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Unread 05-15-2015, 06:14 PM   #16
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'Course, 52 years ago I was a good bit younger and could actually see 600 yards, but we actually shot targets out that far to qualify as Expert riflemen.
600 yards, huh?

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Yeah Roger...you could do that. Didn't say it was easy.....but you could do that. (Not with my eyes though)
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Oh, I'm WELL aware that it can be done.

It was more a question of the CG firing at 600 yards when USMC qualifications for expert are from 500 yards (max).
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Unread 05-15-2015, 07:50 PM   #19
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Number of other things I recall we coulda taught the Marines, too, Roger.

But for sure our qualification was at 600 yards. Had to hit the bull two outa three times after a couple windage shots, as I recall.
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Our range in basic training was called a "train fire" range. It consisted of pop-up upper body silhouettes. The furthest were at 500 yards. The skinny was that if you fired low you had a chance of hitting the target with dirt and rocks and thus knocking it over. Later in my career I fired at bulls eyes.

After careful consideration I have to recant what I said about having a left-handed M1, especially after explaining to Steve how to load a right-handed weapon with the left hand. I got to thinking: I only had one rifle in basic training. It was a Winchester, but it was a right hand model that I loaded and fired from the left shoulder. Everyone else had a Springfield.

I don't know when or how I got the idea that it was left-handed, but the idea has been with me for a long time. My basic training took place in 1958. I hope you all don't think I was trying to deceive; I guess I was simply acting my age.

I think the Coasties must have employed the practice of aiming low at targets over 300 yards. There might have been a chance of a rock flying up and hitting the bull in the eye.
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Thanks for the thoughts, John. I've owned and worked with M1's since the late 60's. Thought for a while I was goin' crazy...never hearing about a "left-handed" model! LOL........
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