Trophy

Photograph Courtesy of USA Shooting

FLAT OUT FOR RED RIVER STATION

A Limited Edition
Sculpted by Michael Boyett


McMillan Trophy Donated

To Recognize Rapid Fire Pistol Champion

Though no longer an active pistol shooter, retired Air Force Colonel Gail Liberty's spirit and energy remain a positive force in the world of international shooting sports. A pistol shooter of national and international prominence, Liberty's accomplished shooting career includes participation on both the United States Shooting Team and the United States Air Force Pistol Team. She captured two national championship titles, a silver, bronze, and two team gold medals at the 1983 Pan American Games, and the honors of the United States Air Force Athlete of the Year and Outstanding Woman of the Year.

In 1983, at the peak of her career, Liberty was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that affects nerve functioning. Despite the diagnosis, Liberty pressed on. She once again made the U.S. Shooting and Air Force Pistol teams and won two team gold medals at the Championship of the Americas.

"Gail Liberty played an influential part in my success as an athlete," said Connie Petracek, a two-time Olympic pistol shooter. "She was on the team when I began and took me under her wing. She taught me much of what I know about shooting, from technique to what to pack for a competition."

The latest evidence of Liberty's dedication to shooting is the McMillan Trophy, named for 1960 Olympic rapid fire gold medalist Bill McMillan. Donated to recognize the national champion for rapid fire pistol, the handsome pewter, bronze, sterling silver, and brass trophy is the third Liberty has donated to USA Shooting.

McMillan's decorated shooting career includes two world records, 11 gold, 9 silver, and 3 bronze medals in 27 years of shooting. He competed in six world championships, four Pan Am Games, and six Olympic Games, a mark equaled by only three Americans.

On March 3, Bob Jursnick, USA Shooting Executive Director, Charles Jackson and Alan Bacon visited McMillan at his home in Encinitas, California to announce Liberty's tribute. McMillan was honored by the announcement.

On June 25, during the USA Shooting National Pistol Championships in Chino, California, McMillan will crown the first trophy winner, the 1997 USA Shooting National Rapid Fire Pistol Champion.

USA Shooting, Quickshots, Vol. 5, No. 4, April 1997

25 Meter Rapid Fire Pistol
Course of Fire
Stage Number of Shots Time: 8 Seconds Time: 6 Seconds Time: 4 Seconds
1st 30 2 Series/5 shots each 2 Series/5 shots each 2 Series/5 shots each
2nd 30 2 Series/5 shots each 2 Series/5 shots each 2 Series/5 shots each

(Source: ISSF/USA Shooting Rules)


Stage Number of Shots Time: 4 Seconds
Final 40 8 Series/5 shots each

(Source: ISSF/USA Shooting Technical Rules)

Winners of The McMillan Trophy
Year Individual 1st Stage 1st
Final
Ranking Points 2nd
Stage
2nd
Final
Ranking Points 3rd Stage Qualification Final Total
1997 - - - - - - - - - - -
1998 - - - - - - - - - - -
1999 - - - - - - - - - - -
2000 - - - - - - - - - - -
2001 - - - - - - - - - - -
2002 - - - - - - - - - - -
2003 - - - - - - - - - - -
2004 Keith Sanderson 571 N/A N/A 583 N/A N/A - 1154 94.5 1248.5
2005 Keith Sanderson 579 N/A N/A 563 N/A N/A - 1142 195.4 1337.4
2006 John Ennis 576 N/A N/A 571 N/A N/A - 1147 185.8 1332.8
2007 John Ennis 580 N/A N/A 581 N/A N/A - 1161 188.8 1349.8
2008 Keith Sanderson 577 N/A N/A 590 N/A N/A - 1167 198.2 1365.2
2009 Emil Milev 576 N/A N/A 575 N/A N/A - 1151 198.0 1349.0
2010 Brad Balsley 583 N/A N/A 583 N/A N/A - 1166 194.8 1360.8
2011* Emil Milev 582 N/A N/A 584 N/A N/A - 1166 30 1196
2012 Keith Sanderson 573 N/A N/A 584 N/A N/A 591 1748 33 1781
2013** Emil Milev 588 31 6 580 18 3 - 1168 9 1177
2014 Keith Sanderson 581 - - 591 22 - - 1172 4 1176
2015 Keith
Sanderson
588 27 6 589 29 5 - 1177 11 1188
2016 Emil Milev 573 - - 582 - - - - 6 1161
2017 - - - - - - - - - - -

(Source: USA Shooting Match Results)

*The new International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) finals format
**ISSF 2013 Amendment

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