Some things never change…
Some remarks respecting the training of a raw countryman, or a mechanic from Birmingham, perfectly awkward and generally very ignorant. He is consigned to the superintendence of the drill serjeant. He is first taught to walk, next to march, and hold himself tolerably erect.
Then a firelock is placed in his hands, which he handles at first as awkwardly as a bear would a plumb cake. When he is taught the manual exercise and fit to do regimental duty, they then take him to fire powder. Whilst the drill serjeant is teaching him to fire either by files or by platoons, the serjeant says to him, laying his cane along the barrels of the firelocks, ‘Lower the muzzles of your pieces, my lads, otherwise when you come into action, you will fire over the enemy.’
After this the recruit is taken to fire ball at a target. How is he taught? Thus he is spoken to: ‘Take steady aim, my lad, at the bull’s eye of the target; hold your piece fast to the shoulder that it may not hurt you in the recoil; when you get your sight, pull smartly.’ This is the general way in which I believe they are taught, and in the name of truth and common sense permit me to ask you how a drill serjeant who is no marksman himself can teach an ignorant countryman or a low order of a mechanic to be a good marksman. In my humble opinion, excellent in their way as they are to discipline the soldier and form him for parade and actual service in the line, the serjeant is just as capable of teaching him how to solve one of Sir Isaac Newton’s problems as to teach him to be a marksman.
Reflections on the menaced invasion, and the means of protecting the capital
Lord George Hanger, 4th Baron Coleraine
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 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.
SFC Micholick coaching the 1,000 Yard 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
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
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
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.