Shooter's prayers?

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  1. FSCJedi

    FSCJedi Member

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    Anybody know of any historical or just made up shooter's prayers? I've seen a "sniper's prayer" somewhere, so I was wondering if there were any other types along those lines?
     
  2. PromptCritical

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    Rifleman's prayer

    This is my rifle.

    There are many like it, but this one is MINE.

    My rifle is my best friend. It is my life.

    I must master it as I must master my life.

    My rifle without me is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless.

    I must fire my rifle true.

    I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me.

    I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...

    My rifle and myself know that what counts in war is not the rounds we fire,
    the noise of our bursts, nor the smoke we make.

    We know it is the hits that count. We will hit...

    My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life.

    Thus, I will learn it as a brother.

    I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, its accessories, its sights, and its barrel.

    I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage.

    I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready.

    We will become part of each other. We will...

    Before God I swear this creed.

    My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country.

    We are the masters of our enemy.

    We are the saviors of my life.

    So be it, until there is no enemy, but PEACE.
     
  3. dukeofurl

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    Creeds are not neccessarily prayers and prayers are not neccessarily creeds - get it straight.
     
  4. PromptCritical

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    Here's another one that came to mind:
    The Snipers Prayer from "Saving Private Ryan"

    Be not that far from me, for trouble is near; haste Thee to help me.

    Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. (I believe this is Psalm 144, verse 1)

    My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. (This is the verse following the one above)

    O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

    http://www.military-quotes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=318&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15
     
  5. PromptCritical

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    Dukeofurl:

    I was not aware fo that. What's the difference? If I've offended anyone I am sorry. Is the Saving Private Ryan one better?

    BTW: Clever handle.
     
  6. FSCJedi

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    I asked for prayer's, but I will gladly accept creeds as well. I hold them both in high regard. Creeds for a way of life, prayer's for when you need the help.
     
  7. Mr Kablammo

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    In one of the books from 'Don River' series of novels by the Russian author Sokholov (IIRC) a Cossack relates how the Starets of his village taught him to recite 'In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost' just before pulling the trigger of his rifle when hunting.
     
  8. stevelyn

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    The Shepard prayer (for Alan Shepard) "Dear Lord, Please don't let me f#$% up", can probably apply to shooters and their situations about as well as anyone else.

    :D
     
  9. Preacherman

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    I don't know if this qualifies as a "Shooter's Prayer", but a well-known LEO prayer is "Please, God, not while I'm on duty!" :D
     
  10. possenti

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    "Guide our aim to strike at the center. Protect us from the enemies of love, justice and liberty."

    -Short prayer to St. Gabriel Possenti, patron saint of handgunners and marksmen
     
  11. Sunray

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    There's only one. Praise the lord and pass the ammunition.
     
  12. El Tejon

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    Hail Mary, full of grace. Let me look at the front sight and not fall on my face.:D
     
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    El Tejon, I have used that one, many times. I tend use the shortest prayer I know- often.

    "HELP!"

    :D
     
  14. MobileSuitPilotX

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    I heard this one...I think somewhere on this site. Maybe it's part of somebody's sig. line. If I've stolen somebody's cool tag line, forgive me. I can't attribute the source, but:

    "May God grant you all clear sights and crisp triggers."

    Stay safe.
    Justin
     
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    Watch Saving Private Ryan.
     
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