4th Pan American Games

U.S. Shooting squad tops 14 nations at Sao Paulo, Brazil
By Maj. Fred R. Rakow, USAF

The 4th Pan American Games were latest, and among the most successful, International competitions that U.S. shooters have attended. The Games were held Apr. 20 to May 5 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the shooting matches were fired on Apr. 22 - 29. United States entered teams in all 7 shooting events - 50-meter Prone Rifle; 50-meter 3-Position Rifle; 300-meter Free-Rifle; 50-meter Free-Pistol; 25-meter Center-Fire Pistol; 25-meter Silhouette Pistol; and Skeet.

Fifteen nations were represented in the shooting events and 155 individuals participated. The U.S. won all team events; all individual events but one; exceeded 2 world records; and established or exceeded 6 Pan American shooting records.

The Olympic Shooting Committee approved by the NRA developed plan for team selection and organization after which the NRA proceeded with carrying out the arrangements.

The U.S. Olympic Committee approved the selection of the 24-man shooting squad from 106 to the nation's best rifle, pistol, and skeet shooters in tryouts conducted at the U.S. Air Force Marksmanship School, Lackland Air Force Base, Tex., late in January. The squad consisted of 8 riflemen, 12 pistol shooters, and 4 shotgunners, the maximum number of shooters eligible to participate.

Intense practice at Lackland on Apr. 8 - 14, except for 2 half days when strong wind made shooting impractical, was invaluable in molding the squad into a cohesive unit.

Team Housing

At Sao Paulo the team was housed in the Pan American Games Village which consisted of an enclosed area of administrative buildings, recreation hall, dining hall, 6 dormitories, and an athletic warm-up field. Immediately after the Games it was planned that the Village would become the main dormitory area of the University of Sao Paulo.

Each firing team was composed of 4 shooters, only 2 of whom were eligible to compete for individual awards. The firing team members, and the 2 shooters who would participate for individual awards, had to be named at least 48 hours in advance of the event.

Rifle and pistol matches at Sao Paulo were fired on the range located at the site of the Training Station of the Forca Publica, about 30 minutes' drive north from the center of the city. The skeet matches were fired at the Caca de Tiro Club, also north of the city.

Due to reasons beyond the control of the Shooting Federation of Brazil and the Organizing Committee of the 4th Pan American Games, very little could be done in preparation for the Games until about 2 months before they were scheduled to be held. In fact, each range was not finally completed until 2 days before events scheduled for it commenced. By hard work and the elimination of all frills, and specifically through the exceptional efforts of Dr. Luiz Novais, Technical Delegate to the Organizing Committee from the Brazilian Shooting Federation, the shooting events were conducted without difficulty and largely on schedule.

The 50- and 300-meter range shooting house provided complete overhead cover and was enclosed at the rear to act as a windbreak. Thirty-two firing points were available.

Range personnel was furnished principally by the Forca Publica, a statewide public service organization roughly equivalent to a combination police and fire department but organized more along military lines. Though these people had little training, they did an outstanding job and contributed greatly to the success of the matches. Most administrative personnel were volunteers from the local shooting organizations.

The precision stage of the center-fire pistol matches were fired on a separate range which consisted of a covered firing house with booths for each shooter. The targets were changed by a range detail after each series of 5 shots.

The rapid-fire pistol range, immediately adjacent to the precision range, consisted of 3 banks of 5 silhouettes operated by compressed air and timed electrically. Three large individual portable booths were used for the rapid-fire match. Three larger booths, each with 5 stalls, were placed on the concrete firing line for the rapid-fire stage of the center-fire match. Fifteen shooters fired the rapid-fire stage simultaneously.

The skeet range was located at the Caca de Tiro Club where an excellent club house was also available. Only a single range was available but this was adequate for the course of fire used.

Match winners

The 50-meter prone rifle match, fired on Apr. 22, was won by Enrico Forcella of Venezuella with a score of 590, below the Pan American record of 592. The U.S. team of Edward E. Caygle, Jr., Lones W. Wigger, Jr., William E. Krilling, and Gary L. Anderson won the team match with a score of 2349, raising the previous Pan American record one point.

Franklin C. Green won the free-pistol event the next day with a score of 547, two points lower than the present Pan American record held by Vasquez of Peru and Benner of the U.S. The U.S. team score of 2170 fired by Green, Robert C. Meagher, Alvin R. Merx, and Paul J. Shank, Jr., will automatically be a 4-man team record. The previous record was a 5-man team score of 2683.

