June 7th, 2023

The Rifle That Shot 3000 Bullseyes — Sam Moore’s Win Model 52

Samuel Sam Moore Calvin Coolidge 3000 Bullseye NRA Museums

Here’s a rifle that earned a Presidential medal and a visit to the White House. This rifle has a unique heritage, having been used to shoot 3000 consecutive bulleyes in a single day. The year was 1926 and a high school shooter named Sam Moore hoped to set a record. With his trusty Winchester Model 52 rifle in hand, Moore fired 3,000 rounds downrange, only stopping when his rifle became too hot to hold and daylight was fading fast. But he had fired 3,000 consecutive bullseyes in NRA Junior Rifle competition (target at 50 feet). The event, which set a world record, received national attention.

Samuel Sam Moore Calvin Coolidge 3000 Bullseye NRA MuseumsMoore was summoned to Washington, DC on April 26, 1926 to meet President Calvin Coolidge. At the White House, President Coolidge met the young marksman and presented Moore with a gold medal. The engraving on the back reads: “Presented to L.S. Moore by the President of the United States [on] behalf of the National Rifle Association. Junior Rifle Corps World Record — 3000 — consecutive bullseyes.”

Editor: Consider how times have changed. In 1931 the U.S. President was proud to honor a junior marksman for a great achievement. Today the White House condemns everything gun related. And the State of California has passed legislation imposing $25,000.00 fines for promoting youth marksmanship (AB 2571).

Marksman Moore Went to the U.S. Naval Academy and Served in WW II
After high school, Sam Moore earned admission to the U.S. Naval Academy, and graduated in 1931. Later, Moore helped develop the Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife, served in WW II as a USMC aviator, and maintained his interest in shooting until his passing in 1982. Moore’s rifle and engraved gold medal were donated to the National Firearms Museum by his son David.

Photos and story from NRA Museums Facebook Page

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