Top sniper teams from the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines went head to head last week – but who proved they were the best?
Snipers from the world’s most elite special operations forces converged on Fort Bragg, North Carolina for the seventh annual Special Operations Command International Sniper Competition hosted by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
The annual competition is five grueling days designed to test the world’s best snipers to the limit. Some 25 teams took part in 21 incredibly difficult events during the competition, which ran from March 20 through March 25.
A diverse range of teams competed, including snipers representing Special Forces (the Green Berets), Rangers, Special Mission units, Navy SEALS, Marine Special Operations and Federal law enforcement officers.
Two-man sniper teams competed in 21 challenging events. The teams hit Fort Bragg’s Range 37 to compete in day-and-night sniper challenges throughout the week.
The snipers had to engage targets ranging from 25 meters (82 feet) to 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) while moving through urban environments and tackling tactical challenges.
Snipers faced these challenges while battling against variables like distance and unknown circumstances. To succeed, snipers needed to not just shoot accurately but also communicate effectively and efficiently with each other.
All this had to be achieved while racing against the clock.
While teams vied for the prestige of winning top honors, amazing prizes were also up for grabs. These include sniper rifles made by LaRue Tactical and NEMO Arms, optics by FLIR, MilSight and Night Force Scopes, and sophisticated shooter technology such as Kestrel Weather Elite Meter with Applied Ballistics.
The U.S. Army dominated a latest event, trouncing contenders to take all 3 of a tip titles. The U.S. Special Forces group from 3rd Group took initial place while teams from U.S. Army Special Operations Command teams took second and third.