The recently held Northcoast National Gunslingers contest held at Gunny's Hall in Mentor produced a good number of blazing speed results.
Try thinking of drawing a firing a six-gun at less than 3/10 of one second. That was accomplished by Howard Shingler of Holtwood, Pa. who took first place in the Fastest Guns on Earth - Traditional Class, Mens Division with a time of .292 seconds. The Womens Division winner was Donna Lechner, also of Holtwood, Pa. with a time of .333 seconds.
In the Open Class, Mens Division, the winner was Ron Paul Duning of Willowick with a time of .257 seconds while Lechner won the Womens Division with a time of .329 seconds.
In the Unlimited Class both Duning and Lechner repeated with times of .262 seconds and .339 seconds, respectively.
The World-wide Double Rig was captured by Mentor's Bill Sajovic of Mentor with Second Place going to Harry Ballenger of Greenville, Ohio and Shingler winning Third Place.
The Rolling Thunder game was won by Shingler with Tom Crawford of Freemont, Ohio in Second Place and Melinda Shingler in Third Place.
Shingler repeated by winning the Showdown competition. Second Place was won by Tom Lechner of Holtwood, Pa. Third place went to Tim Roberts of Painesville.
In the Fireball Phil Classic competition, Ron Zimmerman of Wellington, Ohio won the Mens Division while Donna Lechner won the Womens Division.
Meanwhile, Tom Lechner won the Shooters Choice Open, Mens Division and Melinda Shingler won the Womens Division. This category is named after the Middlefield-based gun cleaning company.
The 2009 Overall Top Guns were Ron Zimmerman and Melinda Shingler.
- Jeffrey L. Frischkorn