shooter from Elk River, dies at 62 – Twin Cities
Tom Knapp, a mustachioed Minnesotan who exhibited his shooting expertise throughout the world, has died. He was 62.
Knapp, who could shoot an aspirin out of the air with a .22 and set a world record by hurling 10 sporting clays into the air and shooting each before it hit the ground, had been hospitalized with pulmonary fibrosis before dying Friday, April 26.
His illness had prompted him to retire from his fast-talking and faster-shooting tours, which took Knapp, who lived in Elk River, and his Benelli shotgun throughout Europe and to annual appearances at Game Fair in Anoka County, as well as numerous TV appearances. But his death surprised many.
“It was kind of a major shocker,” said his wife, Colleen. “He became ill about three years ago, but miracles happen, and he recovered. Then it came back with a vengeance.”
Knapp’s skills — he could shoot a bullet through the eye of a washer tossed in the air — set audiences’ mouths agape but weren’t superhuman. At least not without the showman to reel them in.
“Tom had a specialty: He had the gift of gab,” said Chuck Delaney, owner of Game Fair. “He always had stories to tell. Some you never knew if they were true or not, but they were interesting. It takes a special person to do what he did, and he was a special guy.”
Delaney came to know Knapp, who grew up in Maple Plain, in the early 1970s, when Delaney ran the St. Anthony Gun Club and Knapp shot in leagues.
“He loved the showman side of shooting,” Delaney said. “This was long before he was famous. And he was always inventing all kinds of long-throwing trap things. There’s no trickery in trick shooting; it’s a huge amount of practice and a lot of skill.”
When he was 10, Knapp saw exhibition shooter Herb Parsons — considered the best ever at the game — on TV. He and his friends tried to mimic the master by throwing dirt clods in the air and shooting them with their BB guns, he told the Pioneer Press in 2008.
It grew from there. When Knapp finally hit a clod, he was inspired to take the trick as far as he could. His theory was this: “If you can do it once, you know it’s possible, so you should be able to do it every time,” he told the paper.
In 2005, he was inducted into the Shooters Hall of Fame at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo.
Colleen Knapp said her husband of 14 years did throttle back when home between exhibitions.
“He had his mellow times when he just wanted to sit in his boat quietly fishing,” she said. “Our property up north, that was his getaway place to veg and do nothing. Well, he’d work on the food plots or groom the walking trails, but to him, that was vegging.”
According to his wishes, no funeral will be held. At 1 p.m. May 11, friends and family are invited to gather at the Del-Tone/Luth Gun Club in St. Cloud for what Colleen Knapp said will consist of “probably massive storytelling.”
Knapp is survived by brother John, two stepchildren, four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Colleen Knapp said donations can be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at PulmonaryFibrosis.org.
Dave Orrick can be reached at 651-228-5512. Follow him at twitter.com/OutdoorsNow.
An unknown person started shooting in a shopping center in the USA on the weekend before Christmas: Incidents: World: Lenta.ru
In the American city of Milpitas, California, an unknown person started shooting. One person was injured, according to the NBC Bay Area website.
On Saturday evening, December 19, an attacker shot a man in a shopping center. After that, panic arose: people began to run around the institution, some of them fell. The center was especially crowded, since it was the last weekend before Christmas (in the USA, Christmas is celebrated on December 25 – approx.”Lenta.ru” ).
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One of the store’s visitors Angelo Palma described what was happening as chaos: “A shot, and everyone just started running. People ran there, people ran here. They started to fall. Chaos reigned. ” Another customer, April Darosa, who waited out the panic with 12 visitors to the center in a small closet, admitted that everyone was very scared: “It was very hot, we did not keep social distance and thought we would faint.”
The police arrived at the scene and ordered everyone to calm down, not leave the shopping center and lock themselves in the pavilions.
Police search teams systematically searched all shops and escorted employees and customers to the parking lot. This was done in stages, so some visitors had to wait hours for their relatives or friends to be brought. The wounded man was hospitalized.
