By Coach John Simeone
Uncle John’s Outdoors
La State Director TNUSA
In honor of the greatest military sharpshooter of the 20th Century, Carlos Hathcock, who was known as White Feather (Long Trang) to the Viet Cong, this fraternity is dedicated. Hathcock first received his shooting instructions with the .22 Squirrel Rifle in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. It is only befitting that the list of the Best of the Best, Top Gun .22 rifle shooters, bear his nickname.
Only by scoring a 47 out of 50 points on a witnessed and incredibly difficult Black Death Challege Target may the shooter enter this role. Squirrel Rifles caliber 22 Long rifle, 22 magnum, or 17 HRM with a total weight not to exceed 10 pounds 2 ounces, at 25 yards any sights, Or a heavy unlimited BR-50 .22 Long rifle only, any sights at 50 yards. Cowboy action rifle, 22 Long Rifle or 22 Magnum at 25 yards, Any non-bolt action tubular fed rifle, any sights may be used on any rifle. Maxing this target requires absolute perfection.
This record book is kept to freely promote exceptional shooting skills for the fun and enjoyment of all those who love the shooting sports.
AT FIFTY YARDS
1. SSG MIKE FLYN: April 16, 2000, Anshutz model 64, with iron sights, Remington High Speed Long Rifle hollowpoints. Score perfect 50 TEAM TOP GUN
2. LARRY BAKER: April 28, 2002, Score perfect 50, Ruger custom 10/22, Tasco 8X24 scope, Federal 900b ammo. First scoped rifle to max the BDT at 50 yards. TEAM TEXARKANA
3. WAYNE THORSEN: June 22, 2002, Score perfect 50, Ruger Custom 10/22, Team Pendleton Gun
4. DALE McCLURE: July 17, 2002. Score perfect 50, Remington 40X, Shilen barrel, B&L Scope, Eley EPS (first actual BR-50 rifle to max target (over 12 pounds) Oklahoma City gun Club.
5. CHUCK CORY: November 9, 2003, Remington 513T, Weaver K-10, Wolf target ammo, Frankfort, Indiana.
6. JEFF BROWNE: November 20, 2003, Score perfect 50, Winchester 52, Leupold 6X20 scope, CCI Green tag, Hubardston Michigan. Fish Creek Sportsman's Club.
7. DON GREEN: January 15, 2004, perfect 50, Winchester 52, Simmons 6.5X20X44, Wolf MT, Broken Arrow Oklahoma, Tulsa Gun Club.
AT TWENTY FIVE YARDS
1. COACH JODY SKINNER: September 14, 2003, perfect 50, Ruger M-77, Unknown scope, CCI ammo Team Pendleton Gun, Toledo Town La.
AT FIFTY YARDS
17 Hornady Rimfire Magnum
This is a special division for the 17 HRM rifle. Records are kept at 25,50 or 75 yards
1. DAVE BAKER: May 27th 2002, score perfect 50, Marlin 17 V, Tasco 4X16 scope. Cabot Pennsylvania.
2. NOAH BANNING May 29th 2002, score perfect 50, Marlin 17VS, Swift 3X9 Scope. Top Gun New Yok.
AT TWENTYFIVE YARDS
The Light “Squirrel Rifle”
1. COACH JOHN SIMEONE: April 15, 2000, CZ-452 Lux .22 LR, Bushnell Banner 6X18 scope, Remington/Eley Match Xtra Plus. (First person to ever score perfect 50 at any range) (FOUNDER OF THE TOP GUN CHALLENGE RIFLE MATCH) TEAM TOP GUN (6 repeats, Ace)
2. GRAND MASTER, LOUIS B. ELLISON: April 15,2000, Winchester 1885 single shot 22 LR, Leupold 36 X scope, federal ultra match ammo. Score perfect 50 TEAM TOP GUN, Board member National Firearms Museum, Olagah Oklahoma.
3. SSG BOB BALDWIN: April 15, 2000CZ-452 Style 22 LR, Bushnell Banner 6X18 scope, Federal Ultra match ammo, Score perfect 50. Score of 47 twice in competition while winning the Top Gun Challege two years in a row. February 9,2002, First to score perfect 50 with a semi-auto.22 TEAM TOP GUN (5) repeats Ace.
