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Lucas Corrao
EN 1320
Unit Two, Assignment 3

“You cannot be disciplined in great things and undisciplined in small things. There is only one sort of discipline – perfect discipline” -General George S. Patton, Jr. This quote was drilled into my head while I was in basic training in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri I can still remember the first time I fired an M-16. The rush I felt firing that weapon was unlike anything I had ever experienced. Still to this day, the resounding crack and the simultaneous recoil from the round being propelled from the muzzle of that weapon sends chills throughout my body. Watching the plastic green target drop, from the force of the round and then the next target following suit was exhilarating. Shortly after a round feeding malfunction shifted my joyous mood to a feeling of dread. Fortunately, discipline and muscle memory allowed me to keep a calm head and fix the malfunction in time to fire a third round and hit my third target. This memory always stuck with me allowing me to become one of the best shooters in every company I was a part of the Army. As I walked up to the firing line that warm July morning, I could feel my stomach starting to knot up from the anxiety and nervousness that I was feeling. it was my first time firing an assault rifle and the fear of failing heavily on my mind. I had previously only fired a shotgun, but that is a weapon of point and shoot. Knowing that I wanted to do well, as to not get criticized for not being able to shoot, I was repeating the four steps to firing correctly. “Steady firing position, good sight picture, breathing, and trigger squeeze” I mumbled to myself over and over again trying to ingrain that knowledge into my sub-conscience so that I wouldn’t have to actively think about it and I could focus on the target in front of me. I heard the command to move onto the firing…...

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