Pistol Champion

Roomful of honors came to master pistol shooter who applied three essentials of •top shooting: practice, good equipment, and plenty of ammunition. Connover sights over big S & W .44 for which he handloads.

WINNER OF 300 MEDALS AND TROPHIES, CONNOVER LIKES HANDGUN HUNTING-PLINKING EVEN BETTER, CALLS THIS BEST OF ALL SPORTS

By JOHN CONNOVER as told to FRANK de HAAS

ON MY 11TH BIRTHDAY, my father gave me my first handgun. It was a Colt .45 Single Action Army. That surely was some gun for a kid! I'd hang a newspaper on a fence, back off a few paces and try to hit it—with little success. That is when I began practicing; and today, 24 years later, I'm still practicing. Between that time and this, almost every kind and type of handgun has resided in my gun cabinet, and in many of those years, upwards of 20,000 shots have gone through their barrels. All firearms interest me, but the handgun always has been and always will be my favorite. Handguns are a supreme challenge and, since the day that I missed the unfolded newspaper, I've had an overwhelming desire to master them.

Although it took quite a few years, this desire to master the handgun led me into competitive target shooting. Beginning with that first .45 Single Action, I've used a revolver for much of my small game hunting, pest shooting, and plinking. Always looking for a method by which to improve my marksmanship, paper targets offered me a way to check my performance and to get practice at the same time. This naturally led me straight into handloading, because store bought ammunition in the quantities I wanted

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