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  • Obama’s new executive order will kill the 110-year-old Civilian Marksmanship Program

    08/29/2013 3:56:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 80 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/28/13 | Mike Piccione
    The White House announced on Thursday that it intends to “ban almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities” through executive order, which would effectively shut down the 110-year-old Civilian Marksmanship Program. In a Fact Sheet published on Whitehouse.gov today referencing the upcoming executive order the ban on importing military weapons is designed to “keep military-grade firearms off our streets.” Exceptions for import may be allowed for museums. The CMP tightly controls the importation of obsolete military weapons. The program was created by the U.S. Congress as part of the 1903 War Department Appropriations Act with the purpose...
  • Trouble With Math? Maybe You Should Get Your Brain Zapped

    05/19/2013 5:14:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 16 May 2013 | Emily Underwood
    Enlarge Image Primed for numbers. Random pulses of electrical current can accelerate math learning. Credit: Albert Snowball If you are one of the 20% of healthy adults who struggle with basic arithmetic, simple tasks like splitting the dinner bill can be excruciating. Now, a new study suggests that a gentle, painless electrical current applied to the brain can boost math performance for up to 6 months. Researchers don't fully understand how it works, however, and there could be side effects. The idea of using electrical current to alter brain activity is nothing new—electroshock therapy, which induces seizures for therapeutic...
  • Why the 50 Meter Zero? (rifle marksmanship)

    05/02/2013 9:22:02 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 52 replies
    Why the 50 Meter Zero? Rourke linked to an excellent pictorial about ballistic trajectories from different zero's over at M4.com. Let's look at the trajectory using a 25 meter zero. If you look the bullet path is 8 inches high from roughly 125m to250m. This is a real problem. This is enough of a problem that folks will miss targets. In fact that is what happened. My informal understanding of the development of the 50 meter zero is as follows. Dudes were missing Tango's in the 100-150 meter range which was pretty close to the max range guys found themselves...
  • The Government Is Selling A Bunch Of Classic WW2 Rifles

    09/03/2012 5:13:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 40 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 31 August, 2012 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Guess what? You can buy WW2 rifles from the government. The "Civilian Marksmanship Program" is a private non-profit, but the government classifies it as a "government corporation hybrid." A Congressional document, leaked by Wikileaks, details how what was once a wholly, publicly owned and operated military wholesale program became this strange, incredibly rare "hybrid" company. Here's how it works: All the weapons, the M1 Carbines and M1 Garands (with that distinctive 'ping!' we've all heard in the movies), are owned by the Army, housed by the Army, guarded by the Army, and logistically transferred by the Army. This "company," serves...
  • Kids' program teaches gun safety and skills (TX)

    07/08/2012 9:33:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 7-8-12 | Pete Holley
    Houston police officer Karl Pederson is all too familiar with the consequences of a curious child coming into contact with a gun. During his 27 years on the force - 15 spent working at Texas Children's Hospital - he's seen too many kids die in gun-related tragedies. "All the children's deaths have stuck with me," the 49-year-old father of two said. "Any time a child loses their life, it's just crushing to me, and I think it can always be prevented." For some, prevention means keeping kids as far away from guns as possible. For Pederson, it means placing a...
  • Wounded Warrior Marksmanship Units – An Army Bull’s-Eye

    03/12/2012 5:30:27 PM PDT · by marktwain
    ammoland.com ^ | 12 March, 2012 | Michael Molinaro
    FORT BENNING, Ga. --(Ammoland.com)- The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit is proud to announce its historic expansion with the creation of a Marksmanship Instructor Group and Paralympic Section, the first-ever Army units designed specifically for wounded warriors deemed able to continue to serve on active duty. Approved by the Army this week, this historic first is part of the Army Chief of Staff’s initiative supporting Wounded Warriors. For these Soldiers, serving in the USAMU will involve raising Army combat readiness by providing the absolute best shooting instruction for all Army units. They will also showcase the Army by competing at a...
  • Revolutionary endeavor: Bottineau’s Jonathan Bartlett teaches Project Appleseed(ND)

    01/31/2012 6:48:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    minotdailynews.com ^ | 30 January, 2012 | KIM FUNDINGSLAND
    BOTTINEAU It wouldn't be surprising if Jonathan Bartlett bleeds red, white and blue. The Bottineau resident has a deepening appreciation for this nation's founding fathers and early citizens and citizen soldiers. A few years ago, Bartlett was introduced to Project Appleseed, a combination heritage and marksmanship program conducted by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association. He was so captured by the experience that he continues to rise through the ranks of RWVA. "It was inspiring. It motivated me to be involved," said Bartlett. "Something really connected with the shooting aspect and the history of our founding. Our founders inspired our free...
  • Marksmanship Matters

