Howard began his gun spinning career at the age of seventeen when he purchased a replica Colt Peacemaker. Since the gun was unable to fire, Howard decided to learn how to spin it, often spinning for hours at a time. At the age of nineteen Howard discovered the sport of Fast Draw and purchased a real Single-Action revolver. With this second gun, Howard was able to perform two-gun routines.
Gun spinning competitions took place on a regular basis up to the late 1970's, but the sport became inactive until the International Gun Spinning Championship was held at the Sands Hotel in Reno, Nevada in 1990. This contest attracted competitors from the USA, Canada and Japan, and was Howard's first competition... and first win. The picture at right shows Howard during his routine at that contest.
In 1991 the first World Gunspinning Championship was held in Deadwood, South Dakota, which Howard won. Deadwood then became the annual host of the world championships, with Howard winning a string of six world titles... more than has been won by any other gun spinner.
Check out this DVD, book & on-line instuctional site that includes Howard teaching gun spinning. Clicking on the picture above will take you to the web site where you can watch some clips of Howard's spinning, then sign-up to watch all the instructional videos.
Howard has performed his gun spinning and fancy gun handling routine throughout North America, including many times at the famed Calgary Stampede. The picture above was taken at "Rope Square" in Calgary, which attracts thousands of spectators to watch the daily western entertainment during the Stampede.
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Howard teamed with a British production company to teach gun spinning and fancy gun handling techniques in The Book of Cool, an instructional DVD. book and on-line training site that features two dozen fascinating sports and disciplines demonstrated and taught by the world's best. The Book of Cool contains 9 hours
of video and over 300 pages of instructions to help you master over 250 of the coolest skills and tricks in the world. Howard's "Gun Tricks" section includes 17 minutes of video and 14 pages of the book.
The two scans here are from the book. The top one shows details of a back spin out of the holster, while the second one shows details of the front spin out of the holster. Included in the Book of Cool:
- Howard demonstration his gun spinning routine
- The draw
- Front spin out of the holster
- General gun spinning movie
- Flat spins
- Back spin out of the holster
- Curly Bill spin
- Holstering demo (different styles)
- "Spin & Stop" holstering
- Back spin into holster
- Forward spin into holster
- Around & in the back holstering