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40th World Shooting Championship

NRA Hosts Successful 40th Shooting Matches

Under generally favorable weather conditions, hundreds of the world's leading competitive shooters from 50 member countries of the International Shooting Union matched small arms skills in the 40th World Shooting Championships at Phoenix, Ariz.

Hosted by the National Rifle Association of American on behalf of the entire United States, the big event was the largest international shooting match ever held in the country and the first of its kind since 1923. It drew 704 top competitors to the Black Canyon rifle and pistol ranges and the Phoenix Trap and Skeet fields Oct. 18 - 26.

No fewer than 20 of the 50 nations represented managed to win one or more gold (first place), silver (second place) or bronze (third place) medals.

But despite fine showings by individuals and teams from nations as small as South Africa, Finland, Hungary, Sweden and Czechoslovakia, the bulk of the medals went to the super power with the super teams - the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A.

Though the 34 American shooters kept the heat on throughout the matches, the 42 Russian competitors amassed the most medals. The U.S.S.R. won 19 gold, 16 silver, and 10 bronze medals. The U.S.A. took 12 gold, 14 silver, and eight bronze medals.

In total number of medals won, the Russians led with 45. The United States won 34, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) 14, Czechoslovakia 12, Sweden eight, and German Democratic Republic (East Germany) seven. France took all five of its medals (one gold, two silver, two bronze) in shotgun events. The Yugoslav team, though numbering only nice, proved exceptionally strong in the women's events, taking three gold and two silver awards in them.

The Russian delegation, the largest from any nation, was rewarded for its lead in gold medals by receiving the Gamal Abdel Nasser Trophy which the late Egyptian leader established at the 38th World Shooting Championships in Cairo in 1962. Dr. Kurt Hasler, of Switzerland, president of the ISU, presented the trophy at the farewell banquet Oct. 26 in Phoenix's Towne House.

Despite pre-match concern that high winds from the Arizona desert might make record-setting difficult - the Russians even deliberately chose a windy range, Chabanka, for their U.S.S.R. tryouts and training - 12 new records were made under approximately normal to favorable weather conditions. Three records fell to Americans, three to Russians, two records each to Yugoslavia and West Germany and one each to Italy and Czechoslovakia.

Operating without the full governmental support customarily give the World Shooting Championships in other countries, the NRA relied heavily on volunteer help. More than 300 NRA Members provided that help in many phases of the operations both at Black Canyon Range and Phoenix Trap and Skeet Range. Still others manned information booths in the hotels housing shooters and in other "indoor" activities. Each will receive a handsome certificate of appreciation from the NRA.

The NRA also employed 400 teenage Indian boys and girls from the Phoenix Indian School in a great variety of range jobs.

American Rifleman, Vol. 118, No. 12, December 1970


U.S. Shooting team

Rifle Members

Lanny Bassham, David Boyd, John Foster, Dave Kimes, Bruce Meredith, Margaret Murdock, John Watkins, Lones Wigger and John Writer

Ladies Rifle Members

Tricia Foster, Bonny Hampson, Margaret Murdock and Diana Timberlake (Alternate)

Pistol Members

William Blankenship, Donald Hamilton, Emile Heugatter, Francis Higginson, Elmer W. Hilden, William W. McMillan, Aubrey Smith, John Smith, Edwin Teague, Arnold Vitarbo, Charles Wheeler and Jimmy Dorsey (Alternate)

Ladies Pistol Members

Sallie Carroll, Lucile Chambliss, Barbara Hile and Mary Norckauer (Alternate)

Running Boar Members

Loyd Crow, Ted McMillion, Frank Tossas and Robert Yeager

Clay Target Members

Kenneth Blasi, Jim Columbo, Kenneth Gilbert, Dallas Krapf, Robert Rodale, Larry Stafford, Larry Tiner, Walter Zobell and Allan Morrison (Alternate)

Ladies Clay Target

Valerie Johnson

Team Management & Support

Walter R. Walsh (Team Captain & Coach), Harry Reeves (Assistant) and Jack Maple (Armorer)

Tryouts set for world shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C. - More than 500 of the country's best men and women sports target shooters have been invited by the National Rifle Association of America to participate in the 10th annual U.S. International Shooting Championships at Phoenix, Ariz., July 18-26, and compete for positions on the U.S. team which will represent this country in the 40th World Shooting Championships.

