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military model 70
continued from p. 69

In November 1965, USMC Gy/Sgt. George H. Hurt of
the 3rd Marine Division's newly formed sniper school
at Da Nang, Vietnam, checked the 8X Unertl scope
mounted on a Winchester Model 70.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by S/Sgt. H. Shipp

Likewise, many of the 300-plus
Model 70 rifles purchased by the
Marine Corps during World War II
remained in inventory and, except
for the handful diverted for unofficial
sniping use, continued to be used
by Marine marksmen for match use
throughout the 1950s. Many of these
were subsequently rebuilt between
circa 1956 and 1963, primarily at the
Marine Corps'"Match Rebuild Shop"
in Albany, Ga. This rebuild work
varied but generally consisted of
replacing the original "sporter" barrels with heavier 24" or 26" barrels
and replacing the stocks as necessary, often with new target stocks
procured from Winchester. The metal
was reblued as required. Thus, the
Model 70 remained in the military's
inventory, albeit as a match rifle, until
the escalation of the war in Vietnam,
which resulted in a renewed emphasis on accurate sniper rifles.
continued on p. 84

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