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This news is a little late, but I was looking for some information and came across this forum and I thought it should be acknowledged.

LTC Conway's involvement with the M21 is noted in this thread: http://m14forum.com/m14/59030-what-did-m21-look-like-1985-a.html#post374591

and his obituary is here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lcsun-news/obituary.aspx?n=francis-conway&pid=150756824

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Francis "Frank" Bernard Conway, 92, of Las Cruces entered into eternal life Monday morning, April 25, 2011. He was born February 7, 1919 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Frank and Mary Conway, the first of four children. Frank, as he was known to his friends, lived a full and extraordinary life. Answering the call to duty in World War II, he joined the US Army the day after Pearl Harbor and served in the Small Arms Repair Section, C Company, 130th Maintenance Battalion, 8th Armored Division. He served in that capacity throughout World War II. He stayed in England, took part of the "Battle of the Bulge" through Normandy, France, Alsace, Belgium, Germany, and Czechoslovakia until the division was deactivated in November 1945.

After World War II he had tours with the missile and ordnance systems in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Redstone Arsenal, and White Sands Proving Ground. As a Master Sergeant, he joined the Army Rifle and Pistol Team in 1953. In 1957, he was commissioned as a Captain in the Ordnance Corps by the Army Chief of Staff, and served as Commander, US Army Europe Marksmanship Unit from 1963-1966 and Ordnance Officer, US Army Marksmanship Unit from 1966-1970. After tours in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Korea, Germany and Fort Benning, he retired after 29 years of service on October 1, 1970 to live with his family in Las Cruces, NM, the city he loved so much. Shooting was his passion, and 1950 was the beginning of his reign in high power rifle shooting. His victories include the Coast Guard Cup, the Infantry Center Rifle Championships, the Third Army Championships, the Member Trophy, the Marine Corps Cup, and twice he won the Wimbledon Cup in 1955 and 1956. Along the way, he set several national and international shooting records. His passion continued through his 40 years of retirement, both as a shooter and as a gunsmith. He was the chief architect of the Butterfield Trail shooting range, the coach of the 1977 Bolivian National Rifle and Pistol Teams, and he provided weapons displays and seminars at gun shows and schools. He is the "father" of the XM-21 military sniper rifle and contributed to several technical shooting publications. He was a proud and active supporter of numerous organizations, being a life member of most, to include the Picacho Gun Club, NM Shooting Sports Association, Reserve Officers Association, MOWW, American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans, US Marine Corps League, Military Officers Association of America, Military Marksmanship Association, and a Benefactor member of the NRA. His service awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the European African and Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three stars, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Europe), Good Conduct Medal with five loops, Distinguished Marksmanship Badge, and The Presidents Hundred. He has been inducted into three Hall of Fames; the NM Shooting Sports Hall of Fame, the United States Army Marksmanship Unit Hall of Fame, and the NRA Legion of Honor.
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LTC Conway was not only involved with the M21 program, he was also heavily involved with the development of the M14 as a National Match rifle. He will be missed and I'm sorry to hear he has left the range.
 
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