When Marine Recruit Austin Farrell arrived at the Chosin Rifle Range, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, he anticipated performing well on the range but never expected to walk away with the highest rifle score ever recorded in the history of the depot. He scored an almost perfect 248 out of 250 on Table One of the Department of Defense’s toughest basic marksmanship challenge, the Marine Corps rifle qualification test.
The Marine Corps Table One rifle qualification includes shooting from the prone, kneeling, and standing positions at distances of up to 500 yards with the M16A4 Service Rifle, using the Rifle Combat Optic.
When asked how he was able to break the Depot’s record, Ferrell responded: “Practice, before I got here, was definitely a big part of it, but getting into a relaxed state of mind is what helped me shoot… and after I shot a 248, everyone was congratulating me except when I got back to the squad bay. My drill instructors gave me a hard time for dropping those two points,” said Ferrell with a laugh.
Ferrell’s father George Ferrell said that his son has always given his all into whatever he put his mind to and that he knows Austin is going to have a promising career in the Marine Corps because of his dedication to success. “I’m always so proud of him, but this is above what I expected,” said George. “I always told him to strive to be number one, and the fact that he was able to accomplish that is just a testament to his hard work.” Ferrell is scheduled to graduate Sept. 4, 2020, with Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion.