2017 3G4V Run ‘n Gun Biathlon

Combat Team member Major Luke Gosnell participated this past weekend in a two-gun Biathlon in Kentucky which consisted of five stages of shooting rifle and pistol spread out over 3.5 miles of difficult terrain and obstacles such as mud pits, low crawling under barbed wire, climbing up a drainage tubes and over A-frames, dragging a 150lb dummy, use of a foreign military weapon and spelunking in cave with a headlamp and handgun. Shooting distances ranged from contact close to 300 yards under elevated heart rates in cold, raining and muddy conditions.

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Major Gosnell running with USCG Petty Officer 1st Class Bender

MAJ Gosnell had the 4th fastest run time of the 81 participants and with the shooting time and running time combined, he placed 10th overall despite equipment malfunctions. 31 of the participants were current service members/veterans, 15 x Army, 4 x Air Force, 6 x Marines, 4 x Navy, 2 x Coast Guard. Luke also took high military honors at the event.

Practical induced stress shooting events like these test combat marksmanship, equipment, and readiness that cannot be achieved from shooting paper targets from a linear or square range. USAR-CMP participation in these events allows service members to network, exchange skillsets and then take the knowledge gained back to their home units and disseminate the skills down.

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SIG P320 is the new M17

On January 19, 2017, it was reported the SIG P320 won the United States Military Modular Handgun System Competition and is slated to become the new XM17/M17 pistol. More details to follow.

SIG SAUER, Inc. Awarded the U.S. Army Contract for its New Modular Handgun System (MHS)

Newington, NH (January 19, 2017) – SIG SAUER, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Army has selected the SIG SAUER Model P320 to replace the M9 service pistol currently in use since the mid-1980’s. Released in 2014, the P320 is a polymer striker-fired pistol that has proven itself in both the United States and worldwide markets. The P320 is the first modular pistol with interchangeable grip modules that can also be adjusted in frame size and caliber by the operator. All pistols will be produced at the SIG SAUER facilities in New Hampshire.

The MHS Program provides for the delivery of both full size and compact P320’s, over a period of ten (10) years. All pistols will be configurable to receive silencers and will also include both standard and extended capacity magazines.

“I am tremendously proud of the Modular Handgun System Team,” said Army Acquisition Executive, Steffanie Easter in the release. “By maximizing full and open competition across our industry partners, we truly have optimized the private sector advancements in handguns, ammunition and magazines and the end result will ensure a decidedly superior weapon system for our warfighters.”

Ron Cohen, President and CEO of SIG SAUER, said “We are both humbled and proud that the P320 was selected by the U.S. Army as its weapon of choice. Securing this contract is a testimony to SIG SAUER employees and their commitment to innovation, quality and manufacturing the most reliable firearms in the world.”

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/01/19/army-picks-sig-sauer-replace-m9-service-pistol.html

https://www.armytimes.com/articles/army-your-new-handgun-will-be-a-sig-sauer

http://www.recoilweb.com/us-army-awards-modular-handgun-contract-to-sig-sauer-124688.html

2017 AFSAM and WPW

Here is an advance list of dates for this year’s Winston P. Wilson Championships and the Chief of National Guard Bureau Postal Match Phase 3:

WPW Sniper Championship: 21-27 April 2017 (Fort Chaffee, AR)
WPW Small Arms Championship: 29 April-04 May 2017
Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting: 25 April-05 May 2017
WPW Machine Gun Championship: 20-26 May 2017
CNGB Postal PH 3: 20-26 May 2017

The Official Match Program is on schedule to be release on 15 January 2017. We are new accepting Letters of Intent for state team participation; the dead-line for letters will be 15 February 2017. The window to submit CNGB Postal match scores and targets is still open. These can be submitted until 15 April 2017. Contact your State Marksmanship Coordinator for more information on attending these National Guard premier marksmanship competitions.

On Competition

Competition is the pressure test of training and practice; it is the means through which resilience is developed. A loss is not a bad thing. A loss is an indicator of development; a lesson. If you do things a certain way you will achieve a certain outcome, the same can be said of winners. Individuals and teams winning competitions were better prepared to compete because their development didn’t involve the simple execution of tasks like an automaton.

Joe Garcia