Kirk “The Legend” Freeman from North Carolina is an extremely accomplished marksman across many disciplines. From becoming a Distinguished Rifleman at 15-years old in 1999, through three Long Range Service Rifle trophies at the National Matches and beyond – his interview details many of the lessons learned along his journey. He currently competes with the Army Reserve Marksmanship Team.
Distinguished: Rifle & Pistol
President’s Hundred: 11-times
Billy C. Atkins Trophy
(Service Rifle Long Range National Championships):
2012, 2013, 2015
(National Trophy Team Match – High Individual): 2015
Rattlesnake Trophy (National Trophy Team Match – High Army Individual): 2015
Enlisted Men’s Team Trophy (High Military Team firing Service Rifles in the Rumbold Match): 2013, 2015
California Rifle & Pistol Association Trophy (High Civilian Team firing Service Rifles in the Rumbold Match): 2004
Hearst Doubles: 2014
Interservice Rifle Champion: 2014 & 2015
U.S. Army FORSCOM Rifle Champion (rack grade M4A1 with green-tip ammo, fired with gas mask, night vision goggle, close-quarters marksmanship, and multiple moving target scenarios): 2015
All-Army Rifle Champion (rack grade M16A2 with green-tip ammo, fired from 25 to 500 yards): 2014 & 2015
Creedmoor Cup East Service Rifle Champion: 2012 & 2015
North Carolina State High Power Rifle Champion: 2002 & 2015
North Carolina State Service Rifle Champion: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, & 2012
Minuteman Trophy (National Trophy Junior Team): 2002 & 2004
Col. William L “Bill” Deneke Trophy (National Junior Service Rifle Team): 2003, 2004
NRA Junior Service Rifle National Champion: 2002
NRA Intermediate-Junior Service Rifle National Champion: 1999
NRA Sub-Junior Service Rifle National Champion: 1998
1: What was your experience like when starting out in highpower?
I first started out in highpower in 1996 at the age of 12, when the AR-15 was just first getting settled in as a rifle type used by the civilian community. The military teams had an idea, the civilians had no idea. The only way to get a competition AR-15 at that time was to buy a Colt H-Bar at a local gun store and have it shipped off to Accuracy Speaks in AZ or Compass Lake Engineering in FL to have a float tube installed, ½ minute sights installed and the (junk) colt trigger “smoothed up”. In the mean time you’d just shoot a stock Colt H-Bar with a trigger so bad that it was as if Colt ground the sears on a sidewalk. Needless to say, scores were not high in those days…
In addition to the rifle still being inferior to the M1A, all the old “wives tales” from the M1/M1A family of shooters (combined with all the then unknowns of the new “black rifle”) really kept the scores stunted:
• The ONLY way to hold a rifle in offhand kept your elbow and firing arm sticking straight out parallel to the deck (Marine Dad).
• You had to SQUEEZE WATER out of the grip during 600-yard slowfire.
• Using the magazine to gain elevation in standing slowfire would prematurely wear out the magazine lips and follower.
• You DARE NOT make hot loads for the 80g or 75 A-Max, I guess because it would either bend the op-rod or the bolt would come back and crack the rear of the receiver.
• Other new concepts like “chasing the lands” for your 80g load were learned the hard way when the rifle went tit’s up at Camp Perry after a season of personal bests.
Also, no one knew that an AR would shoot lights out at 300 yards – even with a worn out barrel. Of course, the M1/M1A would show signs the barrel was going at 300… So if you just shot a knot at 300 rapid, that 172 you shot at 600 was your fault… and not the rifle.
Later on, there was more understanding of this new gun: loads improved dramatically, sights became hooded and double pinned – and positions became established. Factory competition-ready rifles were offered, so you no longer had $1500 in a rifle with a factory colt barrel.
I do not miss those days. I wish the juniors these days, that very quickly shoot in the 480’s – had to shoot a 1996 version of the AR-15 at least once to understand why I was 15 before I went Distinguished! Haha!
2: Who were your mentors? What do you remember most from these experiences and what still rings true?
Oh wow, the list of mentors I’ve had is so long that I hope I don’t forget any of them!
Of course, my Dad was my biggest mentor. He was a Distinguished Rifleman and spent countless hours with me as we dry-fired 2 or 3 nights a week when I was a junior. He was constantly working with me on my positions and keeping me on a very productive training routine.
