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Old 06-17-2021, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Nevada Smith View Post
Wow - a treasure trove of goodness!

As from What Mr. Stokes was doing in 1921 - see below from April 1924!
International Free Rifle Shooting for 1924
By Major L. W. T. Waller, Jr., U. S. M. C.
in the United States in Free Rifle Shooting has increased enormously in
the last three years. During that time this country has come to the fore in this type of shooting, and it can safely be predicted that this interest will grow as time goes on until we have a large number of devotees; com- parable at least to the old Schutzenfesters, the fore-runners of the present day Free Riflemen. The increasing interest in this game may be partially laid to success, bearing out the old adage that ‘Nothing succeeds like success.” In 1920 we won the Olympic shoot, one of our team members, Sergeant Morris Fisher, of the Marine Corps, winning the Free Rifle World’s Championship with the Military Rifle. Our National Rifle Association became affiliated with the International Shooting Union—what might be termed our Interna- tional Rifle Association; and in 1921 we sent a team to France to participate in the Inter- national matches held under the auspices of this Union. This team, owing to lack of time, was formed by arbitrarily selecting shooters of known past good performances, and no try- out was possible. They were successful, as is well known, and brought back with them interest of the shooters in general
not only the Argentine Trophy—emblematic of team championship in Free Rifle Shooting, but also the Individual Free Rifle Champion- ship. Both of these events were hard blows to the Swiss, who had for years been the leaders in Free Rifle Shooting, and had been accustomed to winning all events as a matter of course.

In 1923 we had more opportunity to get out an American team, tryouts were held at Quantico, Virginia, and thirty-five men appeared for this weeding out process. The team shot themselves into position much the same as the year before; that is, it was composed of about the same members which, while it vindicated those of us who had se- lected the 1921 team, was not entirely satis- factory. New blood is essential to the con- tinued success of the shooting game, and we were not getting it.
Compare our thirty-five contestants at the Quantico tryouts with the two hundred odd men the Swiss had at Milan in 1922, and. the comparison does not indicate much cause for cheerfulness on our part. However, it will be remembered that our little seven men, after a heartbreaking trip across Europe, took the bit in their teeth and won from the Swiss again by a slender margin. Mr. Walter Stokes, civilian of Washington, D. C., again won the individual world’s championship, and thereby convinced the Swiss that our 1921 win was not a fluke

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