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The United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) was established 1 March 1956 at the direction of President Dwight D. Eisenhower to raise the standards of marksmanship throughout the U.S. Army. The three missions of the unit are to compete and win in Interservice, national, international and Olympic Competitions, promote the Army, and enhance combat readiness.

Since 1956, members of the USAMU have gained worldwide respect by winning hundreds of individual and team national titles, more than 40 World Championships, and 19 Olympic medals.

Additionally, the unit has the responsibility to promote the U.S. Army by heightening public trust and confidence in Army Marksmanship. These efforts are accomplished through active public information awareness programs, which assist the U.S. Army Recruiting Command's increasing requirement for top quality new recruits. The basis for these efforts focuses on the accomplishments and capabilities of USAMU shooters and technicians. USAMU soldiers also serve to enhance the public trust and confidence in the Army's lethality with small arms.

Likewise, the USAMU enhances combat readiness through the unit's provision of technical and advisory assistance in the development of military match-type small arms, equipment and ammunition. Upon request, USAMU will coordinate and conduct basic rifle and pistol marksmanship train-the-trainer clinics for small arms proponents, United States Army Infantry School, and other service marksmanship training units to translate marksmanship skills of competitive shooting into useful combat marksmanship training tools.

USAMU is composed of seven competitive shooting sections utilizing world class facilities for both training and competition. Facilities consist of 200 acres with 7 ranges and 18 buildings. Service Rifle, Service Pistol, International Rifle, International Pistol, Action Shooting, Shotgun and Running Target comprise the shooting sections and are renowned as the "best in the world". Of these teams, only International Rifle, International Pistol, Shotgun and Running Target are Olympic sports. Support is provided to these soldier-athletes through the Custom Firearms Shop and the support branches of supply, operations and administration.

The unit makes or customizes its own small arms and much of its own ammunition through the Custom Firearms Shop. The Custom Firearms Shop, made up of gunsmiths, machinists, range technicians and ammunition loaders, could be called the "backbone" of the unit. In fact, it was the first section formed when the unit was established. In order to compete successfully, it was determined better arms and ammunition were required. Here, our gunsmiths build top-quality competitive-grade rifles and pistols for our competitive teams...many from the ground up. The custom Firearm Shop's research and development efforts have led not only to enhanced accuracy and reliability of our competitive weapons systems and ammunition, but have intensified the combat effectiveness of the entire Army. It is here that the M-21 and M-24 Sniper Systems and Special Reaction Team Rifles were developed and tested.

The extraordinary combined efforts of the assigned soldiers and civilians of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit are why we have come to be known as .....................................

"The Home of Champions"

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