When I had hair!
I used to target shoot at Bisley on the long ranges, 900 and 1000 yards.
No telescopic sights then. Vernier iron sights as a ‘bolt on goodie’ on the venerable .303 Enfield #4 were in common use. Only my ‘borrowed’ weapon was the forces 7.62mm variant aka L42A1 issue which I used for services shooting, and that too had vernier sights.
While I was just happy to put all ten rounds SOMEWHERE on the target at those ranges, my mentor at that time had a dreamy wish.
He wanted to put all 10 rounds into the centre (the V Bull) of a 1000 yard target with his #4 Enfield. Scoring the magical 101 out of 100!
To give you an idea of how big a feat that is, the X mark (V Bull worth 10.1) on the targets we used was only 5 inches in diameter.
He’d got close on a number of times but never quite perfect.
Well he’s done just that.
Thing is he was ‘old’ when I knew him, so today he must be in his nineties.
Thus it’s taken him over 35 years and about a dozen barrels I’d guess!
Which brings me to:-
Congratulations ‘Brian T’ aka Shaky
(He’ll probably murder me for that one and hasn’t replied to my email)
And something that I wrote on the sidebar of my blog.
Disabled don’t mean incapable
To prove that, you run,
And I’ll try to shoot you.
I’ve no idea if he is disabled now but as he is in his nineties (and still shoots most weeks), he might just qualify as ‘mildly unfit for active service’.
So, out to 500 yards you ain’t too safe from me.
Out to 1000 yards, “Shaky” awaits you!
Meanwhile, them modern weapons.
What’s the current record in combat, 3.5 km plus change I think?
That’s just dandy and a credit to modern trigger fingers, CNC engineering, and 50 cal ammo.
However the Enfield #4 is not to be sneered at.
So my thought is:-
Could today’s military trigger shoot as well over 500 yards (that pencils in at a group of 2½ inches) using yesteryears technology and .303 ammunition, iron sights, and NO GLASS? Two point slings permitted, no rests.
Might be interesting to try that (if it hasn’t been done before).
If it has been done, please drop me the link, site, blog or whatever.