We have been spotlighting youth shooters for the Sporting Clays Association website for awhile, so we decided it was time to spolight some of our Veteran Shooters as well. After several conversations with Patrick and a few others, I came up with highlighting Doc Mulkey for the spotlight. Doc is an interesting fellow and I am always delighted to draw Doc for my squad or find him waiting for a squad in the clubhouse. Doc is very personable and pleasant and is always encouraging. Many times he’s been just what the Dr. Ordered (pun intended) for me, especially in the early days of trying to come through the classes. Doc always offers a unique perspective and one time when I had just made AA and was feeling pressure, Doc had just come down from Master Class, I said,” Doc, what the heck….you came back down?”……He said, “yeah, I got up there shooting sub-gauge stuff primarily because I love the small gauge stuff, but punched up to Master and I can’t shoot with them guys” I laughed and said I understood and that I couldn’t either. And then we proceeded to shoot a very relaxed main event at Hermitage and both finished well. So, I guess I am saying that Doc is a people person and strives to make everyone around him comfortable……….I polled several of Doc’s friends asking after a story to introduce him with and all of them started laughing and indicated that there WERE a lot of Doc stories but none they could share with the public……..So, if you get a chance to shoot with Doc Mulkey, ask him about his stories. He may laugh at you as well or yell Geronimo! Or he may even ask you for $50 to $150 depending on your problem.
- Dan Paxton
An interview from Arnold "Doc" Mulkey:
My first introduction to firearms was at 9 or 10 when my Dad took me on a dove shoot. I was hooked. I used his Win. model 42, serial # 672, which I mention because it was one of the first and I've still got it and no it's not for sale.
I continued to hunt every chance I got as a adolescent, teen, through college and Med school. This included dove, squirrel, deer, and quail, which were plentiful at the time. As an intern and then a surgery resident I began shooting skeet which led to competitive matches all over the southeast. My shooting was put on hold for my time in the Army but on several occasions I was able to try hitting cans of army issue sun tan cream ( which were virtually the same shape and size as a standard clay), thrown by a strong armed PFC with me shooting a Win model 97 pump and the only ammo available at my firebase, 00 buck. The gun was in a cache of firearms liberated from the VC and the ammo was procured via midnight requisitioning from the MP squad on base. Needless to say I didn't hit many but when I did it was total destruction. OK, no more war stories.
After surgery and urology residences I moved to Greenwood and spent the next few years building up my practice. After about 10 years I became aware of a new " game " in shooting sports, sporting clays. It was so different from skeet as it offered different presentations of targets at different angles, speed and size. I never knew what I was going to be shooting at on any given day which is still one of the major pluses of the game. I have spent 30+ years trying to improve which at my present age seems to be one step forward and ten steps back, but even the times I go backward I still enjoy the shooting, the targets, the course and the company. I like shooting with almost everyone but I have never enjoyed it more then when I have one or two young folks on my squad. They are an inspiration to me and other old geezers with their poise, demeanor, and obvious enjoyment of with the sport. I tend to be a better shooter and probably a better person because of their influence
I will continue to shoot ,both practice and competition, as long as possible and I promise It will continue to be a thrill and the "time of my life".
- "Doc" Mulkey