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.
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.
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?