After 18 years of dishing out frontier justice, Springfield’s Greg Nevitt is getting his just desserts. On Dec. 5, Nevitt was inducted into the Single Action Shooting Society’s Hall of Fame.
After 18 years of rounding up bad guys, putting down tavern uprisings and dishing out frontier justice, Springfield’s Greg Nevitt is getting his just desserts.
On Dec. 5, Nevitt was inducted into the Single Action Shooting Society’s Hall of Fame during the group’s national convention in Las Vegas.
In single-action shooting — also known as cowboy shooting — participants don period clothing and use single-action weapons, either antiques or replicas. They adopt aliases and the personas of the characters they create.
Other cowboy action shooters know Nevitt better by his alias: Black Jack McGinnis.
Cowboy shooters shoot at dinner-plate-sized metal targets with wax bullets. The idea is to shoot a scenario cleanly — with no misses — in the shortest possible time.
Scenarios sometimes are modeled after scenes in classic Western films or are dreamed up by SASS participants. There are storefronts to defend from bandits, churches to purge of bad guys who dare to hide out there and spooky cemeteries where murderous thugs may be hiding inside coffins.
SASS usually inducts five to eight people each year into its hall of fame, in several categories.
Nevitt was the only shooter in this year’s hall of fame class. Others were vendors, trick shooters and other supporters and benefactors of the sport.
“I’ve won seven national championships, 10 regional championships and nine state championships,” he says. “If you’re going to go in under the shooters category, you’ve got to win a lot.”
But it’s not necessary to be a crack shot to enjoy cowboy action shooting events, Nevitt says.
Some participants attend mostly for the social aspect, and others for the competition. There also are many ways to contribute to the sport and make a lasting contribution.
“You don’t have to shoot,” he says. “You don’t have to have ever fired a gun. There are vendors and supporters that are a constant presence at SASS events.”
Inducted along with Nevitt were Tammy Loy and Sue Hawkins of Taylor’s & Co. of Winchester, Va. They are longtime vendors selling black powder, period firearms and other shooting supplies.
Bob and Becky Munden are fast-draw entertainers from Butte, Mt.
Other inductees included Robin Wilson (better known as San Quinton of Gainesville, Ga.) and gunfighter Larry Cohen (also known as the Durango Kid), who has produced videos on improving shooting speed and accuracy.
“It’s kind of a crowning achievement,” Nevitt says. “It’s not something that you really expect to someday get into.”
The hall of fame is relatively young. SASS started it in 2004 and inducted its first class during its 2004 convention in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Nevitt is the 36th person to be inducted.
“It hasn’t been around that long, but it’s something that hopefully, kids who are starting in the sport today will strive to someday be inducted into the hall of fame,” he says. “That’s the ultimate goal, to be inducted into the hall of fame, no matter what sport it is, whether it is baseball, football or shooting.”
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