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A woman fires single action revolvers during the Idaho State Cowboy Action Shoot Championships Aug. 8, 2014, at the Jerome County Rod and Gun Club.

JEROME — Got a hankering for history?

Idaho’s Wild West Association will hold a mini-roundup Friday to jaw about — you guessed it — the Old West.

Members and non-members are invited to show off their own rare or unusual weapons, or to simply listen to stories of the wild West told by local enthusiasts, said group organizer Bob Sobba.

Sobba, a 36-year law-enforcement veteran, is fascinated by the history of lawmen and outlaws of the Old West, and has given numerous presentations on the famous and infamous characters of the era.

Friday’s mini-roundup will start at 9:30 at the Mountain View Barn at 392 E. 300 S., just off U.S. 93, a few miles north of Interstate 84.

Dr. John Hendricks of Eagle will talk about his family’s interest in cowboy action shooting and will display his 19th century weapons. Hendricks is a plastic surgeon who’s had a lifelong interest in the Old West. His grandmother, born in 1888 in Oklahoma Indian country, gave him his first BB gun when he was 10.

Hendricks is a member of the Single Action Shooting Society in the Treasure Valley — members shoot two revolvers, a rifle and a shotgun in competitions in Idaho and across the West.

“They’re fun people, always helping others,” he said, “held together by a love of the Old West.”

Also, former-Rep. Max Black of Boise will talk about his search for information on “Diamondfield” Jack Davis, who was convicted of killing two sheepherders from Oakley in the Shoshone Basin area in 1896. Davis was later pardoned.

Black spent years researching Davis’ story, and in 2013 published “Diamondfield: Finding the Real Jack Davis.”

Lastly, Bill Yager of Jerome will tell the story of his pioneer great-grandfather Henry Yager in a presentation he has titled “Don’t believe everything you see even if it is wrote in stone.”

An informal offshoot of the national Wild West History Association, the group holds mini-roundups closer to home than the annual roundups, this year to be held in July in Springfield, Mo.

“A lot of us can’t get to the national roundups, so we started our own group here,” Sobba said. “The national group is now encouraging other states to follow.”

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