Recently Paul Carlson and I were discussing the link between American history and rifle marksmanship. The topic came up after someone asked how long range marksmanship could be described as “defensive”. Short answer, it can’t. Outside of the military I’m not sure a jury would buy into the theory that a attacker over 300 yards away was a threat. But that doesn’t mean rifle marksmanship isn’t relevant to the rest of us.

From the beginning Americans have approached the rifle and accuracy differently than any other country. American rifle matches can be traced all the way back to 1790! I grew up shooting. That Winchester Model 62 .22 was the first rifle I shot as a child and how I learned the fundamentals. I have carried a rifle during peacetime and war. It is forever linked to who I am. But even if I wasn’t a Soldier or a Sniper the rifle would be part of me.

Look throughout our history as nation and you will see the links between rifle marksmanship and who we are as a Country. Don’t allow that to fade away. Learning to shoot doesn’t always need to be about self defense or tactics. It’s also about history and making sure the ideals America was founded on never fade away.

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Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is a U.S. Army Sniper and senior NCO with multiple combat deployments, a background in reconnaissance and small unit operations. During his 18 years of military service he has held every MTOE slot in a Sniper section to include an assignment as the SEO/Sniper Section Leader for a forward deployed Infantry Battalion. He has utilized all currently issued U.S. Army Sniper weapons systems including the XM2010, M110 SASS, and M107. In addition to being a qualified Sniper he is a graduate of the Sniper Employment Leaders Course and the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Rifle Instructor courses. Outside of the military he has obtained the NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor certifications and served as a product consultant for several defense and firearms industry companies.

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