2017 Service Rifle Interservice

At the Interservice Rifle Championships the USARCMP placed second in the team matches while putting up some formidable scores. In the 10 man team match, the USARCMP bested the previous record by 3 points but still finished 6 points behind the AMU.

SFC John Arcularius won the 1000 yard Match with a Service Rifle with a 199-7X. The Army Reserve 6 Man MCDDC Team finished in 2nd place overall and Top Reserve Team today.

The United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) broke the Post and Station Record MCDDC 4 Man Team record of 1151-31X by firing 1151-41X. The previous record was held by Army Reserve Careers Division.

SFC Arcularius

SFC John Arcularius watches the bullet trace over SSG Kris Friend to keep his shooters in the middle at the 600 yard line during the Infantry Trophy Team Match. This match tests the shooters' ability to fire quick accurate shots on a silhouette target with a time limit of 50 seconds per stage. As a 6 person team, they are given 384 rounds to fire on 8 targets.

1000 team second place me coaching
SFC Micholick coaching the 1,000 Yard Match

10 man team second place team match
10 man team second place team match
USARCMP bested the previous record by 3 points but still finished 6 points behind the AMU.

Interservice second place 6 man team
Interservice second place 6 man team

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2017 Rifle Nationals

National Trophy Team Match

2017 was not as great as 2016. The USARCMP had a lot of great performances and amazing scores posted, including some that broke previous National records, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the tremendous season the Army Marksmanship Unit had.

One performance to highlight was that of SGT Nick Mowrer in the individual championship with a score of 998-49x. SGT Mowrer finished in 2nd place, a 3 Xs behind winner SFC Brandon Green.

Both shooters had broken a 23 year old record by 3 points! 3 Xs separated 1st and 2nd place at the completion of the 100 shot, 1000 point aggregate match.

MAJ Freeman made the President’s Hundred Shootoff.

The USARCMP took second place during the National Four Man Team Match.

It was a great season and we would like to congratulate all the teams and shooters on a job well done.
Time to start training for 2018!

second place four man team match
second place four man team match

Photo Album

10 man team second place team match

2017 Rifle President’s Hundred

At the CMP Nationals (Rifle), for the President’s Trophy Rifle match the USARCMP had 13 team members place in the President’s Hundred, including SFC Probst who received his tab for the first time.

The USARCMP had 2 team members, SSG Morris and MAJ Freeman, compete in the top 20 shoot-off.

MAJ Freeman finished 4th overall out of the 1107 competitors.

Congratulations to all of our shooters and good luck tomorrow in the National Trophy match.
Shoot Like A Legend!

MAJ Freeman’s shoot-off target below

MAJ Freeman's Prez 100 shoot-off target

Musketry & Combat Practice Firing

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.

North Carolina State Championship

At Camp Butner, North Carolina Captain(p) Samuel Freeman shot a 998-43x in the North Carolina State Championship in the 1000 point aggregate match with a Service Rifle.

The course of fire was an 80 round Regional Course (20 rounds per stage) with an additional 20 round 600 yards for record, working out to two complete National Match Courses.

Line scores were:
Standing 199-10x
Sitting rapid 200-8x
Prone rapid 199-9x
600 yards prone 200-11x and 200-5x

For a total 998-43x with a Service Rifle, the equivalent of shooting two 499 NMC scores back to back.

For point of reference, the current NRA National Record for a 100 Shot Regional Course shot with a Match Rifle is 999-67x, putting CPT Freeman with his Service Rifle one point away from the best ever 1000-point aggregate score.

http://competitions.nra.org/national-records.aspx
100 Shot Regional Course – Metallic Sights – 999-67

A notable Army Marksmanship Unit shooting champion and coach adds:

That record is a Service “Category” record, meaning that Service relates to the category of the shooter, not the type of rifle. Sherri Gallagher shot her score with a Match Rifle (Tubb gun chambered in .260). The previous record of a 998-52x? (not sure of x’s) was fired by Eric England, a Marine shooter. He used a model 70 match rifle in .30-’06. I’m 100% certain that Freeman’s score is the highest ever in that course of fire with a Service Rifle. The InterService record is “only” a 995.

– Emil Praslick

Unfortunately, the National Rifle Association hasn’t bothered to update this or formally list this accomplishment among the other national records.