Patch

Held at the Tampa Police Pistol Ranges
March 13 through 15, 1971

Pistol Shoot To Start

By LEE LaCOMBE

The 35th annual National Mid-Winter Pistol Championships will be conducted on the Tampa Police Pistol Range today through Monday.

The range is located off State Road 580, seven miles west of Dale Mabry and all events are open to the public without charge.

This year's matches which have drawn entries from two dozen states, will again have an international flavor as there will be four international-style pistol events. The top finishers in each will receive invitations from the National Rifle Association of America to attend final tryouts for selection of the U.S. Shooting Team which will compete in the Pan American Games at Cali, Colombia, in midsummer.

William B. Blankenship, Columbus, Ga., is not expected to return to defend the individual title he captured last year in the regular three-gun championship.

Army SSG Barbara Hile, Lapeer, Mich., will be on hand seeking her third straight women's crown.

The USAMTU shooters will conduct a complete marksmanship clinic Saturday at 7 p.m. on the range. The clinic is open to anyone interested in learning about marksmanship and is free.

International free pistol and center fire pistol matches will kick off this year's tournament today. Standard pistol will be fired Friday and rapid fire pistol will be shot today through Saturday.

The Mid-Winter individual championships will get underway on Saturday with firing of the .22 caliber and center fire (.38 caliber and larger) competition and wind up on Sunday with the .45 caliber matches. A 90-shot Service Pistol match will complete the individual portion of the championships.

Sgt. Henry Huerta of the Tampa Police Department is tournament director and executive officer of the matches.

The Tampa Tribune, March 11, 1971

Clark Top Shooter

By LEE LaCOMBE

Army Sfc Hezekiah Clark, New Orleans, La., currently the hottest gun on the pistol circuit, chalked up another victory Thursday in the International Center Fire Pistol Match.

Clark, who is assigned to the Army's famed Marksmanship Training Unit at Fort Benning, Ga., fired a very creditable 592 out of 600 points in the dual stage event. The Army non-com is undefeated in pistol competition this year. His latest conquest was the Palmetto tournament in Miami last week.

In Thursday's only other competition Sfc James McNally, Seattle, topped the field with a 545-point effort in the Free Pistol match. McNally is also a member of the Army's MTU.

The two events marked the opening of the 35th Mid-Winter Pistol Championships at the Tampa Police Pistol Range. Firing will continue Friday with the Standard Pistol Match and continuing competition in International Rapid Fire.

The three-gun Mid-Winter Championship competition begins Saturday. All events are open to the public free of charge. The range is located about 10 miles west of Dale Mabry Blvd., on State Route 580.

National pistol champion Marine WO Francis Higginson, Quantico, Va., was runnerup to Clark with 591 points and Marine T-Sgt. Joe DeCosta also of Quantico was third with 588.

Army Sfc Sam Hunter, Warrenton, N.C., took second in the Free Pistol with 543 points and his teammate M-Sgt. Emil Heugatter, Adehart, Tex., was third with 542 points.

Walter Walsh, Arlington, Va., was high civilian in Center Fire with 578 and Joe Benner of Tampa, three-time world pistol titleholder, led the civilians in Free Pistol with 532 points.

The Tampa Tribune, March 12, 1971

Dorsey Grabs Pistol Crown

By LEE LaCOMBE

Marine Sgt. Jimmy Dorsey broke the Army's hold on victory yesterday by capturing the International Standard Pistol Match at the Mid-Winter Championships.

Dorsey, who was a member of the U.S. Shooting Team in the 40th World Championships at Phoenix, Ariz., last October, pounded out a fine 583 out of a possible 600 for his first place finish.

He needed every point however as the Army's red-hot Sfc. Hezekiah Clark, New Orleans, slammed out a 582 for the runnerup position.

Jan Brundin of Charlotte, N.C. topped the expert category with a 569 and Sally Sloan, North Oaks, Minn., chalked up her third straight first place in the Sharpshooter Class with a 550.

Tampa's Capt. Joseph Schule also notched his third win in the Marksman competition with a 550.

International competition moves into the back-ground today as the race for the individual Mid-Winter Pistol championships opens with four matches with .22 caliber pistols and four with center fire (.38 caliber of larger) handguns.

