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Hession's 'Loaner' Springfield 1903

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NRA Museums Director Jim Supica and John Popp are at the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum in Springfield, Missouri for a special series of Curator's Corner. Today, it's the match-grade M1903 Springfield bolt-action rifle used by Major John H. Hession to compete in the 1908 Olympics and set world records. To aid the war effort in Britain, he loaned his rifle to the American Committees for the Defense of British Homes during WWII. He added a plaque asking that it be returned after the defeat of Germany. Astonishing, it was.

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