Skip to comments.85-year-old U.S. Army sniper veteran proves he hasn't lost his skills @ 1,000 yards
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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It was then that the officers taught him how the Armys 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 bullets trajectory.
Mr Gundy, who lives in Memphis, Missouri, said before the shot: I couldnt 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 Id bet nine to one that I dont. Thats 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 couldnt 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, its 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.
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Great story. Thank you for posting.
Sign him up.
He must be 86 or 87 now. I believe I saw that a long time ago.
Ping for Lancey, I know he would have enjoyed this.
Ted Gundy is an amazing sniper.
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.
Just finished reading “American Sniper” by Chris Kyle. Great book.
That was great. Thanx for sharing it.
How wonderful it was to watch this hero!
Thanks so much for posting it!
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).
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.
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.
Thanks for posting this - made my day.
Wow. Great story. Sending this to a vet friend who shot the Remington 700.
“That must be some really good ammo,plus theres the wind at 1000yards.Most shooters,even good ones,cant 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.
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.
Not to take anything away from Mr. Gundy's prowess, but "good equipment forgives a lot of sins."
Windage is always a problem.Even with the wind flags,youre still doing an estimate.
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