The World Championships, which will be conducted by the N.R.A. on behalf of the U.S. and the International Shooting Union, will be held at Phoenix, October 17-26.

The U.S. Open Team will be composed of nine rifle shooters, 11 pistol shooters, four international skeet competitors, four clay pigeon (trapshooting) members, four running boar shooters and two alternates.

In ladies competition, the U.S. will also be authorized to enter three rifle shooters, three pistol shooters, two clay pigeon shooters, two international skeet shooters and two alternates.

With six officials permitted on the Open Team and one official for the ladies squad, the U.S. contingent will total 53 persons.

Walter Walsh, a retired Marine Corps colonel has been named as team captain for the U.S. Team by the N.R. A.

The Missourian, June 19, 1970

International Shooting Event Will Start

By Wilson K. Lythgoe

Every summer and fall, hundreds of riel marksmen, pistol shooters and skeet competitors vie in matches up and won and across the country.

Interest of shooters tomorrow will be centered upon Phoenix, Ariz., where more than 500 of the country's best men and women sports target shooters will open 13 days of competition in the U.S. International Shooting Championships.

Modesto's top rifle shooter, Duane Jenner, will not attend the International Championship. Jenner, who is one of the top rifle competitors in the nation, declined to attend because of the extremely hot weather in Phoenix.

"When fully clothed in my shooting gear, the heat would be intolerable," Jenner says. He will, however, attend the National Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio in August.

The shooters have been invited by the National Rifle Association to compete for positions on the U.S. team, which will represent the country in the 40th world shooting championships Oct. 17-26 in Phoenix.

Select US Team

The US open team to be selected will be composed of men as well as women rifle, pistol and skeet shooters. For a target match to draw women as men is no longer unusual.

And for a match to be marred by the least untoward incident is most unusual.

It made headlines, though, a few years ago when antigun senators and congressman applied pressure to the point where the Defense Department, avowedly in the interest of economy, withdrew its support from the National Rifle and Pistol matches at Camp Perry, Ohio, an annual event which the military and NRA had conducted jointly since 1903.

The NRA, backed by target shooters, sportsmen and shooting sports industry, have since gone it alone in putting on the competitive shooting events.

Truly these events have become both All-American and international. As such, they merit full public acceptance and recognition.

The American-style target shooting competitions, which had their beginnings in colonial times, have caught on and spread throughout the world.

Convincing Rebuttal

This, by the way, offers a convincing rebuttal of the ill-founded claim that Americans alone are peculiarly a sect of "gun worshippers." Gun interest is universal.

Local matches generally invite public, usually at a modest fee, often to benefit some local civic or charity movement. Sponsors of such events have found shooters as well as sportsmen and others drawn to them to be more than charitable.

Members of the crowds that marvel at the marksmanship of the shooters come away from the matches with a better understanding of the prowess of the country's frontiersmen and its soldiery.

The matches also are important in that they acquaint Americans, other than shooters and sportsmen with the National Rifle Association.

The NRA made headlines for its lobbying against gun control, and has been a target of antigun legislators and members of Congress.

Lost sight of its nationwide hunter safety program for youths. For instance, California law requires youths to complete a course under the program before they can obtain hunting licenses.

Youth Classes

Classes for youths are being taught now by volunteer instructors under guidance of the Fish and Game Department and the NRA to acquaint youngsters with firearms safety so they can enjoy hunting without endangering themselves or others.

Fish and game officials remind the opening of the coastal season on deer Aug. 1 will kick off hunting in California and now is a good time for youths to complete their hunter safety training.

They may obtain names of instructors near them from license agents, wardens or by writing the Fish and Game Department, 1416 9th St., Sacramento, 95814.

