All Army, The US Army’s 2019 Small Arms Competition

    All Army competition

    Image from dvidshub.net

    The United States Army held their annual seven-day Small Arms Championships, also known as “All Army”.  The event was held at Fort Benning, Georgia and included teams and individual shooters from all four components of the Army. The competition has 11 different courses of fire using primary and secondary weapons.  Dvids (Defense Visual Information Distribution Service) posted more images from the competition.  The primary weapons appear to include M16A4’s and M4A1’s.  The secondary weapons included both the Beretta M9 and the newly acquired Sig M17.

    All Army competition

    Staff Sgt. Ryan Casner firing from the kneeling position.

    Over 260 soldiers competed in the All Army Small Arms Championship.  Contestants came from active duty, National Guard, Reserves and ROTC.  Jeremy Merideth’s article for Army.mil quoted Sgt. 1st Class Shane Barnhart when he described one of the courses of fire:

    Soldiers will fire from 200, 300 and 500 yards,” Barnhart said. “At 200, they will shoot standing, slow fire, 10 shots. Then, they’ll shoot sitting, rapid fire for 10 shots. Then, they will be back at 300 and shoot prone, rapid fire 10 shots, and they will shoot slow fire from 500 yards for 20 shots.

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    Shooting at the 500-yard line.

    All Army competition

    Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Cheryl Miller firing her M17 pistol on a one-handed stage.

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    ROTC Cadet Thi Su scoring cards at the targets. He placed 3rd in the Top Cadets category.

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    Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner. 2019’s All Army overall champion.

    Dvids had the following to add about Sgt. Horner’s win:

    U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Horner with the Army Reserve Careers Division claimed the title as the 2019 All Army Champion at the U.S. Army Small Arms Championships at Fort Benning, Georgia March 10-16, 2019.

    Interesting fact, Horner, a Suffolk, Virginia native, served in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit for several years prior to moving over to the Army Reserve and holds a number of competitive shooting national titles, including 10 U.S. Practical Shooting Association Multigun Champion wins.

    You can see the list of the rest of the champions at Army.mil.  The Fort Benning YouTube channel posted a video from the 2016 All Army Championships which shows some of the action from that year’s competition.

    All photos were taken by Major Michelle Lunato.

    Have any of our faithful readers participated in the All Army Championships, or know of someone that has?

    Doug E

    Doug has been a firearms enthusiast since age 16 after getting to shoot with a friend. Since then he’s taken many others out to the range for their first time. He is a husband, father, grandfather, police officer, outdoorsman, artist and a student of history. Doug has been a TFB reader from the start and is happy to be a contributor of content. Doug can be reached at battleshipgrey61 AT gmail DOT com.


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