On Ap. 24, Anderson raised the record in the small bore 3-postion event by 22 points, establishing a new record of 1147 for the Games. The previous record was held by Arthur C. Jackson of the U.S. As in free-pistol, the previous team record was for 5 men. Anderson, Krilling, David I. Boyd, II, and Verle F. Wright, Jr., established a 4-man team record of 4529, which is 7 points higher than the U.S. score fired at Cairo.

The rapid-fire silhouette individual and team records continue to stand. Cecil L. Wallis won the event with a 585 and with teammates Laurence K. Mosely, Richard M. Stineman, and Aubrey E. Smith won the team match with a 2312. Valiente of Argentina holds the Pan American individual record with 589 and the U.S. holds the team record with 2328.

The center-fire pistol match provided one of the real highlights of the shooting events. Not one but 2 U.S. team members bettered the existing world record in this event. William B. Blankenship, Jr., raised the old record of 591, held by Kudrna of Czechoslovakia, by 3 points, but was somewhat overshadowed by Thomas D. Smith, III, who put together an excellent score of 597. Though this score will not be considered a new record until approved by the International Shooting Union (ISU). The U.S. team of T. D. Smith, Blankenship, William W. McMillan, Jr., and William H. Mellon fired a score of 2343 to establish a new Pan American record.

The U.S. skeet team won the team match with a 586, beating Venezuela by 6 points. One hundred and fifty clay targets were fired at by each member, instead of the usual 200. Because the timer delay refused to work and birds were instantaneous, this event cannot be considered for record purposes. Kenneth W. Sedlecky won the individual won the individual honors with a creditable 150, with Garcia of Venezuela second with 149.

A second world record was surpassed when the U.S. free-rifle team of Anderson, Wright, John T. Bertva, and Martin I. Gunnarsson amassed 4557 points, 24 more than the present record of 4553 held by Russia. This record also has to be approved by the ISU before it can be recognized as such. The previous Pan American record was a 5-man team score. Anderson fired an individual score of 1146, one point behind the present Pan American and world record held by U.S. shooter Daniel B. Puckel.

American Rifleman, Vol. 111, No. 7, July 1963

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U.S. Shooting Team


Rifle Members

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Gary L. Anderson, John T. Bertva, David I. Boyd, II, Edward E. Caygle, Jr.
Martin I. Gunnarson, Gordon D. Horner, William E. Krilling,
Lones W. Wigger, Jr., and Verle F. Wright, Jr.

Alternate: Charles D. Davis (Not Shown)


Pistol Members

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William B. Blankenship, Jr., Franklin C. Green, William W. McMillan, Jr., Robert C. Meagher
William H. Mellon, Alvin R. Merx, Lawrence K. Mosely, Paul J. Shank, Aubrey E. Smith
Thomas D. Smith, III, Richard M. Stineman and Cecil L. Wallis

Alternates: James A. Getchell, Henry Weinbrecht and Robert E. Wilford (Not Shown)


Skeet Members

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Kenneth W. Sedlecky and Henry H. Shaw

Alternate: David G. Bywater


Team Management & Support

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Peter W. Angell (Team Captain), Fred R. Rakow (Team Adjutant) and Louis J. Willing (Armorer)

American Sets Pistol Record In Pan-Ams

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - A U.S. Air Force captain from San Antonio, Tex., won the center fire pistol event with a world record score for the United States' 62nd gold medal and U.S. yachtsmen won three races yesterday in the Pan-American Games.

With the track and field athletes enjoying a day of rest, Thomas Smith captured the pistol shoot with a score of 597, the best ever recorded. William Blankenship of Columbus, Ga., an Army sergeant, took second with 594 points, also beating the listed world mark.

THE RECORD was 591, held by A. Kurtma of Czechoslovakia.

Unknown newspaper, April 30, 1963

MTU Men Earn Pan-Am Medals

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Rifle, pistol and shotgun shooters from the Army's Marksmanship Training Unit at Fort Benning helped the United States garner seven Gold Medals at the Pan American games here during the past two weeks.

The U. S. smallbore rifle team won both the 50-meter match and the three-position event with scores of 2,349 and 4,529 respectively.

