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Ray Chapman Ray Chapman, one of the fathers of modern pistolcraft passed away Saturday, February 2, 2008. A Patron member of the National Rifle Association, Mr. Chapman served as a Marine during WWII seeing action in the Pacific theater island campaigns and again during the early stages of the Korean Conflict. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, he worked as a fireman in Oregon while completing his education. Upon receiving a degree in Civil Engineering, Ray moved to California and began a career with State of California Highway Department, and also worked part time as a police officer. It was while he was in California that he became acquainted with the Southwest Pistol League, and began to hone the shooting skills that would culminate in his winning the First World Combat Pistol Championship in 1975 in Zurich. With the help and urging of his friends, he opened the world-renowned Chapman Academy of Practical Shooting in Columbia Missouri. This training facility became the home of the Bianchi Cup - the most prestigious pistol competition in the world - and is still in operation today. Mr. Chapman retired from the Academy in 1995 and moved to Dripping Springs, just west of Austin. Here he enjoyed visiting with his friends, working in the motion picture industry, and relaxing at his home. All who know him will miss his loyal friendship, his honest, bluff way of expression, his sense of humor and his bright smiling blue eyes. He was a true gentleman, and the best friend a person could hope for. Memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at Harrell Funeral Chapel, Dripping Springs, TX. Memorial contributions may be made to Second Amendment Foundation.



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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Feb. 6, 2008.
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January 22, 2009
I had the honour of receiving instruction from Ray in June 1993 when he enrolled me in his Advanced Pistol Course. There were only four students on this course, and he was going to cancel but as I was travelling from Australia he maintained the course. He allowed me to film his instruction, he also loaned me a small minibus and recommended I stay at a nearby motel. It's the best week of professional instruction I have ever received. We all went to dinner and I was a little nervous asking the 'guru' questions about shooting, but he answered without hesitation. I could tell he had 'been there - done that'. I've incorporated his training in mine ever since. It was a privilege to meet him and spend time on the range, humbled by his extraordinary experience and utter command of the shooting discipline. A true gentleman. - Mick Roscoe, Tactical Response Team, Australian Federal Police.
Mick Roscoe
September 23, 2008
Was proud to know you. Really enjoyed your instruction.
Stephen Schaefer
May 30, 2008
I was thinking about you Ray and whishing to thank you for all you taught me. So I got on google and found out about your passing. Ray thanks for your unselfish support. I thank you for the confidence your gave me and the great times at the range. My family will miss you and Rowdy your dog. I will always remember, front site, front site, front site. I remember when I once came in ahead of you in a match and how proud I was, later I realized it was you who was really proud. Thanks again for giving me a talent which I have shared with many students. Peace to you and yours.
Jim Rogers
May 13, 2008
it was great knowlng & shooting with you.you will be missed.
Gary Girard
April 15, 2008
Wouldn't we all like to have been there when Will Rogers met Ray Chapman!! (You had to have been around years ago to get this.....)
Chuck Wilson
March 17, 2008
In my first Chapman course I was lying prone trying to hit the paper at 50 yds while Ray stood next to me shooting popcans!Seeing I was having trouble, he took ammo from one of his mags and handed it to me. When this made litttle difference, he loaded his ammo in my gun,shot 6 rounds with 1 miss and told me"hell that damned gun don't shoot.Get rid of it!" I did.Thanks Ray for this and other fond memories.
Bill Edwards
March 17, 2008
A great Texan!
Poodie Locke
February 21, 2008
Meeting Ray just a few short years ago and spending a few moments in conversation with him were only clues to how great a gentleman he really was. I am only now learning of his accomplishments in detail and hope to be a fraction of the gentleman and positive human being as he.
LaVoid McKibbin
February 20, 2008
For those who were privleged to know Ray, you'll remember the sign that hung outside the office door of the Hallsville range. "Will Rogers never met Ray Chapman" Well now Will will get that opportunity and I think they'll get along just fine. Of course, Mr. Rogers will need to correct that slouch and lean into the target.
Warren Brewer
February 11, 2008
I trained under Ray beginning in the early 80's and there is no doubt he was a tremendous influence not only in my Law Enforcement career but in my shooting success. God bless you Ray you were truly one of the greats and also a dear friend.
Bob Houzenga
February 8, 2008
I shot in the old MPPL club in Columbia in the early 80's at the Chapman Academy. Ray influenced myself and many others with his style and teachings.
Tony Fast
February 8, 2008
A great teacher and friend, who's kindness will always be remembered.
Jim Stout
February 8, 2008
I attended the Chapman Academy in 1989 and spent 3 days with Ray. All he taught me is still remembered today. He was truly a master of firearms and a wonderful human being. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace.
Warren Anderson
February 8, 2008
I was lucky enough to have Ray "teach" me the ins and outs of pistol marksmanship right after being hired by our sheriff's department. He taught me well and I have learned a great deal amount from him over the last 20+ Years. Ray you will be missed. God Speed.
Keith
February 8, 2008
The first Australian Shooting Team arrived in Columbia to shoot the Bianchi Cup in 1989 and Ray treated us as long lost friends.He continued to be a friend and will be sadly missed by us all.
Clive Whelan
February 7, 2008
My friendship with Ray began when he bought 30 acres from me and my family to start the Chapman Academy. Over the years we spent many a fine time together!! He is truly one of the greatest men I have ever had the privilege to know. I will never forget the many things he taught me, or his true friendship. Our great loss is God's gain. I hope if God goes through one of Ray's classes, He pays attention!!
Chuck Wilson
February 6, 2008
I will always value what Ray taught me, and not only his own war service but how he trained so many military and police units to win.

