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Held at Harrisburg Hunters & Anglers Range
July 6 through 8, 1951

News Photo

The above MCS Pistol team shattered the National team record which they had set themselves last month. The shooters fired a record 1157 out of a possible 1200 at Harrisburg, Penna., Hunters and Anglers rank last week. They are (l to r) CWO M. W. Billing, Master Sgt. T. R. Mitchell, Sgt. W. W. McMillan, and Capt. J. M. Jagoda.

Photo by Cpl. G. L. Chambers, MCS Photo Services

Pistol Team Sets Record; Shatter Own

Eight Marines trained in the art of marksmanship - one of the prime requisites of the Marine Corps, invaded Harrisburg, Pa., Hunters and Anglers' range last weekend and continued their assault on the regional and national shooting records. In blasting out the "black," the leathernecks established a new national team record and shattered one they had previously set.

Quantico's expert pistol shooters set the new mark when they fired a record 1157 out of a possible 1200. This score shattered the 1150x1200 set down by the locals last month at Sparrows Point, Md. Prior to that time, the crack Detroit Police team held the record for 10 years with a 1140x1200.

Firing for the Quantico aggregation at the Harrisburg matches were Capt. J. M. Jagoda; CWO M. W. Billing; Master Sgt. T. R. Mitchell; Master Sgt. V. Perna; Master Sgt. O. C. Nelson; Staff Sgt. F. L. Kirby and Sgt. W. W. McMillan.

Competing against more than 200 civilian, police and service personnel entered in the match. Master Sgt. Mitchell won the individual honors in the grand aggregate and a trip to the National Pistol Championships to be held at San Francisco, Calif., in October.

The well known Marine Corps pistol competitor fired a grand aggregate of 2559 and was tied by teammate CWO Billing. However, the winner was determined on the basis of a three day total score on the rapid fire event which is considered the most difficult event of the matches. Mitchell posted an 874 rapid fire aggregate while Billings blasted an 867. Capt. Jagoda of Quantico placed third in the matches and Sergeant McMillan held down the sixth berth. Fourth place was won by Col. W. R. Walsh of Headquarters Marine Corps and fifth place laurels went to Maj. Philip Roettinger, USMCR.

The Quantico shooters who have gained fame throughout the nation hold down two other records along with that which they set at Harrisburg. The locals claim the National Indoor .22 caliber crown with 1138x1200 and the .45 caliber National Trophy Team Match.

Quantico Sentry, Friday, July 12, 1951

Marine Sergeant Outshoots Rivals in Pistol Tourney

M/Sgt. Tom R. Mitchell veteran Marine Corps pistol competitor won individual honors in the grand aggregate of a 3-day Regional Pistol tournament which ended yesterday at the Harrisburg Hunters and Anglers range.

Mitchell's aggregate of 2559 was tied by his team-mate, Chief Warrant Officer Mark W. Billing, but the winner was decided on the basis of a 3-day total score in the rapid-fire event which is considered the most difficult of the matches. Sgt. Mitchell, soft-spoken Texan with 17 years' service in the USMC, posted an 874 rapid-fire aggregate to Billing's 867.

The Marine School Team of Quantico, Va., established a national team record of 1157 out of a possible 1200. This broke their own record of 1150 established this year at Sparrows Point, Md. Prior to that, the Detroit Police had held the record for 10 years at 1140.

Excerpt from unknown news article, July 1951

Letter Certificate
Grand Aggregate
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency .22 Caliber Center-Fire .45 Caliber Total
1st
Open
Thomas R. Mitchell U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
- - 861 2559*
2nd
Open
Mark W. Billing U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
- - 857 2559*
3rd
Open
John M. Jagoda U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
- - - 2549
4th
Open
Walter R. Walsh U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
- - - 2545
5th
Open
Phillip C. Roettinger U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Alexandria, Va.
- - - 2542
6th
Open
Wm W. McMillan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
- - - 2541
1st
Expert
George Lyon Chambersburg, Pa. - - 846 2526
2nd
Expert
A. Simonsen Baltimore, Md. - - - 2482
3rd
Expert
Henry Herman Pennsylvania
State Police
- - 809 2464
4th
Expert
J. L. Lindquist Maplewood, N.J. - - 801 2461
1st
Sharpshooter
John Fulling U.S. Army
Fort Lee, N.J.
- - 789 2435
2nd
Sharpshooter
Arthur Plummer Baltimore Police - - 786 2426
3rd
Sharpshooter
Robert McDonald Dalgreen, Va. - - 775 2401
4th
Sharpshooter
Russ M. Wilhelm Baltimore Police - - - 2387
1st
Marksman
T. F. Cook U.S. Army
Fort Holabird, Md.
- - - 2308
2nd
Marksman
John Fielding Catonsville, Md. - - - 2292
3rd
Marksman
Harry Ogan Hampton, Va. - - - 2283
4th
Marksman
Norman Moore Wilmington, Del. - - - 2229
High Lady Maria Hulseman Towson, Md. - - - 2430

(Source: Unknown news article)


*The winner was decided on the basis of a 3-day total score in the rapid-fire event. Mitchell posted a 874 to Billing's 867

.45 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Service Branch/Agency Total Points
1 Marine Corps Schools Pistol Team
J. M. Jagoda, M. W. Billing, T. R. Mitchell and W. McMillan, Jr.
1157

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.38 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Service Branch/Agency Total Points
1 - -

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.22 Caliber Team Championship
Rank Service Branch/Agency Total Points
1 - -

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.45 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Total Points
1 Thomas R. Mitchell U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
861
2 Mark W. Billing U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
857
3 Buck Fisher El Paso, Tex. 853
4 George Lyon Chambersburg, Pa. 846
1st
Expert
Curt Remfrey U.S. Army
Aberdeen, Md.
823
2nd
Expert
James W. E. Mack U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
818
3rd
Expert
William C. Hoyt, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
809
4th
Expert
Charles Merz Pittsburg Police
Department
799
1st
Sharpshooter
Henry Herman Pennsylvania
State Police
809
2nd
Sharpshooter
J. L. Lindquist Maplewood, N.J. 801
3rd
Sharpshooter
Charles Simonsen Baltimore Police
Department
796
4th
Sharpshooter
Robert McDonald Dalgreen, Va. 775
1st
Marksman
John Fullilng U.S. Army
Fort Lee, N.J.
789
2nd
Marksman
Arthur Plummer Baltimore Police
Department
786
3rd
Marksman
Russ Appleby Harrisburg, Pa. 775
4th
Marksman
Herbert Hull Harrisburg, Pa. 771

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.45 Caliber Slow Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 George Lyon Chambersburg, Pa. 190

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.45 Caliber Timed Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Mark W. Billing U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
199

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.45 Caliber Rapid Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 Thomas R. Mitchell U.S. Marine Corps
Quantico, Va.
195

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.45 Caliber National Match Course
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source:)

.38 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source:)


.38 Caliber Slow Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source:)


.38 Caliber Timed Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source:)


.38 Caliber Rapid Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source:)


.38 Caliber National Match Course
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source)


.22 Caliber Championship
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source:)


.22 Caliber Slow Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source:)


.22 Caliber Timed Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source:)


.22 Caliber Rapid Fire Match
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

(Source:)


.22 Caliber National Match Course
Rank Name Service Branch/Agency Score
1 - - -

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