To be clear, I'll describe what I mean by quick-draw duel. Two lone gunslingers stand facing one another in an abandoned street with no obstacles between them. They eye each other, hands poised above their holsters. At some point, both of them draw their pistols and fire until one of them is struck fatally. It's well-known that gunfights weren't really so fair or planned, since people generally wanted to survive above all else.
However, even assuming that characters in western films had this fictional honor that compelled them to fight on even terms, the quick-draw duel doesn't seem logical. There's no referee indicating when to draw their guns, so they either draw at a specific time for no reason, or one man draws first after an inexplicable amount of time staring, and the other has to draw quicker to shoot first. Has anyone during the heyday of the western ever attempted to explain the logic?