Our Celebrity Encounter

This weekend Flannel Man and I shot next to a celebrity. The one and only bona fide celebrity I’ve ever meet besides Charlton Heston. You’re waiting for a name aren’t you….it was R. Lee Ermey! What?! You don’t know who he is? He was only the in-your-face Drill Sargent from Full Metal Jacket, the helicopter pilot from Apocalyspe Now, the host of the History Channel’s number one show Mail Call, and a voice for military characters in Toy Story and The Simpsons. Flannel Man and I shot down the line from him all day and didn’t even realize he was there until the end of the day. It’s not everyday that you run into a movie star on a range in Wisconsin. He came with a famous highpower shooter who is a former national champion from California to shoot with a Wisconsin “friend.” They are all sponsored by the same shooting related company so that’s how they met each other.

After the match everyone was waiting around for the results and to my surprise The Gunny (as he’s known) decided to sit next to me instead of sitting at an empty table. We chit chatted about how Flannel Man and I meet because of shooting, that he grew up in Kansas, and of course our new house. He was really nice and well..mild mannered (but don’t tell anyone else that ’cause I don’t want to wreck his reputation).

I was able to get a picture of all of the Marines who shot that day after the match.


I later realized I had caught The Gunny in a couple of my other shots too. It looks like he was having a good time shooting offhand…




3 Responses to “Our Celebrity Encounter”

  1. 1 Sierra May 28, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    I just told my husband this and he is a little jealous. (yes, we know who he is).

    He wants to know if he was a pretty good shot. We suspect so.

  2. 2 Robin May 28, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    LOL, actually not really. His score is what held back his team from winning the team match. But his teammate (the shooting star) had an awesome score so they ended up taking second. What they teach in basic training is nothing like what we do. We always get current or former military personel starting to shoot competitively and thinking their hot shots because they were the best shooter in their class but they soon realize there is a lot they don’t know. They learned how to keep from getting shot while they shoot and to pump as many rounds down range as possible while we learn how to read the wind and control our breathing.

    Not to sound like I’m full of myself but I’ve even shot against some of the President’s Secret Servics and kicked their butts. They only train out to 200 yards typically since they work in an urban setting so 1,000 yards is much more difficult. Plus, they always use a scope whereas we shoot with iron sights 90% of the time.

    But each branch of the military does have a competitive shooting team that they have as a recruiting/public relations tool where practicing is there job. They train everyday for hours on end so they’re tough to beat. The shooting star is on the Marine’s team so that’s why he’s so good. Almost all of the shooters on the US Olympic team are on these teams because it’s the only way that you can make shooting a career. Oh, and the snipers and the SEALS I wouldn’t mess with them either.

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