The best pistol shooters from the Army, Army Reserve, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard will descend upon Fort Benning this week to decide the military’s best pistol shooters in the the 55th Annual Interservice Pistol Championships.
Hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), the pistol championships take place from June 15-20 at Phillips Range.
The competition crowns the best pistol shooters in the armed services, while providing the opportunity for service members to share techniques, develop new ideas and enhance the overall combat readiness of the joint force.
Marksmen will compete in individual and team matches with .22-caliber, .45-cal, center fire and service pistols. They will also shoot an excellence-in-competition match to conclude the week.
The Army has won the past eight team championships.
Among USAMU’s top shots in this week’s event is shooter/instructor Sgt. 1st Class James Henderson, who has won eight individual championships in his career. Henderson has been competing in international pistol the past year in a quest to make the 2016 Olympic team.
USAMU is part of the U.S. Army Accessions Brigade, Army Marketing and Research Group and is tasked with enhancing the Army’s recruiting effort, raising the standard of Army marksmanship and furthering small arms research and development to enhance the Army’s overall combat readiness.