Army Sgt. Benjamin Cleland is officially one of the most badass shooters in America.
The Fort Benning soldier and member of the Army Marksmanship Unit's Service Rifle Team set a national record with the first-ever perfect score on a National Rifle Association high-power rifle course in Oak Ridge, Tennessee earlier this month, the Army announced.
The NRA's 80-Shot Regional High-Power Rifle Course's includes four separate matches, each with slow fire and rapid-fire elements. According to the Army, those matches include:
Two sighting shots and 20 standing, slow-fire record shots at 200 yards and within 20 minutes
Two sighting shots and 20 sitting/kneeling, rapid-fire records shots at 200 yards within 2 minutes
two sighting shots and 20 prone, rapid-fire record shots at 300 yards within 2 minutes and 20 seconds
Two sighting shots and 20 prone, slow-fire record shots at 600 yards within 20 minutes and 20 seconds
Rocking a M16A2 rifle, the Ohio native nailed the 10-ring on all 80 shots. That's a target that's just 7 inches at both 200 and 300 yards and 12 inches at 600 yards.
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