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GUNS Magazine March 2013 Digital Edition - Page 46
The shooters, who made up 2-man teams with the veterans, included (from left to right, top row) Nathan Rirtle, Johathan Berry, Josh Pipes and Adam Lucksinger. The combat wounded shooters were (left to right, bottom row) Johathan Blank, Daniel Peterson, J.D. Williams and Nick Perales. Never Give up F o u r W o u n d e d Wa r r i o r s h o s t e d to oa as sp pe ec ciia al lm mat atc ch hb by yr riiF Fl le es so on nly. ly. Jacob Gottfredson hree Marines and one Army Ranger, all military snipers, traveled to Rifles Only to practice their trade, maybe learn something new, and to compete. Not so unusual. Rifles Only trains military snipers throughout the year. But this time there was a huge difference. These warriors were missing limbs, taken from them by IEDs. These young heroes are in a class by themselves. Four days in the South Texas sun, no shade, moving from event to event and not a single complaint. I have no idea from where they draw such strength of character. Though that might not be easily explained, it is contagious, moving me to put my shoulders back, face the world head on, and bless my lucky stars for the fortune of life and limb. 46 T I watched them closely as they moved about the range. Three of the four could not wear prosthetics, their legs having been taken very high on the leg, one of them missing an arm as well as both legs. Shooter four was able to wear a prosthetic for his missing right leg. His left was in a brace. They did what they had to do, and the results were amazing. These guys are shooters. But then each was a sniper in his unit and no stranger to long-range precision rifle. Jacob Bynum and his crew took them through the normal series of events. They shot over barricades, at long range from the tower, at moving targets at 500 yards, at close-range targets, et al. They started shooting on Wednesday and finished on Saturday with a match. Jacob had invited four capable shooters to act as partners. The partners helped each other call splash and correction, ensure dope, and acted as a team. Even with the wind running, they splattered the 1,000-, 900-, and 800-yard targets. Over the barricades as well as in the prone position, they took the small bulls like the pros they are. continued on page 49 W W W. G U N S M AG A Z I N E . C O M • M A R C H 2 0 1 3