Frank Parsons, Jr. attended George Washington University (GW) where he won intercollegiate titles. He later coached shooting at GW for several years. Parsons became known on the world shooting scene when he was named to the US International 300 metre Free Rifle team in 1930. He competed at the 1948 London Olympics and the 1949 World Championships in Argentina. Parsons then captained the Olympic and World Championships shooting teams in 1952, and was captain of the 1954 World Championship team. He later joined the NRA (National Rifle Association) Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In 1957 the National Capital Rifle & Pistol Club donated a silver bowl, the Frank Parsons Memorial Trophy, for an 80-shot indoor match shot in Washington, DC. In 1959 a second Frank Parsons Memorial Trophy was donated by his estate, and is awarded each year to the winner of the smallbore 3-position championship. Parsons made his career as the owner of a paper company.