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[–] Ex-Redditor 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

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[–] MaxVieuxlieu [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

That's just for some kind of role playing game though.

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[–] Ex-Redditor 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

does not art imitate life?

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[–] SpottyMatt 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

They were based on the long-standing tradition of men dueling each other over disagreements. Originally with swords or knives, then with guns. There's been lots of research into dueling in general, and many different places throughout history have had official laws about exactly how duels should be conducted.

The way that most contemporary mimics of these western duels go, is that after some agreed-upon starting signal you are free to shoot the other person. Pragmatically this would probably be given by a third-party, but in a lot of fiction it's just unspoken once the two gunfighters are facing each other.

There's also the "paces" variant, where the gunfighters start back to back and take a fixed number of steps (counted off audibly) away from each other and are only allowed to turn and shoot once they reach the final agreed-upon step. The last one is popular in fictional imaginings because it gives a dramatic opportunity for a dirty fighter to turn around early and take a clear shot at his opponent's back.

There was some much more recent interesting study done that showed that in competitive reaction games, whoever goes second usually completes the action first. In the case of the largely mythological western duels, then, the experienced gunfighter would know that the game was to hold off drawing as long as possible, goading the opponent into moving first thereby giving the gunfighter the advantage and winning the duel.

There was a fairly recent movie titled "Blunt Force Trauma" about underground gunfight rings, that features a lot of well-thought-out imaginings of what current day gun duels might be like. I'd reccommend it!

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[–] MaxVieuxlieu [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Ok so basically the game is that as soon as you are facing each other you are ready to draw, but drawing fast is not as important as drawing accurately.