A member of the U.S. Army’s elite Marksmanship Unit’s Service Rifle Team landed all 80 rounds in the 10-ring at a High-Power Rifle Course earlier this month.
The competitor, Sgt. Benjamin Cleland of Swanton, Ohio, pulled off the feat with a score of 800-34x. This means Cleland not only notched 80 back-to-back hits in the 10-ring but that 34 of those nailed the even smaller “X” ring at the target’s dead center. For reference, at 600 yards, the 10-ring measures 12 inches while the “X” is 6 inches.
According to the AMU, it is something that has never been recorded as on a service rifle in this type of match. Outstanding job, Sgt. Cleland!
More in my column at Guns.com.
When I was a kid, as a military brat, I inherited a very well-traveled OD M65 Field Jacket and wore it throughout junior high and high school. It finally came up missing at a party in college and I suspect that somewhere it remains, probably in the closet of a hipster, with mustache wax on the collar.
Later, in the state guard, I got one of my own woodland camo model– that my son now wears occasionally– before they were phased out altogether in 2009.
This Vietnam-era OG-107 classic, which has long since past its (official) wear-out date, is still in use at the Washington Naval Yard with the 8th & I Marines.
While in Florida last month I ran across a member of the Exército Brasileiro on vaca. Dating to 1822, the Brazilian Army is a very professional force with a rich heritage that includes fighting the Germans in Italy in WWII. I have a few Brazilian contract Mausers and an IMBEL-made FAL alongside a couple of commercial “Brasil”-marked handguns in the safe so myself and Romalo had lots to talk about.
Also, his shirt, from the mountain infantry, was the best.
“GULF OF THAILAND (June 7, 2019) The Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Pioneer (MCM 9) observes a controlled mine detonation while conducting a joint mine countermeasures exercise with the Royal Thai Navy during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand 2019.” :
With the premature scrapping/disposal of the 12 Osprey-class mine hunters (which only had a decade on their hulls when put out to pasture), the now 11-ship (out of 14 built) Avenger-class are all that is left of the dedicated U.S. counter-mine vessels. Of course, the Mine Counter-Measures Modules of the Littoral Combat Ships currently in commission are expected at any time. (Holds breath. Turns blue. Dies of circa 1908-designed mines in a littoral).
Some 20 years ago this month, the largest deployment of the German Bundeswehr since it was established in 1955 got underway. With United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 adopted on 10 June 1999, what became known as KFOR, some 50,000-strong, was soon stood up. Of these, 8,500 came from Germany and the force included both heavy and light armor as well as mountain (Gebirgsjäger) and parachute (Fallschirmjäger) units, the first time such detachments saw use in the Balkans since 1945.
In the past 20 years, 135,000 Germans have taken part in KFOR operations, and 70 are still deployed today.