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FEATURE | YESTERDAY'S RIFLE
Wotkyns described the stocks as
"having a rather full, high comb,
extenuated (sic) pistol grip and
fore-end of beaver tailed section.
"
All 12 rifles were designed and
built at Springfield Armory in
Massachusetts in 15 days.
As their contribution to the
partnership, the Marine Small
Arms Arsenal and Armory in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, under
the direction of Major L.W.T.
Waller, USMC, made the "international" accessories: set triggers,
palm rests, hook buttplates and
adjustable sling swivels. Wotkyns
noted that the triggers were "the
invention of a Marine, presum"
ably Frank Rimkunas, but at least
one surviving rifle has an apparently original equipment trigger
by G.A. Woody.
The effort to replicate the centerfire rifles was successful. William
Brophy, in his magisterial book
The Springfield 1903 Rifles, asserts
that "When this rifle is side by side
with its caliber .30 big brother, it is
difficult to tell which one is which.
"
Nevertheless, the ultimate test
of a match rifle is how well it
shoots-how well it does the job
for which it was intended.
Springfield Armory's test comprised five 10 shot machine rest
groups (also combined into a
50 shot composite) fired at
50 yards. Of the 600 shots fired
through the 12 rifles, 599 were
within the one-inch 10-ring of
the then 50-yard NRA smallbore
target (the present 50-yard target,
having a 0.89-inch 10-ring, was
not adopted until 1927). The illustrated groups (essentially full

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③

➊ Rifle expert F.A. Landry (l.) and
barrel maker Dave Turner (r.), of
the Army Ordnance Department's machine shop, pictured
here holding the rifle barrel they
helped to design for the 1924
U.S. Olympic Rifle Team.
➋ Two key people responsible for
the 1924 International Match .22
Rifle (l.) John O'Neill, armory
foreman and (r.) John Callahan,
foreman of the machine shop.
➌ Groups tell the tale to a rifleman
better than anything else. During
accuracy tests, the NRA took
pictures, consisting of five groups
of ten shots using the new International Match .22 rifles.

size in the 1924 Rifleman article)
are cited as "average results"
of the tests; ammunition is
not identified except as being
"NRA of U.S. manufacture.
"
The Olympic match would
be a 40 shot standing competition fired with metallic sights at
50 meters on a target having a
10-ring 50 mm (1.97 inch) in diameter and, on that target, these rifles
(officially called "Rifle, U.S., Caliber .22, Model 1924, International
Match") do the job for which they
were designed. Still, I doubt that
many of today's smallbore shooters would be satisfied with the
precision shown by these groups.
Nowadays, they strive for a rifle
and ammunition combination that,
at 50 yards, will give a half-inch (or
less) group with a tight, round center. All of these groups, centered
in a scoring overlay, are "clean"
on the current NRA 50-yard target,
and probably give a good sense of
the rifle and ammunition capabilities available in the 1920s.
It would be revealing to test
these 12 rifles with the best modern ammunition. One of these
rifles was sold at auction over a
decade ago; the auction catalog
photographs show the barrel
drilled and tapped for scope blocks
so the test should be easy to do-
with or without a machine rest. I
believe the rifle sold in the midtwenty thousand dollar range so
the test is unlikely to be made.
Nonetheless, Wotkyns and his
colleagues were pleased with their
efforts: "It was freely stated that
this outcome would have been
thought impossible had it not


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