CAFSAC Wrap Up

USAR shooter accomplishments at the Canadian Armed Forces Skill at Arms Concentration

Two-Gun Individual Aggregate
SSG Chris Allen was first place overall in the individual grand aggregate, securing the win against all competitors from all participating countries. MSG Lance Espinosa made the top ten in the overall individual agg.


SSG Chris Allen took first place in the grand individual aggregate.


MSG Espinosa

For individual rifle, SSG Chris Allen finished in the top ten overall in Match 11 and 17, and MAJ Conners finished in the top ten in Match 14.

For individual pistol, SSG Chris Allen was third in the overall aggregate and MSG Espinosa was fifth. Matches 21-23 were the precision events with MSG Espinosa taking third overall, SFC Buol in fourth, and LTC Klawon making the top ten. Matches 24-26 were the surprise courses in shoothouses. SSG Chris Allen finished second overall in this aggregate with SSG Chris Volmer taking third.

Team Events
USAR Blue took first place in the Falling Plates event and third place in Match 36.

Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration Concludes

Complete USAR Results:

Two-Gun Aggregate, 2 USARCMP members in the top ten
Chris Allen 1st place Overall Champion
Espinosa, 10

Match 21, 3 USARCMP members in the top ten
Buol 1st
Klawon 5th
Espinosa 8th

Match 22, 3 USARCMP members in the top ten
Espinosa 3rd
Buol 4th
Klawon 7th

Match 21-23 aggregate, 3 USARCMP members in the top ten
Espinosa 3rd
Buol 4th
Klawon 8th

Match 24, 3 USARCMP members in the top ten
Chris Allen 1st
Volmer 2nd
Trimarco 9th

Match 25, 2 USARCMP members in the top ten
Chris Allen 5th
Volmer 6th

Match 26, 1 USARCMP member in the top ten
Chris Allen 3rd

Match 24-26 aggregate, 2 USARCMP members in the top ten
Chris Allen 2nd
Volmer 3rd

Pistol overall aggregate, 2 USARCMP members in the top ten
Chris Allen 3rd
Espinosa 5th

Match 11, 1 USARCMP member in the top ten
Chris Allen 8th

Match 14, 1 USARCMP member in the top ten
Conners 9th

Match 17, 1 USARCMP member in the top ten
Chris Allen 10th

Match 36, 2 USARCMP members in the top ten
Klawon 4th
Trimarco 7th

Match 36 Team
USAR Blue, 3rd place

USAR Blue
Falling Plates, 1st place

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Army Reserve Marksmanship Program Competes in International Competition

Members of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Program competed at an international small arms competition in Canada on the Connaught Ranges on September 7-19 in Ottawa, Ontario.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Forces_Small_Arms_Concentration

The Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC) is the largest Service Conditions match in Canada and is open to NATO allies. In addition to Canada Armed Forces regular and reserve personnel, the Canadian Rangers, British Army Combat Shooting Team and US Army Reserve Competition Marksmanship Program competed.

Service Conditions shooting emphasizes military skill and fitness. All shooting is done in issue uniform with full fighting order and done after some physical task, such as a road march, sprint, or obstacle course. Modern day Service Conditions matches have their beginning with the Commonwealth nations. The Dominion of Canada Rifle Association was founded in 1868 and incorporated by an Act of Parliament to promote and encourage the training of marksmanship throughout Canada. Bringing together thirty three independent rifle associations under one organization, the DCRA first had the Governor General, his Excellency Viscount Monck, as Patron of the Association, a position held to this day by the current Governor General.

As with nearly all organizations forming in this era, the first events were of the “round bull” conventional variety. In 1908 events featuring figure targets were introduced and Service Conditions became its own discipline. The targets used in competition look the same as qualification but feature score rings. Figure 11 targets are full sized silhouettes depicting an aggressive bayonet-wielding foe. Figure 12 targets have a similar aggressor but the target encompasses only the head and shoulders. Other targets include the Figure 14 (Sniper window target or “Hun’s Head”), Precision Target (same target size as the Figure 12, but with more outer score rings and mounted on a KD screen), knock-down targets for Fire Team Assault (falling plates) matches, and remote controlled electronic “pop up” targets.

Winners of these events are officially recognized for their accomplishments. The Queen’s Medal for Champion Shot was first instituted by Queen Victoria in 1869 as an award for the best military marksman of the year. It started in the British Army and the Canadians retain that tradition in their events. A Canadian soldier earning the Queen’s Medal will add the initials “Q.M.” to their official rank and title for the remainder of their service.

For individual awards, CPT TJ Conners was top open shooter in the Vimy Match and won the Vanier Trophy for being the top open competitor. SSG Chris Allen won the Panjwayi match and CSM Steven Slee won LKOL Van Helden Trophy for being the top overall pistol shot. USARCMP won the Colt Canada Trophy for placing in the top four of open pistol and rifle competition, taken by the individual performances of CPT Conners, CSM Slee, MSG Lance Espinosa, SSG Chris Allen, and SSG Jason Godel.

For team awards USAR Blue won the Samaranch Trophy for top pistol team. Firing members were CPT Conners, CSM Slee, MSG Espinosa, and SFC John Buol.

Members of the USARCMP competed at the interational CAFSAC match in Canada. From left, SSG Volmer, MSG Espinosa, CW2 Knote, CPT Conners, SSG Godel, CSM Slee, SFC Buol, SSG Chris Allen.

Members of the USARCMP competed at the interational CAFSAC match in Canada. From left, SSG Volmer, MSG Espinosa, CW2 Knote, CPT Conners, SSG Godel, CSM Slee, SFC Buol, SSG Chris Allen.

Army Reserve wins International event

The annual Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration (CAFSAC) was held at the Connaught Ranges and Primary Training Centre through September 20, 2014. The event is an international marksmanship event organized by the Canadian Army on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff and is designed to enhance shooting skills on various standard and dynamic ranges.

CAFSAC was first organized by the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association in La Prairie, Quebec in 1868 before moving to the Rideau Ranges, and later, to the Rockcliffe Ranges in the Ottawa area. The event has been held at the Connaught Ranges since 1921. Over 550 shooters and supporting staff participated this year, with teams representing active and reserve units, Canadian Ranger Patrol Groups, several Canadian police forces, as well as international teams from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

“CAFSAC is essential as it provides a venue for military personnel to test and hone their core soldier skills, combat fitness, and marksmanship.” said Lieutenant-General Marquis Haines, Commander Canadian Army. Major-General Jean-Marc Lanthier, Commander Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre, added, “The Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Concentration was created to improve marksmanship and small arms proficiency by providing a national-level event that develops a cadre of credible marksmanship experts. These core skills are essential for members of the Canadian Armed Forces and form the basis of having a well-led, well-prepared, and well-trained military.”

This year marks the return of the USAR Marksmanship Program to international combat competition and they did so becoming the CAFSAC 2014 Open Class Winning Four Man Pistol Team

MSG Espinosa, CW2 Knote, SSG Godel, and CPT Conners

MSG Espinosa was the 2014 CAFSAC Pistol Champion

High Overall Pistol Trophy