Marksmanship Mythbusters Updated

SSG Jake Probst created this updated and stylized version of Marksmanship Mythbusters as a monthly poster/talking point for his classes.




Rifle Fundamentals: MK12 Course

MSG Rob Mango, USAR Service Pistol Team Coach and SSO (SYSTEMS SUPPORT OFFICER) at TSC (TRAINING SUPPORT CENTER), TECOM, Kaneohe Bay, Marine Corps Base Hawaii,  shares the following training presentation.



I made this POI when I was the Chief Marksmanship Instructor for USMC base Hawaii.  The notes are my own words and are very specific and correct.  Since I made this, I’ve taught it to 8-10 Squad Designated Marksman courses from 2007-2010.  The success of my students in theatre was so apparent that TECOM has made most verbiage of my (this) class USMC doctrine.  I recommend you play the slideshow on one computer (for animation) and follow along with the notes on another or a printout.  I would take the 15-20 minutes to review my wording and pay attention to detail while learning it.  Please excuse any grammar mistakes.

I send this to you all because It literally took me 8 yrs (of winning) until the “light” turned on for me, in the specific fundamental of aiming.  I hope it helps one of you.

I realize some topics in the POI could be considered “theory”.  I am not perfect but I strive for excellence.  If you find something questionable, please feel free to tell me about it.  I always want to improve my repertoire.


MSG Rob Mango

USAR Service Pistol Team Coach

Service Pistol Rapid Fire Demo

MSG Rob Mango, USAR Service Pistol Team Coach, orders you to watch this video.



This video, taken with a Hosercam, shows the focus from a shooter’s point of view during a service pistol rapid fire string.

Shooter is SFC Jacobson, US Army Marksmanship Unit, circa 2001.

This is what you should be “seeing” during the string.  Notice how the target is not in a good degree of clarity, ever.

What you can’t see is the shooters trigger control which should be uninterrupted and quickly resetting during recoil. You also can’t see the shooter’s mental focus concentrating on a positive fundamental, such as the followthrough each shot.

A major leap in rapid fire scores came for me, when I realized you should never waste time analyzing the previous shot, during the rapid fire string.( i.e. calling the shot, glancing downrange to confirm “yep, that was out @ 5:00, cursing, etc.)  Analyze the shots individually after the ENTIRE string is complete.  Rifle shooters (me) have a tendency to take a fraction of a sec during the string, to analyze each shot.  It is a good part of a rifle shot process however, it can be detrimental to a rapid fire pistol string.


IOT win, “you gotta want it”.


Stay thirsty my friends,

MSG Rob Mango

USAR Service Pistol Team Coach
stayed at a Holiday Inn express once