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Lanny Bassham's Olympic Gold Walther, 'The Oar'

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John Popp and NRA Museums Director Jim Supica continue their special Curator's Corner series from the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri. Today, they're looking at Olympic gold medalist Lanny Bassham's Walther GX1 22LR with his custom stock, "The Oar." After taking home the silver in Three-Position Smallbore from the 1972 Olympics, he decided he needed to create a better stock. The bulky result was nicknamed "The Oar" by his skeptical Army Marksmanship Unit teammates. When Walther engineers created a Walther GX1 22LR with The Oar design, he used it to take home the gold from the Summer Olympics in 1976.

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