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COLT COBRA PART 2 ACCURACY REVIEW

 

Last time in part 1 we took a look at the gun.

COLT COBRA REVIEW PART 1

Now we are going to take a look at how accurate it is.  I won’t bother saying anything about reliability, it is a double action revolver after all and one made by Colt so it obviously will work.

I shot a variety of  commercial factory loads  for accuracy at 25 yards.  The Buffalo Bore plus P load being one of the best.  It was also one of the hottest.  While it shot great it was not a pleasure to shoot out of a small compact revolver.

I tried this 90 grain lighter load in anticipating that a lot of users of a gun this size would buy loads that may mitigate recoil.   It wasn’t a tack driving load but it is certainly  pretty decent.   I would carry it and use it inside the ranges I expected  I could make a hit under pressure with a snub nose.

 

The next was the Hornady critical defense flex tip, 110 grain bullet. Another lighter load.  Again, it shot pretty good.

The worst of the ammo I tried  was the Winchester super X.  Not gonna set the world on fire.

I’m not going to lie,  I have never been much of a wheel gun shooter and even less of a snub nosed revolver guy. The lighter guns surprised me how tiresome it can get shooting for groups with stiff loads.  I was happy try this reduced recoil self defense load from federal.  It shot great too.   The best group picture blurred and already tossed the target,  but here is the second best group.

 

I had a few rounds of this Fioocchi some one gave me a few months ago.  I fired all ten rounds  offhand at 25 yards at the head just to use them up.  I was dumbstuck at how well it shot and how well I shot on double action off hand.  May be because I was relaxed and did it just to goof.     But, surprises  do happen if you shoot enough long enough.  I wish I had  more of this ammo to   shoot another group from the bags.

 

 

Lastly, again because I aim to please, the 10 0 yard target.  I fired these from a rest, but not bags, at a man sized-ish  target to see what  all CCW guns could do if pressed into having to make a critical longer range shot.  Ammo was the stiff Buffalo Bore +P round.

 

A few notes.   I need more time to get uses to the revolver sights.  I am used to a back sight like a Novak  or BOMAR. The trench in the top strap with front sight is something I keep shooting too high with.   I would really have to work with revolvers with this sight set up for a while to get used to that if I intended to carry it.   Using +P ammo in a small frame revolver, even in 38spl  gets hard on the hands after a while, rubber grips are a must for me anyways.

The action of the Cobra is very slick  and smooth.  Lovers of the mythologized python would no doubt like the action of the Cobra. I have never shot a revolver on DA  as well as I have this one.  It is a nice  compact gun that I can find no fault with if you are looking for one to CCW or just to buy cause you like 6 shooters.  For a closer look at the gun, its finish and craftsmanship, refer back to part one in the link above.

SO, WHAT DID HAPPEN TO UNERTL OPTICS?

As you may have noticed my love o vintage target/varmint weapons and optics have been on my brain recently.  Last night I got thinking about Unertl again after a friend asked me something about those old beauties and remembered some years ago there was a forum discussion some where or other about what happened. As usual with most gun forums, few of the poster new much about much and were posting all kinds of BS about Unertl and US Optics ( which did some shady stuff after Unertl went into limbo and got sued for their troubles irrespective of what you may hear otherwise) until most unexpectedly John R Unertl himself popped up to set the record straight.  I saved his comments as they were a peak into the history of a legendary firearms industry company.   I have long forgot where I got it from but a clever googler I’m sure could turn it up.  No need anyway.  I saved Unertl’s only post on the matter and the rest of the posts were nonesense. AS one forum “expert” even made the idiotic claim that the Unertls were made in a barn.. 

 

Gentlemen, Let me clear up some inaccurate or most likely a lot of bogus information out there regarding the Unertl Optical Company and make clear some facts about the rifle scopes themselves. I have the authority to discuss the intimate details of this since I AM the last John Unertl that worked at the company you are referring to.