Clubs affiliated with the NRA also are to open their ranges to fellow sportsmen for the purpose of sighting-in their firearms in preparation for the coming hunting season.

Sacramento Bee, July 12, 1970

State Places 3 Shooters On U.S. Team

Turtle Creek Marine Carries Pistol Hopes

The National Rifle Association has announced the selection of the United States international shooting team to represent this nation at the 40th World Shooting Championships scheduled Oct. 14-26, in Phoenix.

The 43-member team is composed of the top rifle, pistol and shotgun marksmen in the United States, including several U.S. Olympic medal winners and holders of world shooting titles.

Three of the competitors chosen are from Pennsylvania. Selected from nearly 400 hopefuls at tryouts recently completed in Phoenix, the U.S. team will compete against more than 1,500 of the world's top shooters from over 40 nations in the championships.

During the 12 days of shooting, there will be 21 team and 23 individual events.

Hosted by the National Rifle Association of America, the 40th World Shooting Championships will be staged on two of the finest ranges in the nation.

The rifle and pistol events will be fired on the newly completed, international-type Black Canyon Range, owned and operated by the Maricopa County Recreation Department.

The shotgun event will be stated at the Phoenix Trap and Skeet Club, a privately owned facility. Both ranges are located within easy driving distance from downtown Phoenix.

Col. Walter R. Walsh, USMC (Ret.), Arlington, Va., has been named Captain of the U.S. team, a position he held in 1966 at the last world shooting championships in Wiesbaden, Germany

The three Pennsylvanians who qualified for the competition are:

Marine Lt. Col. William McMillan, Turtle Creek, who will shoot on the pistol team.

Army Staff Sgt. Dallas Krapf, Coatesville and Robert Rodale, Tommaus, who will be members of the clay target team.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 6, 1970

Five Marines, Hamilton Named to Represent U.S.

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Five Marines and a Navy man will be among those representing the United States in the 40th World Shooting Championship here October 14-26.

The 43-member U.S. International Shooting Team, which is composed of the top rifle, pistol and shotgun marksmen in the country, will be competing in the championship against more than 1500 of the world's top shooters from more than 60 nations.

The Marines on the team are: Lt. Col. William W. McMillan, Capt. Allen W. Morrison, CWO-2 David I. Boyd II, WO Francis A. Higgison and GySgt. Jimmie R. Dorsey.

Aviation Machinist's Mate First Donald L. Hamilton is the lone Navy representative.

Navy Times, October 7, 1070

40th World Shooting Meet Will Open

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - The problems and politics of assembling teams from more than 40 nations take a back seat Saturday to opening ceremonies of the 40th World Shooting Championships - the marksman's Olympic Games.

Kurt Hasler of Switzerland, president of the sponsoring International Shooting Union, will welcome more than 1,100 of the world's finest shooters in four languages.

Competition begins Sunday, and continues through Oct. 26.

Teams from Europe, Asia, Africa and South American have been streaming into this desert city for days, but not without complications.

Members of the Russian team discovered some of their baggage missing at the airport.

India's 10-man team withdrew in protest of South Africa's participation. One official, noting the team never left India, said lack of funds or competitors has influenced "political decisions" in the past.

The teams from the United Arab Republic and Israel are billeted as far as possible. "This is a sporting event, pure and simple, but we're not stupid," commented another official.

Unknown newspaper, October 13, 1970

Awards Are Presented

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - A cold desert wind drew a curtain of dust over the 40th World Shooting Championships Monday night, after final award ceremonies were completed with the aid of automobile headlights.

Free-rifle gold medalist Margaret Murdock of Topeka, Kan., expressed the feelings of most American team members when she said, "There was really no 'best' feature of the matches. There were only inadequacies."

John Foster, gold medal winner in the army rifle match, cited as an "anti-American attitude" on the part of International Shooting Union jurors, but added, "I can't prove it."

The American team, he said, was subject to "a lot of negative jury opinions, starting the first day with a hassle over shooting coats.