Thurman Horner was also a huge mentor. He was the first civilian to become rifle Distinguished in the state of North Carolina. He trained my Dad and was the knowledge base for everything. So, if my Dad was stumped with why my sitting rapid scores were slipping – I would quickly be driven 30-minutes down the road at 8PM to be inspected by Thurman. He was very knowledgeable and wise enough to know that it’s the fundamentals that make great shooters. He would always go back to the basics with me, “Make sure you’re looking at the front sight post”. Seems silly, but after shooting for 19-years – guess what? YOU STILL HAVE TO LOOK AT THE FRONT SIGHT POST!
CSM (R) Pete Hodges was a very accomplished shooter on the All Guard team. At the time, he was also the president of the North State Shooting Club – which put him at every match I attended in Butner, NC. He was always willing to help coach me along. A memorable moment was an ultimatum he gave me after I’d posted a decent score with a very poor X-count: I was to meet him at his camping trailer (parked on the 1000-yard line at Butner) that evening to go over my data-book or he wasn’t going to work with me anymore. That might seem harsh, but I was up in my teens a needed a kick in the rear! I learned that night that a data-book is the most important tool for a Service Rifle shooter. I started keeping a very detailed data-book. My scores went up, as did my X-count. He told me that 50% of your shots should be X’s. If not, it’s because you’re not keeping a good data-book. To this day, it’s my goal to have 50% of shots in the X-ring.
Peter LaBerge and Kent Reeve. Both of these gentlemen need no introduction of their long range shooting accomplishments. These two taught me how to read the wind like a world class shooter and I can attribute all my long range scores to these two men.
SGM (R) Neal Dickey was the coach of the Army Reserve Marksmanship Team when I joined it in 2006 as a ROTC cadet. He was the right coach at the right time and turned me from being a consistent 480’s shooter into a consistent 490’s shooter. He helped my mental game and also talked me through seeing things through the sights that most people would think is wizardry. I can call a mid-ring X at 11 o’clock from 600-yards because he made me believe that what I saw through the sights was real. Thanks to his coaching I can also favor a mid-ring X at 3 or 9 o’clock at 600-yards by just “thinking” it out there.
Then there are the countless other people along the way… Many have been willing to share with me their experiences, sometimes 2 minutes after they’d just fired. People like David McFarland (NC Junior Coach), Nick Hopman (Junior Coach), Terry Steadman (USMC team), Kris Friend (teammate), Norm Anderson (teammate and Army Reserve head coach), Rob Mango (teammate), Brandon Green (AMU) to name a few… the list is much longer. Each of these people have given me that little bit of information that made me that much better of a shooter.
3: Can you describe some of your most memorable milestones or breakthroughs? Both starting out… and along the journey to competing nationally.
My most memorable milestone was going Distinguished on June 4th, 1999. The M1A still had a slight advantage over the rifle / load combo I was using. Also, LEG matches in the South East were few and far between – meaning the number of non-distinguished shooters capable of shooting a 480 in a LEG match were pretty high. Getting LEG Points with anything less than a 476 was unheard of…
Another funny memorable milestone I remember is having shot a 410-1 in a 500-point agg match. The reason I’ll never forget was because I was 12 at the time. I’d shot a 410 for score and was 4’ 10” tall. I was as tall as my score! Haha!
I had many other memorable milestones as a junior shooter, but one that really helped me realize I could be successful at this sport was winning the Sub-Junior Service Rifle Championships in 1998. I then went on to win the Intermediate-Junior Service Rifle Championships in 1999 and Junior Service Rifle Championships in 2002. Having that kind of success at such an early age really helped to motivate me to stay with it, when so many other junior shooters dropped out of the sport.
In recent years, my most memorable milestone was winning my first (of soon to be three) Billy C. Atkins Trophies for the Service Rifle Long Range Championship aggregate in 2012. The Reserve Team pulled the old M14’s out of moth balls. SFC Gervasio had developed a load for his M1A right before the Inter-Service Matches that really seemed to work well with my rifle. Once the team realized my gun really liked that load at the Inter-Service Matches, everyone started pitching in – giving me their projectiles, powder and primers. This was while I was resizing brass, priming and loading ammo every evening after I was done shooting the CMP and NRA Highpower weeks at Nationals, in order to have ammo for the NRA Long Range National Matches. I even had to bum ammo off my team mate SFC Hartley, as I’d made a few shoot-offs that week -and wouldn’t have had the ammo to complete the Championships if I used my own! It was awesome to know I was the best Long Range Service Rifle shooter in the country, but it was even more special knowing I had a great group of guys that were willing to sacrifice their time and money to get me to the top. Those guys definitely deserve recognition!
