MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The phrase, “every Marine a rifleman,” can be attributed to the level of skill a Marine possesses with a rifle.
Not everyone is born a rifleman, but with proper training, a Marine marksmanship instructor can transform someone who has never fired a weapon into an expert shooter.
A big part in performance is practicing the fundamentals of marksmanship and the various firing positions, says Staff Sgt. Bradley J. Kretzing, a small arms weapons instructor with Weapons Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
Shooting incorporates everything the Marine learns while in class and practices before qualifying, he added.
Members of the Marine Corps Shooting Team apply the fundamentals taught to them, in the purest form during recruit training almost everyday.
Marksmanship is all about sharing knowledge, says Gunnery Sgt. James Otto, a member of the Marine Corps Shooting Team. The current marksmanship doctrine is based off of the experience of the Corps’ finest marksmen’s lessons in competition, where the fundamentals are practiced in pure form.
“The best way to improve your score on the rifle range is quite simple, just stick to the basics and have confidence in yourself and your weapon, Otto says.” “The main thing Marines foul up when shooting is not focusing on the front sight and overall just not applying all of the fundamentals of marksmanship,” said Otto. “Another thing is lack of time spent with the weapon, which affects confidence, and some Marines don’t take snapping-in seriously.”
Coaches and weapons instructors are qualified and teach the Marines everything they can about marksmanship. When on the range, it is
always best to apply the basics, have confidence, and remember that the coach is there for a reason, to make everyone a qualified rifleman.
// By Marine Corps News
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