194th Armored Brigade Soldiers to compete in Talladega Marksmanship Competition

By Gerald Williams, Bayonet & Saber /

Soldiers in the 194th Armored Brigade are invited to compete in the Talladega Marksmanship Competition in Talladega, Alabama, this September.

“We want to improve marksmanship skills for our cadre,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Chain, 194th Armored Brigade. “The competition is part of the Civilian Marksmanship Program. We want Soldiers to have a chance to show their level in marksmanship.”

According to Chain, competitors will have to purchase their own ammo and guns to use within the competition and pay the entry fees.

“Even though you would have to take off your personal time to enter this competition, the more you go to these competitions, the more you’ll learn,” said Chain.

Chain said the competition is different than the normal qualification table for basic rifle marksmanship in the Army.

“Soldiers in basic training go through weapon fundamentals. For competition matches, we shoot different styles, such as standing and hitting a bullseye at 200 yards with a single load. It’s pretty difficult.

“From there, we would transfer from a standing position to a sitting position at 200 yards with rapid fire. From there, we’d bump it up to 300 yards at a standing position, with 70 seconds to get 10 rounds in. The next challenge would be at 600 yards with 20 minutes to fire 20 rounds.”

Chain stated that the weapons used could be the M4, M16 or the A1.

“If a Soldier wants to use their own rifle it must be categorized as a military-grade rifle,” said Chain.

“The competition will help you focus on the fundamentals of marksmanship,” said Chain. “If you do well, you can win an award that will inspire others to be better marksmen. The better you are, the better you can help privates.”

Chain said awards could be cash prizes or guns.

There is a team competition and an individual competition for Soldiers to enter according to Chain.
Chain stated that he would be hosting a nationwide marksmanship competition in November on Fort Benning.

To find out more information about the Talladega Marksmanship Competition, such as dates and fees, visit http://thecmp.org/competitions/talladega-marksmanship-park/.

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