Skip to comments.Watch: 86-Year-Old WW2 Vet Picks up Old Rifle… Drops 2.6 Million Jaws [VIDEO]
Posted on 09/06/2017 1:28:35 AM PDT by UMCRevMom@aol.com
Without question, we here at Conservative Tribune have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for those now-grizzled, old men who, more than 70 years ago, put their lives on the line in the first flush of youth to defend freedom and liberty in World War II.
Our admiration and respect for one particular veteran of that war only grew after witnessing how, all these decades later, the man could still shoot a rifle with professionally trained precision, according to Veterans Today.
In 2009, then-84-year-old Ted Gundy, a veteran of the 1944 Battle of the Bulge who had served in the U.S. Army as a sniper, got in touch with the Shooting USA TV program to inquire about the 1,000-yard shots modern-day snipers make.
In response to his inquiry, the program set up a meeting with him to try his own hand at the shot, making all of the arrangements to bring him out to Fort Benning, Georgia, to meet with and be honored by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.
Aside from getting a tour of the National Infantry Museum and receiving an honorary "black hat" representing the prestigious sniper unit, Gundy also received an exact replica of the scoped 1903 Springfield A4 bolt-action sniper rifle he had used in the war.
Taking three shots at 300 yards, pretty much the longest range snipers of his era trained for, the old vet rang steel with all three shots, placing his third bullet right in the smack dead center of the target.
Then Gundy got a chance to fire a modern sniper rifle, a custom Remington 700 bolt-action sniper rifle, and amazingly, considering it was his first time touching such a rifle or shooting at such distances, landed three headshots on a steel target 1,000 yards away.
You can watch the entire segment right here, including Gundy being honored, receiving his replica '03 Springfield, and dropping jaws with his stunning accuracy at a range he had never shot before.
You'll probably enjoy it. Almost 2.6 million YouTube users have watched it only to be amazed at the scene. The shooting starts about the 2:40 mark:
Sadly, we are no longer blessed with Gundy's presence, as he passed away in 2015 at the age of 90-years-old in his hometown of Memphis, Missouri.
The WWII sniper who had served in the 99th Infantry Division, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, got married and had six kids after the war, and continued to shoot for fun as he ran a gun shop out of his basement, while also serving as a Boy Scout troop leader and safety instructor for a Junior Rifle Club.
The old vet might be missed, but he will never be forgotten, especially after picking up a custom rifle he'd never handled before and ringing steel at a distance of more than three times what he had ever trained for.
Please share this on Facebook and Twitter so everyone can see an old WWII veteran sniper who could still shoot like he did in the war several decades later.
86-year-old veteran sniper still has perfect aim.
Well done! Very humble man, and one hell of a shot. 5” group at 1000 yards. Respect and Blessings!!!!
Watch and learn.
Oh Gawd, I thought that title said “Jews” for a second.
I’m going to bed now.
Good find. Thank you.
>> 5 group at 1000 yards.
@ 86 YO. The man is a sniper.
So was my dad! WW2 as well.
And they were ~19 YO at the time.
Not only that, he was trained to 300 yd in WW II. His 1,000 yard scores were the first time he had ever laid hands on a modern sniper rifle. Just incredible!
Without in anyway taking anything away from the man's skill, that also says very impressive things about the rifle.
Great tools make great men greater.
73 yars ago an 84 year old man would have been 11 years old. Something doesn’t compute.
Me too and I had just gotten up!
This is from 2009.
Wow, I read the title all wrong.......
good shooting -
however the headline is wrong he cannot be 86 as the war ended August 1945 and he would be only 13 then.
Nice watching Mr. Gundy but the video, like many we see, had a lot of distracting editing and filler.
Thanks! Teared up a bit.
(To think this is the kind of man that is demonized and vilified by our progressives/Democrats today, just makes me sick.)
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