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Korean-Era " Mystery Man " Identifi ed
PRECISION
Thanks so much for " Sniping In Korea: 19501953 "
(September 2021, p. 74). My uncle Mike ran an
array of M45 quad .50s mounted on M16 half-tracks.
A dozen of these were placed on an embankment
overlooking the front lines, arranged so that their gun
mounts could attain more elevation to facilitate a rain
storm of .50 BMG into no man's land, all night long.
A few years back, he told me a story about an Army
HISTORICAL
The M1C rifle saw little use at the end of World War II, but it saw considerable
service during the Korean War, such as with this U.S. Army sniper in 1950.
Sniping
In Korea
1950-1953
≈
When U.S. forces rushed to stop the North Koreans from overrunning South Korea in 1950, there
were almost no American snipers. As the battle lines stabilized, that would change, and the war
would become ideal for the employment of well-equipped and well-trained snipers.
BY MAJ. JOHN L. PLASTER, U.S. Army (Ret.)
here was little sniping in the Korean War-at least
during the war's initial six months. On June 26,
1950, the North Koreans invaded the South, nearly
overrunning the peninsula. In September, Americanled
United Nations forces landed to their rear at Inchon,
cut them off and then invaded North Korea. Then, in
November 1950, with the U.N. forces on the verge of
victory, a half-million Red Chinese troops intervened,
throwing Allied forces 250 miles southward.
By early spring 1951, this ebb and flow finally stabilized
near the mountainous 38th parallel, where both
sides dug-in on high ground overlooking wide valleys-
ideal sniper country.
But where were America's snipers? There were almost none.
The Garand's top-loading action greatly complicated
scope mounting. The Army initially tried a
prismatic sight with an offset scope body (top),
but eventually settled on an offset Griffin & Howe
side mount. In Korea, Capt. William Brophy fitted
a .50-cal. barrel to a captured Russian PTRD Model
1941 (l.) in an attempt to create his own sniper
rifle-see the sidebar on p. 77 for more details.
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captain stopping by looking for ammunition. He had
a rifl e with him that had been custom-made in theater by armorers. He said the
captain showed up out of the blue during a " lull in the action " and said, " I hear
you guys might have some ammo to spare, " to which Mike answered, " We might
have some, I'll check. " Forty-eight M2s, running 10 hours a day. They built a
small house out of the crates that the barrels came in. It was heated (with additional
empty crates) and stocked with beer (stolen). For a little more than a week
the offi cer would stop by in the morning to pick up rounds and then return that
evening just before Mike and his buddy would start up all of the quad mounts.
This mystery offi cer had to have been the Capt. William S. Brophy mentioned
in your " Fighting Fifties " sidebar in the " Sniping In Korea " article. Thank you
so much for the information; I have often wondered who this man was. I will
stop by to have a look at his custom .50 BMG rifl e soon.
-STAN TISSUE
Compliments All Around
First of all, I want to thank Mark Keefe for his " Trust But Verify: FunctionChecking
Your Guns " edition of " The Keefe Report " at americanrifleman.org.
While recently performing routine cleaning and maintenance of my primary carry
pistol, a SCCY CPX-2, I noticed that the fi ring pin didn't protrude from the breechface
when I pressed it from the back with a punch. I remembered Mr. Keefe's mention
of the " No. 2 pencil test " from this column and conducted the test on the pistol,
which failed. After a few email messages with SCCY's service department, they
shipped me a new fi ring pin that I was able to replace and get the fi rearm back in
working order and comfortably on my hip. Thank you for those kinds of reminders.
I also want to thank Jeff Johnston and Bruce N. Canfi eld. Several months
ago, I wrote to report a couple of errors that appeared in the December 2020
issue of American Rifl eman, and these two gentlemen were the authors of those
articles. Each took the time to respond to me personally, which was an unexpected
(but welcome) surprise, and I believe that speaks to the class of them as
individuals and of the staff of American Rifl eman as a whole. Thank you for representing
some of the best of the National Rifl e Association and for the service
you provide to American fi rearm owners.
-SEAN PERKINS
Genius On Display
I very much enjoyed the article " Thinking In Three Dimensions: The Genius Of
John Moses Browning " (September 2021, p. 82). Having been a member of the NRA
for decades, I have often been drawn, not only to the review of modern-day fi rearms,
but more especially to the genesis and the history of how they came to be.
The home and workshop of John's father, Jonathan Browning, is an historic
site in Nauvoo, Ill. The home and gunsmithing business are available for
in-person and virtual tours online. Barrelmaking and the like are part of both
tours. Anyone with an interest in the Brownings would fi nd these tours to be
fascinating. Thanks again for your ongoing efforts to support and sustain the
Second Amendment and its associated freedoms.
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