This Army sergeant just nailed the first-ever perfect score in a service rifle shooting competition

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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.

U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit

According to Guns.com, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Julia L. Watson owned the previous service rifle high score of 798. As if getting owned on the Marine Scout Sniper Course wasn't enough.


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