Paul Coniglio was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York. He loved guns even as
a small child. He dropped out of school at seventeen to join the army in 1947.
Paul came out of the army after doing his two years, got a job making antennas,
which gave him time to get his high school diploma. He married his first wife Maryann Cagiano in 1951, and had two children, Diane and Patricia. Maryann was from Netcong, New Jersey, when he would go to visit her, they would go hunting and fishing, which continued his love of guns.
Paul and Maryann opened a successful hairdressing business, first in Flatbush, and then moved it to Parsippany, New Jersey. Paul, while attending a “Careers Day” was so impressed with one of the speaker’s statement, “that you’re never too old to change careers.” Paul got the bug to go to college and earned his degree. Not content with his Bachelor of Science, he was accepted at Columbia
Medical School and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Paul chose the latter. During his schooling at PCOM, Maryann was diagnosed with breast cancer, and passed during Paul’s third year of schooling. Paul’s parents moved in with Paul and were a big help in raising the children while Paul was at school.
Paul graduated in May of 1967-deciding to do his internship at Bay View Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was destined to meet his second wife Ruth. They were married in 1968, Paul opened his practice in Parsippany, New Jersey and Ruth was his office manager for thirty years. Paul and Ruth have four children Diane, Patricia, Cyndi and Chris.
1971 was the beginning of a long love affair with shooting clay targets for Paul and Ruth. They had gone to visit Ruth’s parents, who lived in Vandalia, Ohio, just across the airport. Paul went to see the Grand, because you could hear the guns going off from on their front porch. Unfortunately, he couldn’t shoot because of it being the last day. When they arrived back home, a neighbor, Tom
Powell, came down to tell Paul about this great shooting club he had found. Paul grabbed his old hunting shotgun to shoot trap for the first time, breaking a 17. The addiction began at the old Algonquin Gun Club in Parsippany, New Jersey (later known as Troy Meadows). Most of Paul’s lifelong friendships began at the “The Indian’s” what a great group of memories.
His first purchase of a gun was the Winchester Model 12, nicknaming it “The Blonde Beauty.” He went to his first registered shoot in the spring of ’72 at Pine Valley, New Jersey. Paul did not have enough targets, so he had to shoot from penalty yardage; he shot a 97, garnering three yards, for his effort. From the Model 12, Doc moved onto the Perazzi shotgun line and ending up shooting the
K-80 Kreighoff, the longest and the best.
Doc also became involved with the North Jersey Gun Club in Fairfield, getting into helping out at the club, getting into club politics, and eventually, serving as club President a number of years.
Doc and Ruth became regulars on the shooting circuit, buying a van and a travel trailer made it easier for them to raise a family and attend shoots up and down the East coast and Canada. Doc’s early squad mates were Kay Ohye, Larry Russo, Gene Pepe and Gerry Russo and sometimes wife Ruthie. His squad brought out the best in him, during this time from 1980-1995, Doc maintained a AA
average in singles and was AA in doubles six of those years and A class the remainder, with an overall doubles average of 92.77, and shooting from the 27 yard line. In 1982, Doc shot a 199×200 to capture the New Jersey Clay Target Championship at the State shoot in Pine Belt.
Doc Paul’s fondest memory of the Grand’s in Vandalia, was being on the squad, that set the 5-Man Team record of 998×1000, having 200’s that day were Doc, Larry Russo, and Kay Ohye, Billy Comley and Gerry Russo both had 199’s to set the record. Since then, as in everything it seems that record has been broken.
Another fond memory was winning the Husband / Wife Trophy at the Grand, with Ruthie. Here again Doc broke 200 and Ruthie had a 195.
One year at the Eastern Zone both Doc and Ruthie were in shoot offs for the Singles Championship, Doc losing to Kay Ohye by a bird for the Men’s title and Ruthie besting Anna Mae Eberle for the Woman’s Title, a bitter sweet memory.
Winning at clay birds was not the only targets Doc enjoyed shooting. Winning Flyer competitions were a passion all on their own for Doc and wife Ruthie. State side Doc traveled to Pennsylvania, where he won the New Jersey Flyer Championship, Florida, and Malloy’s in North Carolina. Outside the US, Doc shot in Mexico, Argentina, Italy, and Spain. Doc shot on the America’s Men’s Team in Portugal.
Doc stopped shooting in 2008 due to health reasons, he registered 452,775 targets, 190,775 singles, 165,250 handicap and 96,750 doubles targets.