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Post by Founder on 6/24/2019, 8:39 pm

Friends,
I saw the photos of this vintage pistol box on Facebook and wanted to share them here. Does anyone recognize the people in the photos in the lid?

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Post by zanemoseley on 6/24/2019, 8:54 pm

That's awesome. I love a well decorated box, unfortunately my is plain Jane now.

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Post by james r chapman on 6/24/2019, 8:57 pm

zanemoseley wrote:That's awesome. I love a well decorated box, unfortunately my is plain Jane now.
Camp Perry will take care of that!!
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Post by john bickar on 6/24/2019, 10:14 pm

Don't recognize the people in the photos, but my bullseye box is very similar to that. I can't read the label on that one but mine says "General".

Wa-ke-de range is/was in one of the "I" states, I believe. If my dad was still around, he might know. '78-'85 was in the heart of his Perry career.
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Post by oxbowbob on 6/25/2019, 6:50 am

I sent the pics to a friend. He said the person in middle pic with dark shirt is Ricardo Rodriquez and they guy in the right photo looks like Bill Blankenship.
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Post by james r chapman on 6/25/2019, 6:53 am

Wa-ke-de range is/was in one of the "I" states, I believe.
Bristol, Indiana. Still holding Regionals.
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Post by john bickar on 6/25/2019, 9:52 am

james r chapman wrote:
Wa-ke-de range is/was in one of the "I" states, I believe.
Bristol, Indiana. Still holding Regionals.

Ah, that's right. I never made it over there, that's why it's in "recognition memory" space, not "recall memory" space.
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Post by James Hensler on 6/25/2019, 11:38 am

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Post by James Hensler on 6/25/2019, 11:39 am

I love mine and used it today!
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Post by adminbot1911 on 6/26/2019, 10:01 am

The shape and the size of the badges, USMC officer regalia, physical appearance, and approximate date of the picture lead me to believe that the gentleman on the left is the iconic (and coincidentally triple-distinguished) then-Captain William McMillan.

"Olympic gold medallist Lieutenant Colonel William W. McMillan, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps, Retired, died June 6, 2000, in Encinitas, California. In a dramatic three-way shoot-off, McMillan won the gold medal in the Rapid-Fire Silhouette event at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, Italy. At the end of the two-day competition, McMillan had fired a 587 to tie the existing Olympic record and ended up tied for first place with a shooter from Finland and one from Russia. Two hours after the regular competition – a period that Bill used to take a catnap on the range, no doubt unnerving his challengers – he fired a 48-50-49 in three series of four second for a 147 total to best the 139 and 135 shot by the other two shooters. McMillan was selected to carry the U.S. Flag and lead the United States Olympic Team at the 1960 Olympic Games closing ceremony. Bill also competed in the 1952 Olympic Games and at the 1954, 1958, and 1962 World Shooting Championships. He earned the United States Distinguished International Shooter Badge at the 1962 World Shooting Championships. Additionally, he won the U.S. Marine Corps Service Rifle Championship in 1955 and won the National Pistol Championship at the 1957 National Matches. Bill served as a rifleman during the Korean War and in 1953 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. In 1969 Bill was assigned as an ordnance officer to Vietnam where he was awarded the Bonze Star Medal. Bill retired from the Marine Corps in 1974. After his retirement, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department employed McMillan as weapons training coordinator. In those early years of international competition – before the advent of the sophisticated rapid-fire pistols we know today – one must reflect in awe at the rapid-fire scores fired by Bill with the pistols and ammunition available then. And one must wonder what scores Bill would have fired if he had competed in a more recent era. For those who competed against and knew him, Bill McMillan will be remembered as a world-class champion and a world-class competitor."
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Post by adminbot1911 on 6/26/2019, 11:34 am

99% chance that the gentleman sitting next to Bill McMillan is Charles "Charlie" Lauer, USMC rifle distinguished 1967.
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Post by tierney on 6/26/2019, 1:50 pm

I used to have one of those Deep South sight adjustment cards in my box in the days of all irons.  good memories.

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Post by jmdavis on 6/26/2019, 3:10 pm

I think that McMillian would have been an Major by the mid 60's


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Post by bruce martindale on 6/26/2019, 4:10 pm

Love the nostalgia!

What a time too!

Who else has old stuff to post?

Who had the film clip on police ranges, casting, and reloading?

Thanks

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Post by Jack H on 6/26/2019, 10:05 pm

From my coach and mentor.  LTC Miller.  WWII-Korea.  Retired 1963. 
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Post by LenV on 6/26/2019, 11:31 pm

My son told me I could never sell this box. All it really shows is that I'm old and owned a staple gun. Laughing 

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Post by john bickar on 6/27/2019, 1:12 am

adminbot1911 wrote:coincidentally triple-distinguished

Shucks, I wish I had known that there was a way to go Triple Distinguished coincidentally! I wouldn't have worked so hard!

😉
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Post by adminbot1911 on 6/27/2019, 5:54 am

john bickar wrote:
adminbot1911 wrote:coincidentally triple-distinguished

Shucks, I wish I had known that there was a way to go Triple Distinguished coincidentally! I wouldn't have worked so hard!

😉
Heh, pass some of that coincidence on over my way!
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