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Shooter Instructor

Local Address: Columbus, Georgia, United States
US Army

Employment History

  • Position, Action Shooting Team
  • Member of the US Army Marksmanship Unit
  • AMU
  • Army Marksmanship Unit
  • U.S. AMU

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Sniper School
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Daniel Horner of the ..., 15 Sept 2014 [cached]
Daniel Horner of the USAMU has been crowned the World Shooting Champion, and he has a $50,000 check to prove it.
Horner topped the field with 966.856 points.
Horner won the big prize through consistency. Out of the 12 shooting events, he finished in the top 10 in all but two. Writing in the Shooting Wire, Jim Shepherd reports: "Horner took outright stage wins in the Wobble Trap Doubles (100%) and NRA Action Rifle (100%) and used them to overcome his two worst scores, a 28th-place finish in F-Class rifle and a 13th-place in .22 rifle. For his achievement, Horner wins the $50,000 prize, and the dubious honor of now knowing that every competition shooter in the world has him solidly in their sights now, not just the 3-gun shooters he regularly tests ... and bests."
Daniel Horner of the Army ..., 17 May 2012 [cached]
Daniel Horner of the Army Marksmanship Unit is a champion multi-gun competitor
FORT BENNING, Ga. - In showcasing the U.S. Army and the very best of Army Soldier skills, Soldiers from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit are expected to win regardless of the competition around them. Since joining the unit in 2006, Staff Sgt. Daniel Horner has embodied that notion and worn it on his sleeve.
Horner is a member of the unit's Action Shooting team and in the sport of Multi-gun shooting there is Horner and then there is everybody else. Horner recently won his fourth consecutive United States Practical Shooting Association Multi-gun National Championship in Las Vegas and his fifth overall.
"A champion expects to win every match," said Horner.
Then in 2006 Horner enlisted in the Army and became a member of the USAMU.
"The whole lifestyle at the unit is positive," Horner said. "The resources here make it much easier and the team helps me more than anything. They watch me and I can compete against top-quality shooters on a daily basis instead of going out and shooting by myself not really knowing how I did."
A year after joining the Army, Horner won the first of his five national titles. In fact, he has won the title every year since enlisting except for one year when he didn't compete due to the demanding Army Soldier of the Year process after winning TRADOC Soldier of the Year.
Excellence on the range has enabled Horner and his teammates to thrive when it comes to instructing other Soldiers in marksmanship proficiency. Soldiers from Special Forces, Ranger, and regular Army units repeatedly request the assistance of USAMU Soldiers prior to deploying to combat.
"I get a lot of satisfaction out of that," Horner said. "I really like teaching Soldiers and guys getting ready to deploy."
The fundamentals Horner uses in his sport--rapid fire engagement, engaging targets at varying distances, engaging moving targets, shooting in alternate positions and weapons manipulation-relate to the teaching points he uses to instruct other Soldiers.
"We don't tell them how to get to the target because they already know how to do that," Horner said. "Once they recognize the threat, we instruct them on how to engage it and neutralize it as quickly as possible, regardless of the distance."
Only 25-years-old, Horner finds himself as the old, wily veteran on a very young team. He was the first one from the team to volunteer for deployment to Afghanistan when the unit began sending cross-functional teams to teach marksmanship to Afghan Soldiers. As the standard bearer in the sport teammates look to him for guidance. Horner said he relishes their camaraderie and pushes them to be at their very best even if it means knocking him off his pedestal along the way.
"Spc. Tyler Payne won in West Virginia last year and is one of the very few people who have beaten me since 2007, and I was so happy for him," Horner said. "I always want to win, but if for some reason I get beat it better be by one of my teammates. I want them to win just as much as I want to win."
