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Mikhail Margolin and his pistol: Blind Genius!

By Justin Bulling

When the Soviet centrefire pistol team lined up for practice at the 1954 World Championships in Caracas, Venezuela there was great interest. The last time the Russians had sent a shooting team to an international event was back in 1912, at the Olympics in Stockholm - they had not competed since the 1917 revolution.


With the Cold War in the 1950s and intense competition with the USA for domination, a team had finally emerged from behind the Iron Curtain. The team produced ancient 1895 Nagant revolvers and some competitors showed pity for them while others openly laughed.


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