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FEATURE // USAMU

SFC Dustin Brede (l.) keeps track of “his” guns that he loans to shooters like SGT Amanda Elsenboss,
service rifle shooter and instructor. Here Brede checks in her rifle using a barcode scanner. AMU
firearms are tagged and caged for inventory and protection. Instead of “May I check out a gun?”,
the conversation overheard here was “Which of your guns will you be shooting today?”

one on the previous page, then
larger quantities are manufactured in the test facility’s reloading area, all the while recording
data in meticulous detail so that
individual variables can be manipulated as needed. An example of one of the AMU’s recent
findings is that their service rifles
perform better from the 600-yard
line with a 77-grain bullet, rather
than the often-praised 80-grain
missile. Less time in flight appears
to be the key ingredient in this
cause-and-effect analysis.
A number of hand and progressive machine loaders are
available to Lawton, Writer and
Feamster who have more than
65 years of combined experience
to draw from. While I could have
spent a week listening to them
talk about seating depth, bullet
jump in the chamber, bore cleaning and the effects of temperature on a load, I was still covering the ISSF matches and had to
press on.
For the last stop on the
tour, we returned to the AMU
Headquarters that also houses
the armory and gunsmithing
operations. Many of the AMU
competitors’ guns are highly
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modified, commercial models
that have been purpose-built
for a given course of fire, bullet weight or barrel twist rate.
A service rifle competitor, for
example, may have as many
as eight firearms built to their
specifications including front
sight post width, trigger profile,
buffer spring treatment or other
modifications not shared with
lowly journalists.
The AMU makes or customizes its own small arms and
much of its own ammunition
in the Custom Firearms Shop.
The Custom Shop, made up of
gunsmiths, machinists, range
technicians and the ammunition
loaders mentioned above are the
backbone of the unit and were
the first section formed when
the unit was established. Early
planning for the AMU determined that better firearms and
ammunition were the first steps
required to becoming worldclass marksmen. The shop’s
research and development
efforts have led not only to
enhanced accuracy and reliability of Army competitive weapon
systems and ammunition, but
have improved the combat

effectiveness of the entire Army.
It is here that the M-21 and M-24
Sniper Systems, Special Purpose
Rifles and Squad Designated
Marksman Rifles were developed and tested.
But there’s no point of all
this science and engineering
if weapons accountability is
poor or if they are damaged
while in storage. This is where
the armory provides a key
role for the entire AMU staff.
In the photo above, SFC Dustin
Brede keeps track of “his”
guns that he loans to shooters
like SGT Amanda Elsenboss,
service rifle shooter and
instructor. Here, Brede is
checking in her rifle using a
barcode scanner for instant,
up-to-date inventory.
Special thanks are due to the
AMU Public Affairs Officer,
Michael Molinaro, who conducted the tour and introduced
me to some of our Nation’s finest
soldiers and civilians. All of these
efforts and extraordinary talent
combine to form the AMU
“Home of Champions.” For more
information about the AMU, see:
http://www.goarmy.com/events/
army-marksmanship-unit.html.


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