The Army’s New Shooter Education Videos – “The Shooter’s Corner”

Breaking from a long tradition of providing the most mundane and barely readable Training Manuals, the US Army is getting with the modern times with the release of their new “Shooter’s Corner” videos from the Army Marksmanship Unit.

Production value is actually pretty good, especially for a basic training video though I do miss the old black and white 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s Army videos. (On a personal note, its amazing to see how little the fundamental weapon has changed in almost 50 years). The SSgt is a capable instructor, who obviously knows his stuff.

Released online by BenningTV (Fort Bennings’ public press YouTube channel), a total of 5 videos have been released so far:

  1. Weapons Safety & Manipulation
  2. Firing Positions
  3. Sight Alignment & Trigger Control
  4. Zeroing the Weapon
  5. Sights and Optics

Some interesting tidbits on changes to weapons training since I was in the Corps a decade ago:

  1. Hands are encouraged to be as far forward as possible
    1. We were taught to typically keep our hands near the magazine well.
  2. Slings are not being used to cinch down the shooter for shots, emphasizing typical combat conditions.
  3. Trigger control is now “smooth” versus to have the “surprise” of a shot breaking.

The videos are only about a 1/2 hour long, so you are warned to watch over a lunch break!


Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • CommonSense23

    So big army is still preaching that 25 meter zero. Interesting. Would think they would be following SOCOMs lead these days.

    • joe

      M16 seies sights are designed for a 25 meter zero.

      • CommonSense23

        Which is fine and all, but a 50 meter zero produces less deviation than a 25 meter zero.

        • Rock or Something

          Personally, I never liked the 25 meter zero, and I do zero my personal rifles at 50+ meters. But Big Army has to respond to the lowest common denominator shooter. 25 meter also means less time and distant for the firing line to get up, walk down, check and walk back.

  • iksnilol

    Hands forward? Uncomfortable and not really precise IMO, tho it does give better control so might be good for sub 100 meters.

    • MR

      Clearly not an operator. 😉

    • Major Tom

      It’s how you shoot uber long range with a more traditional rifle without the use of a bipod or propping it up on something like a rock.

      With semi automatic, bolt action and pump action firing the forward hand guides the aim, reducing the sway of the shooter and keeping it steady on target. It does not control the impulse of the recoil the same way as you would a magwell grip or a foregrip.

      • iksnilol

        I’d argue that’s exactly the way you don’t shoot long range. Since you are less stable with your arm stretched out. I mean, look at target shooters (those guys using diopters and slings). They (including me) use the magwell grip.

        It’s simple body mechanics, really.

        • Major Tom

          The arm extended reduces the sway of the gun, that’s what you need for long range shooting. A sway of even less than an inch from your perspective can turn what would have been a perfect bullseye at 500 meters into a round hitting the dirt.

          The recoil doesn’t affect the accuracy of the bullet as by the time you feel the recoil, the bullet has long since left the barrel. At long range, recoil is irrelevant since you need to pace your shots anyways so you need to counteract the sway that would throw your shots off.

          When you use a more traditional rifle like say a Mosin-Nagant or Remington 700 series holding the weapon really close like a magwell grip causes a lot of sway. In the case of the Mosin-Nagant, the weapon is actually very front-heavy when you do that so you actually lose stability and lose control over sway, but extend the hand as far as it can go forward and it becomes that much more manageable.

          But if you insist on magwell grips and that’s what works for you, then by all means don’t let me stop you.

          • iksnilol

            But I feel more sway when the arm is forward, and I fatigue faster. Body mechanics and all, the arm is more stable when it is closer to the body.

            Like I said, look at the target shooters.

  • smartacus

    reminds me of the episode when Squidward was teaching Spongebob the rules of art

  • Southpaw89

    They should bring back Private Snafu.

  • Pat Boyle

    When I was in the Army I was a medic. We saw a lot of training videos but most of them were about VD. I was stationed in Texas and before they would release us to go across the border on a pass we were shown all these movies about dick-rot.