International Army Games – ComBloc Sniper Frontier

    We recently had a look at what modern sniper teams from the Western countries use.

    This time, let’s have a quick look to the East.

    During the summer of 2016, the International Army Games was held at the Gvardeisky training area in
    Otar, Republic of Kazakhstan.


    In the pictures below you can see 7.62×54mmR SVD Dragunov sniper rifle, which is semi-automatic.

    Unfortunately we don’t know if the pictures are taken during the event or not (especially considering the various weather conditions), but it’s interesting to note that the use of bipods or sound suppressors is very limited. In terms of optics, yes there is likely a S&B scope on a rifle but otherwise it’s domestic which must be a limitation on a lot of the longer shots.

    The Dragunov SVDS has folding stock and a shorter barrel at 565 mm (22.2 in) vs. SVD with 620 mm (24.4 in).

    The Dragunov shoots the 7.62R cartridge, which has been in continuous service since 1891. Yes, that’s soon 126 years, and counting.


    Below: Some of the targets the competitors had to neutralize.


    Dragunov SVDS (shortened version with folding stock)


    POSP with 4x fixed magnification. The PSO series are the original optic for the SVD Dragunov rifle. The military versions are PSO-1. For more information check


    Below: A .308 Win Orsis T-5000, bolt-action used by Russia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam. According to Wikipedia the modernized version T-5000M should have an increased firing range up to 1 500 meters, which means it’s no longer a .308 but most likely a .338 Lapua Magnum.

    Guesses go to a Schmidt & Bender PMII 5-25 for optics. Rail by Zentico with Harris bipod?



    Below: Possibly using the PSO-1 scope? Picture or reticle here.



    It’s interesting to note the stages seemed to limit the caliber to 7,62 mm (.308).
    “EQUIPMENT -7.62 mm sniper rifle”
    “TEAM (10 PERSONS):
    team leader
    team members (3 sniper pairs: 2 main and 1reserve) — 6 persons
    coaching group — 2 persons
    maintenance unit — 2 persons
    1. Individual contest.
    2.Best sniper team.
    3. Best sniper team in reconnaissance and special activities.
    Stage 1
    All snipers carry out 6 elements during the Individual contest.


    The winner in each element is defined by the largest coefficient which is counted by dividing the total score on time performance. The coefficient is counted up to one thousandth (0,001).The winner of “Individual contest” is defined by the minimal sum of scores in each element.
    Stage 2
    “Best sniper pair performance” comprises 9 elements.
    The winner is defined by the best performance in all elements.
    Stage 3
    “Best sniper couple performance in reconnaissance and special activities” includes choosing, making and camouflaging the sniper’s position.RESULTS
    The final rating place of the sniper couple in the competition is defined by the

    Stage 3


    The individual contest of the snipers is conducted within 1 – 6 elements. The winner is defined by the minimal sum of the places in individual elements. In the case of the equal sum of places rating the winner is defined by the coefficient in the elements.

    In the team contest the performances in the elements are recorded as a sum of rating places of both members in each element, which defines the place of the team in each element.


    The winner of the best sniper pair contest is awarded the Cup, first place medal, diploma and prizes.

    The medals are awarded for taking the 2nd and 3rd places.

    The head of the competition awards the best judge the diploma.”



    The Army Games is arranged by the Russian Defense Ministry. It would be very interesting to see a competition were both West and East competed at the same time, and not call it World War III.
    Thanks to Henrik B for help with identification.


    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.