He will be missed by all he trained, and competed with, and our country was a better, stronger place with his work.
John Leveron
February 6, 2008
Ray was an underreported figure within the Practical Shooting world, because he spent so much time doing, instead of talking.

He will be missed, and all of the instructors he instructed, developed, and finally approved will continue to carry on with his teachings at his Academy.
Chapman Instructors
February 6, 2008
Ray's passing is a sad loss to the practical shooting community.

On behalf of the International Practical Shooting Confederation, I extend our sincere condolences to his family.
Vince Pinto, IPSC Secretary
February 6, 2008
I only just heard. Ray will be missed by all who new him and by many who never met him. He was a pioneer in the field of modern pistol shooting who forever changed the skill and its teaching.

I am afraid I gave him much annoyance, but he still had the patience to teach me and let me benefit from his tremendous knowledge and experience.

May he rest with God.
William Shansey
February 6, 2008
Jamie and I will miss you a lot.
It was an honor and a pleasure to have known you and a priviladge to have received trainning from you.
Rest well ,you have deserved it.
Marc and Jamie Armstrong
Marc Armstrong
February 6, 2008
Enjoyed shooting with you in Dripping Springs. Rest in peace.
C Fahey
February 6, 2008
Our heartfelt wishes go out to the family,and all those who knew Ray. He was a dear friend, and a true gentleman. We will miss him.
Brooks and Dee Dee Ellis
February 6, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Paul Burtchell
February 6, 2008
I was privileged to meet with and learn from Ray a few years ago. He was bluff and honest and good-natured. His passing is a loss to us and a gift to Heaven. He's probably already pullng St. Peter's leg about something!
Chuck Edwards
February 6, 2008
I'll miss seeing Ray's smiling face down at the end of the bar at Poodies Hilltop. My thoughts and prayers are with all who knew him and loved him.
Rest in peace, my friend.
February 6, 2008
Uncle Ray did so much for the discipline, for the sport, and for officer survival. He will be missed...and he will be memorialized.
Massad Ayoob
February 6, 2008
My thoughts are with your family.
I shot IPSC with Ray in the late 70's and early 80's. He introduced
me to the sport and I will be ever
thankful for having known him.
Dr. Jim Schiefen
February 6, 2008
Ray may you rest in peace, your friend George Mclain swinging doors a jukebox and a barstool
George McLain
February 6, 2008
I just heard!

Ray taught this then snot-nosed college student everything about pistol shooting, and opened his range to me for many years thereafter.

He influenced my decision to enter law enforcement and was a pioneer in officer survival training, and took great care in instilling that in me.

I am honored to have called him my friend.

Ray, you made a great impact on my life and I will miss you!

Godspeed!
Tom Dresner
February 6, 2008
One of the forefathers of pistol craft. He will be missed.
lynn jones
February 6, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Clyde Long
February 6, 2008
I am deeply saddened to hear about Rays passing. He was a great man and when you were around him you could feel that greatness. My condolences to Beverly and all his friends and family.
Michael Webb
February 6, 2008
Ray Chapman was a legendary figure to me as a young man growing up in Abilene and just learning about practical pistol shooting. I regret that I never had the chance to meet him.
Steve Jolly
February 6, 2008
The Troubadillos will miss the support and friendship Ray gave us on Tuesday's at Poodies .
Louie Long
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