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By Michael Molinaro
USAMU PAO

Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, maneuvers through obstacles, April 19, at the 2014 U.S. Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championships at the Desert Sportsman Rifle Club. Horner claimed his sixth national title in the Tactical Ops Division, on the heels of winning the U.S. Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Michael Molinaro)

United States Army Marksmanship Unit

United States Army Marksmanship Unit

LAS VEGAS – -(Ammoland.com)- Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) Action Shooting team won two titles at the 2014 U.S. Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championships, April 18-20 2014.

Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner won the overall title and first place in the Tactical Ops Division for an unprecedented sixth time, while Sgt. Matthew Sweeney won in the Heavy Metal Tactical Division.

“This is a huge match and being crowned a national champion is very prestigious,” said Sweeney, a Pinckneyville, Ill native. “We train up year-round just to get the title so it’s a great achievement for me.

“We have a great team behind us. We have unlimited support from the chain of command, great gunsmiths and a great unit behind us.”

It has been an impressive April for Horner. The Suffolk, Va., native started off the month winning the U.S. Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition with teammate Sgt. Tyler Payne. After that, he won his second straight 3-Gun Nation Pro Series Tour win before securing this latest national championship in Las Vegas. The win marks his sixth national title in the Tactical Ops Division, the first shooter to ever accomplish the feat in the sports largest division.

“2014 has been good,” Horner said. “No one guy is great but together we can accomplish some pretty good things. We all support each other to make good decisions and come up with a good plan. You are still on your own when the clock goes off, but we keep each other focused on the goal at hand.”

All five USAMU shooters who competed this year finished in the top five in their respective divisions.

Unlike other competitions that focus on short-range shooting and shooting on the move, the Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championships test shooters using odd-positions, barricades, stage planning, and long-range rifle targets in addition to moving quickly through stages.

“This year the shooting was difficult, but the speed at which you had to make the shots was so high that you couldn’t make any mistakes,” Horner said. “You would run out of shotgun ammo at some point if you missed one shot and (that’s a ten point penalty.)”

Highlighting the difference between AMU shooters and their civilian counterparts, after the awards ceremony, Horner and Sweeney jumped on a plane to train Soldiers preparing for deployment. Besides showcasing the very best of Army skills in competition, the unit applies lessons learned from marksmanship competitions to training Soldiers for combat and raising the Army’s Marksmanship proficiency.

Even after six national titles and a ranking as one of the best sniper teams currently in the world, Horner said he’ll never get to a point where he thinks he knows it all.

“I learn something every day,” Horner concluded. “I can learn something from every single person shooting and use it to help someone else or help me.”

USAMU is part of the U.S. Army Accessions Brigade, Army Marketing and Research Group and is tasked with enhancing the Army’s recruiting effort, raising the standard of Army marksmanship and furthering small arms research and development to enhance the Army’s overall combat readiness.

Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner USAMU

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, engages targets with a pistol, April 19, at the 2014 U.S. Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championships at the Desert Sportsman Rifle Club. Horner claimed his sixth national title in the Tactical Ops Division, on the heels of winning the U.S. Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Michael Molinaro)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner USAMU 2

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, competes in the 2014 U.S. Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championships, April 20, at the Desert Sportsman Rifle Club. Horner claimed his sixth national title in the Tactical Ops Division, the first shooter to ever accomplish the feat. (U.S. Army photo by Michael Molinaro)

Sgt. Matthew Sweeney

LAS VEGAS, Nev. –Sgt. Matthew Sweeney, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, competes in the 2014 U.S. Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championships, April 19, at the Desert Sportsman Rifle Club. Sweeney claimed his second national title in the Heavy Metal Tactical Division. All five USAMU Soldiers finished in the top five in their respective divisions. (U.S. Army photo by Michael Molinaro)

Sgt. Matthew Sweeney USAMU

LAS VEGAS, Nev. –Sgt. Matthew Sweeney, U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, shoots in a supported kneeling position at the 2014 U.S. Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championships April 19 at the Desert Sportsman Rifle Club. Sweeney claimed his second national title in the Heavy Metal Tactical Division. All five USAMU Soldiers finished in the top five in their respective divisions. (U.S. Army photo by Michael Molinaro)

About USAMU:
The USAMU enhances the Army’s recruiting effort, raises the standard of the Army’s marksmanship proficiency, and supports the Army’s small arms research and development initiatives in order to raise the Army’s overall combat readiness. For more information on the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, contact the Public Affairs Office at (706) 545-5436, Michael.Molinaro@usaac.army.mil or www.USAMU.com.

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