Congratulations 2024 Hall Of Fame Inductee!
Tom Garrigus grew up on the Tualatin River in Oregon, near the Hillsboro Trap and Skeet Club. Tom’s dad, Don, started Tom shooting trap when he was three years old. Dad would help Tom support the gun and pull the trigger. On one of those days, Tom came home with a black eye, and dad Don was in hot water on the home front.Tom was a member of the PITA for seventeen years, registering his first targets in 1963. In 1962, as a junior shooter, he shot his first registered ATA targets, winning a Junior trophy at the Oregon State shoot that year. He repeated this win in 1964.In 1965, Tom joined the Air Force, serving to 1969. He was assigned to the Marksmanship Training Unit and represented the USA at the 1968 Olympics; winning a silver medal in trapshooting. From 1992 to 2002, he served as an assistant shotgun coach of the USA Shooting Team. Later, in 1996, Tom and his wife, Jackie, were referees at the 1996 Olympic Games. Prior to the 1996 Olympics, Tom worked with Gold Medalist Kim Rhode, Silver Medalist Josh Lakotos, and Bronze Medalist, the Pacific Northwest’s own, Lance Bade.A bit of trivia…Tom and fellow Olympic shooter Ray Stafford attended the first ATA Hall of Fame Banquet as members of the Olympic Shooting Team. In 1994, Tom was inducted into the Oregon ATA Hall of Fame. In 2018, Tom was inducted into the nationwide ATA Hall of Fame.Tom won numerous PITA and ATA trophies in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and the Grand American. During his shooting career, Tom had eight (8) Grand Pacific wins and fifty-six (56) State/Provincial wins as well as making two (2) appearances on the PITA All-Star Team (1976 and 1977).
Tom was very good at sales and teaching others the art of shooting. In sales, he represented Ithaca, Perazzi, and Krieghoff shotguns. The good Lord took him in 2006; he is probably still coaching marksmanship.