The Shooting Sport family mourns the loss of honored and distinguished rifle shooter Lones W. Wigger, who passed away yesterday evening.
The ISSF and the whole Shooting Sport family mourns the loss of Lones W. Wigger, a four-time Olympian and one of the most decorated shooters in the world, who passed away on the evening of December 14, 2017 at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.
Wigger’s illustrious international shooting career spanned 25 years and saw him winning 111 medals and setting 29 world records, along with winning two Olympic gold medals and one silver, two ISSF World Championship individual titles, 9 CAT Gold medals and 4 Pan American Games titles.
Wigger’s mark on the sport reaches far beyond his international shooting career. After a distinguished 26-year career in the U.S. Army, Wigger retired in 1987 and went to work for the NRA as the Director of Training for the U.S. Shooting Team until retirement in 1994. Right up until his death, he was active in growing the USA’s National Junior Olympic Shooting Program, volunteering and organizing countless shooting matches, serving on the USA Shooting Board for various terms through 2016, even coming to work daily at the USA Shooting headquarters and managing the USA Shooting Alumni program.
In honor of his achievements and in celebration of his 80th birthday on August 25, USA Shooting renamed the interior of its headquarters and upper range the Lones Wigger Legacy Hall and Range. Wigger also wanted his legacy to also benefit young shooters and the Lones Wigger/USAS Jr. Olympic Endowment was established to grow youth shooting programs. To date, more than $225.000 has been raised and will impact junior shooting for years to come.
The ISSF extends its sincere condolences to his family as well as to Wigger’s many shooting friends in USA and around the world. We will never forget our good friend Lones W. Wigger.