Reverse plainsmen's twist
I am new to this particular Forum, but have been shooting Black Powder for 20+ years. I have portrayed Wild Bill almost as many years and was deeply honored to have been asked by Joseph G. Rosa to demonstrate in photos for his latest book on Wild Bill, his method of getting his pistols into action, known as the "Reverse Plainsmen's Twist". It is much quicker to be in action provided your opponent is using a period rear facing holster with the typical 7" barreled revolver. Keep in mind that the use of revolver scabbards evolved from the military holsters of the day so the butt forward method of carry was common until the 1880's or so.
Also, the revolver was a simple tool to the majority of men in those days, and the scabbards were designed to hold the revolver securely when on horseback. Think about todays modern buscadaro rigs when sitting on a horse and where that pistol butt is when compared to the ease of access with a crossdraw. Only the shootists were concerned with getting the pistol in action and even then, it was the man that took the time to aim that won the fight. It is noted that Wild Bill would sit in the back of a bar room with his arms crossed, hat pulled down, revolvers cocked and ready. True or not, one cannot be sure. The reverse plainsmen twist takes some getting used to but once you find the proper location of the scabbard & forward cant, is a very effective method of draw. SASS & NCOWS 170 degree rule makes the use of this method difficult but then, who can argue with safety.
Last edited by harley_davis; January 14, 2013 at 06:02 PM.