MAJ Luke Gosnell and MSG Michael Bass, both stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH participated in the 3rd Annual “Lonely is the Night 2-Gun match over Memorial Day weekend at Rockcastle Shooting Center, located in between Ft. Knox and Ft. Campbell. While handgun malfunctions devastated Luke’s performance, it did however provide an outstanding training opportunity to correct issues and get back into the fight in the darkness. Equipment, physical conditions, and mindset play critical roles in action shooting as they do in combat; however it is not too often this type of training can be conducted in the total darkness where seeing fast is difficult. It is safe to say everyone will know what fine tuning to do prior to the next night match. Lightening and heavy rain delayed the start of the match causing it to wrap up at 0400 before trophies were given out by the match director CJ Smith (7th for Gosnell & 16th for Bass) and random prizes from the companies such as Anderson Manufacturing, Vortex Optics, Hexmag, and C&C Firearms, among others who sponsored the event this year.
Scanning and discrimination of targets under the pressures of competition in limited visibility translate into real-world practical combat training. Within the action shooting sports there are various gun-handling skills woven into scenarios such as shooting on the move, reloading, weak-hand/strong-hand shooting, transition from one shooting position to another, engaging threat targets from cover.
MAJ Luke Gosnell (2100 MIG S3, AGR) competed in the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Ohio State Championship this past Memorial Day weekend, marking the first time USARCMP has participated in a level II USPSA match. 312 competitors came from all over the Midwest to test their skills in 12 challenging stages. Luke competed in the newly formed pistol caliber carbine division taking 4th place overall in the division, 1st place B-Class and high military honors.
Shooting fast and accurate under the pressures of competition and the timer translate into real-world practical training. Within the action shooting sports there are various gun-handling skills woven into scenarios such as shooting on the move, reloading, weak-hand/strong-hand shooting, transition from one shooting position to another, and engaging threat targets from cover to name a few.
Army Reserve participation for the first time in a USPSA championship demonstrates that the USAR takes marksmanship training seriously through safe firearms manipulation, strong character traits of personal responsibility and sportsmanship. Direct contact with young competitors and word of mouth has enormous potential for recruiting.
Photo Credit: Mike Zupancic
Event Media Outputs below.
USPSA Jul/Aug 2017 Magazine, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook,Buckeye Blast Homepage
1LT Brotherston, Assistant S2 for 440th CA Bn in Ft, Carson is the newest member of USARCMP Combat Shooting Team. Last weekend he had a top finish in New Mexico at the challenging 2017 He-Man 3-Gun Nationals finishing 3rd in Irons Division and 5th Overall out of 120 competitors; also taking home high military honors.
The He-Man 3-Gun Nationals which is located on the vast 30,000 acre lot of the NRA Whittington Center in northern New Mexico started as an idea 6-years ago to provide a national level match in open terrain that focused on the utilization of a .308 rifle, .45 pistol, and the 12 gauge pump shotgun.
Seven stages were shot over course of two days with each stage involving a combination of rifle, pistol and/or shotgun while traversing over 200 yards throughout the northern New Mexico mountain side. Shooters placed in ranking based on a time trail point system; the shooter who finished the fastest with the least amount of penalties was awarded maximum points for the stage and other shooters earned a percentage of the stage winner’s score dependent on how close they were to the winner. Two Divisions were offered, He-Man Optics, which allowed shooters to place a scope of their choosing on their rifles, and He-Man Irons; where rifles were allowed to have either iron sights or 1x red dots with no magnification. Rifle targets were engaged from point blank and out to 650 yards, shotgun slug shots rang out to 100 yards and pistol shots ranged 25-70 yards.
Pictures from the event can be found at https://rm3gun.smugmug.com/
Match Director and former MOARNG Marksmanship team coordinator Chad Francis hosted an outstanding 12 stage action shotgun match in Iberia, MO on May 6th. The 12 courses of fire tested competitors’ skills moving, shooting and pushing the limits of accuracy and speed with birdshot, buckshot, and slugs.
Major Luke Gosnell (AGR), Operations Officer for 2100 MI Group, of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command placed 7th in this Championship. He began competing for the US Army Reserve Marksmanship Training and Competitive Program (USAR-CMP) in December 2015 as the first team first action/practical shooting competitor.
The USAR-CMP represents the forefront of small arms skill in the Reserves and are the only formally proven and acknowledged experts on the proper use and training of small arms across the force. These shooter-instructors are some of the world’s best trained small arms marksmen, conducting small arms training, hosting marksmanship events and competing at major venues throughout the United States and abroad. Army Regulation 140–1, Chapter 7 directs small arms programs and competition within the US Army Reserve.
Current TPU and AGR Soldiers interested in joining the U.S. Army Reserve Combat Marksmanship Program are encouraged to find out more online at https://www.facebook.com/USARCMP This is an additional duty and your current command must approve of participation.
Photo Credit: Pathum Karunaratne Photography
200th Military Police Command put together a video of the Midwest Small Arms Championship hosted by the US Army Reserve Competition Marksmanship Program (USARCMP)