I think a lot about being a real rifleman is about witnesses with a media voice. There's prolly umpteen thousands of unsung riflemen. I think this is one of those things that, you can't declare yourself a rifleman, others must bestow that title to you. So, luck has to be involved somewhat also.
How many would call themselves a rifleman? I wouldn't. Possibly an apprentice. What would you rather have? A lone 'rifleman' backing you up or 10 avg guys, i.e., 80%'ers.