Defending champion William B. Blankenship of Columbus, Ga., is not entered this year.

Others who will undoubtedly be near the leadership are Sgt. John Smith, Army, Stroh, Ind., Dorsey of the Marines and a pair of Army competitors Sicinski and M-Sgt. Emil Heugatter, Adlhart, Tex.

One of the highlights of action at the range today will be a marksmanship clinic to be conducted at 7:00 p.m. by members of the Army's famed Marksmanship Training Unit. All of the instructors in the public free of charge, are top notch pistol target competitors and battle veterans.

The Tampa Tribune, March 13, 1971

Clark Top Gun So Far

By LEE LaCOMBE

Red-hot Army SFC Hezekiah Clark, New Orleans, La., came from behind Saturday to snatch the lead in the Mid-Winter Pistol Championships at the Tampa Police Range.

Clark, who has won all three matches that he's entered this year, posted 1769 points of a possible 1800 in eight matches to take a slim one point lead over Marine WO Francis Higginson, Quantico, Va.

Higginson, the current national three-gun pistol champion, won three matches and Clark captured a pair. But the Army noncom was a little steadier throughout the day and took the sub-aggregate center fire title with 883 points.

Army MSG Robert Whitacre, Columbus, Ga., took an early advantage as he topped the field of 260 competitors from two dozen states with a total of 894 points for the four .22 caliber events.

The Tampa Tribune, March 14, 1971

Clark Captures 4th '71 Shooting Title

By LEE LaCOMBE

Cool-headed Army SFC Hezekiah Clark, New Orleans, refused to fold under pressure yesterday and captured the 35th annual Mid-Winter Championship moving away from a star-studded field of 269 of the country's best pistol target shooters.

Clark, undefeated in three other outings this year, passed his toughest test as he chalked up a two-day total of 2,655 points of a possible 2,700, only two under the match record established in 1965 by Air Force Maj. Franklin Green.

He started the day leading national pistol champion Marine WO Francis Higginson, Quantico, Va., by a single point, but slammed the door on his pursuers with an outstanding 887 of 900 with the .45 caliber pistol.

Clark followed up his superb performance by winning the four-match Service Pistol championships with 874 points of 900.

Higginson finished in the runnerup spot with 2,646.

The Tampa Tribune, March 15, 1971

Marine Wins Title In Pistol Match

Marine GySgt. Jimmy Dorsey broke the Army's hold on victory last month by capturing the International Standard Pistol Match at the Mid-Winter Championships.

Dorsey, who was a member of the U.S. Shooting Team in the 40th World Championships at Phoenix, Ariz., last October, pounded out a fine 583 out of a possible 600 to edge the Army's Sfc. Hezekiah Clarke.

The Marine pistol team took part in an eight match international invitational pistol tournament occupying the first two days of a four day tourney at Fort Benning. The last two days of the tournament consisted of the Fort Benning monthly open handgun pistol tourney.

The Marines set the pace in the first round of the International Pistol Tournament. Starting strong in the first match, Dorsey overwhelmed all opposition in the free pistol and flashed to victory with a 588. He also won the standard pistol title. WO F. A. Higginson placed 3rd in center fire pistol competition. The pistol team, composed of Dorsey, Higginson, GySgt. M. L. Ewing and SSgt. D. R. Oxford, took first place in the free pistol competition with a 2162 total.

In the Fort Benning monthly tournament, WO Higginson scored a 2656-132 to place second in the grand aggregate competition.

Quantico Sentry, March 26, 1971

Grand Aggregate (Individual)
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency .22 Caliber Center-Fire .45 Caliber Score
1st Hezekiah Clark U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
886 883 886-52X 2655-138X
2nd Francis Higginson U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
- 879 - 2646-123X
High
Civilian
John Johnson LaHabra, Calif. 880 876 875 2631-114X
High
Police
Allen Arrington Charlotte, N.C. 880 872 864 2616-97X
High
Master
Peter Bataskov Miami, Fla. - - - 2580-76X
High
Reserve
George Dornellas Pensacola, Fla. - - - 2556-76X
High
Senior
Walter R. Walsh Arlington, Va. - - - 2559-91X
High
Women
Barbara Hile U.S. Army - - - 2490-65X
Distinguished
Service Master
Jimmie Dorsey U.S. Marine Corps Reserve - - - 2634-117X
Distinguished
Civilian Master
Ralph O. Thompson West Point, Ga. - - - 2620-125X