My grandparents started the company, my parents worked at the company, I worked at the company. All of the personalities involved here were strong personalities in their own right. Each conmtrbuted to, and detracted from the business. I don’t plan on writing a book here so I will condense this discussion to it’s bare bones form. My grandmother being a company founder was quite reluctant to leave the company even though she was getting up in years.
This gradually built a resentment within my father and their relationship began to fall apart. My father John Unertl Jr., was a brilliant engineer, but frankly didn’t care much at all about ‘marketing’, relegating this to mostly bullshit.
He also had quite an abrasive side and could alienate people fairly easily. I was schooled as a mechanical engineer because that was what was expected. Going  into the late ’70’s several issues were at play. Family discord for one. Secondly I could see that my father was not doing the necessary training and improvement for future development and expansion. I elected to resign at that point and move on. I took a job with Leitz, a well known optical instrument company. We used Leitz autocollimators and related equipment in our optical testing. Ultimately I became a Division President for that organization.

When my father died, my mother (who did not have a clue about the technology here) asked if I was interested in coming back to run the company. When I went back, I saw the company in the shape I figured it would be in. Not much had changed. It would have needed a small fortune to bring it up to speed. I had neither the time, inclination, and didn’t want to make the financial
commitment. I already had another business. I must say it was a sad moment. My heart strings pulled, but the realities of the situation were compelling. I suggested to my mother to pursue other alternatives.

Enter Rocky Green. My understanding is that he had two different involvements in the company. One as a liason to an initial group of buyers. They couldn’t handle the project, so the second time around he was a principle. I met Rocky one time when he came to visit me with the 1911’s. At that point I knew they were not
going to make it building scopes. I fear that anybody who wasn’t involved directly with the company couldn’t know the painstaking manufacture and care that went into building them. They were assembled, taken down, re-assembled,, numerous times. Hand fit parts meticulously assembled by true artisans. I can only assume the guys that bought the company just figured to buy some drawings,
program a CNC machine, stamp it Unertl & watch the money roll in. Sorry, didn’t work that way. I’m not sure if any of you out there were aware we made very sophisticated optical/mechanical instrumentation, optics for military jet gunsights, fire control optics (military stuff, not firemen) and wind tunnel instrumentation. Unertl Optical was far from operating out of a barn. We made the money with the high end optics, not making scopes. The scopes were that
labor of love because that’s how the company started. The scopes had the benefit of this financing. I fear the other guys missed this key ingredient.
The Unertl employees were true atrisans that made these rifle scopes. I doubt you can find guys like this any more with this kind of skill and dedication. The marine corps sniper scope was the last offering that my father made for Rocky Green when he was still in the service. At that point our old guys started dying off, and with them closed a page in the anals of the shooting industry.

I still have the opportunity to get together with the few remaing
company people. They have all played an important part in my life and I hold  special reverence to each and every one of them. They are truly the last of abreed.

Enjoy those scopes, I would have no reservation saying they are STILL probably the best scopes out there.”

John Robert Unertl

There it is from the man himself.  I only wish he would have written a book or an article about the company in some form for posterity.

If you didn’t know, this Rocky Green fellow did market a few  M1911s made with the Unertl name on them  and they were a take on the  older USMC  used 1911s  before MARSOC. I never touched one but I did see a couple.   They were pretty meh if  you are a real 1911 guy. Around that time a few scopes trickled out.   Some years ago I got in touch with a fellow who did work at the original Unertl and had bought out the rest of the bases and accessories  that were on hand when the real Unertl closed its doors.   I regret that I have since forgot his name and lost his contact info.  I do agree with Mister Unertl.  They are pure art and they  are still some of the best optics ever made.   A man can only dream about what they would have made had the younger J. Unertl had taken over the company and expended it and moved into modern designs.   The original Unertl closed its doors in the mid 1980s.  You can see in the image below what a high grade riflescope with all the trimmings looked like.  Box included.

