5 questions with Bruce Robinson, state champion marksman

tchitwood@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 1, 2013 

Cpl. Bruce Robinson of the Columbus Police Department recently won the championship at the Georgia Police Marksmanship League.

BY TIM CHITWOOD/TCHITWOOD@LEDGER-ENQUIRER.COM

What happens in the Georgia Police Marksmanship League state championship you won Oct. 12 in Douglasville?

You start off at the 7-yard line, you load with six rounds, you fire six rounds, reload with six rounds, and fire the additional six rounds, 12 rounds in 20 seconds. Then you move back to the 15-yard line, and you shoot 12 rounds in 20 seconds with a reload also. You're shooting a revolver. That's match one. Match two, from a 25-yard line, is timed at 90 seconds. You shoot six rounds kneeling, six rounds left handed on the left side of a barricade, and six rounds right handed on the right side of the barricade.

Match 3 is from the 50-yard line. You have 2 minutes and 45 seconds to fire four different positions: You fire six rounds sitting, six rounds prone, six rounds left handed on the left side of the barricade and six rounds right handed from the right side of the barricade. You score those targets and move down to the 25-yard line where you shoot 12 rounds in 35 seconds, with a reload, and you do that two times, for a total of 24 rounds.

That would be match four. When you finish match four, you go back down to the 7-yard line and you start match five, which is 12 rounds in 20 seconds. Then you move back to the 25-yardline, and shoot six rounds kneeling, six rounds left handed, left side of the barricade, and six rounds right handed, right side of the barricade. ... You move back to the 50-yard line, you shoot the four different positions, 24 rounds, 2 minutes and 45 seconds. ... You then move down to the 25-yard line, you shoot six rounds in 12 seconds.

That's a total of 150 rounds, which will give you a top score of 1,500 points. In the state championship, I shot a 1,486 with 82 X's (the target center) to win the state championship.

What other marksmanship awards have you won?

In 2009, I won the Georgia Police Marksmanship League state championship and have finished first or second in that competition the last four or five years. I have won gold medals from the Southeastern Regional Police and Fire Games over the last 25 years. I hold three records with the Southeast Regional Police and Fire Games, and I have served as president of the Georgia Police Marksmanship League for 10 years.

What handgun do you prefer for personal use?

The Glock 9 mm Model 17, because it is so reliable. It's so well made that it has to be extremely dirty to even malfunction. We tested them with the SWAT team, and the only way we could make one jam was to pour sand down it while we were shooting. We put it in mud, we put it in sand and it still fired. They dropped it from 300 feet out of a helicopter and then picked it up and fired it.

As a longtime wild hog hunter, what do you find exciting about it?

They're really hard to hunt. They're smart. They're smarter than dogs are. Their hearing is almost perfect. They can hear somebody walking for 300 or 400 yards. When you're downwind or upwind from them, they can smell you from a long distance, and they scatter. They're hard to hunt, because they'll saturate an area for one or two days, and tear up everything in sight, and then they'll move on, and they won't be back to that area for maybe six months. They move around quite a lot. They are a nuisance, do a lot of damage to the land and are predators.

What is the best kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?

Evelyn's Cafe, Hamilton Road at 26th Street. It has the best home-cooked meals around.

VITAL STATS

Name: Bruce L. Robinson

Age: 66

Job: Corporal, Columbus Police Department

Hometown: Columbus

Current home: Columbus

Family: Wife Becky; sons and daughters-in-law Jason and Kim Robinson and Chris and Danielle Robinson; stepson and daughter-in-law David and Lucia Levins; stepdaughter and son-in-law Amy and Andy Thomas; numerous grandchildren.

Education: Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Columbus State University; licensed firearms instructor with the state of Georgia and the National Rifle Association

Favorite book: “The Firm” by John Grisham

Favorite movie: “The Green Berets”

Favorite restaurant: Evelyn’s Cafe

Favorite quote: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” President John F. Kennedy

Best concert attended: Reba McEntire

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