    04/21/2011 10:42:43 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 45 replies
    American Rifleman ^ | 4/18/11 | Barrett Tillman
    Until recently the infantryman’s primary weapon was a radio connected to an artillery battery, a helicopter gunship or an A-10 Warthog. But in today’s asymmetric warfare, traditional American advantages, such as artillery and air power, have largely been negated. The majority of combat-related casualties are caused by explosives rather than small arms, but in direct combat, riflery matters as never before. Americans rarely lose rifle fights. It occurs so seldom that it’s considered remarkable. But it can happen. Probably the most-publicized combat action in recent years was the prolonged shootout at Wanat, Afghanistan, in 2008. Seventy-two U.S. and Afghan soldiers...
  • Project Appleseed April 23 & 24 at Knob Creek Range in Kentucky

    04/10/2011 6:26:30 PM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Project Appleseed ^ | 4/10/11 | Self
    Source link leads to a clickable map of the US enabling you to find the Appleseed dates and locations nearest you. You can't beat 2 full days of shooting and quality instruction for the money.
  • Soldier becomes second woman to set national high-powered rifle record [guess who was first?]

    09/18/2010 2:33:15 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 33 replies · 1+ views
    wtvm.com ^ | 17 Sept 2010 | unattributed
    FORT BENNING, Ga. (WTVM) – A U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit soldier becomes the first service member since 1987 to win the National High Power Rifle Championship. Sgt. Sherri Jo Gallagher set a new national record in the match with a 2396-161x, dropping only four shots during the entire competition. She shot 21 more bulls eyes than anyone else. Competitors included legends of the sport and past champions. "I wanted to be in the military since I was very young-I was drawn to the challenge and excitement of it," said Gallagher. "I wanted to learn how to be a leader and...
  • Appleseed Project will be on Fox and Friends this Monday

    08/27/2010 10:44:07 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 8 replies
    Appleseed Project ^ | 8/27/10 | Appleseed
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERANS ASSOCIATION TO DISCUSS PROJECT APPLESEED ON FOX & FRIENDS Ramseur, NC - 27 August 2010 – Tune in to Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel this August 30th, 2010 during the 8:00 a.m. ET hour to hear an engaging success story about how the Revolutionary War Veterans Association (RWVA) is teaching early American history and rifle marksmanship through a nationwide, all-volunteer program called Project Appleseed. Times may vary. Please check your local listings. Since its inception in 2006, the RWVA has doubled the number of Appleseed clinics and attendees served each year....
  • Army shooters take title at interservice championship

    08/07/2010 6:13:29 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    defencetalk ^ | Aug 5, 2010 | Michael Molinaro
    QUANTICO, Va.: Soldiers with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's Service Rifle team braved the heat and stiff competition and came out on top at the 49th Interservice Rifle Championships. With their accomplishment, the USAMU enabled the Army to complete a sweep of all interservice marksmanship championships in 2010 -Soldiers and teams from the USAMU previously won the shotgun and pistol interservice competitions, as a team and individually. "We know that the Army expects us to be the best," said Lt. Col. Daniel Hodne, commander of the USAMU. "The USAMU's service rifle section has maintained a cumulative string of victories at...
  • Firing squad: An eyewitness account of Gardner's execution

    06/18/2010 8:20:26 AM PDT · by markomalley · 103 replies · 2,541+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 6/18/2010 | Nate Carlisle
    Draper » Ronnie Lee Gardner's head, covered by a black hood, remained upright. His body sat straight in the chair to which it was strapped. As my eyes traveled down Gardner's left arm, past his dark blue jumpsuit, I saw his pale white skin appear below his elbow. Half a faded blue tattoo, some kind of diamond shape, stuck out from the restraint around his wrist. At the bottom of his restraint, I focused on his fist. Gardner died much the way he lived -- with a clenched fist. Yes, this was my first time witnessing an execution. I...
  • DARPA Awards Lockheed Martin $3.9M Contract to Develop Advanced Rifle Scope for Soldiers

    05/26/2010 8:17:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 657+ views
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 5/26/2010 | Lockheed Martin
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Lockheed Martin a $3.93 million contract to develop a rifle-scope attachment to enhance soldiers’ marksmanship capabilities. The Dynamic Image Gunsight Optic or DInGO system will enable soldiers to accurately view targets at varying distances without changing scopes or suffering a decrease in optical resolution. The system will enhance soldiers’ ability to accurately hit targets at a range of between three and 600 meters. DInGO automatically calculates the range with a low power laser rangefinder, digitally zooms in on it and accounts for environmental conditions such as wind using sensors built into the...
  • Shooting Drills Help Marines Sharpen Skills