J. Unertl Sr.  immigrated to the US from Germany and  worked for J. W. Fecker. Fecker scopes was a company that built the highest of quality target scopes which started selling his optics in 1922.  How high quality? Well, in 1926 when a Winchester Model52 rifle cost $36 yankee greenbacks, a Fecker optic would cost from $30 to $50 yankee dollars.  You can do the math on what the equivalent to 30 dollars   in the mid 20s  would be to today.   Unertl worked there as one of Feckers most talented and skilled engineers  until leaving to start his own optics business in 1928. In the early days of the Unertl Optics Co.  J. Unertl even supplied his scopes with Fecker mounts ( or what you would think of as “rings”) until developing his own.    Below is a Fecker advertisement and you can see the resemblance.  Fecker as a rifle scope maker more or less ended July 1956 as it was bought out by some one who had no interest in shooting. The company was purchased for its advanced designs for missile tracking and guidance systems during the cold war.  As of 2002 it still exists as a division of Contraves Co.    But the story of Fecker scopes will have to wait for another day.

AS mister Unertl said above, the last Unertl to  be developed and sold  as a new design was the USMC  10X sniper scope. A very tough optic that was the first to use the Mil-dot crosshairs.  A model was also made for use on the M82, 50BMG sniper rifle.  The original was developed for use on the M40A1 sniper rile and was in use even through to the M40A3 and A5  models though it is now probably complete phased out.  The USMC sniper 10X was a fixed power scope but it had some pretty trick features, especially for its time.   I promise that there will be  a longer upcoming article about it. The 10x was much loved by  Carlos Hathcock himself as he was one of the original  testers of the optic for adoption  to be used on the M40A1.   He even told of using the scope to pound a tent stake into frozen ground one day and the scope  was unfazed. 

It is a little sad to me that today few younger shooters even know the name.  A few years ago I saw a post on TFB where one of their worthies ran into a guy who had a Unertl optic and he was shocked as he had never seen nor heard of one.  Though I would expect  that from TFB.    Unertl optics helped set many world records,m win matches and make history in wars.  All of the  who’s who, of the shooting world used Unertls and knew  John Sr. back in the day and John Sr. was very active in the shooting community. He tried to give shooters what they wanted and offered nearly anything the heart desired.  

John Unertl Sr. pictured below, top row second from left. If you know who the other famous shooters are witout me telling you I will be very impressed. You can see  how well they thought of Mr. Unertl’s  product. The picture was taken in 1948 in Johnstown, PA at an important event in precision shooting history.

Scattered Shots 7-30-2018

Due to having to take my Father to a doctors appointment today and some other things, there won’t be any detailed technical article or historical  writing.  Instead   I will be letting my mind wonder a bit and share a few things that have caught my interest over the years.  I hope it will be a fun post for all.   If there is any “theme” for today’s post it wold indeed be scattered shots.

A few years  ago I ran across the pictures taken during the  war in SE Asia.  They are from a news article reporting on the young girls of RVN training to fight the communists.   When ever I rear or see a video on youtube of some hot, big name expert firearms trainer ex-marine SF trooper advising people about how hard it is to control the recoil of  the .45ACP and the M1911. I think of these pictures.  Having spent  many years around Vietnamese, I can safely bet you not a one of them is over 5foot 4 inches tall  or barely break 100 pounds. ( apologies for not using the metric system for all of you who do and have yet to land a man on the moon).

Speaking of Vietnamese ladies using big bore handguns we have a great picture of Trần Lệ Xuân. Maybe better known to you as “Madame Nhu.” She was the sister in law to RVN’s first president, Diem and in this man’s opinion, both of them got a bad rap.  Had the left in the US not had their way and Diem was not allowed to be killed, the country would still exist to this day.   In the picture Xuân is putting on a shooting demonstration   and she was well known at the time to be an excellent shot capable of rapid and accurate shooting and pulling off some impressive trick shots.  She always used a large bore or magnum powered pistol for her shooting and would turn down offers for something less powerful. It was said she was a big fan of the .357 magnum.

