Firearms Of Olympic Gold Medalist Lones Wigger Going To Auction
Firearms from the estate of the late Olympic gold medalist Lones Wigger will be going up for auction starting March 6, 2022. Lones was one of the best (some even argue the best) competitive riflemen to have taken aim for the U.S. team. He was a part of the Olympic shooting team in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1980, winning gold in 1964 and 1972. He also held or co-held 27 world records, won 58 National Championships, instructed the 23rd Infantry Division Sniper School during Vietnam and reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during his career in the U.S. Army. Lones Wigger passed away on Dec. 14, 2017 at the age of 80.
The family of Lones Wigger has generously donated more than thirty various firearms, as well as an assortment of accessories and gear, that came from his personal collection. Proceeds from the auctions will go to Lones Wigger Youth Program Endowment with USA Shooting and the MidwayUSA Foundation, which aims to create a lasting legacy by providing additional funds to expand youth shooting programs.
One of the rifles from the estate of Lines Wigger, a Remington Model 720 S/N: 41794 in .30-’06 Sprg. awarded by the Secretary of the Navy in 1973 to the High Navy Shooter.
Highlights from the auction include two Remington Model 720 bolt-action rifles chambered in .30-’06 Sprg., which were awards presented by the Secretary of the Navy. The selection includes Winchester Model 52, 75 and 94 rifles, Anschutz rimfires and centerfires, along with others from Wichita, Remington, Smith & Wesson, Mauser, Ithaca, Browning and Walther. Many of the rifles, shotguns and handguns are paired off with personalized memorabilia, along with a certificate of authenticity.
Curated by Sportsman’s Legacy, the auctions will be held on GunBroker.com until March 20, 2022. For more information on the specific items in the auction, and to take a look for yourself, click here to see.
Article by AMERICAN RIFLEMAN STAFF