A viral video of World War II veteran Army sniper Ted Gundy revisiting his glory days has resurfaced.
“On behalf of the officers, non-commissioned , soldiers and civilians of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit, sir, I’d like to present you this black hat of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit,” Lt. Col. Dan Hodne told the veteran during a 2011 visit to Fort Benning, Georgia captured by those at Impossible Shots.
The 84-year-old veteran in addition to being awarded a black hat — a sniper’s highest honor — was given a replica 1903 Springfield rifle, a gun Mr. Gundy hadn’t seen since leaving the military in 1944.
The veteran was honored by the first gift and speechless upon receiving the rifle.
“We’ve only presented about eight black hats non-members of the Army Marksmanship Unit,” Lt. Col. Hodne. “The wearer of the black hat is a member of an elite — they’re members of the best shooters in the world.”
Black-hat Gundy then took his new rifle and used it for a little target practice — shooting a warm-up shot at 300 yards. He hit the target “dead on.”
The gentleman then took a shot from 1,000 yards away — a shot that, according to the Impossible Shots narrator, was “more than a good hit.”
Using a custom Remington 700, Mr. Gundy delivered a head shot on his steel target and repeated the shot twice for a total of three consecutive perfectly accurate shots.
One of the Gundy’s instructors was amazed with the tight spread of the three shots.
“It’s 5-inch group at a thousands yards. It’s impossible,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jason St. John.
The video has nearly 1.6 million views and more than 1,000 comments.