Mountain Lines


by Nelson Haas



I’ve known a lot of riflemen. I grew up with them; WWII veterans and their children. My father brought home a 7.7 Jap. I bought a .303 British for $25.00 and my high school  hunting partners had 6.5 Italians, 95 and 98 Mausers and if you were lucky, an ‘03/A3 Springfield.

They were similar in that they all had wooden stocks and open sights.

When we weren’t hunting ground hogs, we were target shooting and we were Riflemen.

A Rifleman is defined as a soldier armed with a rifle or one skilled in shooting a rifle, but that hardly describes a Rifleman.



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