US Army’s Championship

Marksmanship training usually involves qualification with a standard issue M4…

Marksmanship training usually involves qualification with a standard issue M4 and begins with the magic words, “Ready on the right?” What follows is a timed period of pop-up target engagement from either the prone unsupported or prone supported (foxhole) position. Days at the qualification range are long, boring and have little resemblance to scenarios soldiers face on today’s battlefield. Such an approach does little to train soldiers and achieves minimum standards stipulated in US Army regulations.

combattraining1In an attempt to provide soldiers with more realistic training and teach practical skills that will enable them to survive on the battlefield, the US Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) based at Fort Benning, Georgia stages annual weeklong small arms competition and training events named the Army Small Arms Championship. Scenarios for the events held vary widely and do a great deal more to enhance skill at arms than the traditional Army approach.

The idea behind the competition is to provide additional training on the issued M4 and M9 weapons as well as compete for honors and prizes donated by several well-known industry vendors. This year’s competition ran from February 21st through the 28th and saw the debut of a new multi-gun event.

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  • Richard

    Sure wish I could of had a shot at this championship