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Range complex named after famous Vietnam sniper

March 29, 2007; Submitted on: 03/29/2007 11:55:13 AM ; Story ID#: 2007329115513

By Lance Cpl. George J. Papastrat, MCAS Miramar


MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar fire their pistols at the Miramar Range Complex Jan. 9. The Range Complex became officially called the Carlos Hathcock Range Complex March 29. Photo by: Lance Cpl. George J. Papastrat
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar fire their pistols at the Miramar Range Complex Jan. 9. The Range Complex became officially called the Carlos Hathcock Range Complex March 29.
Carlos Hathcock III inspects the newly dedicated Carlos Hatcock Range Complex March 29. The complex was named after Carlos Hatcock II, a sniper who attained 93 confirmed kills in his career. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Scott T. McAdam Jr
Carlos Hathcock III inspects the newly dedicated Carlos Hatcock Range Complex March 29. The complex was named after Carlos Hatcock II, a sniper who attained 93 confirmed kills in his career.
A portrait of Carlos Hatcock II stands at a dedication ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar March 29. The rifle range at MCAS Miramar was named the Carlos Hathcock Range Complex. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Scott T. McAdam Jr
A portrait of Carlos Hatcock II stands at a dedication ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar March 29. The rifle range at MCAS Miramar was named the Carlos Hathcock Range Complex.

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. (March 29, 2007) -- The Miramar rifle and pistol range became officially known as the Hathcock Range Complex Thursday, following a dedication ceremony held at the complex here.

The range, named after Gunnery Sgt. Carlos N. Hathcock, trains Marines from the air station on pistol and rifle marksmanship using state of the art computer systems.

Hathcock’s legendary status as one of the Corps’ finest snipers contributed to the decision to name the state-of-the-art marksmanship facility in his honor.

According to Master Sgt. James Stucker, the range complex chief, officially naming the range adds to the sense of pride the staff has and establishes a unique identity for what he describes as one of the Corps’ finest ranges.

“My vision is that putting a name like Hathcock on the range facility will instill the next level of pride within the Marines,” Stucker said. “This should transition over to their coaching skills and abilities.

“In return, this should impact the Marines aboard the air station when they come to learn and master marksmanship,” added Stucker.

The range, ran by the Marines and civilian contractors aboard the air station, is completely electronic.

Marines fire from the same location throughout the course of fire while the targets move to the 200, 300, and 500 yard lines.

Personnel firing on the Hathcock range do not have to pull targets, mark their scores or move from yard line to yard line.

From the famous Hathcock shot that killed an enemy from more than 2,500 yards away to the Miramar Marine laying prone at the 500 yard line on qualification day, one thing remains a constant for Marine riflemen: one shot, one kill. The Miramar Hathcock Range Complex stands aptly named and ready to help achieve this goal.
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 MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar fire their pistols at the Miramar Range Complex Jan. 9. The Range Complex became officially called the Carlos Hathcock Range Complex March 29. Photo by: Lance Cpl. George J. PapastratMARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar fire their pistols at the Miramar Range Complex Jan. 9. The Range Complex became officially called the Carlos Hathcock Range Complex March 29. Photo by: Lance Cpl. George J. Papastrat
 Carlos Hathcock III inspects the newly dedicated Carlos Hatcock Range Complex March 29. The complex was named after Carlos Hatcock II, a sniper who attained 93 confirmed kills in his career. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Scott T. McAdam JrCarlos Hathcock III inspects the newly dedicated Carlos Hatcock Range Complex March 29. The complex was named after Carlos Hatcock II, a sniper who attained 93 confirmed kills in his career. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Scott T. McAdam Jr
 A portrait of Carlos Hatcock II stands at a dedication ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar March 29. The rifle range at MCAS Miramar was named the Carlos Hathcock Range Complex. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Scott T. McAdam JrA portrait of Carlos Hatcock II stands at a dedication ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar March 29. The rifle range at MCAS Miramar was named the Carlos Hathcock Range Complex. Photo by: Lance Cpl. Scott T. McAdam Jr