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
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.
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/
200th Military Police Command put together a video of the Midwest Small Arms Championship hosted by the US Army Reserve Competition Marksmanship Program (USARCMP)
AFSAM 2017 Special Feature
Canadian Armed Forces choose an Arkansas National Guard airman to join their pick up team.
Note how often that competition was suggested as a good approach to training.
US Army Training Film TF-24
Musketry & Combat Practice Firing
1935 US Army Training Film
The application and control of collective fire of rifle units (Rifle Squads & Rifle Sections) is called “Musketry.”
This film covers rifle firing skills.
– Reel 1 provides an introduction to methods of estimating range to target.
– Reel 2 shows how unit members communicated knowledge of the target in the field.
– Reel 3 instructs squad leaders on the construction and use of ranges for landscape target firing.
– Reel 4 details technical characteristics of rifle fire and its effects.
– Reel 5 demonstrates the application of rifle firing techniques in field exercises.
– Reel 6 features a schematic drawing of the effect of combat fire.