4: Describe your routine to help you stay on top of your best game? Off-Season, Mid-Season and ramping up to bigger matches? Practice? Dry-Fire? Mental?
Off-season I plink, have fun, shoot an old .22 Sporter rifle and play around with pistol. Anything to keep it new. As a junior, I only ever practiced seriously. The worst thing that happened to me as a junior was only seriously practicing and not just going out and laying waste to the horizon or water bottles. Don’t make shooting a painful task, go out and have some fun with your skills. Put a molded orange out at 300-yards and try to shoot it with your zombie gun or tactical bolt rifle. The options are limitless. If you can dream it up, do it. I’m going to try the upside down zip-line this winter break. (just kidding)
Mid-season, I go back to the basics – just like Thurman Horner always taught me: concentration on sight alignment, trigger control, positions etc. I always retrain myself using the basic fundamentals. Shooting well is not a mystery… it’s mastery of the fundamentals.
Ramping up for big matches, I practice maybe 2 or 3 times a week. All of this is with a plan, which I will detail more about later in this interview. I get serious and work on perfecting every position. An example practice would be heading to the range and shooting 5 sitting rapid strings. In between those strings, I’ll shoot 10-shots standing slowfire. I will take copious notes, analyzing every string in my data-book: What I did right / what I did wrong, so at the next session I can read the lessons learned and improve – not having to relearn mistakes every time I go to the range.
These days, I practice live-fire a lot more than dryfire. I wish I had more time to dryfire, but my spare time is limited after brass preparation and loading for 600 / 1000-yards. I would probably be a better shooter if someone loaded all of my ammo and I could concentrate solely on shooting! Dryfire is super important for shooters that are learning. It’s my opinion that, once you have your positions down (5-years into the game, a Master classification, some LEG Points, etc) – the need to dryfire 2 or 3-days a week is getting a little excessive. There are things you can only learn through live-fire and working through the recoil. If someone tells you that you “should dryfire x-number of shots for every 1-shot fired live”, they are probably on (or were on) an active duty military team – where they are/were paid to dryfire. Go ahead and ask them if it’s okay for them to start paying your bills while you quit your job to allow for more dryfire! For the rest of us, that can’t dryfire at 8AM on a Monday morning – live-fire is where you make up points. That being said, dry-firing is still very important. I dryfire out on the range while practicing live-fire. For standing, I’ll live-fire one / dryfire one, over and over. I’ll dryfire or snap in 5 or 6 times before I shoot a rapid fire string or begin live-fire slow prone.
Regarding mental game, I’ve learned over the years to quit “trying” to shoot well and just to shoot. Focus on the fundamentals of shooting and you’ll shoot well. It’s amazing. I know that all I have to do is to go through my shot process for every shot or string of fire and the gun will settle. I’ll be able to shoot a 10. I don’t “hope” I can, I KNOW I can – as long as I can go through my shot process. It’s having the confidence the shot will break center. If it doesn’t, oh well… you can’t win them all. That’s why the National Record is a 999 and not 1000-100X.
It’s also important to be honest with yourself. If you average a 94 in standing, then accept that score for what it is. Don’t lose your mind when that 8 comes out of the pits. You shot it. Accept it, forget it and concentrate on the next shot. I remember a LEG Match I’d shot at Butner a few years back: I was on top of my game and going through my shot process in standing. Right as the first shot broke, the rifle made a mad dash for the 8-ring. As it came up right on call, I remember thinking – “well, there goes my good score for the day!”. After letting it go, I went on to shoot a 495 with a bunch of X’s. So don’t let a bad shot ruin the day for you. If you shoot a Master score, then accept a Master score. Every year I have to talk someone off a ledge because they shot a 94 standing in the President’s Hundred Match and think it’s the end of the world. SSG Friend won that match in 2007 with a 94 on his feet. Every day cannot be a record setting day. Have fun! You are shooting a rifle at distance! It should be fun! Now, if you shoot bad – yeah it’s fine to get mad… AT YOURSELF. But like Colin Powell said, “Get mad! Then get over it!”.
