The Sorin Rifle Team
The Sorin Rifle team is a group of ROTC cadets who work to improve their marksmanship and familiarize themselves with different weapon platforms. The team meets approximately once a month to go to Midwest Gun and Range in Elkhart and work to improve their accuracy and gain familiarity with firearm function. Fall semester prior to going to the range, the club would meet weekly in the basement of Pasquerilla center to receive instruction in basic rifle marksmen ship. The cadet OIC, cadet NCOIC, and Cadre NCOIC all work through the four fundamentals of firing; Body position, sight picture, breathing, and trigger squeeze. We first use pellet rifles without the recoil in order to perfect the fundamentals. While there, the prone position, the kneeling position, and to a lesser extent the standing position are all taught and rehearsed. After a few weeks of this, we move to the range and practice those same positions there. It is difficult to practice the prone position at the indoor range, so we go before or after hours and attach extensions to the targets so they hang low enough to create a safe angle that the bullet travels. When qualifying at Ft. Custer last semester, the 3 top scorers were the leadership of the rifle team. Many cadets come into the program having never handled a weapon before and with repeated practice big improvements are made in a short amount of time. The Sorin Rifle team is still growing and possible competitions may be possible in the future. It is a load of fun and by the time that the cadets of the Sorin Rifle team commission into officers, they will be steps ahead of their fellow LTs in terms of basic marksmanship.