In a capitalist society it was always supposed to be like this, the best and most competitive are supposed to be free to perform at their maximum potential without being restricted by inferior minds. The Internet may have been invented as a means for population control by government influence, but it has turned out to be one of the best aspects of laissez-faire capitalism to emerge essentially since Adam Smith wrote An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776). And in the United States, it has been one of the finest examples of free speech. It allows someone like me, who can run circles around most people with sheer effort to by-pass the gate keepers of the “professional” media to get a message out that would otherwise not be heard. I have known a lot of reporters over the years and I can’t think of any who live the way I do, where they may work 12 hours, read about two hours each day, then turn around and do 2 hours of live radio on WAAM in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Typically, they only do about a quarter of that work per day, and that’s why their reports often are terrible, and lazy. In that regard, largely because of the power of competition, new media, and the productive acquisition of massive amounts of information, I have the opportunity to be on WAAM radio with Matt Clark for three weekends in a row. Matt and I did a live radio show on Wednesday December 23rd which was used for the next two Saturday shows on WAAM 1600. Then on January 9th while Matt is in Disney World for his annual marathon run, I am hosting in his place with a very special guest. If you missed the Wednesday live shown, broadcast around the world, here it is—along with a few sample video clips as teasers of the content. As usual, we covered a lot of ground.
Regarding that special guest, of course when given the opportunity I’m going to give listeners at WAAM exactly what they want. I’ve done plenty of radio in my life, and I’ve listened to talk radio for longer than I’ve participated on the air. As a kid who grew up in sight of The Voice of America radio station towers in Mason, Ohio I understand the power of a voice over the airwaves. I also understand how wonderful it is to work on a car during Saturday afternoon in a well-lit garage next to a double stacked Craftsman tool box full of gadgets and gizmos accumulated over twenty previous Christmas seasons and to listen to the soothing sound of logic from talk radio. Both of my grandparents had farms and constantly had WLW radio on in their barns—it was for them a kind of verbal newspaper that they could listen to as they milked cows or prepped equipment for bailing hay. So to thank the WAAM audience and the technical crew at that fine “independent” radio station which is a rarity these days in the marketplace, I’m going to give listeners a special treat on January 9th at 1 PM. Click the following link to listen live at that time.
If there is trouble at that link for whatever reason, then try this one.
As readers here know, I work very hard—as I always have. I also push myself often by stepping out of my comfort zone. My name is typically equitable with bullwhip work as I am one of the few in the world who have mastered that particular weapon. Bullwhip artists are a very small minority of the global population and I am among the best of them in competency—but—that’s not enough for me. I’m entirely too young to be satisfied with just that on my résumé. It would be safe to do so, and to point at my record of personal successes, my public speaking, my family and a half-dozen other hobbies and say that all those things were enough. But they aren’t. There is something I’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t have the time or resources to apply to it, so it’s always been on the back burner for me, and that is Cowboy Fast Draw. In a lot of ways, I became good at the bullwhips because it was a western art that I could practice in my backyard, or in the neighborhoods I lived in without scaring all the people who lived around me—too much. But I have always loved guns as I have seen them as natural extensions of Adam Smth’s invention of capitalism. While the rest of the world wanted to maintain an aristocracy on production, capitalism freed the best and brightest to conduct their efforts free of restriction, and the gun ensured that personal protection from third-party authoritarian intentions. Much of the anxiety that the world outside the United States has toward capitalism and guns can be traced back to this basic relationship between the two. So I’ve always had a love for guns and wanted to make them a larger part of my daily life.
I recently conquered a project that I had been working very hard on—a business enterprise that was very difficult—and I promised myself that if I got through it to a successful conclusion that I was going to purchase a Ruger Vaquero and take up the skill of Cowboy Fast Draw. I could have done it a few years sooner, but I had to complete one major task before beginning another, so I waited to force myself to complete the targeted intention—which took several years to punch through. I knew some of the shooters from the Ohio Fast Draw Association as they competed next to me at the annual Annie Oakley Western Showcase in Greenville, Ohio each year while I performed with bullwhips. But I wasn’t sure how to get started. The very day that I completed the business task, I purchased my Vaquero. Then I contacted the organization that my guest runs, the Cowboy Fast Draw Association and I joined as a member. Then I purchased a practice shooting lane system, and ordered a custom-made holster from Bob Mernickle.
