At the age of 15 on July 5, 1964, at International Trap & Skeet, Jim Poindexter was the youngest shooter to be handicapped to the 27 yard line. At the age of 35, in 1984, he became the youngest enshrinee to be inducted into the CGSTA Hall of Fame.

Jim began shooting in sub-junior ranks 24 years before he was inducted and was an All-American in sub-junior, junior and men's divisions during his 22 years of shooting. Because of a collapsed blood vessel in his left inner ear which destroyed his hearing and balance functions, he was forced to retire from competitive trapshooting in 1982.

Jim was the California singles sub-junior champion from 1961 to 1963 and the junior champion in 1966. He also captured the preliminary handicap title with 100 from the 20 yard line in 1982. He was the first Californian to win three state singles titles with perfect 200's, earning those awards in 1971, 1976 and 1979. In 1970 and 1973, he was doubles champion, and he earned the all-around trophy in 1969.

At the 1969 Western Zone Shoot, Jim was doubles and all-around champion, and 10 years later he posted a perfect score to win the singles title at the Golden West Grand.

Each year from 1962 thru 1967, Jim was selected to the All-American team, the first three years a sub-junior and the last three as a junior. He received honorable mention to the men's team in 1968 and then earned selection to the men's first team the next four years. In 1974 he was named to the men's second team.

In Grand American competition, Jim was sub-junior runnerup in the 1962 Grand American Handicap and in 1964 won the Junior Clay Target Championship. In 1970 he earned second place in AA in the Clay Target Championship and top honors in a preliminary doubles race.

Jim was a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic trap team, and captain of his military shooting team in 1973 and a member of the International team in 1975.

James Poindexter was inducted in to the California Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 1984.