Why this rifle is still one of the most high prized American military rifles
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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Familiar faces fighting for fullbore rifle title as Championship rolls to an end
Port Clinton, Ohio - Today's schedule of fullbore for the NRA National Rifle Championships begins with little distractions. The weather is clear, the competitors are positive, and the scoring is stable. Though the winds are still in play, the relatively low temperatures along with sunny skies means adjustments necessary for a V are few.
A V? That's right. Because we're shooting fullbore rifle, that means we're firing on the 5 V target. In other words, competitors only earn 5 points for a bullseye. On the flip side it means that only lose 5 for a miss or crossfire. Not something you want to hang your hat on, but a positive nonetheless.
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Taking time off and concentrating on F-Class rifle shooting refocuses 4-time champ
Port Clinton, Ohio - You could say shooting is in her blood. Raised in a home where national titles were about as regular as Johnny Carson on late night, it was only a matter of time until Michelle Gallagher won a National NRA Rifle title of her own. Or, as is the case this year, a fourth National NRA Long Range Rifle Championship.
“I started shooting when I was about 7,” Gallagher explained. “Mom was taking me and Sherri (her sister) to the range ever since we were little kids. “
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Change in distance and targets leads to trouble for some at Rifle Championships
Port Clinton, Ohio - The final championships held on the hallowed ranges of Camp Perry is reserved for Fullbore. Call it a modified version of our Palma Championships. Actually, to be accurate, Palma is a modified Fullbore Championship. Here are the basics.
Competitors fire the same rifles used in the Long Range High Power Rifle competitions. The primary differences are two; distance and target. At the NRA Fullbore Championships, competitors will fire from 300, 600, 800, 900, and 1,000 yards (internationally the 800 is usually replaced with 500). The targets, somewhat smaller, are of the ICFRA (International Confederation of Fullbore Rifle Associations) 5v variety.
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Images from the 2014 NRA National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships
Port Clinton, Ohio - It's never easy to stand behind the big gun. Wait for the wind, brace for the recoil, breath when the moment calls for it and fire. It's a religious experience for some.
This week at NRA's Long Range High Power Rifle Championships, competitors faced these conditions and more as the wind and sun and rain of Camp Perry taxed each and every shooter to the extent of their limits. A majority of those who arrived buckled under the pressure. Though a few, a select few, managed to rise the occasion.
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New winners and old take to the stage for NRA titles
Port Clinton, Ohio - A few hundred competitors, sponsors and NRA officials gathered at the Hough Theater last night for the 2014 NRA National Long Range High Power Rifle Championships. Some arrived to claim titles, others to congratulate their peers, it was a special night for all.
Led by Long Range Rifle Match Director Sherri Judd, the ceremony started 30 minutes behind the scheduled 8:00pm start time - another victim of yesterday's weather delay.
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Bests mom by a single X after delays cause cancellation of Palma's 900 yards
Port Clinton, Ohio - Taking a page from Joe Hendricks' path to this year's High Power Rifle title, past NRA champ Michelle Gallagher shot a perfect 300-19x in today's Palma Match to win the 2014 National Long Range Rifle Championship.
Beginning the day two points down, Gallagher racked up fifteen 10s at 800 yards along with another fifteen 10s at 1,000. Though Palma traditionally includes a 900 yard phase as well, that portion of today's match was cancelled due to the morning's lightning storm.
"Talk about an exciting finish," said High Power Rifle Match Director Sherri Judd. "She hung in there after dropping a few points in the early rounds and finished strong."
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Three hour delay could force cancellation of Palma rounds - images
Port Clinton, Ohio - Weather came calling early this morning at the NRA Long Range Championships. I know, I know, weather is a constant no matter where you are. But its never appreciated unless the conditions are extreme. And yes, this morning, the conditions were extreme.
First came the winds, then the clouds, and finally the rain. Competitors were soon hustled off the field of play as the weather (yes I’m back to using weather as a catchall) stepped it up a notch with lightning strikes.
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4 NRA Long Range Champs within two points of title as rain & Palma phase closes finals
Port Clinton, Ohio - There’s a leaderboard logjam on final morning of NRA’s 2014 Long Range High Power Rifle Championship. The top two shooters are separated by a single X. The next three by a point. The next four by two. And that’s just one of the obstacles today’s leader, Phillip Crowe, is facing.
Today there’s a call for rain. Rain and the ensuing winds Camp Perry happily provides throughout the summer championships means Crowe’s starting point of 798-47x is tenuous at best. One little gust, one drop of rain, any change at all in the bullet’s path drops a 10 to 9 … if you’re lucky.
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