4. RABECKA BALDWIN: February 9,2002, Age 14, first female “White Feather Sharpshooter”, CZ-452 Lux, Bushnell Banner 6X18 scope, Remington/Eley match extra plus. Score perfect 50. TEAM TOP GUN (7) repeats (Ace) Smallest group .140 2002 Top Gun Jr. Champion 2002. Top Gun Highschool Champion 2003.
5. MIKE BROWN: February 9, 2002, CZ-452 Style .22 LR, Bushnell Banner 6X18 scope, CCI Green Tag. Score perfect 50, Group measured .166 inch. TEAM TOP GUN
6. LARRY BAKER: February 18, 2002,CZ-452 Varmit, Tasco 6X24 VTscope, Federal Ultra Match, First Sharpshooter to score perfect 50 outside the state of Louisiana, with two perfect scores on the same day. Texarkana Texas. TEAM TEXARKANA (6) Repeats. 5th REPEAT (ACE) with a Marlin 883ss, 22 magnum, Simmons 6.5X20 Scope, CCI Maxi Mags (First White Feather) with a .22 magnum February 28, 2002. (First to White Feather with a handgun late entry)
7. NOAH BANNING: February 20, 2002 “First Yankee White Feather” Marlin 880 SQ, 22 lr. Bushnell 4X12 scope, RWS match ammo. First Marlin Rifle to score 50 on a Black Death Target. Marlin Forum, 3 repeats with CZ-452 TOP GUN NEW YORK.
8. MATT WALTON: February 23, 2002, age 11, youngest sharpshooter to date to score perfect 50.
CZ-452 Varmit, Bushnell Banner 6X18 scope, Remington/Eley extra match plus ammo. Matt is also
The 2001 Top Gun Junior shooter of the year and the 2002 Top Gun Champion. TEAM TOP GUN (2) repeats.
9. TIGER CALL: February 23, 2002, Perfect 50 CZ-452 Varmit, Tasco 6X24 VT scope, Federal gold match 900b ammo. Texarkana Arkansas (5) repeats ace, TEAM TEXARKANA.
10. SSG CRAIG M. RASMUSSEN: March 30, 2002, Perfect 50 in less than 30 seconds. Custom self constructed Ruger 10/22, Weaver 36 X scope, Kid custom trigger, Titan carbon barrel with adjustable tuner, Eley match extra EPS. Ft Polk’s Top Gun Shooter of the year 2001, TEAM TOP GUN.
11. STEVEN WALKER: April 8, 2002, Perfect 50, Ruger 77/22, (First White Feather with a Ruger bolt-action) Leupold 4.5X14 scope, Lapua Master ammo, TEAM PENDLETON GUN&PAWN, Toledo Town La. (1) repeat with a Ruger 10/22.
12. ROY E. SPEARS: April 8, 2002, Perfect 50 Ruger 77/22, Leupold 4.5X14 scope, Lapua Master ammo. (1) Repeat with a Ruger 10/22. TEAM PENDLETON GUN&PAWN, Toledo Town La.
13. LAVAN MERRITT: April 8,2002, Perfect 50, Ruger 77/22, Shepherd 3x10 scope, Lapua Muti Match. TEAM PENDELTON GUN&PAWN, Toledo Town La.
14. DANA ARWOOD, April 11,2002 Perfect 50, Ruger 10/22 custom, Kimber barrel, Fajen stock, Bushnell 4X12 scope, Federal bulk pack ammo. Jonesborough Tennessee
15. WAYNE THORSON: April 11, 2002, Perfect 50, Ruger 77/22, Simmons 6X18 scope, Eley Silhouette ammo. TEAM PENDELTON GUN&PAWN, Toledo Town La. 2002 Top Gun Champion.
16. COACH JODY SKINNER: April 14,2002, Perfect 50, Ruger custom 10/22, Butler Creek barrel, Fajen stock, 6X24 Weaver scope, Lapua Master Match Ammo, TEAM PENDELTON GUN&PAWN, Toledo Town La.
17. WAYNE CAPLES: April 17, 2002,perfect 50 Ruger 77/22 VBZ, Simmons 6X18 scope, Eley Practice ammo, TEAM PENDELTON GUN&PAWN, Toledo Town La.