The police continue to search for the shooter. It is not yet known whether he knew the victim and what caused the attack.Four hours after the news of the shooting, law enforcement officials said the immediate threat to the city’s residents had passed.
Earlier it became known that in the city of Sacramento, California, during the sale on “Black Friday” there was a shooting in the shopping center Arden Fair Mall. As a result, one person died, another one was hospitalized. His condition is assessed as critical.
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90,000 Apex Legends clever trick that makes hip fire accurate
Since the launch of Apex Legends Battle Royale over two years ago, players have been mastering various tricks in the hopes of growing to the Predator level with numerous victories.
For some players, it is quite difficult to understand even the abilities of the characters, but besides that, you still need to learn how to use weapons. Some of the popular machine guns in the game have high recoil, but are deadly with accurate hits.
Players now have a clever trick that allows them to combine character abilities and weapon shooting at the same time – to make accurate shots at the enemy. The trick was demonstrated by a Reddit user IWishIwasARespawnDev, who noticed that if a legend has an ability that you can hold and shoot from the hip at the same time, you can do this trick.
All you have to do is pull out something like Bangalore smoke or Revenant’s muteness, crouch down, and then start shooting from the hip to notice the difference in accuracy.
Squatting is not necessary all the time. According to the author of the trick, you can run and shoot from the hip with high precision using Bangalore smoke. However, this trick is likely to be most useful for gamers with controllers and may not be very easy for mouse and keyboard owners.
Bangalore Smoke Squat increases hip shooting accuracy (works with all weapons)
Crouching with Bangalore smoke increases your hip fire accuracy (works with all guns) from r / apexlegends
Players were divided on this trick.While some players praised the advice, noting that it helped them win, others question its effectiveness, believing that by crouching, you lose mobility when dodging enemy bullets.
You can also try Second Hip Accuracy , which is based on the Apex Legends exploit.
However, we recommend trying this tip in the Shooting Range to see if you can use it in real-life gunfights or it won’t fit into your playstyle.
90,000 there will be tactics of firing some guns and a couple of tricks
Hi everyone, here will be described shooting tactics and some tricks
types of shooting
This manual is designed primarily for beginners, an experienced Counter Striker will learn a lot here, but it is quite possible to pick up at least a grain of useful information.
This article will cover various shooting techniques. The purpose of the guide: To teach everyone to shoot in the head, that is, to put Headshot
Shooting on 1 cartridge:
The method of shooting is very controversial.Because if you hit in the head with one shot, the enemy will most likely be alive (unless crippled or not armored), he can run away and then randomly kill you or your comrade.
When firing at one cartridge, the main thing is not to fire a second shot too early, you need to wait until the sight is completely reduced and put a second bullet in the head of the enemy. If you did not wait for the reduction of the sight, then it is not a fact that your bullet will hit where you would like.
Remember, you cannot make a Headshot to an armored and completely healthy enemy with one shot (except AWP).Get ready for the second shot and now hit the Headshot for sure.
Shooting 2 rounds:
The most “average” method of shooting in Counter Strike. With a double headshot, the enemy should die, and the scope reduction time is quite short.
Shooting 3 rounds:
The most “powerful” among the reasonable types of shooting. A hit in the head with at least one bullet is almost always death. the second or third must still hit the enemy and finish him off.The scope reduction time is longer than that of shooting 1 or 2 rounds, but the likelihood of killing on the first try is higher.
Use this type of fire if you are sure that when you hit the enemy, defeat him. When shooting from the M-16 there is not much difference between shooting 2 and 3 rounds, shooting 3 rounds, in my opinion, is even better. But firing 3 rounds with an AK-47 is quite different from firing 2 bullets.
The most “dumb” type of shooting of all possible)).I pressed the button and hold it until the enemy dies, the cartridges run out, or until you yourself see the heavenly light. Headshot is not real here, except for a stray bullet. But in close combat, long burst shooting is fully justified. You will not shoot closely at 1 round?
