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Sat, Dec 09


The SawMill Training Complex

Operation SHOOTER 2023

Based on the British Royal Marine Commandos

Operation SHOOTER 2023

Time & Location

Dec 09, 8:00 AM – Dec 10, 5:00 PM

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

About the Event

Operation SHOOTER

Event Start Time: Saturday 9 December 23 at 0830 hrs Briefing

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

Event Finish Time: Sunday 10 December 23 at 1700 hrs

Finish Location: The SawMill Training Complex, SC


Operation SHOOTER is a collaboration between Green Beret Fitness and The SawMill Training Complex. This original event is based on the British Royal Marine Commando Tests including the Endurance Course. Candidates will require all their own equipment.


Candidates must complete three events on Saturday and three events on Sunday. The scores for each event will be added to get a total score.


Event 1. The Endurance Course.

Complete a 4.5 +/- mile multi-terrain run then engage a target with your rifle only.

Score = Total time

Event 2. The Obstacle Course.

Complete the SawMill Obstacle Course then engage a target with your pistol only.

Score = Total time

Event 3. Find Peace in Chaos.

On the whistle, candidates will move forward and have 30 seconds to engage a NATO Figure 12 target.

10 Rounds Standing. 10 Rounds Kneeling. 10 Rounds Prone.

Score = Rounds on Target


Event 4. The Slick Run.

Complete a short run, with just pistol, then engage a target with your pistol.

Score = Total time.

Event 5. The Buddy Carry.

Complete a tactical 200m Buddy Carry then engage a target with rifle and pistol.

Score = Total time

Event 6. The Regain.

Complete a Commando Rope Regain then move to the range and engage a target with your rifle.

Score = Total time

*SURPRISE EVENT* This will be announced on the weekend..


These events are based on the famous Royal Marines Commando Course. Candidates will complete all events (minus event 4) while carrying 21 lbs of kit not including water, food, and firearms.

The courses will be well marked and will consist of off-road, on track, and water obstacles. Candidates should ensure their kit is fully waterproof.

Candidates will start with Event 1, then complete each event in order. Between events, candidates are encouraged to hydrate, rest, and maintain their equipment.


There will be a Male and Female winner for each event, and an overall Male and Female winner.

Service Support

- Timings.

Friday 8 DEC 23

  • 1700 Candidates are welcome to arrive at The SawMill Training Complex.

Saturday 9 DEC 23

  • 0800-0830 Q&A with GBF and The SawMill staff
  • 0830-0900 Operation SHOOTER introduction and Saturday brief.
  • 0900-1200 Morning Activity
  • 1200-1300 Lunch
  • 1300-1700 Afternoon Activity
  • 1700 End Saturday Activity

Sunday 10 DEC 23

  • 0800 Operation SHOOTER Sunday brief.
  • 0830-1200 Morning Activity
  • 1200-1300 Lunch
  • 1300-1700 Afternoon Activity

- Mapping. Maps are not required for this event.

- Route. The route will be well marked on the day. The route is predominantly on non-paved roads, but some sections are wet, rocky and muddy. 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 SawMill. Candidates are advised to use hydration bladders for Event 1.

- Medical. A 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. Book HERE.

- Transport. Transport to and from the event will be at candidates' own arrangements. There is lots of on-site parking.

- Weapon. The weapons required will be a rifle (5.56 or 7.62) and a pistol (9mm). If you’re unsure if your weapon is allowed, please email Candidates may use any sights they wish but Green BEret Fitness and The SawMill are not responsible for any damage caused by water or impact.

- Targets. The target will be a mix of steel and paper, including NATO Figure 11 target or similar. You will be given the exact target size on the morning of the event.

Command and Signal

GBF HQ - 9419939432

Weight - candidate’s kit must weigh 21 lbs without water, food, or firearms.

Numbers - Maximum number of candidates 50. 

Cost -

Until 1st May $245

Until 1st July $265

Until Event Day $295

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.

Green Beret Fitness reserves the right to change any of the events up to and including the day of the event.





  • Operation SHOOTER 2023


    +$18.55 Tax


    +$18.55 Tax





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