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A few slots still remain for annual Small Arms Championships

Published: 10:54AM January 24th, 2013
Pistol

Michael Molinaro/2012

Soldiers from across the Army competed last year during the 2012 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships.

FORT BENNING, Ga. — As of last week, only 50 slots remained open for the 2013 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships to be held from Jan. 28 to Feb. 8.

Hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, the “All-Army,” is held to proliferate effective marksmanship training and increase overall Army combat readiness as marksmanship remains the paramount Soldier skill. Training and skill exercises are applicable to all military small arms firing disciplines.

The competition is open to Soldiers of any rank in the entire Army formation, including West Point and college ROTC cadets, Army Reservists and National Guardsmen.

There is no cost to compete in the championship and ammunition is provided to all competitors. Those attending will fire hundreds of rounds in the ultimate combat live-fire training event.

Soldiers will compete in separate Cadet, Novice, Open and Pro classes based on their competition experience. Soldiers will fire M-16 or M-4 service rifles at distances between 25 to 500 yards and M-9 pistols between 7 to 35 yards in a variety of courses of fire. There is also a combined arms match, where competitors employ the rifle, pistol and shotgun in a number of exciting stages of fire.

While the elements and spirit of competition are important, all Soldiers are reminded that the Army’s critical intent is to develop combat firing skills at the entry and intermediate level (as well as recognizing superior skill at the highest levels) to raise the standard of marksmanship across the entire force.

For more information, visit www.usamu.com or call at (706) 545-7841.