It only took Greg thirty-one years, to become involved in Fast Draw, and involved he is!
Greg tells me, he does most of his competitive shooting at club shoots, and local Vice Chairman shoots in Modesto and Stevensen, CA. In 2004 he attended the Wild West World Fast Draw Championship in Florence, AZ, as a spectator to research stories for his web site. Greg went back to compete in 2006, and came in twenty-fourth, out of thirty-eight of the World’s and OFDA best thumbers. Greg has not won many awards as of yet, because he has been primarily shooting to develop his skill and technique. He does however have ten trophies from the club shoots, and one from a Vice Chairman’s match, but no first place trophies, yet! The first time Greg competed, being very nervous, which we all can relate to, everything that could go wrong, did! He missed his hammer, put a few down his boot, walked to the line without his gun, but the most memorable was when he roman candled during the balloon event. Greg was proud of him self that he didn’t drop his gun, and adds, “it was the best time of his life!”
Greg’s inspiration in the sport of Fast Draw has been many WFDA and OFDA veteran shooters, who have taken the time to teach him gun handling skills, and talk with him about the history of Fast Draw. He also added that many of the shooters that started around the same time he did, are also his inspiration. Because he believes these shooters share his passion for the sport, and represent the future of Fast Draw. Greg mentioned that all the lady shooters he has had the pleasure of meeting, are also an inspiration to him. Greg will tell you that they prove that Fast Draw is a skill driven sport, and physical strength is not necessarily an advantage.
Greg feels that in present day society, guns are most often looked at in a negative light. They are represented as weapons of destruction, instead of survival tools they were created for. Few opportunities exist to educate people in a positive manner in regards to gun safety and its history. Fast Draw accomplishes that and also adds an opportunity to learn about old west history.
Greg’s Fast Draw club is: Sundowners Single Action Shooting Club. Greg has several shooters that he had started, and they practice a couple of times a week. George Narasaki founded the original Sundowners in the early 60’s. It was one of the largest clubs in Northern California. Many of the top shooters of the era were members of the Sundowners. George became a mentor to Greg, and the group of shooters who shot with him in 2005, and George gave the group permission to carry on the legacy of the original fast draw club.