Okay, let's have a poll. How important do you rate small arms marksmanship. Obviously some military forces such as the U.S. Marines rate rifle marksmanship as a critical skill. Others are more concerned with a more basic level of skill: short range targets, safe handling. maintenance. These military forces count on support weapons to do the real work. So, how do you rate the importance of marksmanship training, in general? On a scale of one to five with five being the most important, rate the importance ( in your opinion), of pistol and rifles marksmanship training. Okay, me first: pistol marksmanship , no more than 3, rifle marksmanship, 5. Naturally I understand that certain military jobs such as pilots and military police are going to use the pistol as the primary weapon. I am asking about the relative importance of both types of weapons at initial, entry level training.