I spent this weekend assisting a unit with their annual rifle and pistol qualification and there’s a couple things that I’d like to address.

1. Fundamentals are called “fundamentals” for a reason. If you can’t properly apply them or don’t know what they are, there’s a good chance you’re going to suck.

2. No amount of rank, time and service or past combat experience will make up for lack of fundamentals.

3. If you fail to conduct a preliminary marksmanship instruction prior to the range, be prepared to conduct remedial training on the range.

4. Optics are a force multiplier and enable your effectiveness during low light or moving target engagements. It’s 2015 and we’ve been at war for over a decade, get with the program. Choosing to use the BUIS because you’ve never used the ACOG or M68 CCO and you’re afraid to look stupid in front of your peers is not an option.

5. FM 3-22.9 Rifle Marksmanship Learn it. Love it. Use it.

Some people are not, and will never be knuckle dragging trigger pullers who live for nothing more than delivering the good news to haj via some 5.56 straight to the chest. No amount of training, cool guy gear or fancy electronics will change that. As a good buddy said “That’s why we have close air support and artillery…so we can still kill mofos when there are units staffed with dudes like this.”


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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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