2017 Free State Championship

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.

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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.

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2017 – Lonely is the Night 2Gun

Summary:

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.

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Training Impact:

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.

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2017 Buckeye Blast – Ohio State USPSA Championship

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.

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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.

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Photo Credit: Mike Zupancic

Event Media Outputs below.

USPSA Jul/Aug 2017 Magazine, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook,Buckeye Blast Homepage

2017 Gadsden Shotgun Championship

Match Director and former MOARNG Marksmanship team coordinator Chad Francis hosted an outstanding 12 stage action shotgun match in Iberia, MO on May 6th. The 12 courses of fire tested competitors’ skills moving, shooting and pushing the limits of accuracy and speed with birdshot, buckshot, and slugs.

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Major Luke Gosnell (AGR), Operations Officer for 2100 MI Group, of the Military Intelligence Readiness Command placed 7th in this Championship. He began competing for the US Army Reserve Marksmanship Training and Competitive Program (USAR-CMP) in December 2015 as the first team first action/practical shooting competitor.

The USAR-CMP represents the forefront of small arms skill in the Reserves 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.

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Current TPU and AGR Soldiers interested in joining the U.S. Army Reserve Combat Marksmanship Program are encouraged to find out more online at https://www.facebook.com/USARCMP This is an additional duty and your current command must approve of participation.

Photo Credit: Pathum Karunaratne Photography

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MAJ Gosnell top Semi-Pro at 2017 Midwest Championship

USAR CMP Team Member MAJ Luke Gosnell had a strong showing and placed 1st as a Semi-Pro in the 2017 3-Gun Nation Mid-West Regional Championship on April 9th in the popular practical (scope) division. He is now nationally ranked #4 in the 3-Gun Nation semi-pro regional series.

Events like these test combat marksmanship and readiness that cannot be achieved from shooting paper targets from a linear or square range. Participation in these events allows Soldiers network, exchange skillsets and then take the knowledge gained back to their home units and disseminate the skills down as a force multiplier.

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Scholastic Action Shooting with Texas A&M at the Texas 3-Gun Championship

Major Luke Gosnell and his wife Ashleigh pictured below with members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit (CCMU) at the 2017 Texas State 3-Gun Championship held on 31 March-2 April.

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The CCMU trains and competes in action shooting sports with other college teams and at 3-Gun matches around the country, but it also works to grow participation in the shooting sports at all ages and among both men and women.

Challenging both mentally and physically, 3-Gun, or Multi-Gun is often considered the ultimate shooting sport. In a 3-Gun match a competitor must navigate through multiple stages of fire, engaging targets, and being scored on both speed and accuracy. Stages require competitors to switch between their various weapons – a rifle, shotgun, and handgun. Stages often require speed reloads, shooting on the move, weak-hand shooting, use of unfamiliar “pickup-guns” that may be placed throughout a stage, engaging moving targets, shooting in low-light situations, and carrying out any variety of tasks that may be included in the scenario. Additional noise, light, and elemental factors may be included to add to the high-stress situation and further enhance the challenge.

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MAJ Luke Gosnell pictured above moving to a technical shooting position in a vehicle.

Texas A&M CCMU cadets compete in a variety of 3-Gun competitions annually to include the following.

Military College Combat Shooting Championship:
Hosted by the US Army Marksmanship Unit, Ft. Benning, GA. This match is attended by the combat weapons teams from all four United States Service Academies and the six United States Senior Military Academies, including Texas A&M.

West of the Pecos Run & Gun in the Sun:
This 7-mile foot race up and down the rugged hills of south Texas requires competitors to carry all necessary firearms, optics, ammunition, hydration, and other needed items with them the entire distance. Rifle shots up to 500 yards and from contorted positions force shooters to control rapid heartbeats and heavy breathing, all the while cooking under the late summer Texas sun.

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The Texas A&M CCMU are the recent winners of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) 2017 National Collegiate Championship held on 11 March, 2017

Soldiers and civilians wishing to pursue a military commission and/or degree are encouraged to find out more online at http://cocmu.com/ or on social media at https://www.facebook.com/CorpsMarksmanship/

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2017 Mississippi State 2-Gun Championship

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Congratulations to Combat Team member Major Luke Gosnell for his performance at the 2017 Mississippi State 2-Gun Championship.

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Examples of USAR sportsmanship and methods of training is winning its place among the leading marksmen of the nation.

Soldiers interested in joining the U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program (USAR CMP) are encouraged to find out more online at https://armyreservemarksman.info or on social media at https://www.facebook.com/USARCMP.

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