Maximilian

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TARRRRRRGETS

September 16, 2022

Everyone in the Corps has some kind of experience on the rifle range. Marines qual upon enlisting during boot camp, and then maintain their qualifications annually. (If you’re infantry, you’re probably shooting a lot more than that.)

One thing that never changes for everyone, regardless of MOS or rank, is that person in the tower (or kart depending on the range) that officiates the range activities. As an average Lance Corporal, I never really knew where this guy came from. Was he in our unit? Did he work there permanently? He sounds the same at every range; does he follow me from rifle range to rifle range? I still don’t really know the answers to any of these questions, but I do know that this dude loves the word “targets.”

SHOOTERS, YOU MAY COMMENCE FIRING WHEN YOUR TARRRRRRRRGETS APPEAR!

CEEEEEEEEEASE FIRE, CEASE FIRE, UNLOAD, SHOW CLEAR

These phrases are burned into my memory like my hot brass burnt into my buddy’s neck on Tables 3 & 4.