    01/27/2010 3:06:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 21 replies · 677+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lance Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde, USMC
    CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan, Jan. 27, 2010 – With large packs and complete sets of personal protective equipment, Marines from Headquarters and Service Company of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, arrived at the makeshift rifle range here Jan. 23 under rain-threatening clouds. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, fire rounds at a target while at the rifle range on Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Jan. 23, 2010. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. "There's going to be a lot of pivoting and shooting, facing away from the target and turning...
  • Airmen help Afghan National Army Air Corps soldiers take aim

    01/05/2010 3:46:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 421+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Tech. Sgt. Oshawn Jefferson, USAF
    1/5/2010 - KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Airmen of the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group here are training 30 Afghanistan National Army Air Corps soldiers on the M-240B rifle in January here. For some of the ANAAC soldiers it was their first time shooting the gas-powered machine gun while for others it was their second, but the Airmen mentors noticed improvement in their abilities. "Very good. That is how you are supposed to shoot," said Tech. Sgt. Kevin Conley, a 738th AEAG security forces adviser as the ANAAC soldiers practiced firing their weapons throughout the 205th Corps Firing Range here Jan....
  • Saint Augustine, FL October 10th and 11th, Appleseed Shoot: Liberty, Heritage, Marksmanship

    08/30/2009 9:13:51 PM PDT · by caseyblane · 13 replies · 1,007+ views
    I would like to invite everyone to St. Augustine October 10th and 11th. Below is some information about the program. Link to flyer: http://appleseedinfo.org/smf/index.php?topic=8440.0 and more info at http://www.appleseedinfo.org I hope you can make it, and bring a non-shooting friend, Casey What is Project Appleseed? Appleseed is a program that instructs Americans on the traditional rifle marksmanship skills that have been passed down from generation to generation, along with reconnecting today's Americans with the people and events of the Founding era. Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that are required to allow a Rifleman to be accurate out to...
  • Shooters, a question for you (vanity)

    06/12/2009 8:49:45 PM PDT · by Corinthian Warrior · 20 replies · 1,025+ views
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    Calling all shooters out there. I am right handed, and formerly an expert shot. I was in the Marine Corps, and prior to that I was a competitive shooter with 22. caliber rifles. However, a strange thing happened to me. I was right-eye dominate - now I am left eye dominate. I think this happened when I came down with Bells Palsy -that is paralysis of the 7th crainial nerve. For about 8 weeks I could not blink my right eyelid. After that, my vision went from 20/20 to something much worse. Soon I began to have headaches and my...
  • ISF, CF Hit Bull’s-eye in Friendly Marksmanship Competition

    04/28/2009 6:10:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 461+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE BERNSTEIN, TUZ — Everyone was shooting, but no one was hurt when the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police, the Sons of Iraq and Coalition forces fired AK-47s, M4 carbines, and Glock 9mm pistols together in a friendly shooting tournament here, April 19. The event, hosted by Company A, Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, helped the four groups strengthen relationships. “This is a lot of fun,” said Pfc. Devin Nehring, a Co. A. “Shooting the AK-47 was really exciting, and they (the IA) have one guy out there who’s cash money – he’s...
  • Pellet guns to fall silent across school district

    04/08/2009 7:31:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 1,382+ views
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | February 28, 2009 (yeah, yeah, it's old) | Jennifer Vigil
    SAN DIEGO — Hope is the political message of the moment, courtesy of President Barack Obama. Tell that to Lincoln High School students Jennifer Astudillo, Sakeenah Shabazz and Alex Velarde, a trio of increasingly polished political activists. Sakeenah, 16, said hope isn't part of her political equation. “Always go in prepared for the worst, not with your hopes up,” she said. What they've displayed instead is persistence, as they've led a group of high school students in persuading the San Diego Unified School District board to shelve campus air-rifle marksmanship programs. The board confirmed the decision Tuesday, although members eased...
  • So you bought a new rifle, now what are you going to do?

