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Gunmen's Holiday Has Disabling Of Toy Tanks and Mirror marksmanship


While the silence in the musty rifle range under Memorial Hall was shattered time and time again by reverberating explosions, A. Harmon Hall '38 won the "grande finale of annual wide and handsome" shooting match of the pistol team.

There were three events, in which 11 members of the pistol team participated. First, the sharpshooters had to fire at a target 50 feet distant while sighting and aiming the pistol was reversed in so doing.

Despite these handicaps, Hall won the event with a score of 23. Harry F. Hinckley '40 was second with 25. The low scores of several entrants in this event bore evidence of their inability to hold both wavering gun and wobbling mirror steady at the same time.

The gunmen in the decayed ex-kitchen blazed away in mimic warfare in the second part of the program. Firing from a distance of 50 feet, they attempted in turn to stop a toy tank as soon as possible while it meandered among scenery constructed especially for the occasion by Lawrence B. Bixby, Captain, Field Artillery, U. S. Army and Assistant professor of Millitary Setence and Tactics, the orginator of this yearly meet.

Hinckley won this event with a single well-placed bullet which jammed the machine's work before it had gone 11 inches. An accurate try of Richard G. Labovitz '38, blew his target right off its track. However, the star performance was Hall's Rather than hopelessly disembowel the toy, thus rendering it useless, he struck the starting lever with his bullet, thereby stopping the tank, uninjured.

Laurence L. Arnold '38, in desperation fired his last short at the crawling tank as it passed behind the last artificial camouflage. When found, the mortally wounded tank was squirming its last, bits of gear oozing from a gaping hole in its side.

In the last event, the 11 contestants duelled with pistols. Two by two, they marched away from their paper effigies and at ten paces turned and fired, the one at the heart of the other's figure. Hall sent five leaden pellets through the carboard heart of Hinckley's model in the final thereby winning the meet.

After Hall was declared the winner Captain Bixby announced that he had won the medal awarded to the team marksman who had fired the highest scores which counted in the year's matches.

Elections were held in which Hinckley was chosen captain and Samuel N. Wolbach '40 was named manager for next year.

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