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Soldiers help claim Pan American Game medals and break 11-year Trap quota search
Brian Burrows and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Derek Haldeman represented Team USA in Men’s Trap at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Not only did these two athletes claim the Gold and Silver Medals, they claimed the last two possible Olympic quotas in Men’s Trap for Team USA, something that has not happened since 2008! Haldeman is a Sunbury, Ohio native who is a competitive marksman/instructor with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Georgia. (Courtesy photo)
Aug. 1, 2019 - If you could listen well enough, you might have heard the collective sigh of relief exhaled nationwide earlier today following one particular result at the 2019 Pan American Games. It came at the exact moment when Brazil’s Roberto Schmits was eliminated from the Men’s Trap competition in third place.

U.S. Army Small Arms Championship winners announced
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.  (U.S. Army photo by Michelle Lunato)
March 19, 2019 - The 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms Championships, which is hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, concluded it’s seven-day competition here on March 16 with an awards ceremony.



In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized the formation of the Army Marksmanship Unit, almost exclusively to win shooting competitions that would raise the standards of marksmanship throughout the Army.




In the 50s, the Soviets dominated the international shooting scene. Many believed that only the U.S. Army had the personnel and facilities to develop a program that could compete with them.

The AMU quickly established itself as a world power in shooting. Between 1962 and 1978, the unit led the United States to six Olympic Gold Medals and 59 individual and team championships in international competition.

Later, the unit’s mission expanded to facilitate Army recruiting. The unit also provided marksmanship training to thousands of Soldiers, and became a leader in small-arms research and development.

From 2009 to 2012, the AMU maintained a constant presence in Afghanistan by deploying multiple marksmanship training teams in support of the Afghan National Army NATO training mission.




The unit is composed of five competitive shooting sections, each with world-class training facilities and competition grounds.

Those teams include: Service Rifle, Action Shooting,International Rifle, Service Pistol, and Shotgun.

Our Shotgun and International Rifle teams have represented the United States during every Summer Olympic Games since 1960, and have earned 24 Olympic medals since that time.




The unit builds and customizes small arms and ammunition through the Custom Firearms Shop. The Army’s finest gunsmiths, machinists, range technicians and ammunition loaders staff the shop. They are known as the backbone, or “pit crew” of the marksmanship teams.

The custom firearm shop's research and development efforts have led to enhanced accuracy and reliability of the Army’s competitive weapon systems and ammunition, and have intensified the combat effectiveness of the entire Army.

For example, the M21 and M24 sniper systems, special purpose rifles and squad designated marksman rifles were developed and tested in the shop.