Enos from the Dukes of Hazard could shoot pretty good,
Yes, but was he as good as Brian Enos? Brian Enos is the most respected authority on the planet when it comes to the visual, mental, and biomechanical aspects of shooting fast and accurately . Brian shot a lot of IPSC. Brian was up and coming when andy was shooting. Brian finished second to his long time friend Rob Leatham twice at the USPSA Nationals, and he finished second to Robbie twice at the Steel Challenge. He won the Bianchi Cup twice, he is a Masters Champion and a certified Combat Master. He is also one of the finest human beings you will ever meet. As for Brian's .12 splits, sure thing, not a problem. The guy could routinely do a Bill Drill, that's draw from surrender and fire 6 rounds into the A box at 7 yards in 1.6 seconds. That's an average of .13-.14 splits so you know a lot of them were .11-.12.
As for revolver shooters, I know something about revolvers. A quick trip to the USPSA Top 20 Web site shows Jerry Miculek as the top revolver shooter. He is just so far ahead of the rest of us. Jack Graham is number 2, Rudy Waldinger is 3, Richard Bitow is 4 and I am number 5. I don't shoot revolver competitively because my reloads suck and I am not very good on the long field courses. I don't belong in the same class with those guys. However, on speed shoots I do very well and I have the highest revolver hit factor on a couple of classifiers. At my peak, my splits with a 610 revolver in a match were running .20-.23 although I have shot splits of .18 seconds. I did so well because my transitions between targets were often times the same as my split. IDPA revolver guru Bill Nesbitt runs about .20 splits when he is cranking it on. The real split monsters in IPSC will run .18-.20 when they are on fire.
In his exhibition shoots, Jerry Miculek routinely runs splits with a snubby in the range of .1475 (averaged). When he set his 8 shot world record with the 627 V-comp his average was .1428. However, he does routinely get splits below .14, that's how you get a .14 average.
The claims made by old timers like Ed McGivern and the like are very suspect because of the timing devices in use at the time. No one who is serious about revolver shooting really believes Ed was cranking off .09 splits with a .38-.44 N-frame Smith. It's just too unbelievable. The argument that a revolver can be shot faster than a semi-auto because the mechanical limitations of a slide cycle are absent is true in theory. Unfortunately, as far as we know, no one has been able to demonstrate that advantage.