American Rifleman - September 2017 - 82

CAMP PERRY SNIPERS

While not necessarily used at Camp Perry, one of the standard sniping rifles of American "Doughboys" was the '03 Springfield fitted
with a Model 1913 5.2X Warner & Swasey Telescopic Musket Sight.

An Impressive Instructor Staff

To call these NRA instructors the best-of-the-best is no
exaggeration. Heading Camp Perry's 50-plus trainers was
Lt. Col. Morton C. Mumma, an activated National Guard
officer who'd captained the U.S. Palma Team in 1913 and
held Distinguished Rifle and Pistol badges.
Directing training was NRA Second Vice President
Smith W. Brookhart. An activated National Guard major,
Brookhart had led the winning U.S. Rifle Team at the 1912
world championship Palma Match and authored the 1918
handbook, Rifle Training for War. Major Brookhart was also
a future NRA president and U.S. senator.
Assisting him was Capt. William H. Richard, the 1903,
1,000-yd. Wimbledon Cup winner, an Ohio National
Guardsman and longtime competitive rifleman. As a civilian
Winchester employee, during his 24-year tenure, Richard
was credited with developing the first heavy-barrel, precision bolt-action rifles.
Perhaps the most prominent instructor was Maj. William
A. Libbey of the New Jersey National Guard, who also
was president of the NRA. A professor of geography at
Princeton University, Libbey had twice explored the arctic
with Adm. Robert Peary, and counted among his personal
friends President Woodrow Wilson, with whom he often
spoke. Major Libbey twice had shot with the U.S. Olympic
rifle team, winning a silver medal at the 1912 Olympics. At
Camp Perry, Libbey would oversee the long-range shooting
phase of sniper training.
Captain William Leushner, another Olympic rifleman,
won a gold medal at the 1908 Olympics, and took home one
silver and two bronze medals he earned at the 1912 games.
Captain James H. Keough, a Distinguished Rifle badge
recipient, had shot with the U.S. Rifle Team at the 1908
NRA championships, where he took top place in the
400-yd. event. Two years later, he won the International
Smallbore matches.
A three-time Indiana State Rifle champion, (19051907), Capt. Herbert W. McBride, was a Distinguished
Marksman graduate of Britain's Hythe School of Musketry.
As an American volunteer sniper, he fought with Canada's
38th and 21st Battalions in France; decorated for bravery
thrice, McBride was also wounded three times. Discharged
due to his injuries, he was commissioned by the U.S. Army
to instruct at Camp Perry and later authored the sniping
classic, A Rifleman Went to War.

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Another instructor, NRA director and competitive rifleman, Capt. Edward C. Crossman, authored two post-war classics, Military and Sporting Rifle Shooting and The Book of the
Springfield. In the 1920s and '30s, Crossman often wrote for
the NRA magazines Arms And The Man and its successor The
American Rifleman (the name was changed in 1923).
"For the first time in the history of this nation," the
NRA magazine, Arms And The Man editorialized, "there
is in the service of the United States today the flower of
American marksmanship."
Despite their extensive shooting knowledge, however,
the NRA instructors lacked modern sniping experience.
This battle know-how was supplied by British and Canadian
sniping veterans posted to Camp Perry to assist them. They
were led by British Maj. Ernest Edward Godfrey, who'd been
severely wounded at Gallipoli, Turkey, in 1915. Recovering,
continued on p. 102

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