The alleged "negative" treatment continued through the ninth and final day of competition when the United States and Russian teams tied with 2223 out of 2400 for first in army rifle, and the Soviet shooters won the gold medal on a decision of ISU officials.

"The Russians should be given a gold medal for winning protests," said William McMillan of Turtle Creek, Pa., bronze medal winner in the standard pistol match which, by the way, was finally decided Monday, after four days of haggling.

But it was not all won in jury meetings, although they resulted in a few additional points for the Soviets here and there, and a medal or two. The Russians performed powerfully on the line in a meet which produced 20 medal-winning countries.

Russia had 19 gold, 16 silver and 9 bronze; followed by the United States with 12, 14 and 9.

In the final day's competition, Vladimir Agishev won the silver medal in the army rifle and his teammate, Valentin Kornev, won the bronze medal. Poland took the team bronze medal.

Rafael Carpio won Mexico's only gold medal in center fire pistol, followed by Finland's Seppo Nakinen and Lubomir Nacovsky of Czechoslovakia.

The Czechs won the team gold medal, leaving the silver for the United States and the bronze for Russia.

Nina Stolyarova of Russia won the gold in women's center fire, followed by Barbara Hile of the United States and Karin Fitzner of West Germany. The American women took the team gold medal, the Russians won the silver and West Germany captured the bronze.

Unknown newspaper, October 27, 1970

Russian Tops U.S. In World Shoot

PHOENIX, Ariz. — An outstanding performance by U.S. marksmen which included three world records, fell short of the medal bounty collected by the Soviet Union in the 40th World Shooting Championships here.

Stars of the U.S. squad were Army Lt. John Writer, who won 11 individual and team medals, and Army Capt. Margaret Murdock, who competed against the best men in the world in the rifle event and proved their superior.

But when the last round was fired the Americans were outdistanced by the Russians in the race for gold medals by a score of 19-12, and in the overall results America also trailed the USSR, 44-35. Sweden, Switzerland and Yugoslavia were the only other countries with more than two gold medals — each won three.

Writer also shared the title of winning the most awards with Russia's Vital Parkimovitch, each with 11.

Army Maj. John Foster won the last event on the program when he fired a 566 score with the Army rifle but the Russians won the team event with a 2223.

The Army's top pair of women shooters won gold medals for the U.S. Maj. Sallie Carroll won this country's first gold medal in the air pistol competition. Murdock took the measure of the men in the standard rifle with a record-setting 571 which helped the U.S. win the team title.

Marine Lt. Col. William McMillan finished eighth in the rapid fire pistol competition and Marine Sgt. Jimmie Dorsey finished ninth in the center fire pistol match.

Dorsey and another Marine, WO Francis Higginson, also were members of the second place team in the center fire pistol team competition.

About 1100 shooters from 58 countries participated in the matches which were fired under the auspices of the International Shooting Union but directly organized by the National Rifle Association. The firing proceeded at a very leisurely gait, requiring 10 days to bang out 23 matches.

Navy Times, December 2, 1970

25 Meter Rapid-Fire Pistol
Individual Scores
Rank Name Country 1st Day Total 2nd Day Total Total Points
1 Giovanni Liverzani Italy 298 300 598
2 Ladislav Falta Czechoslovakia 299 296 595
3 Weselin Petkov Bulgaria 296 298 594*
4 Lubemir Nacovsky Czechoslovakia 298 296 594
5 Dan Iuga Romania 298 295 593
6 Gerhard Dommrich East Germany 296 296 592
7 Silvano Mignardi Italy 294 297 591
8 William McMillan U.S.A. 296 295 591
9 Renart Suleymanov U.S.S.R. 296 294 590
10 Erich Masurat West Germany 296 294 590
11 Virgil Atanasiu Romania 297 293 590
22 William Blankenship U.S.A. 294 294 588
32 Edward Teague U.S.A. 293 293 586
55 John Smith U.S.A. 286 292 578

(Source: ISSF Results)


