212. Range 8: Training to Defend (1 minute and 30 seconds)
Patricia Clark-Gray, District Interpretive Specialist
This area was
formerly Range 8, a “
Before ever stepping foot on the range, the new trainee received preliminary instructions on the use of his or her rifle. Trainees learned rifle cleaning and maintenance, the basic firing positions, and use of sights on the rifle. Finally, the trainee was taken out to a range.
The first phase was on the 1,000 inch range where principles taught in the classroom were applied in the field with live ammunition. The next phase was on a range like this one where all the previous training in breathing, trigger squeeze, positioning, and sighting were applied. The trainee then qualified for record at distances of 200, 300, and 500 yards. Under the qualification system, there were three categories (in order of proficiency):
The Expert category was the top honor for a rifleman, and was highly prized by those who earned it. It also came with extra pay.