Dr. Wong's military service was coming to an end within eight months, back in November 1976. As an optometrist in the United States Navy, he examined thousands of eyes but did not once handle a firearm until one day after he examined the Master Chief Petty Officer in charge of the rifle range at Great Lakes, Illinois. After attending an introductory course for the 1911 .45 caliber pistol, he was invited to join the Recruit Training Center Pistol Team.
After this course, the very first target was kept as a souvenir, a grand total of 6 points. The second target improved to 20 points, and the third to 30 points. After two months, scores improved to consistent high 90's. Scopes were not used and only military hardball ammo was issued. He was later proud to have been a member of the winning Commanders Cup Championship Team and also became a two time qualified expert in the Navy, the highest ranking possible.
Dr. Wong's short shooting career ended in June of 1977, but memories of the fun, excitement, commitment and the camaraderie never subsided, even after a couple of decades. It was not until 2003 when Dr. Wong once again, picked up a gun. However, those glorious past memories of excellence were elusive as he found himself placing typically 10th place out of twelve shooters in a local bullseye league.
Upon learning of shooting websites such as Bullseyepistol.com and the Bullseye-L Internet Forum, he had the determination to continually improve his skills. His first formal NRA conventional match was in February 2004. One of the highlights of attending the National Matches at Camp Perry that year included having the distinct honor of making the President's Hundred list, and then again in 2005. This was soon followed by the arrival of his Master NRA classification card on Christmas Eve 2005.
Dr. Wong was impressed by the generosity and character of the bullseye shooters. As he was discovering pearls from these sites, he offered his knowledge as an eyecare professional to many shooters with his numerous posts and articles. He was able to understand the visual difficulties experienced by many of his fellow shooters by being an active participant himself. His commitment to the shooting world was undeniable as this sport is his passion.
Nothing would please Dr. Wong more than to see another shooter benefit because of his contributions, as many shooters have personally commented. Never, did he imagine that many of the optical principles learned while attending the University of California at Berkeley, School of Optometry, would have such an impact 30 years later.