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TW • We hear you’re taking your old sniper rifle out of mothballs. What’s up?

I’ll be shooting my ’03 and a M1 Garand in Creedmor matches, some regional competitions and at the Nationals at Camp Perry, Ohio. I love it all, but what I’m looking forward to most are the new sniper matches at a few shoots. At Camp Perry, it’s called the “Vintage Sniper Match.” A lot of us old shooters and gun collectors have sniper rifles we haven’t shot in years. They’re tucked away back in closets and safes. Now we have a chance to get these vintage sniper rifles into competition.

TW • How are these sniper rifles different?

They’re the ’03 sniper rifles, .30-06. Back in the day, they took the ’03, modified it and customized it, put a smart barrel and a scope on it, and that was the sniper rifle. You have two-man teams, a trigger-puller and a spotter. You shoot with the rifle on a sandbag, then switch over. It’s a timed event, with each target up for 20 seconds. It’s a lot of fun. The ’03 and M1 Garand matches, and now the ’03 Vintage Sniper Match.

TW • Any new tricks to improve your scores?

The off-hand position is eating my lunch. There is a certain amount of meditation, talking to myself, going on when I step up to the 200-yard line to take the off-hand shot. I just don’t have any sure cures for my unsteady eyes and hands. I’ve had coaching, and I’ve tried everything in the book. So I just get up there and do the best I can. I had an 83 in one match last year. Pretty good for me, off-hand.

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PFC E.J. Foley of the 143d Infantry, 36th Infantry Division, cleans his M1903A4 sniper rifle near Velletri, Italy, 1943.

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