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FEATURE | YESTERDAY'S RIFLE

▲ The improved firing mechanism of the new rifle, as
well as the bolt (top), were etched with numbers to
correspond with the serial number of the rifle, preventing interchange of parts by a careless rifleman.

been demonstrated beyond a question of doubt,
and he continued to believe that a commercial
version was in the offering.
" there is about to be, placed in the hands of
...
the organized rifleman in this country, a smallbore
weapon fully capable of scoring the highest possible if held truly and well, provided suitable
ammunition is available"
.
But it was not to be; no commercial version of
these rifles was ever produced. Perhaps the smallbore community of the day was not ready for a
14-pound rifle however good it was; perhaps it
would have cost too much-an earlier Rifleman
article (June 1924) cited a cost of "dangerously near
a cool one hundred dollars, to produce each rifle.
"

A standard Winchester 52 of the day cost about $50
and weighed about eight and a half pounds. These
12 rifles probably illustrate the best in smallbore
rifles and ammunition in the mid-1920s, and testify
to the willingness of the American shooting community to provide the best possible equipment for
our international team.
In the 1924 Olympics, as it turned out, 17-year-old
U.S. shooter Marcus Dinwiddie, of Washington,
D.C., shot a 396 in the smallbore match; it looked
as though his score would stand up for the gold,
but M. De Lisle of France came through with a 398,
leaving Dinwiddie the silver. Our four shooters in
the event averaged 391-a score that equaled the
former Olympic record set in 1920. *

▼ The rifle that resulted from these efforts is one of the rarest of competition rifles-
a milestone in the development of smallbore match rifles and ammunition that
allows comparison with the performance of modern equipment and shooters.

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