Ted Gundy, an 86-year-old World Wat II sniper, was awarded the “black hat,” one of the highest awards of the marksmanship unit, during his visit to Ft. Benning, Ga. He got a few other surprises along the way.
He was presented with an exact replica of the rifle he used during the Battles of the Buldge and Bastogne, a 1903 Springfield A4 sniper rifle. It must have seemed like old home week as he hit the target — three hits for three shots — at three hundred yards — three football fields.
He was then given the opportunity to try modern equipment on a target 1,000 yards away. The Remington 700 is, according to the video, “one of the most accurate rifles in the world.”
At 1,000 yards, for every mile per hour of crosswind, the bullet moves 10 inches. Just like with the WWII-era Springfield at 300 yards, Gundy hit three for three with the Remington at 1,000.
Once you got it, you don’t lose it.