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:
- Weapons Safety & Manipulation
- Firing Positions
- Sight Alignment & Trigger Control
- Zeroing the Weapon
- Sights and Optics
Some interesting tidbits on changes to weapons training since I was in the Corps a decade ago:
- Hands are encouraged to be as far forward as possible
- We were taught to typically keep our hands near the magazine well.
- Slings are not being used to cinch down the shooter for shots, emphasizing typical combat conditions.
- 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!