Members of the winning 50-meter team were Lt. Lones Wigger and MSgt. William Krilling of the MTU, Sgt. Gary Anderson, now attached to MTU, and MSgt. Ed Caygle of the U. S. Air Force.

Sgt. Anderson, Sgt. Krilling and the MTU's Capt. Verle Wright and Sgt. David Boyd made up the champion three-position team.

Sgt. Anderson won first place in the three-position individual event with an 1,147 score and Sgt. Krilling was runnerup with 1,121.

Capt. Cecil Wallis of MTU captured the rapid fire pistol match with a 585 out of 600 score, and SFC Lawrence Mosely, also of MTU, was second with 577.

The U. S. skeet team had a pair of MTU firers in Lt. Gordon Horner and MSgt. Henry Shaw. They teamed with Ken Sedlecky of the U. S. Navy and David Bywater to take the skeet team event with a 586.

Sedlecky was the individual champion with a 150 straight effort.

Capt. Franklin Green walked off with the free pistol title with a 547 out of 600 and the U. S. won the team match.

Sgt. Anderson won another gold medal in the 300-meter free-rifle with a score of 1146. The Capt. Wright was runnerup with 1136.

The two teamed with Sgt. Krilling and John Bertva to win the gold medal in a team event with a combined total of 4557.

In the center-fire pistol, Capt. T. D. Smith of the U. S. Air Force set a new world record with his winning score of 597. Also shattering the old work mark was SFC William Blankenship of MTU, who placed second with 594.

The Bayonet, Friday, May 3, 1963

U.S. Wins 108 Gold Medals; Sedlecky Is Skeet Champion

WASHINGTON - The Pan-American Games, now completed, found the United States gaining 108 gold medals, 55 silver and 397 bronze. The second-place Brazil team won 14 gold, 20 silver and 19 bronze medals.

Although the games, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, produced a runaway for the U.S., the Yankees received unexpected setbacks in boxing and baseball. The trackmen, however, captured 16 of the 23 gold medals. And, of the 14 Pan-Am records set, Uncle Sam garnered nine.

Ken Sedlecky, 22, a seaman stationed at the Naval Air Facility, Andrews AFB, near Washington, brought home two gold medals for skeet shooting. Sedlecky scored on 150 straight targets.

The young skeet shooter's next competition is in the Canadian International Championship at Quebec, where he will tangle against Barney Hartman again. Last year Sedlecky bested Hartman.

Sedlecky, whose dad owns a sports and gun shop, began shooting when he was nine years old. From 1952 to 1957 Sedlecky won the junior state championship of Michigan. When he was 18 he captured the high overall world championship, the youngest ever to win it. Sedlecky also holds the world record of 497 out of 500, set in 1962.

Marine Capt. William W. McMillan of Quantico was a member of the U.S. four-man pistol team which won the championship. The Air Force's Capt. Thomas D. Smith III set a world record in the center fire event with 597 out of 600. The Army's Sgt. William Blankenship Jr., was second with 594. The latter was the individual champion at Camp Perry last year. McMillan posted a 580.

Navy Times, May 15, 1963

U.S. SHOOTERS TAKE PAN AMERICAN GAMES

The National Rifle Association of America announces the completion of the Pan American Shooting Games held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Individual members of the United States squad carried home six gold medals. Without exception the U.S. team placed first in each team match, winning the Small-bore Rifle, 50 meter, prone, Small-bore Rifle, 50 meter, three position; Free Rifle, 300 meter; Rapid Fire Pistol; Center Fire Pistol; Free Pistol, 50 meter and the International skeet event.

High points of the shooting events were when Captain Thomas D. Smith, III, USAF, set a new world's record in the Center Fire Pistol with a score of 597 out of 600, and when the United States team recorded a new world's record in the 300 meter, Free Rifle event with a 4557 out of 5000.

Unknown newspaper, May 26, 1963

25 Meter Center Fire Pistol
Individual Scores
Rank Name Country April 25 April 26 Total Points
1 Thomas D. Smith, III U.S.A. 298 299 597
2 William B. Blankenship, Jr. U.S.A. 295 299 594
3 Garfield McMahon Canada 286 293 579
4 David M. Doig Canada 284 290 574
5 Manuel Fernandez Argentine 283 288 573
6 Enrique Torres Mexico 284 288 572
7 Miguel Emmanuelli Puerto Rico 276 291 567
8 Eclio Lobaina Cuba 286 281 567
9 Julio G. Machado Jamaica 277 284 561
10 Miguel Torres Portillo Mexico 283 277 560

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Note — only two contestants per nation are designated for individual competition. Since this designation is made prior to competiton, in some instance a contestant may have a higher score but not included in individual rankings.

