Weapons skills are paramount to any soldier, and the Chippewa Battalion ensures there is no shortage of opportunity to gain experience and knowledge in this area. Cadets of The Chippewa Battalion are afforded the opportunity to fire the M-16 at military targets a minimum of two times per academic year. Additionally cadets can fire weapons like the M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon and the M-9 Pistol at the outdoor ranges.
During labs, cadets also fire .22 caliber rounds from the M-16 and match-grade .22 caliber rifles on our indoor rifle range. Through participation in various clubs like the Marksmanship Club and RIP Club cadets can also get more range time and fire other weapons employed by the United States and Foreign Armies.
"I really enjoyed spending some time on the range. It was a really low stress environment and I learned a few extra techniques about marksmanship. I most enjoyed firing the SAW .249, you can’t go wrong with full auto. Although I have already qualified many times with an M16, I understand its importance at LDAC and won’t ever be caught complaining about spending some extra range time." – Junior Chris Clark