The U. S. Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU) wins national and international shooting competitions and advances small arms lethality to demonstrate Army marksmanship capability and enhance marksmanship effectiveness in combat.

Two Army marksmen earn 2016 U.S. Olympic Team seats


Public invited to the 2015 Fort Benning Multi-gun Challenge
Aug. 26, 2015

FORT BENNING, Ga.—The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit’s Action Shooting Team will conduct the 2015 Fort Benning Multi-gun Challenge Dec. 3-6 at Krilling Range.

Active duty Soldiers, women and juniors have priority, but the Multi-gun Challenge is open to the public.

This event is an opportunity for aspiring multi-gun shooters and the public to test their abilities firing rifles, pistols and shotguns at stationary targets ranging from 3 to 400 meters, and moving and flying targets. Shooters will also have a chance to fire select military weapons throughout various courses of fire.

The match will begin at 7:30 a.m. each day, and an awards ceremony at Krilling Range will begin at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Registration opens at Krilling Range Dec. 3 at 4 p.m., late registration opens Dec. 4 at 6:30 a.m.

For more information about the multi-gun event, the public can contact the Action Shooting Team at 706-545-8408 or 706-545-9716.

Media, please call the USAMU Public Affairs Office at 706-545-5436 to arrange for a PAO coordination/escort of coverage of this year’s competition.


Brothers serving together in Army will compete in 56th Annual Interservice Pistol Championship Matches
June 5, 2015

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Service members from the Army, Army Reserve, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard, including two brothers assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, will compete to decide the military’s best pistol shooters June 8-12 at Fort Benning.

Hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, the 56th Annual Interservice Pistol Championship takes place on Phillips Range where the military’s best pistol shooters will be crowned.

The USAMU Service Pistol Team has won the overall team championship 14 times since 2001 and has the current record high score of 4673-217, which was achieved in 2012.

Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Franks and his brother, Spc. Ryan Franks are both members of the Service Pistol Team.

Sgt. 1st Class Franks, with six years at USAMU, most recently won the gold in the metallic division of the 2015 USA Midway Bianchi Cup May 23 with a total score of 1902-140X.

This was the first time the Service Pistol Team has participated in the Bianchi Cup.

“I met and exceeded my goal of being in the top ten in my first year in the competition,” Patrick said.

Two other Service Pistol Team members were also successful during the Bianchi Cup. Staff Sgt. Lawrence Cleveland placed 6th in metallic with a score of 1859-124, and Sgt. 1st Class Adam Sokolowski placed 4th in the production division with a score of 1862-110.

Spc. Franks, who joined USAMU in January, most recently fired his personal best score of 2595-97 on May 22, 2015, at the Match Masters Regional in Columbia, Tenn.

Two other USAMU Service Pistol Team members won gold and bronze in that regional match— Sgt. 1st Class Michael Gasser won 1st place, while Sgt. 1st Class Sean Watson won third.

With their reputations on the line in this upcoming Interservice Pistol Championship, Sgt. 1st Class Franks, Gasser and Cleveland are honing their skills this weekend at the Civilian Marksmanship Program facility in Talladega, Ala. Gasser is close to being the first Soldier on his team distinguished with a .22 caliber pistol. To be distinguished, each open class competitor will compile 900 point and 2700-point aggregates, according to the National Rifle Association rules for conventional pistol.

Marksmen will compete in individual and team matches with multiple pistols, including .22- and .45-caliber, 9mm and service pistols. They will also shoot service pistols in an excellence-in-competition match to conclude the week.

Besides crowning the best military pistol shooters, the Interservice Pistol Championship is also an opportunity for service members to share techniques, develop new ideas and enhance the overall combat readiness of the joint force.

Updates and photos from the competition can be found daily on the USAMU Facebook page.

Please call the USAMU Public Affairs Office at 706-545-6705 or send an email to to arrange for a PAO coordination/escort of coverage of this year's competition.


USAMU contenders compete for Olympic spots during 2015 World Cup at Fort Benning
May 4, 2015

FORT BENNING, Ga. — U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) Soldiers will participate in the largest World Cup event hosted in the United States May 13-18, 2015, at Fort Benning, Georgia.

More than 600 competitors, including USAMU Olympians Sgt. 1st Class Michael McPhail (prone rifle) and Sgt. 1st Class Eric Uptagrafft (prone rifle), will compete for their nation during the International Shooting Sport Federation Shooting World Cup Rifle and Pistol Championship. USAMU’s Sgt. 1st Class James Henderson (free pistol); and Staff Sgts. George Norton (three-position and air rifle) and Brad Balsley (rapid fire pistol) will join McPhail and Uptagrafft.

This World Cup, hosted by USA Shooting and facilitated by USAMU, is one of the stops on the Road to Rio and the 2016 Olympics for these athletes.

Fort Benning is the only place in the United States equipped to host a competition of this magnitude. The event is expected to generate $2.2 million to the city of Columbus, Georgia, and surrounding communities.

Please call the USAMU Public Affairs Office at 706-545-5436 to arrange for a PAO coordination/escort of coverage of this year's competition.


USAMU hosting 2015 U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle National Championship
April 17, 2015

FORT BENNING, Ga. — The top precision and sporter individuals and teams were invited to compete in the 2015 U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle National Championship April 19-20 hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. About 100 junior shooters will vie for national medals and awards at the Pool Indoor range at Fort Benning this weekend.

