Here are a few facts off the ATA Hall of fame site:
Year Inducted: 1987
Larry Gravestock of Texas began shooting in 1953 and by May of 1964 had amassed more than 500 trophies. An eleven time All American, Larry earned 23 Texas state titles and 6 Southwestern Zone crowns before retiring from the sport in 1975. He also captured 30 trophies from the Grand American, received 7 consecutive Trap & Field All-Around Average Awards, and became the first to enter twelve 100 straights in doubles.
The first Grand for Gravestock was 1955 when he earned the junior Doubles Championship and High-Over-All crown. The next time he shot in Vandalia was 1957 when he and Dick won the Brother-Brother Championship. During his third trip in 1960, Larry placed first in the Introductory Singles with 200 and 50 extras and ended number one in A (then the top class) in the Doubles Championship for 98 and a perfect overtime round.
I saw him shoot in 73 at North Platte Nebraska at the Blue-Grey shootout and
in 74 at the Grand. He and Brit Robinson were on the same squad and drew
my and many other's attention. Both very friendly and destroyed targets.
Look at the caption below, look at the Stud Muffins trap shooters on these two squads, what a line up. Scott
Larry was part of two record singles squads. During the January 1971 Phoenix, Arizona Chain shoot, he and Gene Sears, Bill Dunlap, Britt Robinson and Jimmy Brown totaled 997 to set an ATA record. In Vandalia two years later, he and Robinson shot with Dan Orlich, Dan Bonillas and industry rep Bob Oxsen as they totaled 996 to tie the existing Grand American mark.
I arrived at the state shoot in Billings, Mt several years ago. A friend rushed up to me and said, "Gravestock is here and he's bending barrels." It was common knowledge that he had bent his own barrel to shoot much higher so I quickly grabbed my Model 12 and headed towards a crowd of shooters gathered around a pickup. This had to be where Gravestock was holding court. I wondered what kind of setup/equipment he was using to bend a shotgun barrel. I also wondered how much he charged per barrel. Pushing through the crowd I saw Larry... beating the shit out of a couple of bags of shot (lying on the bed of a pickup)with the barrel of a shotgun. My Model 12 and I beat a hasty retreat back to my car.
However, Larry Gravestock has always been my favorite "Big Dog" trapshooter.
That was one big ole caddy and it did have an extra gas tank in the trunk, I remember when he was at the Montana State shoot in 1971, he broke 100 straight from 27 on one of the preliminary days, it sent lots of people back to the cashier for a refund on their option money for the rest of the shoot. Jerry
In 1972 at the Ca state shoot in Kingsburg during the handicap championships on Sunday, Larry broke a 99 early in the day. It looked as though Larry's score would be high and someone had written Larry Gravestock's name on the Hunter belt buckle box. A beautiful Bill Hunter 20 dollar gold piece belt buckle with rubies on each side of the gold piece!! Too bad for Larry that day as my older brother, Lonnie Hapney broke the third ever 100 caps to win the CA handicap championship that day! An added bonus was having Larry's name on the box and he said that made it even more valuable with a big laugh! A real sportsman he is!
Chipdaddy - I was at that state shoot and was in the line pulling out my money after Larry broke the hundred. They were giving away a car (remember?)on the Saturday Preliminary Handicap, I pulled my money out of that also. I shot a 98 on Saturday...the high score.
How can you pull your money out of an event after it's started?
Am I reading this correct in that if someone shoots a high score on an early squad, the club will let you withdraw your option money or totally withdraw from that event providing you haven't shot even while the event is in progress?
At the time he entered his 12th 100 straight in doubles in July 1974, Larry was the ATA leader by two over Dan Bonillas, three over Morris Stinebring, four over Britt Robinson, and five over Frank Little. Bonillas matched Gravestock’s mark in August but did not surpass it until September of the following year.