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In Memoriam: Philip Hemphill of Team Lapua

Philip Wayne Hemphill 1952 – 2023

Team Lapua and the fraternity lost a giant on Thursday, Oct. 12. Philip Hemphill of Meridian, MS passed away at his home with his lovely wife Christine by his side.

Phil became a member of Team Lapua in 2011, joining Steve Reiter and Brian Zins as top USA Bullseye shooters. A retired Captain with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Phil was ten-time National Police Pistol Combat Champion and twice captured the prestigious NRA Precision Pistol Championship. Phil was also a part of Team Lapua/Zero with his close shooting friends, and they dominated the team competitions at the Nationals for over a decade.

Phil was a mountain of a man who always had time to help other shooters and legend that will not be forgotten. We are all better for having known Philip Hemphill. The Lapua family offers our sincere condolences to Phil’s family and friends.