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Gun-slinging grandad from Lakeview will compete for world champion spot

Having recently returned to Lakeview to visit his six-month-old step-grandson, Larry Hendrick was in a position to talk at length about what he’s been doing since he moved to Idaho in the year 2000.  Part of Lakeview High School’s class of 1972, he grew up and went to school here, only discovering his unusual hobby “a traditional form of fast draw competition” after leaving the area.

Hendrick maintains his own gun, a .45 caliber single-action Colt-clone made by US Fire Arms, and practices around three days a week, firing wax bullets both in practice and competition.

At one point, he said he was firing around a thousand rounds per week, practicing enough to wear himself down which caused bad shooting habits.

The particular type of events Hendrick competes in only allow old-style, single-action revolvers.

Other kinds of fast draw competitions allow heavily modified firearms, which, he says, often come down to having the most money to invest in guns as much as skill.

Hendrick has attended four world championships in the US since he began competing five years ago.  The latest this year will take place in Fallon, Nev., which he also plans on attending.

Among his successes he numbers first place at the Oregon state championship at Canyon City, third in a territorial championship in Caldwell, Idaho, and first place at the Colorado state championships in Pagosa Springs.

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