Welcome to the Sport of Cowboy Fast Draw! The Cowboy Fast Draw Association is the largest organization devoted to the Sport of Fast Draw to ever exist. We have signed up over 3,000 members as of 2012. Our Motto is: Safety First, Fun Second and Competition Third. Not that our competitions aren’t important, we shoot hundreds of events a year for prize money, prizes and titles. It’s just that we place sportsmanship and fun above the competition itself, and place safety above all.
About CFDA Management
Ammunition: Wax Bullets Only! .45 colt, is the only caliber allowed in Cowboy Fast Draw. This is for three reasons: #1. At major contests, the host supplies all of the ammunition and there is no way to accommodate multiple calibers. #2. Wax bullets are very light and smaller calibers would increase velocities significantly, which would create a competitive advantage. #3. Historically, the Colt Peacemaker was introduced in .45 colt and that is what our sport is based upon.
Guns: STOCK .45 caliber single actions with minimum barrel length of 4.5″, with no external alterations other than smoothing the hammer knurling. No aluminum barrels or cylinders. Front sights are optional. Actions jobs that do not alter the factory-designed external operation of the six-gun are fine.
The Target: The original CFDA target was a 24″ (60.96cm) round disc, start light in the center, with a lexan lens. Targets are black with white lithium grease applied to the target to verify all hits. There is a sensor attached to the back of the target which detects a hits which are then displayed on digital timers. In 2015 the 17 – 3/16″ target was developed and is shot at a distance of 15′, creating the same proportions and level of difficulty as the original 24″ target. Target distances are 15’(4.57m), and 21’(6.40m); with 15’ now being CFDA Titled Championship Distance.
About CFDA Management
Director (Clubs): Dinah Eilrich a.k.a. Alotta Lead, CFDA #L37
Alotta Lead is the Director of CFDA Clubs. She works in the CFDA Office daily and is the friendly voice for members and clubs to communicate with. She assists Quick Cal on general management issues on an ongoing basis.
Hannah Calder is the Editor of the Gunslinger’s Gazette, and handles advertising accounts. She is also in charge of CFDA Social Media assets, including the CFDA Website and CFDA Facebook Page.
As Quick Cal and Alotta Lead’s daughter, she was introduced to competitive shooting at age 10. She won a Women’s A Class World Championship at age 14. In 2005, she graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno with a Bachelors Degree in History.
She and her husband, Crossfire Calhoun, have competed in both CFDA & SASS. They have two daughters, Little Miss Sunshine and Miss Em, who are both active Youth & Junior competitors. Aside from their human children, they also have many fur babies including 2 dogs, and 2 cats who keep them on their toes.
Dead Eye Kid is in charge of accounting and providing for all physical CFDA equipment, trailers, storage and construction. He is the ground manager for the FGA and is in charge of set-up and tear-down.
He also manufactures Dead Eye Wax and CFDA Targets that are sold in the CFDA General Store, and also assists in the shipping department. Dead Eye Kid is also an accomplished pistol smith and specializes in six-guns for both CFDA & SASS.
Dead Eye Kid started competitive shooting at age 12 and won a B-Class Men’s World Championship at age 12. He was also a top SASS shooter winning two state championships in his category. In CFDA, he placed 2nd Overall in the 2022 National Championship, and was the 2023 Overall Men’s Nebraska State and Great Plains Territorial Champion.
He enjoys CFDA with his son “Rango”, who has won several Championships, his daughter “Six Gun Shelbs”, and his wife, “Jackie Daniels”.
Membership Director: Amanda Eilrich, aka “Jackie Daniels
Jackie Daniels joined the CFDA family when she married her husband, “Dead Eye Kid” in 2009.
She is the CFDA Membership Director and also oversees Product Shipments from the CFDA General Store. When you call the CFDA office, most times you will be speaking with Jackie Daniels, and she is always so happy to help our CFDA members with whatever questions they may have.