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Guests at the AMU are greeted by the
“Hall of Champions” photo collage of
past and present shooting legends.

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ince its establishment in 1956, the
AMU’s mission has
expanded from
preparing Army
marksmen to compete with
the Soviets’ well-organized
shooting program; to enhancing Army recruiting; to today’s
worldwide marksmanship training program. For example, the
AMU has maintained a constant
presence in Afghanistan for the
past five years by deploying
training teams in support of the
Afghan National Army NATO
training mission.
If you’ve attended an NRA
National Championship, CMP
Trophy or Interservice match,
you’ve likely seen the AMU’s
presence on the range. Either
supporting the Army team or
helping a civilian competitor in
need of an experienced armorer,
the black and gold AMU support
trailer has become a fixture at
national matches.
While attending the 2013 ISSF
World Rifle and Pistol Championships, hosted at Fort Benning

in May, I had the opportunity
to tour the AMU facilities and
meet some of the folks who
support the team—or teams,
to be precise. There are seven
teams in all, including Service
Rifle, Action Shooting, International Rifle, Cross-Functional
Team Pistol, Shotgun and the
Paralympic team as well as
the Instructor Training Group.
Because of looming sequestration cuts, there has been some
discussion of cutting back on
the coaching staff. Hopefully
that won’t come to pass but,
as of this writing, there is
a coach in charge of each
shooting discipline.
One of the 18 buildings
that support the AMU is the
ammunition warehouse (below)
managed by James Reiber.
As you would suspect, Reiber
conducts monthly inventories
to ensure that the AMU never
runs short on powder or bullets.
Depending on the requirement,
some high-volume sports such
as trap, skeet and action pistol
are supported by contracts with

The AMU ammunition warehouse likely has one
of everything, and never throws anything away.

MU

ever alone on the firing
who make up the AMU.

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