Major John Hession's Rifle

Presented by the NRA National Firearms Museum

When the British army lost most of its arms on the beach at Dunkirk during WWII, John W. Hession was one of many Americans who responded by loaning a rifle for British use. As this bolt-action Springfield rifle was Hession's prized competition piece, a gun that had successfully competed in the Olympics, at Bisley Range in England, and in the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio — Hession placed specially engraved plates on the stock denoting its importance. The front plate, which asked for the rifle's return after the defeat of Germany, may be the reason this piece was returned to Hession after the war. Major John Hession's Rifle can be seen at the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

John W. Hession was one of many Americans who loaned a rifle for British use during WWII.

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