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Re: A Crate of 20 Rifles

Posted by Wayne McLerran on Friday, 3 January 2014, at 10:20 p.m., in response to Re: A Crate of 20 Rifles, posted by John on Friday, 3 January 2014, at 6:52 p.m.

George Wood Wingate (18401928) is an interesting guy. He was an American lawyer and organizer of rifle practice. During the Civil War he served in a New York regiment, and later supervised the construction of elevated railways in Brooklyn. In 1867 Wingate drew up rules for systematic rifle practice by Company A, 22d regiment, New York National Guard, of which he was then captain. The publication of these rules (the first of the kind to be formulated in the United States) led to the organization (in 1871) of the National Rifle Association of America, of which he was first secretary and later president for 25 years. Besides special articles on military subjects he published: Manual for Rifle Practice (1872; seventh edition, 1880) The Great Cholera Riots (1880) Through the Yellowstone Park on Horseback (1886) History of the 22d Regiment, N. G. N. Y. (1896)

He was also the team captain of the 1st international match at Creedmoor in 1874, in which the American sporting spirit prevailed over what was considered at the time to be insurmountable odds. Many correctly point to the first international match at Creedmoor in 1874 as the event that spurred the nation to take up competitive long-range rifle shooting and assured the future of the then recently organized National Rifle Association.

BTW, the last paragraph is from a lengthy article on the Creedmoor match in my book, Browning Model 1885 Black Powder Cartridge Rifle. I mention Wingate several times.



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