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.
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 W. Wigger, Jr., with
Gary L. Anderson
Lones Wigger, 1973 Championships of the Americas. Four team World Records, two individual World Records
Wig used an Anschutz 1413 like this during his many years of smallbore free rifle competition.
Lones Wigger, 1974 World Shooting Championships.
Lones Wigger, 1975 Pan American Games.
Lones Wigger with 1978 World 300m Free Rifle Champions and 1978 World 300m Std Rifle Champions
Lones W. Wigger, Jr. with another World Record, 1979 Pan American Games, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Lones W. Wigger, Jr. at 1981 Championships of the Americas and another four World Records
Lones and Mary Kay Wigger at daughter Deena's wedding, Feb. 26, 2000.