MCRP 3-01B, MARINE CORPS REFERENCE PUBLICATION: PISTOL MARKSMANSHIP (25 NOV 2003)
MCRP 3-01B, MARINE CORPS REFERENCE PUBLICATION: PISTOL MARKSMANSHIP (25 NOV 2003)., Marines must have the versatility, flexibility, and skills to deal with any situation at any
level of intensity across the entire range of military operations. Whenever the situation
warrants the application of deadly force, a Marine must be able to deliver well-aimed
shots to eliminate the threat. A Marine who is proficient in pistol marksmanship handles
this challenge without escalating the level of violence or causing unnecessary collateral
damage. It is not enough to simply provide Marines with the best available firearms; we
must also ensure that their training prepares them to deliver accurate fire against the enemy
under the most adverse conditions without hesitancy, fear, or uncertainty of action. A
well-trained Marine is confident that he can protect himself, accomplish the mission, and
protect his fellow Marines. To be combat ready, a Marine must be skilled in the tactics,
techniques, and procedures of pistol marksmanship and diligent in the proper care and
maintenance of the M9, 9-mm service pistol.
Marine Corps Reference Publication (MCRP) 3-01B, Pistol Marksmanship, is the Marine
Corpsí source document for pistol marksmanship and provides the doctrinal basis for
Marine Corps pistol marksmanship training. This publication provides all Marines armed
with a pistol with the tactics, techniques, and procedures for range and field firing the
M9, 9-mm service pistol.
MCRP 3-01B supersedes the discussion of pistol marksmanship in Fleet Marine Force
Manual (FMFM) 0-8, Basic Marksmanship.