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Leroy Van Brunt has taken part in cowboy action shooting for the past seven years or so. His 16-year-old granddaughter competes along with him.

Shooting back through time

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Leroy Van Brunt owes his beard to what he calls the fastest growing shooting sport in the world.

Van Brunt started growing his beard about six years ago when he got involved in something called cowboy action shooting, a competition that's one part target shooting, one part reenactment and one part shootout at the OK Corral. Participants dress in Old West-style clothing and fire period-appropriate pistols, shotguns and rifles, either originals or replicas, at steel targets.

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