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Sat, Nov 12


The SawMill Training Complex

Operation SHOOTER

Run. Shoot.

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Operation SHOOTER

Time & Location

Nov 12, 2022, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

The SawMill Training Complex, 8524 Neely Ferry Rd, Laurens, SC 29360, USA

About the Event

Operation SHOOTER

Distance: 6 +/- miles

Event Start Time: Sat 12 November 22 at 0800hrs (event brief)

FUP (Forming Up Point) Location: The SawMill Training Complex, SC

Event Finish Time: Sun 13 November 22 at 1600hrs

Finish Location: The SawMill Training Complex, SC


Operation SHOOTER is a weekend collaboration between Green Beret Fitness and The SawMill Training Complex. This original run/shoot event is based on the British Commando Test - the Endurance Course - and candidates will require their own rifle and ammunition.


Candidates must complete the 6 +/- mile run, then fire 10 rounds at a target. In order to earn the GBF dog tags you must complete the run and shoot in dog tag standards, not just one.


Under 75 minutes = Dog Tag

Under 100 minutes = Pass

Over 100 minutes = Fail


Over 8 on target = Dog Tags

6 or Over on target = Pass

Under 6 on target = Fail


This event is based on the infamous Royal Marines Endurance Course. It is the closest experience you will get without signing up to earn the green beret.

Candidates will be released from the start line in groups and will complete the course at best individual effort while carrying 21 lbs of kit + water + rifle. The course will be well marked and will consist of off-road, on track, and water obstacles. Candidates should ensure their kit is waterproof.

Upon finishing the 6 +/- mile course, candidates will be invited forward onto the range and given a couple of minutes to ‘battle clean’ their rifle. They will then be moved onto the firing point where they will fire 10 rounds at a NATO Figure 11 replica target.

To PASS. Complete the run in under 100 minutes and hit a minimum of 6 rounds on target.

To earn GBF DOG TAGS. Complete the run in under 75 minutes and hit a minimum of 8 rounds on target.

Unsuccessful candidates, who take longer than 100 minutes, or who fail the shoot, will be given the opportunity to re-run after lunch.

There will be an opportunity to run the 6-mile course (no kit) on Friday evening between 1700 and 2000, prior to a social evening. There will also be optional range time on Sunday from 0900 to 1500 with the SawMill staff on hand to assist and impart their significant experience and knowledge.

The first 10 candidates to sign up will receive a free GBF Operation SHOOTER t-shirt. Operation SHOOTER T-shirts, with two designs, will be available to purchase for any remaining candidates for $30.

Service Support

- Timings.

Friday 11 NOV 22

  • 1600 Candidates are welcome to arrive at The SawMill Training Complex.
  • 1700-2000 Open course for candidates to run (without rifle and kit)
  • 1900-2200 Campfire Social at The SawMill Training Complex

Saturday 12 NOV 22

  • 0700-0800 Breakfast and Q&A with GBF and The SawMill staff
  • 0800-0900 Operation SHOOTER introduction, brief, kit check, and warm-up
  • 0900-1200 Operation SHOOTER underway
  • 1230-1330 Lunch
  • 1400-1700 Failures will be given the opportunity to retest               
  • 1800-2200 Informal dinner and drinks at The SawMill Training Complex

Successful candidates may have the opportunity to move to a seprate range and practice drills after lunch.

- Mapping. Maps are not required for this event.

- Route. The route will be marked on the day with tape and signs. It is wet, rocky and muddy in parts and hard track and non-paved road in other areas. There is water on part of the route.

- Dress. Candidates' dress will be a personal choice but they are reminded this is a rural event with sharp bushes and foliage.

- Equipment.

This list is mandatory:

- Water. There will be water available at the start / finish point.

- Medical. A small personal medical kit is required by every candidate. GBF Staff must be made aware of any medical conditions prior to starting the event. If any GBF staff deems a candidate is medically unfit to continue, they may be withdrawn from the event for their own safety.

- Accommodation. The SawMill Training Complex has a new on-site accommodation block with 2-man and 4-man rooms with en suite bathrooms. They are offering a great deal to candidates staying Friday and Saturday evening. GBF encourages candidates to make use of this excellent facility with kitchen, gym, and outdoor space.

Please book early and directly with The SawMill to avoid disappointment.

- Transport. Transport to and from the event will be at candidates' own arrangements. If you are staying in the SawMill Lodge, there is on-site parking.

- Weapon. The weapon will be rifles only. Optics are allowed but may get damaged. This is not the responsibility of Green Beret Fitness or The SawMill. The weapon can be slung for the run phase: you do not have to carry it in your hands.

- Ammunition. No Green Tip 5.56 is allowed on the range.

- Target. The target will be a paper NATO Figure 11 target or similar (link). You will be given the exact target size on the morning of the event. Ensure groupings are tight in your practice.

- Safety Equipment. Safety glasses and hearing defence are required.

Command and Signal

GBF HQ - 9419939432

Weight - candidate’s kit must weigh 21 lbs + water + rifle. This can be carried in a plate-carrier, webbing belt, or backpack. You must have all the mandatory kit with you on the run and shoot.

Cost -

Saturday ONLY = $175

Refunds - Refunds will be in the form of a GBF voucher for future events. Refunds within 30 days of an event will not be possible.





  • Operation SHOOTER (Saturday)


    +$12.25 Tax

    This ticket is for Op SHOOTER Saturday only


    +$12.25 Tax





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