Missildine won over 35 national and international skeet-shooting championships and was named to the All-American team in 25 of his 26 years in competition. The only year he missed out on the honor he didn’t compete in the required number of events to be eligible.
A self-taught shooter, Missildine began his career as a teacher, competitor and promoter of skeet and trap shooting in 1939 when he became manager of the Sea Island Gun Club, where he later became the head instructor.
Missildine entered his first tournament in 1941 – the National Skeet Championship – and won the professional class by breaking 249 of the 250 targets. Missildine finished his illustrious career with a phenomenal 98.6 lifetime average. During his competitive years, he fired at 28,425 targets and missed only 327.
He is a member of three halls of fame, including the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the National Skeet and Trap Shooters Hall of Fame and also the Georgia Skeet Shooters Hall of Fame. In addition to teaching at the Fred Missildine Shooting School at Sea Island, he also spent time teaching at Lake Placid, N.Y. He was once rated the No. 1 teacher in the country and turned out many world champion shooters as an instructor.
Missildine was rated No. 50 on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s list of “Georgia’s Top 100 Athletes of the 1900s.”