AASAM 2019 wraps up

More than 300 of the world’s best military marksmen from 20 countries have fought for the internationally renowned Champion Shot, at the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meet (AASAM).

CAPTION: The Canadian shooting team walks back from the range during a shoot at AASAM 2019. Photo by Lance Corporal Matthew Magilton.

Sargeant W Hamsan of Indonesia eventually came out on top, awarded the title of Champion Shot by Chief of the Australian Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr during an awards ceremony at Puckapunyal, Victoria.

The Indonesian team outperformed all others with the highest aggregate team score – for the 12th time, making it seven in a row.

Corporal Jake McDermott from 8th Combat Service Support Battalion won Australia’s Champion Shot of the Army.

A few more results below.

Lieutenant General Burr said AASAM was a significant annual event that fostered Army’s relationship with regional and global partners through friendly competition that saw the best marksmen from across the world exposed to a rigorous, challenging and combat-focused skill-at-arms competition.

“We are honoured to welcome such high-calibre soldiers from around the world to test their shooting ability on an international stage,” Lieutenant General Burr said.

“We have also hosted first-time observers Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Both countries have looked closely at the competition and appear very excited at the prospect of participating in the future.”

AASAM is judged through a series of team and individual events encompassing day and night shooting as well as a bayonet assault course simulating close-quarter fighting, and deliberate shooting out to 450 metres.

Regimental Sergeant Major – Army Warrant Officer Grant McFarlane commended the camaraderie that united the profession of Arms during the competition.

“Irrespective of nationality, the common language of the soldiers competing in AASAM is marksmanship,” Warrant Officer McFarlane said.

“I commend our Australian soldiers on their solid performance throughout the competition.”

AASAM 2019 hosted teams from Australia, New Zealand, The United States, The United Kingdom, Indonesia, France, Japan, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Tonga, The Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, The United Arab Emirates, Canada, Thailand and Brunei.

AAZAM has been run by the Australian Army for 44 years.

 

AASAM RESULTS (the only ones we could find):

For Practice 227 The ADF Sniper Aggregate Trophy (“The Matt Lambert Memorial Trophy”) is awarded to:

1st place: 🇦🇺 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment – Australian Army
2nd place: 🇦🇺 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
3rd place: 🇦🇺 8th/9th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment

For Practice 228 The International Sniper Aggregate Trophy (“The Sniper Trophy”) is awarded to:

1st place: 🇨🇦 Canada
2nd place: 🇰🇷 Korea
3rd place: 🇳🇿 New Zealand

For Practice 229 The Sniper Championship Trophy (“The Billy Sing”) is awarded to:

1st place: 🇦🇺 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment – Australian Army
2nd place: 🇦🇺 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
3rd place: 🇨🇦 Canada

 

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