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Post by dronning on 10/31/2019, 10:01 am

Check out the 45 verses the 22 scores. Remember this was with iron sights!

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Post by spursnguns on 10/31/2019, 10:22 am

Hello dronning,

And he covered a lot of territory too.

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Post by Wobbley on 10/31/2019, 11:53 am

The service teams did in those days. There was a lot of military activity because of the draft. So there not only was surplus manpower but there was extra budget and rationale to support service teams. Orders with support money attached were issued to get team members to and from big matches via military transport aircraft were common. After 67 or 68 it all came crashing down.
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Post by robert84010 on 10/31/2019, 7:02 pm

I shoot with Arnie Vitarbo a couple of times a year and get to hear great stories from this golden age of bullseye. Don placed in the top three 10 times at Perry during this golden era. Creedmored out of the title several times.

Arnie said an Air Force teammate of his broke 2650 fourteen times at matches in 1964, and did not win a single match! He said you had to shoot the scores to stay on the team, there was always someone there trying to earn your spot.


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Post by Allen Barnett on 10/31/2019, 9:48 pm

When my father traveled with the Army pistol team from 1957 through 1959 the familes often traveled with the team.  My parents used to say that by the time I was three in 1959 that I had been in all 48 continental states. One of the stories Mom and Dad used to say about me was that they kept talking about going to Miami for a big match.  They said that I finally asked one day when are we going to yourami.  I have a picture of me sitting on Dad's Harley in diapers at Camp Perry.  If I could ever learn how to post pictures on here I sure that some of them would be of interest to the group.


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Post by john bickar on 11/1/2019, 12:48 am

I have seen this before in a different photo, and I credit it (in part) for my finally breaking 2650 (and 2660) a few years ago, after many years of struggle.

I looked at those CF and .45 scores and had an attitude adjustment.

Thanks for posting.
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Post by Ed Hall on 11/1/2019, 8:39 am

john bickar wrote:I have seen this before in a different photo, and I credit it (in part) for my finally breaking 2650 (and 2660) a few years ago, after many years of struggle.

I looked at those CF and .45 scores and had an attitude adjustment.

Thanks for posting.
I had a similar moment.  When I was struggling to make HM, I looked over my prior scores and adjusted my attitude.  The result was a 2626 and 2627 for the next two matches.  Just think what I could have done looking at Don's scores, or yours, John!

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Post by adminbot1911 on 11/1/2019, 9:59 am

Out of curiosity, was the 2700 shot in different order back then?  Seeing as how the order of record is .45, CF, and .22.
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Post by jmdavis on 11/1/2019, 12:31 pm

Same order but the teams considered 45 the important thing. 

A friend of mine was on the Navy rifle team a little after this but also shooting pistol quite a bit. He was bumping 2600 but never reaching it. Finally he asked Hamilton to borrow an S&W 52 (I think) that Hamilton didn't use. My friend shot the gun for a week and was happy with it and then went to his first match. 22 went well, it always did for him. In centerfire the Slow matches were good, and the National match course timed went well too. They shot the National match rapid and my friend had 8 holes in the target, all in the X with no additional shots on the target or backer. In other words an 80 with 8x. He gave the S&W back to Hamilton who told him that he had the same problem. 

Doug Bronnenberg never did break 2600, but he did hit the 2590s a couple of more times over the years. And after that he happily shot 22 and 45.
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Post by Joe Morgan on 11/1/2019, 7:46 pm

No statistically significant difference in score among the three events- well done!

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Post by lonegunman on 11/2/2019, 8:35 am

Wow, those are amazing scores.  That must have been an awesome time to compete, the NRA cared more about shooting and gun ownership that fattening Wayne's wallet and squandering millions on private jets for the board members, ammo was cheap and matches were plenty.

If Don golfed that good he would have terrorized Arnold Palmer.
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Post by adminbot1911 on 11/2/2019, 10:59 pm

The consistency is amazing.
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Post by troystaten on 11/10/2019, 2:15 pm

That was some amazing shooting.  Thanks for showing us.

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Post by dfk178 on 12/24/2019, 6:10 pm

adminbot1911 wrote:Out of curiosity, was the 2700 shot in different order back then?  Seeing as how the order of record is .45, CF, and .22.
This is from a 1959 Sparrows Point Registration form:
Maryland State Championship June 19,20, 21 1959

Day 1 Friday Starts with .45 Cal Individual
2 Slow fires
2 Timed Fires
2 Rapid Fires
National Match Course

Day 2 Saturday is Center Fire Individual
Same sequence. 

Day 3 Sunday .22 Cal Individual
Same sequence.
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Post by Jack H on 12/24/2019, 10:02 pm

Sparrows Point.  From my coach and mentors things.
These are cast aluminum plates about 12" across

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