25 Meter Center Fire Pistol
Team Scores
Rank Country Total Points
1 U.S.A. 2343
2 Canada 2262
3 Mexico 2261
4 Venezuela 2215
5 Brazil 2212
6 Peru 2181
7 Argentina 2177
8 El Salvador 2165
9 Chile 2137
10 Puerto Rico 1918

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


United States Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Thomas Smith 298 299 597
2 William Blankenship 295 299 594
3 William Mellon - - 572
4 Willam McMillan - - 580
Team Total: 2343

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Canada Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Garfield MacMahon 286 293 579
2 David M. Doig 284 290 574
3 Fernand Lapointe - - 554
4 William Hare - - 555
Team Total: 2262

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Mexico Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Enrique Torres 284 288 572
2 Miguel Torres Portillo 283 277 560
3 Camilo Kuri - - 569
4 Homero Laddaga - - 560
Team Total: 2261

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Venezuela Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Guillerno Rincon - - 571
2 Jerko Jurin Cabov 280 279 559
3 Jose Chaubau Troconis - - 542
4 Luiz Paez Pedroza - - 543
Team Total: 2215

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Brazil Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Benevenuto Tilli 284 273 557
2 Alan Sobocinski 280 273 553
3 Adair Geraldo Ribeiro - - 548
4 Jose Tarouco Correa - - 554
Team Total: 2212

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Peru Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Jorge Van O'Dordt 272 284 556
2 Armando Lopes Torres 279 275 554
3 Jose Saker - - 544
4 Antonio Vita - - 527
Team Total: 2181

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Argentine Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Manuel Fernandez 283 290 573
2 Oscar Cervo 269 288 557
3 Nelson Torno - - 536
4 Jose Schaffer - - 511
Team Total: 2177

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


El Salvador Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Ricardo J. Lopes 275 282 557
2 Efrain Mena 286 269 555
3 Carlos Rosaville - - 533
4 Humberto Avila Campo - - 520
Team Total: 2165

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Chile Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Rigoberto Fontt 277 258 535
2 Henrique Ojeda - - 526
3 Sidney Ojeda - - 553
4 Bernardo Cisternas - - 523
Team Total: 2137

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Puerto Rico Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Miguel Emmanuelli 276 291 567
2 Leon Lyon Marton - - 282
3 Zenon Rosa Roxario - - 542
4 Fred Guillermety - - 527
Team Total: 1918

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


25 Meter Rapid Fire Pistol
Individual Scores
Rank Name Country April 25 April 26 Total Points
1 Cecil L. Wallis U.S.A. 294 291 585
2 Lawrence K. Mosely U.S.A. 294 284 578
3 Manuel Ferandes, Jr. Argentina 286 291 577
4 Enrique Torres Mexico 290 286 576
5 Leonel Amaral Brazil 292 280 572
6 Eclio Lobaina Cuba 286 286 572
7 Guillermo Cornejo Peru 284 286 570
8 Homero Ladaga Mexico 286 283 569
9 David Michael Doig Canada 286 278 564
10 William E. Hare Canada 288 273 561

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


25 Meter Rapid Fire Pistol
Team Scores
Rank Country Total Points
1 U.S.A. 2312
2 Argentina 2264
3 Mexico 2252
4 Venezuela 2242
5 Brazil 2225
6 Peru 2199
7 Canada 2178
8 Chile 2132

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Note — only two contestants per nation are designated for individual competition. Since this designation is made prior to competiton, in some instance a contestant may have a higher score but not included in individual rankings.

