Culbertson stays on target

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:11 PM

It took place in Jackson last week.

The 73-year-old Fruitport Township resident won a Ruger Stainless .45-caliber gun for his efforts.

“I’ve won it before, but I still smile a bit because I can still do what I do,” he said.

The event came down to a tiebreaker between Culbertson and Trooper Timothy Thompson. The best score in the rapid-fire portion of the 30-round match broke the tie, Culbertson said.

Both men had the same score of 287 with nine X’s, but  Culbertson had four center X’s in that portion of the Sept.12 match.

Culbertson competed in his first match in Jackson in 1965 as part of the Third District team. The following year, he was assigned to the Grand Haven state police post and borrowed a department semiautomatic previously used by the state police pistol team.

“I have been shooting every year since,” Culbertson said.

Since 1972, his weapon of choice has been a Smith and Wesson Model 52 .38-caliber gun.

“I won my first gun in 1969 and still use it in some competitions," he said.

Culbertson said he has not shot much since retiring from the state police in 1987.

“I usually shoot only in the Jackson match,” he said.

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