Ed McGivern's Double-Action Smith & Wesson Revolver

Presented by the NRA National Firearms Museum

Stumpy, barrel-shaped, 5-foot 5 and a sign painter by vocation, Ed McGivern probably wouldn't be your first pick as "the fastest gun in the world." But he was just that in the period between the two World Wars, traveling across America demonstrating his "fast and fancy" style of shooting with one and two handguns. Although he at first used semi-automatic pistols he soon found he could achieve a faster rate of fire with a factory standard double-action revolver. Ed McGivern's Double-Action Revolver can be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

McGivern found he could achieve a faster rate of fire with a factory standard double-action revolver.