LOUIS V. BOLLING
This is a memorial to Louis V. Bolling, who taught me more about shooting and reloading than you will ever know. The military pistol team taught me the correct procedure (sight alignment, bring the trigger back, hold for a follow through) but Louis taught me much more. Thanks Louis, for all your work. Gone but not forgotten.
CORPUS CHRISTI PISTOL & RIFLE CLUB, 1985
The picture was taken by Louis at one of our .22 cal prone matches. I am kneeling in the middle.
25 METER INTERNATIONAL PISTOL RANGE
This 25 Meter pistol range was designed and built by Louis V. Bolling. Louis and I were out shooting conventional pistol one day, when a major rain storm popped up. So we took down our paper targets. While waiting for the rain to stop we noticed a series of Coke cans on the 25 yard line berm. Naturally, we started shooting at them. Say, this is fun. One thing lead to another, then the question was posed. Why the heck don't we build a 25 meter rapid fire target system? Easier said than done. We contacted the NRA, which at that time (1988) controlled both International and Conventional bullseye shooting. The targets had to be a certain distance apart, all had to rotate in one motion, and rotate back to the knife edge. The plan was hatched and in less than 6 months we had an official 25 meter range. The next year we ran International Pistol events, approved by the NRA. A few people showed up, but to tell you the truth, most "3 gunners" did not take to it. They were so used to shooting one way, that this type of pistol really never caught on. It lasted a few years.
Now the range has been torn down from as you see it here at the Corpus Christi Pistol and Rifle Club. Those idiot combat shooters have taken over, and the beautifu 25 yard berm has been taken down. The grass is gone, the 25 yard line target holders gone. The 25 meter target holders gone. Now the range is nothing but dirt, and tin cans! The combat shooters shoot at targets from say 3 yards a way, run down range making a mess, and they do not clean up! Need I say more?