|2014 All Army |
The top six Cadets earned recognition from the AMU commander
for their excellence in marksmanship. The final overall Cadet standings for the
2014 All Army Competition was CDT Larsen from Michigan State earning 1st place,
CDT Fiser (USMA) 2nd Place, CDT Marietta (USMA) 3rd Place, CDT Freeman (USMA)
4th Place, CDT Reeves (USMA) 5th Place and CDT Sayles (USMA) 6th Place. Each of the team members earned additional
recognition in the Cadet class for their performance in the various matches.
CDT Sayles (6th Overall) – Bronze in Match 221 (Pistol EIC)
CDT Reeves (5th Overall) – Gold in Match 7 (Rifle), Silver in
Match 321 (Rifle EIC)
CDT Freeman (4th Overall) – Silver in Match 50 (Combined),
Bronze in Match 3 (Pistol)
CDT Marietta (3rd Overall) – Gold in Match 3 (Pistol), Silver
in Match 221 (Pistol EIC), Bronze in Match 50 (Combined)
CDT Fiser (2nd Overall) – Gold in Match 50 (Combined)
|2013 Joint Service Academy Combat Weapons Competition (JSACWC)|
The West Point Combat Weapons Team traveled to
Springfield, MA, March 23 where they competed in the 14th Joint Service Academy
Combat Weapons Competition. New to the competition this year was a team
of Cadets fromTexas A&M's Corps of Cadets. The competition was
hosted by Smith and Wesson Corporation at their indoor range facility, which
consisted of 10 indoor ranges. Each range or "stage" consisted of
various targets arrayed in such a manner that pushed the Cadets outside of their comfort
zones from what a traditional military range would be. Each stage started
when the shooter indicated he was ready and a timer would go off. Cadets
then engaged targets as quickly and accurately as possible ensuring they hit
the correct targets and avoided no shoot targets. Throughout the day Cadets
were forced to use their tactical shotguns, M4 rifles and M9 service pistols
in stages ranging from low light scenarios to 100 yard targets. This year
the first and second place team were separated by 4 seconds with the win going
to the Navy Midshipmen. The final combined team scores were 1820
seconds to Navy, 1824 seconds to Army, 1972 seconds to Coast Guard and 2007
seconds to Texas A&M. Air Force Academy did not attend this year, but will be
back next year to compete. Of the 45 shooters at the competition the team
had four shooters in the top ten and the remaining nine shooters finished in
the top 23 of the competition. CDT Jim Fiser had the overall 2nd best score
of the competition with 338 seconds. CDTs Austin Marietta, CDT Danny Freeman
and CDT Andrew Zecha also received honorable mention by finishing in the
|First Match of the academic year 18 August 2013|
The Combat Weapons Team competed in their first US
Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Match on 18 August. This match was held
at the Dutchess County Pistol Assc Range Complex. The match consisted of seven
stages involving multiple target engagements, speed reloads and utilization of
cover. The match consisted of five different categories of shooters and
included over 30 participants. The five first class cadets on the team
participated in the production pistol class during the match which consisted of
12 shooters. Three of our cadets placed
in the top five shooters in the production class. CDT Jim Fiser (E4) finished
2d w/454.49 points, CDT Andrew Zecha (E4) finished 3rd w/440.77 points and CDT
Danny Freeman (I3) placed 5th with a final score of 419.71. The best shooter
was a ranked civilian shooter with a final score of 462.55 points. Overall a
great start to the year. The first class cadets will be able to see where their
pitfalls were and adjust the training schedule for the rest of the team to ensure
that we learn from our mistakes and become more proficient shooters and
Final placement of shooters in the production class:
1. Civilian Shooter 462.55 pts
2. Cadet Jim Fiser 454.49 pts
3. Cadet Andrew Zecha 440.77 pts
4. Civilian Shooter 439.56 pts
5. Cadet Danny Freeman 419.71 pts
6. Civilian Shooter 365.18pts
7. Cadet Christian Reeves 349.74 pts
8. Civilian Shooter 313.40 pts
9. Civilian Shooter 307.05 pts
10. Cadet Austin Marietta 295.34 pts
11. Civilian Shooter 282.40 pts
12. Civilian Shooter 116.10 pts
|Steel Challenge Match 24 August |
The Combat Weapons Team competed in their first Steel
Challenge Association match on 24 August. This match was held at the Dutchess
County Pistol Association Range Complex in Wappinger Falls, NY. The match
consisted of four steel challenge stages involving multiple steel target arrays
and distances. Some of the most challenging stages had Cadets engaging 10 inch
steel plates at 18 yards with a pistol, all while under the clock. The match
presented Cadets with decisions on which way would be the fast way to engage
the targets without missing. The lessons
learned at this match will help drive the training of new members of the team
after they are selected in the coming weeks.
