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
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