I asked for actual, real accounts of shootings with competitive shooters involved with verifiable details of the incident. If the “games’ll getcha killed” crowd is correct, the streets should be littered with the bodies of slain competition shooters defeated by their training scars accumulated from participating in matches.

Shooting incidents are newsworthy so there should be a story published somewhere. Organizations putting on shooting competitions keep records of classifications, awards and match results and that information is publicly available.

Here’s an example.

San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, TX on October 17, 2008.

Paul Garner was awakened by shattering glass when, police said, an intruder with a prior burglary conviction attempted to break in through a window. Garner grabbed his .45-caliber, semi-automatic handgun and, when the burglar lifted the window blinds, he fired three rounds. The intruder died at the scene.

NRA-ILA still has the story online here:


SFC Garner was a member of the USAR Marksmanship Program prior to retiring. Not only was and is he a competition shooter, he shot Conventional Pistol (bullseye) and went Distinguished in 1995. Verify this here:

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Incidentally, I know him personally. He hit with all three fired shots and confirmed to us he used his sights. I guess games don’t always getcha killed…

This is an example of a real account from an actual shooting showing the sort of detail readily available to the public. I will post all submitted incidents provided they provide a similar level of verifiable facts.