The most famous rifle of D-Day—or at least the most memorable rifle of “The Longest Day”—wasn’t actually there. Lord Lovat did carry his Mannlicher-Schoenauer carbine in combat, however, and we can learn a lot about British and American guns used during World War II from his memoirs.
Author and law enforcement sniping instructor John C. Simpson undertook his 123-p., 6"x9" softcover Foundations Of Sniper Marksmanship mainly because of the frequency with which he encountered students who lacked even a minimal knowledge of riflecraft.
Every Thursday we'll share an article from the American Rifleman archives. In this week's article from the December 1959 issue, then NRA Executive Director Louis F. Lucas, advises that "when you give a boy a gun, give him also the knowledge, the skill, and the sense of responsibility."
In navigating approximately 120,000 acres, dealing with freezing temperatures and conducting multiple challenges, the competitors of Survival Trial III: Winterborn proved they could survive anything. Held at NRA Whittington Center in Raton, N.M., ST III was a test of survival skills, both urban and backcountry, and included orienteering, physical fitness, shooting and mental preparedness.