|2013 Long Island Pistol Championship|
Ten members of the Combat Weapons Team competed in the
Long Island Pistol Championship on 15 September 2013. Members of the team did
very well and all placed in the top 26 of 47 shooters competing in their
division. The production division
consisted of 47 shooters that were both ranked and unranked as per USPSA rules and rankings. CDT Andrew Zecha finished 5th, CDT Christian
Reeves ranked 7th, and CDT Jim Fiser finished 10th. The difference between CDT Zecha and the 2nd
place shooter was less than 40 points! The remaining members of the team
finished between 11th and 26th in the
rankings. The match consisted of eight
stages that forced Cadets to come up with the fastest way to shoot the stage.
Some of the stages had over 15 different targets to engage at varying
distances. The match very much tested their problem solving, handling of
stress, and basic pistol skills all while on the clock. The lessons learned
from previous local matches were all incorporated into this match and the
rankings were a direct reflection of their hard work during practices leading
up to this large match.
: CDT Zecha
: CDT Reeves
10th : CDT Fiser
11th : CDT Marietta
13th : CDT Hester
14th : CDT Ford
15th : CDT Sayles
18th : CDT Willenbrock
19th : CDT Freeman
26th : CDT Auten
|President of Slovakia Visits T-Range |
In a joint venture with the USMA Rifle Team, members of the Combat Weapons Team hosted President Ivan Gasparovic of Slovakia. President Gasparovic and his official delegation spent time learning about the basic weapons issued to the Soldiers in the U.S. Army and the weapons used by the Combat Weapons Team during competitions.
|CWT Hosts the Pittsburgh Penguins |
Members of the Combat Weapons Team participated in the Pittsburgh Penguins team visit to West Point on the weekend of September 29th. Members of CWT
gave hands on training in the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) and weapons
familiarization to the Penguins players and staff. After the training the team
was able to enjoy handling many of the weapons and kit that the CWT uses in
their training. In order to relate the lives of future Army officers to that of
professional Hockey the Combat Weapons Team explained the basic composition of
an infantry squad and responsibilities of each individual, similar to that of a
professional cohesive team like the Penguins. CWT members related the
importance of team work and individual responsibility when it comes to
completing a mission.
|USMA Steel Team |
The USMA Steel Team comprised of members of the Combat Weapons Team (Black
Squad) and the Pistol Team (Gold Squad) competed in the Scholastic Pistol
Program (SPP) Northeast Regional match. Both the Black and Gold Squads did very
well with the Black Squad coming in 2nd place for the Collegiate Center fire
division and the Gold Squad came in 1st place for the Collegiate Rim fire division. The SPP is part of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. The Collegiate Pistol teams compete in Regional Matches around the country culminating in the Collegiate Nationals at Fort Benning in the Spring. We hope to retake the title of National Champions in the spring.
|CWT hosts Israeli Defense Force|
Three members of the Israeli Defense Force came down to
Tronsrue Range during their visit to West Point to learn about the M9, M4 rifle
and M4 Shotgun. Members of the Combat Weapons Team taught and supervised the
firing of those three weapons during their interaction with the IDF
representatives. It was a great opportunity for the instructors to hone their
teaching ability, the shooters to learn new skills and for U.S. and IDF to
interact over practical training. Everyone involved enjoyed the experience and
the interaction between friendly visitors and hosts.
|Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA)|
On 31 NOV, 2013, the combat weapons team held a weapons
display for the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA). Throughout the
afternoon, members of the combat weapons team presented the students with a 50
caliber machine gun, the m9 pistol, the m4 rifle, the m203 40mm grenade
launcher, the m240 machine gun, the m249 squad automatic weapon, and the AT4.