*Won shoot-off
25 Meter Rapid-Fire Pistol
Team Scores
Rank Country Total Points
1 Czechoslovakia 2366
2 Romania 2359
3 Italy 2353
4 Soviet Union 2351
5 West Germany 2344
6 East Germany 2343
7 United States 2343
8 Japan 2343
9 Poland 2342
10 Finland 2325

(Source: ISSF Results)


Czechoslovakia Team
Rank Name 1st Day Total 2nd Day Total Total Points
1 Ladislav Falta 299 296 595
2 Lubemir Nacovsky 298 296 594
3 Rudolf Kolinek 297 293 590
4 Vladimir Hurt 293 294 587
Team Total: 2366

(Source: ISSF Results)


Romania Team
Rank Name 1st Day Total 2nd Day Total Total Points
1 Dan Iuga 298 295 593
2 Virgil Atanasiu 297 293 590
3 Marcel Rosca 296 293 589
4 Ion Tripsa 294 293 587
Team Total: 2359

(Source: ISSF Results)


Italy Team
Rank Name 1st Day Total 2nd Day Total Total Points
1 Giovanni Liverzani 298 300 598
2 Silvano Mignardi 294 297 591
3 Roberto Ferraris 291 295 586
4 Ugo Amicosante 292 286 578
Team Total: 2353

(Source: ISSF Results)


U.S.S.R. Team
Rank Name 1st Day Total 2nd Day Total Total Points
1 Renart Suleymanov 296 294 590
2 Igor Bakalov 299 290 589
3 Yuri Alekhin 292 295 587
4 Fanasi Kuzmina 293 292 585
Team Total: 2351

(Source: ISSF Results)


West Germany Team
Rank Name 1st Day Total 2nd Day Total Total Points
1 Erich Masurat 296 294 590
2 Werner Beier 295 293 588
3 Manfred Moller 294 292 586
4 Friedrich Hassler 290 290 580
Team Total: 2344

(Source: ISSF Results)


East Germany Team
Rank Name 1st Day Total 2nd Day Total Total Points
1 Gerhard Dommrich 296 296 592
2 Gerhard Feller 295 293 588
3 Werner Pihaule 292 294 586
4 Christian Duering 282 295 577
Team Total: 2343

(Source: ISSF Results)


United States Team
Rank Name 1st Day Total 2nd Total Total Points
1 William McMillan 296 295 591
2 William Blankenship 294 294 588
3 Edward Teague 293 293 586
4 John Smith 286 292 578
Team Total: 2343

(Source: ISSF Results)


Japan Team
Rank Name 1st Day Total 2nd Day Total Total Points
1 Takeo Kamachi 296 294 590
2 Kanji Kubo 291 294 585
3 Makoto Shiraishi 292 293 585
4 Tadamasa Yamaoto 293 290 583
Team Total: 2343

(Source: ISSF Results)


Poland Team
Rank Name 1st Day Total 2nd Day Total Total Points
1 Waceaw Hamerlinski 297 292 589
2 Tadeusz Bartkowiak 293 293 586
3 Zbigniew Fedyczak 290 294 584
4 Josef Zapedski 298 285 583
Team Total: 2342

(Source: ISSF Results)


Finland Team
Rank Name 1st Day Total 2nd Day Total Total Points
1 Immo Huhtinen 291 294 585
2 Vaino Markkanen 289 294 583
3 Hannu Paavola 290 291 581
4 Seppo Makinen 290 286 576
Team Total: 2325

(Source: ISSF Results)


25 Meter Standard Pistol
Individual Scores
Rank Name Country Precision Total Timed Total Rapid Total Total Points
1 Renart Suleymanov U.S.S.R. 195 192 192 579*
2 Hynek Hromada Czechoslovakia 194 195 190 579
3 William McMillan U.S.A. 195 198 183 576
4 Jacques Trausch France 193 192 189 574
5 Noel Ryan Australia 194 190 189 573
6 Kornel Marosvari Hungary 194 194 185 573
7 Heinz Mertel West Germany 194 190 188 572
8 John Cooke Great Britain 193 192 186 571
9 Seppo Saarenpää Finland 194 192 185 571
10 Hubert Garschall Austria 195 186 189 570
11 William Blankenship U.S.A. 194 191 185 570
15 Edwin Teague U.S.A. 191 189 187 567
27 Charles Wheeler U.S.A. 193 187 183 563

