Fort Sill joined Fort Benning as the second military installation to ever host an open to the public multi-gun competition with this inaugural championship on September 16th. Two USAR soldiers participated, MAJ Luke Gosnell and SFC Terry Lauwers along with many civilians, veterans, first responders, and active duty soldiers.
The level of detailed coordination between garrison and installation commands was evident throughout the event. Complete with opening remarks from the garrison commander COL Samuel Curtis followed by a full color guard and artillery salute to the Field Artillery and Air Defense Artillery equipment on each of the five challenging stages of competition. The generous support of event sponsors, MSG Hew Moon, CPT Morgan Montgomery, and MAJ Shaw among many other military members and veteran shooters made this possible at the Fires Center of Excellence.
Army Training Impact:
Many soldiers involved in planning, officiating, scoring and detailed to the event were exposed for the first time to the rapidly growing marksman sport of 3Gun/Multi-Gun and how it can be used as a viable alternative to training the soldier skills of marksmanship proficiency. The event was such a success, that dates have already been established to do it again next year on September 15-16, 2018
Event Media Outputs:
Event Website, Match Book Link
USAR Combat Team member 1LT Curtis Brotherston competed in the Precision Tactical 2-Rifle Championship in Raton, New Mexico on 8-9 July 2017 using both a precision bolt-action rifle and a tactical carbine while engaging targets out to 1000 yards. Curtis and other competitors engaged targets between various shooting positions while carrying all equipment used such as wind meters, binoculars, range finders, support bags in a pack while on the move with their rifles. Each stage of fire required the shooter to engage five long range rifle targets from 400 to 1000, while a various amount of carbine targets were engaged from arms length to 400 yards. Each shooting challenge was unique requiring the shooter to engage targets in unknown positions such as standing, over and under obstacles such as vehicles and through windows. Curtis is the first USAR-CMP member to attend a PRS match of this style and he placed a respectful 15th place among some world class athletes attendance. Match directors JJ and Denise Johnson are seasoned facilitators who always welcome military service members at all of their matches. More information can be found on their webpage.
The contact with competitors, facilitators and spectators in numerous different types of shooting sports is making known USARs participation outside of the traditional service marksmanship sport. Personal contact with young competitors and word of mouth has enormous potential for recruiting.
Event Media Outputs:
Website, Facebook, Match Photos
The USAR-CMP Combat Shooting Team commanded by LTC Scott Klawon and MSG Russel Moore sent MAJ Luke Gosnell to participate at the 3rd annual Shoot for the Gold Championship on 22-23 July 2017 that benefitted the Special Olympics in Kansas. The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #21 and the Overland Park Police Department hosted the charity match with pro shooter Dillen Easley as the match director and Bryan Corry as stage builder and designer. This championship event was a time, plus penalty eight stage 3-Gun match located in within 100 miles of both Ft. Leavenworth and Ft. Riley.
Luke took home a gold medal winning 1st in the pistol caliber carbine division and placing 2nd overall behind Taran Butler who won practical division. In attendance was USAR Soldier SFC Terry Lauwers from HHC, 102nd Training Division, Ft. Leonard Wood who placed 4th in Unlimited division and 15th overall.
Participation in action shooting events allows service members to network, exchange skillsets and then take the knowledge gained back to their home units and disseminate the skills down. USAR-CMP represents the forefront of small arms skill in the Army Reserve 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.
Event Media Outputs:
Shoot for the Gold Website, Facebook, Results
Soldiers interested in joining the U.S. Army Reserve Combat Marksmanship Program are encouraged to find out more online at https://armyreservemarksman.info
USAR Combat Marksmanship Team member Luke Gosnell participated in the Kansas State USPSA Sectional on July 8th and claimed the first ever title of State Champion in the provisional Pistol Caliber Carbine division. Luke was very recently stationed at Fort Leavenworth, KS to begin attending the Command and General Staff College. The event consisted of 10 courses of fire and was held at the Mill Creek Practical Shooting League in Desoto, KS.
Pictured above from left to right. Limited Division Champion, 1LT Casey Ryan, of the USAF Action Shooting Team, SSG Andrew Jarvis from the NEARNG, and MAJ Luke Gosnell, 2nd Place PCC and Kansas State Champion.
United States Army Reserve (USAR) Combat Marksmanship Team member 1LT Curtis Brotherston competed in the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Colorado State Sectional Championship this past weekend winning high overall in the provisional pistol caliber carbine division and high military honors. Click here for video of his match performance.
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