Just 1200 rounds? 100 rounds a
month year? Less than four mags of ammo for their M4’s/M-16’s? That’s it?
According to the Army standards and training manual, PAM 350-38 (2009 version), a Regular Army light infantryman should fire about 1,200 rounds a year, assuming he participates in everything: basic marksmanship, day-night qualification, unit live-fire exercises, shooting in NBC gear, thermal and infrared (IR) sights, etc. His Guard and Reserve colleague should expend 660 rounds. But interviews show that almost nobody comes remotely close to that figure. Furthermore, for “plain vanilla” soldiers with access to shooting simulators, and who do not use thermal or IR sights, the specified annual expenditure is 490 rounds for active and 294 for Guard and Reserve.
I try to go to Caswell’s once a week to put a hundred or so rounds of .22LR and other stuff downrange to work on my trigger press and sight transitions.. I also shoot one or two competions each month and put about 100 rounds (or more) downrange each time. Heck, at the Superstition Mountain Three Gun match next year, I’ll put 300 rounds of .223 downrange, as much as your average National Guardsman does in an entire year!
And to think some people still believe that according to the laws of our land, only the miltary and law enforcement should have guns.
The mind reels.