Why this rifle is still one of the most high prized American military rifles

World War II GI with an M1C Garand Rifle

Gun writer and historian Bruce Canfield delves into the World War II's prized M1C Garand Sniper Rifle ...

The M1C Garand Sniper Rifle
When the U.S. Army sought a sniping rifle based on the M1 Garand at the end of World War II, the M1C, with its offset scope, was delivered in small numbers. Never the best solution, the M1C performed adequately in post-war service and remains one of the most highly prized American military rifles.

At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, the U.S. Army did not have a standardized sniper rifle. Early in the war, the Army Ground Forces requested that a sniper version of the M1 Garand rifle equipped with a telescopic sight be developed. However, it was immediately apparent that the M1 rifle’s action would require an entirely different approach than most bolt-action sniper rifles—which mounted a telescope directly over the receiver. Since the M1 had to be loaded from the top, a telescope mounted in such a location would not be feasible. The U.S. Army Ordnance Dept. tested several possible solutions—including a prismatic telescope with the eyepiece centered over the M1’s rear sight but with the body of the scope offset to provide the necessary clearance for the action. While it and other M1 rifle-based sniper designs were evaluated, a slightly modified Remington Model 1903A3 bolt-action rifle was adopted in early 1943 as the “U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, M1903A4, Snipers” as more or less an interim measure. Sizeable numbers of ’03A4 sniper rifles were produced and widely issued during the war until a satisfactory Garand sniper rifle could be developed.

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How far away you can score a hit with a defensive handgun shot?

Chris Cerino firing pistols at long range Gun writer Richard Mann takes you through the steps of long range pistol shooting ...

Handguns at Rifle Distances
With a bit of technique and lots of practice, you can use your pistol to get hits out to 300 yards and beyond.

There’s a difference between trick shooting and long-range shooting. There’s also a difference between hitting something and hitting it hard enough to matter. Handguns are generally considered short-range firearms, because it’s difficult to achieve hits with them at extended distances. In addition, they don’t hit very hard at long range. So, at what range is the divide between trick shooting and serious shooting with a handgun?

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Tips on the who and what to listen to when it comes to defensive shooting

American Rifleman's discussion about shooting trips to avoid B. Gil Horman has a few thoughts with it comes to listening to thoughts out there on the range ...

5 Defensive Shooting Tips to Avoid
Lifelong gun owners are usually well-meaning, but often they dole out some “sage” defensive shooting advice that is in desperate need of salt.

It was way, way back in the pre-Internet dark ages when I decided to start learning about defensive shooting. At the time, I really didn't have anyone to turn to for advice beyond the guys at the gun shop and the gun writers. Today, those who are investigating firearms for personal protection have a veritable ocean of information to dive into. Websites, books, videos, periodicals and online forums abound.

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Peek inside the range bag of the most accomplished female shooter in Olympic history

Olympian Kim Rhode balances a shotgun and readies the range bag

Fairfax, Virginia - This month's issue of Shooting Sports USA sees Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sit down with famed shooter Kim Rhode. The five-time Olympic medalist is the most accomplished woman shooter on the world stage and one of the best shotgun shooters out there. As always, Barb only had one question: What's in your range bag?

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NRA Magazine provides shooting news, expert forums, product reviews, and an annual calendar of 15,000 matches

Shooting Sports USA Cover from August of 2014
American Rifleman, American Hunter, and America's 1st Freedom are the magazines most NRA members are familiar with. But for the competitive shooters out there, there's no better resource than Shooting Sports USA - now in it's 100th year of publication ...

Fairfax, Virginia – Shooting Sports USA, the National Rifle Association’s monthly journal for target shooting enthusiasts, is celebrating more than 100 years of reporting on competition shooting. The number one resource for target shooters, the magazine features shooting news, expert forums, product reviews, and an annual calendar of 15,000 matches.

Sign up for a free subscription and begin receiving a digital copy each month at www.shootingsportsusa.com.

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Latest steps by HSUS to ban hunting goes through the Department of the Interior

American Hunter's look at new HSUS regulations on public land hunting Outdoor writer Adam Heggenstaller digs deep into what the Humane Society is trying to do to public lands ...

HSUS Attempts to Drive Hunters, Shooters from Public Lands
NRA and other conservation organizations call for Interior Department to reject lead-ammo ban petition; Hornady urges hunters and shooters to take action.

In a July 23 letter submitted to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, NRA and 32 other conservation organizations call the recent lead-ammo ban petition filed with the Department of the Interior (DOI) by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other anti-hunting groups “quite simply an attempt to drive hunters, and subsequently recreational target shooters, off of Federal public lands. It is unnecessary, has no basis in sound science and should be rejected by the Department.”

The HSUS petition, filed in early June, demands DOI implement rules that ban hunting ... more on the Humane Society's attempt to shut down public lands ...

From NRA Publications - NRA Family InSights Announces Caption Contest

Grand Prize of LaserLyte Trainer Bullseye Kit

Fairfax, Virginia - NRA Family InSights, the entertaining and educational magazine for junior NRA members and their families, has announced a caption contest to give away a LaserLyte Trainer Bullseye Kit. Enter the contest at http://www.nrafamilyinsights.org/articles/Win-LaserLyte-Trainer-Bullseye-Kit-With-Your-Wit.
 
“Photos are an important part of any magazine, whether online or in print,” said Managing Editor Wendy LaFever. “But without context, some photos are begging for a caption and we think our readers can come up with some very clever ones.”

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Gunslingers series offers NRA insight to the guns of the Wild West - video

Winchester Model 1866 Lever Action Rifle

Fairfax, Virginia - You know it's going to be a good day when you get a call from Discovery. Even more so when it's the American Heroes Channel calling about their new show Gunslingers.

You haven't heard about Gunslingers? Here's a quick description from their website:

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American Rifleman and NRA Museum provide background for Discovery Channel debut - video below

Colt Single Action Army hammer to cylinder Fairfax, Virginia - Late last month, a crew from Discovery's American Heroes Channel (AHC) descended upon the National Firearm Museum for an afternoon of education. Education from our experts on the guns that made the Old West - that made the Gunslingers.

An effort by AHC to profile the major gunfights and gunfighters from the Old West, Gunslingers debuts tonight at 10:00pm eastern with "The Tombstone Vendetta". Here's a quick description from the AHC website:

Exposing little-known facts about America’s first villains and heroes, the six-part series features the stories of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, John Wesley Hardin and Tom Horn. Juxtaposed with vivid reenactments, expert commentary is layered throughout each episode to ensure the authenticity and historical accuracy of each story. Contributors include: David Milch, the creator of Deadwood; Bob Boze Bell, the executive editor of True West Magazine; and actor Kurt Russell (Tombstone).

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