Very often in a battle at long and medium distances, the player holds down the “Fire” key and tries to kill the enemy – this is not correct. Agree, but you still shoot? This is not a technical aspect of the game, but a psychological one. When you are confident in your abilities and ability to shoot aimingly, you will not do that.Practice aiming shooting and don’t panic in simple situations!
All these types of shooting have the right to life and use. Perhaps you have a different opinion and you shoot at 5 or say 10 rounds. If in doing so you kill someone, then great, continue. If not or a little, I recommend that you take note of the article and start conquering Counter Strike!
So, I’ll start this interesting, but at the same time difficult to understand article 🙂 Jump up .. how to learn to jump like a kangaroo and be a cool pepper ?? 🙂 The answer is simple – you need to know at least how to use the console and some console commands.I’ll say right away in advance that many consider jumping (from English bunny jump) – a cheat. Previously, I was even kicked from the servers, because they thought it was dishonest in relation to the opposing team. Of course, I quickly resigned myself, stopped jumping, although I knew how to jump, I can and will be able to (until someday this bug is removed in the new version of the CS).
So then you don’t have to make claims to me and ask stupid questions – “Why was I called a cheater and constantly kicked?” :))
I’ll tell you a little history of the appearance of bouncing according to my version;) (for those who are not interested, you can safely skip this and read below)
The story of the emergence of a new boom in counter – SPRAY!
Once again playing in the club, I noticed a guy with the nickname “Xupypr” who started jumping from the respawn place, gradually increasing his speed and already almost “flying through the air” 🙂 he jumped first to places where, unfortunately the enemy did not expect to see him! I became interested and at the same time envied that I am not able to do such a trick and therefore began to ask him about how to jump like that and whether he could teach me.The guy at first denied it, but realizing that I would not be left behind, he said: “Come to me now and I will explain everything to you (he lived nearby in a hostel connected to the club network).” I, of course, did not neglect such a situation and went to this guy! As a result of half an hour of activity, I understood how to jump, what should be entered in the console and where the jump in counter came from in general. It turns out that everything is simple – the jump came from the quake (Q, Q2, Q3), but you don’t need to enter anything in the console to make a long jump, so there are no special problems with jumping in the quake.This guy decided that if there was a jump in the quake, then he should have jumped in the counter-strike and he was not mistaken 🙂 later they began to call it a cheat 🙂 Although it is not a fact that he did it first, probably our brothers – Americans had guessed before this :)) since the CS was available to them earlier than Russia. I will explain a little what is being introduced!
Console commands to bounce!
1.Open the console and enter the following line there: alias “name” “+ jump; wait; -jump; wait; + jump; wait; -jump; wait; + jump; wait; -jump; wait; + jump; wait; -jump ; wait; + jump; wait; -jump; wait; ” (all this is entered in one line)
In this line, it is simply done so that the jump is with small pauses, thereby making it easier to jump “name” is any name that you come up with for your jump of the command alias bind wait jump, I think there is no point in explaining 🙂 Oh, be sure to put all the signs like this as written here, because with the slightest mistake, the jump may not work!
2.We write in the console alias -bjskutt “-jump” I will not explain, since it will be difficult for you to understand that if you jump without entering special commands into the console, then the jumps will be like the other way around (right is left, left is right) – and it will slow down, but with this console command everything is done correctly!
3.bind “your jump button” (usually the fathers bounce – this is the second mouse button, and for me, for example, this is a space) “name” that is, the line looks something like this: bind “space” “name”
This is where all the console commands end and we move on to the section on the jumping technique!
HOW TO JUMP?
The most interesting thing is that there is absolutely no need to press the forward button (you can only press once at the beginning of the jump).The jump itself is done only at the expense of the left and right buttons (strayfe), the jump button and, of course, the mouse.
It is done this way: press a little forward – move the mouse to the right, at the same time also press the right on the keyboard (right strafe), then press the jump and at the moment of landing, move the mouse to the left, at the same moment press on the keyboard to the left (left strafe), and so in turn – mouse left-strafe left-jump; mouse right-strafe to the right, jump and so on until you yourself do not understand that you are already flying and as if you were not touching the ground :)))))
That is, you need to catch the moment of landing and at this moment change direction and jump again, that is, you get a zigzag trajectory.