Besides his national championship, Horner has also dominated both 3Gun Nation Matches in 2012. There are still Soldiers to train. He wants to go to Ranger School and Airborne School in the near future. He and his wife Joanna may be ready to add to their family a few years down the road. But today he is poised to continue his superiority in the sport for years to come, vowing to compete "forever."
"I just simply love to win," he said.
FNH USA - Press Release Detail, 28 Sept 2010 [cached]
LAS VEGAS - A full season of blistering multi-gun competition came to an exciting climax as Daniel Horner defeated Bruce Piatt in the final round of the 2010 FNH USA 3-Gun Nation Championship Shoot-Off.
Horner is currently assigned to the action shooting team at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Ft. Benning, Georgia. As the defending USPSA Multi-Gun National Champion, Horner qualified for the Shoot-Off as a wild card entry based on his repeat win of the national title only a day earlier. Even with his recent year-long deployment to Afghanistan, Horner showed the field that he had lost none of his shooting skills over the prior 12 months.
Latest Laser Sight News and Events | Crimson Trace Lasergrips, 1 Oct 2013 [cached]
Some of the top 3-gunners in the nation, such as M3GI 2013 winner Daniel Horner, have set the bar high for other competitors.
Daniel Horner: Winning at 3 Gun
So what strategy does Horner deploy to shoot his way into the winner's circle at the nation's premier nighttime 3-Gun event? He practices for the night competition by shooting at night. As an Army soldier, Horner also teaches shooting skills, including shooting in darkness.
"We do quite a bit of night time shooting with night vision and lasers, so it was a pretty easy transition to the 3-Gun world," states Horner. "However, I did learn a few things to bring back from the competition world to make me a better instructor for soldiers. " Yes, he and many shooters use 3-gun competitions as a learning experience. The 3-Gun competitions help shooters learn about gear-and how to better use it.
"I put the (Crimson Trace) lasers on every gun and co-witnessed them to the sights," Horner continued in explaining his winning strategy.
"If I could give one tip to everybody, it would be to know your equipment, and keep it simple," noted Horner. "A light, a laser and a button for both should be the only change you make to your normal guns. I love the quote 'Beware the man with only one gun. He might know how to use it.' I pretty much live by that. Remember to be certain to check the gear restrictions for the event you plan to compete in.
Horner also does something few other 3-gunners do-he shoots while constantly moving. Many competitors stop or briefly pause before they move their trigger finger and shoot at a target. Horner (a member of the US Army Marksmanship unit) seems to always be on the move-and shooting.
Horner is widely recognized as one of the top 3-gunners in America now, and he's earning the checks and shooting the scores to prove it. He won $10,000 at the recent Crimson Trace 2013 Midnight 3-Gun Invitational. Not bad for two long nights of work involving running-and gunning.
Remington Defense, 14 Dec 2012 [cached]
The last qualifying event on the inaugural FNH USA 3-Gun Nation Tour, Presented by SureFire, with more than 30,000 acres of rugged, scenic backdrop of the NRA Whittington Center, the final shoot-off lived up to the hype, with Johnson completing arguably the toughest route of the season, with wins over Daniel Horner, Eric Miller and Miculek.
In the first round, Johnson drew his longtime friend, and former teammate, the AMU's Daniel Horner, who was competing in his first 3-gun event of the season following a deployment to Afghanistan. Horner, who many consider the best in the game, won the Tactical Optics division, setting up the showdown with Johnson, who left the AMU to pursue a career with Remington.
"He does a lot for the Army and the AMU," Johnson said of Horner. "He was almost soldier of the year. We kind of clicked the whole time we were in, we got super close and we still talk on the phone all the time. I try to shoot with him as much as I can to get as many pointers as I can. It's a friendship I'll have for life."
Horner was first to the rifle, but struggled to stay steady from a standing position against the barricade. But Johnson, a former Army Ranger sniper, went one-for-one through five of six rifle plates to establish a comfortable lead through the shotgun portion of the shoot-off. Although Horner accelerated through the shotgun poppers and pistol rack, the lead was to much to overcome, as Johnson stayed smooth to the stop plate.
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