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Hall of Fame - Lones W. Wigger, Jr

Lones Wigger and Lazlo Hammerl

Date of Birth: August 15, 1937

Hometown: Great Falls, Montana

Events: .22 Smallbore Rifle, 300m Rifle

Personal: Lones Wigger, Jr., was born in 1937 in Great Falls Montana and took up competitive shooting when he was 12. He began practicing rifle in the basement of the Carter Community Center in his hometown, where his father ran the club shooting program.

Wigger also shot for the Montana State University rifle program, where he was an All-American. It was from this collegiate experience where Lones took to Fort Benning and the Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU).

Wigger was an officer at the USAMU and retired at the rank of Lt. Col. He was inducted in the Army Shooting Hall of Hame in 1988 and the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 2008. Wigger continues to run World Cup events in the United States and compete in many national matches around the country. His daughter, Deena, was on the 1988 Olympic Team and his son, Ron, was the head rifle coach at West Point.

Competition Highlights

1964 50m Free Rifle Olympic Champion and World Record Holder

1964 Olympic Champion - 50m Free Rifle 3x40

1964 Olympic Silver Medalist - 50m Prone Rifle

1972 Olympic Champion - 300m Free Rifle

16 major U.S. international teams

22 World Championships (two individual, 20 team)

Seven Pan-American titles

18 victories in the Championship of the Americas

16 wins in the Council Internationale Sport du Militaire match

Over 108 International Medals

Lones Wigger, Jr. and Gary Anderson, 1964 Olympic Champions

Lones W. Wigger, Jr., with
Gary L. Anderson

 

World 300m Free Rifle Champions
Lones Wigger with the Argentine Trophy (World 300m Free Rifle Team Championship) and teammates Gary Anderson, Margaret Thompson and John Foster at the 1966 World Shooting Championships

 

1972 Munich Olympic Games logo
Lones Wigger, 1972 Olympic Champion

  

1973 Championships of the Americas logo
Lones Wigger, 1973 Championships of the Americas. Four team World Records, two individual World Records
Lones Wigger, 1973 Championships of the Americas. Four team World Records, two individual World Records

 

Anschutz 1413 
Wig used an Anschutz 1413 like this during his many years of smallbore free rifle competition.

 

1974 World Shooting Championships logo
Lones Wigger, 1974 World Shooting Championships.

 Lones Wigger, 1974 World Shooting Championships.

 

Lones Wigger, 1975 Pan American Games.

 Lones Wigger, 1975 Pan American Games.

 

1978 World Shooting Championships logo

1978 World 300m Free Rifle Champions   1978 World 300m Std Rifle Champions

 Lones Wigger with 1978 World 300m Free Rifle Champions and 1978 World 300m Std Rifle Champions

 

Lones Wigger at 1979 Pan Am Games

Lones W. Wigger, Jr. with another World Record, 1979 Pan American Games, San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

Lones Wigger

 

Lones Wigger

Lones W. Wigger, Jr. at 1981 Championships of the Americas and another four World Records

 

U.S. Distinguished International Shooter Badge

 

Lones and Mary Kay Wigger at daughter Deena's wedding, Feb. 26, 2000.  Wigger Wedding

 Lones and Mary Kay Wigger at daughter Deena's wedding, Feb. 26, 2000.

 

 

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