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Amarillo mayor wins fast draw contest

ABC 7's Anthony Pittman practices shooting for the fast draw competition. (By: Niccole Caan, ABC 7)

A quick way to settle who is the best shooter. Local celebrities participated in a round of Amarillo’s first fast draw championship. ABC 7’s morning anchor Anthony Pittman was there. He was known as Panhandle Pitt at the contest at Arena of Life in Amarillo. He competed against Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole and Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas.

Mayor Harpole was the quickest draw of them all. He says it is because he grew up with guns.

"We started literally when we were six, seven years old,” said Harpole. “Our dad took us out, put things on a fence post and had us shoot them."

Sheriff Thomas says he is usually a good shot, but fast draw shooting isn't used in policing.

"As a law enforcement officer you're use to bring it up here,” he said. “Here, you have do it right from your side. The accuracy is a little off."

This was the first time Pittman handled a gun. He says he needs a little more practice.

"I hit the target two times, maybe a third time,” he said. “I'm going to say three times but that's out of 30 shots."

The competition runs through the weekend at Arena of Life at 8827 S. Washington St. in Amarillo. The competition starts at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

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