Bob Munden, famed as The Fastest Man With a Gun who Ever Lived, as an exhibition shooter with handguns, rifles and shotguns; as well as a master gunsmith, passed away Dec. 10, 2012, at age 70 of a heart attack. A “celebration of the life and times of Bob Munden” will take place Sunday, June 16th, 2013, at the Butte Gun Club in Rocker, five miles from Butte.
According to Munden’s wife and shooting partner Becky Munden, the public is invited to attend the event, hosted by the Butte Gun Club and the Munden family.
Becky reported this week she decided the “70 Shot, Six-Gun Salute,” in keeping with the tradition in western movies, is to begin at “high noon.” She said family members and special guests in squads of seven shooters using single-action revolvers or “six-guns,” will fire a total of 70 shots – one for every year of Bob’s life.
“Bob was skilled at shooting all kinds of guns,” Becky said, “but the single-action revolver was the original, his favorite gun to shoot and work on.”
Becky will fire the first shot of the salute on Sunday. Close family friend Jeff Ault, also of Butte and the man Bob trained to take over the gunsmithing part of Munden Enterprises, called Munden’s Six-Gun Magic by Jeff Ault, will shoot the salute’s 70th and final round.
The send-off will take place just outside the Butte Gun Club’s historic Schützenhaus (shooting house) where for Shooting USA’s Impossible Shots on Outdoor Channel, Bob made some of his most noted exhibition shots using a S&W .38 caliber Model 60 and a .22 caliber buckle gun to shoot targets 200 yards away off-hand (without a scope or rest) to demonstrate that handguns can be accurate even at long range. The Schützenhaus was also the location for Munden’s School of the Fast Gun with blanks and wax ammunition, held annually beginning in 1993.
The gate to the Butte Gun Club range will open Sunday at 10:30 a.m. A guest book, photo and video displays and, refreshments will be available to people who go the range to witness the salute, which for Becky will be a bittersweet but made easier by the presence of family and friends.
“Bob made it possible for us to make a living shooting our cowboy six-guns. Using blanks, and live ammo where appropriate, we traveled all over and were rarely apart,” Becky said. “Our first show was in Bishop, Calif. in 1968.
“We competed, supported the shooting sports, taught gun safety at school assemblies and entertained people in live performances or on television, and now YouTube, for a really long time.”
Although a champion shooter in her own right, Becky gives most of the credit for their long career to Bob. “Bob was the one they wanted to see because he was an amazing shooter and entertainer.
“I wanted to honor Bob with this memorial event and give family, friends and fans the chance to do the same. He was my best friend.”