    01/24/2009 6:10:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 162 replies · 4,106+ views
    Sleepless in Midland ^ | January 24, 2009
    Gun sellers have been buzzing with activity lately as people have been stocking up in anticipation of what our new president might try to do to their right to own guns. One wag even named Obama Gun salesman of the year. (Dang, I wish I had thought of that.) Mr. Obama generated a great deal of anxiety as he tried to convince gun owners to believe what he said not what he did. Anyway, there were a lot of new guns under the Christmas tree last year. And if you got a new rifle, or even if you've had one...
  • Target practice bullet hits Coopersville man inside his home

    05/21/2008 10:00:12 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 50 replies · 728+ views
    Grand Rapids Press ^ | 5-21-08 | John Agar
    In his living room, Jonathan Schiefla felt the bullet hit his leg. The family cat, on the window sill, flew with the broken glass. Schiefla told his wife to hit the floor. In the distance, gunshots -- target practice south of their Coopersville home -- kept going off. He called 911, while wife Danyle kept pressure on his wound until rescuers arrived. "It's something you don't expect to happen, being on your living-room floor watching television," he said Wednesday. "I'm just glad our little boy wasn't around." Ottawa County sheriff's deputies identified four people -- two men, two women, ages...
  • Iraqi Army’s Presidential Brigade Receives M-16s, Marksmanship Training

    02/08/2008 3:26:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 199+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq
    BESMAYA — The Iraqi Army’s Presidential Brigade turned over their older AK-47 model rifles for newer and more accurate M-16s at Besmaya Range Complex here, Feb. 5. The weapons were issued using the biometrics system, which ties each Soldier’s photograph, fingerprint, voice, retinal scan and name to the weapon they receive for accountability. After receiving the weapons, the Soldiers received training from Besmaya’s staff. The training is broken up into three days. The first day, the Soldiers are taught basic marksmanship instruction, which includes disassembly and assembly, care and maintenance, body position, and trigger squeeze. The second and third days...
  • US state weighing gun lessons for schoolchildren

    02/01/2008 7:08:30 AM PST · by XR7 · 26 replies · 107+ views
    BreitBart ^ | 2/01/2008
    West Virginia is considering a bill to teach schoolchildren how to handle a gun and hunt safely its proponent hopes will increase state revenues from hunting licenses, a state lawmaker said Thursday. "We will teach a hunting safety course during their physical education class," state senator and bill sponsor Billy Wayne Bailey told AFP. The courses would be imparted in secondary schools, from the eighth to 10th grade (13-16 years of age)...
  • 1ID Soldiers get last shot at German marksmanship medal

    02/08/2006 4:19:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 1,041+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Feb 6, 2006 | Spc Joe Alger
    BRUCK, Germany (Army News Service, Feb. 6, 2006) -- Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division and the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion braved cold, icy conditions to earn the Schutzenschnur German marksmanship in Bruck, Germany Feb. 1. Since the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of 1st ID is scheduled to move to Fort Riley, Kansas, in the near future, this may be the last opportunity for many of the Soldiers to earn the award, said Staff Sgt. Larry Gormley, 1st ID noncommissioned officer in charge of civil military operations The Schutzenschnur medal is awarded for qualifying on two German weapons -- usually...
  • VANITY: Collegiate Marksmanship Program

    01/23/2006 12:45:53 PM PST · by RKV · 16 replies · 452+ views
    RKV ^ | 23 January 2006 | RVK
    Courtesy of the NRA, the Winchester Canyon Gun Club has a grant for our collegiate shooting program. I would like your suggestions as to how best to spend the $1500 with they have been kind enough to share with us. Over the last two years I have hosted 5 events at our club, including rifle, pistol and shotgun marksmanship familiarization and training. Now it is time to buy hardware. My first thought is to teach pistol marksmanship. One, the kids like shooting pistols. Two, I enjoy teaching pistol marksmanship and we have a few members who teach it even better...
  • Gardner, Nev., native educates ISF in basic marksmanship, provides DTC with communications

    12/21/2005 3:32:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 387+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 21, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Timothy S. Edwards
    CAMP HABBANIYAH, Iraq (Dec. 21, 2005) -- Marines deployed on a combat tour to Iraq find many different ways to relax and spend their free time. They play video games, watch movies, read books and even take online college courses. One Marine, though, uses his free time to make a direct impact oh the mission to turn Iraq over to a stable government capable of protecting its citizens. Cpl. Russell R. Hall, a wire man assigned to a six-man communications detachment with the 2nd Marine Division Training Center here, spends his free time ‘instructing the instructors’ as members of the...
  • Sky Soldiers Teach Marksmanship Skills

    11/22/2005 5:33:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 551+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 22, 2005 | Staff Sgt. Jacob Caldwell
    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas Gaytangarner, Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), shows a group of Afghan National Army soldiers a paper target that was fired at with an AK-47 set on automatic Nov. 18, 2005 at Kandahar Airfield. Only one round made it to the paper, none were on the target. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Caldwell Sky Soldiers Teach Marksmanship Skills U.S. Army soldiers, along with Romanian and other coalition soldiers took the lead in teaching Afghan soldiers basic rifle marksmanship. By Staff Sgt. Jacob Caldwell TF Bayonet Public Affairs KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, Nov....
  • A rite of passage unlike any other

