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Old 06-17-2021, 03:36 PM
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Wow - a treasure trove of goodness!

As from What Mr. Stokes was doing in 1921 - see below from April 1924!
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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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Old 06-17-2021, 03:58 PM
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From American Rifleman June 15, 1924, advertisement inside front cover (the full-size image is here):

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Old 06-17-2021, 03:58 PM
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Here the 1923 US Rifle Team photo with Stokes.

1923 Team - Stokes front row, far right

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Old 06-17-2021, 04:08 PM
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Here are some US Rifle Team photos.
I wonder what the "G-bar-W" patch on his breast pocket signifies?


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Old 06-17-2021, 04:27 PM
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I wonder what the "G-bar-W" patch on his breast pocket signifies?

Rifle Team patch for George Washington University. I believe the bar is actually a rifle.

He received two degrees there and coached their men's and women's rifle teams.

Art

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Old 06-17-2021, 05:14 PM
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This is an interesting article about Stokes in the GW Encyclopedia. Note the "GW" patch on the women's team shooting coats.

http://192.245.136.98/index.php?title=Stokes,_Walter

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Old 09-10-2021, 08:09 AM
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What type of rifle is Stokes holding in the group photo? It appears to have a very thick barrel which looks longer than those of other rifles in the same picture.
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Old 09-10-2021, 09:06 AM
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That is a U.S. Caliber .30, Model 1922, International Match rifle. It is a highly modified Springfield Model 1903 with a heavy 30" barrel, set trigger, palm support and hooked butt plate. Stokes is pictured with the same rifle on pg. 109 of Brophy's Springfield 1903 book.

It was the first year international match rifles were produced for international competition. Prior to that, the US Rifle Team won and dominated the 1920 Olympics with standard 1903 rifles. The other shooter have the same rifles, but setup to their own liking.

This is the Model 1924 IM rifle in 22 rimfire. These were made for the 1924 Oylmpics.



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Old 09-14-2021, 08:56 AM
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What a cool looking rifle! Thanks.
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Old 09-22-2021, 03:02 PM
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Another history filled thread! Thanks all, and congrats to Art.
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