Shooting Simulations In the 1930s

    Modern Mechanix published an article in the 1930s about British soldiers learning marksmanship skill by shooting at animated scenes. The scenes were motorized so the shooter had to track a target. I am not sure what exactly they were shooting, but those guns resemble the elastic guns my friends and I build as kids.

    Animated paintings in steel picture frames are now being used to train British troops in marksmanship. Miniature soldiers, representing an enemy army, move along the bottom of the frame and up an incline across the picture, while sharpshooters try to pick them off. For this form of practice the distance from the target is only a few paces, making a spacious rifle range unnecessary. As the speed of the moving figures can be mechanically controlled, it is easy to test the skill of the marksmen by hurrying up the targets while the sharpshooters are at practice.

    [ Many thanks to Sven (Defence and Freedom) for emailing me the info. ]

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!