American Rifleman - November 2021 - 56

AMERICA'S FIRST SNIPER RIFLE
direction ... The rear bracket is screwed to the
side plate of the receiver, and the ring which
holds the telescope has a vertical movement
for changes of elevation.
" Telescopes of three different powers are
submitted for trial, viz. 8 diameters, 12 diameters,
and 20 diameters. The medium power (12
diameters) gave the best results.
" The telescope is of practically universal
focus; that is, it does not require readjustment
for different marksmen or for different ranges.
The eye can be placed close to the eyepiece
or several inches away without any apparent
difference in the focus. Danger of being struck
in the eye when the piece recoils can therefore
be avoided.
" The lenses are large and are held in place
by having the metal of the tubes in which
they are mounted spun over their outer edges.
The telescope is light, but at the same time
strong. The brackets for attaching the telescope
to the rifl e are strong and durable and
there appears to be no tendency to jar loose.
" The sight was tested by actual fi rings up
to a range of 2,000 yards, each member of the
board participating in the fi rings. As a result
of this test, the board is of the opinion that
the use of this telescopic sight appears to be
of especial value in hazy or foggy weather and
at long ranges. In either case the target can
be seen with remarkable clearness, and the
marksman can be absolutely sure that he is
aiming at the proper object. This would be of
especial importance to sharpshooters acting
independently. [Author's note: Since the word
" sniper " was not in widespread use in 1900,
the terms " marksman " or " sharpshooter " were
used instead].
" The ordinary sight is useful for accurate fi ring
at a regular target up to about 2,000 yards;
but it is impossible to see a man or even a small
body of men clearly at that range unless projected
against the sky or under other very favorable
conditions. It is for this reason that volley
The fi nal inspection stamp (above) on one of the test
rifl es denotes its " 1900 " assembly date. The markings on
the left side of the " sniper " Model 1898 Krag's receiver
(below) indicate that it was made by Springfi eld Armory.
fi ring is so largely resorted to at long ranges.
" With a telescopic sight a man could be
distinguished easily at 2,000 yards, even with
an unfavorable background.
" The board is of the opinion that this
sight is suitable for use in the U.S. service,
and recommends a number of them be
purchased for trial by troops in the fi eld. If
found to be satisfactory, a suffi cient number
should be purchased to supply such a number
of the sharpshooters of each organization
as experience in the fi eld shall indicate
to be desirable. "
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