This post is a little different for me. I consider it a bit of a “living” post that I’ll keep updated with resources over time. It’s a collection of what I think are the best free videos for marksmanship training available.
I’ll periodically refer back to this post and make sure all of you are aware of it.
That said, remember that videos are not enough. They are a resource, yes, but they are no substitute for an actual trainer. Use these to help you along the journey, but seek professional training and participate in competition along the way.
There are several series of videos here that I’m a fan of. These should keep you busy for a while!
Army Marksmanship Unit Basic Rifleman’s Course
This series has seven videos in it, but I’m only hitting the first five. The last two show the zeroing process on the range.
Segment two includes a live demonstration with the instructor explaining the positions with another shooter. That starts at around 6:25.
Part 3 is all about the zeroing process. It’s a little too death by PowerPoint for me, but it’s still valuable information.
Part 4 continues the PowerPoint and discusses MOA measurements and grouping. I covered this topic thoroughly in my guide to iron sight zeroes.
Part 5 covers shot group analysis and wind reading.
USMC Primary Marksmanship Instruction
This series is a documentary recording of Marine rifle marksmanship instruction. I leveraged these videos a lot in my “How to Shoot a Rifle” series. There are 16 videos in the series total, so I’m just going to hit the highlights here.
This first video covers the use of the iron sights.
This segment covers proper cheek weld to the stock and includes touching the nose to the charging handle as a technique.
I’m skipping over the portion on sling usage and jumping to the primary shooting positions.
Now we jump over to some ranging and windage techniques. This also includes environmental factors and how they affect the shooter.
WWII M1 Training
This is one of my all-time favorites. As far as I can tell this is the whole two-hour video in one place.
This video is a little dry, but has some interesting tidbits about terrain association.
These videos cover the science of ballistics and bullet travel. The first one is old school, but still valid.
This one is a nice lesson on ballistic solution calculation.
Operating Principles of Rifles
AR-15 Malfunction Clearance Drills
Stay tuned for more here. I haven’t dived down the rabbit hole of pistol marksmanship just yet, but I will update this when the time is right.
Over to You
If you have any video series you’d like to share, be sure to let me know. I’m ok with repetition and overlap, as different perspectives are often very valuable. There’s usually more than one way to skin a cat, as it were.