Lt. Sid Hinds got the 1924 free rifle team off to a great start by shooting a 50 x 50 possible on his first string. This was done despite the fact that before the Games, at an international meeting in Rheims, France, Hinds had been shooting next to a Belgian who was constantly bickering with the officials. During one argument he knocked over his rifle and shot Hinds in the foot. Because of this, after his possible on the first string, U.S. team captain “Tubby” Waller threatened to shoot Hinds in the other foot. Hinds became a career army officer, eventually reaching the rank of brigadier general before his retirement in 1947 due to war wounds. He had served in World War II in eight campaigns and three invasions and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, four Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars, four Army Citations, and a Purple Heart.