Beyond Expert: Tripling Military Shooting Skills

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The Department of Defense spends millions on ammunition and facilities, but motivated teenagers on top junior shooting teams can often outshoot military-trained snipers and special-operations personnel. This doesn't mean soldiers can't shoot, only that many levels of skill beyond qualification are possible. Military marksmanship traces its roots back to competition-shooting programs. The ratings on skill badges retain the same names as classifications; however, the skills have diverged greatly. As warfighting has become more complex, some base skills, like marksmanship, have declined.

In this book, three-time All-Army Champion, distinguished marksman with both rifle and pistol, and small-arms instructor Sergeant First Class John M. Buol Jr. proves that with thoughtful practice even a shooter—military or civilian—qualifying as "expert" can develop a threefold increase in shooting skill. The training is simple, requiring a minimum outlay of equipment, expense, and time, but the results are staggering. These methods will teach you how to precisely measure marksmanship ability and develop a 300-percent jump in skill.

Beyond "Expert": Tripling Military Shooting Skills will help maximize your skills in any marksmanship endeavor and allow you to triple your weapon skills beyond "expert" qualification.

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Much confusion resides in the small arms community regarding effective marksmanship, especially in military circles. What constitutes "good" shooting and how can we aspire to be, and train others to become, a "good shot"? Affiliations with a certain units, passing "high speed" military courses and overseas or combat experience is often believed to be the mark of superior shooting skills. Rarely is this the case. The only thing that indicates real small arms proficiency is a superior measured result on an objective skills test. Previous experience, no matter how extensive, is only useful if the lessons learned there yield a training process that can produce a measurable increase in skill.
How do we measure if shooting is "good"? How do we improve it? That's what this book is about.
There are a host of critical skills that are important to military personnel, many of them having nothing to do with weapons and shooting or even with fighting at all. Obviously, I will not address those here. Tactics, or "combat choreography" as I like to call it, is likely more important than raw shooting skill in winning fights but I'm not discussing that either. Even within the realm of small arms training I will not attempt to address every possibly useful skill.
This "oversight" is deliberate as my purpose is more specific. Knowledgeable coaches in the gym have noted that most trainees would realize better gains if they stuck with a simpler training plan. Focus on core fundamentals only by combing a solid, basic program and objective goals with the means to measure improvement and stick with it until gains are made.
That is the point of Beyond Expert: Tripling Military Shooting Skills. We've gotten away from simple, but useful, shooting programs. Units are training for complex military operations while their soldiers continue to struggle with basic qualification tasks. Official qualification courses are far from perfect but they stand as the yardstick used to measure the soldier's shooting skill. This book will lay a foundation with a simple approach you can use to take yourself and everyone in your unit far beyond even "Expert" standards.

From the Inside Flap:

John Buol served as my course writer and machine gun subject matter expert while I was the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) of the US Army Reserve Small Arms Instructor Academy (SARG). When he wasn't teaching or writing, John was competing in and winning Army matches in both combat and precision-style competition. Rifle or pistol didn't matter to John; he shot both well enough to win.

Probably more important than competing, John has put his vast marksmanship knowledge to good use during America's Wars by training literally thousands of mobilized Army Reservists to use their weapons with deadly effect. His qualifications as a US Army Distinguished shooter with both rifle and pistol, coupled with his active military experience, make him uniquely qualified in an area where Soldiers desperately need instruction in shooting and killing quickly. He epitomizes what an Army force multiplier is: one Soldier, equipped with superb marksmanship skills, daily imparting his knowledge to other Soldiers, giving them an edge in survival where a second chance can't be counted on.
There are a number of facts in this book that some will disagree with or find uncomfortable. That doesn't make them less relevant or true. Read and digest them with an open mind. What's in here works; if you study and practice them you will drive your weapon with far greater skill. These are the basic concepts that worked for me and other Soldiers fighting in an unforgiving environment against a skilled and cunning enemy.
Bob Kolesar
FT Bragg, NC
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Master Sergeant Robert Kolesar has been policeman and Soldier as well as a top-ranked competitive shooter. Enlisting in the 82nd ABN DIV at 17, Kolesar learned to shoot and went on to win with both rifle and pistol competitions in Army and National-level competition.
Upon completing active duty, Kolesar transferred to the US Army Reserves and joined the Los Angeles Police Department. Within his 24 year career with LAPD, Bob has been a Street Patrolman, Narcotics Detective and Academy Instructor, receiving more than 140 commendations for outstanding police work, including the LAPD Police Medal for valor 1992. Bob was one of the original LAPD Instructors instrumental in establishing Department training when the LAPD transitioned from revolvers to semi-auto pistols in 1986. A member of the Department's National Championship Shooting Team, Bob is also one of less than 30 LAPD Officers since the 1930's to shoot a perfect score on the LAPD Bonus Shoot.
After volunteering for an Iraq combat tour, Kolesar remained on active duty, serving as an instructor while still competing with the USAR Shooting Team. He has earned the prestigious President's Hundred 18 times, holds Distinguished Rifleman, Distinguished Pistol Shot and Distinguished Police Revolver ratings, is a member of the NRA 2650 and 1490 clubs, and is a High Master in both NRA Pistol and Police Revolver.

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