Date of Birth: November 1, 1917
Hometown: Paragould, Arkansas
Events: 50M Pistol
Personal: Joe Benner was born in rural Arkansas, and developed an early love for fine guns through his grandfather, an avid sportsman. His first interest in match shooting developed after joining the U.S. Army in 1935. Benner's first major tournament was the South Atlantic Matches in Savannah, Georgia. His sucess bolstered the incentive to continue marksmanship.
During the years 1940-1951, Benner was the Weapons Instructor at the Armored School in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He taught marksmanship to thousands of Officer Candidates with all guns, small arms to tank size. During this time, World War II erupted and caused a halt in many of the matches.
In 1964, Benner retired as a Sgt. Major having more than 28 years of service. After retirement, he accepted the position as Director of Shooting Education with High Standard Firearms, and moved to Tampa, Florida. After this, Benner started his own business, Joe Benner Security Equipment. He sold guns, leather, and ammunitions and imported some of the first international style firearms - the Sauer drilling and the Feinwerkbau air pistol.
In his personal time, Benner enjoyed hunting and participating in all shooting aspects.