If you think Jerry’s Miculek’s the best shooter in the world, you’re not alone. But when RF cornered Jerry at the NSSF Fantasy Camp and asked the Eric Clapton of Guns to name the world’s best shooter, well, see for yourself. And/or make the jump for some intel on JM’s pick for the world’s best shooter. Meanwhile, who do you think is number one? . . . .
[Walter] Walsh got his start with firearms shooting clothespins off of his aunt’s laundry line. In 1935 he joined the FBI pistol team. Within three years of joining the FBI, he had been presented with two marksmanship trophies from director J. Edgar Hoover. In 1939, at Camp Ritchie, he set the world record in pistol shooting with 198 points out of a possible 200 and won the individual eastern regional pistol championships in 1939 and 1940 and placing second in 1941 after leading for most of the tournament. He placed 12th in the Men’s Free Pistol, 50 meters competition at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England.
At the 1952 ISSF World Shooting Championships, he won a gold medal with the United States team in the 25 m Center-Fire Pistol event and a silver in the individual version of that event. After winning many tournaments within the United States Marine Corps, he became commander of their marksmanship training, a position that he held for many years until he retired in the 1970s. In total, he was selected five times for the All-American Pistol Shooting Team.