Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort --
Tri-Command Marines gathered to participate in the Parris Island Intramural Rifle and Pistol Competition at the Weapons and Field Training Battalion aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Nov. 16.
According to a Depot bulletin, the competition is held annually to “promote increased proficiency in the use of individual arms” and to “provide the foundation for Corps-wide marksmanship proficiency and enhanced combat readiness.”
“The intramurals are all about continuing the reinforcement of marksmanship,” said Master Sgt. Henry Gonzalez, the training chief for Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. “They also provide Marines with the opportunity to enhance their marksmanship skills while participating in friendly competition,”
Shooters are required to compete with both the M9 pistol and M16A4/M4 service rifle with Rifle Combat Optics during the intramural matches.
Marines can enter the competition as individuals or four-man teams. Each team however must have at least one officer and one sergeant.
More than 100 trophies, plaques, medallions and certificates will be presented to the match winners, Nov. 26.
“Marines who stand out will receive more than just a trophy,” Gonzalez said. “They could be offered the opportunity to compete in higher level competitions with the possibility of becoming a part of the Marine Corps’ Shooting Team.”
Qualifying for one of the Corps’ shooting teams is tough. Roughly a dozen Marines were chosen to compete on the Marine Corps’ 2012 rifle and pistol teams.
Those with top marksmanship skills that become members of the rifle and pistol teams join a rich history of elite marksmanship in the Corps. Team members pass down the team’s history, and represent the Marine Corp’s tradition that every Marine is a rifleman.