You need to train often in order to achieve any tangible results. We trained for about 2 weeks and then were already professionals who could jump on the assault from the terrorist roof to the bridge and on the deadast from the cradle (the balcony at the counter) to the entrance to the tunnel and back!
You, for sure, will learn much faster, but it will take time to hone this art! If something is not clear, then you can ask me about it in the forum or elsewhere!
All the best!
“a couple of tricks”
Tricks in Contra
This article will cover a few tricks that can help you a lot in certain situations.Among them: silent descent from the stairs, opening the door “towards yourself”, mini-jump and “victory wave”.
Silent descent from the stairs.
As you descend a vertical staircase, whether you like it or not, you make a sound, thus attracting the attention of the enemy. However, there is a way by which you can descend absolutely silently from small stairs. To do this, you need to do the following:
1. Go to the stairs and stand facing it.
2. Press the walk key (by default Shift)
3.Now you need to go a little forward. You should fall and stop somewhere in the middle of the stairs.
4. The last step is to press the jump key. After that, you must quietly lower yourself to the ground.
Opening doors “for yourself”.
Nowadays, there are quite a few maps on which clanworths are played, where there are opening doors. But still they are, and a vivid example of this: de_inferno, although there is only one door :). How useful this trick is – it is up to each player to decide for himself. My business is just to tell you how to do it.So:
1. We approach the door.
2. We stand facing the door, and then turn towards its axis
3. We step towards the door and immediately move away.
Bulk, the most useful trick of all in this article. It is used quite often by professional teams, for example, on de_aztek in opposite rooms near the bridge. This trick is useful because it is very difficult to kill during a “mini-jump”, except through a wall, unlike a normal jump.
Now how to actually make this jump:
1. Stand behind a stone, box or other obstruction.
2. Press and quickly release the squat key.
3. Immediately after that, press jump.
Wave of victory.
More likely not a trick, but a joke.
How to make a victory wave?
1. Look not at the sky
2. Pick up a knife
3. Use secondary fire
4. Change the knife to your primary weapon
5.Repeat steps 2-4 several times.
The Matrix in Counter-Strike
Many probably watched this movie, but not everyone knows that the jump from the Matrix can be done in CS.
I don’t know why, but terrorist models have such an animation! Everything is quite simple and is done in a couple of simple actions and a couple of minutes of training.
And so let’s start:
1) Go to CS. Create some de_card and go for the Terrorists.
Note: I tried to make such a jump on Counter-Strike 1.5 and 1.6, in general, I think it will be released in all versions, but hardly anyone is playing below 1.5 =].
2) You have to be with the bomb.
3) To jump, you need any weapon other than a knife. You need to fire a couple of rounds and reload.
4) When reloading, switch to the bomb. So you have a quick switch on the Q key between the bomb and the reloading pistol or your other weapon.
5) Next, look for a spectacular place to jump and call those watching you from the side.When a suitable place is selected, use Q to return the pistol, but do not let it reload and abruptly, all using the same Q button, switch to the bomb and jump. Switching from the reload pistol to the bomb is done almost simultaneously with the jump. The difference with picking up a bomb and jumping is a split second, but you still need to pick up a bomb earlier.
That’s basically all. When you can jump like this the first time, and not with success every other time, then you can jump on the lamaks from the boxes for showiness.Also looks nice on gravity. But it is worth remembering that you yourself will not see this jump, only those who are watching you from the side.
alias v2 “wait; wait”
alias v3 “v2; wait”
alias v4 “v2; v2”
alias v5 “v3; v2”
alias + funjump “+ reload; v5; v5; v5; weapon_c4; v5; v5; + jump; v5; slot1”
alias -funjump “v5; v5; v5; v5; -reload; v5; v5; v5; v5; v5; v5; v5; -jump”
bind “your button” “+ funjump”
▷ What is Astil used for in Free Fire WEAPONS Shooting tricks
In the game we can find many types of weapons in which you can use various accessories to improve their characteristics.