5: How important is technique, mental program, and equipment in influencing your performance? What is their proportional influence?
I like to define technique as marksmanship: the basic fundamentals of sight alignment, trigger squeeze and a solid position. The solid position can be broken down to aligning your body with the rifle, head placement, cheek to stock weld, NATURAL POINT OF AIM (cough, cough), sling support, relaxing your support hand and arm, firm grip with your firing hand and firm pressure in your shoulder by both sling tension and by pulling the rifle tight into your shoulder with your firing arm. If you have proper “technique”, you’ll shoot very well for 90% of the game. When you shoot well, there is no mental train-wreck. Good scores = good mental game. Good scores come from mastery of the fundamentals, i.e., confidence. For the newer shooters, once you shoot me a dozen 485’s in a row – I’ll talk more about mental game and show you the Secret 495 Handshake while we hang out at the Super Highmaster Lodge located on the 2nd floor of the CMP club house at Camp Perry.
For now, just get your fundamentals down and you’ll go Distinguished and get your President’s Hundred. Focus on the front sight post and squeeze the trigger. If you are thinking of ANYTHING ELSE, you will NOT have a good day. Don’t be adding up your score while you are shooting. I’d say that mental game is 5% for the Marksman through the Master classifications.
Equipment is a trick question: of course Tula ammo and 10k rounds down the barrel will not allow for a Master score. Having a rifle and ammo that shoots well is super important. Your equipment should fit you: that 15-year old female junior using a men’s size 46 jacket will definitely benefit from better equipment. But, in general – equipment is not super important. I remember going to a LEG Match at Butner in 2012 with a coat the North Carolina Junior Team bought for me in 2002. I carried my gear up to the line because I hadn’t brought a cart, used a worn out glove… but, I did have a hammer shooting White Oak with solid zeros (data-book!). I went on to fire a 497-30 that day with everyone in disbelief of my equipment. I just pointed the rifle straight that day using the proper fundamentals. Those three 9’s were called… So, equipment: 5%
6: What was the toughest match you’ve ever competed in where you held it together? What was that like?
Legging out at Oak Ridge, TN. I was very young and didn’t have a whole lot of life experience to be able to know how to control my heart rate or nerves. I’d already earned 28 LEG points, so any points would do. I shot my entire standing with a pulse going about 120bpm, just trying to get off my feet with a decent score. I accepted the 9’s and concentrated on my shot process each and every shot. I checked my Natural Point of Aim as often as time allowed and came off with a 95-2. I was thrilled! I spent the rest of the day focused on the fundamentals, sight alignment, trigger and position. I did not break from my routine. I simply put on my zero’s and shot. I didn’t have to shoot a perfect 100 in each of the rapid’s. I knew a good steady score would get me those points. Another thing that worked in my favor that day was the weather… IT SUCKED – foggy, very overcast, crazy winds switching during the rapid fire strings. I knew I was a decent “foul weather” shooter and that most people were not. Keeping that in mind, I was able to shoot steady across the board scores. I shot a 478-12 on a very bad day for 3rd Place by X’s (another gentleman shot the same score with a lesser X-count for 1st Leather). That 6-point LEG was the best feeling in the world!
7: If you had to choose only ONE answer, what has helped you improve the most towards your goals in highpower?
“Go back to the basics”. Shooting is all about fundamentals. Some might be sick of hearing it, but it’s true. That new sling is not going to make a Highmaster shooter. A new glove does not come with 20-points. If you want to stop shooting 8’s and 9’s… then quit pointing the rifle in the 8 and 9-ring! Some might ask how to stop doing that? Align your sights. That’s why you’re off call. You cannot call an X, then have it come up an 8 – and make me believe you had proper sight alignment and were looking at the front sight. I’m going to tactfully call you a liar, haha! If you are right handed and have a wide 9 at 4:30, stop jerking the trigger. If your entire group is out in the 8 or 9-ring, work on sight alignment, putting the rifle in the same place in your shoulder and your head consistently on the rifle in the same place. Good Natural Point of Aim will keep the rifle from pointing into the 9-ring. It’s all fundamentals.
I’ve watched SSG Friend, shooting on the Reserve Team – get zeroes in the LEG Match at Camp Perry during standing. He put on SWAG zero’s for the rest of the match based off of his known come-ups and still shot a 490! How is this possible? Mastery of the fundamentals, slight alignment, trigger squeeze, solid position.
