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General George S. Patton at the 1912 Olympics

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On this edition of Curator's Corner, John Popp joins National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier in Schreier's office to hear the story of then-to-be-General George S. Patton's participation in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. Patton participated in the Pentathlon, which including shooting, fencing, running, swimming and horsemanship, and he finished in fifth. However, Schreier explains that Patton would have won the gold except that he used a .38 Colt double-action revolver in the shooting competition, unlike other contestants who used .22s, and one of his bullets presumably went through the same hole twice. He was given a DQ that took him down to 20th place for the shooting portion of the Pentathlon. Originally aired 5/26/2011.

Season 11