I was quite impressed by Cal Eilrich, a.k.a Quick Cal who is the executive director of CFDA not just because he is a very accomplished professional shooter, but because he is running Cowboy Fast Draw as an expanding sport that is very organized and well-equipped. As my packages began to arrive from CFDA I was impressed that everything I needed, the .45 casings, the wax bullets, the timers and targets, virtually everything was able to be obtained from CFDA—and everything worked. The quality of the products had the markings of a man who was very meticulous and polished at a field of endeavor and that elevated my interest greatly. Cowboy Fast Draw wasn’t any longer just something I wanted to drive myself into a new skill set, but it was a way of thinking that I considered important to the American way of life. I found out months later that Quick Cal was also a fan of the novel Atlas Shrugged, so I have been able to plunge myself into this new sport with a voracious hunger knowing that the end result falls within my overall philosophy. It wasn’t just another skill to learn, it was a way of life.
Quick Cal has been a competitive shooter since joining the Chicago Colts FDC in 1968, at age 15. He won his first World Championship in 1972 and in 1973 hosted his first contest. He went on to be the Match Director of two National Championships and three World Championships during the 1970s at the Hacienda Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas along with several state and regional tournaments. He served as an officer in the Mid-Western Fast Draw Association, Western Fast Draw Association and served as Chairman of the World Fast Draw Association.
In the 1980s he became very active in Practical Pistol Shooting. While competing at the top-level of the sport he built the largest IPSC club in the country and founded and served 9 years as Match Director of the Western States IPSC Championship in Reno. He was an original Range Master and Instructor for USPSA, while also being a top competitor and earning a spot on the National Team in 1990. He has been a firearms instructor for law enforcement and security companies and still teaches defensive shooting and is a NRA Instructor.
In the late 90s he started getting very involved in SASS and won a national championship as a top shooter. In 1999, he created the original SASS RO Program and served as Chairman of the RO Committee for 9 years, he was inducted into the SASS Hall of Fame in 2011. He also founded a SASS club, The High Plains Drifters, and built a shooting range that is still in use and created and served as Match Director of the Western States CAS Championship for 10 years.
In 2002, Brad Hemmah called Quick Cal for advice on guns and holsters in setting up what was to become CFDA. In 2004, Quick Cal attended the National Championship in Meridian, ID and won the event, and recognized the potential that Cowboy Fast Draw had. Fast Draw had been Quick Cal’s first love in shooting sports, he dreamed as a young man that the sport could somehow become much bigger than it was if only given the chance.
Quick Cal has always believed in giving back to the shooting sports because they have added so much to his life. He now serves as the Director of CFDA and is determined to give the Sport of Cowboy Fast Draw a chance to build itself into an organization that can last for future generations to enjoy.
To learn more about him, here are his résumés in greater detail.
As a fan of talk radio, I know what I like and don’t like on a Saturday afternoon, and likely, you feel the same way. So I promise that this radio show featuring Quick Cal will be entertaining, and informative—and it will be my intention to make it so exciting that you’ll want to join CFDA after our broadcast. I am thankful to Quick Cal because in essence what he gave me which I wasn’t sure about when I got started, was a way to shoot my .45 Vaquero at my home in a pretty suburban setting. The wax bullets and the 209 shotgun primers that are used in Cowboy Fast Draw along with the targeting system utilized make it so I can practice target shooting right in my garage without disturbing my neighbors. I built a special backdrop to keep the bullets contained in a safe way, but the wax bullets do not shoot through plywood, so there is no danger to anybody outside my home. And the noise is about as loud as a well charged cap gun. This makes shooting at home an entirely new reality that everyone can enjoy. A shooting range could be easily set up in a basement or garage so long as practice distances of 15’ to 21’ can be maintained. Where shooting radio shows often get boring is that often the talk is about things that most of the audience can’t participate in. Getting out to a shooting range for a lot of people is difficult. But shooting at your home is something anybody can do, and it’s a wonderful way to expand the usefulness, and participation in the Second Amendment. People tend to value something more if they can participate, and Cowboy Fast Draw allows shooters to partake within the comfort of their own homes and that expansion of utilization is largely an invention of Cowboy Fast Draw under the direction of Quick Cal.
So be sure to tune in on January 9th 2016 at 1 PM on WAAM. If you want to call in during the show dial (734) 971-1600 and we’ll get you on the air. It will be a fun show, and educational, but more than anything, it will make working in the garage, or wherever that much more enjoyable. It’s the kind of show that comes straight out of competition, you won’t get this kind of thing on CNN or Fox, but because of deregulation and the marketplace of the imaginative, you can get it on WAAM and more specifically, the Clarkcast and Matt Clark’s mini, media empire. It is good to push yourself in a free society, and the first step toward that monumental endeavor is to turn on WAAM and listen to an enlightening interview with Quick Cal of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association and enjoy something you won’t get anywhere else.
Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman
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