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85-year-old U.S. Army sniper veteran proves he hasn't lost his skills @ 1,000 yards
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Posted on 12/06/2013 3:01:42 PM PST by virgil283

He may be 85 years old, but when Army sniper veteran (Battle of the Bulge) Ted Gundy was given the chance to show off the skills he used in World War Two, he proved he still could....(video 5min.)

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: 85yousarmysniper; army; banglist; gundy; sniper; tedgundy; veteran; worldwartwo
He is given an exact copy of the 1903 A4 rifle he used in the war, having not handled one since 1944.....Perfect hit: The veteran manages a bullseye with the old rifle from 300 yards.

It was then that the officers taught him how the Army’s custom made Remington 700 works and explained how a 1,000 yard shot can be achieved.

It involves a second sniper, called a spotter, judging the wind direction and any other conditions that could affect the bullet’s trajectory.

Mr Gundy, who lives in Memphis, Missouri, said before the shot: ‘I couldn’t even dream in a thousand years how you would even see the target, yet alone hit it.

‘I hope that I can hit the target but if I was betting money I’d bet nine to one that I don’t. That’s a long, long way.’

But his modesty was greater than his skills and he managed with ease to pick off the target, with three impressive head shots all within five inches of each other.

He said afterwards: ‘I couldn’t believe I could have hit anything that far away.’

SFC Robby Johnson, who taught Mr Gundy how to use the new equipment said: ‘To meet someone that was actually there and was a sniper back then, it’s just a great honour.’

Mr Gundy, holding back the tears, said the experience was ‘one of the nicest things to ever happen in my life.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1363432/85-year-old-U-S-Army-sniper-veteran-proves-lost-skills-picks-target-1-000-yards.html#ixzz2mjqoERBi Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

1 posted on 12/06/2013 3:01:42 PM PST by virgil283
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To: virgil283

Great story. Thank you for posting.


2 posted on 12/06/2013 3:09:41 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: virgil283

Sign him up.


3 posted on 12/06/2013 3:14:40 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: virgil283

He must be 86 or 87 now. I believe I saw that a long time ago.


4 posted on 12/06/2013 3:19:17 PM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: virgil283; LeonardFMason

Ping for Lancey, I know he would have enjoyed this.

Ted Gundy is an amazing sniper.


5 posted on 12/06/2013 3:25:22 PM PST by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: muir_redwoods
.....+ Ft. Benning;
6 posted on 12/06/2013 3:25:44 PM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: virgil283

He is given an exact copy of the 1903 A4 rifle he used in the war, ...

That sounds kinda strange as the 03 originals are still available form CMP and I am sure the military has many of them in stock.


7 posted on 12/06/2013 3:35:19 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: virgil283

bookmark


8 posted on 12/06/2013 3:37:38 PM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: virgil283

Very cool.


9 posted on 12/06/2013 3:39:43 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: virgil283

Great stuff!


10 posted on 12/06/2013 3:44:36 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: virgil283

Just finished reading “American Sniper” by Chris Kyle. Great book.


11 posted on 12/06/2013 3:45:21 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: virgil283

OSOK.


12 posted on 12/06/2013 3:49:28 PM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: BenLurkin

Freakin’ AMAZING!


13 posted on 12/06/2013 3:54:52 PM PST by baddog 219
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To: virgil283

That was great. Thanx for sharing it.


14 posted on 12/06/2013 4:01:57 PM PST by Anton.Rutter
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To: BenLurkin

Oh my!

How wonderful it was to watch this hero!

Thanks so much for posting it!


15 posted on 12/06/2013 4:03:33 PM PST by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: BenLurkin

bkmk


16 posted on 12/06/2013 4:04:08 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: virgil283

Awesome story.


17 posted on 12/06/2013 4:05:06 PM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: virgil283

His audit is probably being mailed out as we speak.

Either that, or on his next visit to the VA, the psychiatrist will discover that he’s delusional, needs involuntary commitment, and will need a “wellness check” afterwards by the local LE (at request of Feds) to confiscate his guns. Good gosh, can you tell I recently ran across an hour-long anonymous interview a VA psychiatrist gave on the radio? If true, there’s a systematic plan in place to disarm our vets, and one of the key components was to loosen up the diagnostic criteria for PTSD so they could push benefits (dependency).


18 posted on 12/06/2013 4:10:43 PM PST by Nita Nupress ( Use your mind, not your emotions. Refuse to be manipulated by Marxists.)
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To: virgil283

A 5” group at 1,000 yards..... just d*mn!!!!

That is what - 1/2 a mil live shot !?!?!?!? That is some really good shooting.


19 posted on 12/06/2013 4:17:11 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

That must be some really good ammo,plus there’s the wind at 1000yards.Most shooters,even good ones,can’t even get on the paper the first time they try 1000 yard shooting.


20 posted on 12/06/2013 4:23:24 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: virgil283

Thanks for posting this - made my day.


21 posted on 12/06/2013 4:57:20 PM PST by vietvet67
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To: virgil283
It's interesting that this elderly veterans retained skills will be used as proof against all veterans, that we remain dangerous individuals, and thus when the feds gather us all up and involuntarily detain us, the current population of the USA will mostly accept it.
22 posted on 12/06/2013 5:35:03 PM PST by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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To: virgil283

Wow. Great story. Sending this to a vet friend who shot the Remington 700.


23 posted on 12/06/2013 5:41:25 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Farmer Dean

“That must be some really good ammo,plus there’s the wind at 1000yards.Most shooters,even good ones,can’t even get on the paper the first time they try 1000 yard shooting.’

Too be honest, he had superb coaching, telling him what windage to hold, and he knew the distance.

The windage is the hardest part.


24 posted on 12/06/2013 7:25:58 PM PST by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: virgil283
The two most widely used sniper rifles by the U.S. in WW2 were the M1903A1 (M1941) Sniper's and the M1903A4 Sniper's. The M1941 was a modified M1903A1 National Match Springfield rifle topped with a Unertl 8X scope. Some 2,500 of these elegant sniper rifles were built by Marine armorers at the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot. Iron sights were retained on this rifle.

The M1903A4 Snipers was a modification of the M1903A3 rifle. The sniper rifle removed the iron sights and added a 2.2X Weaver 330 (M73) or 330C (M73B1) scope on a Redfield mount with 3/4-inch rings.

Dedicated sniper grade ammunition was not available foe WW2 snipers and so they used selected lots of 168-grain M2 Armor piercing ammunition. Post war, the M72 National Match cartridge with a 173-grain bullet was used for sniping.

Mr Gundy probably used a hand loaded M72 equivalent with a Sierra 175-grain Match King bullet for his shots from the replica M1903A4 at 1,000 yards.

25 posted on 12/06/2013 9:46:04 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: taxcontrol
A 5” group at 1,000 yards..... just d*mn!!!! That is what - 1/2 a mil live shot !?!?!?!? That is some really good shooting.

Not to take anything away from Mr. Gundy's prowess, but "good equipment forgives a lot of sins."

26 posted on 12/06/2013 9:59:18 PM PST by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: marktwain

Windage is always a problem.Even with the wind flags,youre still doing an estimate.


27 posted on 12/07/2013 9:54:34 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: virgil283

Hmmmm.


28 posted on 12/07/2013 10:45:15 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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