There are four weapons in Garena that cannot be equipped with accessories. Free Fire, namely: M79, M1014, Parang and Pan.
In contrast, there are nine weapons that can carry all possible accessories at the same time, namely: M4A1, AK, AWM, SKS, Groza, UMP, MP5, M14 and SCAR.
Others do not allow the same accessories, for example, CG15 only allows you to add a magazine with cartridges. Depending on your game, you yourself will choose which accessory will be convenient to use.
Another important decision will be whether you want an accessory for a specific part of the weapon or not. In these situations, the shaft, bipod, muffler and muzzle (nozzle) come into play.
If you prefer a bipod, you cannot add a shaft, depending on your playing style you will choose the right one.
Hey, before proceeding, I remind you that you can get Free Fire Cheats here!
Then we’ll take a closer look at each of them so you know them better:
- Silencer: Reduce the noise of the shots and hide your location on the minimap
- Mouthpiece: Improves the stability of long-range shooting
- Astil: Reduces recoil by stabilizing weapon.
- Bipod – Increases shooting accuracy and stability more than a shaft, but can only be used in a sitting or lying position.
- Stock: Eliminates recoil and improves shot accuracy and stability.
- look: it zooms in and provides better aim when fired
- Bullet Magazine – increases the bullet capacity the weapon can hold before reloading.
Almost all of these accessories have three levels in the game.For example, a tier 1 shaft allows you to slightly increase your accuracy, while a tier 3 shaft greatly improves your aim, making clear differences in your play.
Its function is to muffle the sound of the shot so that it cannot be detected, and removes the shot mark on the map. It does not increase the damage or range of the firearm. Especially recommended for players who use strategy and stealth to ensure the confusion of the enemy.
This increases the damage of your weapon and also stabilizes your weapon when firing at long distances. When you use it, your weapon is independent of range or distance. You can continue to damage enemies just as if you were next to them. We recommend this accessory if you usually go for a confrontation.
There are two types of Mira in Free Fire, regular (2x and 4x) and thermal imager. The difference is that the thermal imager has a night vision sensor that highlights opponents in orange.
Sight x2, as the name suggests, doubles its scope.
On the other hand, the x4 scope is the most popular and has been quadrupled.
Recommended for strategic players and leisure travelers looking to try their luck.
Allows you to increase the number of bullets for each weapon. It is very useful to avoid reloading in a confrontation.
This reduces recoil and increases stability and accuracy when shooting.This allows you to do this while driving, but the truth is that the difference is very small. We do not recommend using it in any particular style of play.
machine gun bipod
Theoretically, it performs the same actions as the butt, but allows you to use it only while sitting or standing. Accuracy at the beginning of firing is noticeable due to the reduction of the scope, but loses its effectiveness over the time of the game.
We recommend it in certain positioning situations against the enemy.
Like the latter, it increases accuracy when shooting, in motion, reducing recoil to stabilize the weapon. In this case, in comparison with the previous ones, it is a clear winner. It not only retains its accuracy longer, significantly reducing its scope, but also resumes its use faster when it enters combat again.
Finally, we tell you that there are three different target modes in FREE FIRE: standard, precision sight and full control.You can change the game mode in the settings menu.
In Standard Mode, the enemy is automatically selected. However, making headshots in this mode is almost impossible, since the standard scope is always aimed at the chest. Newbies prefer to use this mode, but most more experienced players prefer to use other, more advanced scopes.
The use of the Standard World is quite widespread due to the “Bug of the World”.Aiming error is a way of saying that if the enemy is in sight, you will only need to aim where you think and he will automatically hit red, so all that remains is to shoot. Do this several times so that he follows the enemy, aiming and shooting.
Lens Precision Mode
Precision Aim Mode is the most balanced between standard auto aim and full control. When you shoot without aiming, aiming will be automatic.From the moment you use this scope, you will be in control of your shots.
As the name suggests, Full Control means complete control over your weapon and how you shoot. This is a mode for experienced players only, as there is no automatic assistance.