US Marine Scout Sniper Documentary

Here’s a summary: Take what you learn by attempting to win shooting matches and apply that improved skill and knowledge to the field environment.

Sadly, they overlooked Chief Warrant Officer Arthur Terry as having originally started the program in Hawaii at the Pu’uloa Range Training Facility near ʻEwa Beach and Pearl Harbor (now Joint Base Harbor-Hickam). Gunner Terry served as a sniper in Korea. More accurately, he used his competition shooting experience with an accurized service rifle to engage specific targets. Upon returning to the States, he was assigned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, running a shooting team and starting a formal sniping program in the 1950s. This began being known as the Scout Sniper program as scouting was required to first find a target and high level shooting skill was required to get hits.

Terry had officially retired after Korea, however, Major General Alan Shapley, then-commanding general of the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, “reacquired” him for a single purpose: Developing a sniper program, starting with the shooters from the Marine Rifle and Pistol team in Hawaii. Shapley was preparing for future conflicts after Korea. Terry was given a new service number and “unretired” into a Warrant Officer position with the mission of turning shooters into snipers. Given his sniping experience in Korea, Gunner Terry was directed by FMF brass to start this program. It wasn’t unusual for Shapely or generals from 1st Marine Division dropping in to Terry’s office for updates.

Arnold Vitarbo and John Verhaal were among the skilled competitive shooters on Gunner Terry’s cadre. Jim Land and Carlos Hathcock were some of their first students.

Another interview of a Viet Nam era sniper:

The Future of High Power Rifle Using Electronic Targets

Overall, electronic targets provide an exciting match environment with immediate feedback for shot placement, quicker matches, and less time spent walking back and forth between the pit and firing line.

Electronic targets have been used in ISSF since the 1980s. Switzerland, a small country one quarter the size of Wisconsin with a populuation of about eight million, is home of electronic target maker Sius AG.

In 1949, Sius AG designed and developed its first visual/acoustic target signaling system. By 1954 it was successfully used at the World Championships in Caracas and the Olympic Games in 1968. The International Shooting Union UIT (now ISSF) certified their systems in 1979 for all International competitions. As with the understanding of all marksmanship skills, Sius-Ascor’s development began in formal competition shooting and has trickled down to military and law enforcement training.

The Swiss take their shooting seriously and don’t segregate civilian and military marksmanship. Unlike America, they have few casual gun owners as nearly all Swiss gun owners regularly attend various organized, formal shooting events and competitions. Cantonal shooting festivals, Schützenfests, are integrated civilian competition and military qualification. Sius-Ascor sponsors its own annual tournament (Sius-Ascor Cup), shot with match and service rifles, at the Oeschgen range in Frick, a municipality in the Aargau Canton. In Switzerland alone more than 12,000 Sius-Ascor units are in use at over 1,000 ranges. Consider that Switzerland has less than eight million total population and landmass slightly larger than Maryland State, while the United States boasts 80 million gun owners alone, with five million NRA members. How many automatic scoring systems and Schützenfests does your range host?

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The United States is slowly catching up. Outside of tiny pockets of International/ISSF shooters in America, the Civilian Marksmanship Program has been pushing for electronic scoring at CMP events. Talladega Marksmanship Park make nearly exclusive use of such units.

In the article, The Future of High Power Rifle Using Electronic Targets Col. Denise Loring (ret.), former commander and Team shooter with the USAR Marksmanship Program goes over the current state of electronic scoring in our country.

Being of Service Rifle: SSG Friend

SSG Kristoffer Friend shoots with the U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program Service Rifle Team. He is the winner of two President’s Trophies as well as many other accomplishments partially listed below – followed by his interview:

President’s Trophy: 2007, 2015
President’s Hundred: 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015
Hilton Trophy: (Reserves – National Trophy Team Match):
2007, 2008, 2012
Celtic Chieftain Trophy:
(Reserves: National Infantry Trophy Team Match): 2010
Pershing Trophy:
(National Trophy Team Match – High Individual): 2012
Rattlesnake Trophy
(National Trophy Team Match – High Army Individual): 2012
Hearst Doubles: 2014

2015 High Desert Regional

SFC Russel Theurer had great success at the 2015 High Desert NRA Regional hosted by the Santa Margarita Gun Club at MCAGCC Twentynine Palms.

SFC Theurer was the 1000 Point Long Range Aggregate winner, Iron Sight winner at 1000 yards on day two, the Combined 80 shot High Power Regional Match and Long Range Grand Aggregate Commanding Generals Trophy winner.

He finished second in the High Power Regional grand aggregate, winning Standing and Sitting Rapid fire at 200 yards.