Re: Origin of the Term "Sharpshooter"


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Posted by on January 22, 19100 at 23:53:34:

In Reply to: Origin of the Term "Sharpshooter" posted by Bill N-T on January 22, 19100 at 22:01:54:

: Here's a question for all:
: Is the term "sharpshooter" related to the fact that Union companies of marksmen used Sharps breechloaders, or is the name just a coincedence?
: Bill N-T

I'm going on memory here, but I believe I saw an explanation on one of those shows about the evolution of firearms, like you see on A&E, the History Channel, etc. Back at least a couple hundred years ago, a popular shooting target was to cut a "V" into a board, rather than the bullseye of today. The point of the "V" was called the "sharp" - to hit it perfectly was to 'shoot the sharp', hence "sharpshooter". Therefore I would venture to guess that the term even applied to marksmen in wars before the CW.
This is the story as I recall it, perhaps someone with a reference on the history of the term could expand on this or correct me.
J.D.




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