(Source: American Rifleman, Vol. 119, No. 5, May 1971)


Grand Aggregate (Team)
Rank Team .22 Caliber Center-Fire .45 Caliber Score
1 USA 'Red' - - - 3484-135X
2 - - - - -
3 - - - - -

(Source: American Rifleman, Vol. 119, No. 5, May 1971)


.45 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Team Competitors Score
1st - - -
2nd - - -
3rd - - -

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.45 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Hezekiah Clark U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
886-52X
2nd John Sicinski U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
886-38X
High
Civilian
John Johnson LaHabra, Calif. 875
High
Police
Allen Arrington Charlotte, N.C. 864
High
Unclassified
Richard Metcalf Charlotte, S.C. 683

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.45 Caliber National Match Course
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Jimmy McCauley U.S. Army
Covington, Va.
298
2nd ? - 296
High
Civilian
John Johnson LaHabra, Calif. 293

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.45 Caliber Slow Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Hezekiah Clark U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
196-9X
2nd John Sicinski U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
196-3X
High
Marksman
Tommy Ellzey Laural, Miss. Police
Department
?
High
Civilian
Ralph O. Thompson West Point, Ga. 191

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.45 Caliber Rapid Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st John Sicinski U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
199-10X
2nd Doug R. Oxford U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
199-8X
High
Police
Allen Arrington Charlotte, N.C. 197
High
Civilian
Ralph O. Thompson West Point, Ga. 197

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.45 Caliber Timed Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Emil Heugatter U.S. Army
Dalhart, Tex.
200-16X
2nd Ralph O. Thompson West Point, Ga. 200-15X
High
Reserve
Ben Johnson Third Army Reserve 200-15X

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.38 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Hezekiah Clark U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
883
2nd Francis Higginson U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
579
High
Police
Allen Arrington Charlotte, N.C. 872
High
Civilian
John Johnson LaHabra, Calif. 576
High
Unclassified
Richard Metcalf Charlotte, S.C 707

(Source: Tampa Florida)


.38 Caliber National Match Course
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Francis Higginson U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
295
2nd Hezekiah Clark U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
294-13X
High
Police
Allen Arrington Charlotte, N.C. 292
High
Civilian
Ralph O. Thompson West Point, Ga. 292

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.38 Caliber Slow Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st John Johnson LaHabra, Calif. 195
2nd Emil Heugatter U.S. Army
Dalhart, Tex.
194
High
Marksman
James Sellers Laurel, Miss. Police
Department
?
High
Civilian
Jan Brundin Charlotte, N.C. 187
High
Reservist
Ben Johnson Third Army Reserve 186

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.38 Caliber Rapid Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st ? - ?-10X
2nd Floyd Aikman Lakewood, N.J. 198-11X
High
Police
John Farley Americus, Ga. 198-10X

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.38 Caliber Timed Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Francis Higginson U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
200-17X
2nd Jimmy McCauley U.S. Army
Covington, Va.
200-14X
High
Civilian
Robert Settle Miami, Fla. 200-12X

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.22 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Robert D. Whitacre U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
894-46X
2nd John A. Smith U.S. Army
Siroh, Ind.
894-43X
High
Police
Allen Arrington Charlotte, N.C. 880
High
Civilian
John Johnson LaHabra, Calif. 880
High
Unclassified
Richard Metcalf Charlotte, S.C 819

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.22 Caliber National Match Course
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Hezekiah Clark U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
299-21X
2nd Robert Whitacre U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
299-10X
High
Civilian
W. M. Drew - 297
High
Reservist
Ben Johnson Third Army Reserves 296

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.22 Caliber Slow Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st John A. Smith U.S. Army
Siroh, Ind.
198
2nd Francis Higginson U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
197
High
Marksman
James Sellers Laurel, Miss. Police
Department
?
High
Police
Allen Arrington Charlotte, N.C. 194
High
Civilian
John Johnson LaHabra, Calif. 193