8: Why do you continue to stay involved with highpower?
My answer for this has changed over the years. My reasons are different now than they were when I was 14. Currently, I stay involved because I want to be the best marksman in the military in order to properly train Soldiers on basic and advanced marksmanship. There’s an old saying, “Being a good shooter doesn’t make you a good instructor”. That is something that crappy shooters invented to make themselves feel good. That good coach is (or was) a good shooter! I don’t mean to say that every coach has to have been a National Champion, but a coach that can fix an issue – no matter how small, gained that knowledge through their own personal experience. They might not be Distinguished or have a Highmaster card, but I wouldn’t want them shooting at me!
The military will always need masters of marksmanship to keep the skills high for thousands of other service members. The day the military pulls out of highpower Service Rifle shooting is the day the military will no long be able to say it teaches marksmanship. All the service teams give back to their respective services in some way. The Army Reserve Team is very involved with marksmanship training, hosting many matches every year for our units – where those being trained and getting coached by the best shooters the military and nation can offer. We have National Champions teaching 19-year old Privates how to shoot. There is nothing getting lost in translation. It’s people like MSG Norm Anderson, SSG Friend, SFC Hartley and myself getting down and watching the Soldier fire. This is to improve their shooting skills, potentially the only skill that might keep him or her alive in combat. The Army Reserve Team only allows our best to be instructors on the firing line. We do not subcontract it out to a 3rd party. I’ve yet to be at a training event where one of our Soldiers being trained knew more about marksmanship that our instructors / Service Rifle competitors. By competing in highpower Service Rifle, we are the authority on marksmanship. In Service Rifle competitions, we get upset if we miss the center of a target by 6.1” at 600-yards – because we just dropped a point! Our version of shooting well has to be impractical compared to the average Solider because we are the trainers.
9: In your experience, what is the best way to get the most out of a limited training schedule or practice session?
Like most Service Rifle competitors, this is not my full-time job. My range time is greatly limited. I’ll talk to competitors all the time who ask how to shoot well without practicing every day. It’s the training plan. The #1 mistake I hear of civilian or new military competitors making is only trying to shoot an 800-point agg every time they go to the range. That’s the worst thing you can do! You cannot possibly learn all there is to learn like that because the amount of learning opportunities outweigh the brain’s ability to absorb and retain the information! I always practice in segments. Above I gave an example of training where I’ll only shoot sitting rapid for the day, but I’ll shoot slowfire standing while I recover from shooting 2 or 3 back to back sitting strings. When I have an “A-Ha!” moment, I stop and write down those thoughts in my data-book. I make note of patterns that I recognize. I’m real bad to jerk the trigger on my first shot out of the 2nd mag in sitting rapid. I know that because I made that note and am 100% aware of it before shooting competitions.
If a poor practice has your worked up and mad… stop, pack your gear up and leave. You cannot learn anything mad. Plan to come back another day when you are in the right mind. On the drive home, after you are calmed down – you will realize your fault. Upon arriving home, your first task should be to dig out your data-book and get down what you believe to be the issue.
Make a plan of what you are going to work on before you get to the range. This list should be very short: 2 or 3 items. An example for a slow fire standing day might be: decrease wobble area, follow through and natural point of aim. An example of items to work on for rapid fire is: consistent deep breaths with consistent natural respiratory pause between every shot, trigger squeeze, sling placement. This is while remembering the brain’s ability to absorb and retain only so much information at one time. If you accomplish your three things, write in your data-book what you did to achieve your goals (a simple, “finally had followthrough today” is fine).
This is my process to slowly chip away at all major issues, one at a time – with proven results. It will all come together during competition. I cannot tell you the last time I straight-up practiced an 800 agg. Even when I’m practicing for bigger matches, it’s always some modified event session like: 30-shots standing, 3 sitting rapid strings, one prone rapid string and 10-shots slowfire prone. This is an example of a practice session right before a major match, but prior to that practice session – there were 15 sessions over the previous several months where I only practiced one or two positions per day. I practice what I feel needs the most work. I don’t waste my time shooting slowfire prone, if that position is on point.
10: What would you like to talk about that wasn’t covered in the previous questions?
