Jim Land was the guest speaker at our club meeting tonight. I am gobsmacked. Yes, that Jim Land. Major E.J. Land, the officer that revitalized the Marine Corps Scout Sniper program just before and during the VietNam War. He talked about the program, about Gunny Hathcock, about shooting, and about the rifles he had on display. He brought a representative example of every rifle that Marine snipers have used from the ’03 Springfield to the current M40A3. Springfields, Garands, Remington 700s, all topped with the scopes that matched the rifles. Told the story of the evolution from scope topped battle rifles to the specialized sub minute of angle rifles in use today.
A great speaker, knowledgeable and interesting. More importantly, he was unpretentious. Easy to speak with. If you ever have a chance to hear him speak, make the time to go. He’ll be in Charlotte for the NRA convention, but he’ll be busy. He’s the current secretary of the NRA.
The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.
–Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing, U.S. Army