Combat Readiness

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Members of the U.S. Army Reserve Competitive Marksmanship Program discuss their combat experiences and how competition shooting helps with military training and readiness.

SSG Bonjour

MAJ Garcia

SSG Porter

SSG Rosene

MAJ Rosnick

MAJ Sleem

SSG Fuentes

SGM Gerner

SGT Hall

SSG Hartley

Drill Sergeant Willis

CPT Freeman

SSG Volmer

Musketry & Combat Practice Firing

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Note how often that competition was suggested as a good approach to training.

US Army Training Film TF-24
Musketry & Combat Practice Firing

1935 US Army Training Film

The application and control of collective fire of rifle units (Rifle Squads & Rifle Sections) is called “Musketry.”

This film covers rifle firing skills.
– Reel 1 provides an introduction to methods of estimating range to target.
– Reel 2 shows how unit members communicated knowledge of the target in the field.
– Reel 3 instructs squad leaders on the construction and use of ranges for landscape target firing.
– Reel 4 details technical characteristics of rifle fire and its effects.
– Reel 5 demonstrates the application of rifle firing techniques in field exercises.
– Reel 6 features a schematic drawing of the effect of combat fire.

Old West Marksmanship


Despite popular myth, not everyone in possession of a firearm in the various American Western territories during the 19th century was an expert marksmen. Just as today, many gun owners are novice marksmen and gun handlers. With greater access to information in the form of organized shooting events and competition, published education resources as books and video, and other outlets, gun owners have more opportunity to learn. Contrast this to a person traveling along the frontier with no access to shooting clubs, libraries, or the Internet. Lack of skill today in gun owners today is true stupidity, the combination of ignorance and apathy.

Here are some less-than-stellar examples from the Old West.

  • Dodge City, 1880. Texas drovers tangled in Sherman’s Saloon. Despite hundreds of shots fired, the only casualty was a stray cat.
  • Frisco, New Mexico, 1884. A 33 hour fight involving about 80 Texans firing an estimated 4,000 rounds shots into the jacale of Elfego Baca resulted in property damage only. Baca wasn’t hit once.
  • “Rowdy” Joe Lowe and A. M. Sweet exchanged 50 rounds before Sweet was hit.
  • Trinidad, Colorado. “Cockeye” Frank and a man named Jack Allen exchanged 16 shots without a hit.

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Review: Art Of Tactical Carbine, Volume 1


The Good

In terms of production value (videography, editing, etc.) this is easily one of the best shooting instructional DVDs I’ve seen. Chris Costa and Travis Haley are knowledgeable and charismatic, giving a wealth of potentially useful info on tactical/dynamic/fighting/combat/real-world/practical/[choose your descriptor] carbine shooting.

The Not So Good


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