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Rifle Qualification

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Many Marines have asked about the marksmanship qualification standards set by the Corps. These standards are built off of tables. Each table is a step up from the previous.

Table 1 focuses on the fundamentals of Marine Corps marksmanship; things like bone support, muscular tension relaxation, breathing control and, natural point of aim. All targets are at known distances.

Table 2 shooters learn and master how to select and engage areas of a human target along with how to engage moving targets. Stationary targets are engaged at 25 yards. Moving targets are engaged at 100 yards.

Table 3 includes shooting while moving as well as pivoting to engage and pivoting to move with follow on engagements.

Table 4 is open ended, expounding on the lessons taught throughout the individual tables. Different elements are incorporated such as, unknown distance engagements, shooting from roof tops on pitched obstacles and, engaging in low light and darkness scenarios.

Modified as of Mar 2012…

Table 2 shooters learn and master how to engage, select, areas of a human target. Engage stationary and moving targets.

Table 3 [unknown distance day] includes shooting while moving as well as pivoting to engage and pivoting to move with follow on engagements.

Table 4 [unknown distance night]

Table 5 [short range day]

Table 6 [short range night]

As per the recent MARADMIN

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posted on March 30, 2015 under Articles
Michael J. Penney
Michael J. Penney is a former infantryman and Marine Corps Combat Arms instructor. During his eight year career in the Marines, he served with distinction on the battlefields of Ramadi Iraq 2005-2006/ 2007 and Kajaki/Sangin Afghanistan (2011). Learn more about Michael at michaeljpenney.com

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