18. DALE McCLURE: April 20, 2002, perfect 50, Kimber HS, Bushnell 6X18 scope, Eley EPS ammo OKLAHOMA CITY GUN CLUB.
19. RANDY WEAVER: May 2, 2002, perfect 50, Ruger 10/22 custom, Simmons 4.5X14 scope, and Eley Club ammo. TEAM PENDLETON GUN, TOLEDO TOWN LA.
20. SPC ARRON MARTINES: July 17, 2002, perfect 50, Ruger 10/22 custom, Simmons 3.5X10X scope, Wolf extra match. TEAM TOP GUN.
21. SGT DARON BRASHEAR: July 28, 2002, perfect 50, CZ-452 Varmit, BSA 6X24 scope, Eley Match Xtra Plus. TEAM TOP GUN.
22. RICH SCHAADT: August 7, 2002, perfect 50, CZ-452 Varmit, Simmons 8X32 Scope, Federal match ammo 711B, Hap Baker Range, Maryland.
23. DARYL SILVER: August 10, 2002, perfect 50, Marlin 7000, Bushnell 4X12 Scope, Eley super Club ammo, SUMAC CREEK RANGE, Tennessee.
24. RICHARD WALTON: January 25, 2003, perfect 50, CZ-452 Varmit, Bushnell 6-18 Scope, Wolf Match Extra ammo. TEAM TOP GUN Leesville La.
25. RAY SITZ: January 25, 2003, perfect 50, Ruger 10/22 with Clark Custom barrel, BSA 3X12 scope, Eley EPS ammo. TEAM TOP GUN. DeRidder La.
26. TIM REPKA July 6, 2003 perfects 50, Winchester model 75, Tasco 6X24 scope, Remington Target ammo, PHARR RIFLE & PISTOL CLUB, McAllen, Texas. With a repeat on July 12 2003.
27. ROBBIE MCGINNIS: July 12, 2003, perfect 50, Winchester model 75, Tasco 6X24 scope, Remington Target ammo, Brownsville TX, Pharr Rifle and Pistol Club, McAllen Texas.
28. FRANK WARASZACK, July 19, 2003, perfect 50, Anshutz custom, Bushnell 6X 18 Scope, CCI Blazer ammo, Ft Polk Louisiana, TEAM TOP GUN
29. STANLEY WARASZACK: July 25. 2003perfect 50, CZ-452 Lux, Bushnell Banner 6X18 scope, Eley match ammo, Ft Polk Louisiana Team Top Gun.
30. JOHN C. MARTIN: August 23, 2003 perfect 50 Ruger 10/22 Custom, Bushnell Banner 6X18 scope, volquartsen trigger, wolf match extra ammo, Ft Polk Louisiana, Team Top Gun.
31. COACH DOUG SALLEY: August 23, 2003 perfect 50 Anshutz 1416, Simmons 44Mag 6.5X20X44, Federal Gold Medal 900B, Bentonville Ark, Top Gun NW Arkansas, regional director. 7 BDT maxes in a row.
32. SFC DANA ANDREWS: August 24, 2003 (US Army Sniper) perfect 50, Ruger 10/22 Clark Custom Squirrel Special, Leupold Vari X II 3.5X10, Federal Ultra Match UMB1, Team Top Gun Ft Polk Louisiana.
33. RUSSELL McDONALD: August 26, 2003,perfect 50, CZ-2500, Swift 6X18 Scope, Wolf match ammo, Glen Carbon, Ill.
34. CHAD LEFEVER: August 28, 2003, perfect 50, CZ-452 Varmit, Bushnell Banner 6X18 scope, Federal Ultra match UMB1, Team Top Gun Ft Polk Louisiana.
35. TOM KLEIN: 30 AUGUST, 2003 perfect 50,Winchester 52-B sporter, Swift 6X18 scope, and wolf match ammo, Private Range Wisconsin.
36. EMMET BOAZ: 2 September 2003, perfect 50, 4 times, CZ-452 Varmit, 10X Weaver Scope, Federal Ultra match ammo. Stanardsville Va.