There has been a lot of talk hereabout the M1903 Springfield rifle  in the last month.  Many aren’t aware of the M1922 training rifle.  Developed to  closely feel and look like the’03 but in .22long rifle. It has an interesting history that will have to wait for another day. Some very fine sporter rifles have been made with its barrel and action.   That action by the way is ultra slick.

The RIA post about the trench guns the other day reminded me  another US martial shotgun.  This one used during the Vietnam war.  The Remington 7188. The 7188  is/was a select fire combat shotgun used in small number mainly by the SEALS.   Based on the 1100 the shotgun was of course full auto.   It suffers all the usual drawbacks of using a shotgun in combat,  lack of range show to reload, limited capacity and empties too fast.   It would have been an amazing wall of lead while it lasted though. Combined with the “duck-bill” shot spreader, it would have wreaked havoc in close range jungle fighting..for a few seconds.  Which may have been all that was needed in an ambush or to break out of one.   Reliability may have been an issue in the jungle with ammo at the time.  Below some one has posed the shotgun with some ERDL uniform,  a Vietnam era shotgun shell pouch and bata type boots.  All things that would have been used by the people who carried the 7188. While the 7188 had to bow out from history, the 1100 went on to be a classic shotgun and developed into the 11-87.

With shotguns now on my brain, I have to talk about my personal favorite sporting use shotgun.   I could only be talking about the most excellent Remington Model 31.

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Like many  good things in this world the M31 owes its existence to John Browning.  An altered version of JMB’s Remington Model 17, the Model 31 was brought out to compete against the Winchester model 12.  It didn’t quite  match the  popularity of the Model12 and so the M870 came about and we all know how that  turned out. The Model 31  action went on to be changed slightly and used as the base for the very reliable Ithaca Model 37 and  a cheaper simplified version known  as the mossberg 500.     The model31 is in my opinion the ne plus ultra  of pump shotguns.   It is hard to describe to you how smooth and slick the action of a 31 is. It almost cycles itself.  Mine is a 16 gauge because I don’t think it gets much better than the 16 for most hunting uses.  The model 31 can be found in 12, 16 and 20. If you ever run across one, my advice is to buy it.

I don’t recall where I found this picture  below. Obviously  taken on some island in the pacific in WW2.  Two Marines pose with their newly acquired war trophy, a Japanese officer’s chest. The now dead man’s wife in a variety of pictures stuck to the lid. The level of hate both sides had for each other in the Pacific theater is probably hard for many  of current generation to understand  when thinking about how close an ally Japan has been since then.  I have often wondered if  anyone who was shown that chest at the time paused for even a second over those pictures of some Testsuo’s wife and thought maybe they were just people too.  Even monsters can love their wives.  It is fascinating to me that the same military that raped or killed everyone in china it could find had officers that had such tender pictures of their own women.    Just goes to  show the ability of many ( and you better believe it is MANY) humans to be loving and tender with some and on the other hand still  commit atrocities against other people and their loved ones as if they aren’t anything other than insects.

I have always loved the idea of the “assault kit”or the “deployment kit” when it comes to guns.  You can’t take everything you have with you as bad as you wish otherwise.  But, thanks to the unlimited modularity of the  AR15 you can take one gun and some carefully chosen accessories with an upper or two and have  the ability to tailor a rifle for several needs.

Thanks to modern tactical optic mounts, you can now have optics pre-zeroed for  an upper, or just left on an upper and swap them as needed. Then, with a choice of uppers you can have a  plan for several mission needs.  Going inside a mud hut? Put the MK18 upper on.  Maybe need to take a long range precision shot?  Put your MK12 upper on.  Or just swap optics around before you leave.  Maybe even possible to swap optics  hours or minutes before  needing it depending on circumstances.  Add to that kit a handgun or two, a suppressor and some odds and ends and you could put together a kit you could grab and travel with that would  be very versatile.   I know some like the barrel swap but this never had much appeal to me. It is a lot faster to swap uppers and changing the upper doe not require tools nor re zeroing the optic or iron sights.   No one in the real world swaps barrels on a rifle/carbine or swaps uppers in the field on a “mission” anyways so size and ability to carry a spare upper compared to a barrel is irrelevant.

