We pay, you train

by Theresa Walker, Capt. National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. – Several states have already submitted their letters of intent (LOI), as of Jan. 27, 2017, to take advantage of their opportunity to train during the Winston P. Wilson National Championships at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center in April 2017, and the goal is all 50 states and territories participation.

Many may think that competition is only about “play to win,” however that is not the case when it comes to marksmanship in the National Guard. We “train to win.” Every competition is an opportunity to train. Marksmen always learn from other participants and improve their skills. Then they share that knowledge in their home state with other service members.

The NGMTC will be tracking confirmations to attend on this map. Get fired up and help NGMTC achieve the goal of all 50 states and territories participating in 2017. Contact your state marksmanship training coordinator (SMC) or marksmanship regional coordinator (MAC) to get involved.

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2017 WPW, AFSAM, and CNGB

by Capt. Theresa Walker, public affairs officer National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. -This year’s Winston P. Wilson Championships, Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting, and the Chief of National Guard Bureau Postal Match Phase 3 information has been released for service members to begin signing up to attend.

WPW Sniper Championship: 21-27 April 2017 (Fort Chaffee, AR)
Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting: 25 April-05 May 2017 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, AR)
WPW Small Arms Championship: 29 April-04 May 2017 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, AR)
WPW Machine Gun Championship: 20-26 May 2017 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, AR)
CNGB Postal Phase III: 20-26 May 2017 (RMTC, N. Little Rock, AR)

The Official Match Programs are linked above for release (Machine Gun still pending).  RFO (request for orders) has been updated; see link below. Click each competition above for the OMP. We are now accepting Letters of Intent for state team participation; the dead-line for letters will be 15 February 2017. The window to submit CNGB Postal match scores and targets is still open. These can be submitted until 15 April 2017. Contact your State Marksmanship Coordinator for more information on attending these National Guard premier marksmanship competitions.

RFO (request for orders) as of Jan. 2017

 

 

 

Sig Sauer New Army Handgun

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A girl looks at Sig Sauer P320 handguns at the 2015 NRA Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. The U.S. Army just chose the P320 as its official service pistol. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

by Capt. Theresa L. Walker, Public Affairs Officer National Guard Marksmanship Training Center

ROBINSON MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. -The U.S. Army awarded Sig Sauer a contract worth $580 million to make the next service pistol based on the company’s P320 handgun, according to an announcement from the Army on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Sig Sauer beat out Glock, Smith & Wesson, and Beretta, the maker of the current M9 9mm service pistol, in the competition for the Modular Handgun System, or MHS, program, as reported by multiple sources.

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The P320 Full-Size offers a smooth, crisp trigger to make any shooter more accurate, an intuitive, 3-point takedown and unmatched modularity to fit any shooter and any situation. Its full-size frame is ideal for target shooting, home defense and any scenario where shootability and sighted accuracy are of the highest priority. This modular, striker-fired pistol features a full-size grip, full length slide, and choice of contrast or SIGLITE Night Sights. Available calibers include 9mm, .357SIG, .40S&W and .45ACP. Safety features include a striker safety, disconnect safety. (www.sigsauer.com)

The Army first announced the competition for the MHS back in 2011, but multiple delays left the most recent solicitation deadline at February of 2016, according to Army Times.

Sig touts the P320 model product as “modular” and “adaptable,” with interchangeable grips, multiple sizes and calibers that can be converted between 9mm, .357SIG and .40SGW. “From calibers, to pistol size, to the grip fit best suited for the shooter, the P320 is the most adaptable pistol available today,” the company says in promotional materials, according to military.com.

Two sources confirmed to Military.com that Sig submitted to the Army .40-caliber and 9mm pistols for consideration. One source said the Army ultimately selected the 9mm version.

Check out the customizable Sig Sauer P320.

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