37. LARRY GOODMAN: 7 September 2003, perfect 50, Remington 581, Tasco 3X9 scope, Winchester Long rifle hollowpoints. Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
38. CHUCK CORY: 7 September 2003, perfect 50, Remington 513T, Weaver K-12, Wolf match ammo, Frankfort Indiana.
39. PHILLIP NESMITH: 7 September 2003, perfect 50, Kimber Classic, Leupold VXIII 2.5X8, Wolf match Target ammo, Hanceville, Alabama.
40. DONALD R. GREEN: 9 September 2003, perfect 50, Anshutz 1416 D, Simmons 4.5X14X40 AO, Federal High Velocity hollow points, Broken Arrow Oklahoma.
41. STEVE LABELLE: 11 September 2003, perfect 50, Marlin 880 SQ, Tasco 2.5X10, Federal Gold medal ammo, Saginaw Michigan.
42. AARON WITHERS: 14 September 2003, perfect 50, VBZ#1, BSA Platinum Scope, Wolf Ammo, Team Pendleton Gun Toledo Town Louisiana.
43. VON CHAMPION: September 14, 2003, perfect 50, VBZ#1, BSA Platinum Scope, Wolf Ammo, Team Pendleton Gun , Toledo Town Louisiana.
44. CURT CHITTICK: September 15, 2003, perfect 50, Remington 513T, Lyman Super target spot 15X scope, wolf match ammo, Frankford, Indiana.
45. JEFF BOWNE: September 17, 2003, perfect 50, NEF 22 Sportster, BSA 8X32 Scope, Wolf Ammo, Fish Creek Sportsman’s Club, Hubbardston, Michigan
46. KARLY SCHEUNEMAN: September 20, 2003, perfect 50, CZ-452 Style, Bushnell 6X18 scope, wolf ammo, (Age 10 Youngest White Feather to date) Team Top Gun, Ft. Polk Louisiana.
47. BILLY McPHERSON: September 27, 2003 (See Competition List)
48. DUSTIN LINDER: September 27, 2003 (See Competition List)
49. LEVI HAMBY: October 5, 2003, perfect 50, Ruger 10/22 custom, Bushnell 6X18 scope, CCI Velocitor ammo, TEAM TOP GUN Ft Polk Louisiana.
50. TED BARBER: October 12, 2003, perfect 50, Marlin 880 Squirrel, BSA 3X12X40 AO, Wolf Match Ammo. Greenville Michigan.
51. HARRY HALE (Son of Birdman) youngest male white feather to date age 11, October 13.2003, perfect 50, Marlin 15YN, Leupold rimfire scope, Remington Subsonic ammo. Auburn California.
52. DANIEL GRIGGS: October 13, 2003, perfect 50, Marlin 880 Sq, Bushnell Banner 6X18 AO, Eley Match ammo. Bethalto Illinois.
53. DAVID R. SEMAN: October 16, 2003, perfect 50, Ruger 10/22, BSA 4X18 AO, Winchester Dynapoint ammo. Saginaw Michigan.
54. PAUL JOHNSON: October 22, 2003, perfect 50, CZ-452 Ultra Lux, Tasco 4X16X50 scope, Eley and SK jagd ammo, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
55. R.V. STALLARD: November 23,2003, perfect 50, Marlin 882 22 magnum, Red head 6X18X50 scope Remington ammo. Madison Virginia.
56. REBECHA EVANS: January 25, 2004. Perfect 50, CZ-452 Style, Bushnell Banner 6X18 scope, Lapua Midas L, Team Top Gun Ft Polk La.
57. BILL EGGER: February 3,2004. Perfect 50, Marlin 7000, Simmons 6X18 scope, CCI mini mags. Bowstring Minnesota.
58. BRIAN HONEKMAN: February 7, 2004 Perfect 50, Ruger 10/22 custom, Simmons 6X18X40 airgun scope, Lapua Club, Middleburg, Florida.
59. BILL BOYLE: February 15, 2004, Perfect 50, Ruger 10/22, Bushnell 3X9X40, Wolf MT, Redmond Washington.
60. BEN STALLARD: February 22,2004, perfect 50, Marlin 882 22 magnum, Red head 6X18X50 scope, CCI ammo, Madison Virginia.
61. Danny W. Rainbolt: April 3, 2004, perfect 50, Ruger stock 10/22, 3X9 Maverick Scope, CCI mini-mags, Doniphan, Missouri.
