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Old January 6, 2014, 11:50 AM   #11
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Unless it is a stacking swivel, the lady was way off.

Without a picture I don't know if the two swivels are no the handstop, or you have one handstop on the rifle, with a swivel, and another swivel on the rifle.

The Army was only interested in Civilian Marksmanship as a method of training civilians prior to joining the military, so the rules were written so that the match rifles of the era had to be close in configuration to a service rifle. The rules changed as time went on, and eventually the Army totally abandoned the concept of accurate fire (around 1968) with the effect that Army support for the National Matches and Civilian Marksmanship went away. Since then the configuration of small bore rifles have radically changed. What often happened, with older 22LR's, shooters/competitors modified the rifles beyond recognition to make the things easier to shoot.

This is a competition small bore rifle that would not have been allowed in the 50's

So what you see on older rimfires are swivels, then handstops, that are way up the stock, and I suspect it was because the Army wanted the things way out there. On early Stevens M416's the swivel is so far up the stock that for my hand to reach the thing, the back of my hand would be almost touching the ground. That is a very uncomfortable shooting position so you end up resting your hand about six inches away from the swivel and without a solid hand stop, you get elevation errors.

I have seen a number of older rimfire rifles where someone inletted a handstop and rail beneath an older swivel.

Note that this pre war Stevens M416 came with a post sight. Since the 03's of the era had a post, I suspect this was a requirement to compete in NRA matches.
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