    10/10/2005 7:14:41 AM PDT · by Sailor6468 · 2 replies · 985+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 10, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Recruit Daniel Murphy, who in college was a 325-pound offensive lineman protecting quarterbacks and opening holes for running backs, lost 100 pounds to join the U.S. Marines, the military's swift-moving, expeditionary shock troops.
  • Task Force Liberty News Briefs September 1

    09/01/2005 6:56:35 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 478+ views
    DVID Hub ^ | 09.01.2005 at 03:10pm | dmccormick
    Coalition Forces handing out toys BAQUBAH, Iraq – Soldiers from Task Force 1-10 handed out donated toys and stuffed animals August 31 to the children that live around the mayor’s office here. The soldiers and the children enjoyed the interaction with one another and the children left with smiles on their faces. Iraqi police basic marksmanship training FORWARD OPERATING BASE Normandy, Iraq – A group of 20 Iraqi police officers gathered to further hone their skills during an intense marksmanship class August 31. Coalition Forces stood by as seven Iraqi instructors trained the police with intense one on one personalized...
  • Hitting the right mark -Youngsters also learning correct way to handle guns

    03/10/2004 4:27:20 PM PST · by TERMINATTOR · 3 replies · 258+ views
    The Marion Star ^ | March 8, 2004 | DENNY MCPHERSON
    <p>Local youths (from left) Robby Ault, Nick Mayne and Jason Stults prepare to fire away during a Youth Marksmanship Program class held at the Marion County Fish and Game Association clubhouse. Looking on are class instructors Rod Cooper (background, left) and Don Roberts (background, right).</p>
  • USAMU shooters return from training Soldiers in Iraq

    03/06/2004 5:48:39 PM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 4 replies · 279+ views
    Army News Service ^ | March 4, 2004 | Paula Randall Pagan
      USAMU shooters return from training Soldiers in IraqBy Paula Randall Pagan Staff Sgt. Aaron L. Hampton checks out the firing position of a 1st Armored Division Soldier in Iraq. Hampton was one of five U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Soldiers who recently returned from a month of "Train the Trainer" instruction to 1st AD Soldiers between January and February. FORT BENNING, Ga. (Army News Service, March 3, 2004) -- Deployed 1st Armored Division Soldiers just got some marksmanship help from expert sharpshooters. Five U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooters provided an introduction to close quarters battle marksmanship course at six...
  • Brilliance in sports shadows

    05/06/2003 10:51:31 PM PDT · by FreeRadical · 3 replies · 295+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | April 29, 2003 | Andy Lynch
    Steady. Breathe out. Relax. Pull. Ping. Riflery is not a visually compelling sport. That's clear by the number of seats available to spectators at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center rifle range. And many times even those 12 chairs aren't filled. It's also a tough sport to capture on film. Pulling the trigger is such a smooth and slow motion you barely notice it even when you're zoomed in pretty tight. Also, the shooters lie, stand or kneel in basically one position for extended periods of time. And you obviously can't stand in front of the shooters to catch...
  • The best, and they know it (NCAA Riflery)

    05/05/2003 4:55:25 PM PDT · by FreeRadical · 28 replies · 374+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | May 5, 2003 | Mary Pemperton
    <p>Fairbanks, Alaska -- Matt Emmons slowly lifted a bullet from the box and inserted it into the chamber of his .22-caliber rifle.</p> <p>He let out a deep sigh, and his torso settled into his hip joints, visibly shrinking him. His eyelids sank over dark blue eyes as if he was about to fall asleep. His eyes widened, he peered at the target 50 feet away, blinked fast three times, and squeezed the trigger.</p>
  • Air marshals' skills doubted

    05/24/2002 10:16:44 AM PDT · by white trash redneck · 55 replies · 415+ views
    USA Today ^ | 24 may 02 | Blake Morrison
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The government has cut training for federal air marshal applicants and put new hires on flights without requiring the advanced marksmanship skills the program used to demand, USA TODAY has learned.</p> <p>During a Senate hearing Tuesday, Transportation Security Administration head John Magaw cited the expertise of marshals in explaining his opposition to allowing pilots to carry guns. ''The use of firearms aboard a U.S. aircraft must be limited to those thoroughly trained members of law enforcement,'' he said.</p>