Each of the teams and individuals shot in a state championship match between October 2014 and January 2015, and each was one of the top ten teams or individuals in the country. Almost all fifty states participated in either a state precision match or sporter match. The highest scoring individuals and teams in each state, who were available, were invited. Some teams are competing in other events that preclude their participation in this championship.

The 10 sporter teams are : Lebanon JROTC 1 (Lebanon, Oregon); Zion Benton IL, Team Gold (Zion, Illinois); St. Thomas Academy #1 (Mendota Heights, Minnesota); Zion Benton IL Team Maroon (Zion, Illinois); R-S Central High School 1 (Rutherfordton, North Carolina); Middletown 1 (Binghamton, New York); Blazer Rangers 1 (Columbia, South Carolina); North Brunswick (Leland, North Carolina); McMichael High School-1 (Rutherfordton, North Carolina); and Nation Ford High School-1 (Rutherfordton, North Carolina).

The nine precision teams are: Queen Anne Gold (Centreville, Maryland); Mass Rifle (Woburn, Mass); Robinson High School Gold (Fairfax, Virginia); Spokane Junior Gold (Walla Walla, Washington); The X Count 1 (Fort Wayne, Indiana); Fort Benning Junior Rifle Club (Fort Benning, Georgia); SUHS Gold (Sutter, California); Sarasota Military Academy (Sarasota, Florida); and GCS Precision (Griffin, Georgia).

The 10 sporter individual competitors are: Shane Trawick (Pueblo, Colorado); Jaquiline Martiez (Pueblo, Colorado); Rachel Sanchez (Annapolis, Maryland); Ashley Stacy (Monroe, Georgia); Isaac Velez (Pueblo, Colorado); Riley Holland (Leland, North Carolina); Joseph Guider (Columbia, South Carolina); Zachary Tan (Columbia, South Carolina); Joseph Johnson (Leland, North Carolina); and Caleb Moxley (Dallastown, Pennsylvania).

The 10 precision individual competitors are: Will Anti (Colorado Springs, Colorado); Will Shaner (Colorado Springs, Colorado); Alexandria Wright (Newnan, Georgia); Glen Lauzon (Newnan, Georgia); Trace Haynes (Griffin, Georgia); Wynn Lekhavanija (Dallastown, Pennsylvania); Laurel Kuhne (Dallastown, Pennsylvania); Ian Coyne (Dallastown, Pennsylvania); Andre Gross (Binghamton, New York); Nicholas Reynolds (Dallastown, Pennsylvania).

The top ten scores were selected based only on the score posted onto the Orion scoring system for the states championships. The national championship will be shot on the Suis Ascor electronic scoring system at the US Army Marksmanship Unit's Pool Indoor range.

The highest scoring individuals and teams in each state will be the U.S. Army Junior Air Rifle State Champions. Awards will be provided by ASAMU and the Georgia Youth Sport Shooting Foundation and include: State Individual Championship; State Team Championships; National Individual Championship; and National Individual Championship. Awards will be presented at the Iron Works Convention center April 20 in the Sycamore room. Anyone who wishes to attend the awards ceremony should arrive by 7:45 p.m.

Please call Brenda Rolin at the USAMU Public Affairs Office at (706) 545-5436 or (270) 872-8040 to arrange for a PAO coordination/escort of coverage of this event.


USAMU hosting 120 future military officers; training, competition to enhance combat marksmanship
April 15, 2015

FORT BENNING, Ga. — Some of our nation’s next military leaders will converge at Fort Benning when the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit hosts the 2015 U.S. Army Military College Shooting Championship April 17-18, 2015.

Cadets and midshipmen from the United States Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Air force Academy, Virginia Military Institute and Texas A&M will train and compete with service rifles and pistols at Krilling Range during the two-day event.

Event testing will challenge the abilities of the participants to shoot safely when experiencing stress and duress. Each academy or military college is allowed 20 shooters who will participate in training, but only one team of five shooters will participate in the competition.

Please call Brenda Rolin at the USAMU Public Affairs Office at (706) 545-5436 or (270) 872-8040 to arrange for a PAO coordination/escort of coverage of this event.


April 15, 2015

FORT BENNING, Ga. — About 200 civilian and Army Olympic hopefuls are competing to earn spots on the U.S. National Team to represent the nation at the final international shooting events during the 2015 Shotgun Spring Selection Match April 9-17, 2015 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Among the competitors are the world-class Soldiers of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit with 2012 Olympians Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Holguin, Sgt 1st Class Josh Richmond and Staff Sgt. Glenn Eller.

Results from this match and the results from the 2014 Shotgun Fall Selection Match will be combined to determine team selections for the final International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup of the year in Gabala, Azerbaijan, and the World Championship for Shotgun in Lonato, Italy. Eligibility for the Pan American Games this summer in Toronto, Canada, will also be determined. In addition to earning the maximum number of quota slots for the United States, individually, shooters can also earn valuable Olympic points through their World Cup finishes toward nomination to the 2016 Olympic Team.

Both Holguin and Richmond have earned quota slots for the United States in Men’s Double Trap. Even though they won the slots, they are not automatically named to the team and must continue to compete to earn their spots on the U.S. National Team.

The event will take place on USAMU’s Hook Range. Most days will begin at 9 a.m. View the schedule at

Please call the USAMU Public Affairs Office at 706-545-5436 or 270-872-8040 for more information or visit USA Shooting.


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