American Rifleman - May 2010 - (Page 24)

101⁄2 LOCK, STOCK & BARREL OPENING SHOT OPENING SHOT A True American Rifleman n the winter of 1944 Pvt. Ted Gundy of the 99th Infantry Division found himself in a frozen foxhole on the front lines of the Battle of the Bulge armed with an M73B1-scoped Springfield M1903A4 in the largest land battle ever fought by the U.S. Army. Later, during a fierce enemy field artillery barrage, shrapnel ripped through and severed the sniper’s lower right leg, adding him to the 80,000-plus American casualties sustained during the German onslaught. Some 65 years later, the 84-year-old warrior and Distinguished NRA member was invited as a special guest for a one-week tour at Fort Benning, Ga., for an episode of the “Shooting USA” series titled “Impossible Shots.” In the episode “Old Sniper,” Gundy, more than once overcome by the sincere gratitude and honor bestowed on him by the many troops at Fort Benning, toured the National Infantry Museum, met recent graduates, and teamed up with members of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit for a hands-on demonstration of some of today’s modern Ted Gundy (l.) receives the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Black Hat and plaque from USAMU commander Lt. Col. Daniel Hodne. I sniping techniques. As the veteran commented, “I couldn’t dream in a thousand years how you could do this, or even see a human from that far.” USAMU members SFC Robby Johnson and SFC Jason St. John showed him, coaching Gundy through the 1,000-yd. range with a custom Remington Model 700 in .300 WSM. Also, Val Forgett of Navy Arms/Gibbs Rifle Co. presented Gundy, at a total loss for words, with an exact copy of the rifle he carried on the battlefields of Western Europe. The grey-haired soldier took up both guns on the range with the young AMU team, and, without spoiling the story, let’s just say the seasoned veteran still has what it takes to be a true American rifleman. —ANGUS K. MCCLELLAN, ASSISTANT EDITOR As of this writing, “Shooting USA” plans to re-air the episode on April 28, 2010, on the Outdoor Channel, and DVD copies are available at Photo courtesy of “Shooting USA” 24 M AY 2010 WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG http://WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - May 2010

American Rifleman - May 2010
Editor’s Letter
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
One On One With Ted Nugent
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
American Marksman: A First-Timer’s Guide To 3-Gunning
Bushmaster ACR: A Transformative Firearm
Coming To America: Para USA Goes Beyond Innovation
The 2010 Golden Bullseye Awards
Magnum Maximization: Ruger’s Extra-Capacity .327 Revolvers
NRA LED: A Half Century Of Service
Annual Meetings
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - May 2010