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The remarkable story of 'Dad' George Farr 
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Tales of Yesteryear. At 62 years of age dad Farr enters the Nation Match finals for the Wimbledon Cup in 1921. His own rifle fails and he has to borrow a standard GI Issue 'open sights' 1903 Springfield. Old Farr was hardly noticed as he entered the competition 'rather poorly equipped' with an insufficient amount of ammunition as it turns out, with a crude spotting scope he cut from a pair of opera glasses to see indicated shots at '1000-yds' at a distance he 'never shot' at before. The 'Top Shot' of the day Sergentant John Adkins was equipped with a 'Scoped' Target- Match, H-Barrel Springfield 03. Demsions of the NRA, 1000- yard C target had a 36" five ring in 1921.
Due to changes in the NRA target, Farr's 'As Issued' Service rifle world record still stands to this present day. 71 consecutive record bullseyes, just four shots behind sergentant John Adkins 'match rifle' winning score. Only the fading twilight prevented Ol dad further shooting in the match- in those days you shot until you dropped.
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“The Farr Trophy,” was prepared in time for the 1922 Nationals. Starting the following year in 1922, the high service rifle shooter in the Wimbledon Cup was presented the new Farr Trophy, making it the "service rifle subset" of the Wimbledon… This practice continued until 1979 when the Farr Trophy attained its own status as a separate legitimate trophy match, and has become, in fact, "The Service Rifle Wimbledon".

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21-R 1921- National Match 180-grain 'flat-based' 'tin-plate' bullet
The ammunition issued at Camp Perry and fired in the 1921 National Matches was a special lot that came to be known by its nickname "Tin-Can Ammunition". The Tin-Can Ammo was an effort by (then) Major Townsend Whelen of Frankfort Arsenal to beat the metal fouling problem common to the government cupro-nickel bullet jackets on all U.S. Service Rifle Ammunition. The French had been experimenting with putting tin strips into their artillery shells in an attempt to solve the problem with large caliber weapons. It was seemingly successful, and held much promise for small arms ammunition. Major Whelen, being aware of the French efforts and reported results, decided to tin plate the .30-’06 projectiles for the 1921 Matches. His experiment worked, and the cupro-nickel fouling ceased to be a problem, but initially unconvinced competitors continued to grease their bullets. Records were destined to fall....

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