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International Rifle Team


The International Rifle Section (IR) of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) has two main missions.

First is to compete and win in national and international rifle competitions.

The second is to assist the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

The International Rifle Section enjoys a rich history of success in all national and international competitions, up to and including the Olympic Games. Soldiers from IR have amassed 13 Olympic medals since the AMU inception in 1956. There have also been countless medals won in Pan American Games, World Championships, and the World Cups. During these international competitions 84 world records have been set in both team and individual events by section members. There are four past Olympians, five World Record Holders and three World Champions currently assigned to this section. Regularly members of International Rifle represent the USAMU, the United States Army, and the United States of America in international competition.

Shooting in International Rifle is based on a four year cycle of competition. Each year has one main competition. These are, in order, the Championships of Americas, World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games. In addition to these major championships, the section is responsible for competing in the National Championships, World Cups, and the world military shooting championships (CISM). There are five different kinds of rifles used in International Rifle competion. The first is air-rifle which is shot in the standing position at 10 meters and fires a .177 caliber lead pellet. Also used are the smallbore free-rifle and ladies sport rifle. These are .22 caliber rifles fired at 50 meters. Men's events include a three-position match and a prone only match. Ladies also shoot a three-position match and prone only match. The air-rifle and smallbore rifles are used in all of the competitions listed above except for the CISM matches. The last kinds of rifles are those used in 300 meter competition. A big bore free-rifle, similar to the smallbore free-rifle above is used in 300 meter three-position and prone matches shot at the World Championships and Pan American Games. There is also a 300 meter standard rifle that has similar dimensions to an air-rifle, but has minimum trigger weight. This standard rifle is used in the World Championship, Pan American, and CISM competitions. All 300 meter rifles can use a maximum of 8mm cartridge.

A typical day in the life of an IR shooter revolves around marksmanship training. A normal training day includes range time (5 hours or more), physical training, and equipment/range maintenance. Additional missions may include marksmanship clinics, research and development, and United States Army Recruiting Command support. IR clinics are given to both military and civilian shooters.

All International Rifle section members are recruited by the Coach from the best competitive marksmen in the country. Prospective candidates must demonstrate highly developed shooting skills and potential to win in international style rifle competition. Many past recruits have been NCAA Champions and All-Americans, Junior National Champions, and Open National Champions before ever joining the Army. Candidates must be qualified to join and serve in the military. In addition to Basic Training and MOS training, soldiers assigned to the AMU must also complete normal military education and training requirements for promotion and retention.



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