In the1980s  it was still possible to buy some pretty neat stuff from other countries.  One of those I wanted but never got my hands on was the semi auto imported Valmets.

I saw and handled a couple back then but this was before I had the money to buy one. It was the M76FS.  Which is to say the folding stock model.   They are as rare as hen’s teeth now a-days and I have given up on owning one unless I win the lottery but I still think back fondly on them and how close I came.  I have said to Howard a few times  how back then we had a much larger selection of  foreign rifles, the Ar15 options were  a small fraction of what we have today.   I would give up those options from other countries gladly for the development that went into  the AR15  and the result of it today.

 

Last is a picture of my assault wheelchair.   I sometimes write reviews for movies at grindhousefilms.com and one of the guys over there  asked if I could make him a machinegun wheel chair.   I took a stab at it and produced this.   Any gun person knows it is absurd and is completely non-functional but it does look cool if I do say so myself.

 

Sorry for the lack of a normal article or review today as I said.  But I hope this was some what enjoyable for  you and a fun few minutes while you are goldbricking at work.  Hopefully things will be back to normal tomorrow.

RIA Debuts Never Issued Winchester Model 12 TrenchShotgun

Rock Island has sent out an email with an article that touches on collecting US Martial shotguns.   At the end they produced this marvel worth seeing.  They also talking about the Model37and  the Model 97 among others.  Read at the link below or skip to the  juice which I have ganked from there and reposted below.

Collecting: The Trench Gun

 

Absolutely Outstanding As-Issued World War II U.S. Army Contract Winchester Model 12 Trench Shotgun with Winchester Box

Model 12 trench shotgun

Ladies and gentlemen, what we have here is an absolute time capsule. If you have ever wondered what a WWII era Winchester Model 12 trench shotgun looked like on the day it was issued, wonder no longer. It is as issued, unfired, covered in cosmoline, with its original instruction manual, wrapped in some of the original US Army preservative wrapping paper, and still in its original box. Based on its serial number it was produced in 1945 and is one of the very last ones made. Virtually untouched, it is also likely one of the last, if not THE last, Model 12 preserved so perfectly.

Winchester Model 12 WW2 trench shotgun

If the Model 1897 set many standards for shotguns, the Model 12 arguably perfected them. Finally discontinued in 1964 with nearly 2 million in production, it is largely what is pictured when asked to envision a pump action shotgun. It is THE quintessential “pumper gun” and rightfully marketed by Winchester upon its release as the “Perfect Repeater.” Only 80,000 were manufactured for various branches of the military and most saw use in the Pacific theater during WWII. Virtually unchanged from the Great War to World War 2 and into the Korean War, its six shot capacity and reliability allowed it to serve in any number of close-quarter duties. Designed by Thomas Crossley Johnson, the Model 12 made several improvements on the Model 1897. Most notably, it hid the exposed hammer of its predecessor, strengthened several of the internals, and added a separate bolt release that could be activated by pulling the trigger or pressing a button near the trigger guard.

Model 12 trench shotgun

 

With so many long lasting, reliable shotguns designs being produced at the turn of the 20th century, one could argue that this “arms race” between a handful of manufacturers resulted in a golden age for mass produced shotguns. So why are trench guns popular? Maybe its the battle ready look of the heat shields, maybe it’s the renowned reliability, maybe its people’s familiarity with the commercial versions of these shotguns, or maybe it’s just the ability to put a blade on the end of a shotgun – whatever the reasoning, the appeal and popularity of military shotguns is not going away anytime soon. And as long as people will want one of their own, you can expect to find them as a regular feature at Rock Island Auction Company.

