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1 posted on 02/04/2004 2:15:52 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 4, 2004 - At a firing range on the grounds of Baghdad International Airport, the sharp crack of gunfire echoes out through the palm trees.

Soldiers of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit from Fort Benning, Ga., are sharpening fellow soldiers' shooting skills.

The way they see it, instructors from the unit are in Iraq to teach and demonstrate the potential every soldier has as a rifleman.

"What we're doing here is strictly offense," explained Staff Sgt. Aaron Hampton, service pistol instructor and shooter. "(We teach) how to move, shoot effectively and keep moving."

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2 posted on 02/04/2004 2:17:10 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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Excellent post! Another member of the USAMU team, Max Michel Jr., hails from my very own shooting range. He is (or was, his enlistment may have recently ended) on the USAMU action shooting team, using open (unlimited) pistol. I heard him shoot during practice years ago - it sounded like automatic weapons fire! He holds the range record for the steel plate match - dropping 5 steel plates at a range of 25' starting with hands in a surrender position. His time: 1.80 seconds! Pretty amazing...

I have the honor of taking over as webmaster of Max's website (maxmichel.com.) As of this post, the transfer hasn't taken place yet, so if you take a look now, you're still seeing the old site. The temporary URL for the new site is http://www.gbundersea.com/max. (It's under construction, so not all of the features are working yet.)

The skill of Max and others like him is truly incredible. It's great to see those skills being utilized well, by training other troops. According to Max's bio, he instructed Special Forces, Navy Seals, Rangers, Military Police, and others.

4 posted on 02/04/2004 3:05:34 PM PST by gbunch (God bless our President and our troops.)
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5 posted on 02/04/2004 3:14:27 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Your Friendly Freeper Patent Attorney)
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Way cool! Checked out some of the stuff on the website, and apparently they compete in Skeet and air rifle competition.

Kind of odd- I'd think they'd want to focus more on IDPA/Three Gun type matches...not much need for .177 snipers!

6 posted on 02/04/2004 4:27:15 PM PST by fourdeuce82d
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Does it not strike anyone else as .. well.. odd that they are teaching marksmanship to troops already deployed in the theater? What were these troops doing that was more important back before they were deployed, or even pre hostilities? Attending "sensitivity training?"
7 posted on 02/04/2004 7:08:24 PM PST by El Gato (Federal Judges can twist the Constitution into anything.. Or so they think.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
"You never know when a threat is going to pop up two meters from you and you're going to have to engage."


8 posted on 02/04/2004 7:17:05 PM PST by Joe 6-pack ("We deal in hard calibers and hot lead." - Roland Deschaines)
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Am I on yer ping list RC ?...........you find all the good stuff I hate to miss out on.

Stay Safe !

12 posted on 02/04/2004 10:11:54 PM PST by Squantos (Salmon...the other pink meat !)
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""This is very fast-paced; it keeps soldiers interested," said Staff Sgt. Gary Harris, a military policeman with the 1st Platoon, 501st Military Police Company."

Yippeeeee! My old unit, and my exact Platoon! Only I was there 30 years ago! Fun to see it mentioned somewhere.
21 posted on 02/13/2004 5:18:10 PM PST by Lockbar
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