Tribute To Bob Munden – The Fastest Gun Who Ever Lived

Bob MundenBob Munden, known perhaps equally as a fierce Fast-Draw competitor who was recognized by Guinness World Records as The Fastest Man with a Gun Who Ever Lived, as an exhibition shooter of the highest order with all kinds of firearms; an entertainer as well as a master gun smith who developed groundbreaking methods of customizing to perfection the beloved .45 caliber single action revolver and other guns, died Monday of heart failure.

What Made Bob Munden So Great:

Besides being an all around great person Bob did things with firearms that left people in awe…

Bob Munden was born in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, and started his shooting career at age 11. Beginning in high school, Bob competed in Jeff Cooper’s Big Bear “Leatherslaps” shooting competitions at Big Bear Lake, California in the 1950s. The Leatherslaps eventually became the South Western Combat Pistol League (SWCPL). When Bob Munden was 17, he placed second in the 1958 Leatherslap using a Colt .45 Single Action borrowed from Cooper. He claims to have won over 3,500 fast draw trophies.

After taking up exhibition shooting, Bob Munden gave many demonstrations to audiences, once with John Satterwhite. Munden also gave shooting demonstrations on television shows the world over, most notably featured in “Super Humans” on the History Channel, American Shooter, Shooting USA, Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots and Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Munden was also a custom gunsmith.

 

Of all the special shooting he has done for television, the shot people comment about the most is when he hit a 14″x 24″ steel, rectangle target 200 yards away 4 times in a row using a stock, iron-sighted (no scope) Smith & Wesson Model 60, .38-caliber, double-action revolver with a 2″ barrel. Or… perhaps it is the shot where he opened a safety pin with a bullet, using a 1911. Now that we think about it… the splitting two playing cards by splitting a bullet on an axe blade is pretty popular too.

Bob says the most difficult shot he has accomplished, many times, in front of a camera and on DVD, is a shot that to his knowledge had never been done before. He throws and splits (not only hits) a playing card in two while it is in the air, using a Colt .45 single-action revolver. The first time Bob accomplished this feat was at the 1986 SASS End of Trail Tournament in Coto de Caza, California, using someone else’s gun. It was a .45 single action he had never touched before that belonged to EMF’s Boyd Davis.

Bob holds 18 unbroken World Records in Fast Draw competition that he set with a real, stock-weight, Colt .45 single-action revolver. Though the World Fast Draw Association erased the records more than once when they changed regulations or timing equipment, Bob set them again, always using a real gun and a real holster, no light-weight “funny guns” or gimmicks.

Read about the rest of Bob’s amazing feats here

 

Bob has always been a great friend of the Bond Arms crew, he loved the guns and showed everyone the things you could achieve with them.

 

Check Out Some Of Our Favorite Video Bob Munden Did:

Bob On Stan Lee’s Superhumans:

 

Bob Munden “The Fastest Gun Who Ever Lived”

February 8, 1942 – December 10, 2012

Bob, you will truly be missed.

 

 

Comments

  1. says

    I had the honor of meeting and hunting with Bob in 1971. He was an amazing shooter and a personable character as well. His skills will not be surpassed and he will be missed.

    Carter

  2. Ludwig Frohmader says

    So einen Schützen wie Bob gibt es nur einmal, in Germany habe ich so etwas noch nicht gesehen, absolut einsame Klasse wie der Man mit der Waffe hantiert, schade dass er gehen muste ich werde Ihm ein ewiges Andenken bewahren.

  3. Snit says

    I’ve been amazed by Bob’s abilities through the many videos I’ve seen over the years. Very sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed.

  4. Michael Foor says

    I had the great honor to see Bob shoot at a show here in Grand Rapids Mich. He was unbelieveable ! I can only hope when I meet him in heaven that God has a shooting range. He will be missed. Thanks Bob. See you on the other side. We pray God is close to the famil.y in their time of need. Michael

  5. Amos Elvis says

    Bob will surely be missed. I have watched him on the Outdoor Channel many times. He is and was the BEST! Bob, you will be remembered by all. Our Second Amendment shall never be remembered more now that you have passed to the other side. Rest in Peace my shooting friend.

    Amos, King, North Carolina

  6. Ed Baldwin says

    I have watched Bob shoot on YouTube unbelievable ,sorry to hear of his passing.My prayers go out
    To his wife an family. GOD BLESS TEXAS & THE UNITED STATES

  7. Danny Soldano says

    Mr. Munden will be missed. He gave my wife and I many years of shooting fun his laugh and big smile will be remember in our house. Mr. Munden was one of the greatest example of what an American should be he was a role model. His quick wit and sharp mind will never be beat. My only regret is I never got to meet him. Farewell out friend until we meet again.

  8. John Church says

    Always amazied when watching Bob’s wonderfull videos – So sorry to hear of his passing. He was a true talent.

  9. Robin Dailey And Craig Wilkins says

    God Speed, Bob! You were a true inspiration to Marksmen and Markswomen everywhere. I grew up been taught gunmanship as a sport. For us it was a family pastime and an important skill to possess. How I wish our guns had your touch! Your artistry is unmatched! Our condolences to Becky Munden and his Family, this is a big loss.

  10. paul mitchell says

    I had the pleasure of meeting bob years ago when he lived in big bear. He would come down to rialto and practice fast draw with don mcCawley who lived two doors up the street. Pat mcCawley(dons son) and i grew up together and used to watch don and bob as much as possible, both were amazing! Don also taught james garner and james arness how to fast draw. R.I.P. Bob you were one of a kind!!!

  11. Ed simmonds says

    He was the best, and he knew it. I have watch his videos over and over, and still could not believe what I was watching. The world has lost one of a kind. He is gone now and still can’t be beat. Thank you Bob for the entertainment.

  12. Bob's nephew says

    Bob was not only a great performer but a well respected father,husband,brother,son and uncle. Rest in peace uncle Bob. You will be missed.

    Your nephew

  13. Martin Strarup says

    And another Legend leaves us but Bob Munden leaves a legacy that will never be duplicated, at least not in our lifetime.

    I’m glad that I was fortunate enough to have met him once in my life; I am less fortunate that we were not friends and shooting companions.

    God Speed.

  14. Pedro Martinez says

    I had the honor of meeting Bob Munden at the first SASS Convention in Las Vegas. I asked if he wound do some work on my single action 45. He did a great job on it. That year I won his annual customer giveaway. 2 Ruger Vaquero’s. Got to shoot them once before I got sent to Iraq. When I got back I went and shot at the New Mexico SASS State Shoot. The guns shot great. I always made it a point to stop by Bobs tent at End Of Trail to say Hi. He will be missed.

  15. says

    hey guys, love the slayer! i have many revolvers in several calibers and the bond arms 45/.410 shoots as well as even my 9in super blackhawk 44mag. not quite as accurate of course but just as deadly if need be. i’m an old school sort trapped in a young mans body and i was just wondering if you guys made a “natural” extended wood grip. love the current grip but before i go as far as sanding one of your grips down, would love to purchase one you make or before you stain the grip. is that possible??? thank you,

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