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Hall of Fame - Arthur C. Jackson

Art Jackson in 1947 with his Remington 37 .22 rifle.Date of Birth: May 15, 1918

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Events: .22 Smallbore Rifle

Personal: Jackson started shooting in grade school, and moved onto the Brooklyn Tech High School rifle team once into his secondary schooling. He was on the high school team for three years, winning the league championships in 1936. He joined the rifle team after saving for a year to afford the fifteen cent ammunition fee for the tryouts.  He graduated from high school in 1937, and moved onto the Brooklyn Poly-Tech Institute and the School of Modern Photography in New York City. He continued shooting throughout his college career. His success in local and state events grew and he continued participating in these and regional tournaments prior to the United States' entry into World War II. He shot on the U.S. Palma Team in 1985, 1988, and 1992.

Jackson also served in the United States military, where he trained to be a bombardier at what is now Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Texas and graduated with the rank of second lieutenant. He served briefly as an instructor and then a combatant in the Pacific Theater of Operations until the surrender of Japan. He left the army in 1946 with the rank of First Lieutenant.Jackson was eventually sent to Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan to help form the first Air Force Rifle Team and trained at Palm Beach Air Force Base in West Palm Beach, Florida during the winter months.Upon his return to the United States, he discovered that he had been promoted to the rank of Captain.

Jackson also worked for the CIA from 1953-1974. In his spare time, Jackson enjoyed fishing and photography. He enjoyed his life with his wife Nancy and their five children; Diane Lee, Thomas, Robert, Sarah, and WilliamThe Arthur C. Jackson Trophy, awarded by the NRA to the highest scorer at the World Black Powder Long Range International Championships, is named in his honor.

Competition Highlights

  • 1948 Olympic Games - 300m Free Rifle
  • 1949 World Shooting Championships - Gold individual- 50m + 100m Free Rifle Prone 30+30 shots
  • 1951 Pan American Games - Gold individual - 50m + 100m Free Rifle Prone 30+30 shots
  • 1951 Pan American Games - Gold individual- 50m Free Rifle 3x40 shots
  • 1952 World Shooting Championships - Gold individual- 50m Free Rifle Prone 40 shots
  • 1952 World Shooting Championships - Gold individual - 50m + 100m Free Rifle Prone 30+30 shots (World Record)
  • 1952 World Shooting Championships - Gold team - 50m + 100m Free Rifle Prone 30+30 shots (World Record - team)
  • 1952 World Shooting Championships - Bronze individual- 300m Army Rifle
  • 1952 Olympic Games - Bronze individual- 50m Free Rifle Prone 40 shots
  • 1954 World Shooting Championships - Gold team - 50m + 100m Free Rifle Prone 30+30 shots (World Record - team)
  • 1955 Pan American Games - Gold individual - 50m Free Rifle 3x40 shots
  • 1955 Pan American Games - Gold individual - 50m + 100m Free Rifle Prone 30+30 shots
  • 1956 Olympic Games - 50m Free Rifle Prone 60 shots, 50m Free Rifle 3x40 shots

 1949 World Champion Art Jackson

 1949 World Champion - 50m + 100m Free Rifle Prone 30+30 shots

 

Art Jackson shooting standing with his smallbore free rifle.

 Art Jackson shooting standing with his smallbore free rifle.

 

Art Jackson in 1951.

 Art Jackson in 1951.

 

Art Jackson on the cover of The American Rifleman magazine in May 1954.

 Art Jackson on the cover of The American Rifleman magazine in May 1954.

 

Art Jackson with the 1955 Winchester Trophy at Camp Perry, Ohio.

 Art Jackson with the 1955 Winchester Trophy at Camp Perry, Ohio.

 

Art Jackson at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City.

 Art Jackson at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City.

 

Arthur C. Jackson and 1956 Olympic Shooting Team

 Arthur C. Jackson (front right) with 1956 Olympic Shooting Team on the way to Melbourne, Australia.

 

Art and Nancy Jackson at his 1999 USA International Shooting Hall of Fame Induction in Atlanta, GA.

 Art and Nancy Jackson at his 1999 USA International Shooting Hall of Fame Induction in Atlanta, GA.

 

U.S. Distinguished International Shooter Badge
Click here to see an excellent article on Art Jackson written by Hap Rocketto. Part of it was printed in The 1996 Precision Shooting Annual. It is in Microsoft Word format. If a window pops up that says "Enter Network Password", just click on "Cancel". The article should show up in the other window.
 

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