(Source: ISSF Results)


*Won shoot off
25 Meter Standard Pistol
Team Scores
Rank Country Total Points
1 United States 2276
2 U.S.S.R. 2273
3 Czechoslovakia 2269
4 France 2265
5 Great Britain 2255
6 Finland 2250
7 West Germany 2245
8 Switzerland 2242
9 Austria 2236
10 Australia 2216

(Source: ISSF Results)


United States Team
Rank Name Precision Total Timed Total Rapid Total Total Points
1 William McMillan 195 198 183 576
2 William Blankenship 194 191 185 570
3 Edwin Teague 191 189 187 567
4 Charles Wheeler 193 187 183 563
Team Total: 2276

(Source: ISSF Results)


U.S.S.R. Team
Rank Name Precision Total Timed Total Rapid Total Total Points
1 Renart Suleymanov 195 192 192 579
2 Vladimir Stolypin 192 189 186 567
3 Anatoli Spivakov 192 188 185 565
4 Igor Bakalov 188 187 187 562
Team Total: 2273

(Source: ISSF Results)


Czechoslovakia Team
Rank Name Precision Total Timed Total Rapid Total Total Points
1 Hynek Hromada 194 195 190 579
2 Ladislav Falta 191 189 189 569
3 Vladimir Hurt 187 185 191 563
4 Lubemir Nacovsky 185 189 184 558
Team Total: 2269

(Source: ISSF Results)


France Team
Rank Name Precision Total Timed Total Rapid Total Total Points
1 Jacques Trausch 193 192 189 574
2 Louis Vignaud 197 186 186 569
3 Jean Bilon 186 194 181 561
4 Jacques Gheres 189 190 182 561
Team Total: 2265

(Source: ISSF Results)


Great Britain Team
Rank Name Precision Total Timed Total Rapid Total Total Points
1 John Cooke 193 192 186 571
2 R. Girling 188 190 188 566
3 Anthony Clark 193 187 186 566
4 I. F. Wyatt 195 179 178 552
Team Total: 2255

(Source: ISSF Results)


Finland Team
Rank Name Precision Total Timed Total Rapid Total Total Points
1 Seppo Saarenpää 194 192 185 571
2 Matti Patteri 193 190 182 565
3 Seppo Makinen 195 184 183 562
4 Vaino Markkanen 193 189 170 552
Team Total: 2250

(Source: ISSF Results)


West Germany Team
Rank Name Precision Total Timed Total Rapid Total Total Points
1 Heinz Mertel 194 190 188 572
2 Manfred Moller 189 189 183 561
3 Sebastian Krausser 190 184 182 556
4 Erich Masurat 192 180 184 556
Team Total: 2245

(Source: ISSF Results)


Switzerland Team
Rank Name Precision Total Timed Total Rapid Total Total Points
1 Ernst Stoll 197 186 182 565
2 Reiny Ruess 187 188 188 563
3 Werner Meier 194 183 183 560
4 Hans Albrecht 183 186 185 554
Team Total: 2242

(Source: ISSF Results)


Austria Team
Rank Name Precision Total Timed Total Rapid Total Total Points
1 Hubert Garschall 195 186 189 570
2 Gerhard Petrisch 187 189 187 563
3 Karl Burger 193 188 182 563
4 Rudolf Dollinger 194 178 168 540
Team Total: 2236

(Source: ISSF Results)


Australia Team
Rank Name Precision Total Timed Total Rapid Total Total Points
1 Noel Ryan 194 190 189 573
2 John Pearson 192 191 173 556
3 Alexander Taransky 186 182 182 550
4 Michael Papps 191 183 163 537
Team Total: 2216

(Source: ISSF Results)



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