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Hall of Fame - Lanny R. Bassham

 Lanny Bassham, Olympic Champion 50m Free Rifle, with Margaret Murdock at 1976 Olympic Games.

Date of Birth: January 2, 1947

Hometown: Comanche, Texas

Events: 10M Air Rifle, .22 Smallbore Rifle

Personal: Shooting sports legend Lanny Bassham began shooting at the age of 12, where he then moved on to shooting on his high school rifle team. His shooting sports career became a greater part of his life after joining the rifle team and ROTC at the University of Texas-Arlington, where he was a four-time All-American. Graduating with a degree in business, Bassham then took his shooting career to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, where he shot for four years. 

Bassham is now a highly respected coach and motivational speaker, having produced several books and sets aof videotapes for sports psychology and motivation. As a coach, he ran an International Shooting School for ten years, and was also the Olympic Team coach for Korea and India in 1984. He and his wife Helen have three children; Brian, Troy, and Heather. He enjoys watching films and traveling in his spare time.

Competition Highlights

  • 1972 Olympic Games - Silver, Three-Position Smallbore
  • 1973 Championship of the Americas - Silver, 10M Air Rifle
  • 1974 World Championships - 3x40 Champion, 300m Free Rifle
  • 1974 World Championships - Champion, 300m Free Rifle Standing
  • 1974 World Championships - Champion, 300m Free Rifle Prone
  • 1976 Olympic Games - Gold, Three-Position Smallbore
  • 1978 World Championships - Gold, Three-Position Smallbore
  • 1978 World Championships - Bronze, Prone Smallbore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lanny Bassham, 1972 Olympic Silver Medalist, 50m Free Rifle

Lanny Bassham, 1972 Olympic Silver Medalist, 50m Free Rifle

 

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Lanny Bassham, Four team World Records, 1973 Championships of the Americas

 Lanny Bassham, Four team World Records, 1973 Championships of the Americas

 

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Lanny Bassham, 1974 World 300m Rifle Champion

 Lanny Bassham, won six individual medals and nine team medals.

 

Lanny Bassham, 1974 World Shooting Championships

 Lanny Bassham, 1974 World Shooting Championships

 

Lanny Bassham, 1975 Pan American Games

 Lanny Bassham, 1975 Pan American Games

 

Walther GX-1

 Lanny switched to the Walther GX-1 after the 1974 World Championships. He won the 1976 Olympics and 1978 World Shooting Championships with it.

 

Lanny Bassham

 Lanny Bassham - 1976 Olympic Champion

 

 

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Lanny Bassham - 1978 World 50m Free Rifle Champion

 Lanny Bassham - 1978 World 50m Free Rifle Champion

 

U.S. Distinguished International Shooter Badge
 

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