United States Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Cecil L. Wallis - - 585
2 Richard M. Stineman - - 581
3 Lawrence K. Moseley - - 578
4 Aubrey E. Smith - - 568
Team Total: 2312

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Argentina Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Manuel Ferandes, Jr. - - 577
2 Jose Schaffer - - 566
3 Nelson Torno - - 564
4 Oscar R. Cervo - - 557
Team Total: 2264

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Mexico Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Enrique Torres - - 576
2 Homero Laddaga - - 569
3 Ignacio Mendoza - - 565
4 Camilo Kuri - - 542
Team Total: 2252

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Venezuela Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Frank De Castro Arceo - - 573
2 Jose A. C. Troconis - - 565
3 Carlos P. Monteverde - - 563
4 Luis Paez Pedroza - - 551
Team Total: 2242

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Brazil Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Leonel Amaral - - 572
2 Ademar O. Faller - - 554
3 Aluizio Teixeira - - 547
4 Adhuary C. Rocha - - 552
Team Total: 2225

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Peru Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Guillermo Cornejo - - 570
2 Armando Lopes Torres - - 563
3 Jorge Van O'Ordt - - 544
4 Jose Saker - - 522
Team Total: 2199

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Canada Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 William E. Hare - - 561
2 David Michael Doig - - 564
3 Garfield MacMahon - - 560
4 Fernand Lapointe - - 493
Team Total: 2178

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Chile Team
Rank Name 1st Course 2nd Course Total Points
1 Rigoberto Fontt - - 557
2 Enrique Ojeda - - 535
3 Sidney Ojeda - - 527
4 Patricio Vial - - 513
Team Total: 2132

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


50 Meter Free Pistol
Individual Scores
Rank Name Country April 13 Total Points
1 Franklin C. Green U.S.A. 94-93-94-92-87-87 547
2 Garfield MacMahon Canada 92-93-95-90-87-89 546
3 Alvin R. Merx U.S.A. 92-86-92-91-91-89 541
4 Edgar Espinoza Venezuela 91-87-88-93-90-88 537
5 Rigoberto Fontt (19/10) Chile 90-79-90-93-89-91 532
6 Ignazio Mendoza (13/10) Mexico 86-90-88-91-89-88 532
7 Antonio Vita Peru 89-89-91-87-84-91 531
8 Camilo Kury (19/10) Mexico 87-87-90-85-89-89 527
9 Florencio Lugo Puerto Rico 89-87-88-91-92-80 527
10 Durval F. Guimaraes Brazil 85-81-87-90-85-87 525

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


50 Meter Free Pistol
Team Scores
Rank Country Total Points
1 U.S.A. 2170
2 Canda 2146
3 Brazil 2104
4 Mexico 2100
5 Venezuela 2058
6 Argentina 2048
7 Peru 2046
8 Chile 2045

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Note — only two contestants per nation are designated for individual competition. Since this designation is made prior to competiton, in some instance a contestant may have a higher score but not included in individual rankings.

United States Team
Rank Name Points Total Points
1 Franklin C. Green - 547
2 Robert C. Meagher - 542
3 Alvin R. Merx - 541
4 Paul Shank, Jr. - 540
Team Total: 2170

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Canada Team
Rank Name Points Total Points
1 Walter G. MacMahon - 546
2 William Edward Hare - 545
3 David M. Doig - 535
4 Fernand Lapointe - 520
Team Total: 2146

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Brazil Team
Rank Name Points Total Points
1 Benevenuto Tilli - 538
2 Durval F. Guimaraes - 525
3 Alvaro dso Santos, Jr. - 524
4 Francisco P. Estrada - 517
Team Total: 2104

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Mexico Team
Rank Name Points Total Points
1 Igriacio Mendoz - 532
2 Camilo Kuri - 527
3 Henrique Torres V. - 524
4 Homero Ladaga - 517
Team Total: 2100

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Venezuela Team
Rank Name Points Total Points
1 Edgar Espinoza - 537
2 Angel Orellana - 517
3 Guillermo Araujo - 512
4 Jerko Jurin Cabov - 492
Team Total: 2058

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Argentina Team
Rank Name Points Total Points
1 Jose Cionci - 520
2 Jesus Sanchez - 520
3 Alberto Martijena - 509
4 Fredrico Manes - 499
Team Total: 2048

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Peru Team
Rank Name Points Total Points
1 Antonio Vita - 531
2 Tomas Lomano - 511
3 Guillermo Cornejo - 507
4 Pedro Puente - 497
Team Total: 2046

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)


Chile Team
Rank Name Points Total Points
1 Rigoberto Fontt - 532
2 Bernardo Cisternas - 518
3 Sidney Ojeda - 498
4 Patricio Vial - 497
Team Total: 2045

(Source: 1964 U.S. Olympic Book)




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