imageI have a hard time buying into the “advanced marksmanship” sales pitch. In my experience there’s no such thing, there’s simply flawless application of the fundamentals. I tell students there’s no fundamentally no difference between what you do at 100 yards and 1000 yards. Issues arise when you’re unable to properly apply the basics.

So next time you go shooting take the time to slow down, work on the fundamentals like trigger control, sight alignment, and natural point of aim.

Also, know how to run your chosen platform. There are subtle differences between a semi automatic precision rifle and a bolt action rifle. Work with someone who can teach you how to cheat with your particular weapon system.

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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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