1,000 rds A Day, For 5 Days, Every Week. Army Marksmanship Unit

At the 2016 FN 3Gun Championships, I heard someone mention that Daniel Horner shoots 1,000 rds a day. That number did not really seem like much to me at first.  When I shared this with my friend Adam of Aridus Industries, he put it into perspective.

Think of your traditional training course. You usually shoot anywhere from 500 to maybe 1,000 rds over the course of a weekend. Often with higher round counts they are spread across three days. Now cram that into a single day. Now I have no idea what type of practice the AMU is doing. Is it purely mechanical standing and shooting? Are they incorporating any other skill sets in these 1,000 round repetitions?

My friend and fellow RO Mike W. told me of a similar story. He was in Rio, during the 2016 Olympics and spoke with one of the Trap Shooters. That Olympian shoots for AMU and he confirmed his regimen is 1k rds a day. I asked Mike for documentation of this claim and here it is.

I found this in the Sept/Oct Front Sight about PFC Katie Harris: How often do you practice? “Monday through Friday, 0900 to 1630. We will shoot 1000 rounds per day, and our training intensifies two weeks before a match to prepare us for them.” 5000 rounds a week, 20,000 rounds a month.
You can read that same back issue of Front Sight here.
Getting paid to shoot sounds like fun. But often we do not think about the work that goes behind it. Shooting 1,000rds every day sounds like work. That is 5,000 rds a week. 20,000 rds a month! I wonder if they have to load their own magazines. How long does shooting 1,000 rds a day take? I guess it depends on the type of practice. How do they have time to do anything else?

Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


  • 11b

    They’re in the Army, you can guarantee they’re loading their own mags.

    • Robert Moore

      They’re in the Army, you can guarantee the ‘boot’ is loading all the magazines.

    • The Irredeemable Raven


  • datimes

    I would enjoy learning to dislike it

    • Ray

      Wouldn’t take very long.

  • Jim N Jenna SK

    At .223 wolf gold prices, that’s 6k a month. I wish I could afford that!

    • Anonymoose

      Add in the cost of new barrels every month or so, also.

    • CS

      I heard some time ago, the Army pays around 2cents a round for their 556

      • Ron

        40-70 cents per round depending on the particular DODIC

  • Ray

    That’s definitely work at that point.

  • C. Her

    No wonder why I keep falling behind in 3Gun comp. I can’t even afford to shoot 1000 rounds a month.

    • SerArthurDayne

      Recently I was reading an argument online, oh I forget, maybe it was about cast vs. forged 1911 frames (I recently bought a RIA, and it has a cast frame. ) And someone was making a comment like, Well after 5-10K rounds, you’ll notice the difference in a cast frame and wish you had a forged one! And someone pointed out, most people could not afford to shoot 5K rounds through the life of any of their guns, let alone 10K, let alone on multiple guns… LOL. So I realized, I”m probably all good.

      • Sunshine_Shooter

        If a person cannot afford to fire 5,000 rounds through one of their guns, then they need to sell some guns and buy more ammo. I’m not saying I’ve put 5k rounds through all my guns (not by a long shot) but I’m working towards that goal. The one who commented that you’ll notice after 5-10 thousand rounds is on the right track.

        • SerArthurDayne

          Cool story bro.

  • Sasquatch

    Must be nice…..

  • MIke H

    What stock is that?

    • Twilight sparkle

      Probably KFS tac mod

  • Ken

    From speaking with professional shooters who have done this and people who know them, they basically get sick of shooting. Once they no longer have to do it, they won’t choose to do it. They’ll do some other discipline of shooting for fun.

    • Bill

      Like my gig as the training administrator – I had free run of all ranges and all the ammo I could carry, but 70 hours a week instructing and managing all of it left me pretty fried.

      It’s all fun and games until you HAVE to do it.

      • Stranger Danger

        Easiest way to make anything not fun is to do it for a living.

        • Paul White

          can certainly confirm. Part of why I didn’t pursue zookeeping after a brief internship.

        • iksnilol

          Same reason I’ve not become a taxi driver… or a legal racer.

  • Bub

    So a barrel every 2-3 months.

    • Twilight sparkle

      Probably closer to once a month

  • Harry’s Holsters

    When you think about a training course a lot of it is instruction and theory.

    I can burn 50 rounds in less than 5 minutes with pre loaded magazines doing low round count drills with self criticizing. Turn that into high round count drills and breaks and you’re looking at ending the range session in less than 3 hours.

    No waiting for other shooters to finish their drills, instructors to fix problems for everyone else on the line etc…

  • James

    Back in the ’90’s’, my 4-way skydiving team competed in relative work against the army’s Golden Knights parachute team in Virginia Parachute Council competitions

    Those bastards only job was to make eight skydives a day with free aircraft lifts and equipment. Grueling work at least. Hated them them for that but they were all cool young guys and a bunch of fun. We still beat them on occasion.

  • lol

    I understand that these people doing their job must be like working to them, but has the author never shot 2 500 round boxes of 22lr back in the day? Seems like 1 box was never enough..

  • Candice Horner

    Incorrect info. Good job repeating hearsay and taking things out of context.
    If you actually wanted to know how they (or Daniel) practice, you could have asked. There is a huge difference between the insight you’ll gain from and E7 versus an E3.