 

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Rock Island, Illinois 61201
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George Farr And His Famous 70 At The 1921 National Matches

 

 

One of long range shooting’s greatest feats by a civilian shooter took place during the 1921 National Matches at Camp Perry. Ohio. Two men would ultimately be pitted against each other in a shoot-off during the 1000 yard Wimbledon Cup Match. The winner of the match oddly enough fell into virtual obscurity, The man who came in second would go on to be remembered  even to this day.  The trophy ended up being named after him and for his accomplishment that day.   Friday Septemeber9, 1921.   That man who came in  “first loser ” was of course Geroge R. Farr.

 

George came to the National Matches that year at the age of 62. He was a member of the Seattle Rifle and Revolver Club and the Washington Civilian Team.  He used a simple no frills kit. A sight micrometer and a old pair of binos he sawed in half to use as a spotting scope.   The winner of the match,  USMC Sgt. John Adkins, used a heavy barreled special rifle made at Springfield Armory for the USMC shooting team.  It was sighted with a Winchester telescopic sight and he fires Remington commercial ammunition.  This combination he had already used to win a  900 yard 1,000 yard match and was the odds on favorite to win the 1,000yard Wimbledon match.

The 1921 National Matches  had two other noteworthy events that year.  One was the appearance of” the Springfield Armory’s new model 1903 National Match rifle that could be purchased by civilian shooters.  There were brought about through the work of then major Julian Hatcher of the Army Ordnance Department and Soringfield Armory’s Al woodworth,  The Armory, at their urging, “decided to make a special effort to supply the American rifleman with a service rifle whose equal had never before came from a government manufactory..”

Another first was the use d “Tin can ammunition” produced by Frankford Arsenal in Philadelphia, PA.  Col. Townnsend Whelan developed this ammunition. “Based on information from a study done by French artilllerists, showed that by mixing tin with the powder charge , copper fouling by the cupro-nickel bullet jacket could be greatly reduced and much more easily cleaned from the bore.   A slightly different approach was used by Whelen as a solution to the metal fouling problem. Instead of incorporating the tin into the powder charge, the 170gr flat based bullet was coated with a .0003″ layer of tin,  This “tin can”  bullet, as it came to be known did eliminate the copper fouling and  also gave improved accuracy.”  The downside to this use of this tin was to “cold solder” a bullet into the case neck.   This welded the bullet into the case mouth so tightly that 300- 600 pounds or more was needed to pull the bullet and break this seal.    When shot in a clean dry chamber this normally not  much of an issue.  Shooters being shooters, some of them ignored warnings not to use grease on the bullets and ran pressures as high as 75,000 p.s.i. when the grease eventually got onto the case necks and kept them from expanding while fired.  Of course several accidents happened and the War Department canceled the use and production of the “tin can” ammo. The reason the shooters  would grease the bullets on their ammo at the time is a tale for another time.

Early in the shooting for the Wimbledon that afternoon were a list of 18 names of the shooters that had dropped only one point,a nd 29 who  had a score of 98 from 690 entries for the match. There were 2 possible scores of 100, one of which tiedthe previous years record and one that was 100 plus a 4 bull’seyes.  The previous year the match saw its first possible when 21 bull’s eyes won it,  In the event that a possible was made, the competitor would continue firing for record until he would finally miss a bullseye. At this point he would go out of the match. These so called “shoot offs” could go on for long periods of time”

John Adkins took his place on the line at about 2:30 that afternoon. With a wind blowing a 1 o’clock, it seemed as if Adkins would likely not make a  possible.  “After finally scoring his possible he settled down and began to put the 180 grain rounds down range and steadily began a string of bullseyes.  On Adkins 40th shot the gathered crowd though he was finished as the target remained down for longer than normal time. When it   reappeared the shot was scored just inside the bull by the slimmest margin.  AS his string of bullseyes grew, there was much speculation as to whether he could break his own record of 71 bullseyes set during the Remington Match that was held on the first day of competition. After 72 bulls eyes were scored it was wondered how long Adkin’s string would continue.   It wasn’t long before his scored his last when the 76th shot was out of the black.”

