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Mikhail Margolin and his pistol: Blind Genius!

By Justin Bulling
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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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