Always be seeking more knowledge. It’s like that public service announcement to “Never Stop Learning”. There is always something to learn. A great way to improve your game is to listen actively to the good shooters. There’s a term that SSG Friend and I have coined called “expertizing”. It’s the act of someone stuck in the Sharpshooter or Expert class talking loudly in the pits or back in the huts about how he’s got the answers to everything. He knows it all and wont close his mouth long enough to listen to anyone else. This is not intended to offend those shooters still in the Sharpshooter or Expert class… This term is for those still in that class who have no hope of getting better because of their mouth!
In 2011, I had the opportunity during the NRA Long Range Championships to shoot with Michelle Gallagher for 2-days. I didn’t do a lot of talking. I did a lot of question asking and listening, trying to get as much information out of her as possible without her handing me a bill! I tried to be covert about my questions by complimenting her and then sneaking in the question… she wouldn’t even be out of her sling and I’d say, “Wow! That was impressive! You caught that wind change that everyone else missed… What were you looking at?”. The whole time in the pits, it seemed like I only made small talk long enough until I could ask her more questions about reading the wind. I remember that she told me that she works for some bullet company, but I don’t remember which one… I was thinking of some other question to ask her while she told me about her job. Haha! Then in 2012 I won my first Billy C. Akins Trophy!
I ask questions of other team members and high civilian shooters; what they did to overcome the wind or light, or how they deal with a standing position that is breaking down. Then I listen to the answer. SSG Friend fixed my sitting position a few years ago after what he’d learned from SSG Coggshall from the All Guard Team. Brad Palmer fixed my standing position in 2011. I had to be humble enough to seek help and 100% willing to cast aside any ideas I’d had and fully embrace their input. There might be a little tweak here or there, based off of my physical makeup – but, other than comfort adjustments – I apply what the others can teach me.
Your learning doesn’t have to come from only the 495+ shooters. I have, on several occasions – listened in to a Master level shooter’s quick marksmanship class at a M1-Garand or Junior clinic. Even at a marksmanship class for a standard military qualification, I may have heard it all before – but reinforcement of the fundamentals is always worth listening to for 20-minutes!
I don’t think it is possible to listen to a proven champion shooter, or champion producing coach – and not learn something. If you’ve spent more that 5-minutes listening to Brad Palmer or MSG Norm Anderson and not learned something, then you are an “expertizer”. Don’t be afraid to ask a question of the military shooters. If the answer is “I don’t know”, it’s probably because we don’t know. We’re not on the range to compete against civilians, we’re out to beat each other. That is why you’ll see SFC Brandon Green, elbow deep in someone else’s rifle – trying to get their sight fixed or replacing their gas-rings, when he could be doing other things like getting his gear ready for the next yard line.
I will tell you everything I know, just ask. I’ll even tell you my exact loads, except for 1000-yards – that is a secret!
• Currently, I use a .042” rear aperture with a .052” front post because I have 20/13 vision. If you are older or have bad eyes take the .038” or .042” rear aperture out and replace it with a .046” or larger. When you go with a larger rear aperture, a larger front sight post is usually needed as well. They are replaced in pairs, just like disk brake rotors.
• My load at 600 yds is 24.3 grains of H4895 with a Berger 75 VLD jumping .040” with the Fed 205M AR primer. I used to use 24.9 or 25.0 grains of Varget with an 80 Sierra jumping .003” to .015” depending on what the barrel liked with Remington 7 ½ BR primer.
• For short line I’ve used 24.5 of Varget with the 77 Sierra mag length with Remington 7 ½ BR primer. Or 24.0 gr of Reloader 15 with the 75 Hornady HPBT mag length with Rem 7 ½ BR or Fed 205M or CCI450 primer.
• All those loads where made on a RCBS single stage with RCBS competition dies so the neck tension was the standard competition .003”.
If you have a question I’ll answer it and so will so many other military shooters on the line. You are getting into a sport where someone will give you the information and loan you their equipment capable of beating them and not care because at the end of the day you still have to point the rifle better than them, even if it’s with their ammo and rifle. Best of luck in this new sport and I hope to see you out there on the firing line.
Click below to download a .PDF file that Kirk put together detailing much of the loading process for his match winning ammo.
* A previous version of this interview read that CPT. Feeman was the youngest person ever to go Distinguished in 1999. It is known that Fred Woltz became Distinguished Rifleman #933 in 1990. Claims of subsequent records having been broken and are detailed here. Records of age verification are extremely few and far between, therefore all claims to this record have been pulled from this interview.