Distinguished rifleman and noted shooting sports historian Harold “Hap” Rocketto sadly passed on July 8, 2021, at the age of 74.
You'll never guess who won the four-way tie between John Crowley, John Moschkau, Charlie Whipple and Art Cook at the 50th anniversary 1953 NRA Smallbore Nationals at Camp Perry, Ohio.
The last decade proved to be pivotal in the history of the NRA Smallbore Rifle Nationals.
For smallbore after Y2K, the Wigger Era closes again—sort of.
The Wigger Era closes, sort of, during the 1990s. The NRA National Smallbore Rifle Championships saw a handover to the next generation to top shooters, but some of the "old-timers" were still earning wins during the decade of grunge, Friends and Seinfeld.
Throughout the 1980s, the National Smallbore Rifle Championships were dominated by the great Lones Wigger.
The wind blew and Lones Wigger won (a lot) throughout the second half of the “Golden Age” of smallbore rifle shooting — the 1970s. The disco decade of saw the iconic Wigger, along with a cast of characters rivaling a Hollywood blockbuster, help usher in the 3-P era, all while setting a slew of smallbore national records at Camp Perry.