AT TWENTYFIVE YARDS
Cowboy Action Rifle
1. LARRY D. BAKER: February 28, 2002, Marlin 39 AS, Simmons 4.5X14 Scope, CCI Green Tag ammo, Score 47 (First Cowboy Action White Feather) Texarkana Texas. TEAM TEXARKANA
2. TOM HALEBirdman of Auburn) June 12, 2002 first to score 50 with a cowboy action type rifle. Winchester 94/22 magnum, CCI Maxi mags ammo, stock iron sights. AUBURN CALIFORNIA
1. LARRY BAKER: 23 October 2002, Ruger 22/45 Slabside, Tasco 6X24 Scope, Remington-Eley
Match plus. Texarkana Texas.
2 JODY SKINNER: 1 JUNE 2003, Anshutz bolt action pistol, Leupold scope, perfect 50 at 25 yards. Team Pendleton Gun, Toledo Town La. First White Feather with a pistol.
3 AARON MARTENEZ: 9 September 2003, perfect 50, Browning Buckmark, Burris 3X12 Scope, Federal 900B, first semi-auto pistol white feather, Team Top Gun Montana.
COMPETITIVE SHOOTING RECORD
If you think scoring perfect on a BDT is difficult try it in competition like these folks.
1. WAYNE THORSEN: May 4 2002, Wayne became the first shooter in history to shoot a perfect score of 50 at 25 yards on a Black Death Target in competition, which gave him 50 bonus points to win TOP GUN CHALLENGE 2002. His rifle was a Remington 541, Team Pendleton Gun (Toledo Town La) Again maxed the Black Death Target with a Ruger 10/22 on June 22,2002, at 50 yards, being the first to do so in competition at that range. Team Pendleton Gun.
2. RAY SITZ: July 26, 2003 at the Top Gun Regional Match, Scored 260-13X out of 300, broke the Top Gun world record held by Wayne Thorsen and maxed the BDT taking the Gold Medal. Ruger 10/22 custom with a Clark barrel, BSA 3X12 scope, Eley ammo. TEAM TOP GUN Ft Polk Louisiana.
3. BOB BALDWIN: July 26, 2003 at Top Gun Regional Match, Score 240-10X out of 300, maxed the BDT for the Silver Medal. CZ-452 Style, Bushnell Banner 6X18 Scope, Federal UMB1, TEAM TOP GUN, and Ft Polk Louisiana.
4. BILLY McPherson: September 27, 2003, Winner Top Gun Challenge, maxed the BDT, total score 245-14X, Ruger 10/22, Team Top Gun Ft Polk.
5. DUSTIN LINDER: September 27, 2003, 2nd Place Top Gun Challenge 2003, maxed the BDT, Score 225-14X,Thompson Benchmark, Weaver Scope. Team Pendleton Gun.
6. COACH JOHN SIMEONE: September 27, 2003, 3rd Place Top Gun Challenge 2003, score 205-15X, Team Top Gun, Fort Polk. (He only hit one metallic silhouette that day)
EXTREAM FEATS OF MARKSMANSHIP LIST
This list is above and beyond, and self explanatory, "It ain't the arrow it's the Indian"
1. MIKE FLYN a perfect 50 at 50 yards with iron sights.
2. TOP GUN SISTERS, RABECKA BALDWIN AND KARLY SCHEUNEMAN: First and second female white feathers, and the youngest.
3. TOM HALE: Cowboy action rifle maxed BDT with iron buckhorn sights.
4. COACH JODY SKINNER, LARRY BAKER, AARON MARTINEZ White feather with a .22 pistol.
5. RAY SITZ: Highest score at a top gun match 260-13X world record.
6. CHUCK CORY: 10 Maxed out BDTs in a row. That's 50 shots.
7. WAYNE THORSEN: First BDT max in a major competition, won Top Gun 2002.
DAN MERRIT: (Nadwood) January 4, 2002 “White Feather” a friend of Marlin Talk and Team Top Gun, Katy Texas. Target shot by John Simeone, for Dan, perfect 50, and .001 and sent to Dan’s family.
JERRY HOLSOMBACK: 2003 A Great Outdoorsman, Bass Fisherman, Hunter and Sharpshooter. A gentleman and major sponsor of the TOP GUN CHALLENGE, Leesville Louisiana.