Bob Brister

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17 Jun 2005, 18:36 #61

I first met Bob in the 1960's while shooting skeet at the "South Main Trap and Skeet Range" operated by Charle Jones. I had decided to learn to hit something with a shotgun and was spending a lot of time at the range with Charlie as my tutor.
The next meeting was at the Texas International Gun Club in San Antonio where we shot International or Olympic Trap over the bunkers. We got to practice with the Air Force Trap team that produced some Olympic medalists and World champion shooters.
We hosted many of them on goose hunts at Eagle Lake.
TIGC shut down the bunker trap because it took more people to run it than could shoot in a squad. We continued to meet at Olympic tryouts and finally at GHGC where Verner McCall Jr. had donated a wobble trap to GHGC. Bob continued to shoot there when he could.
He was a fierce competitor and was interested in the more difficult shooting games. After shooting we always went to the bar and talked about shotguns and shooting.
I saw little of him after he went with Field and Stream until last year when we had a conversation about release triggers. I told him I had taken up his game of Sporting Clays and that delighted him.
With faltering step and failing eyesight I will continue to shoot Bob's game and remember him each time I go to a Sporting Clays range.
An old trapshooter.
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Liberals are great targets
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17 Jun 2005, 21:38 #62

Never met Bob myself but he sounds like one helluva great guy. May God be with him and his family.
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17 Jun 2005, 23:20 #63

What a unselfish giver to the shooting community. I first met Bob in the Pigeon game in the seventies and his spirit never diminished through the years. I have missed his presence at the shoots as of late and I will think of him often; as I am sure everyone that knew him will. My thoughts and good wishes go out to the family.

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17 Jun 2005, 23:36 #64

Me and my son first met Mr.Brister in 2002 US Open at Minessota,during that time he was interiew by Mike and Ben Brunton of ClayshootingUSA magazine they are talking about Kemen shotgun that Mr. Brister alway shooting with it.After he knew me and my son is the first time in the major shoot he tell my son don't give up or never get mad when we miss just try to focus hard.

Last year Bob Brister Open at westside shooting ground my son won some trophies from Mr.Brister and he tell my son.Young man you realy make it and remember never give up and good shooting keep it up!

Thanks Mr. Brister for your kind words and encouragement for my son,May God be with him .

Our thought and prayer go to his familys .

Kent & Leon Tan
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18 Jun 2005, 02:18 #65

Logan wrote:
Bob was the only man I have ever met that could; change a choke,trigger group,stock, and pick between 4 diffrent types and speed of shells all between stations 3 and 4 while explaining to me how i missed that last pair.

Oh Logan You know the man very well. That was him!

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18 Jun 2005, 12:39 #66

Hey Bob,

Only through this thread do I know the contributions you have made not only to sporting but to the outdoor life I so dearly love. I am eternally in your debt. God's Speed and Blessings My Friend! And as you already know Sandy is in all of our prayers!! Image

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18 Jun 2005, 19:48 #67

The first time I met Bob was at ASC in 2000. I was a new "C" class shooter and this was my first registered shoot. Station 1 ate my lunch, but Bob came up to me and said, "you know, have you thought of flyfishing?" I laughed through the entire round. Afterwards we sat in the ASC hut and talked for hours about shooting, and at the end he said "Never get mad, because there is always another station waiting on you". That was Bob! Always cracking a joke, making you smile, adjusting your game, making you a better person in life. I was truly honored to have sat in the same room with such a legend. Bob, I'll shoot one more round for you at the next shoot, and toast you that night!

Sandy, the Hendricks Family send their best all the way from Nebraska.
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20 Jun 2005, 04:32 #68

Goodbye and good luck to a mentorCindy Barton
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20 Jun 2005, 12:43 #69

Bob,
Get Sporting started up there. Hopefully, some of us will be joining later. Rest in peace my friend.


P.S. I suspect he has already given JC and the boys a few tips on target setting.
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21 Jun 2005, 18:10 #70

I was deeply saddened to learn of Bobs passing. I have never met a person, man or woman, who had Bobs passion for shooting. As a target setter, I had many discussions with Bob about target color and being able to see all targets. I learned a great deal about this subject from Bob and I think I am a better course designer for having talked with him. At last years US Open, I was paid the highest of complements when Bob told me enjoyed the targets simply because they were all visible. I never heard him complain about any target that he could see. He was interested in the variety that Sporting Clays brought to the clay targets disciplines.

If the truth were known, Bob was a major influence when it comes to my style and philosophy of course design. I started paying more attention to target color and the sun after discussions with him. Bob suggested on several occasions that I should have given the target a little face or belly to make it more visible. I guess that is why it seems to some people that I use a lot of curl in my courses.

Several months ago, I told Cindy Barton that I wanted to have Bob personalized my copy of Shotgunning the Art and The Science. When Bob found out, he immediately sent me a new copy and personalized two full pages. I cant tell you the thrill that I got when I opened up the mail that day. The words of encouragement that are in those two pages will stay with me for ever. Bob, you were my mentor and my friend and I will continue to practice what you preached.

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22 Jun 2005, 03:28 #71

We were in San Antonio this past weekend and heard the sad news about Bob. His humor and wit will be missed by so very many people.
Our deepest condolances go out to Sandy. God bless you.

Johnny and Karen
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15 Jul 2005, 17:11 #72

Well, it's been one month. Can't believe it. How many of us have thought about Bob at least once a day, every day, for the past month. I'll bet it's been most of us.

We miss you, Bob. And, no, it's not the same without you.

I shall retire this thread to the "Hall of Fame" so we can look through it whenever we want and reminisce.

Love to you, Sandy. We all grieve with you.

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06 Jun 2012, 20:18 #73

I was looking at the the post from Bobs hall of fame mail and I didn't see my post. I can't believe that I did post a note but I may have been on the road during this time. I might be late with this but I am here now.

Bob, You were a great inspiration in my shooting life. You were my mentor, my idol and my friend. I think about the conservations that we had over the years and have realized how much you helped me through my learning years as a target setter. I hope you have us a good club up there and when I get there  (I hope I do) I will be happy to set targets for you again.

Your friend,


Mike McAlpine
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06 Jun 2012, 21:07 #74

oh, Mike, of course you left a post. It's only one page back from this, the end.
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