This was the first time many of the SCUSA students had ever been able to handle
these, or any weapons. This display gave the delegates a small insight into our
profession, and they were excited for the opportunity provided by the combat
|Topton Pistol Match |
Members of the Black Squad (CWT Members - Centerfire) had a decent showing at the final match of the fall semester, but will continue to step it up before the spring season kicks off. In the production division members of the team finished in 8th, 14th and 15th overall in a field of 15 shooters that included sponsored shooters. Members of the Gold Squad (Pistol Team Members - Rimfire) finished in 7th and 11th place out of 16 shooters in their division. All around it was a good experience for the Steel Team as they close out the fall shooting circuit. The match was also the first match for one of our new CWT members who is showing great promise in competitive shooting.
|TEAM RUNS SUCCESSFUL 2-GUN CHALLENGE MATCH|
This year's Annual 2-Gun Challenge came bigger and badder than ever with 160 registered shooters taking on eight challenging stages. This year's match was highlighted by spectacular performances on the range as well as the dedication shown by shooters who took on the physical challenges like champs. The match utilizes all available CWT resources to ensure a fantastic experience for the shooters. From Humvee rides to 400 yard targets and machine guns; even the cadets had a blast just running the match. Those who chose to stay into the twilight hours had the fortune to participate in a Night Vision shoot using US Army issue NVGs. The team is grateful to all who came out in support of the match.
Congratulations to Tactical Division Champion Mike Mazzotta, and Limited Division Champion Beep Kielkowicz. Special recognition goes to Mito Carmelo Morales, the match Goat!
|NEW YORK CITY MEMORIAL RUCK MARCH|
In honoring the heroes of 9/11, and celebrating the accomplishments of Class of 2011's CWT members, Old Guys embarked on a 50 mile ruck march to ground zero. The team members found time to bond along the way and honored their buddies, currently in Ranger school, who completed the event last year. The team pushed themselves through pain to complete the grueling event in just 19 hours.
Once arriving in New York City, the team guys visited the newly opened 9/11 Memorial. The new memorial is a humbling and moving tribute to all those who perished in the attacks.
|LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOOT|
CWT conducted its annual Law Enforcement Shoot on the 8th of October. The event began with a focus on pistol shooting fundamentals. The morning agenda then shifted to accuracy. The shooters were coached to slow down and focus on each individual shot. This progressed to perfecting draws from the holster. The afternoon training incorporated movement and tactical scenarios, which trained to improve reaction times while on patrol. The final phase of instruction covered shooting in low light situations. The low light training was praised the most from the participants because the highest number of crime incidents happen late at night during routine stops and disturbance calls.
At the end of the day the officers were glad to receive comprehensive and relevant training. One officer commented, "Our departments do not have the facilities to accommodate such training, and this is the kind of training that saves lives."
|COACH JOE SEUK DOMINATES 2011 LONG ISLAND PISTOL ASSOCIATION'S CHAMPIONSHIP|
September 18th the CWT traveled out to Long Island to compete in a pistol IDPA competition. Ten team members and four coaches competed. The event consisted of nine stages of mixed steel and paper targets. At the end of the day Coach Joe Seuk walked away in first place for the production class. Coach Gary Salman placed sixth, and team members TJ Snukis and Bill Owens came in ninth and sixteenth respectively. LIPSA turned out to be a great experience for all competitors, and a welcome refresher on pistol skills as we roll into the new school year.
The CWT won the 2010 Joint Service Academy Combat Weapons Competition (JSACWC) Saturday April 10. This competition is the culminating event of the year for CWT. It offered the team a perfect venue to test the skills they have been working to master throughout the year. There was stiff competition from Navy and Coast Guard, but in the end West Point prevailed. The match consisted of eight stages of mixed pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooting. The stages were built by representatives from Smith and Wesson, and most were very challenging. The CWT placed seven shooters in the top ten, and Cow Andrew Beck finished first overall.
|ALL-ARMY SMALL ARMS PISTOL CHAMPIONS|
Six members of the CWT traveled down to Ft. Benning on February 20th to compete in the Army Marksmanship Units annual Small Arms Championships. The competition included active duty, reserve, and cadet units. The Combat Weapons Team placed first in the pistol competition and third overall.