While Adkins was still in the middle of his string, the range officer called up an old fellow  whose teammate had nicknamed “Dad”.   AS opposed to Adkins, George used an “As issued” 1903 national match springfield rifle with service sights and the 1921 national match ammunition that was issued to him.  It was not a personal rifle used over years and known as well as he knew himself.   “George came to the firing line that afternoon with only an educated guess for his 1,000yard elevation.  He had shot last  as the 600 yard range and in fact used his 2 sighters that  were allowed in the Wimbledon Match to sight in his ’03 at the 1,000 yard range. His first sighter was fired at about 4:30  and he scoped that shot through  his sawed off half binoculars. ” He saw the first shot was a three,  He used his sight micrometer to adjust the slide on the 03 and fired his second sighter down range. This time the spotter showed a hit inside the black bullseye for a five.   His first record shot followed.

It was reported that George  appeared to have little concern as if he was shooting a string of rapid fire, and would load a clip of 5 rounds at a time instead of loading singly as was customary.

Nineteen shots found the black of the 36inch bull of the 1,000 yard “C” target when George appeared to become a bit nervous. He later explained that, “When that nineteenth shot scored a bullseye, I just happened to think that if my next shot got in I’d make a possible. I’d never made a possible at 1,000 yards not even a 10 shot one, and I just though I’d be mighty proud to make one at the National Matches. So I was a little  bit shaky, but I looked around and nobody seemed to be paying any attention to me, so I fired.”

The scorer called out “Mr. Farr’s twentieth shot for record a five” Then to the surprise of all. George proceeded to arise, gather his gear and strode from the firing line.

“Wait a minute; keep on firing ” said the range officer.

“What for?” Farr asked.

“Well you might win something” answered the range officer.

“All right; I reckon I can shoot some more, only I haven’t got any more cartridges”, replied George.

“Here are some”, the  range officer said, offering him two more clips.

“I reckon one of them will be enough,” George replied as he got back into position again.

“As the range officer was kept busy finding  a supply of more of the  “tin can” ammunition Farr had been using, George began to shoot as quickly as he was able as the light now was starting to lessen in the late afternoon sky. Reports sid that the frequency of his shots was remarkable, considering the range, but he did not get quick service in the pits. Had he received better pit service and the light had held out longer that afternoon could have spelled and entirely different outcome to the days events.”

By now  a small crowd had gathered behind him as George continued to put rounds down range and into the black of the bullseye. The group he produced grew from left to right across the target , and at times the shots would climb a bit but they remained in the black. .  “The light held failry good until George reached his 60th shot, then it rapidly began to fade. By the time his 65th shot had been fired, the light had gotten very bad.  Geroge began to hold down on the butts with his 66th shot, and with added elevation this only allowed him 4 more bullseyes. On his 71st shot, at 6:10PM, he scored a four and ended his string  of 70 consecutive bullseyes to give Adkins his closest call of the match.”

At the conclusion of the match the officials asked Farr if he would like to purchase  the rifle he used that day.    A price at that time through the DCM of about 41 dollars.   But George did not have the money.  His 70 bullseyes  that year at the National Matches had already started its journey into shooting history and impressed the competitors present that they took up a collection and purchased the rifle for him.

The following year the NRA donated and ornate silver trophy to commemorate Farr;s shooting feat, known as the Farr Trophy and it is awarded to the high scoring service rifle shooter int he Wimbledon Cup Match.

In 1922, the 1000 yard C target was changed with the addition of a tie breaking   20 inch diameter “V” ring to end the time consuming “shoot offs” when the 20 shot possible was reached. Due to this fact, it is George’s claim to fame that he still holds a virtually unbreakable record for the Service Rifle during the Wimbledon Match.”

 

Quotes and sources

Bill Bentz- The Last Post   Part 121 Final Resting Place of Famous Rifleman

Precision Shooting Magazine April 2006

American Rifleman

Pictures of Farr’s rifle  litter the web, I have no real idea who took them.  But will credit  photog  if he or she happens to show up  and let me know.