American Rifleman - August 2021 - 38

NRA HISTORY
" Well, You Might Win Someth ing "
The Farr Rifle
T
here were several outstanding
features of the 1921 N.R A.
Individual Matches that will
long live in the memories of rifl emen.
One is the rifl ery of Sergeant John W.
Adkins of the Marines, who established
new records at 900 and 1,000
yards; won the Wimbledon, and, in a
single day's shooting, ran two strings
totaling 211 bullseyes.
Another is the marksmanship of
George R. Farr, the Washington rifl eman,
who, although 62 years of age,
took a service rifl e which had been
issued to him the morning of the
match and, with service sights, entered
the Wimbledon and gave Adkins, with
his special rifl e and telescope sight,
the closest call that the young Marine
had in all of his string of victories.
Those who watched the old man
fi ring against the handicaps of gathering
darkness and equipment supposedly
inferior to that of his opponent,
while giving full credit to Adkins for
his superb skill, may still wonder who
actually won the great silver cups
presented each year to the champion
long-range rifl e shots.
Few took heed of Farr when he
drew fi ve clips of Frankford Arsenal
ammunition and lay down at the peg,
opening his shooting bag to remove
the strangest spotting scope that
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could be imagined-one barrel of a
cylinder fi eld glass [binocular] that
had been cut apart with a hacksaw.
" Dad " Farr fi red his fi rst sighter at
4:30 p.m. Through his sawed-off glass,
the spotter showed a Three. He made
an adjustment, removed his glasses
and fi red. This time, the spotter
showed stark against the black of the
bull, and his fi rst record shot followed
it. When fi ve bullets had sped down
the range, Farr jammed in another clip
with no more concern than if he had
been shooting a string of rapid-fi re
and continued shooting.
Nineteen record shots had found
the black when Farr seemed to grow
a bit nervous. His later explanation
of this circumstance, in the light of
what followed, is particularly interesting.
''When that 19th shot scored a
bullseye, " he said, " I just happened
to think that if my next shot got in,
I'd make a possible. I'd never made a
possible at 1,000 yards. "
" Mr. Farr's twentieth shot for
record'' the scorer droned- " a Five. "
Then, to the unfeigned surprise of
the range offi cer, " Dad " Farr rose from
the fi ring point and started away.
" Wait a minute; keep on fi ring, "
the range offi cer called.
" What for? " Farr asked.
" Well, you might win something. "
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" All right, I reckon I can shoot some
more, only I haven't any cartridges. "
" Here are some, " the range offi cer
said, offering him two clips.
From then on, Farr, disregarding
every known range custom-fi ring
from the magazine instead of loading
singly, moving his elbows from their
position, now and again hunching his
body into a more comfortable position-continued
to hang up bullseyes
while an astounded gallery gathered
behind him.
Until he had fi red his 60th shot,
the light was fairly good, then it
rapidly began to die away. After the
65th shot, the light was very bad. On
the 66th shot, he began holding down
on the butts, with added elevation,
but this device served him in the fading
light for only four more bulls. His
71st shot was a Four, and the most
remarkable of all service-rifl e-andservice-sight
records was completed.
It was 6:10 p.m.
Farr's run at 1,000 yards was easily
the sensation of the matches, and so
impressed with the achievement were
the rifl emen attending the matches
that they purchased the rifl e with
which the record had been made, and,
bearing a suitable inscription, it will
be presented to him.
[Arms & The Man, Sept. 15, 1921]

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