Ed McGivern’s Revolvers from the NRA Museum at the 2016 SHOT Show


Ed McGivern’s Revolvers from the NRA Museum at the 2016 SHOT Show

Ed McGivern was one of the greatest handgun shooters of all time. In the first half of the 20th Century McGivern was renown for his speed and accuracy with a revolver.

A recent post on the NRA Family website details what happened when someone challenged him to hit a tin can thrown 20 feet into the air six times before it hit the ground. McGivern fired 30,00 rounds over several months practicing before publicly responding to the challenge.

“And so, before an assembled crowd on a hot July day in central Montana, he handed his assistant a tin can and instructed him to throw it 20 feet into the air. As the can began its descent, McGivern fired his .38-caliber Colt revolver six times in rapid succession, sending the can dancing and spinning as it tumbled to the ground.”

This was only one of the many amazing feats McGivern performed over the years. For more information, read this short bio on the National Firearms Museum website.

The National Rifle Association brought two of McGivern’s revolvers from their home at the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia to the 2016 SHOT Show. This included his Colt Single Action Army setup for “fan shooting” and his double-action S&W .38-44 Target Model.

McGivern’s Colt Single Action Army is shown at the top of the post with his S&W revolver pictured below. For more information watch the video with a NRA Museum Firearms Expert from the 2016 SHOT Show.


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Rob Reed is a firearms instructor, collector and all around "projectile launcher enthusiast" in the Metro Detroit area. He also writes as the Michigan Firearms Examiner.

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