In a significant reversal, the Marine Corps has begun using optics at entry-level training, and could do so on a permanent basis beginning next year.
The scopes will be used by recruits based at Parris Island, S.C., and San Diego beginning in July as part of a pilot program, said Col. Timothy Armstrong, head of Weapons Training Battalion based here. Two companies of new lieutenants here at The Basic School already have trained with them, and shown dramatic improvements in how they shoot, Marine officials said.
I can just imagine the howls of protest from the traditionalists in the Marine Corps.
And while iron sights are far less prone to breakage than combat optics, the old rule of “train as you fight” makes sense here. Damn near every weapon in theater other than pistols has an optical sight on it. Might as well train troops from the start to use them.
I’m a lousy shot. My right eye is about 20/200 on a good day. And while glasses improve that somewhat, glasses also get fogged over, or have sweat and dust on them whenever I shoot. So anything beyond about 100m is just a blur to me when looked at through iron sights. Any real precision shooting is a great challenge for me. Optics make it a lot easier to me to shoot reasonably well. Of course, the 10x ISU on a Bradley made things a LOT easier…
URR, you’re our resident Marine commentator. What say you?