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September 21, 1912

THE DANGERS TO AND THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE EYES OF THE NATIONAL MARKSMAN

JAMA. 1912;LIX(12):1079-1082. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270090323059
Abstract

The time has come when the efficiency of our army and navy depends on our marksmanship. Since Congress authorized the sale of small arms to any citizen affiliated with the National Rifle Association, everywhere an increasing interest is taken in this line of sport. Even our high schools are producing many expert marksmen.

In 1903, of 18,325 men firing the prescribed course in our army, but 907 qualified; while in 1909, of the 27,121 men trying, 2,065 qualified as experts, 6,026 as sharpshooters and 2,945 as marksmen, or a total of 11,036 compared with the 907 six years previously. Of the 10,000 men firing in the navy in 1906, only thirtysix qualified; whereas in 1909, 999 qualified. The Marine Corps report shows 107 having qualified in 1906. At the close of 1910, 3,878 had qualified, of which 555 are experts.1

Has the oculist kept pace with the increasing demands

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