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.22 Caliber Rapid Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Elwynn Burnett East Lansing, Mich. 200-13X
2nd Robert Whitacre U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
200-13X
High
Civilian
Ralph O. Thompson West Point, Ga. 198

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.22 Caliber Timed Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Francis Higginson U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
200-15X
2nd Robert Whitacre U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
200-15X
High
Police
Elwynn Burnett East Lansing, Mich. 200-14X
High
Civilian
A. M. Cervone - 200-13X

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


.38 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Team Competitors Score
1 - - -
2 - - -
3 - - -

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.22 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Team Competitors Score
1 - - -
2 - - -
3 - - -

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Service Pistol Team Championship
Rank Team Score
1st - -
2nd - -
High
Army Area
- -
High
Post
- -
High
Police
- -
High
Civilian
- -
High
Guard & Reserve
- -

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


International Aggregate (Team)
Rank Team Competitors Rapid Fire Standard Center-Fire Free Pistol Score
1 USA 'Blue' - - - - - 9377
2 USA 'Gray' - - - - - 9089
3 USMC 'Red' - - - - - 9018
4 USMC 'Blue' - - - - - 8868

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


Service Pistol Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Hezekiah Clark U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
874
2nd Ralph O. Thompson West Point, Ga. 870-42X
High
Police
John Farley Americus, Ga. 869

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


Service Pistol National Match Course
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st John Sicinski U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
294
2nd Ralph O. Thompson West Point, Ga. 292-17X

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


Service Pistol Slow Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Bonnie Harmon U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
194-3X
2nd Hezekiah Clark U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
192
High
Civilian
John Farley Americus, Ga. 188

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


Service Pistol Rapid Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Francis Higginson U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
198-8X
2nd John Farley Americus, Ga. 198-7X
High
Civilian
John Johnson LaHabra, Calif. 197

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


Service Pistol Timed Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Francis Higginson U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
200-12X
2nd Harland V. Reynolds U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
199-15X
High
Civilian
Ralph O. Thompson West Point, Ga. 199-13X

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


International Aggregate (Individual)
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Rapid Fire Standard Center-Fire Free Pistol Score
1st Jimmy Dorsey U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
- 583 - - 2284
2nd Hezekiah Clark U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
- 582 592 - 2284
High
Civilian
Jan Brundin Charlotte, N.C. 569 569 - - 2227

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


International Rapid Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Wm W. McMillan U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
587
2nd Jimmy McCauley U.S. Army
Covington, Va.
586
High
Civilian
Jan Brundin Charlotte, N.C. 569

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


International Standard Pistol Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Jimmy Dorsey U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
583
2nd Hezekiah Clark U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
582
3rd John Sicinski U.S. Army
Columbus, Ga.
580
High
Civilian
- - -
High
Expert
Jan Brundin Charlotte, N.C. 569
High
Sharpshooter
Sally Sloan North Oakes, Minn. 550
High
Marksman
Joe Schlue U.S. Air Force
(Tampa, Fla.)
550

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


International Center-Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st Hezekiah Clark U.S. Army
Fort Benning, Ga.
592
2nd Francis Higginson U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
591
3rd Floyd Aikman Lakekwood, N.J. 589
High
Civlilian
Walter R. Walsh Arlington, Va. 578
High
Expert
- - -
High
Sharpshooter
Sally Sloan North Oakes, Minn. 566
High
Marksman
Joe Schule U.S. Air Force
(Tampa, Fla.)
577

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


International Free-Pistol Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1st James McNally U.S. Army
Seattle, Wash.
545
2nd Sam Hunter U.S. Army
Warrenton, N.C.
543
3rd Emil Heugatter U.S. Army
Dalhart, Tex.
542
High
Civilian
Joe Benner Tampla, Fla. 532
High
Expert
Nathan Arenson Pensacola, Fla. 518
High
Sharpshooter
Sally Sloan North Oakes, Minn. 591
High
Marksman
Joe Schlue U.S. Air Force 511

(Source: Tampa Tribune)


Yankee-Rebel Team Match
Rank Team Competitors Time
1 - - -
2 - - -

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