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Legends | Sharpshooter In Korea

Legends | Sharpshooter In Korea

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This feature appears in the September ‘17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.  

The feature as it originally appeared in the September 2017 issue.

One of the outstanding American marksmen in Korea was Capt. William Brophy, assigned to the Ordnance section of IX U.S. Army Corps in 1952. Brophy was determined to demonstrate that the U.S. Army’s sniping capability could be considerably improved. Using this commercial Winchester Model 70 target rifle in association with a Unertl 10-power optic presented to him by John Unertl, Brophy showed that hits against enemy personnel well past 1,000 yards were possible. Similar rifles were to be later employed in the Vietnam War by U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps snipers. This rifle was recently donated by the Brophy family.

The NRA National Firearms Museum at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Va.; the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo.; and the Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, N.M.; each have fine selections of historic arms on display. Admission to each is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, visit nramuseums.com, phone (703) 267-1600 or email nfmstaff@nrahq.org.

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