A Farr Shot: First Time Shooters

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I’m sometimes asked what I’d do if a person without competition experience showed up and won the match.

That’s easy. I’d offer congratulations and applaud loudly. Because that’s what happens when anyone wins.

George Farr was an unknown shooter using improvised and borrowed equipment. He managed to set a record at his first appearance at Camp Perry during the National Matches. His first-time appearance was so inspiring that the Farr Trophy was created in his honor and is still rewarded to the top shooter using a Service Rifle during the NRA Long Range Nationals.

Admiring shooters surrounded George on all sides and it wasn’t long before someone suggested that the rifle and its shooter deserved to stay together. A collection taken up from fellow competitors representing several state teams made it possible for Farr to purchase that rifle. A silver plate for the left side of the rifle was engraved to commemorate the event. But the story doesn’t end there.

The next year, the Civilian Team Trophy was re-designated as the Farr Trophy. George Farr’s record string on the old target system was never beaten.

Birth of a Legend: The Farr Rifle
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2016/4/21/birth-of-a-legend-the-farr-rifle/

Farr Trophy
http://competitions.nra.org/documents/pdf/compete/nat-trophy/tro-073.pdf

In case you’re wondering how the experienced competitors will treat you if you show up to your first match and win something big, something equally amazing will happen to you as did Mr. Farr. But ya gotta show up first…

There’s a reason we have to go all the way back to 1921 to remember a remarkable performance from a first timer.

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US Marine Scout Sniper Documentary

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Here’s a summary: Take what you learn by attempting to win shooting matches and apply that improved skill and knowledge to the field environment.

Carlos Hathcock Interview
“What I used when I was sniping, I learned when I was competing.”

Sadly, they overlooked Chief Warrant Officer Arthur Terry as having originally started the program in Hawaii at the Pu’uloa Range Training Facility near ʻEwa Beach and Pearl Harbor (now Joint Base Harbor-Hickam). Gunner Terry’s sniper program trained Carlos Hathcock.

Gunner Terry served as a sniper in Korea. More accurately, he used his competition shooting experience with an accurized service rifle to engage specific targets. Upon returning to the States, he was assigned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, running a shooting team and starting a formal sniping program in the 1950s. This began being known as the Scout Sniper program as scouting was required to first find a target and high level shooting skill was required to get hits.

Terry had officially retired after Korea, however, Major General Alan Shapley, then-commanding general of the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, “reacquired” him for a single purpose: Developing a sniper program, starting with the shooters from the Marine Rifle and Pistol team in Hawaii. Shapley was preparing for future conflicts after Korea. Terry was given a new service number and “unretired” into a Warrant Officer position with the mission of turning shooters into snipers. Given his sniping experience in Korea, Gunner Terry was directed by FMF brass to start this program. It wasn’t unusual for Shapely or generals from 1st Marine Division dropping in to Terry’s office for updates.

Arnold Vitarbo and John Verhaal were among the skilled competitive shooters on Gunner Terry’s cadre. Jim Land and Carlos Hathcock were some of their first students.

Another interview of a Viet Nam era sniper:

Bisley: The Queen’s Prize

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Great history on the British approach to rifle shooting.

Skirmisher events as done in the World War II era:

It should be noted it’s known in the United States as the National Rifle Association of America because founding member General George Wingate was inspired by Britain’s organization and matches at Wimbledon.

Here’s examples of America’s version back then.

http://www.odcmp.org/602/1.pdf

http://www.bobrohrer.com/sea_stories/1902-1906_military_matches.pdf

And examples of the modern versions held today.

https://firearmusernetwork.com/2016/01/09/service-conditions/

7 Experts Discuss Their Precision Caliber of Choice

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7 Experts Discuss Their Precision Caliber of Choice

My friends and colleagues skilled at High Power/ATC and Long Range are probably snickering that I made this list but I think think they’ll appreciate my conclusions.

Some useful examples of this:

AR15 AT 1,000 YARDS (CAN A RACK GRADE AR15 AND M855 MAKE 1,000 YARD HITS?)

Q&A ON THE AR15/M855 AT 1,000 YARD POST.

WHAT WILL THE M4 DO AT 1,000 YARDS?

Wind Strategies for Long Range Shooting

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Sent in from John Tate. I guess we’ll file this one under “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” If something is “wrong”, but the results are there, then it isn’t wrong. The great thing about competitive shooting is providing objective, empirical measure to sort out what idea(s) actually work.

Connecting with the Wind Or Surfing F-Class
by Larry Bartholome

The range I shoot on allows me to shoot out to 1,000 yards, but it has NO flags, no pits and I don’t even try to read the wind. I let the bullets go where they may while testing, but I try to test in good conditions. I am mainly concerned with the elevation of loads. Since I don’t get any practice and shoot few matches I haven’t developed the habit of watching flags, etc.

So….what do I do to win as much as I do? As I wrote before, I basically chase the spotter. I try to connect with the wind since I know I can’t read it. I use the word “connect” because when I am connected (i.e. in the zone!) I can see mirage changes pretty well. If I become unconnected due to a distraction of any kind I have lost the wind connection and usually points.

Of course I am watching what indicators I can while “chasing”. I try to note what the mirage looks like and file it away in my mind’s eye. Of course here comes that old memory problem, da. I keep my eye in my rifle scope as much as I can while the target is in the pits. I don’t use a spotting scope and I don’t plot shots. That is too distracting for me.

Read more:
www.ssusa.org/articles/2015/7/6/connecting-with-the-wind-or-surfing-f-class/

History of Sniping Marksmanship Skills

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There is a good five-part series of videos on the history of sniping and marksmanship skills for snipers entitled “Sniper – One Shot, One Kill” available for free on YouTube.

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